Department of Graduate Programs - Overview
The Department is dedicated to developing leaders who embody the values of the School of Business and Technology and demonstrate consistently the highest levels of ethical decision-making, social responsibility, global awareness, and professional excellence. These values-as reflected in the Benedictine heritage-include:
• Respect by valuing the dignity and worth of all people and utilize all resources responsibly;
• Fairness in treating all justly and equitably;
• Courage by acting in accordance with one's beliefs;
• Love of Learning through investigating and integrating the broad spectrum of human experience to the enrichment of life;
• Innovation to create and implement new ideas; and,
• Community through shared responsibility and developing a sense of unity while valuing the uniqueness of the individual.
The graduate management programs are designed to produce the following general outcomes in graduates:1) communicate effectively and professionally in business situations through writing, speaking, listening and electronic media; 2) appreciate globalization and its impacts on people, businesses and the economy; 3) conceptualize organizational dynamics including structure, functions and systems; 4) integrate personal values with professional ethical standards and their application to real world issues; and, 5) identify, analyze and solve strategic business problems by reflecting, creating, innovating and acting.
The MBA program is designed for students who want a broad knowledge base in all areas of business, strong technical skills, professional and personal effectiveness and capabilities in leadership and change management. Understanding of organizations in a global environment is fundamental to the program. Ethics, social responsibility, personal awareness and cultural acumen in a global setting are integrated throughout the curriculum. Students have international learning opportunities through our Capstone Abroad Seminar.
Detailed Program Description
The 40-semester-credits program is offered in an evening format that allows professionals to maintain their current work schedules while enhancing their knowledge and skills. The MBA can be completed in 16 to 24 months, depending on whether a student takes one or two courses per eight-week term. The nature of graduate studies is such that a significant amount of out of class assignments, research and team work will complement class instruction and, therefore, the number of contact hours is justified by the more responsible, self-directed nature of adult learners.
Upon completion of the MBA program, students should be able to:
a) Utilize analytics and technology to formulate and implement strategy;
b) Apply knowledge of organizational management to accomplish business and organizational goals;
c) Demonstrate change leadership skills that contribute to the profitability, strategic health and vitality of a commercial enterprise; and,
d) Utilize analytic management skills to create value for stakeholders.
Admission Requirements for the Master of Business Administration (MBA)
The Master of Business Administration program considers applicants who:
1. Submit a completed Graduate Admission Application form;
2. Have an earned baccalaureate degree from an accredited college or university;
3. Submit all official transcripts of baccalaureate and graduate coursework that is relevant to consideration for admission to this program;
4. Have an earned minimum undergraduate cumulative GPA of 2.8;
5. Submit a Graduate Management Programs Written Essay per the instructions that are shown below; and,
6. Submit two Graduate Recommendation forms.
• Incoming students are expected to have a working knowledge of macro and microeconomics or complete an online, self-study module (MGT 6110 Fundamentals of Economics) prior to taking MGT 6307 Economics for Decision-making. This requirement can be waived if transcripts show that the student has studied these topics at the undergraduate level and obtained a grade of B or better within the past 7 years.
• Students applying for the MBA Program are expected to have a working knowledge of financial accounting or complete an online, self-study module (MGT 6111 Financial Accounting) prior to taking MGT 6440 Financial Management. This requirement can be waived if transcripts show that the student has studied this topic at the undergraduate level and obtained a grade of B or better within the past 7 years.
• Students admitted to either graduate management programs may elect the DUAL DEGREE option within the first 12 credits of coursework. Thereafter, this option may only be added with the permission of the graduate program director.
International applicants will need to complete additional admission requirements.
Note: Meeting minimal entrance requirements does not necessarily guarantee admission.
Please prepare a 600-word (minimum) essay, typed and double spaced, using 12-point Times New Roman font and one-inch margins. Applicant may choose a topic of interest (e.g., organizational behavior, communications, finance, management, or economics) but it should be relevant to the MA in Management or MBA program to which s/he is applying. The essay should represent your highest level of academic writing and demonstrate an ability to participate in a rigorous, fast-paced academic program.
NOTE FOR DUAL DEGREE PROGRAM APPLICANTS: Those applicants who are applying for the dual degree option should include an additional passage of about 250 words that addresses a topic of interest that is relevant to the second degree.
A total of 40 semester credits are required for graduation. Credit toward the degree will be given for courses with a grade of "C" or better; students are required to maintain a minimum cumulative grade point average of 3.0. A maximum of six graduate semester credits may be transferred from another accredited college or university if approved by The College of St. Scholastica. The MBA program must be completed within seven years, and students must make sufficient academic progress toward the degree during their enrollment. (Credits more than seven years old as of the date of graduation will not count toward the degree.) Evidence of regular progress in the program generally means registration in at least one course each semester during the academic year. Students will be allowed to register for courses only when they have met course prerequisites and have demonstrated sufficient academic progress toward the degree.
Every student must complete one of the following final program options: 1) faculty-directed conceptual or applied project; 2) Capstone Abroad Seminar; or 3) academic research thesis.
A student must complete a required common and program-specific core curriculum (27 credits), a final capstone project, and sufficient elective courses to meet the program's 40 credit hour graduation requirement. A maximum of six graduate semester credits may be transferred from another accredited college or university if approved by The College of St. Scholastica. Transfer credits may only be used to satisfy elective course requirements.
Summary of Curriculum
Common Core Curriculum (21 credits):
MGT 6412: Management Writing & Resources 3 cr.
MGT 6413: Management Communication & Cultural Competence 3 cr.
MGT 6420: Organizational Behavior 3 cr.
MGT 6307: Economics for Decision-making (Managerial Economics) 3 cr.
MGT 6450: Marketing: Consumer Behavior 3 cr.
MGT 6455: Strategic Leadership for Change 3 cr.
MGT 6431: Research Methods (Statistics) 3 cr.
Program Core Curriculum (6 credits)
MGT 6530: Managerial Applications of Technology 3 cr.
MGT 6440: Financial Management 3 cr.
Elective Concentration Curriculum (3 courses for a total of 9 credits)
Business Leadership Concentration
MGT 6301: Global Operations Management 3 cr.
MGT 6520: Business Law 3 cr.
MGT 6465: Global Leadership and Ethics 3 cr.
MGT 6203: Labor Relations 3 cr.
MGT 6207: Crisis Management 3 cr.
MGT 6209 Managing Diversity 3 cr.
MGT 6460: Managerial Accounting 3 cr.
MGT 6510: Corporate Finance 3 cr.
MGT 6525: Investments 3 cr.
MGT 6206 Compensation 3 cr.
MGT 6535: Marketing Research 3 cr.
MGT 6113: Strategic Marketing 3 cr.
MGT 6515: Internet Marketing 3 cr.
IT Leadership Concentration
MGT 6105: IT Strategy and Governance 3 cr.
MGT 6308: Managing Technical Teams 3 cr.
MGT 6318: Enterprise Systems 3 cr.
MGT 6211: IT Project Management 3 cr.
MGT 6317: Knowledge Management 3 cr.
Healthcare Leadership Concentration (choose 3)
MGT 6506: Assessing Healthcare Quality 3 cr.
MGT 6532: Monitoring & Evaluating Health Programs 3 cr.
MGT 6545: Corporate Compliance in the Healthcare Industry 3 cr.
MGT 6351: Healthcare Administration 3 cr.
MGT 6355: Healthcare Finance 3 cr.
MGT 6352: Healthcare Performance Improvement 3 cr.
Capstone Program Options (one option completed; 4-6 credits)
MGT 6800: Faculty-directed Conceptual or Applied Project 4 cr. -or-
MGT 6490: Capstone Abroad Seminar 4 cr. -or-
MGT 6810: Academic Research Thesis 6 cr.
Professional Development & Mentoring Programs
The graduate management programs provide coaching and mentoring programs to assist and support students in developing individual leadership skills to attain higher levels of achievement in their professional careers. A optional one-credit Professional Development Seminar (MGT 6700) can be taken in the first year of the program. Completing this course is a pre-requisite for participating in the mentoring program that provides up to 15 hours of one-on-one interaction with business executives and similar volunteers who have demonstrated their leadership in our community.
Course Descriptions for the MBA Program
MGT 6105: IT Strategy and Governance
Discussion of best practices in information technology (IT) with focus on how IT is used strategically in different organizations. The current trends in IT are studied and how IT infrastructure is changing in light of these trends. Case studies of specific organizations will be analyzed. (IT Leadership Concentration)
MGT 6110: Fundamentals of Economics
Provide an overview of the fundamental principles of micro- and macro-economics. This online study module provides a novel, interactive approach to learning, one that communicates critical economic concepts in a refreshing self-paced course.
MGT 6111: Financial ACC: MGT Perspective
Provide a managerial overview of financial accounting and introduction to prevailing industry standards of financial analysis. This online study module provides a novel, interactive approach to learning, one that communicates critical business concepts in a refreshing self-paced course.
MGT 6113: Strategic Marketing
Addresses the inherent complexity in the art and discipline of strategic marketing. In clearly defining strategic marketing-as distinct from tactical marketing-students will be uniquely equipped to digest the concepts involved in applying strategic marketing to real-word, commercial contexts. The course makes a conscientious distinction between strategic marketing and tactical marketing, keeping in mind the commonalities among them and their inherent, often counter-intuitive, relationship. Students emerge from the course with a competitive advantage in addressing the multi-faceted, interrelated marketing challenges with which virtually every organization is faced. (Marketing Concentration)
MGT 6203: Labor Relations
Prepares students to function in a modern collective bargaining environment. Course investigates the historic content in which contemporary labor relations issues arose and explores why those issues are relevant today. Course emphasizes both labor relations theory and practice. (Public Administration & Business Leadership Concentrations)
MGT 6206: Compensation
Provides students with an understanding of the role of compensation and staffing administration in organizations. The course utilizes the total compensation model as a methodology to support strategic planning objectives, managing and implementing change and other organizational development processes. (Public Administration & Finance Concentrations)
MGT 6207: Crisis Management
Provides and introduction to crisis management in organizations. It examines the types of crises encountered, potential impact on the organization and its stakeholders, and strategies for prevention management and recovery. Current events and cases will be presented to explore the ethical, legal, and human implications of these crises. (Change Leadership & Business Leadership Concentrations)
MGT 6209: Managing Diversity
Introduces students to the many challenges and opportunities differences can create in managing diversity in the workplace. Explores the dynamics of race, ethnicity, culture, nationality, age, class, sexual orientation, physical ability, and other differences that exist in organizations. An examination and analysis of human resources issues such as discrimination, affirmative action, culture differences, and multiculturalism is covered. Students learn human resource development strategies tied to effective implementation of organizational diversity plans. This course challenges students from a personal and professional perspective to think creatively about diversity and diversity planning order to nurture respectful workplaces and improve performance within organizations. (Public Administration & Business Leadership Concentrations)
MGT 6211: IT Project Management
A discussion of the project management process through the framework prescribed by a project management certifying body. Providing an IT perspective of planning, estimating, leading, and monitoring projects. Students will not only use project management software, but will also explore communication and personnel issues related to project management. (IT Leadership Concentration)
MGT 6301: Global Operations Management
This course covers the tools, techniques and methodologies used by managers to plan for, design, implement and control systems that create/produce services and/or goods in an organization. The decisions for which operations managers are held accountable, methods used to make those decisions, and the factors affecting productivity, effectiveness and efficiency in an organization are covered. Topics include strategic considerations in operations management, operations decision-making, quality management, forecasting, JIT inventory management, the impact of culture on the management of operations, and facility location for an international network. (Business Leadership Concentration)
MGT 6307: Economics for Decision-making (formerly, Managerial Economics in a Global Environment)
This course focuses on economic decision making in business, where the application of economic theory guides an organization in achieving its aims or strategic objectives. The tools and applications are used to make decisions, assess outcomes and adjust strategy in a global context. The importance of information, competing with a market structure, pricing strategies for firms with varying market power and the nature of industries are covered. A global competitive analysis of a firm in a global market is conducted. A previous course that covers macro- and micro-economic theories is a pre-requisite before taking this class. (Common Core Curriculum)
MGT 6308: Managing Technical Teams
Analysis of the human resource options in the IT world. Comparison of the use of outsourcing, contract employees, and consultants. Examination of different vender contracts and vender management strategies. Students will explore group synergy issues in teams divided by distance and contract type. (IT Leadership Concentration)
MGT 6317: Knowledge Management
A study in the processes, techniques, and technologies used to gather, manage, and distribute knowledge throughout the organization. A focus is placed on the operational and strategic use of information and how the value of this information can be quantified. (IT Leadership Concentration)
MGT 6318: Enterprise Systems
Exploration of different large integrated systems used across various industries. These packaged solutions include Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP), Customer Relationship Management (CRM), and Health Information Technology (HIT) systems. Discussion of selection and implementation issues, integration challenges, training plans. (IT Leadership Concentration)
MGT 6351: Health Care Administration
Provides an orientation to the current healthcare business environment and service delivery systems. The course presents students with a broad based perspective of key environmental factors influencing current and future trends in healthcare. This approach helps students develop a context for synthesis, discussion and analysis of contemporary issues and trends. (Healthcare Leadership Concentration)
MGT 6352: Performance Improvement in Health Care Organizations
Examines the concept of performance management and its application to the health care industry. With health care under extreme pressure from both purchasers and regulatory agencies to improve its performance, many experts predict that only the best managed health care organizations will survive. (Healthcare Leadership Concentration)
MGT 6355: Health Care Finance
The course will cover finance issues related to healthcare organizations. Topics include: reimbursement analysis, understanding the nature of costs, profitability analysis and preparation of budgets. The class will learn how to analyze financial statements. (Healthcare Leadership Concentration)
MGT 6412: Management Writing & Resources
Provides students an opportunity to develop and practice their writing skills for graduate coursework. Differences between academic and business writing are examined in terms of audience, purpose, format, and demands. Course includes examples of good academic writing and previews the final project and final project proposal for the MA in Management. (Common Core Curriculum)
MGT 6413: Management Communication and Cultural Competency
Prepares students to develop and direct employees using culturally sensitive interpersonal communication. The course incorporates theory with practice and helps students develop the awareness and skills necessary to manage effectively across cultures in both the domestic and global workplace. (Common Core Curriculum)
MGT 6420: Organizational Behavior
Explores the behavior of people within organizations in terms of the factors that most influence it. Those include factors related to individuals, groups, and the larger organization system. The course utilizes an experiential learning process that helps students understand their strengths and weaknesses as learners. This course is required for students who join the MA in Management and MBA programs. (Common Core Curriculum)
MGT 6431: Research Methods (formerly, Statistics )
Studies the basic principles of descriptive and inferential statistics, focusing on their application in conducting business research and understanding the research of others. Topics will include: Probability, frequency distributions and graphs, measures of central tendency, measures of variance, correlations, linear and multiple regression, and hypothesis testing (t-test, analysis of variance, and chi square). (Common Core Curriculum)
MGT 6440: Financial Management
Covers a wide variety of financial topics that are required tools for managers and officers of both large and small organizations. Covers the topics of value tracking and capital budgeting as well as financial decision-making within dynamic organizations. A previous course in accounting is a pre-requisite before taking this class. (Program Core Curriculum)
MGT 6450: Marketing: Consumer Behavior
Provides an overview of marketing principles and practices with emphasis on applications for new managers. The course will emphasize marketing from a strategic perspective, with subsequent focus on key concepts such as consumer behavior and marketing mix. Although the focus will be on participant's application in their own organizations, consideration will also be given to international applications. (Common Core Curriculum)
MGT 6455: Strategic Leadership for Change (formerly, Strategic Management)
Explores the complex connections among strategy, leadership, and change management. Set in a global environment characterized by rapid technological change, it emphasizes the importance of a leader's capacity to anticipate, envision, and work collaboratively toward a viable organizational future. The course serves as a core curriculum capstone for the MAM and MBA programs and requires students to synthesize and integrate lessons learned in their previous courses. (Common Core Curriculum)
MGT 6460: Managerial Accounting
This course focuses on cost accounting. It enables students to analyze and interpret historical and estimated data used by management to conduct daily operations, plan future operations and develop overall company strategies. Students become familiar with standard cost accounting methods and systems. They also analyze the ethical issues that arise from cost accounting. (Finance Concentration)
MGT 6465: Global Leadership & Ethics
Provides practical frameworks to understand and analyze differences in ethical and leadership issues as they arise in domestic and global business settings. The tools and their application by organizations and individuals to effectively make decisions, solve problems, management change and adjust strategy are covered. Topics include cultural comparisons of ethics, social responsibility and leadership, the crucial and distinctive functions of management versus leadership in ethics in an international setting, and the role of leadership in balancing firm profitability with social and individual responsibility in the context of different cultures. (Business Leadership Concentration)
MGT 6490: Capstone Abroad Seminar
Serves as a final demonstration of a student's capacity to apply theoretical lessons from the MBA program to organizational issues or problems. An international field project will be embedded in this course to give students an opportunity to assess organizational issues or problems in a cross-cultural and global context. Students write a significant paper that includes a review of literature, an analysis of the issue or problem, and prescriptions or conclusions that emerge from the analysis in the context of the international experience. (Capstone Option)
MGT 6506: Assessing Healthcare Quality
Assess outcomes research activities, exert leadership in implementing clinical outcomes measurement projects/programs within healthcare organizations and systems. The course focuses on the role patient-centered outcomes information plays in assuring that healthcare systems are able to establish cost-effective clinical practices that do improve the health, functional status and well-being of healthcare consumers, and accreditation and legislative initiatives impacting healthcare outcomes activities. (Healthcare Leadership Concentration)
MGT 6510 Corporate Finance
Examines the principles of corporate finance and the tools and practices used in financial decision making. Investigates the treasury function of an organization and the decisions made by the treasurer. Topics include long term financing, capital budgeting decisions, beta, debt-equity options, dividend policy and IPO's. (Finance Concentration)
MGT 6515: Internet Marketing
Focuses on the foundations, strategies, and tools of internet marketing used by business leaders and marketing professionals to find, create, keep, and engage customers. For behind the curtain of high technology, the internet is at its most basic level the purest form of a direct-response medium, a marketing strategy generally well-known to practicing marketing professionals. Thus the methods and tools of the internet-while new and rapidly evolving-are based on an established marketing model. Even though the principles remain the same, the technology of the tools requires a deep understanding of the structure and systems that constitute the Internet and the World Wide Web. (Marketing Concentration)
MGT 6520: Business Law
Focuses on how legal and regulatory systems affect firms, business strategy, and the decision making process of organizational members. Topics include agency, contracts, commercial transactions, employment law, intellectual property, real property and business organization and finance. The differences between domestic and international legal systems and impact on business operations and ethical perceptions are addressed. (Business Leadership Concentration)
MGT 6525: Investments
Builds on the basic concepts and finance theory studied in Financial Management. It explores further into equity valuation, bond valuation, and portfolio theory. This course will expand the student's qualitative understanding of the markets and analysis required to properly assess risk and return, and will also further develop the student's quantitative techniques for analyzing and optimizing investment portfolios. Prerequisite: MGT 6440 Financial Management. (Finance Concentration)
MGT 6530: Managerial Applications of Technology
Provides an overview of the technological responsibilities of a manager in the area of finding strategic solution, business process solutions, project management solutions and technology solutions to daily business problems. The use of technology in decision making, strategy and attainment of competitive advantage is discussed. Other topics include aligning technology with organizational goals metrics and accountability development, vendor selection, needs assessment, project planning and facilitating and technology enhanced/enabled communications. (Program Core Curriculum)
MGT 6532: Monitoring and Evaluating Health Programs
Explores methods and processes used to systematically collect and measure information for the purpose of program evaluation. The course integrates several knowledge and skill areas including: research methods, statistics, proposal writing, budget planning, project management, and program evaluation. (Healthcare Leadership Concentration)
MGT 6535: Marketing Research
This course is designed to make students knowledgeable research consumers and beginning practitioners. The focus is on qualitative (exploratory) and quantitative research execution and the application of research findings and analysis in decision making. The course is geared toward the practical application of research, though gaining a working knowledge of relevant terminology is also important. (Marketing Concentration)
MGT 6545: Corporate Compliance in the Healthcare Industry
Addresses a growing need to adequately train health care leaders in the field of health care compliance and various topics in health care compliance, including corporate compliance (fraud and abuse), privacy, risk management and identity theft. Essential elements of a corporate compliance program will be presented as well as primary federal legislation addressing fraud and abuse. Privacy of patient information will be discussed in terms of the HIPPA and HITECH regulations. Risk management concepts will be presented as well as identity theft as relates to medical identity theft. (Healthcare Leadership Concentration)
MGT 6670: Professional Development Seminar
Seminar will help students achieve clarity about leading themselves to personal and professional success. Through a series of on-line and classroom assessments and exercises, students will process data received to determine their current strengths, abilities, behavioral tendencies and core values. Armed with this information, they will craft a personal development plan to include mission, purpose, vision, goals and objectives. This will prepare them to maximize the value from their mentor relationships.
MGT 6800: Faculty-directed Conceptual or Applied Project
Students have a choice of an Applied Project, a Conceptual Model Study, an Industry Analysis, or other applied projects with application to the students' interests, career employment or relevancy to individual goals. They carry out research that includes international or multi-cultural dimension in the gathering and analysis of data. Students write a final paper that describes their literature review and research methods, the results of their analysis, and a discussion of their conclusions. Students are given 16 weeks to complete the project after proposals have been approved. (Capstone Option)
MGT 6810: Academic Research Thesis
Students will design and carry out a significant research project that includes a review of the literature, formulation of a problem statement or hypothesis, and design and implement methods for the gathering and analysis of data. It is desirable for the research to include a significant international or multi-cultural dimension. They will write an academic report that includes their research methods, the results of their analysis, and a discussion of their conclusions. Students are given 32 weeks to complete the project after proposals have been approved. (Capstone Option)
MGT 6900: Continuing Enrollment: Final Capstone Project
Required registration for continuing work on final projects. Students not completing the final project within the 16/32 week term in which that course is scheduled must register for MGT 6900. Students may register only once for a continuing enrollment. This may not be used to extend MGT 6490 Capstone Abroad Seminar.