The Professional MBA program prepares students for professional and career success in a global business environment. This 30-credit program delivers a powerful portfolio of leadership and business skills in highly flexible on-campus and online formats that students can complete in as little as one year or at their own pace. Students learn to formulate viable business models that deliver desired results. They develop the ability to build talented teams, make data-driven decisions, and design cost-effective processes. They become proficient at managing people, projects and change. The 10-course curriculum complemented by four professional development workshops enables our graduates to excel at their jobs, advance their careers and achieve their professional aspirations.
MBA Learning Goals and Objectives
The MBA program has learning goals and objectives that help students develop a set of competencies to lead and manage organizations in the corporate and not-for-profit sectors. Skill development occurs in an innovative learning-by-doing environment, characterized by a range of teaching methods that include cases, simulations, role-plays, work-based assignments, and field projects.
Goal 1: Ethics and Social Responsibility—Our students will have the ability to make ethical decisions and promote effective codes of ethics that meet the expectations of a broad group of stakeholders.
Objective 1a: Our students will be able to evaluate an organization’s corporate governance principles and code of ethics to determine if these are in the best interest of multiple stakeholders, as well as apply ethical analysis techniques to determine if a decision or action is unethical.
Objective 1b: Our students will be able to assess the social implications of the economic choices and decisions made by businesses.
Goal 2: Innovation—Our students will demonstrate the ability to identify opportunities for innovation and lead a process of innovation aimed at improvements in products, services and business processes.
Objective 2a: Our students will be able to identify opportunities for innovation.
Objective 2b: Our students will be able to articulate a process for innovation.
Goal 3: Leadership—Our students will be able to position their units, teams or firms for success by applying and demonstrating the core competencies of leadership, including interpersonal, team, organizational and strategic leadership.
Objective 3a: Our students will be able to identify and evaluate relevant leadership styles and practices.
Objective 3b: Our students will be able to diagnose team problems and make appropriate recommendations to improve team effectiveness.
Goal 4: Organizational Intelligence and Analytics—Our students will identify, analyze and solve organizational issues using appropriate analytical techniques.
Objective 4a: Our students will be able to define an organizational issue, analyze relevant information, and propose appropriate solutions.
Objective 4b: Our students will be able to analyze and evaluate alternatives using appropriate analytical tools and approaches.
Goal 5: Communication—Our students will communicate effectively and professionally within business situations.
Objective 5a: Our students will be able to determine whether communication artefacts and communication channels are tailored appropriately to the business situation and communication objectives.
Objective 5b: Our students will be able to communicate effectively.
Academic Policies and Standards
All academic policies and standards for the School of Business Administration apply to the master of business administration program. Additional policies are as follows:
- Students must complete all degree requirements within five academic years from the date they matriculate into the program.
- Students wishing to take a leave of absence from the program must formally notify the director of graduate business programs.
- Students not taking a course in a 24-month period are considered inactive. Students who wish to return must petition the graduate program director.
Curriculum (30 credits)
Students in the Professional MBA program must complete the following ten courses (30 credits):
- BUS 605 – Leading Organizations and People (3 credits)
- BUS 615 – Information Systems and Data Analytics (3 credits)
- BUS 635 – Marketing (3 credits)
- BUS 645 – Accounting and Managerial Decision Making (3 credits)
- BUS 655 – Strategic Financial Management (3 credits)
- BUS 665 – Managing Business Processes (3 credits)
- BUS 675 – Managing for Results (3 credits)
- MGT 625 – Management of Change (3 credits)
- MGT 680 – Project Management (3 credits)
- MGT 622 – Developing Management Skills (3 credits), or
- MGT 670 – Managing Human Capital (3 credits)
MBA courses assume that students have an understanding of Excel and basic concepts in statistics, accounting, finance, organizational behavior and management, communication, critical thinking and case analysis. All students are advised to review these concepts by accessing a series of foundational knowledge modules that are available to them on demand and free of cost.
Please see https://lifelonglearning.widener.edu/ for foundational knowledge resources.
Professional Development Workshops (Noncredit)
All MBA students are required to complete four professional development workshops (PDWs) while they are in the MBA program. These workshops are conducted by a professional leadership and career coach and are designed to help students achieve professional growth and implement a plan for launching and advancing their careers. Two PDWs are offered during the Fall and Spring semesters, and one PDW is offered during the Summer semester. PDWs are typically held on weekends or in the evenings. PDWs are also offered in an online format.
Residency Requirements and Degree Eligibility
A student must complete the minimum residency requirement of 24 credit hours in MBA courses, maintain a minimum GPA of 3.0 in all 60 of their0-level courses, and complete all credit and noncredit requirements to qualify for the MBA degree.
Note: The program of study that appears here applies to students who were admitted for the summer session of this catalog year and later. Students admitted prior to that term should select the appropriate catalog year of their admission. Choose previous catalogs from the Home, Graduate, or Undergraduate Catalog page at http://catalog.widener.edu.