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Why Choose the Master of Business Administration?
The 39-51 semester hour MBA addresses the increased focus on organizational performance assessment and improvement, our MBA is not a clone of competitive offerings. Using the Malcolm Baldrige criteria as a means of bringing to life performance management systems, this program provides its graduates with the means of immediately making a contribution to the firms for whom they work. To facilitate this, our faculty bring an exceptional array of experience to the class, including extensive academic and practitioner experience, as well as relevant perspective derived from serving as examiners for assessment efforts such as Malcolm Baldrige and the Michigan Quality Council.
The curricula consists of three courses focusing on foundation knowledge (may be waived based upon demonstrated competency), nine courses which address core knowledge and include an integrated business experience, and four courses that focus on the students concentration of choice.
The MBA program is offered in 7-week sessions, year-round, primarily online, in order to accommodate the competing professional and personal demands on our students. Working individuals taking just one course every seven weeks can complete degree requirements in about two years. Full time students may complete degree requirements in as few as 16 months.
Invest in your Future
This state-of-the-art MBA is designed for professionals interested in acquiring the management tools and skills needed to be successful in the world's leading organizations, with a wide selection of specializations.
The Management Tools and Concepts certificate is designed to create business leaders that have a robust exposure to global business and organizational sustainability concepts and issues and to enable those leaders to use technical tools to aid in understanding business systems, developing improvement strategies, and leading and managing the change process.
The Design and Innovation Management certificate prepares graduates for leadership positions in design-centered businesses. The program provides students a comprehensive understanding of the ways in which the method, measure, and language of design drive the practice of business and the process of innovation and teaches them how to cultivate and build a culture of innovation within their organization. (This certificate is offered at Kendall College of Art and Design in Grand Rapids, Michigan)
The Business Intelligence certificate is designed to prepare individuals with both theoretical and practical experience in designing, developing and utilizing database and informatics systems, tools and techniques in a decision support environment including predictive, geographic, and link/visual analysis.
The Incident Response certificate is designed to prepare individuals to secure computers, networks, and systems against intrusions and unauthorized access, test and assess security measures, and forensically analyze the environment to determine events and situations that may have occurred in a digital environment.
The Project Management certificate prepares students for careers in program, project, and portfolio management consistent with Project Management Institute's Project Management Body of Knowledge including integration, scope, time, cost, quality, communication, human resources, risk, and procurement. Students research leadership styles and learn how it differs from management. Projects are assessed for risk and risk management strategies constructed using ethical approaches.
Applicants to the MBA program must have earned a bachelor degree from a regionally accredited university with an overall Grade Point Average (GPA) of 2.75 or better on a 4-point scale, and a 3.0 GPA or better in the Junior and Senior level courses, and submit the following documents for consideration:
The MBA is awarded to those individuals who have completed the 39 - 48 hour requirement with a minimum accumulative GPA of 3.0 or greater and no course less than 2.0.
College of Business Graduate Programs
119 South Street, BUS 212B
Big Rapids, MI 49307
The College of Business is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Business Schools and Programs (ACBSP.) Next Accreditation Review if February 2018.
Foundation Courses Required
Core Required Courses
One Certificate Required
Business Intelligence (ASBN)
Design and Innovation Management (ASDI)
Incident Response (ASIR)
Management Tools and Concepts (ASTC)
Project Management (ASPM)
Minimum number of credits required