About the Program
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What You'll Learn
Being an executive is not just about business concepts, it's also about managing projects, leading teams, facilitation, negotiation, presentation ability, writing ability, and more. By completing projects you will build, learn and apply skills in different areas.
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 Project-Based MBA program follows an alternative plan of study format. Instead of taking multiple courses, you will complete a set of project sequences.
The program is competency-based, meaning program curriculum was developed with the expectation of certain knowledge, skills, and abilities (competencies) you develop as you progress. Through this curriculum style, you will build expertise as you put theory into practice, applying what you learn immediately through projects tailored to your background, career, and aspirations.
This program is also taught in an interactive, online format, meaning you can complete projects around your personal and professional schedule to make degree completion more flexible and convenient while still having meaningful interactions with faculty and peers.
You complete all projects in each sequence to demonstrate a mastery of the program’s learning goals and competencies. Coursework is broken into 5 project sequences:
- Strategic Leadership
- Consumers in the Market
- Enterprise Performance
- Implementing Strategy
- Business Plan (You will build a business plan for a new startup or work on an intrapreneurial plan for your company as well as take the ETS Major Field Test in Business)
The program uses team projects and one-on-one mentoring to build a community with coaches and peers, learn about project assignments and competencies to be evaluated, increase your performance in competencies, and network.
When you've completed all of the projects, you will have demonstrated expertise in over 80 different business and executive skills, mastering everything a traditional MBA program student knows and far beyond.
At the end of the program, you’ll take an international trip with your cohort where you’ll put your skills into practice, demonstrating your ability to understand the complexity and interconnectedness of social, economic, cultural, and political issues and trends that affect the way international business is conducted.
May, August, and January
More information on projects, coaching, grading, residencies, and more can be found under degree requirements on the Project-Based MBA program academic catalog page. Specific information on the parts of each project sequence is listed under course descriptions for the program found in the academic catalog.