Professional MBA students learn strategic-level business concepts and gain valuable insight into their own industries and organizations through our applied learning format. The program is filled with case-based methods, simulations and practical examples and the curriculum ensures that the students will accelerate their business knowledge deeply and quickly.
The thesis-level project is designed to give students a strategic view of their organizations and allow them to apply first-hand the concepts learned in class to the real world. The return on investment is significant for both the student and the organization.
Students pursue a different stage of analyses for the Organizational Action Plan, each semester. Each stage requires a different focus and access to different resources from their employers.
Semester 1: The World Outside the Organization
Students gain perspective on the variety of forces impacting their industry, delivering macroenvironmental, competitor, and market force analysis as well as target market definition.
Semester 2: Customer Value, Core Competency and Process
Students examine the relationship between customer value, product delivery strategy and shareholder value as well as their respective roles within the strategic planning process, delivering customer value and process analysis. They then select a process in their company to re-engineer and design its ideal future state.
Semester 3: Determining Project Value and Championing Change
Students present a financial rationale for their process re-engineering and learn how to manage the change process from a leadership perspective. They deliver cost/benefit, scenario planning sensitivity, and culture and change analyses.
Professional MBA students have the option to travel with faculty and classmates to an international location for a week of business immersion. The trip location varies each year. Past destinations have included the Czech Republic, Argentina and Chile.
Students meet with business leaders of local and multinational organizations, government agencies and international accounting, finance and consultancy firms, building a strong understanding of the global landscape. The concepts learned during this educational experience add value to every student and their organization, regardless of their organization’s global presence.