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Employers want managers they can trust to make informed decisions about their department, taking into consideration how these decisions will impact all other areas of the company.

Dependability and leadership

The executive management team is busy tackling inter-departmental and big picture issues, and they need to know that department heads are able to act in the best interest of the organization and lead their department effectively–without being closely supervised. Therefore, employers seek managers who are:

  • strong leaders
  • critical thinkers
  • problem solvers
  • and knowledgeable in their sector (such as healthcare, IT, marketing, human resources or accounting).

Executives also want managers who are able to see the organization as a whole, and how their department works with all others to provide a valuable product or service to consumers.

Practical knowledge

Work experience is certainly valued by employers; it reflects that the manager has practical knowledge of the field. Industry credentials (when available) validate the manager’s knowledge, and professional organization membership demonstrates a commitment to the industry and awareness of current trends.

Education

A formal education is what binds the manager’s experience and professional affiliations together. It is through earning a post-graduate degree that a professional achieves the level of critical thinking required to combine their academic knowledge, past experience and industry networks/resources in order to apply them to the situation at hand.

Results

Once this critical-thinking process and application takes place, an MBA degree program specifically teaches the professional how the solution to one situation will affect the other operations of the business. With the addition of a management specialty, the employer recognizes the professional is not only an expert in the topic, but also has the propensity to lead, manage and motivate other employees in the organization. This additional skill set is highly desirable because it allows executives to delegate greater responsibility to that individual, further allowing the executive to focus on the most imperative and broad-spectrum concerns.

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In addition to the core MBA classes, students can choose any two study concentration areas for this option, which requires 48 credits for graduation (core courses plus 9 credits for each concentration). Students who do not have a bachelor’s degree with a major in business or a related discipline must take Business Management as one of their two concentration options.

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Courses listed below are the core courses required for every MBA.

For full course descriptions for all MBA concentrations, download the Graduate Catalog on the Downloads page.

MBA Core Courses

MBA 600 Management and Organizational Behavior

This course focuses on the leader’s roles, behaviors, and skills that are needed to operate effectively in an organization. Students will learn when and how to challenge the status quo, share the vision, create systems to meet organizational objectives, and model principled leadership. Theories and practical application for group and intergroup behavior, culture, organizational structure, change management, succession planning, and quality will be covered. 3.00 semester credit hours. Prerequisites/Corequisites: None.

MBA 606 Research and Decision Making

This course focuses on skills in research and decision making for the academic and business environment. Topics include the development of research and writing skills, development of decision-making skills, and reflection and review of research activities. Students research and write academic and business papers, specify decisions, characterize alternatives, apply judgment, manage peer pressure, and implement ethical decisions. 3.00 semester credit hours. Prerequisite: MBA 530 Economic and Statistical Analysis (or equivalent prior coursework). Corequisite: None.

MBA 615 Marketing

This course focuses on the role of marketing and the marketing department in adding value to the organization. Major elements of the marketing process to be covered include domestic and global market assessment, strategic marketing planning, the development of an effective marketing mix (product, price, promotion, and distribution) to create customer value, consumer/business buying behavior, and market research. 3.00 semester credit hours. Prerequisite: MBA 540 Management and Marketing (or equivalent prior coursework).  orequisite: None.

MBA 621 Financial and Managerial Accounting

This course covers both financial and managerial accounting as they apply to decision making in the organization. Students will explore the similarities and differences between financial accounting information and managerial accounting information with a focus on selecting the appropriate information based on internal and external needs. Students will learn how to identify and collect the appropriate accounting information to assist them in making decisions and reporting information. 3.00 semester credit hours. Prerequisite: MBA 520 Finance and Accounting for Managers (or equivalent prior coursework). Corequisite: None.

MBA 626 Information Systems and Technology

This course focuses on the information requirements for an organization, including the different kinds of information needed at operational, administrative, and strategic levels. Topics include uses of technology, information technology planning, implementation management, project and vendor management, and assessments of system effectiveness. Issues of data security in today’s evolving business environments and the impacts of the Sarbanes-Oxley Act (SOX) and the Health Information Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) on technology are addressed. 3.00 semester credit hours. Prerequisites/Corequisites: None.

MBA 631 Operations and Project Management

This course provides students with the tools needed to manage operations and projects within an organization. Topics include demand forecasting and management, capacity planning and scheduling, inventory control, purchasing and materials management, facilities management, project management strategies and tactics, defining user needs and project scope, scheduling and budgeting, and performance objectives. Control methods, such as PERT/CPM, Gantt charts, project management software, and project audits, will also be covered. 3.00 semester credit hours. Prerequisites/Corequisites: None.

MBA 639 Managerial Economics

This course focuses on the application of economic concepts and economic analysis to solve managerial challenges. Students will explore competitive markets and market failure, demand estimation and forecasting, decision making under risk and uncertainty, consumer and producer choices, cost-benefit analysis, and the impact of individual behavior and market forces on decision making. 3.00 semester credit hours. Prerequisite: MBA 530 Economic and Statistical Analysis (or equivalent prior coursework). Corequisite: None.

MBA 645 Finance

This course will prepare students to use financial information to inform decisions and to achieve organizational goals. Topics include financial statement analysis, forecast techniques, time value of money, capital budgeting, capital management, debt and equity financing, and risk analysis. 3.00 semester credit hours. Prerequisite: MBA 520 Finance and Accounting for Managers (or equivalent prior coursework). Corequisite: None.

MBA 690 Strategic Planning

This course focuses on how mission, vision, and values come together to inform the strategic planning process in an organization. The dynamic global environment that modern businesses operate in requires managers to master the art of thinking globally and to utilize frameworks for acting locally. Students will analyze the environment at a number of levels in order to develop a concise strategic plan. 3.00 semester credit hours. Prerequisites: MBA 520 Finance and Accounting for Managers (or equivalent prior coursework), MBA 530 Economic and Statistical Analysis (or equivalent prior coursework, and MBA 540 Management and Marketing (or equivalent prior coursework). Corequisite: None.

MBA 691 Graduate Capstone Project

This course is designed as the final capstone project, where students will demonstrate application, analysis, integration, and evaluation in a real-world project or simulation. The capstone experience gives each student the opportunity to demonstrate his/her ability to utilize what he/she has learned in the program. 3.00 semester credit hours. Prerequisite: Final semester. Corequisite: None.

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Course structure

The Herzing University Online MBA degree programs were designed with the busy adult in mind. The school year has three semesters, and each semester is comprised of two 7 ½-week terms. Students have new classes every eight weeks, separated by either a long weekend or the winter or summer break.

Program length

Typically, graduate students can choose to take approximately one class at a time and complete their program in 2 years, or take approximately two courses at a time and finish in 1 year. In addition, students may adjust their schedules as other responsibilities permit, taking a lighter course load some terms and a heavier load in others.

Attendance

Online students should expect to spend a minimum of six (6) hours per week (over a 7½-week period) in their studies for each semester credit hour enrolled. This would include reading, researching, and writing papers, doing projects, completing exercises, studying, and reflecting on the course material as well as the time spent on the computer participating in discussion threads, reviewing online course materials, taking tests, and uploading/ downloading materials. The time devoted to classes scheduled for other than 7½-week periods would adjust proportionately.

Coursework

Students will be required to participate in some group projects, but most assignments are completed on an individual basis. Homework assignments are posted at the beginning of the week and must be completed and submitted by the due date. Typical assignments include a discussion question or two based on the lecture and reading due by mid-week (with replies and comments on classmates’ posts by the end of the week), and a written assignment or test due at the end of the week.

Depending on the course, students may be required to write essays, complete term projects, and/or take exams. Instructional materials differ for each course but often include electronic textbooks, website links, voice-over PowerPoint lectures, journal articles, case studies, and interviews.

Faculty availability

Instructors are available by internal message and telephone. Faculty can be reached for immediate answers during their posted office hours and will respond within 36 hours to any questions received outside of those hours.

Tutoring

Because class sizes are kept small, your instructor is also your tutor. Students and instructors can interact in a chat-like manner that allows for real-time discussion and example exercises. If the instructor’s posted office hours conflict with a student’s schedule, special appointments can be made.

Herzing University student data for MBA programs

Not all programs approved in all states.

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In addition to the core MBA classes, students can choose any two study concentration areas for this option, which requires 48 credits for graduation (core courses plus 9 credits for each concentration). Students who do not have a bachelor’s degree with a major in business or a related discipline must take Business Management as one of their two concentration options.

Download MBA Dual Concentration PDF

View Herzing University Accreditation and Approvals

In addition to the core MBA classes, students can choose any two study concentration areas for this option, which requires 48 credits for graduation (core courses plus 9 credits for each concentration). Students who do not have a bachelor’s degree with a major in business or a related discipline must take Business Management as one of their two concentration options.

Download MBA Dual Concentration PDF

View Herzing University Accreditation and Approvals

In addition to the core MBA classes, students can choose any two study concentration areas for this option, which requires 48 credits for graduation (core courses plus 9 credits for each concentration). Students who do not have a bachelor’s degree with a major in business or a related discipline must take Business Management as one of their two concentration options.

Download MBA Dual Concentration PDF

View Herzing University Accreditation and Approvals

Courses listed below are the core courses required for every MBA.

For full course descriptions for all MBA concentrations, download the Graduate Catalog on the Downloads page.

MBA Core Courses

MBA 600 Management and Organizational Behavior

This course focuses on the leader’s roles, behaviors, and skills that are needed to operate effectively in an organization. Students will learn when and how to challenge the status quo, share the vision, create systems to meet organizational objectives, and model principled leadership. Theories and practical application for group and intergroup behavior, culture, organizational structure, change management, succession planning, and quality will be covered. 3.00 semester credit hours. Prerequisites/Corequisites: None.

MBA 606 Research and Decision Making

This course focuses on skills in research and decision making for the academic and business environment. Topics include the development of research and writing skills, development of decision-making skills, and reflection and review of research activities. Students research and write academic and business papers, specify decisions, characterize alternatives, apply judgment, manage peer pressure, and implement ethical decisions. 3.00 semester credit hours. Prerequisite: MBA 530 Economic and Statistical Analysis (or equivalent prior coursework). Corequisite: None.

MBA 615 Marketing

This course focuses on the role of marketing and the marketing department in adding value to the organization. Major elements of the marketing process to be covered include domestic and global market assessment, strategic marketing planning, the development of an effective marketing mix (product, price, promotion, and distribution) to create customer value, consumer/business buying behavior, and market research. 3.00 semester credit hours. Prerequisite: MBA 540 Management and Marketing (or equivalent prior coursework).  orequisite: None.

MBA 621 Financial and Managerial Accounting

This course covers both financial and managerial accounting as they apply to decision making in the organization. Students will explore the similarities and differences between financial accounting information and managerial accounting information with a focus on selecting the appropriate information based on internal and external needs. Students will learn how to identify and collect the appropriate accounting information to assist them in making decisions and reporting information. 3.00 semester credit hours. Prerequisite: MBA 520 Finance and Accounting for Managers (or equivalent prior coursework). Corequisite: None.

MBA 626 Information Systems and Technology

This course focuses on the information requirements for an organization, including the different kinds of information needed at operational, administrative, and strategic levels. Topics include uses of technology, information technology planning, implementation management, project and vendor management, and assessments of system effectiveness. Issues of data security in today’s evolving business environments and the impacts of the Sarbanes-Oxley Act (SOX) and the Health Information Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) on technology are addressed. 3.00 semester credit hours. Prerequisites/Corequisites: None.

MBA 631 Operations and Project Management

This course provides students with the tools needed to manage operations and projects within an organization. Topics include demand forecasting and management, capacity planning and scheduling, inventory control, purchasing and materials management, facilities management, project management strategies and tactics, defining user needs and project scope, scheduling and budgeting, and performance objectives. Control methods, such as PERT/CPM, Gantt charts, project management software, and project audits, will also be covered. 3.00 semester credit hours. Prerequisites/Corequisites: None.

MBA 639 Managerial Economics

This course focuses on the application of economic concepts and economic analysis to solve managerial challenges. Students will explore competitive markets and market failure, demand estimation and forecasting, decision making under risk and uncertainty, consumer and producer choices, cost-benefit analysis, and the impact of individual behavior and market forces on decision making. 3.00 semester credit hours. Prerequisite: MBA 530 Economic and Statistical Analysis (or equivalent prior coursework). Corequisite: None.

MBA 645 Finance

This course will prepare students to use financial information to inform decisions and to achieve organizational goals. Topics include financial statement analysis, forecast techniques, time value of money, capital budgeting, capital management, debt and equity financing, and risk analysis. 3.00 semester credit hours. Prerequisite: MBA 520 Finance and Accounting for Managers (or equivalent prior coursework). Corequisite: None.

MBA 690 Strategic Planning

This course focuses on how mission, vision, and values come together to inform the strategic planning process in an organization. The dynamic global environment that modern businesses operate in requires managers to master the art of thinking globally and to utilize frameworks for acting locally. Students will analyze the environment at a number of levels in order to develop a concise strategic plan. 3.00 semester credit hours. Prerequisites: MBA 520 Finance and Accounting for Managers (or equivalent prior coursework), MBA 530 Economic and Statistical Analysis (or equivalent prior coursework, and MBA 540 Management and Marketing (or equivalent prior coursework). Corequisite: None.

MBA 691 Graduate Capstone Project

This course is designed as the final capstone project, where students will demonstrate application, analysis, integration, and evaluation in a real-world project or simulation. The capstone experience gives each student the opportunity to demonstrate his/her ability to utilize what he/she has learned in the program. 3.00 semester credit hours. Prerequisite: Final semester. Corequisite: None.

View Herzing University Accreditation and Approvals

Courses listed below are the core courses required for every MBA.

For full course descriptions for all MBA concentrations, download the Graduate Catalog on the Downloads page.

MBA Core Courses

MBA 600 Management and Organizational Behavior

This course focuses on the leader’s roles, behaviors, and skills that are needed to operate effectively in an organization. Students will learn when and how to challenge the status quo, share the vision, create systems to meet organizational objectives, and model principled leadership. Theories and practical application for group and intergroup behavior, culture, organizational structure, change management, succession planning, and quality will be covered. 3.00 semester credit hours. Prerequisites/Corequisites: None.

MBA 606 Research and Decision Making

This course focuses on skills in research and decision making for the academic and business environment. Topics include the development of research and writing skills, development of decision-making skills, and reflection and review of research activities. Students research and write academic and business papers, specify decisions, characterize alternatives, apply judgment, manage peer pressure, and implement ethical decisions. 3.00 semester credit hours. Prerequisite: MBA 530 Economic and Statistical Analysis (or equivalent prior coursework). Corequisite: None.

MBA 615 Marketing

This course focuses on the role of marketing and the marketing department in adding value to the organization. Major elements of the marketing process to be covered include domestic and global market assessment, strategic marketing planning, the development of an effective marketing mix (product, price, promotion, and distribution) to create customer value, consumer/business buying behavior, and market research. 3.00 semester credit hours. Prerequisite: MBA 540 Management and Marketing (or equivalent prior coursework).  orequisite: None.

MBA 621 Financial and Managerial Accounting

This course covers both financial and managerial accounting as they apply to decision making in the organization. Students will explore the similarities and differences between financial accounting information and managerial accounting information with a focus on selecting the appropriate information based on internal and external needs. Students will learn how to identify and collect the appropriate accounting information to assist them in making decisions and reporting information. 3.00 semester credit hours. Prerequisite: MBA 520 Finance and Accounting for Managers (or equivalent prior coursework). Corequisite: None.

MBA 626 Information Systems and Technology

This course focuses on the information requirements for an organization, including the different kinds of information needed at operational, administrative, and strategic levels. Topics include uses of technology, information technology planning, implementation management, project and vendor management, and assessments of system effectiveness. Issues of data security in today’s evolving business environments and the impacts of the Sarbanes-Oxley Act (SOX) and the Health Information Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) on technology are addressed. 3.00 semester credit hours. Prerequisites/Corequisites: None.

MBA 631 Operations and Project Management

This course provides students with the tools needed to manage operations and projects within an organization. Topics include demand forecasting and management, capacity planning and scheduling, inventory control, purchasing and materials management, facilities management, project management strategies and tactics, defining user needs and project scope, scheduling and budgeting, and performance objectives. Control methods, such as PERT/CPM, Gantt charts, project management software, and project audits, will also be covered. 3.00 semester credit hours. Prerequisites/Corequisites: None.

MBA 639 Managerial Economics

This course focuses on the application of economic concepts and economic analysis to solve managerial challenges. Students will explore competitive markets and market failure, demand estimation and forecasting, decision making under risk and uncertainty, consumer and producer choices, cost-benefit analysis, and the impact of individual behavior and market forces on decision making. 3.00 semester credit hours. Prerequisite: MBA 530 Economic and Statistical Analysis (or equivalent prior coursework). Corequisite: None.

MBA 645 Finance

This course will prepare students to use financial information to inform decisions and to achieve organizational goals. Topics include financial statement analysis, forecast techniques, time value of money, capital budgeting, capital management, debt and equity financing, and risk analysis. 3.00 semester credit hours. Prerequisite: MBA 520 Finance and Accounting for Managers (or equivalent prior coursework). Corequisite: None.

MBA 690 Strategic Planning

This course focuses on how mission, vision, and values come together to inform the strategic planning process in an organization. The dynamic global environment that modern businesses operate in requires managers to master the art of thinking globally and to utilize frameworks for acting locally. Students will analyze the environment at a number of levels in order to develop a concise strategic plan. 3.00 semester credit hours. Prerequisites: MBA 520 Finance and Accounting for Managers (or equivalent prior coursework), MBA 530 Economic and Statistical Analysis (or equivalent prior coursework, and MBA 540 Management and Marketing (or equivalent prior coursework). Corequisite: None.

MBA 691 Graduate Capstone Project

This course is designed as the final capstone project, where students will demonstrate application, analysis, integration, and evaluation in a real-world project or simulation. The capstone experience gives each student the opportunity to demonstrate his/her ability to utilize what he/she has learned in the program. 3.00 semester credit hours. Prerequisite: Final semester. Corequisite: None.

View Herzing University Accreditation and Approvals

Courses listed below are the core courses required for every MBA.

For full course descriptions for all MBA concentrations, download the Graduate Catalog on the Downloads page.

MBA Core Courses

MBA 600 Management and Organizational Behavior

This course focuses on the leader’s roles, behaviors, and skills that are needed to operate effectively in an organization. Students will learn when and how to challenge the status quo, share the vision, create systems to meet organizational objectives, and model principled leadership. Theories and practical application for group and intergroup behavior, culture, organizational structure, change management, succession planning, and quality will be covered. 3.00 semester credit hours. Prerequisites/Corequisites: None.

MBA 606 Research and Decision Making

This course focuses on skills in research and decision making for the academic and business environment. Topics include the development of research and writing skills, development of decision-making skills, and reflection and review of research activities. Students research and write academic and business papers, specify decisions, characterize alternatives, apply judgment, manage peer pressure, and implement ethical decisions. 3.00 semester credit hours. Prerequisite: MBA 530 Economic and Statistical Analysis (or equivalent prior coursework). Corequisite: None.

MBA 615 Marketing

This course focuses on the role of marketing and the marketing department in adding value to the organization. Major elements of the marketing process to be covered include domestic and global market assessment, strategic marketing planning, the development of an effective marketing mix (product, price, promotion, and distribution) to create customer value, consumer/business buying behavior, and market research. 3.00 semester credit hours. Prerequisite: MBA 540 Management and Marketing (or equivalent prior coursework).  orequisite: None.

MBA 621 Financial and Managerial Accounting

This course covers both financial and managerial accounting as they apply to decision making in the organization. Students will explore the similarities and differences between financial accounting information and managerial accounting information with a focus on selecting the appropriate information based on internal and external needs. Students will learn how to identify and collect the appropriate accounting information to assist them in making decisions and reporting information. 3.00 semester credit hours. Prerequisite: MBA 520 Finance and Accounting for Managers (or equivalent prior coursework). Corequisite: None.

MBA 626 Information Systems and Technology

This course focuses on the information requirements for an organization, including the different kinds of information needed at operational, administrative, and strategic levels. Topics include uses of technology, information technology planning, implementation management, project and vendor management, and assessments of system effectiveness. Issues of data security in today’s evolving business environments and the impacts of the Sarbanes-Oxley Act (SOX) and the Health Information Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) on technology are addressed. 3.00 semester credit hours. Prerequisites/Corequisites: None.

MBA 631 Operations and Project Management

This course provides students with the tools needed to manage operations and projects within an organization. Topics include demand forecasting and management, capacity planning and scheduling, inventory control, purchasing and materials management, facilities management, project management strategies and tactics, defining user needs and project scope, scheduling and budgeting, and performance objectives. Control methods, such as PERT/CPM, Gantt charts, project management software, and project audits, will also be covered. 3.00 semester credit hours. Prerequisites/Corequisites: None.

MBA 639 Managerial Economics

This course focuses on the application of economic concepts and economic analysis to solve managerial challenges. Students will explore competitive markets and market failure, demand estimation and forecasting, decision making under risk and uncertainty, consumer and producer choices, cost-benefit analysis, and the impact of individual behavior and market forces on decision making. 3.00 semester credit hours. Prerequisite: MBA 530 Economic and Statistical Analysis (or equivalent prior coursework). Corequisite: None.

MBA 645 Finance

This course will prepare students to use financial information to inform decisions and to achieve organizational goals. Topics include financial statement analysis, forecast techniques, time value of money, capital budgeting, capital management, debt and equity financing, and risk analysis. 3.00 semester credit hours. Prerequisite: MBA 520 Finance and Accounting for Managers (or equivalent prior coursework). Corequisite: None.

MBA 690 Strategic Planning

This course focuses on how mission, vision, and values come together to inform the strategic planning process in an organization. The dynamic global environment that modern businesses operate in requires managers to master the art of thinking globally and to utilize frameworks for acting locally. Students will analyze the environment at a number of levels in order to develop a concise strategic plan. 3.00 semester credit hours. Prerequisites: MBA 520 Finance and Accounting for Managers (or equivalent prior coursework), MBA 530 Economic and Statistical Analysis (or equivalent prior coursework, and MBA 540 Management and Marketing (or equivalent prior coursework). Corequisite: None.

MBA 691 Graduate Capstone Project

This course is designed as the final capstone project, where students will demonstrate application, analysis, integration, and evaluation in a real-world project or simulation. The capstone experience gives each student the opportunity to demonstrate his/her ability to utilize what he/she has learned in the program. 3.00 semester credit hours. Prerequisite: Final semester. Corequisite: None.

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