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MBA in Entrepreneurial Thinking & Innovative Practices

The MBA in Entrepreneurial Thinking & Innovative Practices is a 36 credit program. It offers individuals with business and non-business backgrounds the opportunity to earn an MBA in as little as 12 – 24 months with both on campus or online courses.

The program is made up of 10 required courses and two elective courses. The 10 required courses provide a strong foundation in general business management concepts and entrepreneurial studies by blending the formal study of theory with practical application, innovation, problem solving, and decision-making. 

Required Courses: MBA500, MBA520, MBA601, MBA607, MBA630, mBA633, MBA634, MBA640, MBA680, MBA690

Students may enroll in either a full-time or part-time schedule. Courses will be offered in eight-week modules, with six modules scheduled per year.

Curriculum & Schedules

Code Course Name Credit Hours
MBA500 Introduction to Entrepreneurial Thinking & Innovative Practices 3

This course focuses on introducing the concepts of entrepreneurial thinking, innovation and diversity in the entrepreneurial experience. Entrepreneurial diversity is addressed from two perspectives, the types of entrepreneurial ventures and the demographic distinctions of people engaged in this experience. Demographic characteristics of age, gender, ethnic background, and disability are considered in terms of the potential for entrepreneurial and innovative approaches to employment and creative ventures. Topics such as entrepreneurs, social entrepreneurs, and incubation of entrepreneurial ventures will also be discussed. The course also serves as the foundation for the MBA program dealing with a variety of subjects including business and academic writing, effective team work, and exploration of personal entrepreneurial opportunities.

MBA520 Organizational Behavior & Leadership 3

The “individual” and employee-management relations are examined so the student can develop an understanding of interpersonal interactions and behavior within entrepreneurial businesses. Both theory and practical perspectives are used. Topics include: motivating and inspiring employees, leadership development, group and team dynamics, human resources systems, decision-making, conflict management, negotiation strategy, intercultural relations, communication in the workplace, innovation and entrepreneurial thinking, and managing change. Learning is reinforced through case studies and experiential exercises.

MBA601 Entrepreneurial Marketing Strategies 3

This course focuses on recognizing and capitalizing on new opportunities by exploring unique marketing strategies necessary for new business startups, growth businesses, or launching new products; strategies that are often constrained by limited resources. Topics covered include creating a marketing concept and competitive distinction, understanding the similarities and differences between consumer and business behaviors in order to develop market potential as identified in market research, developing pricing policy, and delivering the final service and/or product to the customer. A strong emphasis is placed on branding as a strategy.

MBA607 Methods of Business Research & Analysis 3

This course provides students with strategies for designing, conducting and evaluating quantitative and qualitative research so they can solve problems and recommend solutions pertaining to organizational strategy for new and ongoing ventures. Students use bibliographies and other print and computerized databases in conducting research. Throughout the course, students broaden and deepen their understanding of the relationships between research and theory. Ethical research practices are emphasized.

MBA630 Legal Issues in Business 3

Students develop a fundamental understanding of the interactive relationship between business and the law. Students learn how the legal system functions in order to help business professionals become effective and responsible business managers. Topics include the law of contracts, legal issues related to for profit and nonprofit organizations, mergers and acquisitions, employment law, intellectual property, agent-principal relationships, and bankruptcy law. Students learn how various methods of dispute resolution, including litigation and arbitration impact business planning. Special attention is given to emerging issues in business law.

MBA632 Compensation and Employee Benefits 3

This course is intended to acquaint students with an overview of the development, implementation and management of compensation and employee benefits programs and how to account for such programs. The cost of employment in terms of benefits and salary are reviewed and the implications for linking both to the goals of the business are discussed in depth. Students will design and execute a compensation and employee benefits proposal as part of the work in this class.

MBA633 Accounting for Business Decision Makers 3

An introduction to financial accounting and managerial accounting, covering the accounting cycle and resulting financial statements, and understanding of cost behaviors and tools for analysis.

MBA634 Entrepreneurial Finance 3

Students learn how companies, individual entrepreneurs, and capital providers manage the entrepreneurial process and its financial aspects, domestically and internationally. Initiatives related to the acquisition and management of financial capital, including influx of cash from venture capitalists and “angels,” are discussed. Financial statement analysis is covered in depth, encompassing an accounting perspective for the entrepreneur.

MBA640 Innovative Business Growth Strategies 3

The focus of this course is on preserving and stimulating innovative, value-based solutions and creative problem-solving in businesses. The course explores the strategic challenges growing enterprises face while implementing new technologies or ideas as they strive to take advantage of new opportunities. Prerequisite: MBA 601 and MBA 520

MBA642 Project Management 3

Students focus on Project Management through critical examination of project planning, design, production, documentation, and presentation techniques. The course distinguishes among the three primary purposes of project management: (1) planning and scheduling project tasks, (2) critical diagnosis and prediction of success or failure in meeting schedules, and (3) estimation of requirements for the project. Topics include: problem identification and definition, project design and analysis, feasibility measures, project charting methods (PERT, GANTT, CPM), process documentation techniques, information modeling, project design specifications and error diagnosis, and task monitoring. Various software packages are used as tools to assist in all phases of project management, development, and presentation.

MBA651 High Performance Leadership Strategies 3

The course focuses on students being exposed to distinctive high performance entrepreneurial thinking relating to management and leadership. In truth, everyone seeks high performance and excellence versus being good enough. The difficulty is we do not always have the tools or experience to get there. This course will utilize a number of critically acclaimed books on management and leadership to expose the students to best practices and processes while utilizing and practicing a unique high performance thought model. The singular goal of this course is to have students continue to develop and refine their high performance leadership model for the advancement of their profession, projects, companies and entrepreneurial endeavors.

MBA660 Investment Strategy & Risk Management 3

This course will focus on fundamentals of investment strategies and financial planning including stocks, bonds and mutual funds. Investment strategies learning will include understanding the differences between various types of mutual fund families like stock mutual funds, bond mutual funds, growth versus income funds, international funds, hybrid and target funds, industry and index ETFs. Applying asset allocation model and applying fund betas and standard deviations to distribute portfolio risk.

MBA680 Entrepreneurial Business Project Development 3

This applied course enables students who have limited experience with the construction of a business plan to work individually to investigate and develop a plan for presentation. This project will draw on the various competencies developed in previous classes and offer students an opportunity to take advantage of potential opportunities through the elements of a well-constructed business plan. Prerequisites: Successful completion of 10 graduate level courses and permission of the director of the graduate MBA program.

MBA690 Entrepreneurial Management Strategies 3

In this capstone course of the MBA program, students adopt the perspective of the entrepreneurial manager and analyze contemporary problems of managing businesses in today’s dynamic, global economic environment. The course focuses on integrating management, marketing, product development, finance, information management, economics, ethical decision-making, and operations strategies as applied to real situations. Students demonstrate their mastery of the goals and outcomes of the MBA program through the following: discussions of the applications and synthesis of the principles of good management; analysis of relevant cases, simulations, projects and presentations; and reflection on previously completed MBA program courses. Prerequisite: MBA 680