2013–2014 Master of Business Administration (MBA)
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, Michael Keene, Melissa Koerner, Aric Krause, Michael Mamo, Ron Mano, Ken Meland, Alysse Morton, Linda Muir, Rob Patterson, Jerry Van Os, Vicki Whiting, Maria Wrotniak
The MBA program prepares students for executive decision making in dynamic business environments. The MBA program is designed with a high degree of flexibility so that graduate students can use electives to prepare themselves to meet their specific career goals and aspirations. Graduate students have an opportunity to broaden personal perspectives and sharpen management skills without interrupting their professional careers. Core requirements of the MBA program are not directed at specialization in one area of business; instead, they develop cross-functional frameworks that stress balance in using managerial skills to achieve effective leadership.
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:
- Strategic Thinking
- Global Consciousness
- Critical & Analytical Thinking
- Collaboration and Teamwork
- Business Ethics
The program requires 39 credit hours for completion. There are five program requirements: foundations, 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 should only be taken upon completion of all core required courses as it serves as the capstone for the core program.
MBA/MBATM International Context Tour Policy. The MBA/MBATM International Context Tour is required for graduation, and can be taken after the student has completed at least 25 credit hours. Trip participants are required to adhere to the policies and procedures outlined in the MBA/MBATM International Context Tour Handbook.
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.
Students entering the graduate Master of Business Administration (MBA) and Master of Business Administration in Technology Management (MBATM) programs are required to demonstrate foundational literacy in the following disciplines: (1) accounting, (2) business finance, (3) macroeconomics, (4) microeconomics, and (5) quantitative analysis and business statistics. Each admitted graduate student will be required to complete each module and achieve a minimum score for each topic (i.e. 75%). If the student fails to achieve a minimum score in a topic, the student is then directed to complete the online module associated with that topic. Students will have two opportunities to complete a post-test, after reviewing the topical areas missed in a particular module. Students will be required to meet or exceed the minimum score requirement before they will be allowed to take the associated core class or project sequence. Students will have until the end of their first semester to complete all literacy modules. Students will have access to the course materials for up to one year so that they can use the material throughout their graduate program for future reference material. Modules are delivered online via a hyperlink on the Canvas course management system.
For course prerequisites please refer to the course description.
|I. Foundational Literacy Requirement||0|
|MBA 501 Economics Foundational Literacy (0)—offered fall, spring, and summer|
|MBA 502 Accounting Foundational Literacy (0)—offered fall, spring, and summer|
|MBA 506 Quantitative Methods Foundational Literacy (0)—offered fall, spring, and summer|
|MBA 508 Finance Foundational Literacy (0—offered fall, spring, and summer )|
|See Program Requirements for information about foundational literacy courses.|
|II. Module I Courses||8|
|MBA 600C The Language of Strategy (2)—offered fall, spring, and summer|
|MBA 605C Executive Development (2)—offered fall, spring, and summer||MBA 600C|
|MBA 610C Data Analysis for Decision Making (2)—offered fall, spring, and summer|
|MBA 615C The Ethical Leader (2)—offered fall, spring, and summer|
|III. Module II Courses||16|
|MBA 620C Understanding Market Dynamics (2)—offered fall, spring, and summer|
|MBA 625C Financial Reporting and Control (2)—offered fall, spring, and summer||MBA 502, 508, 610C|
|MBA 630C Financial Design and Analysis (2)—offered fall, spring, and summer||MBA 625C|
|MBA 635C Executive Financial Decision Making (2)—offered fall, spring, and summer||MBA 625C|
|MBA 640C Managing Processes (2)—offered fall, spring, and summer||MBA 506, 610C|
|MBA 645C Value Creation and Delivery (2)—offered fall, spring, and summer|
|MBA 650C Leading Dynamic Organizations (2)—offered fall, spring, and summer||MBA 605C|
|MBA 655C Global Environment of the Firm (2)—offered fall, spring, and summer||MBA 620C, 635C, 645C|
|IV. Module III Courses||3|
|MBA 699C International Context Trip* (1)—offered fall and spring||MBA 655C|
|MBA 670C Achieving Competitive Advantage Through Applied Strategy** (2)|
|*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|
|V. Elective Courses||12|
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.
|TOTAL HOURS FOR THE MBA PROGRAM||39|
Recommended Plan of Study for MBA
|Spring Semester||Summer Semester|