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Accelerated Master of Business Administration (MBA) Program Information

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Master of Business Administration (MBA)

 

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Admission Requirements

Graduation Requirements

MBA Program Options

MSM Bridge to MBA

Description of Courses

 

Admission Requirements

  • A completed and signed application and application fee.
  • A baccalaureate degree from a regionally-accredited college or university; normally with a GPA of 3.0 or above. 
  • The official college transcript of the posted baccalaureate degree.
  • Two supervisory letters of recommendation.
  • Students without a business degree. Six one-credit foundation courses are required for students who did not take the prerequisite business course material as an undergraduate. These foundation courses are online, self-paced courses that take approximately 15 to 20 hours each.
    • Foundation Courses 

      MBA 500 Principles of Financial Accounting

      MBA 510 Principles of Economics

      MBA 520 Principles of Marketing

      MBA 530 Principles of Finance

      MBA 540 Mathematics and Statistics

      MBA 550 Principles of Management

  • Evidence that international applicants have received a minimum score of 575 on the TOEFL examination.

Graduation Requirements

To graduate from the Master of Business Administration (MBA) program,  a student requires 30 semester hours of credit.  No more than 6 graduate credits from a regionally accredited Master Degree program may be applied.

  • A minimum GPA of 3.00 in the MBA program.
  • Payment of tuition and all fees.

MBA Program Options

The MBA with a specialization in Strategic Management and Leadership is designed for students and working professionals who seek to advance their knowledge in organizational leadership and management within a global environment.   Students will build on a sound foundation of business skills and competencies developed within the MBA core classes with specialization courses in leadership, global management, and managing human capital.

The MBA with a specialization in Health Care Administration is designed for working health professionals who seek to gain expertise in the management of facilities, operations, and human resources.   Students will build on a sound foundation of business skills and competencies developed in the MBA core classes with specialization courses designed to prepare students to manage diverse health care systems.

MSM Bridge to MBA Add On Option for Gwynedd Mercy University Alumni of the MSM Program is designed for students with an earned M.S.M. from Gwynedd Mercy University. We have developed a clear and distinct path that will provide our MSM graduates with the ability to earn the MBA through the completion of 4 MBA courses. The bridge program will consit of the following courses;

MBA 700 Orginizational Theory and Design
 

MBA 780 Sustainability and Supply Chain Management

MBA 720 Managing Human Capital

MBA 660 Capstone Business Plan

 

Description of Courses

Core Courses

MBA 600 Ethical Decision Making and Corporate Social Responsibility (3 credits)

This course involves the study of ethical theory, values formation, ethical decision-making, and corporate social responsibility policy formation within the context of management and leadership.  

MBA 610 Strategic Management (3 credits)

This course is a study of management as an organized body of knowledge, focusing on the role of executive management in directing an organization and improving organizational performance.  Concepts include the nature and purpose of organizations; humanistic, ethical, and behaviorist challenges facing modern institutions in a rapidly changing environment; and the development of managerial skills and techniques needed for the contemporary business environment.  In this course the student will be required to develop a professional development plan and map a career path.  Prerequisite:  MBA 550.

MBA 620 Accounting for Decision Makers (3 credits)

An examination of contemporary accounting issues for managers. Issues related to the principles, techniques, and uses of accounting in the planning and decision making in organizations are studied. The use of information technology plays a key role in this course. Areas of emphasis include the budgetary process, performance evaluation techniques, product costing methods, constraint management, and ethics.  Prerequisite:  MBA 500.

MBA 630 Marketing Planning (3 credits)

This course presents marketing from a strategic management perspective. Emphasis is placed on strategic evaluation of internal (marketing mix) and external (competitive, economic, social) forces. The course will lead students through the marketing management process to the creation of a strategic marketing plan. Prerequisite: MBA 520.

MBA 640 Managing Business Operations (3 credits)

The course examines problems faced by the operations manager in the planning, operating and controlling of the production of goods and services. The major topics covered in the course include planning and analyzing operations, forecasting, inventory management, quality control and improvement, facility layouts, and supply chain management. Prerequisites: MBA 540,550.

MBA 650 Managerial Finance (3 credits)

This course focuses on the management of economic resources and financing sources to enhance returns to the business entity. Skills developed include: cash flow management, profitability analysis, debt management, control of receivables, capital and operational budgeting and other asset/liability management tactics. This course will be a survey of advanced accounting and finance for managers stressing the analysis of principles and practices of the finance function.  Emphasis is on financing methods for internal and external ventures and innovations, capital budgeting, and research and development (R&D) portfolio analyses.  Prerequisite: MBA 500,510,530.

MBA 660 Capstone Business Plan (3 credits)

This course is the culminating course in the MBA program.  The capstone course experience requires students to develop a comprehensive, implementable business plan for a company within a specified industry.  Drawing on the knowledge obtained in previous classes, students will incorporate marketing, operational, and financial plans into the comprehensive business plan.  At the conclusion of the course, students present detailed reports of their findings and recommendations.  Prerequisites: MBA 600, 610, 620, 630, 640, 650.

Strategic Management and Leadership Option – 9 credits

MBA 700 Organizational Leadership (3 credits)

Drawn from behavioral and social sciences, this course examines leadership theories, research, and models.  It includes a 360-degree inventory of leadership behaviors and relationships, an assessment of emotional intelligence, and the continuation of the individual development plan.  The role of the leader is studied with emphasis on the leader’s role in communication, team formation and team dynamics. Prerequisite: MBA 550.

MBA 710 Global Management (3 credits)

This course reviews the basic operations of international business and addresses the planning and operational processes used to implement an effective international strategic plan.  Emphasis will be placed on managerial policies and practices that can be utilized to effectively and efficiently manage, operate and control a business operating in a global environment.  Prerequisites: MBA 510, 550.

MBA 720 Managing Human Capital (3 credits)

This course will emphasize the role of strategic planning in the setting of human resource goals and objectives.  The student will study various strategic approaches to the human resource planning process.  The course will review the integration of traditional human resource functions and the strategies of the organization.  Prerequisite: MBA550.

 

Health Care Administration – 9 credits 

MBA 730  Health Care Budgeting, Planning, and Finance  (3 credits)

Students will learn the financial aspects of managing a healthcare organization including operating and capital budgeting, issues relating to third-party payers, and planning.  The course includes discussion of the financial implications of the Affordable Care Act.  Prerequisite: MBA550.

MBA 740  Managing Health Care Delivery Systems  (3 credits)

This course will provide students an overview of the structure and current issues in the health care system. It will examine the relationships between patients, physicians, hospitals, insurers, employers, and the government. The course expands on three broad segments of the health care industry: the users, payers, and providers.  This course will also provide an overview of health care delivery systems in other countries.  Prerequisite: MBA550.

MBA 750  Healthcare Information Systems (3 credits)

This course is designed to provide students with an overview of the issues and implications of technology systems in health care organizations.  Included will be discussion of the electronic medical record, the health information exchange and its effect on the healthcare environment.  Prerequisite: MBA550.

 

MSM Bridge to MBA – 12 credits 

MBA 700 Organizational Leadership (3 credits)

Drawn from behavioral and social sciences, this course examines leadership theories, research, and models.  It includes a 360-degree inventory of leadership behaviors and relationships, an assessment of emotional intelligence, and the continuation of the individual development plan.  The role of the leader is studied with emphasis on the leader’s role in communication, team formation and team dynamics. 

MBA 780 Sustainability and Supply Chain Management (3 credits)

This course identifies and analyzes best-practices in creating, managing, and evaluating sustainability in supply chains.  Students will learn how to embed sustainability concepts into supplier selection and management, inventory management, production processes and the distribution function, including customer returns and the reverse supply chain. 

MBA 720 Managing Human Capital (3 credits)

This course will emphasize the role of strategic planning in the setting of human resource goals and objectives.  The student will study various strategic approaches to the human resource planning process.  The course will review the integration of traditional human resource functions and the strategies of the organization.

MBA 660 Capstone Business Plan (3 credits)

This course is the culminating course in the MBA program.  The capstone course experience requires students to develop a comprehensive, implementable business plan for a company within a specified industry.  Drawing on the knowledge obtained in previous classes, students will incorporate marketing, operational, and financial plans into the comprehensive business plan.  At the conclusion of the course, students present detailed reports of their findings and recommendations.

 

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