Concordia University's MBA program prepares students for fulfilling management careers in business, government, and non-profit sectors. The program places particular emphasis on functions such as general management, international business and finance, and in fast expanding fields such as healthcare and environmental management. The program also stresses the critical importance of servant and ethical leadership, organizational change through constant innovation, global awareness, critical thinking, decision-making, financial modeling, and project management.
Earning a concentration in General Management equips MBA students with theoretical constructs and practical tools, skills, techniques and competencies needed for careers in leadership and executive management. Particular emphasis is placed upon transformational leadership, the strategic role that General Management should take in fostering change, innovation and growth, and project management.
The Finance concentration is designed to help MBA students with strong quantitative aptitudes get ready for rewarding careers in corporate finance and related fields (e.g., insurance, financial planning, etc.). Learned concepts may also be used toward professional certifications (e.g., CPA, CFA). The concentration considers the financial function from a CFO’s perspective. Its purpose is not to develop investment bankers, but rather ethical and effective financial management executives with proven competencies in terms of financial planning and management, corporate reporting, risk management, financial modeling, investment evaluations, and decision-making.
Global Business Management
Globally-minded individuals eager to embrace an international career should find great interest in this concentration. Using Harvard case studies, scholarly and other articles, current events, travel opportunities and other suitable educational instruments, students are exposed to frameworks, trends and developments associated with globalization, international trade, cross-cultural interactions, and global economic, social, political, legal, ethical, religious, cultural, technological, and financial matters. As a result of such awareness, they develop the competencies needed to develop and implement strategies suitable to complex, fast-paced, highly competitive, and ever-changing global environment. Students also have the possibility of traveling overseas as part of their international field practicum.
Healthcare expenditures absorb a significant and growing part of the country’s Gross Domestic Product (GDP). Further, the upcoming retirement of an estimated 80 million Baby Boomers will bring an additional set of challenges to the U.S. healthcare industry and its stakeholders. Concordia University-Portland, with its unique relationship with the healthcare industry, is well-positioned to supply a new generation of leaders. Students will be exposed to some of the fundamental issues and processes associated with the industry.
The Project Management concentration prepares MBA graduates for roles as Project Managers in a time of immense growth and opportunity and positions such as Project Manager, IT Project Manager, or Transition Program Manager. The concentration also prepares students for the Project Management Profession (PMP) professional certification issues by the Project Management Institute (PMI). The three electives courses associated with the concentration will ready learners for the PMP or CAPM certification exam by allowing them to apply quantitative and qualitative knowledge, skills, tools and techniques to manage projects in a wide range of fields in "project intensive" industries and fucntions such as project planning and management strategy implementation, risk management, and decision-making.