The 36-credit Business Administration MBA program requires coursework focusing on directional aspects of finance, accounting, marketing and management. Case studies are designed to prepare students for managerial positions in small businesses as well as large multinational companies.
MBA graduates are desirable in today’s market. Pursuing an MBA degree will open up doors of opportunity and provide the necessary leverage for corporate advancement to those who possess them. As the current marketplace evolves and becomes more complex, many employers are choosing to balance their need to retain good employees with their need to place candidates with advanced-level knowledge and skills in managerial positions.
Students who wish to major in International Business, Management of Information Technology or in International Hospitality and Tourism Management must complete additional required courses in their major. Students obtaining their online MBA with Schiller International University will expand their business knowledge and leadership abilities through coursework concentrating on managerial aspects of finance and accounting, marketing and management.
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Tampa Bay, Madrid, Heidelberg, Paris, and Online
MASTER OF BUSINESS ADMINISTRATION
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This 36-credit MBA program concentrates on managerial aspects of finance and accounting, marketing, and management.
Completion of a bachelor’s degree or equivalent in business administration or completion of a bachelor’s degree or equivalent in a related field such as economics, including Microeconomics, Statistics, Business Law, Marketing, Management, and Accounting. **Note: Students who have not completed required prerequisite courses will take MBA Preparatory Courses. See the requirements in the Catalog for more detailed information on this.
A minimum of 36 semester credits at the graduate level composed of courses listed as follows with a GPA of 3.0 or higher. Students must also successfully complete a comprehensive master’s thesis.
Graduates of the MBA in Business Administration program will be able to demonstrate:
- Extended knowledge base.
- Ability to foster diversity and multicultural perspectives in business.
- Ability to drive and foster change and innovation.
- A honed sense of ethical standards, law, and lines of service.
- Critical thinking and well-developed analytical and decision making skills.
- Refined management leadership skills.
- Advanced use of information technology.
- Development of highly effective communication skills.
Required Core Courses: 36
This course is designed to provide students with an understanding of the impact that individual and group behavior can have on organizational performance. It will stress differences in organization behavior across cultures. The course will also focus on the key factors that affect and shape organizational behavior. It will provide: practical examples; exercises and simulations; and methods for problem solving on behavioral issues.
This course in business economics is an essential tool that enhances a manager’s ability to make effective economic decisions. Because understanding concepts is more important than memorizing technics, this course describes both theory and practice so students understand how to produce and apply information that is useful in day-to-day decision making. This course emphasizes the applicability of economic theory to both the business/internal dynamics of the business and the external circumstance under which businesses operate. The course provides the necessary knowledge, tools and understanding of economic discourse as a basis for the study of business as well as a background of the basic economic principles relevant to business.
This course is an essential tool that enhances a manger’s ability to make effective economic decisions. Because understanding concepts is more important than memorizing techniques, this course describes both theory and practice so students understand how to produce and apply information that is useful in day-to-day decision making. This course deals with all business sectors – nonprofit, retail, wholesale, service, selling and administrative situation as well as manufacturing. The focus is on planning and controlling decisions, not on product costing for inventory valuation and income determination. Management accounting is the process of identifying, measuring, accumulating, analyzing, preparing, interpreting and communicating information that helps mangers fulfill organizational objectives. This course builds upon the student’s basic understanding of financial and managerial accounting by exploring in more depth the essential concepts of managerial accounting, including ratio analysis, budgeting and cost measurement.
The collapse of the sub-prime mortgage market, the financial crisis and the global economic crisis make it more important than ever for students and managers to understand the role that finance plays in a global economy, in their own companies, and in their own lives. This course is designed to help students prepare for a changed world. The course combines theory and practical implications. An understanding of finance theory is essential for anyone developing and/or implementing effective financial strategies. The course begins by reviewing fundamental concepts, including background on the economic and financial environment, financial statements, and the time value of money, bond valuation, risk analysis, and stock valuation. With that background the course moves to specific techniques and decision rules that can be used to help maximize the value of the organization.
Multinational Business Management
This course is designed to help students develop the essential skills needed to formulate and implement successful strategic moves in the new competitive and interlaced global environment. Students will come to understand that successful multinational managers view the world as an integrated market where competition and collaboration evolve from anyone and anywhere. This course considers how cultural differences affect strategies and operations and gives the student an appreciation of how social institutions such as the economic system, the polity, the education system, and religion play an important role in any multinational operation. This course emphasizes specific techniques utilized by a multinational firm; its strategy, marketing, finances, decision- making, organization, communication, planning and control.
Production and Operations Management
This course provides an introduction to the basic methods and models of production management and operations research. The course addresses inventory control and demand forecasting. The course places emphasis on analytical techniques of POM and modern topics such as lean production involving just-in-time systems, computer-integrated manufacturing, etc.
Comprehensive Business Management Seminar
This course focuses on how managerial thinking influences strategy formation and implementation. The importance of change and the needed for managerial dynamic thinking and the importance of organization learning are reviewed. The case study approach integrates the various disciplines associated with management such as accounting, finance, human resources utilization, and organization behavior. This is the capstone course is a comprehensive course that addresses issues ranging from corporate governance and social responsibility to competitive strategy, functional strategy and strategic alliances.
Methods of Research and Analysis
Business research is a systemic inquiry that provides information to guide managerial decisions. It is a process of planning, acquiring, analyzing, and disseminating relevant data, information and insights to decision makers. This course is designed to give students experience in a wide range of methodological and fieldwork activities involved in an actual piece of research. The main stages in historical, social science and business research are addressed. This course prepares a student for various research projects using empirical research methods including formulation of a research problem statement, literature and theoretic review, research design, data collection and fieldwork and construction of and development of a solid research project. Ethics is also addressed.
Management Information Systems
This course is a comprehensive overview of information systems and the management of these functions. Emphasis is made on introducing computer hardware, software, procedures, systems, and human resources. The course will include discussions and readings on conceptual and practical foundations of information-processing systems support for management. Topics include decision-making functions, computer system project management, and economic, ethical, and legal considerations of management information systems, system implementation, and evaluation.
This course is designed to take a strategic approach to marketing by outlining the major dimensions of the global business environment. The course will focus on a set of conceptual and analytical tools that prepare students to successfully apply the four Ps to global marketing. The course will help the student develop international strategies in planning market research and control with regards to legal, cultural and economic factors involved in crossing border. Ethics, corporate social responsibility and social responsiveness in the globalization era are also addressed.
Human Resources Management
This course focuses on HRM in a multinational setting in term of human resource activities, types of employees and countries of operation. The complexity of operating in different countries and employing different national categories of workers is a key variable that differentiates domestic and international HRM, rather than any major difference between HRM activities performed. The course familiarizes the student with the basic functions of HR including staffing, recruiting, training and development, compensation, employee relations and performance management with an emphasis on the international environment.
International Business Law
This course emphasizes private and public law. The private law applicable to international business transactions includes the law of international sales, trade finance and letters of credit, licensing and distribution agreements, agreements with foreign sales representatives and other governing law. Public international law includes conventions, treaties and agreements among nations that make up the legal framework within which international business take place. The treaties of the European Union, the GATT agreement, the agreements of the World Trade Organization and NAFTA are prime sources of public international business law. Public international law provides the basis for government regulation of international business. It affects the environment within which a firm develops its international business strategies, and establishes the organization’s responsibility to national laws and administrative regulations. Legal concerns including ethics and social responsibility will be addressed throughout the course.
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