Master of Business Administration

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Graduate Degree
Bill and Vieve Gore School of Business
6 Semesters

Overview

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.

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 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.

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 Bennett, MBA '18
 
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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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Average class size

9.5

Average years of professional experience prior to entering the program

33

Average age of students

Data is an average of the past few academic years as of Fall 2019.

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What You'll Learn

You complete the program by mastering program goals and related competencies, including:

  • Strategic and Innovative Thinking: Compare different scenarios or strategies that affect the competitive position and success of an organization, develop innovative solutions that generate value for organizational stakeholders, and evaluate the success of implemented strategies.
  • Global Perspective: Interpret business solutions from a global citizen's point of view; assess the interdependence of global systems on business outcomes; and evaluate the social, legal, economic, cultural, political issues, and trends affecting business conduct.
  • Critical, Analytical, and Reflective Thinking: Explain logical solutions to complex or unstructured problems, evaluate assumptions, evidence, and implications; support claims and conclusions with evidence and logic; synthesize other perspectives and positions; and evaluate the results of one's decisions and actions to guide continuous improvement.
  • Effective Communication: Evaluate intended audiences' characteristics and tailor messages accordingly; analyze and select communication methods and technologies that are appropriate to the objective and situation; and develop well-organized, persuasive arguments supported by evidence and reasoning. You will also deliver verbal, written, and visual messages to individuals and groups that are clear, credible, concise, and persuasive, and listen in a way that demonstrates and builds understanding.
  • Ethics and Social Responsibility: Identify ethical issues and challenges encountered within an organization and determine how they affect the various stakeholders; explain the impact of social responsibility on an organization, relevant communities, and society; and discriminate between legal and ethical standards and devise solutions to address both.
  • Leadership and Teamwork: Articulate desired results and achieved them, manage decision-making and problem-solving processes, and motivate and influence individuals and groups to solve problems and make sound decisions. You will also create effective teams by clarifying team goals, selecting suitable members, allocating work, establishing norms, and assigning accountability. Most importantly, you will collaborate with others to pursue team goals by soliciting input, giving and receiving feedback, addressing problems, and personally contributing to the team's work; and build and maintain productive interpersonal relationships with others.
  • Functional Integration and Application: Assess quantitative and qualitative information to measure and evaluate organizational processes and performance and integrate skills learned throughout the graduate program and use them to solve business problems and make effective decisions.

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

Module I

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

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.

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.

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.

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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.

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
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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.

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Financial Aid

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.

Scholarships

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).

Loans

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.

Important Dates

Application Deadline

Complete applications are reviewed on a rolling basis. To secure a spot in your desired entry term, submit your application by the term's deadline:

  • Spring Entry: Dec. 1, 2021
  • Summer Entry: April 13, 2022
  • Fall Entry: July 29, 2022

Entry Terms

Fall, spring, or summer

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