MBA in Creative EnterprisePurpose at Work

Degree Description

The MBA in Creative Enterprise is designed to enable graduates who are well-educated in core business functions like management, marketing, finance, operations, and strategy. Meridian's MBA curriculum weaves three dimensions through all courses: 1) transformative innovation, 2) business as means of regenerating the commons, and 3) entrepreneurship that is generative, not extractive.

At A Glance



Highest Degree





18-24 Months

Total Credits

64 Credits

Cost Per






"Business has become, in this last half century, the most powerful institution on the planet. The dominant institution in any society needs to take responsibility for the whole...Every decision that is made, every action that is taken must be viewed in light of that responsibility. This requires more than incremental adjustment; it calls for a fundamental redefinition of business as a social partner."

—Willis Hartman

Educational Objectives

  1. Cultivating Leadership Capacities: To cultivate the leadership capacities that further transformative and ethical engagement within business and cultural contexts.
  2. Practicing Creative Action Inquiry: To develop creative inquiry skills that enable collaboration responsive to high complexity and ambiguity.
  3. Core Business Functions: To identify and implement business methods and practices of human resources, operations, economics, finance, accounting, marketing, management, and strategy, towards building and sustaining a creative enterprise.
  4. Generative Entrepreneurship and Transformative Innovation: To develop the practices and perspectives that link entrepreneurial competencies with impacting the commons in ways that are generative and emancipatory, and to ignite individual and collective creativity to generate emancipatory, disruptive, and transformative innovations.
  5. Transforming Business as a Profession and Regenerating the Commons: To develop competencies required to conceive, build, and lead creative and emancipatory enterprises; to apply the competencies associated with generative entrepreneurship to producing generative globalization in service of thriving local communities, restoration of the earth’s resources, and regenerating the commons.

Graduation Requirements

  • Students are required to complete 64 credits (640 hours).
  • Students are required to attend 3 residencies.
  • Students are expected to complete a Creative Action Project (capstone).
  • Students have a maximum of five years from their initial date of enrollment to complete their Master’s in Business Administration degree.

Admission Requirements

  • A Bachelor's degree is required for admission to Meridian's graduate degree programs.
  • Students submit an online application form along with documents such as official transcripts, a personal statement, and letters of recommendation. The Admissions Committee reviews all applications and invites select applicants to proceed to an interview. More information is available on the Application Process page.
  • All students are expected to be proficient in the English language as all instruction at Meridian is offered in English.

Academic Structure

Meridian’s academic structure gives students the flexibility to navigate the University’s curricular architecture in ways that match their passions, professional goals, and other life commitments.

The structure is designed to serve a diverse student body, who live around the globe, have varied cultural and clinical visions for their careers, and are at different stages in their professional journey.

Students enroll in a degree program, can elect a concentration, and register for one or multiple courses each quarter. In addition to core courses for the specific degree program and anchor courses that represent the Transformative Learning intent of Meridian’s curriculum, students select elective courses that align with their Meridian concentration, background, and career path.

Learning Format

Meridian’s hybrid learning format is designed to enable students to pursue their graduate education at a flexible pace, combining asynchronous coursework via the University’s custom social learning platform, Pivot, live course video calls with faculty, synchronous student community engagement, and onsite one-week residencies. By combining innovative online education methodologies with rich video calls and deep onsite residency connections, Meridian’s learning format enables students to contribute locally and perceive globally.

Each quarter, students take one or multiple seven-week online courses. This schedule provides students with time between quarters to rest, engage, and prepare. Additionally, students attend at least two weeklong residencies per academic year, until they complete their residency requirements. Residencies run Monday through Friday throughout the year, at Meridian’s Bay Area Center and other globally distributed locations. Students can select residency dates and locations based on their personal circumstances and professional aspirations.