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Master of Business Administration

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West Chester, PA 19380


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Academics

Master of Business Administration

West Chester University's Master of Business Administration Program is a flexible, dynamic curriculum that exposes students to the core business topics relevant to a global business environment, while also presenting options for acquiring more specialized knowledge. It is ranked #55 in the top 100 in U.S. News and World Report's rankings of the Best Online MBA Programs for 2016 and it is one best educational values in Pennsylvania and throughout the United States.

MBA Curriculum

West Chester University's Master of Business Administration Program is a 10 course, 30 credit program. You are required to complete 7 core level courses, and 3 elective courses. You may choose from any MBA course elective in order to complete your degree, or you may complete your Project Management, Business Analytics, or Entrepreneurship Certificate at the same time.

MBA Core-level Courses - 21 Credits – Required

  1. MBA 601 Strategic Cost Management
  2. MBA 602 Financial Analysis and Valuation
  3. MBA 603 Global Operations and Supply Chain Management
  4. MBA 604 Components of Effective Leadership
  5. MBA 605 Business, Society & Environment
  6. MBA 606 Innovation and Marketing Strategy
  7. MBA 699 Strategic Management and Planning

MBA Elective Courses - 9 Credits – Choose 3 Courses  

  1. Option 1 - Choose any three electives
  2. Option 2 - Entrepreneurship Certificate (MBA 610, MBA 611 and MBA 612 selected as electives).
  3. Option 3 - Project Management Certificate (MBA 616 and MBA 618 selected as electives, one other free elective remaining).
  4. Option 4 - Business Analytics Certificate (MBA 617, MBA 619 and MBA 620 selected as electives).

Core Courses

  • MBA 601 Strategic Cost Management
    This is a course in advanced managerial accounting, focusing on accounting methods and techniques useful in making business decisions. Included are measurements of divisional performance, revenue and pricing decisions, product performance, customer performance, and budgeting. Control systems and techniques are examined from a managerial perspective.
  • MBA 602 Financial Analysis and Valuation
    The knowledge of financial principles is advantageous to managers in virtually every discipline in business. This course is designed as an in-depth financial analysis and valuation course to stimulate critical thinking of financial problems of businesses and focus on valuation. The basic aspects of financial analysis and valuation including use of ratios to assess corporate performance, projection of financial statements for both projects and whole companies, estimation of weighted average cost of capital, valuation of assets, projects and companies using discounted cash flow approach are covered. Also special topics, such as international aspect of financial management will be covered. Projects and cases will be used in the course to provide students with hands on experience in the use and application of financial tools and technology, especially Excel. Team building and written communication skills are also important for the group project.
  • MBA 603 Global Operations and Supply Chain Management
    This course utilizes interactive learning methodologies to promote awareness of the operations and supply chain management techniques available for improving the organizational structures which create and deliver value to customers. Through the case approach, students will learn how an operation strategy that is cross-functional and global creates competitive advantage for both manufacturing and service companies. Topics covered include project management, product design, process analysis, electronic commerce, and enterprise resource planning systems. In particular, because of its emerging role in today's corporation, supply chain management will be emphasized.
  • MBA 604 Components of Effective Leadership
    This course is an examination of management theory and its relationship to human resource functions. This course traces the development of management and organization principles and theories, with an emphasis on applying them to human resource issues. This course examines the relationship between the individual and the organization, and topics such as leadership and motivation, attitudes, selection, performance appraisal, and individual and group decision making will be explored.
  • MBA 605 Business, Society & Environment
    This course provides an overview of how major trends in the world economy, social issues, and political, legal, and ethical systems affect business. The student will enhance his/her ability to understand the implications of major social, economic, political, legal, and ethical trends in the U.S. and the world; critically examine his/her own position on these issues; critically analyze popular writings on these issues; and appreciate the perspective of others whose circumstances differ from those of the student.
  • MBA 606 Innovation and Marketing Strategy
    This course examines the strategic issues facing organizations as they develop solutions that satisfy customer needs and create customer value. Emphasis is placed on identifying and explaining approaches to creating a marketing environment that encourages creative thinking. Coverage includes the processes and strategies for developing and maintaining customer value, techniques and technologies used to gather and analyze market information, innovative approaches for developing marketing solutions, and other contemporary issues affecting today's marketing decision makers. Topics are investigated using a number of methods including case study, analytical and hands-on exercises, and real-world discussion.
  • MBA 699 Strategic Management and Planning
    This course is an in-depth examination of the processes by which business strategies are conceived, formulated, executed, and changed. Specific topics include strategic planning, endogenous and exogenous influences affecting strategic feasibility, analyses, and choices. Comprehensive strategy-oriented cases from a variety of business contexts are used.

Elective Courses

  • MBA 610 Law and Ethics in the Business Environment
    This course is designed to meet the professional needs of managers who have minimal exposure to the law and to enhance their knowledge of the legal and ethical environment of business operations. It examines the framework of the American legal system. The course focuses from a managerial and entrepreneurial perspective on sources of law: including the constitutional, statutory, administrative, and common law principles that define the relationships between government and business; buyers and sellers of goods and services; and employers and employees.
  • MBA 611 Entrepreneurship and New Venture Creation
    This course introduces students to the concept of entrepreneurship and the process of new venture creation. Topics addressed in the course include idea generation, feasibility assessment, industry analysis, market research, funding, financial planning, and marketing, as well as writing and presenting a business plan. Theories and techniques learned in this course will be used to develop a comprehensive entrepreneurship project.
  • MBA 612 Entrepreneurship Strategy
    This course is designed to address managing new and emerging growth companies. It provides students with the tools to identify opportunities, formulate strategy, and implement strategy for new and emerging growth companies. The course examines management challenges commonly encountered at different stages in the life-cycle of new and emerging growth companies including start-up, growth, change of direction, and harvest.
  • MBA 613 Globalization and Management
    Examination of the problems of management, marketing, and finance when developing and engaging in international business. Attention to the formulation of alternative strategies for developing international business enterprises, the impact and consequences of implementing various alternative strategies for traditional business functions, problems of the multinational firm, and the special challenges of doing business with or in underdeveloped countries.
  • MBA 614 International Trade and Finance
    This course is designed to expose students to the international business environment and enable them to increase their business presence abroad whether it is in manufacturing, finance, or other services. Topics include diversity and cultural differences, foreign exchange markets and exchange rate determination, export/import strategies, foreign direct investment, and multinational accounting and finance.
  • MBA 615 The Economics of Health Care and Analytics
    This course will apply the tools of economic analysis to the various components of the health care system. Relying on microeconomic principles, this course addresses the behavior of participants (consumers, providers, insurers) in the health care industry. This course addresses some key policy issues that surround the provision of health care, as well as considering different health systems.
  • MBA 616 Applications of Project Management
    This course is a reappraisal and reinforcement of core knowledge areas of project management: project selection, project organization, defining projects, project networks, risk management, resource scheduling, accelerating projects, leadership, team building, outsourcing, and monitoring progress.
  • MBA 617 Business Information Systems
    This course is a blending of theory, case studies, and personal computer applications to the solution of business information problems. Students will gain insight into functional and strategic implications of information resources, technology, and systems.
  • MBA 618 Project Quality Management
    This course examines basic quality concepts and explores the three sub-processes of quality management: quality planning, quality assurance, and quality control as they relate to project management. This course also explains key quality tools relevant to the framework and presents them in a logical order of application. Finally, this course offers practical exercises in a management environment that will allow students to experience an application. This course is designed to help students to prepare PMI (Project Management Institute) certifications exams, like CAPM (Certified Associate in Project Management) certification and Project Management Professional (PMP) certification.
  • MBA 619 Business Analytics
    Organizations are using analytics strategically to make better decisions and improve customer and shareholder value. Business analytics is the use of data, information technology, statistical analysis, quantitative methods, and mathematical or computer-based models to help managers gain improved insights about their business operations and make better, fact-based decisions. The purpose of this course is to introduce students to the fundamental tools and concepts of business analytics. Students will learn the essential elements of descriptive analytics, predictive analytics, and prescriptive analytics. This basis will allow students to communicate with analytics professionals to effectively use and interpret analytics models and results for making better business decisions.
  • MBA 620 Business Forecasting
    This course is designed to prepare business professionals to utilize advanced forecasting tools that are commonly used in industry and in the process deepen their understanding of the role that such forecasting can play in business decision making. Firms continually need to make predictions about future events, including costs, sales, price movements, cash flows, asset values, and even general macroeconomic outcomes that can affect the business environment. Such predictions are regularly used to plan production, allocate resources, set budgets, determine staffing needs, and address many other things of concern to the firm. Making use of a variety of statistical modeling techniques, this course will enable the proper examination of relationships among various pieces of information that a firm has access to and make use of those relationships to project future outcomes for variables of interest. This will include developing the ability to evaluate forecast accuracy through the use of confidence ranges and a variety of statistical tests, as well as learning additional procedures to help increase that accuracy.
  • MBA 621 Business Research and Analysis
    The purpose of this course is to prepare students for the quantitative and research requirements found within the graduate business program.  The course reinforces essential business math knowledge while introducing advanced quantitative analysis used in different business disciplines.  Additionally, the material covered allows students to conduct, analyze and interpret business research.

Certificates

West Chester University's Master of Business Administration Program offers three graduate level certificates in Entrepreneurship, Business Analytics, and Project Management. Each certificate may be taken independently of the MBA or as a part of the MBA Program.

Entrepreneurship Certificate

This certificate addresses key areas of entrepreneurship including: Finance; Leadership; Marketing; Intellectual Property; Business Contract Law; Opportunity Recognition; Industry Analysis, and Target Market Analysis. Students may participate in the Cottrell Entrepreneurial Leadership Center programs, including Global Entrepreneurship Week, a private equity due diligence fellowship, and a business idea competition

Project Management Certificate

This Certificate addresses trends in the business profession with particular emphasis on the skills of project management, including the application of knowledge, skills, tools, and techniques to project activities to meet project requirements.

Business Analytics Certificate

This certificate addresses the demand for workers skilled in business analytics by exposing students to various analytical tools that are readily available and that can be applied to a multitude of business areas. The regional environment has high demand for people with business analytics skills. Major regional industries such as healthcare, finance, government, and telecommunications are all avenues of employment for students holding certificates in Business Analytics.


Online Courses

The entire MBA and Certificate is offered online. All of our programs are open to both in-state and out-of-state students. Our online courses are also offered over 8 weeks by the same high quality faculty that teach our on campus students   Our online courses are asynchronous, which means that there are weekly deadlines and examination windows, but generally no other set time that you need to log into the course. This means that you can complete your classwork on your weekly schedule – around your work and family commitments. In some cases professors may assign students into teams and teams may need to coordinate their work together and therefore be available at a certain time.

We deliver our online courses through Desire2Learn (D2L) online courseware. Within D2L professors teaching online course have many options for delivering course material including video, voiceover presentations, blog postings, file uploads, discussion forums and online testing.

In order to successfully complete an online course you should have access to high-speed (broadband) internet access, Microsoft Office (West Chester provides students a free license) and in some courses your professor may require a webcam and microphone for presenting online.

 

Schedule

5 Terms Per Year

Classes for all West Chester University MBA courses are held over an 8 week term. Five terms are offered in each academic year (Fall 1, Fall 2, Spring 1, Spring 2 and Summer). Each 8 week term course is a full 3 credit graduate course. Most part-time students take only one course per 8 week term. Full-time students take multiple courses per 8 week term. You can vary your load in a given session to suit your work/life balance.

MBA Term Schedule

2016 Fall 1 Term August 29 to October 13 – Final Exam Week October 17 - 20
   

First Day of Classes – Beginning Drop/Add

Monday

August 29

Last Day to Drop/Add

Wednesday

August 31

Course withdrawal begins

Thursday

September 1

Labor Day – University Closed

Monday

September 5

Course withdrawal period ends

Friday

September 23

Rosh Hashanah

Monday

October 3

Last day of term withdrawal

Friday

October 7

Fall Break – No Classes

Monday-Tuesday

October 10 - 11

Yom Kippur

Wednesday

October 12

Last Day of Classes

Thursday

October 13

Final Exams

Monday-Thursday

October 17 - 20

 

 

2016 Fall 2 Term October 24 to December 7 – Final Exam Week December 12 - 14
   

First Day of Classes – Beginning Drop/Add

Monday

October 24

Last Day to Drop/Add

Wednesday

October 26

Course withdrawal begins

Thursday

October 27

Course withdrawal period ends

Friday

November 18

Thanksgiving Break – No Classes

Wednesday-Friday

November 23 - 25

Last day of term withdrawal

Friday

December 2

Last Day of Classes

Wednesday

December 7

Final Exams

Monday-Wednesday

December 12 - 14

 

Fall Commencement

Monday

December 19

 

 

2017 Spring 1 Term

January 17 to March 3 – Final Exams March 6 – 9

   

First Day of Classes – Beginning Drop/Add

Tuesday

January 17

Last Day to Drop/Add

Thursday

January 19

Course Withdrawal Begins

Friday

January 20

Course Withdrawal Period Ends

Friday

February 10

Last day of Term Withdrawal

Friday

February 24

Last Day of Classes

Friday

March 3

Final Exams

Monday-Thursday

March 6 - 9

Spring Break

Monday-Friday

March 13 - 17

Grades Due from Professors

Tuesday

March 14

Grades Posted on myWCU

Thursday

March 16 – by noon

2017 Spring 2 Term

March 20 to May 5 – Final Exams May 8 - 11

   

First Day of Classes – Beginning Drop/Add

Monday

March 20

Last Day to Drop/Add

Wednesday

March 22

Course Withdrawal Begins        NO REFUND

Thursday

March 23

Passover

Tuesday

April 11

Course Withdrawal Period Ends

Friday

April 14

Good Friday

Friday

April 14

Last day of Term Withdrawal

Friday

April 28

Last Day of Classes

Friday

May 5

Final Exams

Monday – Friday

May 8 - 11

Spring Commencement

Saturday

May 13

Grades Due from Professors

Tuesday

May 16

Grades Posted on myWCU

Thursday

May 18 – by noon

2017 Summer 1 Term

May 30 to July 14 – Final Exams July 17 - 20

   

Memorial Day – University Closed

Monday

May 29

First Day of Classes – Beginning Drop/Add

Tuesday

May 30

Last Day to Drop/Add

Thursday

June 1

Course Withdrawal Begins

 Friday

June 2

Course Withdrawal Period Ends

Friday

June 23

Independence Day – University Closed

Tuesday

July 4

Last day of term withdrawal

Friday

July 7

Last Day of Classes

Friday

July 14

Final Exams

Monday – Thursday

July 17 - 20

Grades Due from Professors

Tuesday

July 25

Grades Posted on myWCU

Thursday

July 27 – by noon

 

 

 

Meet Our Students

Welcome to West Chester University! Our MBA program is a joint effort of four premier departments on campus - the Accounting, Finance and Economics, Marketing and Management departments. It is truly a collaborative environment. The School of Business is accredited by AACSB International - the premier global accrediting body for business schools.

The program is specifically structured to accommodate professionals who work full-time and want to enhance their professional credentials on a part-time basis. Online courses don't require students to commute to campus or to log in at set times.

Our students come from all walks of life and a variety of backgrounds. Many students are traditional students who have recently started their careers. Many students are advanced professionals furthering their own knowledge and careers. Below is just a sampling of our diverse student body:

Matthew Seavey, Ph.D. '16

Dr. Matthew Seavey is currently a Senior Manager in Product Development at Teva Pharmaceuticals. He received his Ph. D. in Immunology from University of Rochester. Some of his accomplishments in the Biochemical and research fields include discovering a new use for Phase II cancer therapeutic treatment and assisting in the startup of an oncology drug discovery company focused on targeting mutated p53 in cancer. Dr. Seavey also built an immunology lab and lead R&D initiatives. Dr. Seavey is also a former member of the Editorial Advisory Board Member for Biochemical Pharmacology.

Aaron M. Giltner, M.D. '16

Dr. Aaron M. Giltner is currently a Physician and Partner at Cardiology Consultants of Philadelphia and an Attending Staff Physician at Main Line Heath at the Paoli Hospital. Dr. Giltner’s primary specialty is interventional cardiology. He is a Fellow of the American College of Cardiology and board certified in cardiovascular medicine, interventional cardiology, nuclear cardiology, and echocardiography. Dr. Giltner chose West Chester because he felt that our MBA program provided tremendous overall value compared to other options and offered the flexibility he required given his busy schedule.

Michael G. Wolf, C.P.A.

Michael Wolf is currently the V.P. Controller for Physiotherapy Associates. Michael is a Certified Public Accountant in the state of Pennsylvania. He is a very experienced financial executive with experience in both public and private accounting. He has expertise in financial reporting and analyses as well as budget management. Mr. Wolf chose West Chester because of our excellent academics, great location and affordable tuition.

Dr. Hsingchien James Cheng, D.M.D., F.A.G.D.

Dr. H James Cheng is currently a staff dentist at Wilmington VA Medical Center where he serves the dental needs of all veterans. He is also a Senior Navy Reserve officer and has held a variety of leadership positions in Navy Medicine during his 30+ years of service. Dr. Cheng received his DMD dental degree from University of Pennsylvania. Dr. Cheng chose West Chester because of our AACSB accredited MBA program and our flexible online study schedule.

Dominique Masters

Dominique Masters is currently an Administrative Specialist for MaximTrak Technologies. Dominique received her Bachelor's Degree in Psychology from Drexel University where she graduated Manga Cum Laude before commissioning into the U.S. Air Force. During her time of service, Dominique reached the officer rank of Captain (O3). One of her highest duties was serving as an Executive Officer for the 388th Fighter Wing at Hill Air Force Base. Dominique received many awards during her time of service, which include Staff Company Grade Officer of the Year for the 388th Fighter Wing Staff and Maintenance Professional of the Year for the 388th Fighter Wing. Dominique chose West Chester because we provide her the opportunity for a high quality, affordable and flexible education to best prepare her for a future in the civilian business world.

Eric L. Barnes

Eric Barnes is currently the Information Technology Engineering Manager for Wawa Inc. Mr. Barnes is a highly experienced manager of I.T. Technology and specializes in systems design and architecture. He has worked in both manager and director roles in the retail petroleum industry. Mr. Barnes chose West Chester because of our convenient location, reasonable tuition and online and hybrid course offerings. As Eric says, “I have been delighted with the MBA program and the fact that I can truly apply the subject matter covered to my daily job duties, which is making me more effective as a manager and business leader."