These comments reflect what the College of
Business and Management heard during an extensive data-driven redesign of the
MBA program. Research into 21st Century skills and employer needs;
and listening sessions, surveys and interviews with business executives,
current MBA students, MBA alumni, and members of the faculty, all provided data
used to conduct a complete review and redesign of the Stritch MBA program.
The result of this research is a new and innovative MBA program. The
Stritch MBA helps students better understand the interconnectedness and
complexity of business. MBA students will 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.
The new MBA has several 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 MBA delivers integrated business content
areas of competence, each having nine credits.
- 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 inbusiness 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.
The MBA degree program
in the College of Business and Management is accredited by the Accreditation
Council for Business Schools and Programs (ACBSP), a specialized business
program recognition whose standards are based on the Malcolm Baldrige Quality
Program Criteria. A student who graduates with an MBA degree from Stritch will
have the proficiencies and confidence needed to advance their careers become successful