MBA in Creative Enterprise

Purpose 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. In addition, Meridian's MBA curriculum weaves several essential emphases through most MBA courses such as:

  • Transformative Innovation
  • Business as a Means of Regenerating the Commons
  • Entrepreneurship that is Generative, Not Extractive
  • Developmentally-driven Organizations

"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."


At A Glance

Applications Accepted:


Highest Degree Required:


Learning Formats:

Hybrid & Online

Program Length:

18-24 Months

Total Credits Required:

64 Credits



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 expected to complete 64 credits (640 hours).
  • Students are expected to complete a Creative Action Project (capstone).
  • Students have a maximum of five (5) years from their initial date of enrollment to complete this 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.

Professional Outcomes

The Meridian MBA curriculum is designed to prepare graduates for a professional future in the contexts noted below, with which the MBA concentrations are specifically aligned.

  • Social Entrepreneurship
  • Project and Process Management
  • Operations Management
  • Human Resources Management
  • Management Consulting
  • Executive, Developmental, and Performance Coaching
  • Strategic Leadership
  • Organizational Development

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. The Academic Structure page includes important details regarding Meridian's program formats and completion paths.

Learning Formats

Hybrid Format

Meridian’s hybrid learning format combines online courses with weeklong onsite labs. The 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 one-week onsite labs. By combining innovative online education methodologies with rich video calls and deep onsite connections, the hybrid 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 onsite labs per academic year. Labs run Monday through Friday throughout the year, with onsite labs taking place at Meridian’s Bay Area Center and other globally distributed locations.

Online Format

In Meridian's online learning format, students can complete 100% of their coursework degree requirements online. Online labs are also available for students who choose not to travel to onsite labs. Students can select lab dates, locations, and formats based on their personal circumstances and professional aspirations

Accreditation and Financial Aid

Meridian University is a degree-granting higher education institution accredited by the Senior Commission of the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC). As an accreditor, WASC is recognized by the U.S. Department of Education. WASC is also an accreditor of the University of California, Berkeley, UCLA, and Stanford University.

Meridian is approved by the U.S. Department of Education for participation in the Federal Student Aid programs as well as by the U.S. Department of Veteran’s Affairs for the training of veterans and other eligible persons.

The University is approved by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security to provide form I-20 to eligible international students, enabling travel to and stay in the United States.

Meridian offers institutional financial aid to qualified international students.


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