We asked employers what skills were in demand when we first launched our MBA. Ever since, we continue to review and redesign the program through listening sessions, surveys and interviews with business executives, current students, alumni, and members of the faculty.
The result is an 18-month program that evolves to help students better understand the interconnected nature and complexity of business. Our MBA students study business through an emphasis on business strategy and an integrated approach focused on application of business knowledge, systems and processes, leadership, and strategic human
resource and customer relationship management.
There are themes embedded throughout the program:
- An integrated understanding of the global, cross cultural, and ethical context of business
- Making the business case for leading organizations that value people, planet, and profit
- Seeing and responding to the business “big picture” in new, innovative, and adaptive ways
The program also integrates these real-world applications:
- Leadership competence. The program opens with a focus on success in graduate studies, self-awareness of strengths and weaknesses, and areas for improvement, and preparation for business leadership. Two leadership courses examine the principles of leadership and help the student prepare to
lead self, others, and systems inside an organization. The three courses together help students develop personal competence for leadership. The courses focus on aligning values, purpose, and practice to establish a framework for ethical leadership; development and
communication of vision and mission; and creation of a values-based organizational culture that is nimble, innovative, and creative.
- Business technical strategies. Three courses focus on the tools and techniques of business efficiency and effectiveness. Included are courses on the principles of continuous process improvement and quality management strategies; strategically managing information resources, data and systems; and strategic
development and management of the organization’s workforce.
- Business financial competence. Three courses develop competencies relating to strategic finance, measurement, and control of a business’s bottom line. These courses focus on strategic financial analysis forecasting and budgeting; sources of capital; policies and procedures; and accounting and other strategic control systems that
businesses use to measure success in a highly competitive global environment.
- Competence in business strategy and sources of competitive advantage in the business environment. Students will bring together concepts of data analysis and uses of customer and competitive data to make strategic organizational decisions. The MBA ends with two courses that together help the student
integrate all of the learning into a single business related project. This final integrative experience provides the student with an opportunity to think critically to solve a practical business problem and demonstrate understanding of the comprehensive relationships between the various elements of business.