Spring Arbor University’s online MBA students can choose from one of five marketable concentrations. Business management is one of the most versatile and sought-after degrees by potential companies and employers. Individuals with a degree in business management join a workforce with a wide array of occupations. In addition, graduates with an online MBA in management may potentially earn anywhere from $50,000 to $100,000 annually. Spring Arbor’s online management MBA is offered with a convenient professional and personal life balance. As an SAU student you have the ability to:
- Graduate in less than 18 months
- Apply without a required GMAT or GRE
- Enjoy a convenient program even if you are currently working- 100% online, six start dates each year, one course at time
- Study with one of the most affordable MBA programs
- Gain a degree from a recognized university, ranked in the top 100 “Regional Universities Midwest” by U.S. News and World Report
The online MBA in management provides students with a solid foundation of basic business principles, as well as providing a program management specialization. The concentration specific courses of the online management MBA concentration is made up of three classes:
- Strategic Planning & Management
- Human Resource Development
- Management of Organizational Behavior
Through the program you’ll focus on:
- Examining organizational and contemporary approaches to financial management.
- Considering the vision, mission and goals of an organization.
- Fostering a resulting change in organizational/community behavior.
As an adult learner pursuing an online MBA in management/MBA in program management, you’ll have plenty of opportunities to go from the classroom to the real-world with experiences such as:
- Serve as a consultant at a host organization where you’ll identify problems, pinpoint solutions and increase organizational efficiency.
- Experience an optional four-day international business summit in New York, NY as part of the International Business course.
- Enjoy building a professional network of fellow students, faculty and staff via Blackboard, SAU’s virtual learning community.
An MBA in management makes you a career-ready graduate with a degree that is appealing to potential employers. Some of the positions available to graduates with an online MBA in management are:
- Human Resources Manager
- Average salary with master’s degree: more than $100,000
- Business Development Manager
- Average salary with master’s degree: more than $50,000
- General Operations Manager
- Average salary with master’s degree: over $60,000
- Bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited college or university
- A minimum overall 3.0 GPA for the last two years of undergraduate coursework
- An official transcript from the institution granting the bachelor’s degree
- At least two recommendations from professional/academic individuals
- Completed graduate application
- Approval by the MBA Admission Committee
If you have questions, you can speak to our supportive staff and start your SAU online MBA as soon as possible. Just fill out the form or call us at 1.844.621.0900.
Cost & Financial Aid
Spring Arbor University prides itself on offering an affordable master’s in business administration. Gain the same education enjoyed by students at our Spring Arbor, Michigan campus with the convenience of taking courses around your schedule. Continue your career as a working professional while becoming an online student.
For a private, Christian-based MBA program, Christian Universities Online lists SAU as one of the top 50 “Most Affordable Colleges” in the U.S. The MBA is $690 per credit hour.
If you are an adult learner looking for help financing your online MBA, visit our Financial Aid page for more information on qualifications. Veterans, dependents of veterans or active military personnel seeking their online MBA can find information on our Military Benefits page. Financial aid is available to individuals who qualify.
MBA Core Courses – 24 hours
- MBA060 MBA Orientation (0)
- MBA617 Leadership in Business (4)
- MBA631 Accounting for Managers (4)
- MBA622 Statistics for Business Managers (4)
- MBA661 Marketing for Managers (4)
- MBA607 International Business (NYC trip) (4) or
- MBA607A International Business (no trip) (4)
- MBA688 MBA Capstone Study (4)
MBA Management Concentration -12 hours
- MBA654 Strategic Planning & Management (4)
- MBA648 Human Resource Development (4)
- MBA651 Management of Organizational Behavior (4)
Curriculum Course Descriptions
MBA Core Courses
MBA060 MBA Orientation (0)
Introduces students to Spring Arbor University and the Gainey School of Business MBA program. Familiarizes students with the Blackboard learning management system that supports learning through electronic access to learning materials from virtually anywhere, connects the learning community, and promotes collaboration. Students practice using Blackboard tools, interact with peers, monitor course progress and grades, and obtain feedback from an instructor through Blackboard.
MBA617 Leadership in Business (4)
Introduces students to leadership in business administration as a foundation for effective management of the organization. Explores leadership from the perspective of the practicing manager and focuses on individual, group, and organizational leadership. Covers the nature of leadership, leading change, leadership effectiveness, leadership development, and traditional and emerging leadership theories. Special emphasis is placed upon self-leadership and professional leadership assessment of personal strengths and weaknesses in handling specific managerial issues and responsibilities.
MBA631 Accounting for Managers (4)
Introduces students to the fundamental concepts and principles of accounting as a discipline to support managerial decision making in businesses. Examines the use of information for data-driven decision making, including organizational level performance measurements. Covers financial ratio calculations and analysis, preparation of financial statements, taxes, accounting liquidity, contribution margin, budgeting, and auditing issues.
MBA622 Statistics for Business Managers (4)
Introduces students to data driven decision making using a statistical thinking framework. Emphasis placed upon the use of statistical data for identifying, understanding, interpreting, and solving business scenarios and issues. Develops skills necessary to identify business problems, collect data following appropriate protocols and methods, and analyze data using statistical techniques.
MBA661 Marketing for Managers (4)
Introduces the principles of service and stewardship through marketing management. Focuses on developing an understanding of the role of markets and marketing from an economic thinking perspective including an analysis of product markets and developing marketing strategies that will provide sustainable competitive advantage. Special emphasis is placed upon the integration of concepts, principles, and techniques of marketing through application within client organizations. Topics include: customer value and satisfaction, market research and surveys, marketing segmentation differentiation, positioning, and the development and execution of marketing plans.
MBA607 International Business (including NYC trip) (4)
Introduces key aspects of contemporary international business management and implications of international business on organizational strategy, structure, and function. Coverage includes ethics in business, country differences, trade and investments, global monetary systems, and competition in a global marketplace. Topics include Poverty Cure, human rights, global human resource development, conference environment papers, and group presentations. As a part of the MBA607 course, students attend an International Business Summit as part of a four-day trip to New York City. The university covers the costs of accommodations (i.e., hotel, food) to participate in the summit. Students are responsible for travel arrangements and expenses.
MBA607A International Business (no NYC trip option) (4)
Introduces key aspects of contemporary international business management and implications of international business on organizational strategy, structure, and function. Coverage includes ethics in business, country differences, trade and investments, global monetary systems, and competition in a global marketplace. Topics include Poverty Cure, human rights, global human resource development, and conference environment individual presentations, peer reviews, and critiques.
MBA688 MBA Capstone Study (4)
The MBA capstone experience emphasizes the integration and application of acquired knowledge and skills from the MBA core and concentration curriculum. Focuses on the identification of a group/work unit/team or organizational level issue, problem, or opportunity, as well as the proposed solution to improve organizational performance. Students will conduct an organizational assessment, review of the literature, explain the issues using appropriate concepts and theories, create a proposal to address the problem, and develop a final business consultancy report and presentation. The student works with a real organization/client, and the client provides an assessment of the students performance and contribution to the organization.
Develops skills necessary for effective traditional management in organizations. The concentration is designed for individuals interested in strengthening traditional business administration and management knowledge and skills.
MBA654 Strategic Planning & Management (4)
Introduces the concepts of strategic planning and management, and considers the vision, mission, and goals of the organization. Provides students with a framework for conducting strategic planning in the organizational environment. Examines the balanced scorecard approach to strategic planning and management for translating strategy to action. Special emphasis is placed upon the cyclical development of pertinent information necessary for strategic planning and management.
MBA648 Human Resource Development (4)
Explores major issues of managing human resources. Develops skills in assessing human resource needs for career development and organizational effectiveness. Covers principles of adult learning through designing practical applications in diverse work settings. Special emphasis on current topics in the field of human resource development, including the assessment, design, implementation, and evaluation of HRD programs; personal, professional, and organizational development; and application of HRD in diverse contexts. Various types of training programs will be examined, including onboarding, skills and technical, performance management, employee wellness, career management, organization and management development, and diversity.
MBA651 Management of Organizational Behavior (4)
Introduction to the management of behavior in organizations, the field of industrial and organizational psychology, and various aspects of people in the workplace. Covers issues related to employee development through training and learning, employee productivity, well-being, attitudes, behaviors, motivation, and leadership. Explores principles of organizational behavior and management such as how people work, where they work, and how the workplace operates. Emphasizes the complexity of organizational functioning and importance of the management of organizational behavior.