MBA Curriculum & Degree Requirements: What You Will Study
To earn your MBA from Marylhurst, you complete 48 credits in a series of graduate courses and a capstone project:
Core Courses (36 Quarter Credits)
Core coursework within the MBA program exposes you to the diverse world of business with specific classes in organizational behavior, managerial economics, business law, marketing and communications, strategic planning, statistics, and managerial accounting. Through a capstone project, you will apply your MBA studies and use a wide variety of tools to demonstrate learned competencies within a practical career application.
During this orientation course, students refresh their knowledge of key business subjects while being introduced to new academic concepts and graduate-level expectations. This course introduces the theory and practical application of organizational behavior, the study of how individuals and groups impact behavior within an organization. Topics include decision making, motivation theories, individual and group behaviors, leadership, power and organizational politics, and organizational culture.
This course is a practical survey of business law geared towards providing busy managers with a solid grasp of key legal concepts and principles that they are likely to encounter in their work day. Students learn that the benefits of legal action must be weighed against the risks and costs of litigation. Topics include the legal environment, contracts, commercial transactions and business organizational structures.
This course is designed to help graduate students develop an understanding of the basic concepts of economics. The focus will be on having students apply foundational concepts of microeconomics, including scarcity, ownership and markets, to their personal decision making and professional life. In addition, students will learn the macroeconomics concepts of GDP, unemployment, inflation and interest rates, and how to research these variables and use forecasts to understand the application to their personal and professional life. Finally, students will learn some of the basic concepts of global economics, including international trade and exchange rates.
Effective marketing is a customer-focused process that pervades an organization. Through qualitative and quantitative analysis, students learn how to segment markets and position a firm’s offerings in order to create long-term customer and shareholder value. This course explores marketing opportunities through product and service line development, pricing strategies, customer communications including digital media, and channel management.
In this course, students learn accounting concepts from a decision maker’s perspective. Following an overview of the accounting cycle, financial statements, and financial reporting, special attention will be given to accounting information used to assist management in business operations.
This course is designed to help students understand financial theory and its important applications. With a focus on concepts including the time value of money, risk and return, valuation, investment principles, and the role of financial markets, and through real-world examples and practical exercises, students learn concepts and terms used by financial analysts and strategists.
Managers use statistics to make important decisions in all phases of the business life cycle. This course is an introduction to the benefits of statistical thinking. Students explore how statistics and data analysis can help solve managerial problems, leading to more effective decisions. This course covers basic concepts of distributions, probability, variables, hypothesis testing, inference and experimental design.
In this course, students begin the process of synthesizing, applying and demonstrating the skills and competencies that reflect mastery of the MBA program learning outcomes. After rigorous research, students develop a comprehensive strategic initiative. Using a wide variety of management tools, students explore options, analyze critical information, and develop operational and communication plans.
In the capstone course, students establish links between their MBA program and practical application. Using skills and competencies that demonstrate mastery of the MBA program learning outcomes, students identify an area in which to apply their learning. Using a wide variety of tools, students demonstrate their understanding of theory and practice to create an implementation plan for improved organizational performance.
Business Foundations Course
If you don’t have an undergraduate degree in business or equivalent experience, you will start your MBA program in our foundations course. Topics covered include writing and communication, accounting, economics, finance, math and graphing and statistics. All things to prepare you for our MBA program.
Focus Your MBA
As part of the MBA graduate major, you will take 12 quarter credits to define your program based on your career goals. You may choose 12 credits of graduate-level coursework within the School of Business, or from this predefined subject list:
HEALTH CARE MANAGEMENT
Ethical Health Care Management: A Systems Approach
Contemporary Managed Care
Leadership and Ethical Decision Making
Want an MBA completely focused in this industry? Consider our MBA in Health Care Management.
Real Estate Finance
Real Estate Analysis
Want an MBA completely focused in this industry? Consider our MBA in Real Estate.
Principles of Sustainability
Alternative and Renewable Energies
Want an MBA completely focused on green business? consider our MBA in Sustainable Business.
Leading Organizational Change
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