Business Department


Order of information: Name, academic rank, highest academic degree (year degree was granted, institution granting degree), date appointed to AIIAS, teaching area. 


  • Swansi, Kenneth, Department Chair, Associate Professor, PhD (2004, Tilak Maharashtra Vidyapeeth University), 2009, Management and Economics
  • Lumowa, David, Assistant Professor, PhD, (2020, Adventist International Institute of Advanced Studies), 2020, Finance
  • Luntungan, Raimond, Assistant Professor, PhD Candidate (2014, Adventist International Institute of Advanced Studies), 2003, Information Systems and Management
  • Pondi, Kepha, Assistant Professor, PhD (2018, Adventist International Institute of Advanced Studies), 2018, Research Methodology, Finance
  • Rantung, Danny, Associate Professor, PhD (2003, University of Santo Tomas), 2019, Commerce
  • Ruhupatty, LeRoy, Associate Professor, PhD (2008, The University of Western Australia), 2017, Financial Accounting
  • Tuapin, Jasmin, ___________, PhD Candidate (2019, Adventist International Institute of Advanced Studies), 2020, Accounting

Programs Offered

Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) in Business with specializations in

  • Management
  • Finance
  • Human Resource Management
  • Accounting
  • Marketing

Master of Business in Administration (MBA) with emphases in

  • Management
  • Finance
  • Accounting
  • Information Technology
  • Customized

Master of Science in Administration (MSA) with emphases in

  • Church Administration
  • Management Studies

Graduate Certificate in Business Administration


We believe that all business dealings should be characterized by respect, integrity, and stewardship and all managerial undertakings by quality, excellence and service. In doing so we acknowledge God’s ownership over all resources and recognize our role as His stewards appointed to serve society by using resources responsibly. The business programs at AIIAS seek to help students develop competencies necessary to fulfill the gospel commission and to meet societal needs. These competencies will, in general, contribute to the socio-economic development of the communities in which we live and in particular enhance effectiveness and productivity in organizations where we work.


To prepare business leaders who are professionally competent, socially responsible, and ethically upright to serve organizations in a global setting.


To be the first choice for Adventist Business Education.



Departmental Policies and Guidelines

Double Emphases

MBA students wishing to take a second emphasis must take 3 additional required courses (9 credits) from the second area of emphasis.

Students choosing the Project Option as the culminating phase are required only one elective course for both emphases.

Portable Computers

All Business Department students are expected to bring a portable computer to class for their personal use whenever requested by the faculty member.

PhD Comprehensives

The PhD program in Business requires a comprehensive examination. For information on comprehensive procedures, see the Comprehensive Examinations section of the general information for the Graduate School, or contact the department chair for further information.

MBA Thesis/PhD Dissertation

The master’s thesis is a potential culminating activity in the MBA program. Students selecting the thesis option must pass Research Methods before taking the MBA thesis. Time limits for the completion of an MBA thesis are 3 years, and for a PhD dissertation, 4 years. For further information on Graduate School procedures for research, see the Thesis/Dissertation section of the general information for the Graduate School.

Master’s Project

A Master’s Project may be selected as a culminating activity by MSA students. The course is designed to give students experience in enhancing practice in the workplace. Master’s Projects involve problem identification, antecedents or root cause analysis, literature review, alternative solution generation, intervention recommendations, and project impact evaluation. Candidates registering for BUAD 694 Master’s Project as required to do the following:

  1. Identify a problem in practice.
  2. Research the antecedents of the problem from the perspective of practitioners.
  3. Research from the literature the reasons why the problem may exist.
  4. Generate possible options for solving the problem (at least three).
  5. Recommend a solution to address the problem and provide justifications.
  6. Design an intervention that would implement the suggested solution.
  7. Measure the effectiveness of the intervention.