Distinctive Program Features
Ursuline’s new “Online MBA Program” is designed to meet the needs of working professionals who may not have time to attend traditional face-to-face on campus course sessions. The 36 credit hour Online MBA Program focuses on the integration of management and leadership. The program consists of twelve required courses that are offered in the online environment; the MBA courses are 3 credit hour courses. All MBA course instructors are carefully chosen. They come from all areas of the business and professional community. They bring not only advanced degrees in their fields, but many have years of professional experience that is relevant to course concepts.
A primary strength of Ursuline’s MBA program is that its vision aims for a high level of mastery of knowledge and skills emphasizing the integrative cross-functional nature of business activities (i.e., emphasis on holistic learning and systems thinking). The integrating theme is that business organizations are complex, social and goal-oriented systems operating in a constantly changing, technology enhanced, global environment where many actions have multiple ethical and/or time lagged consequences. Dr. Debra L. Fleming, Executive Director of Business Programs, emphasizes that “the program is designed to meet a primary need of current employers which is to develop creative, adaptive problem solvers from an entrepreneurial and ethical leadership perspective”. An additional feature of the program is the balance between theory and the application of theory to solve business problems. These distinctive program attributes will prepare graduates of the program with the ability to incorporate the educational knowledge they have obtained into their workplace environment when fulfilling their professional responsibilities.
MBA courses are offered every five weeks using an accelerated approach, rather than a traditional 15 week semester approach. Students take only one course at a time every five weeks within each semester. Each semester (fall, spring and summer) is divided into three five week mini-terms. Students may enroll on a full-time or part-time basis. If students enroll on a full-time basis and take three courses each semester (full-time status), then they have an option to complete the MBA Program in only 15 months (i.e., 4 semesters). All courses in the program are structured as accelerated five-week sessions. These distinctive program design features not only reduce the number of on campus class sessions, but also reduces the amount of lost time and unnecessary costs associated with travel to and from campus. A reduction in commuting time also provides each student with more time to invest in completing course activities at home and at a time that is convenient for them. Ursuline’s online course delivery formats also introduce students to technology enhanced communication processes and virtual teaming activities which are highly valuable 21st century skills that all business managers and leaders should master.
Ursuline College’s MBA program focuses on the integration of management and leadership development. Upon successful completion of the courses in the program, students should be able to demonstrate that they have the knowledge and skills to become ethical and entrepreneurial leaders and managers who are empowered, informed, and dedicated to helping business organizations make a difference in their community. Students will learn contemporary professional leadership thinking, theory, and ethical practice. In particular, the MBA program aims: to improve the practice of management through the development of critical thinking, clear and graceful expression, and free and mature judgment in emerging leaders; to prepare managers and leaders to think systematically, to lead with moral and ethical conviction, to be stewards of their organizations, and to serve the people they lead and others in society; to exemplify high standards of student service; and to focus on excellence in teaching and learning. These distinctive program features and benefits result in an Ursuline College degree that is committed to preparing ethical business leaders who will have the knowledge, skills, dispositions, and values to enhance their organizations’ future effectiveness.
Enjoy your online virtual educational experience at Ursuline College by working with knowledgeable business professors; some of these professors have been teaching online for several decades. Learn from faculty who bring real world business experience and vision to the classroom. Share your knowledge and work experience with other working adult students while developing your communication and critical thinking skills. The Online MBA Program at Ursuline College provides you with an opportunity to apply classroom concepts to actual situations from the workplace. You will also benefit from developing online relationships with other working professionals who have career aspirations to enhance their leadership abilities. The small class sizes at Ursuline provide you with a personalized learning experience -- at Ursuline you are a special individual, not just a name or a number!
Online MBA Program - Course Requirements
List of Required Courses and Example Course Sequence
MBA 554 Integrated Project Management
MBA 601 Marketing and E-Commerce: Global and Domestic
MBA 512 Economics and Strategy
MBA 501 Leadership Issues in Management
MBA 633 Marketing Innovations
MBA 561 Financial Reporting and Statement Analysis
MBA 632 Managing Creative People
MBA 571 Management Accounting and Professional Ethics
MBA 602 Operations and Logistics Management
MBA 603 International Business and Globalization
MBA 669 Ethical and Entrepreneurial Leadership
MBA 651 Strategy and Policy
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