Graduate Business Concentrations and Certificates

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Örn Bodvarsson, Dean
Dax Jacobson, Associate Dean
Chelsea Dye, Director of Master of Accountancy
Michael Keene, Director of MBA in Technology Commercialization
William Shiflett, Director, MBA & Graduate Business Operations
Deborah Marzano, Graduate Business Programs Coordinator

Concentrations in Business Analytics, Entrepreneurship, High-Performance Organizations and Marketing

For students who are interested in developing expertise in areas that are in demand by employers, MBA students may elect to complete a concentration. Currently, concentrations are offered in business analytics, entrepreneurship, high-performance organizations, and marketing.  Each concentration includes three or four courses that fulfill MBA program elective requirements. The concentration name will appear on students’ transcript. Students must declare their intent to complete a concentration by sending written notification to the Graduate Programs Office before they complete 20 hours of their MBA program.

Graduate Concentration in Business Analytics

For information, see the Graduate Business Programs Coordinator

Requirement Description
Credit Hours Prerequisites
I. Required Electives
6
MBA 675E Introduction to Data Analytics – offered spring 2 MBA 610C
MBA 676E Applied Data Analytics — offered summer 2 MBA 610C and 660EA or 675E
MBA 677E Marketing Analytics – offered fall 2 MBA 610C
Total Hours for the Concentration in Business Analytics
6

Graduate Concentration in Entrepreneurship

Faculty Champion:  Dr. Cliff Hurst

Requirement Description
Credit Hours Prerequisites
I. Required Electives
6
MBA 560E Entrepreneurship – offered fall 2 MBA 601B, 602B, 603B, 604B
MBA 634E Business Model Development – offered spring 2
Choose one additional course from:
MBA 628E Marketing New Ventures – offered spring 2
MBA 627E Social Entrepreneurship – offered spring 2
MBA 651E The Nonprofit Organization – offered fall and summer 2
MBA 653E Internship in Entrepreneurship 2 Practice/Experience Coordinator consent
MBA 668E Directed Studies in Entrepreneurship 2 all MBA Fundamentals courses and consent of instructor
MBATC 654 Financing New Ventures – offered fall (Block 2) 2 MBA 640C
Total Hours for the Concentration in Entrepreneurship 6  

Graduate Concentration in High-Performance Organizations

Faculty Champion:  Dr. Michael Pacanowsky

Requirement Description
Credit Hours Prerequisites
I. Required Electives
6
MBA 643E  High Performing Organizational Cultures – offered fall 2
MBA 644E  Exploring Innovative Organizational Cultures 2
MBA 647E Creating High Performance Teams – offered summer 2
Total Hours for the Concentration in High-Performance Organizations
6  

Graduate Concentration in Marketing

For information, see the Graduate Business Programs Coordinator

Requirement Description
Credit Hours Prerequisites
I. Required Electives
6
Complete six credit hours from the following courses:
*MACL 662 Social Media Marketing 1
MBA 628E Marketing New Ventures 2
*MBA 660ERR Internet & Social Media Marketing 2
MBA 677E Marketing Analytics 2
MBATC 647 Marketing Innovative Products 2
MBA PRJ2.4 Marketing Research 1
*Students may not take both of these courses toward
completion of the marketing concentration.
Total Hours for the Concentration in Marketing
6

Graduate Certificate in Professional Accounting

Faculty Champion: Professor Chelsea Dye

A Graduate Certificate in Professional Accounting is available as a program of graduate business study for individuals who:

  • Already possess a graduate business degree and wish to enhance or update their skills.
  • Are completing a MBA or MBATC degree and desire additional specialization in a single business discipline.

The Graduate Certificate in Professional Accounting requires 12 graduate semester hours. The 12 semester hours must be taken at Westminster College. Individuals without prior undergraduate coursework in accounting, must complete prerequisite courses as identified in the certificate requirements. Students must formally declare their accounting certificate with the Graduate Program Advisor prior to graduation.

Requirement Description
Credit Hours Prerequisites
I. Prerequisite Courses 24
ACCT 350 Intermediate Accounting I – offered fall  4 ACCT 313
ACCT 360 Intermediate Accounting II – offered spring  4 ACCT 350
ACCT 374 Cost Accounting – offered spring  4 ACCT 213
ACCT 454 Auditing – offered fall  4 ACCT 360
ACCT 467 Accounting Information Systems – offered fall  4 ACCT 313; BUSI 300
ACCT 474 Individual Income Taxation – offered fall  4 ACCT 213
II. Required Certificate Courses 12   
For Westminster MBA/MBATC students: Complete twelve credit hours in graduate accounting courses that must include 2 hours of audit and 2 hours of taxation from the following:
Audit
  • MACC 608 Auditing and Attestation
2 co-requisite: MACC 653
  • MACC 653 Advanced Audit
1 co-requisite: MACC 653
Tax
  • MACC 611 Advanced Topics in Federal Taxation
2
  • MACC 622 Taxation of Corporations I
2
  • MACC 624 Taxation of Pass-Through Entities I
2
  • MACC 630 Federal Taxation of S-Corporations
2
Additional Options
  • MACC 603 Financial Accounting Research
2 co-requisite: MACC 604
  • MACC 604 Governmental and Non-Profit Accounting
2
  • MACC 620 Accounting Ethics
2
  • MACC 650 Corporate Governance
1
  • MACC 651 Financial Accounting and Reporting
2
  • MACC 652 Business Regulation
2
  • MACC 653 Advanced Audit
1 co-requisite: MACC 608
  • MACC 655 Forensic Accounting and Financial Investigations
2
For students with an MBA from another institution, the following courses are required:
  • MBA 604B Financial Statement Analysis
2
  • MBA 630C Managerial Accounting
2 MBA 603B, 604B
Total Hours for the Graduate Certificate in Accounting 12 + relevant prerequisites