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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 2 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. 

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.

Required Courses: MBA500, MBA520, MBA601, MBA607, MBA630, mBA633, MBA634, MBA640, MBA680, MBA690
ELECTIVE COURSES (Choose 2): MBA632, MBA642, MBA651, MBA660, or courses from another graduate program to be approved by the program director 

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 Marketing Analysis and 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/services; 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 a pricing policy, and delivering the final service and/or product to the customer. A strong emphasis is placed on branding as a strategy along with an eStrategy. A Marketing Plan and website will be developed as part of this course.

MBA607 Business Analytics 3

Business analytics addresses descriptive, diagnostic, predictive, and prescriptive analytics. Students learn about archival research methods, EXCEL pivot tables, descriptive and inferential statistics, Six Sigma processes, forecasting. There is a focus on writing succinct analyses of research using these method through the use of case analyses that integrates the above concepts.

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 Financial Analysis and Business Valuation 3

The end goal of this course is to demystify finance and enhance financial acumen for business leaders by teaching practical concepts and tools that can be applied in any industry or any size business. This course focuses on the analysis of financial information for making sound business decisions. Students learn to conduct financial forecasting of the Income statement and cash flow via the use of time value of money concepts, analyze the financial health of the business using financial ratios, and conducting investment analysis using NPV and IRR methodologies to evaluate the return on invested capital. Moreover, learning to connect the key financial parameters like profitability, working capital performance, investments, cashflow forecast, and expected rate of return to the overall impact on the value of the business. Identifying the levers that play a role in enhancing overall business performance.

MBA640 Managing Innovation 3

This course focuses on managing innovation. Students will learn about design thinking, lean methods, agile, disruptive innovation, dominant designs, first mover strategies, platform strategies, intellectual property, interfirm relationships, and business and corporate strategies relevant to the process of innovation. Theory is balanced with case analysis to demonstrate key concepts.

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 Strategic Analysis 3

Strategic analysis is the capstone course in the MBA program. Students will analyze a number of cases dealing with start-ups as well as corporate entrepreneurship using the skills developed over the course of the program. The focus is on demonstrating research skills, analytical thinking, and concise and clear communication of findings regarding the strategic choices students recommend in their cases.