2006 - 2007 The Accelerated MBA Program for Westminster Students

Program Goals | Requirements | MBA Course Descriptions
Program Director: Gaylen Bunker
Graduate Coordinator: Shelley Kelson
Graduate Faculty: Shannon Bellamy, Gaylen Bunker, James R. Clark, Kimberly Dodson, Melissa Koerner, Aric Krause, Michael Mamo, Alysse Morton, Rob Patterson, Frank Shaw, Jerry Van Os, Kirk Wessel, Georgia White, Vicki Whiting, Maria Wrotniak

Students who have completed an undergraduate business program within five years at Westminster College’s Gore School of Business have the option, based on admission to the MBA program, of completing an accelerated Master of Business Administration degree. A minimum of 36 graduate semester hours are required to complete the program to earn the Master of Business Administration degree.

Program Goals

Graduate programs in the Bill and Vieve Gore School of Business prepare students for executive decision making in dynamic business environments. Students build skill in decision making through a combination of coursework, experiential requirements, and skill-building exercises and simulations. Innovative delivery of courses gives students expertise in the functional areas of business.

In addition to building expertise in the functional areas of business, students completing graduate programs in the Bill and Vieve Gore School of Business are required to demonstrate mastery of the following professional skills:

  • Strategic Thinking
  • Global Consciousness
  • Critical & Analytical Thinking
  • Communication
  • Collaboration and Teamwork
  • Business Ethics
  • Leadership

Program Requirements

The program requires 36 credit hours for completion. There are four program requirements: three modules and an elective block. All core courses are delivered in a blended format, meaning that courses use a combination of classroom, online, project-based and experiential components. In the classroom, courses may use a combination of learning methods, such as: lecture, case study, or in-class projects.

Module 1 contains courses that should be taken at the beginning of the MBA program; courses in this module introduce the model of the entire program. While taking module 1 courses, students and their advisors will work together to complete a program of study and to plan out elective courses and/or graduate certificates to meet the student’s individual career goals.

Module 2 and elective courses may be taken as early as desired upon completion of prerequisites. Module 3 can only be taken upon completion of all core required courses as it serves as the capstone for the core program.

A maximum of 9 approved graduate hours may be transferred toward the MBA Program from other professionally accredited institutions (AACSB or ACBSP) upon the written permission of the program director. Courses eligible for transfer are only those that contribute to, or build upon, the program goals. Courses completed at other graduate institutions must be awarded a minimum of a B grade to be eligible for credit.

A grade of C is the lowest passing grade for all MBA and graduate certificate courses.

For course prerequisites please refer to the course description.

Requirement Description

Credit Hours

I.

Module I Courses

8

MBA 600C The Language of Strategy*
MBA 605C Executive Development*
MBA 610C Data Analysis for Decision Making
MBA 615C The Ethical Leader

*Note: MBA 600C and 605C are corequisites and must be taken together in the first semester of the student's program.

2
2
2
2


II.

Module II Courses

16

MBA 620C Understanding Market Dynamics
MBA 625C Financial Reporting and Control
MBA 630C Financial Design and Analysis
MBA 635C Executive Financial Decision Making
MBA 640C Managing Processes
MBA 645C Value Creation and Delivery
MBA 650C Developing Competitive Human Capital
MBA 655C Global Environment of the Firm

2
2
2
2
2
2
2
2

III.

Module III Courses

3

 

MBA 699C International Context Trip*
MBA 670C Achieving Competitive Advantage Through Applied Strategy*

*The international trip is required and can be taken after the student has completed at least 33 credit hours. See program director for details.

**All courses in modules I and II must be completed before taking this course.

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2




IV.

Elective Courses

9

 

Elective courses are chosen with the student’s advisor to meet individual career goals. Students wishing to complete a graduate certificate may use electives to complete the requirements for the graduate certificate.

 

TOTAL HOURS FOR THE ACCELERATED MBA PROGRAM

36

Westminster undergraduate students planning to apply for the accelerated MBA program should consider completing their admissions application, including GMAT score, in the spring semester of their senior year to ensure full consideration for admission.