“We need MBA graduates who understand the big picture of business.”

“MBA graduates need to have strong critical thinking skills and must be able to assimilate information and make connections across all functional areas of business.”

“Leaders in our organization must have strong communication skills and must be effective in a global, multi-cultural environment.”

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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 in four 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 business leaders.