2013–2014 The Accelerated MBA Program for Westminster Undergraduate Students

Program Goals | Program Requirements | MBA Course Descriptions

Dean: Jin Wang
Graduate Faculty Chair: Michael Keene
Graduate Business Programs Coordinator: Baptiste Prevot
Graduate Business Programs Assistant Coordinator: Diana Dani
Graduate Faculty:  Shannon Bellamy, Gaylen Bunker, Richard Collins, Michael Keene, Melissa Koerner, Aric Krause, Michael Mamo, Ken Meland, Alysse Morton, Linda Muir, Rob Patterson, Michael Sutton, Jerry Van Os, Vicki Whiting, Maria Wrotniak

Students who have completed an undergraduate business program within five years at Westminster College (Accounting, Aviation Management, Business, Economics, Finance, Financial Services, Information Resource Management, International Business, Management or Marketing) may 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 Accelerated Master of Business Administration degree. Individuals who graduated with any of the above-listed degrees five or more years ago may be required to complete foundational preparation in addition to completing the 36 semester hours of graduate core and elective coursework.

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 in the following competency areas:

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 grade of B 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.

Program Requirements

Requirement Description
Credit Hours Prerequisites
I. Module I Courses 8  
MBA      600C   The Language of Strategy (2)—offered fall, spring, and summer      
MBA      605C   Executive Development (2 —offered fall, spring, and summer   MBA 600C
MBA      610C   Data Analysis for Decision Making (2)—offered fall, spring, and summer    
MBA      615C   The Ethical Leader (2)—offered fall, spring, and summer    
II. Module II Courses 16  
MBA      620C   Understanding Market Dynamics (2)—offered fall, spring, and summer    
MBA      625C   Financial Reporting and Control (2)—offered fall, spring, and summer   MBA 502, 508, 610C, 615C
MBA      630C   Financial Design and Analysis (2)—offered fall, spring, and summer        MBA 625C
MBA      635C   Executive Financial Decision Making (2)—offered fall, spring, and summer   MBA 625C
MBA      640C   Managing Processes (2)—offered fall and spring       MBA 506, 610C
MBA      645C   Value Creation and Delivery (2)—offered fall, spring, and summer    
MBA      650C   Leading Dynamic Organizations (2)—offered fall, spring, and summer    MBA 605C
MBA      655C    Global Environment of the Firm (2)—offered fall, spring, and summer   MBA 620C, 635C, 645C
III. Module III Courses 3  
MBA      699C   International Context Trip* (1)—offered fall and spring   MBA 655C
MBA      670C   Achieving Competitive Advantage Through Applied Strategy**  (2)     MBA 650C
*The international trip is required and can be taken after the student has completed at least 25 credit hours. See program coordinator for details.    
**All courses in modules I and II must be completed before taking this course.    
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.    

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