2011 - 2012 The Accelerated MBA Program for Westminster Undergraduate Students

Program Requirements | MBA Course Descriptions

Dean: Jin Wang
Graduate Faculty Chair: Michael Keene
Graduate Business Programs Coordinator: Baptiste Prevot
Graduate Business Programs Assistant Coordinator: Diana Dani
Graduate Faculty: Shannon Bellamy, Gaylen Bunker, Richard Collins, John Groesbeck, Michael Keene, Melissa Koerner, Aric Krause, Michael Mamo, Ken Meland, Alysse Morton, Linda Muir, Rob Patterson, Michael Sutton, Jerry Van Os, Vicki Whiting, Maria Wrotniak

Students who have completed an undergraduate business program within five years at Westminster College (Accounting, Aviation Management, Business, Economics, Finance, Financial Services, Information Resource Management, International Business, Management or Marketing) may have the option, based on admission to the MBA program, of completing an accelerated Master of Business Administration degree. A minimum of 36 graduate semester hours are required to complete the program to earn the Accelerated Master of Business Administration degree. Individuals who graduated with any of the above-listed degrees five or more years ago may be required to complete foundational preparation in addition to completing the 36 semester hours of graduate core and elective coursework.

Program Goals

Graduate programs in the Bill and Vieve Gore School of Business prepare students for executive decision making in dynamic business environments. Students build skill in decision making through a combination of coursework, experiential requirements, and skill-building exercises and simulations. Innovative delivery of courses gives students expertise in the functional areas of business.

In addition to building expertise in the functional areas of business, students completing graduate programs in the Bill and Vieve Gore School of Business are required to demonstrate mastery in the following competency areas:

Program Requirements

The program requires 36 credit hours for completion. There are four program requirements: three modules and an elective block. All core courses are delivered in a blended format, meaning that courses use a combination of classroom, online, project-based and experiential components. In the classroom, courses may use a combination of learning methods, such as lecture, case study, or in-class projects.

Module 1 contains courses that should be taken at the beginning of the MBA program; courses in this module introduce the model of the entire program. While taking module 1 courses, students and their advisors will work together to complete a program of study and to plan out elective courses and/or graduate certificates to meet the student's individual career goals.

Module 2 and elective courses may be taken as early as desired upon completion of prerequisites. Module 3 can only be taken upon completion of all core required courses as it serves as the capstone for the core program.

A maximum of 9 approved graduate hours may be transferred toward the MBA Program from other professionally accredited institutions (AACSB or ACBSP) upon the written permission of the program director. Courses eligible for transfer are only those that contribute to, or build upon, the program goals. Courses completed at other graduate institutions must be awarded a minimum grade of B to be eligible for credit.

A grade of C is the lowest passing grade for all MBA and graduate certificate courses.

For course prerequisites please refer to the course description.

Requirement Description
Credit Hours
I. Module I Courses 8
  MBA 600C The Language of Strategy
MBA 605C Executive Development
MBA 610C Data Analysis for Decision Making
MBA 615C The Ethical Leader
II. Module II Courses 16
  MBA 620C Understanding Market Dynamics
MBA 625C Financial Reporting and Control
MBA 630C Financial Design and Analysis
MBA 635C Executive Financial Decision Making
MBA 640C Managing Processes
MBA 645C Value Creation and Delivery
MBA 650C Leading Dynamic Organizations
MBA 655C Global Environment of the Firm
III. Module III Courses 3
  MBA 699C International Context Trip*
MBA 670C Achieving Competitive Advantage Through Applied Strategy**

*The international trip is required and can be taken after the student has completed at least 25 credit hours. See program coordinator for details.
**All courses in modules I and II must be completed before taking this course.

IV. Elective Courses 9
  Elective courses are chosen with the student's advisor to meet individual career goals. Students wishing to complete a graduate certificate may use electives to complete the requirements for the graduate certificate.  

Westminster undergraduate students planning to apply for the accelerated MBA program should consider completing their admissions application, including GMAT score, in the last semester of their senior year to ensure full consideration for admission.