Master of Business Administration (MBA)

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To compete in today's global business environment, companies seek out executives whose talents combine traditional business disciplines with critical core competencies. While the GWU MBA develops your core competencies, the ultimate measure of our success is your ability to achieve your desired career outcome.

 

The principle objective of this unique curriculum is to substantially change the way you think and work. It will provide insights into your behavior and that of your constituents - focusing on continuous personal and professional improvement while adding value to your organization.

 

The MBA course of study is structured to provide students with a working knowledge of business and managerial skills needed for successful departmental, divisional, and organizational leadership. The flexibility of the MBA degree allows the student to emphasize in an area of study. The 36-credit-hour curriculum includes 30 hours of required core courses and six hours of electives in different areas.

 

Why do you need a MBA degree?

  • To prepare you for careers in business administration with advanced training in specific areas built on a broad understanding of business and its environment.
  • To provide you with the opportunity to gain professional knowledge to attain your personal and career goals.
  • To learn tools and practical techniques used to analyze business problems involving economic, social, legal, and ethical factors affecting business.
  • To learn practical skills for meeting the challenges that technology and managerial innovations present in a global world.
  • To develop a thorough understanding of the functional areas operating within the business community.
  • To develop and increase the ability for team-based activities in dealing with a diverse workforce.
  • To increase the salary you receive in your current job and magnify your future earning potential. Graduate education leads to higher starting salaries, with master's degree holders generally receiving a 10 to 20 percent premium over individuals with just a bachelor's degree.
  • To create avenues of advancement within your current organizational structure.
  • To make you more marketable to future employers of your choosing.

 

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.

 

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 readily be 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 objectives:

  • Prepare individuals for careers in business administration with advanced training in specific areas built on a broad understanding of business and its environment.
  • Provide practical techniques to analyze alternative solutions to business problems involving economic, social, legal, political, global, and ethical factors.
  • Develop practical skills for meeting the challenges of changing technology and managerial innovations.

 

Student Learning Outcomes

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

  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 decision making 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.
  4. Students will demonstrate individual and team-related problem analysis and decision-making through the use of contemporary case-related and classic business examples.
  5. Students will use current and appropriate technology for communications, problem solving, and decision making orally and/or in writing.
  6. Students will understand the organization of corporate initiatives to maximize the return of human capital.
  7. Students will demonstrate the application of Christian values and problem solving skills in business decision-making, developed within an environment of Christian ethics.
  8. Students will participate in either a service learning experience or leadership roles in a church, community, student organization, or work-related experience.

 

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 with 36-semester-credit-hours of graduate level studies. Of those 36 hours, 30 are in the core and six hours are electives. Each course is three credit hours.

 

These fundamental courses are required of all MBA students (30 hours):

ACCT 600: Managerial Accounting (3 hrs.)

BADM 610: Managerial Economics (3 hrs.)

BADM 620: Managerial Finance (3 hrs.)

BADM 625: Marketing Management (3 hrs.)

BADM 630: Organizational Behavior (3 hrs.)

BADM 633: Entrepreneurial Management (3 hrs.)

BADM 635: Production Research and Operations Management 

(3 hrs.)

BADM 640: Business Law and Ethics (3 hrs.)

INTL 650: International Business (3 hrs.)

BADM 690: Strategic Management (Capstone Course) (3 hrs.)

 

MBA - Accounting Emphasis Electives (6 hours)

ACCT 601: Federal Income Tax (3 hrs.)

ACCT 604: Estate, Gifts, and Trust Planning (3 hrs.)

BADM 644: Accounting Legal Issues and Ethics (3 hrs.)

ACCT 612: Accounting Theory and Practice (3 hrs.)

ACCT 619: Cases in Taxation (3 hrs.)

INTL 622: Seminar in International Accounting (3 hrs.)

ACCT 625: Current Topics in Accounting (3 hrs.)

ACCT 630: Fraud Examination (3 hrs.)

 

MBA - Banking and Finance Emphasis Electives (6 hours)

ACCT 620: Cases in Financial/Managerial Accounting (3 hrs.)

BADM 621: Investment Portfolio Management (3 hrs.)

BADM 622: Financial Institution Management (3 hrs.)

INTL 651: International Finance (3 hrs.)

 

MBA - Forensic Accounting Emphasis Electives (6 hours)

ACCT 630: Cases in Financial/Managerial Accounting (3 hrs.)

ACCT 632: Internal Auditing (3 hrs.)

ACCT 634: Forensic Accounting and the Legal Environment

(3 hrs.)

ACCT 636: Forensic Accounting, Tax Investigation, and Fraud

(3 hrs.)

ACCT 638: Ethics of Accounting, Judgment and Decision Making

(3 hrs.)

 

MBA - International Business Emphasis Electives (6 hours)

INTL 622: Seminar in International Accounting (3 hrs.)

INTL 643: International Trade Law (3 hrs.)

INTL 651: International Finance (3 hrs.)

INTL 652: International Marketing (3 hrs.)

INTL 653: Seminar in International Trade (3 hrs.)

INTL 695: Current Topics in International Business (3 hrs.)

 

MBA - Healthcare Management Emphasis Electives (6 hours)

BADM 605: Health Care Administration (3 hrs.)

BADM 606: Health Care Organization (3 hrs.)

BADM 611: Health Care Economics (3 hrs.)

BADM 626: Health Care Marketing (3 hrs.)

BADM 641: Health Care Law and Ethics (3 hrs.)

 

MBA - Hospitality and Tourism Management Emphasis Electives (6 hours)

MHTM 600: Accounting, Budgeting and Cost Controls for

Hospitality and Tourism (3 hrs.)

MHTM 610: Managerial Economics for Hospitality and Tourism

(3 hrs.)

MHTM 615: Meetings, Conventions, & Event Planning and

Management (3 hrs.)

MHTM 620: Finance and Revenue Management for Tourism &

Hospitality Industry (3 hrs.)

MHTM 625: Tourism & Hospitality Marketing (3 hrs.)

MHTM 633: Entrepreneurship in Tourism and Hospitality (3 hrs.)

MHTM 640: Legal Aspects of Hospitality and Tourism (3 hrs.)

MHTM 650: International Hospitality (3 hrs.)

 

MBA - Human Resources Management Emphasis Electives (6 hours)

BADM 608: Leadership: Theory and Practice (3 hrs.)

BADM 609: Organizational Staffing (3 hrs.)

BADM 612: Motivation and Reward Systems (3 hrs.)

BADM 613: Labor Relations and Work Force Governance (3 hrs.)

BADM 614: Labor in the Economy and Society (3 hrs.)

BADM 615: Human Judgment and Decision Making (3 hrs.)

BADM 616: Negotiation (3 hrs.)

BADM 632: Human Resource Management (3 hrs.)

BADM 636: Managerial Communications (3 hrs.)

BADM 642: Employment Law (3 hrs.)

 

MBA - Management Information Systems Emphasis Electives (6 hours)

ACCT 611: Advanced Accounting Information Systems (3 hrs.)

BADM: 634: Management Information Systems (3 hrs.)

BADM 637: Technical Trends in Management Information

Systems (3 hrs.)

BADM 638:E-Commerce and Network Resource Planning (3 hrs.)

BADM 639: E-Commerce and Internet Laws (3 hrs.)

 

MBA - Tax Accounting Emphasis Electives (6 hours)

ACCT 601: Federal Income Tax (3 hrs.)

ACCT 602: Advanced Federal Income Tax (3 hrs.)

ACCT 603: Partnership and S. Corporation Taxation (3 hrs.)

ACCT 604: Estate, Gifts, and Trust Planning (3 hrs.)

ACCT 606: Tax Research/Planning (3 hrs.)

ACCT 607: State and Local Taxation (3 hrs.)

ACCT 619: Cases in Taxation (3 hrs.)

 

Program Guidelines

All undergraduate prerequisite deficiencies must be made up prior to enrolling in MBA courses.

  • ACCT600, BADM610, BADM625, and BADM633 should be scheduled early in the program.
  • Electives should be scheduled as they are offered in the two-year rotation
  • Strategic Management, BADM690, should culminate the program. A minimum of 24 hours of MBA core courses that include ACCT600, BADM610, BADM 620, BADM 630 and BADM 633 are required prior to registration. A student receiving a final grade of less than “B” must repeat BADM690.

 

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 six elective graduate hours (two courses) within six years for the MBA.
  • Application for graduation by the dates published by the Registrar.
  • Participation in the Hooding Ceremony and Commencement exercises if desired.

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

 

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

 

For more details on the program, please download the Information Sheet.

                                           
Contact:

Dr. Felice Policastro

Phone: (704) 406-3997

E-mail: 

fpolicastro@gardner-webb.edu

 

Academics

Mail:

Academic Office

Graduate School of Business

PO Box 7303

Boiling Springs NC 28017

 

Phone:

Toll Free: (877) 498-4723

Local: (704) 406-4375

Fax: (704) 406- 2261


E-mail
:

Dr. Felice Policastro

fpolicastro@gardner-webb.edu

Admissions

 

Mail:

Director of Admissions

Graduate School of Business

Gardner-Webb University

Campus Box 7308

Boiling Springs, NC 28017

 

Phone:

Toll Free: (877) 498-4723

Local: (704) 406-4489

Fax: (704) 406-3895