Online MBA Course Descriptions

MBA Course Descriptions

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 Concentration Courses – 12 hours

Healthcare Administration Concentration

  • MBA641 Trends in Healthcare Administration & Management (4)
  • MBA642 Managerial Finance in Healthcare (4)
  • MBA643 Managing Quality in Healthcare (4)

Human Resource Development Concentration

  • MBA647 Workplace Learning and Professional Development (4)
  • MBA648 Human Resource Development (4)
  • MBA651 Management of Organizational Behavior (4)

Management Concentration

  • MBA654 Strategic Planning & Management (4)
  • MBA648 Human Resource Development (4)
  • MBA651 Management of Organizational Behavior (4)

Organizational Consulting Concentration

  • MBA647 Workplace Learning and Professional Development (4)
  • MBA657 Strategic Leadership (4)
  • MBA658 Organizational Consulting (4)

Strategic Leadership Concentration

  • MBA654 Strategic Planning & Management
  • MBA657 Strategic Leadership
  • MBA651 Management of Organizational Behavior

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 datadriven 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 courses, 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.

Or

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.

MBA Concentration Courses – Delivered Entirely Online

Students in the hybrid learning and the e-learning MBA will take the concentration courses in the entirely online format.

Healthcare Administration Concentration

Develops management knowledge and skills necessary for healthcare professionals and builds business acumen required for effective healthcare leadership. The concentration courses focus on the complexities and trends in the healthcare industry by focusing on contemporary issues in healthcare administration, policy, economics, quality, and strategy in healthcare management.

MBA641 Trends in Healthcare Administration & Management (4)

Addresses contemporary issues in the field of healthcare and the factors influencing the structure, delivery, and financing within health care systems. Examines the roles of various health care institutions and professional groups providing health services. Covers emerging trends that impact healthcare in the U.S. as well as the leadership challenges associated with healthcare administration. Special emphasis on making informed decision related to healthcare administration and management topics that concern modern healthcare administrators.

MBA642 Managerial Finance in Healthcare (4)

Examines the fundamentals of financial management in the healthcare sectors. Prepares nonfinancial healthcare professionals with skills necessary to manage and control costs while simultaneously investing resources in strategic opportunities. Focuses on the use of financial analysis techniques, financial reasoning, and financial tools for effective decision making and planning in a healthcare setting. Special emphasis on financial liquidity, solvency, and measuring efficiency of healthcare organizations using key ratio information.

MBA643 Managing Quality in Healthcare (4)

Identifies the principles of quality improvement necessary for creating a quality culture in healthcare. Examines tools and methods of planning and implementing quality improvement initiatives in healthcare. Addresses both clinical improvements related to the delivery of quality patient care and process improvements related to the processes necessary in supporting the delivery of quality patient care. Special emphasis on methodology for improving quality in healthcare organizations, process improvement tools and measurement systems, Six Sigma, lean management techniques, and medical informatics.

Human Resource Development Concentration

Develops knowledge and skills necessary to leverage organizational human resources to improve individual performance and enhance organizational effectiveness. Strengthen skills in problem solving, strategic thinking, and critical analysis necessary for identifying and solving human related issues within an organization. Prepares students to promote employee and organizational growth through individual and organizational learning.

MBA647 Workplace Learning and Professional Development (4)

Explores the major issues relevant to workplace learning and development. Develop skills in needs analysis, learning and development methods, method selection, development plans, and assessment. Covers adult learning theory, knowledge, and development. Emphasizes principles of traditional and contemporary approaches to workplace learning and development in organizations. Special emphasis on the practical application of learning development methods and assessments to ascertain factors influencing effective workplace learning strategies.

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.

MGT651 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.

Management Concentration

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.

Organizational Consulting Concentration

Develops a strong foundation in assessing, researching, and finding possible solutions to personnel, group/team/work unit, and organizational problems. Develops requisite skills necessary for understanding, predicting, and influencing individual and group behavior in organizations as the foundation for leading effective organizational development and change initiatives. Organizational consultants apply behavioral science and organizational leadership principles in the work context to positively influence individuals, groups, and organizations.

MBA647 Workplace Learning and Professional Development (4)

Explores the major issues relevant to workplace learning and development. Develop skills in needs analysis, learning and development methods, method selection, development plans, and assessment. Covers adult learning theory, knowledge, and development. Emphasizes principles of traditional and contemporary approaches to workplace learning and development in organizations. Special emphasis on the practical application of learning development methods and assessments to ascertain factors influencing effective workplace learning strategies.

MBA657 Strategic Leadership (4)

Examines characteristics and skills that allow leaders to make positive and strategic contributions to their organizations. Focuses on the development of strategic leadership skills including the development of strategic thinking and strategic actions for superior organizational performance. Emphasizes the analysis of leader traits, skills, styles, and characteristics, and the influence on the strategic leadership of organizations.

MBA658 Organizational Consulting (4)

Examination of best consulting practices for internal and external change agents. In depth exploration and practice on contracting, assessment and diagnosis, data collection, feedback techniques, implementation of planned change initiatives, resistance to change, and other psychodynamics in the organization related to change. Emphasizes the collaborative consulting approach and the collaborative consulting cycle as well as change management models and effective change management consulting techniques.

Strategic Leadership Concentration

Prepared business professionals to predict and influence individual and group behavior through strategic leadership. The concentration is designed for organizational professionals already proficient in administrative management. Broadens knowledge and skills through strategic leadership, strategic planning, and advanced management focus.

MBA657 Strategic Leadership (4)

Examines characteristics and skills that allow leaders to make positive and strategic contributions to their organizations. Focuses on the development of strategic leadership skills including the development of strategic thinking and strategic actions for superior organizational performance. Emphasizes the analysis of leader traits, skills, styles, and characteristics and the influence on the strategic leadership of organizations.

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.

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.

MBA Admissions

The following are requirements for admission into the MBA Program. Admission must be approved prior to being considered for financial aid. Admission requirements include:

  • • Bachelor degree from a regionally-accredited college or university.
  • • An overall 3.0 GPA for the last 2 years of undergraduate coursework.
  • • An official transcript from the institution granting the bachelor degree.
  • • At least two recommendations from professional/academic individuals.
  • • A completed application.
  • • Approval by the MBA Admission Committee.
  • No resume required.

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