Professional Master of Business Administration (MBA)
The Professional MBA Program at Methodist University provides a rigorous graduate program in business subjects for those who seek personal and professional satisfaction, wish to increase salary potential, and advance or change their careers. The MBA Program at Methodist University is flexible for busy adults, the cost is competitive, and the opportunity awaits.
The Professional MBA will be completely online* starting in the fall 2018 semester and offers students a focus on Organizational Management and Leadership. Students can begin classes in the fall or spring and earn their Masters of Business Administration in 16 months.
* - pending SACSCOC approval
The Reeves School of Business is nationally accredited by the Accreditation Council for Business Schools and Programs (ACBSP) to offer the following master's degree: Master of Business Administration (M.B.A.) with a focus in Organizational Management and Leadership.
The Professional MBA Program at Methodist University with a focus on Organizational Management and Leadership consists of 12 courses (36 credit hours) taken over 16 months. Classes are held completely online. For more details, see MBA Curriculum below.
MISSION AND GOALS
The mission of the Professional MBA program is to provide a high-quality graduate education that fosters the personal and professional development of students, enabling them to perform at the highest level in the selected area of specialization. Further, in support of the Reeves School of Business Mission and Purpose, the Professional MBA Program at Methodist University seeks to enhance the skills required of successful, entrepreneurial leaders to enable them to rise to desired heights of responsibility in their organizations or in personal ventures. The Professional MBA Program at Methodist University is focused on filling advanced educational needs of business leaders. To support the mission and purpose of the Professional MBA program, the following goals have been developed:
Goal # 1
Graduates of the Professional MBA program will demonstrate practical and theoretical knowledge of core business administration subjects.
Goal # 2
Graduates of the Professional MBA program will demonstrate knowledge and practical application of communication and leadership skills in the specific focus area of Organizational Management and Leadership.
Students who graduate from the Reeves School of Business with the Master of Business Administration degree will have acquired substantive knowledge in financial and managerial accounting as it relates to business management. This will be measured by administering a pretest and posttest in the Accounting for Managers course (Goal # 1).
Students who graduate from the Reeves School of Business with the Master of Business Administration degree will have acquired substantive knowledge in core business administration areas. This will be measured by the Management section of the Major Field Test (Goal # 2).
Students who graduate from the Reeves School of Business with the Master of Business Administration degree will have acquired substantive knowledge specific to the focus area of study. This will be measured by the Strategic Integration section of the Major Field Test (Goals # 1, 2).
Professional MBA Curriculum
Professional MBA students with an Organizational Management and Leadership focus take the following courses during the program:
- MBA 5000 Accounting for Managers
- MBA 5150 Research Methods
- MBA 5200 Advanced Financial Management
- MBA 5500 Marketing Management
- MBA 5700 Applied Business Statistics
- MBA 5990 Capstone
- MBA 5050 Business Ethics
- MBA 5300 International Business Environments, Cultural and Operations Perspectives
- MBA 5100 Managerial Economics
- MBA 5350 Is that Legal? Essential Law for Managers
- MBA 5400 Organization and Leadership
- MBA 5550 Operations Management
Students take one elective and may select from either Business Ethics or International Business Environments, Cultural and Operations Perspectives.
Each course utilizes a combination of lectures, case studies, and other activities with the majority of the activities focused on organizational management and leadership in business.
Each student completes a capstone project during the last two terms of the program that will be individually tailored to the student's goals and career expectations. A project will be completed in the student's area of specialization, often in conjunction with his/her employer.
PROFESSIONAL MBA COURSES
MBA 5000 ACCOUNTING FOR MANAGERS (3 s.h.)
This course emphasizes the use of an organization’s accounting information for decision-making. With a focus on both financial and managerial accounting, the course reviews financial statement analysis and interpretation. The course shifts to managerial accounting, which is defined and contrasted with financial accounting. Managers use of managerial accounting to evaluate business performance and make strategic decisions in management is reviewed. Course topics include financial and managerial accounting concepts, interpreting financial statements, cost-volume-profit relationships, budgeting, and accounting for planning and control.
MBA 5050 BUSINESS ETHICS (3 s.h.)
This course surveys applied topics relating to business ethics, and provides a conceptual framework for thinking about and discussing these topics. This framework has three parts or “themes”: (1) Corporate Social Responsibility; (2) Relationship of Law and Ethics; and (3) Individual Ethical Decision-Making. Class time will be used to explore applied topics with reference to these three themes.
MBA 5100 MANAGERIAL ECONOMICS (3 s.h.)
This course covers efficient resource allocation and the application of the analytical tools of economic theory to decision making by managers. The curriculum is designed to show students how to use various tools comprising the economics of effective management for the profit-maximizing firm. Upon successful completion of the course, students will be able to calculate and apply price elasticity, employ a statistical regression analysis, perform cost analyses, and display competency in other areas of managerial economics.
MBA 5150 RESEARCH METHODS (3 s.h.)
This course is an introduction to business research methods. Students can expect to learn about the types of research methods available to solve business problems. The course will include an introduction to the Institutional Review Board, the ethical requirements of research with human subjects, and working with surveys and survey software. This course is designed to introduce students to the fundamental skills necessary for conducting research including selecting a research topic, conducting a literature review, and writing a research proposal. Students will learn about qualitative and quantitative studies, using data, basic methods of statistical analysis and how to critically evaluate research done by others.
MBA 5200 ADVANCED FINANCIAL MANAGEMENT (3 s.h.)
This course provides a working knowledge of the tools and analytical conventions used in the practice of corporate financial decision-making. Students will analyze fundamental decisions that financial managers face in capital budgeting, cost of capital, dividend policy, long-term financing and mergers, and working capital management. Course activities include lecture, problem sets, and case studies.
MBA 5300 INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS ENVIRONMENTS, CULTURAL AND OPERATIONS PERSPECTIVES (3 s.h.)
International Business Environments covers key aspects of conducting business within an international setting, which includes the role of government, multi-national commercial operations, small and medium-sized firms, and social responsibility issues. The course delivery is framed within the cultural and geographic aspects of International Business and supply-chain challenges.
MBA 5350 IS THAT LEGAL? ESSENTIAL LAW FOR MANAGERS (3 s.h.)
This course surveys the organization and theory of the American legal system and its relationship to business, including contracts, agency, tort and criminal law, employment law and the ethical dilemma facing businesses in today’s environment.
MBA 5400 ORGANIZATION AND LEADERSHIP (3 s.h.)
Students will explore historical and contemporary leadership and organizational theories. Related cases and hypothetical situations will be analyzed. The course will draw on selected management scenarios to understand organizational effectiveness and change processes that can be used to improve organizational performance. Teams will be utilized throughout the course for presentations of cases.
MBA 5500 MARKETING MANAGEMENT (3 s.h.)
Successful organizations match the objectives and resources of the firm with the needs and opportunities of the target markets. The focus of the course is how marketing contributes to the delivery of value to individual and business consumers at a profit in management. Emphasis is placed on the managerial activities of strategic planning, market and competitive analyses, customer behavior evaluation, value assessment, market segmentation, targeting, positioning, and marketing mix decisions.
MBA 5550 OPERATIONS MANAGEMENT (3 s.h.)
Operations Management focuses on the design and management of the processes involved in the production of goods and delivery of services. The course covers many interdependent aspects of the supply chain and emphasizes the importance of quality, consistency and value in sustaining the firm’s competitive advantage. The topics covered include operations strategy, designing services and products, managing production capacity, managing inventories, quality philosophies, and supply chain management.
MBA 5600 HEALTH POLICY ISSUES (3 s.h.)
The student examines significant health care policy issues. Special emphasis is given to public policies with broad implications, such as Medicare, regulation, and financial assistance for the uninsured. The process of policy decision making is explored. Methods and approaches for the research of policy issues are reviewed.
MBA 5650 FINANCIAL MANAGEMENT OF HEALTH CARE ORGANIZATIONS (3 s.h.)
This course starts with an introduction to basic financial management concepts and delves into health care-specific topics, including accounting and financial statement interpretation; risk, return, time value of money; capital decision making; operational and capital budgeting; risk analysis; tactical alternative analysis; and planning and forecasting.
MBA 5700 APPLIED BUSINESS STATISTICS (3 s.h.)
The student will examine the application of statistical analysis, hypothesis testing, and regression analysis in business decision-making. The course will focus on the utilization of statistical methods as applied to business problems and operations. Descriptive statistics, probability and random variables, sampling and statistical inference, regression analysis, chi-square analysis, and analysis of variance will be investigated. Students will use a statistical software program.
MBA 5950 SPECIAL TOPICS (3 s.h.)
Courses will be developed, as needed, to investigate trending topics in business practice and theory and to explore emerging business issues and specialized content in business administration.
MBA 5990 CAPSTONE (6 s.h.)
Each student completes a capstone project during the last two terms of the program that will be individually tailored to the student's goals and career expectations. Students may complete an academic research project, a significant business project, or participate in a substantial experiential learning opportunity, as approved. Students can study abroad with The Professional MBA Program and earn 3 credits toward their Capstone Experience. The trip is a 10-day, experiential learning opportunity at cultural and business locations at the selected destination. Locations vary from year to year.
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Last updated February 13, 2018