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Master of Business Administration

Transfer up to
24 Credits
A median of 18 credits accepted
No GMAT required

Move Ahead in Your Career with an Online MBA Program That Builds on What You Already Know

This flexible, fully online Master of Business Administration program is especially geared for managers in business, government, and nonprofit organizations with ambitions to work in C-Suite jobs such as chief executive officer, chief financial officer, and chief information officer, or in other executive and director-level roles such as vice president of human resources or director of digital marketing.

Gain practical knowledge you can use right away as you develop your leadership and management skills in core courses, and develop your professional expertise by completing a concentration that supports your career goals in accounting, health care, human resources, or leadership. You can also create your own personalized course of study by choosing the general business concentration. Excelsior’s MBA program is accredited by the International Accreditation Council for Business Education (IACBE).

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Concentrations

Accounting, General Business, Health Care Management, Human Resource Management, Leadership

Fast Facts:

MBA holders earn an average salary of $85,000 per year (Source: payscale.com)


Top jobs for MBA holders include financial analyst, marketing manager, and chief financial officer (Source: payscale.com)


Nearly 40% of Fortune 500 CEOs have an MBA on their resume (Source: Fortune)


36–45

credit hours

Online MBA Program Details

Foundation Requirements: 9 Credits

Managerial Economics

Discover how to use game theory and economic tools to make strategic decisions based on market structure, consumer behavior, government regulations, and other aspects of commercial business. Learn how supply and demand adjusts to shifts in managerial decision making. This course teaches you how to analyze markets, competitors, customers, employees, and purchasing decisions, and how to respond to market events and maximize profitability using pricing strategies, demand forecasting, and competitive and market structure analysis.

Organizational Behavior

Take a closer look at organizations from a behavioral science perspective. In this course, you examine the interactive dynamics of formal and informal groups, managerial and decision-making activities, and interpersonal and organizational communication strategies. Topics include: organizational change, stress in the workplace, team conflict and negotiation, employee burnout, motivational leadership, and organizational performance.

Quantitative Analysis

This course prepares you to apply research methods, statistical analysis, and probability concepts to business decisions. Learn how to develop research questions, write questionnaires and surveys, sample appropriate populations, collect data, compute descriptive statistics, calculate discrete and continuous probability distributions, and construct confidence intervals. Coursework includes applications of central limit theorem, parametric and nonparametric tests of hypothesis and regression analysis, variance and chi-square analysis, and correlation, linear regression, and multiple regression analysis.

Core Courses: 27 Credits

Accounting for Managers

In the comprehensive project for this course, you make a final investment recommendation for a real company that you have researched and evaluated in terms of its financial practice and performance measures. Learn how to review a company’s business activities, research industry averages, analyze financial statements, and compute debt ratio, gross profit margin, free cash flow times interest earned, and accounts receivable and inventory turnover. Topics include: the balance sheet and accounting cycle; inventory cost flow; liability of proprietorships, partnerships, and corporations; cash versus accrual; cost behavior, profitability analysis; budgeting and capital tools planning for profit and cost control; budget variance analysis; and internal controls and ethics.

Global Business Environment

Learn how to assess the impact of an organization’s international strategy on future global business opportunities, predict how fluctuating exchange rates affect the productivity of international firms, and propose an international market entry strategy based on a host nation’s political, economic, and cultural environments. Course material explores cultural factors in international business, global trade and investment; measurement and reporting of foreign direct investments; regional economic integration; the global monetary system; exchange rate risk analysis; foreign market entry strategy; imports, exports, and global chain supply management; mixed sourcing strategy; sustainable international development; global marketing research and development; and personnel management.

Information Technology

This course covers the strategic, operational, and ethical uses of information technology (IT). Study managerial, social, legal, regulatory, and ethical issues related to computer technology and data management, and examine global and electronic markets and the ways information technology supports customer and supply chain management. Topics include: disruptive IT and architecture, data governance, cloud computing, computer networking, data analytics and business intelligence, the Internet of Things (IoT), on-demand service, cybersecurity and risk management, search engines and social media platforms, e-commerce and e-business systems, enterprise data visualization, and information security and privacy issues.

Leadership

Grasp leadership fundamentals and define your own leadership style in this course that explores leadership practice in dynamic organizations. Course material shows you how to use goals, roles, and organizational structures to manage business units effectively and foster constructive relationships between leaders and subordinates in difficult workplace situations. Investigate how leaders develop and articulate vision and values, and how to use leadership theories to successfully negotiate, motivate employees, manage teams, cultivate innovation, improve performance, and drive organizational growth.

Finance

Find out how organizations finance investments and manage day-to-day financial activities such as cash collections and payments. This course teaches you how to apply financial theory to real-life situations and make decisions as a financial manager with an incomplete data set. Learn how to work with financial statements and analyze common ratios to develop long- and short-term financial policies. Instruction also covers: the effect of interest rates on managerial decisions, the time value of money, discounted cash flow valuation, bonds and equity financing, stock valuation, present value, capital budgeting and investment, forecasting and cash flow projection, and project risk.

Marketing

Deepen your understanding of marketing management, strategy, and tactics in practice. Through case studies, you examine ethical, legal, social, and environmental issues that impact marketing decision making in realistic business scenarios. For your final project, you work on a team to create a strategic marketing plan for a fictional national product or service. The course focuses on the planning process in the context of customers, competition, organizational priorities, and the external environment. Learn how to segment markets, set marketing metrics, create branding and integrated marketing communication strategies, track competitor market positions, select marketing channels, and use digital marketing tactics to promote products and services.

Operations Management

Get hands-on experience producing a business case analysis, operations forecasting report, and process improvement plan. This course introduces manufacturing, distribution, and service operations, and their role in the organization and international business environments. Study process flow analysis; inventory management for products of steady, perishable, or frequent demand; capacity planning; logistics resource scheduling; supply chain management; quality management; prioritization; and project management.

Project Management Principles and Applications

Become familiar with methods and tools that enable you to successfully initiate, plan, execute, control, and close a project. This course shows you how to anticipate, mitigate, and avoid project risk, manage resources, use different budgeting methods, resolve conflicts, and choose appropriate communication, reporting, and documentation tools.

Strategy and Policy (MBA Capstone)

In the MBA capstone, you acquire and demonstrate advanced knowledge of how to develop and implement effective business strategies. Gain experience evaluating complex business situations and making strategic decisions under conditions of uncertainty. You’ll explore topics including internal and external environments, business ethics and social responsibility, quantitative analysis, accounting and finance, business models, competitive rivalry, international expansion, cooperative strategy, mergers and acquisitions, corporate structure, change management, leadership, and policy. For your final assignment, you create an integrated business portfolio that showcases your area of expertise.

Concentration: 9 Credits

Accounting

Master accounting principles and tools and learn how to prepare and evaluate financial statements and reports for corporations, government agencies, and nonprofit organizations. Coursework covers financial statement analysis, corporate disclosure, and nonprofit accounting. This concentration prepares you to sit for the Certified Public Accountant (CPA), Certified Management Accountant (CMA), and Certified Internal Auditor (CIA) examinations.

  • Financial Statements Analysis
  • Financial Reporting and Disclosure
  • Approved accounting elective course

General Business

Choose three business electives that connect to your career goals.

Health Care Management

Gain the skills to manage a diverse workforce providing health care for an increasingly heterogeneous population. This concentration also prepares you to analyze and interpret health care funding and delivery trends to provide re commendations for organizational action.

  • Strategic Management of Health Care Organizations
  • Communication Strategy for the Health Care Leader
  • Approved health care management elective

Human Resource Management

Gain the knowledge and skills required of human resource managers. Learn how to analyze legal requirements and apply resource management principles to support organizational objectives in staffing, employee development, labor relations, conflict resolution, compensation, and benefits practices.

Choose two courses in two of the following categories:

Staffing and Development
  • Employee Staffing and Development
  • Training and Career Development
  • Change Management
Total Rewards
  • Compensation and Benefits
  • International Human Resources
  • Employment Law
Maintaining High Performance
  • Labor Relations and Conflict Resolution
  • Principles and Practices of Performance Improvement
  • Conflict Management and Alternative Dispute Resolutions

Leadership

Develop your skill at managing organizational changes and applying leadership strategies to manage conflicts in the workplace. This concentration prepares you to design creative solutions and impactful courses of action that support the organization’s employees and mission.

  • Leading Teams
  • Contingency Planning
  • Approved leadership elective
  • Design, implement, and evaluate the efficacy of solutions for complex business problems.
  • Engage in lifelong learning for professional, career, and personal development.
  • Lead and work effectively and efficiently in diverse team settings and maintain a high level of performance in a professional business environment.
  • Communicate effectively and efficiently to various audiences in a timely and professional manner.
  • Demonstrate leadership and initiative to ethically advance organizational goals and objectives.
  • Demonstrate adaptability, leadership, mentoring skills, and management in one’s chosen career.

Prepare and deliver effective written and oral communications to shape organizational culture, resolve conflict, and relay information to diverse audiences.


Apply quantitative and qualitative business analysis techniques to solve problems and support management- and strategic-level decisions.


Demonstrate transformational leadership skills through the ability to set direction and work with multiple constituencies with divergent needs, including ethical obligations and social responsibility.


Develop an action plan to continuously improve and update one’s knowledge and skills in strategic leadership.


Recognize problems in business settings and propose solutions with a team of colleagues.


Analyze complexity, interdependency, change, and opportunities for organizations, including setting direction, and aligning and motivating employees.


Appraise risk and develop entrepreneurial solutions for sustainable innovation that delivers economic and social value.


Evaluate how global environments impact changing business practice.


Analyze cultural differences and how these differences affect best practices in management.


Integrate empirical research and management theories for the purpose of strategic planning for profitability, including in times of economic recession.


View additional details about programs and courses:

Download the Graduate Studies Catalog

Common Careers with an
Online MBA

Controller

C-Suite Careers (i.e., CEO, CFO, CISO, etc.)

Director of Digital Marketing

Financial Manager

Human Resources VP

Industrial/ Organizational Psychologist

“My MBA has unlocked many professional doors and has armed me with all the necessary tools needed to succeed in my current role as well as to pursue other executive/managerial roles.”
Amanda Alfred
Master of Business Administration, 2017

Accreditations

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IACBE Accreditation

The School of Graduate Studies and the School of Undergraduate Studies at Excelsior College have received specialized accreditation for their business programs through the International Accreditation Council for Business Education (IACBE), located at 11374 Strang Line Road in Lenexa, Kansas, USA. Review our IACBE accredited programs.

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Institutional Accreditation

Excelsior College is accredited by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education, 3624 Market Street, Philadelphia, PA 19104. (267-284-5000).

All of Excelsior College's academic programs are registered (i.e., approved) by the New York State Education Department.

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