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Online MBA with a Concentration in Leadership Degree Program

Curriculum

The Post University MBA Degree Program is designed to help students continually build on their skills. Therefore, MBA Program students are required to complete their Foundation courses, followed by their Core courses, followed by their Concentration courses. If the courses offered in a particular MOD make it difficult to follow this course progression, students must seek permission from their Academic Advisor or the Director of the MBA Program prior to altering this program.

Please contact the graduate advisor Caitlin Jokubaitis to register for classes.

MBA Preparatory Course
BUS500 MBA Preparatory Course

BUS500

MBA Preparatory Course - Non-credit

This course introduces Post University MBA students to the program, processes and online technology used in our program. It is designed to help students to understand the rigor expected and the resources available in the MBA program, thereby increasing students' ability to succeed. The course also exposes students to research methodology necessary for success in the MBA program and business/professional situations; strengthens writing skills necessary for graduate-level work and professional success, including APA style practices; satisfies the statistics course requirement and aids students understanding the quantitative skills necessary in the MBA program; and prepares Post MBA students for the capstone experience.

This course is pass/fail and is optional except for students who need to satisfy the program' statistics course requirement.1 This course, which is strongly recommended for success in the Post University MBA degree program, is offered at $300.

1 All Post University MBA students must have taken a business statistics or other statistics course at the undergraduate or graduate level within the last 10 years.

 
MBA Program Foundation Courses 9 crs.
Courses
Credits
BUS501 Economic Foundations of Applied Accounting and Finance

BUS501

Economic Foundations of Applied Accounting and Finance - 3 Credits

Knowledge of the fundamental concepts of finance, financial accounting and economics, including opportunity cost, the time value of money, and financial analysis. An investigation of financial decision making as it applies to business, government, and not-for-profit organizations. Emphasis is on the application of financial and nonfinancial information to a wide range of management decisions, from product pricing and budgeting to project analysis and performance measurement. Students will learn applications for a variety of decision-making tools (such as break-even analysis, activity-based costing procedures, linear programming, discounted cash flow techniques, and the balanced scorecard. Contemporary managerial techniques will be explored such as target costing and kaizen costing as a means of improving operational efficiency and economies.

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3 crs.
BUS504 Integrated Marketing Mix Strategies

BUS504

Integrated Marketing Mix Strategies - 3 Credits

The Marketing Mix Strategies will be addressed in the context of meeting the business strategy goals.  The participants will explore the portfolio of marketing mix strategies and learn how to balance them to achieve a long-term differentiation and growth.  Product, Place, Promotion and Price strategies will be associated with the various stages of a product life cycle.  At the end of the course, each participant should be able to formulate the appropriate marketing mix strategies for their choice of a product/service and a specific product cycle stage.  The course will benefit marketing managers and practitioners, as well as others wishing to understand the advantages and use of integrated approach to selecting Marketing Mix Strategies. 

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3 crs.
BUS505 Organizational Creativity, Discovery, and Innovation

BUS505

Organizational Creativity, Discovery, and Innovation - 3 Credits

This course examines the processes involved in creativity, discovery, and innovation.   Students explore the motivations involved in innovation both internal to the individual and external to the organization. The course provides strong focus on the creative process in a team environment, including managing and leading knowledge workers.  Course content exposes students to the varied approaches and results of the creative process across disciplines such as psychology, marketing, leadership and general management.    

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3 crs.
 
MBA Core Courses 18 crs.
Courses
Credits
BUS508 The Future of Leadership and Management II

BUS508

The Future of Management and Leadership II - 3 Credits

This course is designed to provide an overview of, and insights into management and leadership. Distinguishing between these two important concepts, and then providing a historical perspective will provide context to current management and leadership models as well as best practices and trends for the future. The course will focus on necessary basics such as decision-making and the use of analytics, vision development and deployment, communication, empowerment, risk-taking, managing conflict and leading innovation. The course will also look into other critical areas of management and leadership such as leading in a hyper-connected society, emotional intelligence, and thinking systemically and strategically, all in pursuit of managing and leading for the future.

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3 crs.
BUS510 Financial Modeling

BUS510

Financial Modeling - 3 Credits

This course examines the fundamental principles of financial modeling techniques and introduces practical tools for financial decision-making in both entrepreneurial and innovative business environments. Students will build flexible financial models, which allow in-depth analysis to evaluate options, measure performance, collect data and format data collected with the intent to maximize organizational planning and opportunities. The class sessions will include exercises and implementation of modeling techniques. Assignments will require students to evaluate a business situation and make and support their decision based on their analysis. Because of the hands-on nature of the course, it is assumed that participants have a general knowledge of finance and accounting as well as a basic knowledge of spreadsheets.

Prerequisite: Acceptance into the Program, BUS501

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3 crs.
BUS515 Organizational Dynamics and Effectiveness

BUS515

Organizational Dynamics and Effectiveness - 3 Credits

This course focuses on managing organizations for high performance in a rapidly changing business environment. This course provides a unifying framework for issues in building and managing human assets in dynamic organizations, to achieve operational and strategic goals. The student will develop an understanding of essential HRM functions that drive and support the changing world of work. Topics include recruitment, selection, compensation, training, retention and turnover, performance management, and the human resource implications of various strategies. Students will also build up knowledge in operations function in industrial, service, and public organizations which includes forecasting, line balancing, aggregate scheduling, work measurement, quality control, and learning curve.

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3 crs.
BUS520 Competitive Intelligence

BUS520

Competitive Intelligence - 3 Credits

In today's dynamic economic environment, effective business decision making requires managers to utilize timely and accurate information. This course will explore techniques of intelligence gathering to gain valuable insight into customers, competitors, products, services, benchmarking, and due diligence, necessary to making well informed decisions. Traditional resources will be explored such as financial records, public documents, databases, government sources and the Internet. The course will also address the non-traditional methods of gathering intelligence that are not readily available to the casual searcher.

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3 crs.
BUS525 Business Strategy and Planning

BUS525

Business Strategy and Planning - 3 Credits

This course focuses on application of key strategic and managerial approaches necessary to implement the strategy of a firm in a changing world. It examines and discusses how firms develop and implement business, functional, and technology strategies. Emphasis is placed on the vision of the firm, the strategic planning process, and strategic management.

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3 crs.
BUS530 Project Management

BUS530

Project Management - 3 Credits

This course focuses on one of the major growth areas in the field of management, the topic of project management. Projects are defined as temporary endeavors undertaken to create a unique product or service. The course points out that recent interest in project management is based on recognition that many organizational tasks do not fit neatly into business-as-usual. The significant differences between project management and general management are overviewed. The three interrelated objectives of budget, schedule, and specifications are also introduced. The course emphasizes scheduling various projects and concludes with a discussion of monitoring control and learning from projects. The course will also cover benchmarking, quantitative analysis and the voice of the customer. The design of the course involves case discussion, lectures, and problem solving as the primary vehicle for learning. In addition, a project is due at the end of the term, to give the class a laboratory in which the critical thinking skills, which will be sharpened in the class, can be used to initialize and analyze various projects. The class will use computer tools to track projects.

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3 crs.
 
Leadership Concentration 12 crs.
Courses
Credits
BUS660 Leadership and Change Management

BUS660

Leadership and Change Management - 3 Credits

This course will focus on individual, team, and organizational leadership, providing frameworks from various perspectives on organizational performance improvement. The course will provide learners with the foundation for examining and developing their own individual leadership style. The work of a leader is to constantly look forward and provide the necessary changes for the organization. Being the visionary is critical to success in any organization, and is a key attribute for any organizational leader in building a culture for change, performance improvement and excellence. As a result, this course will focus on Leadership and Change Management. In doing so, the leader’s role as a change agent will be a focus of the course. Understanding various methods of bringing about change will be provided and researched by learners, and then discussed in our time together. The course will also delve into and explore numerous aspects of leadership including but not limited to horizontal and vertical leadership, formal and informal leadership, team leadership, managing performance and sustainability of a change effort, ethics and authenticity. In addition, various models of change will be introduced and explored.

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3 crs.
BUS668 Virtuous Leadership

BUS668

Virtuous Leadership - 3 Credits

This course delves into the practice of leading through authenticity, ethical behaviors and taking a high moral ground. The course will focus on identifying one’s own values and beliefs, as well as the exploration and identification of what is “right” , based on one’s own moral compass as well as organizational and societal needs. The course focuses on decisions made based on integrity and a set of principles, which act as a guide for the ethical leader. The course will focus on ethical decision-making self-examination of values, personal mastery, and defining what is appropriate and just as a leader given difficult and complex decisions. Personal journeys to authentic and ethical Leadership will be explored, as well as what motivates each student to step into the leadership arena, and how to stay grounded as a leader in complex and stressful situations. Honing one’s leadership effectiveness will be another focus, and will encompass real-life situations that a leader will undoubtedly come up against.

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3 crs.
BUS669 Innovating Leadership and Management

BUS669

Innovating Leadership and Management - 3 Credits

As the title of this course states the focus will be on the innovation of leading and managing.  Huge changes are taking place in the economy, the global marketplace, competition, and the environment.  In relation to the changes mentioned, and changes in our organizations, the question before us is - how can management and leadership change to keep up with, and stay ahead of these local and global dynamics?  This course will provide provocative questions, future management and organizational scenarios, and look at recent local, national and international disturbances, as well as case studies to stimulate critical thinking related to the needs of future managers and leaders.  More specifically the course will focus on management & leadership innovation, leading organizations of the future, leading in times of crisis and complexity, and leading in a diverse world.  In addition, the course will look at the competencies necessary for leading and managing in the future. 

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3 crs.
BUS670 Complexity of the Innovative Process

BUS670

Complexity of the Innovative Process - 3 Credits

The course examines the process of innovation within a multidimensional framework, including emerging technologies, changing markets, organization culture, world economy, competitive pressures and leadership. The issue of uncertainty as a by-product of innovation and how organizations recognize uncertainty and respond by modifying their organizational structures, including the structure of executive leadership, is examined. On another front, the role of cross-functionality, of technical communications, of external relationships, and of intra-organizational and inter-organizational networks in promoting innovations is critically assessed and explored. A variety of learning tools will be used: lectures, video clips, case studies, and class discussions.

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3 crs.
 
Capstone Course and Culminating Experience 6 crs.
Courses
Credits
BUS698 Capstone Research Course

BUS698

Capstone Research Course - 3 Credits

This course is the pre-curser to BUS699 and as such consists of a formal review of all other MBA courses.  In addition, the student will be responsible for identifying a final project focus commensurate with either the Corporate Innovation Track (i.e., proposal for a new program or process) or with the Entrepreneurship Track (i.e., business plan/new venture). NOTE – If a different project is desired other than the two posted, it will require permission from the lead Professor.  This course will require students to complete a plan for their final project, and to perform a literature review of relevant research to support the final project.  Depending upon the actual project chosen, the student may be required to provide an argument in favor of both the theoretical perspective and the ability to apply the project.

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3 crs.
BUS699 Graduate Seminar and Capstone Project

BUS699

Graduate Seminar and Capstone Project - 3 Credits

This course represents a culminating experience for the MBA program providing students with an opportunity to integrate and apply the knowledge and conceptual and analytical skills acquired during the program into a specific business project. The requirements of the capstone course will vary depending upon the concentration selected: (1) Entrepreneurship: generation of a business plan and presentation that will be submitted to venture capital firms working with the program, or (2) Corporate Innovation: completing a consulting project designed to introduce an innovation (product or services) into an existing business organization. The capstone project is completed under the direction of a faculty coach.

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3 crs.
 
MBA Program Total Credits 45 crs.

 

1May be waived if a student has taken a business statistics or other statistics course at the undergraduate or graduate level.

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