MASTER OF BUSINESS ADMINISTRATION
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. 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.
Why Choose MBA at SC?
Recently ranked by U.S. News and World Report for its online MBA program, Southwestern College offers quality online degrees to adult learners. With courses taught by expert faculty and access to a variety of student resources, SC learners are provided with the tools and flexibility needed to succeed in their education while preparing for professional advancement.
- Optional specialization in finance
- Nonprofit, regionally accredited
- Graduate with the same diploma as traditional students from our physical campus
- Complete graduate application forms
- Provide current resume
- Submit two professional letters of recommendation (at least one from a current or former employer)
- Turn in one-page personal essay
- Submit an official transcript from a bachelor’s degree-granting institution. Official transcripts must be received within 8 weeks following the start of class.
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.
MBA pre-requisites ensure that learners have a strong foundation for beginning graduate-level work. Applicants to the MBA program who hold a bachelor’s degree in business may be ready to begin graduate-level coursework immediately. Professional experience may also be a suitable foundation.
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.
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.
MBA590: MBA 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.
- Complete the specific program requirements for the master’s program
- Have an overall grade point average of 3.0, with no grade below a C (2.0)
- Complete a minimum of 30 credit hours
All degree requirements are subject to change. Please see Southwestern College Professional Studies Catalog for the most current degree requirements.