Master of Business Administration



Masters
Graduate Degree
Bill and Vieve Gore School of Business
6 Semesters

Overview

The master of business administration program is a rigorous degree that allows you to cultivate your business acumen, expand your professional network, and hone your leadership skills. The program is flexible and self-paced, which means you can work towards your degree while maintaining a full-time job. You’ll receive practical instruction in classes about finance, marketing, organizational behavior, ethics, and international business, then apply what you’ve learned to real business situations. Your qualified faculty mentors will be there to guide you through the process, providing individualized coaching and attention.

Who It's For

The MBA program is ideal for engaged and self-directed learners who want to further their career. Most of our students are working professionals looking to integrate their academic and professional pursuits, but you don’t have to have a full-time job in the industry to join the program. To ensure your success in the program, you’ll need to be organized, focused, and motivated. And because you’ll be working in groups, you’ll need to be a team player.

Key Benefits

  • Our program is flexible and self-paced, so you can study what you’re passionate about and advance your career at the same time.
  • You will take an all-inclusive international trip where you’ll deepen your understanding of the global business environment. Past locations have included Western Europe, China, Southeast Asia, India, and South America.
  • You can add a program concentration, focusing on business analytics (launching Fall 2017), entrepreneurship, marketing, or high-performance organizations.
  • Our strong alumni network of business professionals gives you access to invaluable connections in the industry.
  • You’ll have countless opportunities to get involved in activities that augment your learning, including power lunches, lectures, panel discussions, workshops, and service learning.
  • Our certificate in accounting prepares you to sit for the CPA exam while you work towards your MBA degree. CPA review books are included in tuition and over 90 percent of our students pass the exam.

How Long it Takes

You can complete the program in two to three years, but this varies depending on personal and professional commitments. That’s why we lock your tuition rate for up to five years and allow you to go at your own pace.

"The MBA is about self-discovery, networking, and crafting a personal learning plan that makes sense for your career or entrepreneurial goals. Professors and business mentors at Westminster are ready and interested in helping craft this type of individualized learning. Westminster is the only school in the Intermountain West that provides this type of MBA. I was not interested in moving lockstep through a prescriptive program toward some uninteresting large-company job; I wanted a clear and high quality return on my investment shaped around my interests and career growth. Westminster created that experience."

Brian Wierman, '09
MBA Students at a Networking Event
MBA Students Helping Kids in South Africa

About the Program

The MBA program is designed to provide a well-rounded graduate education in business, helping you further develop your skills and understanding of finance, operations, information systems, marketing, economics, and accounting. You’ll complete your coursework through a combination of classroom, online, competency-based, and experiential components. Throughout the program, you’ll receive personalized mentoring from highly qualified faculty with expertise in technology, entrepreneurship, banking, marketing, business analytics, and more. The MBA is intentionally flexible and you can start the program in August, January, or May—whichever fits best into your life. When you graduate, you’ll not only be prepared to be successful as a leader at the senior level of an organization, but you’ll also have the ability to adapt to ever-changing social, technological, and economic conditions.

20

is the average class size

5.5

years is the average amount of our students’ professional experience

33

is the average age of our MBA students

What You'll Learn

  • Hone your teamwork and leadership skills by working on collaborative, hands-on projects with your classmates.
  • Develop innovative business strategies that generate value for an organization and its stakeholders.
  • Evaluate the social, legal, economic, cultural, and political issues and trends that influence business on a global scale.
  • Sharpen your communication skills by exploring the most effective, credible, and persuasive ways to connect to a variety of audiences.
  • Explore creative solutions to complex problems and evaluate the results of your decisions to guide continuous improvement.
  • Examine the relationship between business and social responsibility, the nuanced differences of legal and ethical standards, and the impact an organization can have on society.

Plan of Study

The program consists of four sections: three learning modules and an elective block. The core coursework is designed to give you a solid foundation in a variety of business disciplines, including finance, organizational behavior, marketing, strategy, and ethics. Through electives, you can customize your plan of study to align with your specific career goals. At the end of the program, you’ll take an international trip with your classmates to study the global economy hands-on.

Coursework Sections

  1. Module I

    Your first courses focus on fundamental business concepts and skills in areas including marketing, economics, quantitative analysis, finance, and accounting.

  2. Module II

    These courses offer a breadth of instruction on topics including data and decision analytics, creating competitive strategies, financial decision-making, ethics and laws of corporate governance, operations, and designing high-performance organizations.

  3. Module III

    The third module is the capstone of the program. You’ll study business in the global economy, focusing on a specific region or country. At the end of the course, you’ll go on a 10-day International Context Tour with your classmates, where you’ll examine the economic, social, financial, demographic, and multicultural environments you studied in class.

  4. Elective Courses

    You can use your electives to complete graduate certificates in business analytics, entrepreneurship, marketing, and high-performance organizations, or take individual courses such as Leadership, New Product Development, Intellectual Property, and Negotiations and Persuasion.

Areas of Concentration

  • Entrepreneurship

    This concentration gives you the skills you need to succeed as an entrepreneur. You’ll learn to write business plans, understand financing and equity issues in start-ups and early stage companies, explore the process of innovating for follow-up products, and analyze case studies of successful and unsuccessful entrepreneurs.

  • Marketing

    The marketing concentration helps you develop the skills necessary to providing superior value to customers in an environment where communication, information, and new product development are changing at lightning pace. Topics include digital marketing, marketing analytics, marketing research, and marketing of new ventures and products.

  • High Performance Organizations

    The concentration in high-performance organizations grows out of the Center for Innovative Cultures’ understanding of how organizations can thrive by unleashing the talent, passion, and potential of people at work. The Center’s model of high-performing organizational cultures is the basis for courses that involve analyzing and suggesting improvements for a variety of organizations.

  • Business Analytics

    The business analytics concentration is designed to provide you with broader, more advanced learning opportunities. You’ll master the skills you need for major data analytics, including database languages, programming languages, and visualization tools. You’ll gain experience working with a variety of tools to describe, predict, and inform business decisions.

MBA Students in Class

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Career Opportunities

Our program helps you build on your existing business skills and develop new ones to take your career to the next level—whether that’s within your current company or outside of it. Our graduates go on to have successful careers in a wide variety of business-related fields, including marketing, project management, finance, non-profit, accounting, and entrepreneurship.

$80,000

is the average salary of our graduates

Potential Careers

  • Digital marketing director
  • Corporate risk analyst
  • Project manager
  • Senior contract administrator
  • Chief operating officer
  • Human resources officer
  • Corporate accountant
  • Controller
  • Financial analyst
  • Entrepreneur
  • Director of operations
  • Senior loan officer
  • Senior recruiter
Clif Bennett

"I debated long and hard about whether an MBA is really worth it. Was it really going to shape my career the way I wanted it to? Is it really worth the time and money? Shortly after I began, I acquired a raise just for starting my MBA, and later took a position that was only available to me because of my in-progress MBA, further boosting my salary. As a result, my MBA will soon pay for itself. What I’m learning has opened my eyes to just how far I can take my career, and has given me the tools and network I need to get started."

Clif Bennet, '18

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MBA Cohort on an International Context Tour
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Tuition and Fees

39 credits at $1,373/credit

$53,547 all-inclusive price

Our fixed price model means that you know the full price of the program at the beginning. All class materials, fees, evening parking, books, and a required 10-day international context tour are included in the fixed price. There are no annual tuition increases in the Westminster MBA program. Tuition is locked for 5 years once enrolled. The price is truly fixed.

Scholarships

Merit scholarships, alumni scholarships, and loans are available.

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Application Deadlines

Applications are accepted on a rolling admissions basis.

Application Priority Deadlines

Fall 2017: June 1, 2017

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