Dr. Carol Decker
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Master of Business Administration (MBA) Concentrations

In addition to the core classes in the Master of Business Administration (MBA), you will have the opportunity to choose a concentration and take the following classes.

Leadership Concentration

Leadership Communication
This course develops the student’s leadership abilities in a variety of business communications, including public speaking, presentation, and oral and written communication.

Leadership & Team Building
This course focuses on developing the skills needed to successfully create and lead teams in organizations. Skills examined and practiced in this course include team building, conflict management, decision making, and strategic thinking.

Organizational Leadership
Students explore organizational theories related to structure and leadership, team dynamics and communication, and change management. Topics include pluralist contexts; conflict management; power, politics, and stakeholder management; resistance to change; and the importance of dialogue and listening.

Project Design Management
Students gain practical knowledge and apply project management processes from project inception through closeout, including initiating, planning, executing, monitoring, controlling, and closing. A major focus is the integration of process management processes in scope, time, cost, quality, risk, communication, human resources, and procurement.

Capstone Project: Leadership
Students are required to successfully demonstrate their ability to research, synthesize, analyze, and communicate information at a graduate level. As a final demonstration of the knowledge gained throughout the MBA program, students will collaborate with or research an organization, profit or nonprofit, to develop actionable business solutions.

Management Concentration

Strategic Human Resource Management
Students leverage the broad content areas specific to the field of human resources (compensation/benefits, HRIS, employee wellness and safety, employee assistance, employee relations, training and development, selection and staffing, organizational development, performance management systems, job design, career development, and human resources planning) in identifying, recruiting, developing, renewing, and retaining human assets that add maximum value to the strategic imperatives of the organization.

Advanced Corporate Finance
Students focus on the functions of corporate finance, which include evaluating financial statements and ratios, asset utilization, and working capital models.

International Business
This course examines business from a multinational perspective concerning local, regional, and global issues affecting organizational planning and implementation, including cross-cultural differences of individuals, dynamics of international work groups, and motivation.

Project Design Management
Students gain practical knowledge and apply project management processes from project inception through closeout, including initiating, planning, executing, monitoring, controlling, and closing. A major focus is integration of management processes in scope, time, cost, quality, risk, communication, human resources, and procurement.

Capstone Project: Management
Students are required to successfully demonstrate their ability to research, synthesize, analyze, and communicate information at a graduate level. As a final demonstration of the knowledge gained throughout the MBA program, students will collaborate with or research an organization, profit or nonprofit, to develop actionable business solutions.

Nonprofit Management Concentration

The Nonprofit Sector
This course evaluates the nonprofit sector, with particular emphasis on charitable 501(c)(3) nonprofit organizations. Students explore the scope and context of the sector, historical developments, management and leadership challenges, community-building roles, ethics, legal issues, social justice, and emerging issues such as information technology. In addition, students examine board and volunteer management in terms of legal responsibilities of boards, the role of boards in nonprofits, volunteer organization and management, and the dynamics of board and staff relations.

Social Entrepreneurship
This course innovatively establishes the fundamental concepts, principles, and tools necessary for social entrepreneurship. Combining development, business, and missiological theory in order to respond to the needs of a community, this course moves beyond business as mission and examines criteria for starting, building, and running a project that makes an impact for Christ and is a developmental asset to the local community.

Nonprofit Resource Development
Students explore principles of philanthropy and fundraising applicable to private nonprofit and governmental agencies.

Project Design Management
Students gain practical knowledge and apply project management processes from project inception through closeout, including initiating, planning, executing, monitoring, controlling, and closing. A major focus is the integration of process management processes in scope, time, cost, quality, risk, communication, human resources, and procurement.

Capstone Project: Nonprofit Management
Students are required to successfully demonstrate their ability to research, synthesize, analyze, and communicate information at a graduate level. As a final demonstration of the knowledge gained throughout the MBA program, students will collaborate with or research an organization, profit or nonprofit, to develop actionable business solutions.