About the Program
The MBA program is designed to provide a well-rounded graduate education in business, helping you further develop your skills and understanding of finance, operations, information systems, marketing, economics, and accounting. You’ll complete your coursework through a combination of classroom, online, competency-based, and experiential components. Throughout the program, you’ll receive personalized mentoring from highly qualified faculty with expertise in technology, entrepreneurship, banking, marketing, business analytics, and more. The MBA is intentionally flexible and you can start the program in August, January, or May—whichever fits best into your life. When you graduate, you’ll not only be prepared to be successful as a leader at the senior level of an organization, but you’ll also have the ability to adapt to ever-changing social, technological, and economic conditions.
Average years of professional experience prior to entering the program
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What You'll Learn
You complete the program by mastering program goals and related competencies, including:
- Communication: Effectively communicate business concepts and analysis verbally and in writing to organizational stakeholders.
- Ethics and social responsibility: Evaluate various ethical perspectives and use an ethical and legal framework for decision-making and social responsibility.
- Critical, analytical and reflective thinking: Analyze and solve complex managerial and organizational problems incorporating reflective thinking on the implications of the outcomes of those decisions.
- Leadership and teamwork: Lead and influence individuals and teams to achieve organizational objectives.
- Organizational performance: Analyze and use accounting, financial, and operational information to measure and influence organizational performance.
- Understanding markets: Identify and evaluate markets for an organization’s goods and services, articulate and influence the activities that make up the value chain for those goods and services, and use appropriate methodologies for ensuring product/service quality and speed to market.
- Strategic and global thinking: Design a strategic planning process, formulate a strategy, and implement the strategy to achieve a sustainable competitive advantage for a firm.
Plan of Study
The program consists of four sections: three learning modules and an elective block. The core coursework is designed to give you a solid foundation in a variety of business disciplines, including finance, organizational behavior, marketing, strategy, and ethics. Through electives, you can customize your plan of study to align with your specific career goals. At the end of the program, you’ll take an international trip with your classmates to study the global economy hands-on.
Your first courses focus on fundamental business concepts and skills in areas including marketing, economics, quantitative analysis, finance, and accounting.
These courses offer a breadth of instruction on topics including data and decision analytics, creating competitive strategies, financial decision-making, ethics and laws of corporate governance, operations, and designing high-performance organizations.
The third module is the capstone of the program. You’ll study business in the global economy, focusing on a specific region or country. At the end of the course, you’ll go on a 10-day International Context Tour with your classmates, where you’ll examine the economic, social, financial, demographic, and multicultural environments you studied in class.
You can use your electives to complete graduate certificates in business analytics, entrepreneurship, marketing, and high-performance organizations, or take individual courses such as Leadership, New Product Development, Intellectual Property, and Negotiations and Persuasion.
Areas of Concentration
This concentration gives you the skills you need to succeed as an entrepreneur. You’ll learn to write business plans, understand financing and equity issues in start-ups and early stage companies, explore the process of innovating for follow-up products, and analyze case studies of successful and unsuccessful entrepreneurs.
The marketing concentration helps you develop the skills necessary to providing superior value to customers in an environment where communication, information, and new product development are changing at lightning pace. Topics include digital marketing, marketing analytics, marketing research, and marketing of new ventures and products.
High Performance Organizations
The concentration in high-performance organizations grows out of the Center for Innovative Cultures’ understanding of how organizations can thrive by unleashing the talent, passion, and potential of people at work. The Center’s model of high-performing organizational cultures is the basis for courses that involve analyzing and suggesting improvements for a variety of organizations.
The business analytics concentration is designed to provide you with broader, more advanced learning opportunities. You’ll master the skills you need for major data analytics, including database languages, programming languages, and visualization tools. You’ll gain experience working with a variety of tools to describe, predict, and inform business decisions.