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 four 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.
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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 Project Management certificate teaches students to understand the Project Management Body of Knowledge including integration, scope, time, cost quality, human resources, communication, risk, and procurement. Students research leadership styles and context, and learn how it differs from management. Projects are assessed for risk and risk management strategies constructed using ethical approaches. Students will construct project plans that demonstrate project management life cycle.
The Information Security & Networking Management certificate is designed to create business leaders with both theoretical and practical experience in designing and protecting local area networking systems, incorporating principles of information security incident detection action, and computer forensics (ranging from the servers to personal digital assistants).
The E-Business and Systems Integration certificate is designed to create business leaders who select and determine information systems components, integrate multitudes of systems, and develop tools to facilitate electronic business. Systems integration is a logical outgrowth of the industry trend in outsourcing. Systems developed by third parties need to be integrated throughout the enterprise to realize full potential.
The Business Intelligence and Informatics 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.
A bachelor's degree from a regionally accredited university with a 2.75 or better overall GPA and 3.0 GPA or better required in the junior/senior level courses.
GMAT score of 500 or higher, OR GRE score in the upper 50th percentile. (GMAT/GRE requirement may be waived if applicant has completed another Master's Degree)
International students must have earned a TOEFL score of 64 or higher with no section score in the Low, Limited or Weak range.
The MBA is awarded to those individuals who have completed the 39 -51 hour requirement with a minimum accumulative GPA of 3.0 or greater and no course less than 2.0.