Master of Business Administration (MBA)

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Melissa Koerner, Interim Dean
Baptiste Prevot, MBA & Graduate Program Operations Director
Brittney Todd, Graduate Business Programs Advisor

The MBA program prepares students for executive decision making in dynamic business environments. The MBA program is designed with a high degree of flexibility so that graduate students can use electives to prepare themselves to meet their specific career goals and aspirations. Graduate students have an opportunity to broaden personal perspectives and sharpen management skills without interrupting their professional careers. Core requirements of the MBA program are not directed at specialization in one area of business; instead, they develop cross-functional frameworks that stress balance in using managerial skills to achieve effective leadership.
Students who have completed an undergraduate business degree (Accounting, Aviation Management, BBA, Business, Economics, Finance, International Business, Management or Marketing) at Westminster College within the last five years may have the option, based on admission to either the Master of Business Administration (MBA) or Master of Business Administration in Technology Commercialization (MBATC) program, of completing an accelerated MBA or MBATC degree. In this case, a minimum of 36 (rather than 39) semester hours of graduate core and elective coursework are required to complete the program and earn the accelerated MBA or MBATC degree. This reduction is customarily accomplished through a smaller number of elective courses; all other elements of the programs remain unchanged.

Program Goals

Graduate programs in the Bill and Vieve Gore School of Business prepare students for executive decision making in dynamic business environments. Students build skill in decision making through a combination of coursework, experiential requirements, and skill-building exercises and simulations. Innovative delivery of courses gives students expertise in the functional areas of business.

In addition to building expertise in the functional areas of business, students completing graduate programs in the Bill and Vieve Gore School of Business are required to demonstrate mastery in the following competency areas:

1.
Strategic and innovative thinking
  • Compare different scenarios or strategies that affect the competitive position and success of an organization.
  • Develop innovative solutions that generate value for organizational stakeholders.
  • Evaluate the success of implemented strategies.
2.

Global perspective

 

  • Interpret business solutions from a global citizen’s point of view.
  • Assess the interdependence of global systems on business outcomes.
  • Evaluate the social, legal, economic, cultural, and political issues and trends that affect the way business is conducted.
3.
Critical, analytical and reflective thinking

 

  • Explain logical solutions to complex or unstructured problems.
  • Evaluate assumptions, evidence and implications.
  • Support claims and conclusions with evidence and logic.
  • Synthesize other perspectives and positions.
  • Evaluate the results of one’s decisions and actions to guide continuous improvement.
4.

Effective communication

 

  • Evaluate intended audiences’ characteristics and tailor messages accordingly.
  • Analyze and select communication methods and technologies that are appropriate to the objective and situation.
  • Develop well-organized, persuasive arguments, supported by evidence and reasoning.
  • Deliver verbal, written and visual messages to individuals and groups clearly, credibly, concisely, and persuasively.
  • Listen in a way that demonstrates and builds understanding.
5.

Ethics and social responsibility

 

  • Identify ethical issues and challenges encountered within an organization and determine how they affect the various stakeholders.
  • Discriminate between legal and ethical standards and devise solutions to address both.
  • Explain the impact of social responsibility on an organization, relevant communities, and society.
6.
Leadership and teamwork
  • Articulate desired results and ensure that results are achieved.
  • Manage decision-making and problem solving processes.
  • Motivate and influence individuals and groups to solve problems and make sound decisions.
  • Create effective teams by clarifying team goals, selecting suitable members, allocating work, establishing norms, and assigning accountability.
  • Collaborate with others in pursuit of team goals by soliciting input, giving and receiving feedback, addressing problems, and personally contributing to the team’s work.
  • Build and maintain productive interpersonal relationships with others.
7.
Functional integration and application
  • Assess quantitative and qualitative information to measure and evaluate organizational processes and performance.
  • Integrate skills learned throughout the graduate program and use them to solve business problems and make effective decisions.

Program Requirements

The program requires 39 credit hours for completion. There are five program requirements:  foundations, three modules, and an elective block. All core courses are delivered in a blended format, meaning that courses use a combination of classroom, online, project-based and experiential components. In the classroom, courses may use a combination of learning methods, such as:  lecture, case study, or in-class projects.
In addition to the course work described below, students are required to complete the ETS MBA Major Field Test prior to graduation.

Module 1
 contains courses that should be taken at the beginning of the MBA program; courses in this module introduce the model of the entire program. While taking module 1 courses, students and their advisors will work together to complete a program of study and to plan out elective courses and/or graduate certificates to meet the student’s individual career goals.

Module 2 
and elective courses may be taken as early as desired upon completion of prerequisites.
Module 3 should only be taken upon completion of all core required courses as it serves as the capstone for the core program.

MBA/ MBATC International Context Tour Policy.
 The MBA/MBATC International Context Tour is required for graduation, and can be taken after the student has completed at least 25 credit hours. Trip participants are required to adhere to the policies and procedures outlined in the MBA/ MBATC International Context Tour Handbook.A maximum of 9 approved graduate hours may be transferred toward the MBA Program from other professionally accredited institutions (AACSB or ACBSP) upon the written permission of the program director. Courses eligible for transfer are only those that contribute to, or build upon, the program goals. Courses completed at other graduate institutions must be awarded a minimum grade of B to be eligible for credit.A grade of C is the lowest passing grade for all MBA and graduate certificate courses.

Foundational Literacy Requirement

Students entering the graduate Master of Business Administration (MBA) and Master of Business Administration in Technology Commercialization (MBATC) programs are required to demonstrate foundational literacy in the following five disciplines:  (1) accounting, (2) business finance, (3) macroeconomics, (4) microeconomics, and (5) quantitative analysis and business statistics.

Each admitted graduate student will be required to complete each module and achieve a minimum score for each topic (i.e., 75%).  If the student fails to achieve a minimum score for a topic, the student is then directed to complete the online module associated with that topic.  Students will have two opportunities to complete a post-test, after reviewing the topical areas missed in a particular module.  Students will be required to meet or exceed the minimum score requirement before they will be allowed to take the associated core class.  Students will have until the end of their first semester to complete the literacy modules. Students will have access to the course materials for up to one year so that they can use the material throughout their graduate program for future reference material.   Modules are delivered online.  The costs of the Literacy Workshops are not included in the cost of tuition.

 For course prerequisites please refer to the course description.

Program Requirements

Requirement Description
Credit Hours
Prerequisites
I. Foundational Literacy Requirement
0
MBA      501     Economics Foundational Literacy (0)—offered fall, spring, and summer
MBA      502     Accounting Foundational Literacy (0)—offered fall, spring, and summer
MBA      506     Quantitative Methods Foundational Literacy (0)—offered fall, spring, and summer
MBA      508     Finance Foundational Literacy (0—offered fall, spring, and summer )
See Program Requirements for information about foundational literacy courses.
II. Module I Courses
8
MBA      600C   The Language of Strategy (2)—offered fall, spring, and summer
MBA      605C   Executive Development (2)—offered fall, spring, and summer
MBA 600C
MBA      610C   Data Analysis for Decision Making (2)—offered fall, spring, and summer
MBA      615C    The Ethical Leader (2)—offered fall, spring, and summer
III. Module II Courses
16
MBA      620C   Understanding Market Dynamics (2)—offered fall, spring, and summer
MBA      625C   Financial Reporting and Control (2)—offered fall, spring, and summer
MBA 502, 508, 610C
MBA      630C   Financial Design and Analysis (2)—offered fall, spring, and summer
MBA 625C
MBA      635C   Executive Financial Decision Making (2)—offered fall, spring, and summer
MBA 625C
MBA      640C   Managing Processes (2)—offered fall, spring, and summer
MBA 506, 610C
MBA      645C   Value Creation and Delivery (2)—offered fall, spring, and summer
MBA      650C   Leading Dynamic Organizations (2)—offered fall, spring, and summer
MBA 605C
MBA      655C   Global Environment of the Firm (2)—offered fall, spring, and summer
MBA 620C, 635C, 645C
IV. Module III Courses
3
MBA      699C   International Context Trip* (1)—offered fall and spring
MBA 655C
MBA      670C   Achieving Competitive Advantage Through Applied Strategy** (2)
(ETS Major Field Test administered in MBA*670C)
*The international trip is required and can be taken after the student has completed at least 25 credit hours. See program coordinator for details.
The ETS Major Field Test for the MBA is required and is normally administered in the students’ last semester. (0)
**All courses in modules I and II must be completed before taking this course
V. Elective Courses
12
Elective courses are chosen with the student’s advisor to meet individual career goals. Students wishing to complete a graduate certificate may use electives to complete the requirements for the graduate certificate.
Total Hours for the MBA Program 
39
 

Recommended Plan of Study for MBA

Fall Semester
 
Spring Semester
Summer Semester
Year 1
MBA 600C
MBA 605C
MBA 610C
MBA 615C


MBA 620C
MBA 625C
MBA 630C
MBA 645C


MBA 635C
Elective (2 credits)
.
.


Year 2
MBA 640C
Elective (2 credits)
Elective (2 credits)
MBA 650C
MBA 655C
Elective (2 credits)
Elective (2 credits)
MBA 699C (1 credit)
MBA 670C
Elective (2 credits)

The Accelerated MBA Program for Westminster Undergraduate Students

Melissa Koerner, Dean
Baptiste Prevot, MBA & Graduate Program Operations  Director
Brittney Todd, Graduate Business Programs Advisor

Students who have completed an undergraduate business program within five years at Westminster College (Accounting, Aviation Management, BBA, Business, Economics, Finance, International Business, Management or Marketing) may have the option, based on admission to the MBA program, of completing an accelerated Master of Business Administration degree. A minimum of 36 graduate semester hours are required to complete the program to earn the Accelerated Master of Business Administration degree. Individuals who graduated with any of the above-listed degrees five or more years ago may be required to complete foundational preparation in addition to completing the 36 semester hours of graduate core and elective coursework.

Program Goals

Graduate programs in the Bill and Vieve Gore School of Business prepare students for executive decision making in dynamic business environments. Students build skill in decision making through a combination of coursework, experiential requirements, and skill-building exercises and simulations. Innovative delivery of courses gives students expertise in the functional areas of business.

In addition to building expertise in the functional areas of business, students completing graduate programs in the Bill and Vieve Gore School of Business are required to demonstrate mastery in the following competency areas:

1.
Strategic and innovative thinking
  • Compare different scenarios or strategies that affect the competitive position and success of an organization.
  • Develop innovative solutions that generate value for organizational stakeholders.
  • Evaluate the success of implemented strategies.
2.

Global perspective

  • Interpret business solutions from a global citizen’s point of view.
  • Assess the interdependence of global systems on business outcomes.
  • Evaluate the social, legal, economic, cultural, and political issues and trends that affect the way business is conducted.
3.
Critical, analytical and reflective thinking
  • Explain logical solutions to complex or unstructured problems.
  • Evaluate assumptions, evidence and implications.
  • Support claims and conclusions with evidence and logic.
  • Synthesize other perspectives and positions.
  • Evaluate the results of one’s decisions and actions to guide continuous improvement.
4.

Effective communication

  • Evaluate intended audiences’ characteristics and tailor messages accordingly.
  • Analyze and select communication methods and technologies that are appropriate to the objective and situation.
  • Develop well-organized, persuasive arguments, supported by evidence and reasoning.
  • Deliver verbal, written and visual messages to individuals and groups clearly, credibly, concisely, and persuasively.
  • Listen in a way that demonstrates and builds understanding.
5.

Ethics and social responsibility

  • Identify ethical issues and challenges encountered within an organization and determine how they affect the various stakeholders.
  • Discriminate between legal and ethical standards and devise solutions to address both.
  • Explain the impact of social responsibility on an organization, relevant communities, and society.
6.
Leadership and teamwork
  • Articulate desired results and ensure that results are achieved.
  • Manage decision-making and problem solving processes.
  • Motivate and influence individuals and groups to solve problems and make sound decisions.
  • Create effective teams by clarifying team goals, selecting suitable members, allocating work, establishing norms, and assigning accountability.
  • Collaborate with others in pursuit of team goals by soliciting input, giving and receiving feedback, addressing problems, and personally contributing to the team’s work.
  • Build and maintain productive interpersonal relationships with others.
7.
Functional integration and application
  • Assess quantitative and qualitative information to measure and evaluate organizational processes and performance.
  • Integrate skills learned throughout the graduate program and use them to solve business problems and make effective decisions.

Program Requirements

The program requires 36 credit hours for completion. There are four program requirements:  three modules and an elective component.  All core courses are delivered in a blended format, meaning that courses use a combination of classroom, online, project-based and experiential components. In the classroom, courses may use a combination of learning methods, such as lecture, case study, or in-class projects.
In addition to the course work described below, students are required to complete the ETS MBA Major Field Test prior to graduation.

Module 1
 contains courses that should be taken at the beginning of the MBA program; courses in this module introduce the model of the entire program. While taking module 1 courses, students and their advisors will work together to complete a program of study and to plan out elective courses and/or graduate certificates to meet the student’s individual career goals.
 
Module 2 and elective courses may be taken as early as desired upon completion of prerequisites.
 

Module 3 can only be taken upon completion of all core required courses as it serves as the capstone for the core program.

A maximum of 9 approved graduate hours may be transferred toward the MBA Program from other professionally accredited institutions (AACSB or ACBSP) upon the written permission of the program director. Courses eligible for transfer are only those that contribute to, or build upon, the program goals. Courses completed at other graduate institutions must be awarded a minimum grade of B to be eligible for credit.

A grade of C is the lowest passing grade for all MBA and graduate certificate courses.

For course prerequisites please refer to the course description.

Program Requirements

Requirement Description
 
Credit Hours
Prerequisites
I. Module I Courses
8
MBA      600C   The Language of Strategy (2)—offered fall, spring, and summer
MBA      605C   Executive Development (2 —offered fall, spring, and summer
MBA 600C
MBA      610C   Data Analysis for Decision Making (2)—offered fall, spring, and summer
MBA      615C   The Ethical Leader (2)—offered fall, spring, and summer
II. Module II Courses
16
MBA      620C   Understanding Market Dynamics (2)—offered fall, spring, and summer
MBA      625C   Financial Reporting and Control (2)—offered fall, spring, and summer
MBA 502, 508, 610C, 615C
MBA      630C   Financial Design and Analysis (2)—offered fall, spring, and summer
MBA 625C
MBA      635C   Executive Financial Decision Making (2)—offered fall, spring, and summer
MBA 625C
MBA      640C   Managing Processes (2)—offered fall and spring
MBA 506, 610C
MBA      645C   Value Creation and Delivery (2)—offered fall, spring, and summer
MBA      650C   Leading Dynamic Organizations (2)—offered fall, spring, and summer
MBA 605C
MBA      655C    Global Environment of the Firm (2)—offered fall, spring, and summer
MBA 620C, 635C, 645C
III. Module III Courses
3
MBA      699C   International Context Tour* (1)—offered fall and spring
MBA 655C
MBA      670C   Achieving Competitive Advantage Through Applied Strategy**  (2)  (ETS Major Field Test Examination is administered in MBA*670C)
MBA 650C
*The International Context Tour is required and can be taken after the student has completed at least 20 credit hours.  See program coordinator for details.
**All courses in modules I and II must be completed before taking this course.
IV. Elective Courses
9
Elective courses are chosen with the student’s advisor to meet individual career goals. Students wishing to complete a graduate certificate may use electives to complete the requirements for the graduate certificate.
TOTAL HOURS FOR THE ACCELERATED MBA PROGRAM FOR WESTMINSTER UNDERGRADUATE STUDENTS
36
 

Westminster undergraduate students planning to apply for the accelerated MBA program should consider completing their admissions application, including GMAT score, in the last semester of their senior year to ensure full consideration for admission.

Recommended Plan of Study for Accelerated MBA Program for Westminster Undergraduates

Fall Semester
Spring Semester
Summer Semester
Year 1
MBA 600C
MBA 605C
MBA 610C
MBA 615C


MBA 620C
MBA 625C
MBA 630C
MBA 645C


MBA 635C
Elective (2 credits)
 
 –

Year 2
MBA 640C
Elective (2 credits)
Elective (2 credits)
MBA 650C
MBA 655C
Elective  (2 credits)
Elective  (1 credit)
MBA 699C (1 credit)
MBA 670C