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 with the following coursework:

  1. Sustainable Human Capital
  2. Global Business
  3. Information Systems and Analytics
  4. Managerial Accounting
  5. Corporate Finance
  6. Economics for Managers
  7. Marketing Management
  8. Strategy and Entrepreneurship
  9. Business Consulting Capstone

The concentration areas allow students to explore one of the following specialized disciplines or industry verticals in depth:

  1. Healthcare Management
  2. Project Management
  3. Supply Chain Management
  4. Sustainable Business
  5. Entrepreneurial Leadership and Strategy
  6. Self-Designed Concentration

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

+ Degree Requirements

The pre-requisite (Foundation) courses are as follows (4 courses- 8 credit hours, online format):
BUS506 Statistic Essentials

This course examines the fundamentals of research and quantitative methodology with emphasis on statistical analysis by business. Topics include statistical measures and distributions, application of probability to statistical inference, experimental design, hypothesis testing, linear correlation, and statistical quality control. Focus is on business applications of statistics using problems and case studies.

2
BUS507 Accounting Essentials

This course is a basic overview of accounting and financial management issues and techniques to provide insight into the financial performance of organizations. The course provides a survey of the preparation, interpretation, analysis, and use of accounting statements and financial information. In addition, managerial accounting issues such as employee performance, efficiency, product rates and customer satisfaction stats will be covered.

2
BUS508 Marketing Essentials

This course will introduce student to marketing concepts relevant in any sector of busines. Topics will include market analysis, product strategy, the marketing mix, and managing the marketing program. Course material will be resented through online dicussion, collaborative activities, assigned readings, and team creation of a comprehensive marketing plan.

2
BUS509 Economics Essentials

The introduction to market analysis examines the major areas of study within microeconomics and macroenconomics and teaches students to apply the basic tools of economic analysis to policy and business decision making. Topics include supply and demand, production functions, cost, market structure, inflation, unemployment and economic growth.

2

+ MBA Curriculum

Core (12 required courses - 26 credit hours) – required in all five concentrations

BUS570 Global Business

This course introduces students to the world of international business and management by studying cultural influences, government, and business structures in our global economy. Students also learn about trade relations, international finance and legal and labor agreements. Also covered, are topics on information needs, production systems, marketing and promotion, and career planning.

3
BUS571 Business Communication

This course targets key aspects of business communication: persuasive presentation skills, writing skills and listening skills. Bu the end of this course, tyou will improve your ability to "sell" yourself and your ideas to others, develop a more effective and adaptable communication strategy, enhance their credibility and align their objectives with those of the audience, perfect your ability to grab and retain adudience interest and understanding through how you structure what you say, and improve your nonverbal skills so that both your body language and you vocal traits align with the image you seek to project.

2
BUS572 Global Marketing

2
BUS573 Entrepreneruship/Stategy

This course provides an understanding of the entrepreneurial process and overall concepts concerning strategy development and implementation. It begins with a perspective of the entrepreneur and covers areas such as starting a venture, financing options, managing and growing the business and finally harvesting strategies. The student will integrate concepts in management, finance, law, and marketing, and develop an overall strategic outlook.

2
BUS574 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
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
BUS576 Organizational Behavior

2
BUS577 Information Technology

This class focuses on the concept, definition and components of IT and Management Information Systems (MIS). Upon completion of the course students will understand the terminology that exists throughout the industry as well as the wide variety of available information systems and how they work together. The course will also cover how those information systems affect us individually and in our work environment, and how choices in information systems can lead to profit or to failure

2
BUS578 Negotiations/Persuasion

The ability to negotiate successfully rests on a combination of analytical and interpersonal skills. This course presents a toolbox of analytical and process frameworks, strategies, and skills that can be used to better analyze negotiations, prepare more systematically and engage more strategically. Rhetoric, persuasion techniques and other interpersonal skills will be covered.

2
BUS579 Creativity/Innovative Thinking

Students will be introduced to various models exploring ecreativity and the work place. Students will work with executives and engage in discussions on the issues of creative thinking, as well as interacting with artists both in class and at the studios to help understand how artistically creative people approach their art and craft. This course work will provide students with a much asked for component of management - the ability to think and utilize creativity in practical ways.

2
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
ACT650 Managerial Accounting

This course examines accounting information that is used in managerial decision making within the organization. Focus is on interpretation of financial statements, cost accounting, financial planning and analysis, the developement of internal controls, and constructing budgets. Pre-requisite: ACT510 or approved equivalent.

3

+ Concentrations (choose 1)

Strategy and Entrepreneurship (5 courses)

BUS607 Human Resource Management and Issues of Diversity

In this course the student will develop conceptual, ethical, and practical skills for managing people through the understanding of, and effective use of HR systems including compensation packages, feedback loops, assessment measures etc. In addition, ethical, legal and strategic issues concerning diversity, international HR challenges as well as domestic situations will be examined.

2
BUS608 Economics for Managers

The goal of this course is to provide students with the tools and concepts from managerial economics that practicing managers can and do use. Drawing on issues in both microeconomics and macroeconomics, fundamental principles are applied to business decision-making.

2
BUS609 Business and Sustainability

This course covers basic questions concerning sustainability and the challenges in reconciling free-market capitalism with the need for more sustainable business practices. Among topics covered will be: the need to translate real-world sustainability challenges into future business opportunities, and the economic moral challenges involved with the creation of a sustainable world.

2
BUS610 Statistical Application to Business Efficiency

This course is designed to expose students to the essential concepts and methodologies of business improvement techniques used to improve the effectiveness and efficiency of business operations, increase profitability, eliminate waste, and reduce costs. Quality management principles including continuous process improvement, Six Sigma, and lean manufacturing/service will be introduced. Prerequisite(s): BUS506

2
BUS624 Multi-Discipline Strategic Management

This experiential course provides students hands-on experience working with local businesses as consultants to create business plans, actualize concepts and strategies, or develop opportunities. By the end of the course, students will have linked the various disciplines of business together into a unified and thorough business strategy and will have helped a local organization solve a real-world business problem.

3

Sustainable Business (5 courses)

BUS609 Business and Sustainability

This course covers basic questions concerning sustainability and the challenges in reconciling free-market capitalism with the need for more sustainable business practices. Among topics covered will be: the need to translate real-world sustainability challenges into future business opportunities, and the economic moral challenges involved with the creation of a sustainable world.

2
BUS640 Sustainability Assessment & Reporting

An in-depth study of how to measure, track, and report on sustainability issues in a business. This course will include a study of how to create effective Social Responsibility reports and the standards currently used to measure sustainability such as the GRI Standards. It will also teach students how to monitor and measure sustainability issues from within a business.

2
BUS641 Sustainablility 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.

2
SUS601 Earth's Complex Systems

The overall goal of this course is to examine the role that science contributes to sustainability. Students will critically assess process, evidence, uncertainty, application, and communication for traditional and alternative scientific methods through focused issues of sustainability (i.e., climate change, energy consumption, water pollution, urban ecosystems, children's environmental health, agroecosystems).

3
BUS649 Sustainability Capstone

Students will undertake a semester long study of a local business or nonprofit organization from a sustainability perspective. The project will involve identifying an area of improvement for the company or organization, implementing a plan or measuring system, and tracking the results. The final product will be a paper and presentation. This project will be done in groups of 4 students.

3
1 elective from the following courses:
FST520 Basic Agroecology

Through working on Chatham's Eden Hall Campus farm as well as neighboring farms, students will integrate best practices for sustainable agriculture with theory encountered in class. Topics will include basic principles of soil fertility, biodiversity, agriculture history, affects of both conventional and organic agriculture, and the politics surrounding the issues.

3
BUS643 International Field Experience

3
BUS674 Management of Nonprofit Organizations

The nonprofit sector is a fast-growing part of the public domain. Students will get an overview of key areas of nonprofit management and how it compares to for-profit organizations. Students will examine processes and strategies that nonprofits have adopted from businesses and government entities, and how they can be adapted to fit the mission of the nonprofit organization.

2
BUS646 Social Entrepreneurship

Provide students an understanding of the concept of using business for the social good using real world examples and studies of such initiatives. This course will focus not just on the issues and softer side of social entrepreneurship, but also the quantitative and quantifialbe aspects of running a business for social good.

2
SUS501 Fundamentals of Sustainability

This course will develop skills necessary to understand, describe, and communicate about sustainability at multiple scales and in various discourses (public, private, non-governmental organization and individuals). We will evaluate interrelationships among environmental, societal, and economic well-being; consider cross-cultural understandings; and discuss implications of such relationships on individual and social decisions.

3

Healthcare Management (5 courses)

BUS611 Healthcare Quality Measurement

This 3 credit course will address the quality of healthcare in the United States. Key issues relating to quality of care will be analyzed from the perspectives of health care systems, providers, patients and payers. The course will also address the various methods of assessment and quality control for patient care. Students will learn to understand and apply the science of studying and measuring the flow of work in providing patient care. Methods of Quality Control (including QA/QC, Deming, and TQM) will be covered in detail. Strategies to improve the quality of patient care will be critiqued.

2
BUS612 Healthcare Economics and Reimbursement

This 2 credit course will apply microeconomic principles to analyze the drivers of healthcare behavior, the supply and demand for healthcare services, the impact of insurance on the demand for healthcare services and the role of government in healthcare markets. An emphasis will be placed on what makes this market different from the markets for other goods and services. Students will be provided with a set of tools to evaluate economic issues realted to health or medical care. The course will also offer an overview of the health insurance industry in the United States, with an emphasis on reimbursement mechanisms in private insurance, Medicare, and Medicaid. The impact of health care reform on hospital and provider reimbursement will be analyzed. Pre-requisites: BUS506, BUS509

2
BUS613 Health Policy and History

This course will provide an introduction to the history, structure and current issues in the United States' health care system. The interrelationships of the major stakeholders in the system, including providers, patients and payors, will be examined in detail. Particular attention will be given to the influence of legislative bodies, lobbyists and regulatory agencies.

2
BUS614 Management Issues in Healthcare Institutions

This course will examine common management themes from perspective of the head of a health care institution. Topics will include financial management (margins, reimbursement, purchasing), marketing (competition and publicity), management for growth (mergers, alliances, horizontal and vertical integration), human resource issues (unionization, professional shortages), regulatory concerns and legal issues.

2
BUS615 Healthcare Management Capstone

The Capstone project will focus on management issues and challenges confronting actual healthcare institutions or firms. Students will work in teams on a selected consulting project for a healthcare organization client. By the end of the semester, teams will present a project report to their client, instructor(s) and class.

3

Entrepreneurial Leadership and Strategy (5 courses)

BUS620 Risk Managment

This course will engage students in active discovery of risk management principles. It will focus on the ways in which businesses and society assess, control, and transfer risk. This process, known as the risk management process, is becoming an increasingly important tool in the management of busines and personal financial health. Prerequisite(s): BUS506, BUS509

2
BUS621 Gender and Diversity in Leadership

This course is designed to provide students with ideas, information, and insights that pertain to women and diversity in leadership. Women have unique challenges as leaders and managers, and this course will provide tools for modern women executives to meet these challenges and succeed in the business world.

2
BUS622 Advanced Topics in Leadership and Governance

This course provides an advanced overview and theoretical understanding of the common elements and differences that shape leadership and public policy issues in the private, voluntary, and public sectors. Students will learn how institutions and processes of management and governance in each sector, shape the development of its leaders and their role.

2
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.

2
BUS624 Multi-Discipline Strategic Management

This experiential course provides students hands-on experience working with local businesses as consultants to create business plans, actualize concepts and strategies, or develop opportunities. By the end of the course, students will have linked the various disciplines of business together into a unified and thorough business strategy and will have helped a local organization solve a real-world business problem.

3