MBA

Our program helps students better understand the interconnectedness and complexity of business.


We asked employers what skills were in demand when we first launched the MBA program at Cardinal Stritch University. 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.  

Our MBA is an 18-month program that evolves to help students better understand the interconnected nature and complexity of business. 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

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Choose an Optional Concentration

  • MBA Concentration in Cyber Security
    Prepares students to focus on Cyber Security within the context of complex business systems and operations. MBA program graduates who complete this concentration must balance information availability with information security at a time when there is a vast amount of data being collected and stored electronically. Graduates will be prepared to assess and manage risk by identifying security threats and vulnerabilities, and then designing and implementing appropriate safeguards and controls. This concentration is also designed to align with industry standards for Information Security best practices set forth by the National Institute of Standards and Technology.

  • MBA Concentration in Healthcare Management
    This concentration offers in-depth coverage of critical health care topics such as information management, human resource management, marketing and economics. During each course of the concentration, students apply theoretical concepts to case studies based on classic and current issues found in the health industry. MBA program graduates who complete this concentration are well-prepared to assume the duties of middle and upper level management positions in the healthcare industry.

  • MBA Concentration in Justice Administration
    Offers students offers in-depth coverage of critical criminal justice leadership topics such as policy and administration, risk assessment and mitigation, justice management and contemporary issues in justice administration. MBA program graduates who complete this concentration are prepared to assume the duties of middle and upper level management positions in the criminal justice agencies and organizations.

  • MBA Concentration in Marketing
    This concentration is designed for students who are interested in acquiring the skills and competencies necessary to marketing functions within a business, offering in-depth coverage of critical marketing topics such as consumer behavior, global markets, marketing management and healthcare marketing. MBA program graduates who complete this concentration are well-prepared to assume the duties of middle and upper level management positions in marketing in the business environment.

Get Training for the Real-World

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.