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Master of Business Administration (MBA)

Master of Business Administration (MBA)

Master of Business Administration

Program Description

The Southwestern College Professional Studies Master of Business Administration program prepares the learner to lead and manage organizational strategies and operations with emphasis on real world applications of cutting-edge theories, concepts, and practices. Contemporary leadership and management theories and practices are emphasized, preparing learners for developing and implementing strategies and effectively managing operations for the success of today’s organizations in an ever-changing global environment.

An MBA graduate will exhibit the technical capabilities required for key business operations, verbal and written communication competencies, demonstrated understanding and commitment to the application of ethical reasoning, and the leadership skills expected of one with an advanced degree. The application of business leadership, management, and administrative knowledge and skills to realistic, scenario or simulation-based activities and applied projects, prepares learners to immediately contribute to the success of their organizations. Learners can choose an emphasis in finance, marketing or information technology.

These experiences can inspire learners to continue in additional graduate degree programs.

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.

Core Major Requirements

MBA 500: 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, 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. Cross‐Listed with MGMT500.

MBA 505: 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 will exam the legal, social, historical, and political/economic regulatory environments to understand that the legal and ethical perspectives are crucial in all business transactions markets. Cross‐Listed with MGMT525.

MBA 510: 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.

MBA 512: 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: MBA 510.

MBA 514: Managerial Economics

This course combines the application of economic theory and methodology to managerial decision making problems within various organizational settings. The emphasis in this course will be on demand analysis and estimation, production and cost analysis under different market conditions, and forecasting and decision making.

Prerequisite: MBA 510.


MBA 530: Marketing Strategies

Learners explore various marketing concepts of importance to managers, including product development and brand management, price determination, distribution strategy, and advertising/promotion management. 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. Cross‐Listed with MGMT 530. .

MBA 535: Knowledge‐base Decision Making

In this course, learners develop the skills necessary to apply the principles and practices of knowledge management & business intelligence, and qualitative and quantitative explicit knowledge to strategic and operational business decision‐making. Learners examine and apply methods for capturing, analyzing, and applying tacit knowledge to decision‐making.

Prerequisites: MBA 510.

MBA 540: Operations Management

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

MBA 544: 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. Cross‐Listed with MGMT520.

MBA 545: 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.

MBA 580: Globalization and 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.

MBA 585: Strategic Management

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 simulation, 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 electronic 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


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.


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.