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Education Requirements

Concordia University's MBA is a 38-semester-hour program. Core courses total 29 hours and must be completed in sequence. You may customize your degree by specializing in one of following areas: General Management, Finance, Global Business Management, Healthcare Administration or Environmental Management.

Transfer Credits

Concordia University will accept up to six semester hours of graduate work completed at other accredited institutions. These may be transferred into your elective or specialization area. Otherwise, all MBA core courses must be completed at Concordia. Review of your transcript by the registrar will help determine which of your previous courses are applicable.

Core Courses

MBA 501 - Foundations (4)
An introduction to case-study methodology and case discussion as fundamental concepts for graduate management education. This course enables students to perform financial analysis and interpret financial statements, analyze business problems and issues, and develop perspectives on the case issues.

MBA 503 - Leading Organizational Change (3)
This course explores the theories and practices necessary to the leadership of organizational change. Students will be equippped with tools to understand organizational behavior, assess readiness for change, and design change management initiatives.

MBA 502 - Financial Reporting and Control (3)
Gain a broad view of accounting principles, how they contribute to an organization, and how managers can make the best use of accountants, accounting information, financial statements, and measurement systems as internal resources.

MBA 505 - Innovation & Business Model Generation in a Digital Age (3)
This course will look at cutting-edge theories and practices in the areas of design thinking, complex problem solving, new types of innovation models, perceptual mapping in marketing research, and generating new business models for early stage companies and corporate entrepreneurship. In looking at design thinking, students will be equipped to examine discontinuities in underserved markets and uncover opportunities ripe for exploitation. Innovation will be explored through cases from the perspectives of product manufacturers, service providers and prospective customers.

MBA 504 - Marketing (3)
Understand the practice of marketing and theoretical frameworks in companies, explore the relationship of marketing to other functions, and learn to develop and make marketing decisions in the context of general management.

MBA 506 - Business, Government, and International Economy (3)
How does a country look when analyzed like a company? This course takes a conceptual approach to analysis of national and international economic decision-making for market entry or strategic partnerships, and looks at gains and problems from regional and global integration, international trade, foreign direct investment, portfolio capital flows, and environmental issues.

MBA 508 - Finance (3)
Examine the role of finance in marketing, production, and other functional areas of a firm, while fostering an understanding of how financial decisions themselves can create value.

MBA 507 - Competition and Strategy (3)
Develop skills for formulating strategy through in-depth, value-based analysis of industries and competitors. Particular attention is paid to topics of positioning, comparative costs, and issues such as cannibalization, network externalities, and globalization.

MBA 509 - Capstone (4)
Develop the skills required to recognize entrepreneurial opportunities, manage organizations undergoing change, initiate new products or new ventures, and build a business plan from conceptual idea through competitive frameworks, ready for investors.

General Management Concentration Course Descriptions

MBA 513 - Leadership (3)
This course will include a survey of popular leadership theories and models, with a focus on integrating best practices into a values-based leadership commitment that is aligned to each student's personal style and professional environment. Students will be granted an opportunity to develop their personal identity as a leader who makes values-based responses to ethical dilemmas in a business and organizational environment.

MBA 512 - Managing Projects (3)
This course focuses on the management of projects, which is one of the major growth areas in the field of management. This course will provide students with a deep understanding of project management by introducing the processes and knowledge areas recommended by the Project Management Institute for effective initiation, planning, execution, monitoring and control, and closure of projects. 

MBA 510 - Strategic Human Resource Management (3)
Oriented towards managers and entrepreneurs interested in learning how to manage people, this course adopts a strategic perspective and examines how firms can maximize human capital for competitive advantage. Issues include changes in the labor force, increased global competition, and public policy on work force issues.

Finance Concentration Course Descriptions

MBA 572 - Entrepreneurial Finance (3)
This course examines financing options available to an entrepreneurial venture as well as the financial management, resource development and organizational structures for the emerging small or family business. ). The focus is on methods of valuation and negotiation strategies used in entrepreneurial finance. Note: Students should possess proficiency in Finance.

MBA 573 - Advanced Topics in Corporate Finance (3)
This course considers finance from a CFO's perspective. Students will be exposed to complex financial problems and situations, and discover sophisticated financial constructs, tools and techniques needed to make effective financial management decisions, minimize risk and maximize returns in spite of uncertainty and complexity. 

MBA 555 - Risk Assessment (3)
This course is designed as a "hands-on" introduction to risk analysis or the systematic evaluation of decision problems involving uncertainty. It is intended to enhance the student's ability to solve complex management problems and to make decisions under conditions of uncertainty, competing objectives, and complicated constraints through the use of formal modeling and quantitative analysis techniques. Note: Cross-listed as BA 555.

Global Business Management Concentration Course Descriptions

MBA 586 - Strategic Issues International Business (3)
The course thus focuses upon the strategic implications resulting from involvement in global commerce. A broad array of topics such as the competitive advantage of nations and organizations, the globalization of labor and market, differences in political economy, innovation, supply chain management, cross-cultural communication, corporate social responsibility, and various understanding of ethics, leadership and management will be researched and discussed.

MBA 587 - Asian Business (3)
This course provides a foundation for MBA students to understand China, and to focus on practical issues encountered by U.S. managers doing business in and with the world's most populous nation. Students will study the economic, demographic, cultural and political factors and forces that define the Chinese business environment. In addition, attention will be given to milestones in China's history, to key features of the country's geography, to the Chinese government's globalization strategies, and to emerging trends in Chinese buying behavior.

MBA 589 - International Field Practicum (3)
This course is designed to provide students with an opportunity to identify and research in person topics of concern to international business. The class will be held while traveling to an international destination during the summer term, each year. Particular emphasis will be placed upon the managerial consequences resulting from societal, political, economic and cross-cultural differences. Note: Students who, for whatever reason(s) (e.g., financial, professional, personal, etc.), cannot afford the International Field Practicum may replace it with either the Managing Projects (MBA 512) or Leadership (MBA 513) courses.

Healthcare Administration Concentration Course Descriptions

MBA 581 - Managed Care Systems, Insurance and Regulations (3)
This course will explore the regulatory aspects of healthcare at the federal, state, and local levels. The course will present a detailed overview of the key elements of health insurance and managed care which has been developed to meet the needs of an ever-evolving health system. It will include a discussion of the current definitions of managed care systems and models. 

MBA 511 - Health Administration Law and Ethics (3)
This course will provide insight into legal and ethical decision-making. It will present essential information that can help administrators identify, in a systems approach, potential legal and ethical problems. The course will also explore legal aspects of healthcare at the federal, state, and local levels including criminal and civil claims against healthcare providers and will address corporate and individual liability.

MBA 521 - Quality and Information Management (3)
This course will explore the essential principles and techniques of quality improvement as it relates to the management of healthcare information. Topics include fundamentals of quality management, system thinking and the development of an informatics process for monitoring. The course discusses data collection, statistical tools, reporting and organizational accountability. 

Environmental Management Concentration Course Descriptions

ENV 501 - Environmental/Natural Resource Economics and Finance (3)
This course explores the impact of environmental and natural resource financial and economic factors affecting businesses and their ability to comply with environmental/ natural resources regulations. Alternatives-based problem solving is used as tool to arrive at practical solutions to real business issues. Cost-benefit analysis and natural resource valuation are stressed. Note: Cross-listed as ENV 401.

MBA 512 - Managing Projects (3)
This course focuses on the management of projects, which is one of the major growth areas in the field of management. This course will provide students with a deep understanding of project management by introducing the processes and knowledge areas recommended by the Project Management Institute for effective initiation, planning, execution, monitoring and control, and closure of projects. 

MBA 555 - Risk Assessment (3)
This course is designed as a "hands-on" introduction to risk analysis or the systematic evaluation of decision problems involving uncertainty. It is intended to enhance the student's ability to solve complex management problems and to make decisions under conditions of uncertainty, competing objectives, and complicated constraints through the use of formal modeling and quantitative analysis techniques. Note: Cross-listed as BA 555.

Concentration Caveat

The number of concentrations offered remains a function of enrollment. Concordia University maintains the right to remove any elective course or concentration if enrollment numbers associated with that course or concentration fall below a certain threshold.