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Online MBA: Curriculum

Curriculum Details

40 total credits required

Greenville University’s online MBA features a curriculum that combines hands-on practical experience with an advanced study of core business topics. MBA degree requirements consist of 40 credit hours, including coursework in strategic management, organizational theory, values-based leadership, and more.

Online MBA courses are 8 or 16 weeks in duration. Learn from expert faculty in a supportive online learning community and complete your degree in 2 years. You may transfer up to 6 credits to finish your program faster.

Required Courses

The course focuses on management’s role in accounting. The course is focused on the study of planning, internal management decision-making, and the use of accounting systems for control. Financial results control systems and alternatives to traditional performance measures will be emphasized for various organizational contexts. The course emphasizes how accounting is the key means of exercising responsibility and communicating truth.

This course will help students critically evaluate their organization’s strategic goals and objectives. During the course, students will examine their organization’s vision and mission; prepare a thorough external environment analysis, conduct an internal analysis that examines their organization’s resources and competitive position, help craft a strategy, and predict possible problems and pitfalls that their organization might encounter during strategic implementation.

This course provides an overview of how organizations work. Theory, research, and application will be utilized to provide students with a deeper understanding of organizational structure, culture, communication, and strategic planning processes. Students will engage in exercises and activities that will assist with the development of a mature, Christian perspective and analysis of their organization.

Course Outcomes
By the end of this course, the student should be able to:

  • Evaluate their organization through the strengths and limitations of organizational theory.
  • Evaluate the cultures and subcultures within their organization.
  • Discuss how power and politics influence the day-to-day life of their organization.
  • Reflect on how managers can utilize the principles of organizational theory to design and change their organizations to increase organizational effectiveness.
  • Critically reflect on how to integrate a Christian and ethics-based perspective within an organization.

This course will focus on the development of Christian leadership skills including authenticity, inspiration, motivation, and development of trust within an organization. This course will assist students in developing a solid understanding of the differences between leadership and management. Major theories and models of leadership will be reviewed through a series of case studies and activities.

This course assists students with understanding the effective components of human resource use within their organizations from a Christian perspective. Specific topics include alignment of human resource systems with organizational strategy; evaluation of effective employee motivation programs; staffing systems, rewards and compensation; employee development; and performance management systems.

Course Outcomes
By the end of the course, the student should be able to:

  • Compare the relationship between your organization’s strategic goals and human resource management function’s plans and goals.
  • Hypothesize the ways HRM practices and sub-functions affect and interact with one another and with other business functions.
  • Evaluate relative HRM strengths and weaknesses in your own organization both independently and in collaboration with others in class and be able to recommend relevant HRM improvements supported by reference to academic literature.
  • Compare and contrast course material to biblical insights and a Christian worldview in respect to HRM.

This course will identify the ethical and legal issues involved in the management of specific problem areas in business including employment issues, environmental, product liability, marketing, and digital information; and provide an understanding of the ethical views, social responsibility, and legal environments from a Christian perspective within which these issues arise in today’s economy. Emphasis is placed on analytical problem-solving and ethical decision-making.

Course Outcomes
By the end of the course, the student should be able to:

  • Demonstrate an understanding of ethical behavior and social responsibility in the global environment in which business operates.
  • Apply regulatory provisions to business situations.
  • Discuss basic strategies for avoiding and addressing legal problems in business.
  • Apply critical thinking to the legal implications present in business activities.
  • Critically reflect on how integrate a Christian perspective into ethical decision-making in an organization.

This course will help students become familiar with and understand project management practices and skills, as well as recognize both how and why project management is distinct from strategic or operations management. Further, this course will focus on the factors necessary for successful project management including project management concepts, the project life-cycle, needs identification, effective teams, organization, communications, planning, risk assessment and management, task and resource scheduling, controlling, cost performance, reporting, and an overview of project management software.

This course is an investigation into the influence of culture, economics, industry, regulation, and strategy on the management and structure of the international firm. The political, economic, and organizational forms of international business and trade are explored, as well as the growth and magnitude of multinational ventures. Additionally, characteristics of managing diversity in a global organization and how to create synergy will be examined.

This course prepares students to apply statistics and probability concepts with ethical considerations to business decisions. Students will learn effective research and analysis skills fundamental to any leadership or managerial role. Students learn important criterion for developing effective research questions, including the creation of appropriate sampling populations and instruments. Other topics include descriptive statistics, probability concepts, confidence intervals, sampling designs, data collection, and data analysis – including parametric and nonparametric tests of hypothesis and regression analysis.

In this capstone course, students will integrate knowledge and skills gained through their program of study as they develop an applied research project. Students will demonstrate the knowledge and skills gained by leading the design and implementation of an improvement effort in an organization of their choice. This capstone project is carried out over the period of one semester with a team selected by the student and involves the implementation and application of management theory. Students are expected to complete a master’s-level project demonstrating competency in management theory, the individual area of emphasis, as well as faith integration.

16 weeks

To manage effectively requires an understanding of economics and the role of economics in business. As Christians, our role as business leaders is to understand the principles of economics and how we might help those less fortunate than ourselves. Economists argue as to the road to be taken to lessen the effects of poverty, arguing for or against capitalism, free market, socialism, communism, and mixed economies, as well as many other economic forms. This course examines economic approaches to alleviating poverty throughout the world. Students are encouraged to think critically about the role of government, morals, ethics, and freedom in economics for this course.

This course is an in-depth analysis of financial management issues faced by managers in for-profit organizations and managers’ responsibility to exercise productive stewardship over financial and physical capital. It covers advanced topics in capital budgeting, working capital management, capital market instruments, lease financing, asset/liability management, financial forecasting, and other related topics.

This course introduces students to strategic marketing analysis, approaches to analyzing marketing capability, market segmentation, customer, and competitor analysis. The course focuses on the development of marketing strategies. The course discusses the necessary elements to establish effective marketing evaluation

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