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MASTER OF BUSINESS ADMINISTRATION (MBA)

Gardner-Webb University is committed to providing a program of study that clearly gives its MBA graduates an advantage when competing among others in today's dynamic business environment.

 

The University's 36-semester-hour course of study is structured to provide students with a working knowledge of business and the managerial skills needed for successful departmental, divisional, and organizational leadership. Students who begin in August and successfully complete two courses each fall, spring, and summer will graduate at the end of their second summer of study, two years after beginning the program. Courses are offered during evening hours and on Saturdays and are offered online.

 

Visitors to the University are welcome at all times; administrative offices are open Monday through Friday from 8:00 a.m. until 5:00 p.m. For more information, please call the Graduate Business Director of Admissions: (704) 406-4489 or (877) 498-4723.

 

The MBA is recognized as the professional graduate degree designed to enhance effectiveness in upper-level managerial positions in a business setting. Many persons having career goals in non-profit settings also pursue the MBA degree. Graduate study in business not only helps individuals meet their goals of career development and personal growth but also contributes to their enhanced appreciation of the private enterprise market system.

 

PURPOSE

Effective managerial behavior depends on the knowledge and skills used in decision making. A successful administrator not only must know about his/her own professional area, but he/she also must have considerable understanding of the professional areas of others. Students in the MBA program are expected to develop a working knowledge of accounting, finance, human relations and behavior, economics, marketing, production, business law and international business.

 

The applied nature of the MBA program provides training in management through the use of practical techniques that can be readily utilized by the students in their existing positions. Students learn to be innovative in their approaches to solving problems and making decisions. The program offers a unique opportunity to study with others who have similar interests and learn from others who have had varying work experiences.

 

The Master of Business Administration Program was developed to meet the following goals:

 

Goal 1: Prepare individuals for careers in business administration with advanced training in specific areas built on an understanding of business in global and domestic environments.

Goal 2: Provide practical skills and technological competencies to analyze and communicate alternative solutions to business problems involving economic, financial, social, legal, political, global, and ethical factors.

Goal 3: Encourage students to exhibit Christian faith, service, and leadership in business decision-making and problem solving.

 

STUDENT LEARNING OUTCOMES

In order to meet each of the above goals, the Graduate School of Business has identified the following student learning outcomes:

 

Student Learning Outcome

 

Goal 1:

  1. Students will demonstrate a strategic understanding of the key functions of business, accounting, economics, finance, international business, management, management information systems, marketing, operations, and statistics.
  2. Students will demonstrate leadership and business decisionmaking skills required within both global and domestic business environments.
  3. Students will gain experience in the application of business concepts through internships, service opportunities, course projects, course simulations, and interaction with business leaders.

 

Goal 2:

  1. Students will demonstrate individual and team-related problem analysis and decision-making through the use of contemporary case-related and classic business examples.
  2. Students will use current and appropriate technology for communications, problem solving, and decision-making, orally and/or in writing.
  3. Students will understand the organization of corporate initiatives tomaximize the return on human capital.

 

Goal 3:

  1. Students will demonstrate the application of Christian values and problem-solving skills in business decision-making, developed within an environment of Christian ethics.
  2. Students will participate in either a service-learning experience or leadership roles in a church, community, student organization, or work-related experience.

 

MBA CURRICULUM

Today, managers need skills in analysis, problem solving, interaction, and communication. Approaches to problem solving are stressed throughout the program through the use of practical applications of academic concepts and theories. Students learn to be innovative in their approaches to problem solving through assignments requiring teamwork, communication skills and computer applications.

 

The Program is structured, having 36 semester credit hours of graduate level studies with 30 hours in the core and six hours of electives in an area of emphasis. Each course is three credit hours.

 

All students must meet the undergraduate business prerequisite requirements to take graduate courses in the MBA, IMBA, MAcc and MBA-Plus programs or have the approval of the Director of Business Graduate Programs.

 

CORE CURRICULUM

These fundamental courses are required of all MBA students:

  • ACCT600 Managerial Accounting
  • BADM610 Managerial Economics
  • BADM620 Managerial Finance
  • BADM625 Marketing Management
  • BADM630 Organizational Behavior
  • BADM633 Entrepreneurial Management
  • BADM635 Production Research and Operations Management
  • BADM640 Business Law and Ethics
  • BADM690 Strategic Management (Capstone Course)
  • INTL650 International Business
3 sem. hrs.
3 sem. hrs.
3 sem. hrs.
3 sem. hrs.
3 sem. hrs.
3 sem. hrs.
3 sem. hrs.
3 sem. hrs.
3 sem. hrs.
3 sem. hrs.

 

EMPHASIS AREAS:

The following emphasis areas are not exhaustive lists of all applicable courses for each emphasis, so the student should consult with the advisor about other courses.

 

ACCOUNTING EMPHASIS ELECTIVES (6 HOURS)

  • ACCT601 Federal Income Tax *
  • ACCT604 Estate, Gifts, and Trust Planning *
  • ACCT612 Accounting Theory and Practice *
  • ACCT619 Cases in Taxation *
  • ACCT620 Cases in Financial/Managerial Accounting *
  • ACCT622 Seminar in International Accounting *
  • ACCT625 Current Topics in Accounting *
  • ACCT630 Fraud Examination *
  • BADM644 Accounting Legal Issues and Ethics
3 sem. hrs.
3 sem. hrs.
3 sem. hrs.
3 sem. hrs.
3 sem. hrs.
3 sem. hrs.
3 sem. hrs.
3 sem. hrs.
3 sem. hrs.

* Must meet MAcc Program prerequisites or permission from professor or Director of Graduate Business Programs.

 

BANKING AND FINANCE EMPHASIS ELECTIVES (6 HOURS)

  • ACCT620 Cases in Financial/Managerial Accounting *
  • BADM621 Investment Portfolio Management
  • BADM622 Financial Institution Management
  • BADM692 Economics of Money, Banking and Financial Markets
  • BADM697 Topics in Finance
  • INTL651 International Finance
3 sem. hrs.
3 sem. hrs.
3 sem. hrs.
3 sem. hrs.
3 sem. hrs.
3 sem. hrs.

* Must meet MAcc Program prerequisites or permission from professor or Director of Graduate Business Programs.

 

ECONOMICS EMPHASIS ELECTIVES (6 HOURS)

  • BADM611 Health Care Economics
  • BADM645 Seminar in International Economics
  • BADM648 Seminar in Economic Development
  • BADM692 Economics of Money, Banking and Financial Markets
  • BADM696 Topics in Economics
  • INTL653 International Trade *
3 sem. hrs.
3 sem. hrs.
3 sem. hrs.
3 sem. hrs.
3 sem. hrs.
3 sem. hrs.

* Must have all MBA/IMBA Program Prerequisites or permission of the Director of the program or Associate Dean.

 

HEALTH CARE MANAGEMENT EMPHASIS ELECTIVES (6 HOURS)

  • BADM605 Health Care Administration
  • BADM606 Health Care Organization
  • BADM611 Health Care Economics
  • BADM626 Health Care Marketing
  • BADM628 Managerial Epidemiology
  • BADM641 Health Care Law and Ethics
3 sem. hrs.
3 sem. hrs.
3 sem. hrs.
3 sem. hrs.
3 sem. hrs.
3 sem. hrs.

 

HUMAN RESOURCE MANAGEMENT EMPHASIS ELECTIVES (6 HOURS)

  • BADM608 Leadership: Theory and Practice 3 sem. hrs
  • BADM609 Organizational Staffing
  • BADM612 Motivation and Reward Systems
  • BADM613 Labor Relations and Work Force Governance
  • BADM614 Labor in the Economy and Society
  • BADM615 Human Judgment and Decision Making
  • BADM616 Negotiation
  • BADM632 Human Resource Management
  • BADM636 Managerial Communications
  • BADM642 Employment Law
3 sem. hrs.
3 sem. hrs.
3 sem. hrs.
3 sem. hrs.
3 sem. hrs.
3 sem. hrs.
3 sem. hrs.
3 sem. hrs.
3 sem. hrs.
3 sem. hrs.

 

INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS EMPHASIS ELECTIVES (6 HOURS)

  • BADM645 Seminar in International Economics
  • ACCT622 Seminar in International Accounting *
  • INTL643 International Trade Law
  • INTL651 International Finance
  • INTL652 International Marketing
  • INTL653 Seminar in International Trade
  • INTL695 Topics in International Business
3 sem. hrs.
3 sem. hrs.
3 sem. hrs.
3 sem. hrs.
3 sem. hrs.
3 sem. hrs.
3 sem. hrs.

* Must meet MAcc Program prerequisites or permission from professor or Director of Graduate Business Programs.

 

MANAGEMENT INFORMATION SYSTEMS (MIS) EMPHASIS ELECTIVES (6 HOURS)

  • ACCT610 Advanced Accounting Information Systems *
  • BADM634 Management Information Systems
  • BADM637 Technical Trends in Management Information Systems
  • BADM638 E-Commerce and Network Resource Planning
  • BADM639 E-commerce and Internet Law
  • BADM647 Advanced Database and System Development
  • BADM660 Advanced Data Communications, Networking, and Business Programming
  • BADM698 Topics in Management Information Systems
3 sem. hrs.
3 sem. hrs.
3 sem. hrs.
3 sem. hrs.
3 sem. hrs.
3 sem. hrs.
3 sem. hrs.
3 sem. hrs.

* Must meet MAcc Program prerequisites or permission from professor or Director of Graduate Business Programs.

 

MARKETING EMPHASIS ELECTIVES (6 HOURS)

  • BADM625 Marketing Management
  • BADM626 Health Care Marketing
  • BADM654 Promotion Strategies
  • BADM658 Pricing Strategies
  • BADM695 Topics in Marketing
  • INTL652 International Marketing
3 sem. hrs.
3 sem. hrs.
3 sem. hrs.
3 sem. hrs.
3 sem. hrs.
3 sem. hrs.

 

MBA DEGREE REQUIREMENTS

  • Overall minimum grade point average of 3.0 in graduate studies.
  • Satisfactory completion of a total of 36 graduate hours: 30 core hours (10 courses) and the 6 elective graduate hours (2 courses) within six calendar years.
  • Application for graduation by the dates published by the Registrar.
  • Application available at:
    http://www.gardner-webb.edu/academics/academic-programs/undergraduate-programs/schools/godbold-school-of-business/graduate/registration-information/graduation-certificate-completion/index.html
  • Participation in Hooding Ceremony and Commencement exercises if desired.

It is the student's responsibility to be familiar with the preceding requirements for graduation.

 

MBA PROGRAM GUIDELINES

  • ACCT600, BADM610, BADM625 and BADM633 should be scheduled early in the program.
  • Preferred electives should be scheduled whenever they will be offered according to the two-year rotation.
  • Strategic Management, BADM690, should culminate the program. A minimum of 24 hours of MBA core courses that include ACCT 600, BADM 610, 620, 625, 630, 633, and 635 are required prior to enrollment. A student receiving a final grade of less than “B” must repeat BADM690.

It is the student responsibility to Plan the Degree in accordance with the program requirements using the two-year-course rotation and the degree planning form available from the advisor.

 

For more information on how to plan your degree review all the material available at:

 

Registration Information site.

 

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