The Online Master of Business Administration curriculum consists of 48 credits delivered in eight 6-credit courses, each lasting 10 weeks. You can complete the program and earn your MBA degree in 24 months.

Term One:
BUS 601
MBA Fundamentals (6 credits)

Students will understand and achieve proficiency regarding statistics, introductory accounting, team building, ethics, and other business areas as these topics relate to the MBA program as well as business operations of the twenty-first century. Students will be introduced to the competencies that form the foundation of this MBA program and understand how they will be reinforced throughout the program. Students will develop an action plan that demonstrates application of the MBA core competencies.

Term Two:
BUS 632
Organization and Leadership (6 credits)

Students analyze organizational effectiveness – using theories of leadership, management, and organizational behavior. Functional and dysfunctional leadership, drawing on models of leadership, are examined with sensitivity to cross-cultural differences. Students reflect upon their own leadership styles and that of other leaders to determine how to shape their own leadership practice to improve their effectiveness. Students apply frameworks for thinking strategically about human resources.

Term Three:
BUS 687
Accounting and Finance (6 credits)

Students: read, understand, and use corp. financial statements and published accounting reports; examine alternative costing methods and how cost information can be used for decision making; explore both financial and non-financial performance measures for evaluating business strategies and business unit success; prepare and analyze financial statements and projections for an investment; create a corporation, and/or a proposed project; and evaluate resources of financing for new and existing ventures.

Term Four:
BUS 602
Micro-Macro Economics (6 credits)

Students will become familiar with microeconomic as well as macroeconomic concepts relevant to managerial decision making. Topics may include: demand and supply analysis; consumer demand theory; production theory; price discrimination; perfect competition; externalities and public goods; risk aversion and risk sharing; hidden information and market signaling; moral hazard and incentives; rudimentary game theory; oligopoly; reputation and credibility; and transaction cost economics.

Term Five:
BUS 661
Innovation and Technology Management (6 credits)

Students study the importance of innovation to business success. Innovation is analyzed from three perspectives: products, processes, and organizations. Students understand the intricacies of developing new products, processes, and organizations. Students explore how information-based systems are used to address the challenges of adding value to organizations. Principles of operations management are examined to improve strategies, processes, and decision making to meet customer needs.

Term Six:
BUS 626
Marketing and Entrepreneurship (6 credits)

Students integrate literature (research and practice), historical perspectives, analytical tools, and theoretical frameworks to design and conduct a market analysis. Students make marketing-related decisions based on identification and analysis of target markets, marketing mix variables, and market feasibility. Students identify and analyze high potential opportunities and develop a plan to exploit those opportunities. Students contribute to the startup or growth of entrepreneurial/intrapreneurial ventures.

Term Seven:
BUS 631
Global Business (6 credits)

Students develop an “outside/in” perspective: seeing the United States, U.S.-based companies, and foreign-headquartered multinational corporations from the perspective of multi-varied constituencies around the world. Many of the readings are from Africa to provide the diversity of thought needed to break the barriers of U.S.-centric thinking. International governance structures are highlighted in the course. A two-country negotiation case applies what students have learned.

Term Eight:
BUS 691
Business Strategy (6 credits)

As the culminating experience of the MBA program, students integrate the knowledge from earlier courses and apply it in the same manner demanded of business, government, and non-profit general managers. As an experiential learning exercise, students plan, organize, implement, and control a business in a competitive, simulated market. Simulated internal and external data are analyzed to formulate the vision, mission, objectives, strategies, and policies needed to implement a business strategy.

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Spring B, 2015

Term Starts -
April 6, 2015
Application Deadline -
March 13, 2015