Brescia University’s Master of Business Administration program is designed specifically for the experienced, time-conscious professional with leadership potential and strong quantitative skills. The primary goal of the MBA program is to equip participants with skills and competencies needed to function effectively and ethically as organizational leaders in an increasingly competitive global work environment. International students can benefit from curriculum practicum training (CPT) upon enrollment.
In order for a student to graduate from Brescia University with an MBA, students must:
- Earn 30 semester hours of credit and fulfill all course requirements within a maximum time limit of five years of matriculation;
- Complete all course work with a cumulative grade point average of 3.0 (B); and
- Apply for candidacy after completing a minimum of fifteen (15) credit hours and before completing twenty-one (21) credit hours.
For additional information, please contact Sagan Storm, Associate Director of Graduate Admissions, at 1-877-BRESCIA, 270-686-4240, or by e-mail at [email protected].
Matriculated Student: Each MBA applicant must submit evidence of the following to the Brescia University Admissions Office:
- Completion of an online application.
- Official transcripts from all institutions of higher education previously attended; all undergraduate and graduate course work completed outside of the United States must be evaluated by World Education Services (www.wes.org).
- GPA of 2.5 or above for the undergraduate degree.
- Students for whom English is a second language must meet the minimum acceptable score for the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL): 550 on the paper-based TOEFL or 79 on the iBT TOEFL.
Full admission requirements can be found in the University Catalog.
Baccalaureate Graduates of Brescia University: Graduates of Brescia University with a bachelor’s degree are eligible to receive preferential acceptance. Students who have a minimum cumulative grade point average of 2.50 in their major and have successfully completed courses in Statistics, Economics, and Finance may be automatically admitted into the MBA Program and do not have to complete the MBA prerequisite Modules. The following conditions apply:
- The student completes an application;
- The student applies for within 5 years of graduation;
- There is space available in the program.
There are three prerequisite online business course modules that must be completed prior to taking the corresponding graduate course. These free, self-paced, independent-study, online modules are not required to gain acceptance into the MBA program, but they are required before taking certain courses within the program. For example, the Finance module must be completed prior to taking MBA 513 Managerial Finance.
Students may meet some course prerequisite requirements by demonstrating college-level achievement through submitting a passing score on College Level Examination Program (CLEP) exams for certain MBA courses. CLEP score reports and/or transcripts must be sent directly to Brescia by the College Board organization. For more information see www.collegeboard.com.
Undergraduate level prerequisites include:
- Online Statistics Module
- Online Economics Module
- Online Finance Module
MBA students are able to complete the program entirely online or take in-person classes on campus. Starting Fall 2020, students have the option to emphasize in Finance or Management to best fit their career and academic goals. They can also decide to complete a thesis or a practicum giving them the option to earn credit while working in the field or research and develop their passion project.
The MBA degree program does not make the acquisition of theory and knowledge an end in itself. Instead, learning processes are highly diverse and focus on participant-centered learning designs to enhance the development of long-term career managerial skills and abilities; these designs include lecture/summaries, peer and team learning, simulations, management development experiences and exercises, software applications, individual and group presentations, and multiple-level writing assignments. Computer integration is applied throughout the curriculum. Clarity of both written and oral communication is a critical component. The course material and faculty members’ individual styles determine the choice of teaching/learning methodology. The comprehensive case method is an important component of the entire degree program, where the learning process is intensive and where individual study is reinforced with class and small group work using participative and interactive methods.
MBA 510: Organizational Behavior & Human Resource Management
Focuses on the development of skills necessary to analyze and deal effectively with individual and group problems in diverse organizations. Theories and case analyses provide guidance in decision making. Topics include motivation, job satisfaction, group dynamics, interpersonal communication, organizational culture, diversity, recruitment, compensation, organizational learning, evaluation, and change management.
MBA 511: Managerial Accounting
Examines corporate financial accounting in general and how accounting information informs management decisions. The course reviews basic concepts and accounting practices used in all aspects of management, including planning, implementation, control, and evaluation. Cost analysis for routine decision making is also discussed.
MBA 512: The Legal Environment of Business
An overview of the legal and social factors that affect the firm’s strategy, survival, and competitiveness. The course focuses on guidelines and constraints that affect the firm directly or indirectly and provide its basis for dealing with its employees, other firms in the environment, and its stakeholders in general. Special attention is paid to trade regulation, anti-trust laws, employer-employee relations, labor laws, corporate responsibilities, and compliance with regulations governing the operation of business organizations.
MBA 513: Managerial Finance
Focuses on basic financial principles and practices associated with modern corporations, especially as these practices relate to planning and control. Current theories and practices related to investment decisions are discussed. Topics include risk management analysis, corporate financial accounting and budgeting, project evaluation, decision trees, acquisitions and disinvestments, and financing new ventures.
MBA 514: Marketing Management
Explores the structure and processes of marketing from a managerial perspective, with special emphasis on the manager’s role in marketing decisions. Theories and practices are examined, with illustrations from case studies in product marketing through various media. Topics include strategic marketing, creating demand, product introduction, targeting, differentiation, segmentation, and supply chain management. Special attention is paid to marketing in a global marketplace.
MBA 515: International Business
Explores the nature of international business and provides insights into challenges facing multinational enterprises, especially as these relate to government regulations, cultural differences, history, and economic factors. Topics examined include trade theory, international organizations, foreign direct investment, global marketing, global strategies, technology transfer, and trade and development issues.
MBA 516: Leadership and Business Ethics
Focuses on leadership and ethical issues in a diverse workforce. This course examines theories and practices that are relevant to effective management in a dynamic business environment. Topics include leadership theories, corporate social responsibility, and interaction of business with government and society. Contemporary ethical issues and problems are considered via multiple case studies.
MBA 517: Managerial Economics
Provides a detailed analysis of how micro- and macroeconomic concepts can be applied to corporate decision making to maximize the firm’s profit and enhance its ability to compete both domestically and in the global marketplace. Topics covered include basic microeconomic concepts, risk analysis, competitive pricing strategies, exchange rates, international trade, government policies, technology transfer, labor and capital movement, immigration, and regional and global trade agreements.
MBA 518: Supply Chain Management
Focus on inter-firm relationships, discussing quick response, just-in-time, and efficient consumer response techniques in the context of strategic alliances and the use of third-party providers. Topics covered include supply chain systems, process flow design, supply chain network design, total quality management, demand planning/management, inventory management, sales and operations planning, operational scheduling, just-in-time, distribution management (i.e. logistics), and supply chain integration.
MBA 600: Strategic Management
A Capstone course taken during the student’s final semester in the program. This course is designed to apply knowledge gained from other core courses to issues of planning, formulating, and implementing business strategy. Special attention is paid to core competencies, entrepreneurship, gaining and sustaining competitive advantage, and managing change in a dynamic environment. Multiple case studies and simulation games are typically utilized as instructional tools. Prerequisite: Approval of Graduate Director.