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Master of Business Administration (MBA)

Master of Business Administration (MBA)

Master of Business Administration

Program Description

The Master of Business Administration (MBA) program provides the knowledge and skills necessary to successfully formulate, plan, execute and administer sustainable business strategies and operations. This program emphasizes broad knowledge and skills in business leadership and management, organizational character development and ethical behavior, and global and regional strategy development and execution. In addition, the MBA offers areas of concentration in finance, information technology and marketing. Learners demonstrate the acquisition, mastery and value of the knowledge and skills gained throughout the program through their application to realistic scenario and simulation‐based activities and applied projects.

Admission Process

  1. Complete graduate application forms
  2. Provide current resume
  3. Submit two professional letters of recommendation (at least one from a current or former employer)
  4. Turn in one-page personal essay
  5. Submit an official transcript from a bachelor’s degree-granting institutio. Official transcripts must be received within 8 weeks following the start of class.

Prerequisites

BSAD490: Essential Economics of Business

This course provides the foundation of economic understanding that business leaders need in managerial decision‐‐‐making. Learners will gain a comprehensive overview of economic theory and analysis, using both qualitative and quantitative tools and techniques. Topics will illustrate the application of economic thinking  to a wide variety of practical situations.

BSAD495: Essential Accounting and Finance for Business

This course focuses on the interpretation and analysis of accounting information; how managers can make the best use of accounting information, accounting records, systems, and accountants as essential tools and resources for the purpose of making effective financial decisions; and examining current trends in accounting of importance to the manager. This course has strong emphasis on the use of spreadsheets as tools to examine and evaluate business problems.

Core Major Requirements

MBA500: Organizational Behavior and Human Resource Management

This course covers models and theories of behavior, and human resources management concepts and processes as they apply to managing individual and work-group behavior in organizations. Organizational behavior topics include leadership, organizational character development, motivation, and teamwork. Human Resource management topics include human resources strategy, selection, performance evaluation, reward systems, and employee development. Heavy emphasis will be on the strategic implications of these topics.

MBA505: Business Law and Ethics

Businesses must meet the legal and ethical standards imposed by a changing society. Decisions must be made that reflect the legal obligations of our world and the ethical standards by which a company will be known. Any company can face challenges in the form of globalization of the business enterprise, potential of hostile takeovers, concerns with market strategies, and continuing developments in international law and administrative regulation. Learners examine the legal, social, historical, and political/economic regulatory environments to understand that the legal and ethical perspectives are crucial in all business transactions markets.

MBA510: Business Research

This course provides an overview of business research methodologies. Learners will develop the fundamental technical knowledge and skills needed to conduct effective primary and secondary, qualitative and quantitative research and to analyze and present findings and conclusions.

MBA512: Financial Management, Analysis, and Decision Making

Learners explore and apply the principles of financial management and examine the use of accounting and financial information to plan, analyze, and implement business decisions and activities. Topics include concepts such as time value of money, risk and valuation, cost of capital, capital structure and budgeting, long-term financing decisions, working capital policy and management, and financial analysis and planning. The course concludes with a focus on strategic and operational performance analysis and evaluation for effective decision making.

Prerequisite: BSAD495 – Essentials of Accounting and Finance for Business

MBA514: Global Economics

This course combines the application of economic theory and methodology to managerial decision making within the context of global organizations and the diverse economic environments of which they are a part. The emphasis in this course is on comparative economics, systemic change, and assessment of a global economy.

Prerequisite: BSAD490 – Essentials of Economics for Business

MBA530: Marketing Strategies

Learners explore marketing concepts of importance to managers, including product development and brand management, price determination, distribution strategy, and advertising/promotion management in both a global and regional context. Emphasis will be on strategic implications of these topics, rather than the theories themselves. Learners will be required to exhibit mastery of the topics through the development of a complete, case-based integrated marketing strategy.

MBA535: Knowledge‐based Decision Making

In this course, learners develop the skills necessary to apply the principles and practices of knowledge management and business intelligence, and qualitative and quantitative knowledge to strategic and operational business decision making. Learners study specific business modeling applications include forecasting, decision analysis, simulation, and linear programming. Learners also examine and apply methods for capturing, analyzing, and applying tacit knowledge to decision-making. Learners explore the application of knowledge exchange and decision making process tools and software technologies to effective decision making.

Prior study of business research recommended.

MBA540: Global Operations

This course focuses on the central role operations plays in a global organization's success. Learners gain an understanding of the strategic advantages provided by the operations function to successful organizations and the analytic tools that are required for effective operations decision-making. Topics of study include global operational strategies and supply chains; process design and analysis; and lean manufacturing, Six Sigma, and other approaches to managing quality.

MBA544: Organizational Dynamics and Change

This course provides a foundation in organizational change theory and practice. Learners gain a framework for understanding and changing organizations from a micro to macro level as they learn how to create an organization that is responsive to environmental forces. Change in large and small, and public and private entities will be examined through analysis of real world businesses.

Prerequisite: MBA 500.

MBA545: Technology and Innovation Management

This course examines information technology and innovation from a strategic management perspective. Learners will explore the strategic management of high technology companies, investigate emerging technologies in a global marketplace, and gain an understanding of the importance of aligning product development and system design.

MBA580: Globalization in Organizations

The course will examine how globalization influences strategy and performance within firms. Learners will develop a framework for analyzing opportunities and risks in a global marketplace. Learners will study the political and economic forces that shape production, trade flows, capital flows, interest rates, exchange rates, and other variables that create the global economic landscape.

Prerequisite: MBA 514.

MBA585: Global Strategies

Learners synthesize and apply the knowledge gained in previous MBA courses and from examining the principles and practices for developing and implementing organizational strategies. Learners engage in a global business project, preparing and executing business strategies for a global company.

Prerequisites: Successful completion of all MBA courses with the exception of CAPS600.

CAPS600: Graduate Project

All learners will prepare and submit a professional capstone portfolio as a graduate requirement in this course. The portfolio serves as an opportunity for the learners to demonstrate their achievement of their respective degree program outcomes through their degree program coursework, and their commitment to lifelong learning through the identification of specific future learning goals. All learners will be required to prepare, conduct, and report on an applied learning project relevant to their degree program as a second graduate requirement in this course. This project will cover theory, concepts, practices, knowledge, and skills covered across the respective degree program courses and their application to a real-life or simulated situation. Learners’ projects from this course are also included in the final professional portfolio submitted at the end of the course.

Prerequisite: Successful completion of all major courses.

MBA Emphasis

Finance

MBA 550: Strategic Financial Decision Making

Learners explore and apply the principles of strategic and financial management. They will create and execute effective financial strategies. Topics include financial risk assessment and management, financial analysis and forecasting, creating, integrating, and executing financial and organizational strategies.

Prerequisites: MBA 512 and MBA 535.

MBA 551: Financial Markets and Investments

Learners examine financial market characteristics and potential means for investing. Topics include profiling and assessing pros and cons of financial markets, valuation methods, and investment selection and risk.

Prerequisites: MBA 512 and MBA 535.

MBA 552: Portfolio Management

Learners apply strategic financial decision‐making skills to create manage a financial portfolio.

Prerequisites: MBA 550 and MBA 551.

Marketing

MBA 555: Market Research

Learners examine market research approaches and learn strategies for conducting effective market research. Topics include defining the purpose and goals of research, assessing and selecting research methods, managing research projects, analyzing results, and making recommendations.

Prerequisites: MBA 510 and MBA 530.

MBA 556: Digital Marketing

Learners examine the influence of digital marketing on marketing strategies, the opportunities that digital marketing presents, and the effect of consumer engagement on marketing initiatives. . Topics include digital and mobile media, social networking, and search engine marketing.

Prerequisites: MBA 530.

MBA 557: Marketing and Stakeholders

Learners explore the value of marketing to all stakeholders. Topics include marketing strategies for consumers, employees, shareholders, members, partners, and the general public.

Prerequisites: MBA 530 and MBA 555.

Information Technology

MBA 560: Digital Commerce and eBusiness

Learners evaluate digital commerce and eBusiness strategies, and the effect that they have on internal operations, business partnerships, B2B relationships, customer relationships, and other commerce activities.

Prerequisite: MBA 545.

MBA 561: Collaboration and Social Media Technologies

Learners examine the impact of collaboration and social media technologies on an organization. Topics include identifying collaboration and social media technologies, assessing their features, value, and impact on internal and external operations and strategies.

Prerequisite: MBA 545.

MBA 562: Emerging Technologies and Solutions

Learners explore how emerging technologies can help solve strategic and operational problems. Topics include new technologies, value assessment, and the acquisition‐decision process.

Prerequisite: MBA 545.

All courses are three credit hours unless otherwise stated.

Graduation Requirements

  1. Complete the specific program requirements for the master's program
  2. Have an overall grade point average of 3.0, with no grade below a C (2.0)
  3. Complete a minumum of 30 credit hours

All degree requirements are subject to change. Please see Southwestern College Professional Studies Catalog for the most current degree requirements.