Master of Business Administration
Bill and Vieve Gore School of Business
The MBA 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.
- 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 community-engaged 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 5 years and allow you to go at your own pace.
"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."
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, and you will have access to a variety of centers and involvement opportunities on campus. 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.
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What You'll Learn
You complete the program by mastering program goals and related competencies, including:
- Communication: Effectively communicate business concepts and analysis verbally and in writing to organizational stakeholders.
- Ethics and social responsibility: Evaluate various ethical perspectives and use an ethical and legal framework for decision-making and social responsibility.
- Critical, analytical and reflective thinking: Analyze and solve complex managerial and organizational problems incorporating reflective thinking on the implications of the outcomes of those decisions.
- Leadership and teamwork: Lead and influence individuals and teams to achieve organizational objectives.
- Organizational performance: Analyze and use accounting, financial, and operational information to measure and influence organizational performance.
- Understanding markets: Identify and evaluate markets for an organization’s goods and services, articulate and influence the activities that make up the value chain for those goods and services, and use appropriate methodologies for ensuring product/service quality and speed to market.
- Strategic and global thinking: Design a strategic planning process, formulate a strategy, and implement the strategy to achieve a sustainable competitive advantage for a firm.
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.
Your first courses focus on fundamental business concepts and skills in areas including marketing, economics, quantitative analysis, finance, and accounting.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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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.
- Digital marketing director
- Corporate risk analyst
- Project manager
- Senior contract administrator
- Chief operating officer
- Human resources officer
- Corporate accountant
- Financial analyst
- Director of operations
- Senior loan officer
- Senior recruiter
Tuition and Fees
The price model of the Master of Business Administration program ensures that you know the full price of the program at the beginning. All-inclusive pricing is fixed for 5 years once enrolled, as long as you stay active in the program. This includes all course materials and an international context tour.
Westminster works with all students to determine the financial aid opportunities available to them. Federal financial aid is available and will be awarded on an individual basis to students who have filed the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). Some federal financial aid programs require students to maintain the equivalent of full- or part-time enrollment. Westminster also offers scholarships for graduate students.
Students who completed an undergraduate degree at Westminster are eligible to receive the Westminster Alumni Scholarship. MBA program students are also eligible for the MBA Leadership Scholarship and the Ronald and Janet Gibson Scholarship (fall only). MBA program students who are pursuing the Accounting Certificate are also eligible for the Grant Thornton/Westminster Tax Institute Scholarship (fall only).
Graduate students are eligible for Direct Unsubsidized Loans and Direct (grad) PLUS loans through the U.S. Department of Education’s federal student loan program.
Federal Work Study
Federal Work Study is a federally funded program that provides job opportunities for students to earn money to help pay for college. Westminster employs hundreds of students each year in different areas.
Complete applications are reviewed on a rolling admissions basis. Early submission of applications is strongly encouraged.
Fall, spring, or summer semester