May 25, 2024  
2022-2023 Graduate Catalog 
2022-2023 Graduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

College of Business

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A Word from the Dean:

The College of Business at Northwest University is committed to developing responsible leaders for today’s rapidly changing world. We believe the purpose of business is to serve others. To be effective servants, organizational leaders should possess high-character, competence, and professional skills.   

Our MBA is designed to develop leaders with these qualities to thrive in the real-world. Our courses prepare working professionals for higher levels of management responsibility, so they will be able to serve their organizations as innovative and effective leaders.

Our MBA has distinct advantages over other programs. In addition to our solid core curriculum, our cohort model ensures an active learning process. Students will engage in experiential learning with peers and receive mentoring by high quality, caring professors. They will be challenged to consider global perspectives and develop a variety of relevant management and communication skills.

Students will learn to think critically about the complexities of management and become more competent in their decision making. Finally, because we are a private Christian institution, student learning opportunities will be centered in the context of a distinctive, ethically responsible worldview.

Rowlanda Cawthon, Ed.D.

Dean of the College of Business 

Associate Professor of Management


The vision of the College of Business is to be the clear leader in developing Christian business leaders who bring extraordinary value to the workplace.


The mission of the College of Business is to develop high-character, competent, and skilled business leaders who serve and thrive in the workplace through the integration of faith and learning.

Core Values

In carrying out our vision and mission, the College of Business is guided by the following core values and expected outcomes:

Character – We model and develop business leaders who personify Christ’s inherent characteristics. We believe that character is about demonstrating distinctive qualities and excellence in our Christian faith, educational practices, and personal and professional life.

Leadership – We demonstrate and teach business leadership competencies that enable our students to lead with influence in the workplace. We believe that leaders who couple thought leadership with the Christian faith have the potential to bring extraordinary value to the workplace.

Skill Development – We prepare business leaders who are capable and ready to work. We are committed to ensuring that our students can communicate and demonstrate to employers that we prepared them with identifiable professional skills.

Integration of Faith and Learning – We integrate scholarly teaching practices that apply a Christian worldview and connect Christian faith and the business discipline. We understand that this process drives our actions and relational experiences with students, inspiring how they may act and relate with others in their personal and professional lives.

Collaboration – We work continually to build partnerships with the business community. We recognize that this collaboration will positively impact our students and contribute to our success as a business college.

Service – We cultivate business leaders who understand the importance of engaging in continual acts of service. We set the example by engaging in service activities and helping students identify their passion in business to fulfill their God-given calling. 


Northwest University’s business programs are accredited by the Accreditation Council for Business Schools and Programs. Accreditation standards are based on the Baldrige National Quality Program. Employers find value in knowing that Northwest University uses the same standards as those used by other organizations to recognize excellence.


Master of Business Administration