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    1. Master of Business Administration (MBA)

      Master of Business Administration (MBA) Overview

      Have what it takes to be a leader? Enhance your management and leadership skills by enrolling in South University's online Master of Business Administration (MBA) program. Designed specifically for working professionals who wish to pursue a degree while maintaining a comfortable work-life balance, the online MBA program covers the same business strategies as our on-campus programs while giving you the freedom and flexibility to attend classes any time of the day or night.

      This program is ideal for those individuals considering management school who wish to gain an understanding of the best practices for management and decision-making within today's ever-shifting business landscape. You will be taught effective planning, process, and production strategies and have an opportunity to develop the skills needed to work within cross-functional teams. You will also have the opportunity to gain an overall understanding of the legal, economic, ethical, and social dynamics within modern organizations.

      Graduates will be prepared to pursue managerial and leadership positions in a wide variety of private, public and non-profit organizations.

      The Bachelor of Business Administration, Bachelor of Science in Healthcare Management, Master of Business Administration and Master of Business Administration in Healthcare Administration are accredited by the Accreditation Council for Business Schools & Programs ([ACBSP] 11520 West 119th Street; Overland Park, KS 66213; 913-339-9356;www.acbsp.org).

      Employment Opportunities

      According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), General and Operations Managers earned a mean annual wage of $114,850 in May 2012. More information can be found here: http://www.bls.gov/oes/current/oes111021.htm

      Academic Requirements

      The Master of Business Administration (MBA) online program is designed for prospective students who have completion of application for admission and submission of application fee ($50), and:

      • An earned undergraduate degree from an accredited institution with a CGPA of 2.7 or better on a 4.0 scale OR
      • An earned undergraduate degree from an accredited institution with a CGPA of 2.7 or better on a 4.0 scale during the applicant’s last 60 semester or 90 quarter hours earned on the bachelor’s degree or subsequent graduate work OR
      • An earned undergraduate degree from an accredited institution with a minimum combined GMAT score of 400 or GRE scores of 150 Verbal and 150 Reasoning, OR
      • An earned graduate degree from an accredited institution with a cumulative grade point average of at least 3.0 (on a scale of 4.0)

      Master of Business Administration (MBA) - 48 Total Credits

      Students pursuing the Master of Business Administration are required to take a total of 48 credits as follows:

      • Foundation Requirements - 16 Credits
      • Core Requirements - 12 Credits
      • Major Requirements - 16 Credits
      • Capstone Requirements - 4 Credits

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      Foundation Pre-Requisite Courses Required

      Students must have successfully completed a Bachelor's degree from an accredited institution.  The following foundation undergraduate courses must have been satisfactorily completed from an accredited institution or be satisfactorily completed (grade of C or better) within the first two quarters after acceptance into the MBA program.  If the courses are taken at South University the undergraduate tuition rates will apply to these courses.

      • Accounting: two courses (or completion of MBA5000 at South University)
      • Macroeconomics: one course
      • Statistics: one course


      Foundation Requirements - 16 Credits
      Students are required to take 16 credits as follows:

      MBA5001 - Organization Behavior and Communication

      This course addresses the issues of motivation, leadership, and communications. Included are negotiation, conflict resolution, and team building.

      Prerequisite(s):
      Program prerequisite courses
      Credits: 4
      MBA5004 - Managerial Economics

      This course provides an overview of microeconomic concepts and applications to common business problems. Topics include supply and demand analysis, cost analysis, economies of scale, basic market types and their characteristics, pricing, risk analysis, and the government's role in economic affairs.

      Prerequisite(s):
      Program prerequisite courses
      Credits: 4
      MBA5005 - Law and Ethics for Managers

      This course provides a framework for managers to understand and assess the ethical and legal responsibilities of managers and the implications of their decisions. The course introduces an ethical framework for managers and explores the constitutional foundation for laws and regulations that affect business, the current legal environment, employment and civil rights law, major regulations, corporate governance, securities and financial transactions and international law.

      Prerequisite(s):
      Program prerequisite courses
      Credits: 4
      MBA5008 - Quantitative Analysis and Decision Making

      This course presents students with quantitative tools for effective business analysis and decision-making. In addition to a review of basic inferential statistics, the course includes tools such as chi-squared tests, nonparametric statistics, correlation and regression analysis, time-series analysis and forecasting, and decision analysis. 

      Prerequisite(s):
      Program prerequisite courses
      Credits: 4


      Core Requirements - 12 Credits
      Students are required to take 12 credits as follows:

      MBA6010 - Managerial Finance

      In this course students learn to apply analytical tools to making strategic financial decisions that add value to the shareholder. Students will learn to use financial statement analysis tools, value long-term securities, relate risk and return, perform financial forecasting, evaluate assets and portfolios, determine the firm's cost of capital and design an optimal financial structure.

      Prerequisite(s):
      Completion of MBA prerequisite courses and foundation courses
      Credits: 4
      MBA6011 - Strategic Marketing

      A framework for examining key strategic marketing issues faced by modern organizations and helps students to develop an understanding of the marketing environment, customer and their buying behavior, the marketing research process, new product development, marketing channels, and marketing communication and advertising.

      Prerequisite(s):
      Completion of MBA prerequisite courses and foundation courses
      Credits: 4
      MBA6012 - Operations and Supply Chain Management

      This course introduces students to the management activities involved in operating organizations within a global supply chain context.  Students will learn how business functions (such as marketing, operations, and finance) interact to support decisions for successful execution of the organization’s strategic plan.

      Prerequisite(s):
      Completion of MBA prerequisite courses and foundation courses
      Credits: 4


      Major Requirements - 16 Credits
      Students are required to take 16 credits as follows:

      LEA5125 - Leadership Ethics, Culture, and Politics

      This course compares and contrasts the disciplines of leadership and management with an emphasis on fostering organization culture and personal ethics. Topics may include historical and contemporary leadership and management theories, current leadership research and the practice of leadership and management across a wide variety of organizational contexts.

      Prerequisite(s): None
      Credits: 4
      MBA6505 - Organizational Development And Change Management

      This course explores the theoretical grounding and practical approaches necessary to effectively diagnose organizational problems, develop intervention approaches, and implement organizational solutions. Topics include entering and contracting, organizational diagnostic models, organizational surveys, change impediments, managing the change process, organizational/interpersonal/group interventions, and evaluation approaches.

      Prerequisite(s):
      Completion of the MBA Core Courses
      Credits: 4
      MBA6710 - Entrepreneurial Organizations and Small Businesses

      This course focuses on the unique characteristics, needs, and implications of entrepreneurial organizations and small businesses in the U.S. and global economies. Topics include the life cycle of entrepreneurial organizations and small businesses, entrepreneurial leadership and the role of the entrepreneur, functional needs of these enterprises, and evaluation of recent new ventures.

      Prerequisite(s):
      Core coursework
      Credits: 4
      PMC6601 - Foundations of Project Management

      This course introduces the student to the challenges associated with projects in the business arena. The course introduces the terms and conceptual framework for Project Management as detailed in the ANSI Standard Guide to the Project Management Body of Knowledge (PMBOK Guide®). The course focuses on the processes of project integration management including initiating projects, project planning, executing project plans, controlling and monitoring project work, and closing the project. The course reviews the nine knowledge areas in the PMBOK Guide as foundation for subsequent courses in the specialization. Students also analyze how project management relates to other management disciplines such as leadership, ethics, strategic management, operations management, and human resources management. The student is introduced to project management software that will be used throughout the specialization.

      Prerequisite(s):
      Core coursework
      Credits: 4


      Capstone Requirements - 4 Credits
      Students are required to take 4 credits as follows:

      MBA6999 - Strategic Development and Implementation

      This course explores the methods of directing a firm, or a significant division thereof in an internationally competitive environment. Students will develop an understanding of the way in which general managers formulate and implement business level strategy and corporate level strategy in today's market economy. These techniques will incorporate tools and perspectives for international and cooperative strategy. In this course students will also develop skills and perspectives in corporate leadership, corporate parenting, and corporate entrepreneurship.

      Prerequisite(s):
      Foundation and Core Coures
      Credits: 4


      Maryland residents are not eligible to enroll into an internship, externship, practicum, or field experience course. Students should work with their academic advisor or counselor to be sure they are making appropriate course choices.

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