Ursuline College

Master of Business Administration

Ursuline College’s graduate business program focuses on leadership development. The MBA program is designed to develop ethical and entrepreneurial leaders and managers who are empowered, informed and dedicated to helping business organizations make a difference in their community. The MBA program’s mission is to teach students contemporary professional leadership thinking, theory and ethical practice balancing the art and science of management and business leadership. In particular, the MBA program aims to improve the practice of management through the development of critical thinking, clear and graceful expression, and free and mature judgment; to prepare managers and leaders to think systematically, lead with moral and ethical conviction, be good stewards of their organizations and serve the people they lead and others in society; to exemplify high standards of student service; and to focus on excellence in teaching and learning. Ursuline College is committed to preparing ethical business leaders who have the knowledge, skills, dispositions and values to enhance their organizations’ future effectiveness.

Benefits
The primary strength of Ursuline’s MBA degree is its emphasis on the integrative, cross-functional nature of business activities (i.e., holistic learning and systems thinking). Business organizations are complex, social and goal-oriented systems operating in a constantly changing, technologically enhanced, global environment where many actions have multiple ethical and/or time-lagged consequences. The program is designed to meet a primary need of current employers, which is to develop creative, adaptive problem solvers who exhibit entrepreneurial and ethical leadership. An additional benefit of the program is its balance between theory and application to solve business problems. These program attributes prepare graduates to incorporate the educational knowledge they obtain into their workplace environment.

Skills
Ursuline College designed its Master of Business Administration (MBA) degree along two parallel, integrated tracks of learning. The first track is the art of management and business administration, wherein students learn the theory and practice of systems thinking, human resource development, organizational behavior, leadership, marketing research, team building, global operations, ethical decision making and social responsibility. The second track is the science of management, wherein students learn the theory and practice of the language of business, including an emphasis on project management, operations management and quantitative decision making processes in the areas of accounting, economics and finance. Thus, a primary purpose of the program is to provide a distinctive learning environment in which students integrate the art and science of management and leadership, including the intellectual, aesthetic, social, psychological, physical and spiritual dimensions of life, business and management.

Quality and Goals
The primary goals of the MBA program are to enhance each student’s knowledge, skills, dispositions and values as they relate to organization dynamics, performance dynamics, customer dynamics and strategy dynamics. MBA graduates demonstrate knowledge of organization dynamics by applying systems thinking concepts to solve business problems; assessing interconnections among organizational design, development, behavior and culture; discussing how to manage and lead change in various dimensions of an organization; and explaining how to develop organizations into learning communities.

MBA graduates also demonstrate knowledge of performance dynamics by applying quantitative analysis to assess the relationship of internal performance and external effectiveness; discussing the theoretical concepts required to develop productive relationships with coworkers; collaborating with team members to achieve common goals while gaining a respect for diversity; and evaluating ethical decision making processes used to manage the interface between people and systems.
Finally, students demonstrate knowledge of customer dynamics by assessing the relevance and design of policies and processes that govern the production of goods and services within a global environment; analyzing the effectiveness of policies and processes that are designed to create value for a diverse group of customers; and explaining how market forces and technology impact operating procedures. During the last semester, students will demonstrate knowledge of strategy dynamics by explaining the interconnectedness of the theories associated with organization dynamics, performance dynamics and customer dynamics from a strategic perspective and by conducting extensive research as required to prepare a strategic management planning report.

MBA Program List of Required Courses
Total Degree Credits: 36 Credit hours

Online MBA Program in Leadership (100 Percent Online)
List of Required Courses and Recommended Course Sequence

Course Code

Course Number

Credit Hour

Course Title

MBA

554

3

Integrated Project Management

MBA

601

3

Marketing and E-Commerce: Global and Domestic

MBA

561

3

Financial Reporting and Statement Analysis

MBA

512

3

Economics and Strategy

MBA

571

3

Management Accounting and Professional Ethics

MBA

633

3

Marketing Innovations

MBA

501

3

Leadership Issues in Management

MBA

632

3

Managing Creative People

MBA

602

3

Operations and Logistics Management

MBA

603

3

International Business and Globalization

MBA

669

3

Ethical and Entrepreneurial Leadership

MBA

651

3

Strategy and Policy

Admissions Requirements for the Online Program

Prerequisites for Admission
The graduate business programs depend on each student bringing managerial experience into the classroom, so students should have at least three years of managerial experience. All students must be proficient in the use of word processing, spreadsheet software and presentation software. All students enrolled in the program must have access to a computer and Internet access throughout the duration of the program.

ADMISSION REQUIREMENTS
Students must complete application documents by August 1st for fall semester or by December 1st for spring semester. Additional program information, including course descriptions, is located on Ursuline’s Web site and in the graduate school catalog.
Students must submit the following:

  • A bachelor’s degree from an accredited institution
  • Ursuline’s online application form for admission
  • $25 application fee
  • Official transcripts from all undergraduate coursework (must have a 3.0 GPA)
  • Ursuline’s recommendation forms (from at least three different individuals who know the candidate in a professional capacity)
  • Current resume, including information related to managerial experience
  • The GMAT may be required, based on the applicant’s prior academic performance or if the undergraduate major is not in a business-related field. If the candidate has already taken the GRE, he or she may substitute it for the GMAT. Target scores of 555 for the GMAT or 540 for the GRE are baseline for evaluation.
  • An assessment of statistical, accounting, finance and economics knowledge may be required of candidates who have not completed undergraduate coursework in accounting and finance or who cannot demonstrate that they have work experience in the area of accounting and finance. Candidates should address this issue (how they have met this requirement) in the essay portion of the online admission application form. If the student is admitted into the program, then the MBA Program Director will contact the student to discuss the assessment process.

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