Chatham University

Business Administration (MBA) Curriculum

The challenging and rigorous curriculum of the Chatham MBA Program is facilitated by thought leaders, industry experts, and seasoned executives. The curriculum consists of two parts: The common core (27 credits) and a concentration area (9 credits). The core builds a strong business foundation guided by the IACBE accreditation while concentration areas allow students to explore specialized disciplines or industry verticals in depth.

All MBA students complete the program by completing a business consulting capstone where student teams engage in complex consulting projects facilitated by the Executive in Residence of Chatham University’s Center for Women's Entrepreneurship.

Program Requirements

+ College-Level Prerequisite Courses (6 credits)

BUS110 Business Statistics

This course introduces essential research tools in business. Topics include descriptive statistics of central tendency and variability and hypotheses testing statistical analysis using correlation, analysis of variance, and regression. Problems use applications from business cases, marketing research, and economic policy. Prerequisite(s): BUS105

3
ACT222 Financial Accounting Principles I

This course represents an introduction to accounting principles; including the accounting process, double-entry bookkeeping, adjusting entries, and the preparation of financial statements. The objectives of this course are to make students aware of the importance of accounting information in every type of organization (private business, not-for-profit, and governmental).

3

+ MBA Core Courses (27 credits)

All MBA Core courses are available in online and on campus options.

BUS570 Global Business

This course examines key topics in conducting business in a global setting, including global business management, global marketing, supply chain management, and trade finance. We begin with an overview of forces that determine the globalization of a firm and industry. This analysis leads us to further examination of nation-specific, region-specific, industry-specific, and firm-specific factors that are critical to the success of global business.

3

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BUS672 Corporate Finance

This course deepens an understanding of financial analysis tools and concepts. Students will learn how and when to use the financial-analytical tools required to make effective business and policy decision. Functional areas addressed are assessing financial health, planning financial performance, interpretation of data and recommendations, supply-chain management.

3
BUS618 Economics for Managers

3
BUS699 Business Consulting Capstone

This course provides the culminating experience in the MBA program through business consulting engagements. Student teams apply knowledge and skills gained through the MBA program to conduct complex problem-solving or analytical projects for woman entrepreneurs enrolled in the MyConsulting Corner program of Chatham University's Center for Women's Entrepreneurship. The student develops professional consulting skills by working with the program's Executive-In-Residence throughout the client engagement. The final consulting product constitutes the MBA program's capstone. Prerequisites: BUS 572, BUS 573, BUS 574, and BUS 577.

3
BUS576 Sustainable Human Capital

This course cultivates theoretical examinations of human behavior in organizations, and ethical and practical skills for managing human capital. Organizational behavior is explored at the individual, group, and organizational levels of analysis focusing on topics of motivation, communication, group dynamics, decision making, culture, power, and politics. Students will also explore the effectiveness of tools for talent acquisition and development, such as compensation, feedback, and assessment.

3

+ Healthcare Management Concentration (9 credits)

All Healthcare Management Concentration courses are available in both online and on-campus sessions.

+ Supply Chain Management Concentration (9 credits)

BUS662 Global Procurement

3
BUS641 Sustainable Supply Chain Management

Understanding issues of supply chain management is essential to sustainability, both social and environmental. This course will provide students with an understanding of how supply chain works, how and where along the supply chain sustainability questions should be addressed/considered, and the impacts of those decisions on stakeholders further down the chain. Topics can include: packaging, transportation, energy use, and waste.

3
BUS661 Logistics and Operations

3

+ Entrepreneurial Leadership and Strategy Concentration (9 credits)

BUS550 Innovation and Commercialization

This course focuses on how to successfully commercialize an innovation. While it is important to come up with an innovative idea and develop a product concept, it is equally critical to effectively design and launch the product in the market and ensure its long-term success. This is where the innovation efforts of a large number of entrepreneurs and companies fail. The course provides an exposure to various product design approaches and strategies. Understanding commercialization activities such as pre-product launch planning, market testing, actual product launch, and post-launch follow-up is a major part of the course. These commercialization activities among other things involve developing a marketing plan for the product, identifying the proper intellectual property strategy, reviewing technical feasibility, obtaining a patent, pitching to investors, and crafting a business model for the product. The course provides a run-through of the complete cycle from idea to market entry.

3
BUS623 Strategic Performance for Women Executives

This course will cover issues specific to women business leaders such as conflict management, negotiation and persuasion, mentoring structures, crisis communication, and organizational change. Other topics will include implicit and explicit attitude toward female authority in the workplace; implicit social cognition; attitudes, self-esteem, and stereotypes, etc.

3
BUS575 Leading Organizations and Projects

The course cultivates the student’s executive leadership potential for organizational development and transformation, with specific applications to the project management environment. Theoretical perspective and case analyses will explore topics of leading one’s self, motivating project teams, change management, and transforming the organization.

3

+ Sustainability Concentration (9 credits)

BUS641 Sustainable Supply Chain Management

Understanding issues of supply chain management is essential to sustainability, both social and environmental. This course will provide students with an understanding of how supply chain works, how and where along the supply chain sustainability questions should be addressed/considered, and the impacts of those decisions on stakeholders further down the chain. Topics can include: packaging, transportation, energy use, and waste.

3
BUS580 Business Ethics and Corporate Responsibility

This course provides an intellectual framework in which to consider the ways society and organizations affect an individual's and corporation's ethical decision making. Students apply ethical decision tools to the numerous moral challenges confronting them in their professional careers. The global context of ethical decision making is examined.

2

+ Project Management Concentration (9 credits)

BUS582 Foundations of Project Management

3
BUS680 Complex Issues in Project Management

3
BUS575 Leading Organizations and Projects

The course cultivates the student’s executive leadership potential for organizational development and transformation, with specific applications to the project management environment. Theoretical perspective and case analyses will explore topics of leading one’s self, motivating project teams, change management, and transforming the organization.

3

+ Self-Designed Concentration

Choose nine (9) credits from the following:

BUS582 Foundations of Project Management

3
BUS550 Innovation and Commercialization

This course focuses on how to successfully commercialize an innovation. While it is important to come up with an innovative idea and develop a product concept, it is equally critical to effectively design and launch the product in the market and ensure its long-term success. This is where the innovation efforts of a large number of entrepreneurs and companies fail. The course provides an exposure to various product design approaches and strategies. Understanding commercialization activities such as pre-product launch planning, market testing, actual product launch, and post-launch follow-up is a major part of the course. These commercialization activities among other things involve developing a marketing plan for the product, identifying the proper intellectual property strategy, reviewing technical feasibility, obtaining a patent, pitching to investors, and crafting a business model for the product. The course provides a run-through of the complete cycle from idea to market entry.

3
BUS662 Global Procurement

3
BUS580 Business Ethics and Corporate Responsibility

This course provides an intellectual framework in which to consider the ways society and organizations affect an individual's and corporation's ethical decision making. Students apply ethical decision tools to the numerous moral challenges confronting them in their professional careers. The global context of ethical decision making is examined.

2
BUS680 Complex Issues in Project Management

3
BUS623 Strategic Performance for Women Executives

This course will cover issues specific to women business leaders such as conflict management, negotiation and persuasion, mentoring structures, crisis communication, and organizational change. Other topics will include implicit and explicit attitude toward female authority in the workplace; implicit social cognition; attitudes, self-esteem, and stereotypes, etc.

3
BUS641 Sustainable Supply Chain Management

Understanding issues of supply chain management is essential to sustainability, both social and environmental. This course will provide students with an understanding of how supply chain works, how and where along the supply chain sustainability questions should be addressed/considered, and the impacts of those decisions on stakeholders further down the chain. Topics can include: packaging, transportation, energy use, and waste.

3
BUS575 Leading Organizations and Projects

The course cultivates the student’s executive leadership potential for organizational development and transformation, with specific applications to the project management environment. Theoretical perspective and case analyses will explore topics of leading one’s self, motivating project teams, change management, and transforming the organization.

3
BUS580 Business Ethics and Corporate Responsibility

This course provides an intellectual framework in which to consider the ways society and organizations affect an individual's and corporation's ethical decision making. Students apply ethical decision tools to the numerous moral challenges confronting them in their professional careers. The global context of ethical decision making is examined.

2
BUS661 Logistics and Operations

3
ACT573 Business Law and Ethics

This course introduces business law and the legal system in preparation for dealing with legal business issues and attorneys. Topics include civil procedure, torts, strict liability, legal fees and case management, common law contracts, the Uniform Commercial Code, partnerships, corporate law, estates and trusts, secured transactions, third-party rights, property, insurance, securities law, and ethics. This course will serve as a general introduction to professional ethics in the accounting and business environments. We will discuss the fundamental ethical issues of business and society, the roles and responsibilities of the accounting and auditing profession, ethical behavior by management, and legal and professional guidelines that address the conduct will be considered within this course. This course is intended to provide the foundations upon which accountants employ ethical reasoning in their professional judgments. 3 credits

3
ACT545 Accounting Theory

This course encourages students to take a more conceptual view of accounting, urging them to get beyond the process and to grasp the reasoning behind the accounting procedures. The focus is upon what it means for accounting to be a source of information and providing a framework for evaluating accounting alternatives. Pre-requisite: ACT222; 3 credits

3
ACT625 Cost Analysis

Cost Analysis introduces students to the role cost considerations play in management decision making. Topics include the classification and allocation of costs, job order and process costing, standard costs, budgeting and planning, cost-volume-profit analysis, and using costs as performance measurements. Pre-requisite: ACT222; 3 credits

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