Master of Business Administration (M.B.A.)

The Boler College of Business offers graduate coursework leading to the Master of Business Administration (M.B.A.) degree. The mission of this program is to prepare students to become managers and leaders fully utilizing their skills and abilities in making ethical contributions to their organizations and to the well-being of society. This mission is implemented in the Jesuit tradition of educational excellence for the purpose of becoming agents of positive social change. To achieve this mission, the program emphasizes the quantitative and behavioral tools of business analysis and strategic decision-making so that students develop an understanding of the various functional fields along with the creative and problem solving skills required to manage and lead successful enterprises.

The Part-Time M.B.A. program is designed primarily for those with two or more years of meaningful work experience who wish to obtain an advanced degree, part-time, during the evening, without interruption of work. The Full-Time M.B.A. program is available to recent college graduates with little business experience who seek to complete the degree on a full-time basis. It is a rigorous program available to academically strong college graduates.

John Carroll University is a member of JEBNET, the network of Jesuit M.B.A. programs linking 30 AACSB- accredited Jesuit colleges and universities by means of an articulation agreement. This agreement provides students with unparalleled flexibility to transfer graduate credits and complete their M.B.A. at another Jesuit or Catholic university in the event they relocate to another region of the country. More information can be found at the JEBNET website: http://jesuitmba.org/.

Program of Study

The M.B.A. program has two alternatives: 1) the Full-Time M.B.A., which is designed primarily for students with little or no business experience, and 2) the Part-Time M.B.A., which is designed for students with 2 or more years of managerial experience.

Both options in the M.B.A. program consist of four curriculum areas: Business Foundation Courses, Core Courses, Elective Courses, and Capstone Courses. The two options within the M.B.A. Program differ in Core, Elective, and Capstone Courses but are identical for the Business Foundation Courses and the global elective requirement.

Full-Time M.B.A. Part-Time M.B.A.
Business Foundation Courses 6 courses (18 credit hours) The Business Foundation Courses are the foundation or prerequisite courses and may be waived for those students with comparable undergraduate coursework. Standards for waiving foundation courses depend on which M.B.A. option the student has chosen. In all cases the student is responsible for proficiency in all work described in these courses.
Core Courses 6 Courses (18 credit hours) 8 Courses (19 credit hours)
Elective Courses 2 Courses* (6 credit hours) 2 Courses* (6 credit hours)
* 1 Elective Course (3 credit hours) must be an approved international business course.
Capstone Course 2 Courses (6 credit hours) 4 Courses (8 credit hours)

The minimum number of credit hours for the degree (beyond the Business Foundation Courses) is normally 30 for the Full-Time M.B.A. and 33 for the Part-Time M.B.A. Consult with the Assistant Dean of Graduate Business Programs for more information.

Part-Time M.B.A.

This alternative is designed in a cross-functional manner to provide in-depth knowledge of business and decision making skills to facilitate participants’ movement into positions of organizational leadership. Our focus in the part-time program is on the integrative nature of business decisions using the quantitative and behavioral tools that are required in today’s dynamic business environment. The part-time program is designed around the way in which managers actually make decisions. It strongly emphasizes socially responsible leadership and develops leaders who will make a difference in their organization and community.

The core of our part-time program is a series of courses (19 credit hours) built around critical business decisions. The quantitative and behavioral tools from each business function are interwoven into the core classes in a cross-functional manner enabling students to apply the tools to specific decision problems with which all managers are concerned. Students will be presented with situations in companies from northeast Ohio and will have an opportunity to help solve those problems.

Program Learning Goals

  1. Our students will have a common body of knowledge.
    1. Our students will know the functional areas of the business disciplines.
  2. Our students will have communication skills.
    1. Our students will effectively communicate ideas and plans.
  3. Our students will have analytical problem solving skills.
    1. Our students will be able to define a problem based on ambiguous information and identify a set of tasks necessary to develop an effective solution.
  4. Our students will have ethical reasoning skills.
    1. Our students will identify the ethical and social responsibility dimensions of business problems.
  5. Our students will evaluate planning and implementation decisions.
    1. Our students will identify and develop resources (e.g., financial, human, distribution, technology, brand) to create an effective strategy for the future of an organization.

For more information about graduate business programs at John Carroll, please visit www.jcu.edu/mba.

Sequence of Courses for the Part-Time M.B.A.

Coursework is to be completed in the following four curriculum areas. To be prepared for advanced courses, students must complete all of the Business Foundation requirements before the Core or Electives. Core courses must be completed before taking Capstone courses.

Business Foundation Courses*

AC 521FUNDAMENTALS OF ACCOUNTING

3

EC 521FUNDAMENTALS OF ECONOMICS

3

EC 522BUSINESS STATISTICS

3

FN 521FUNDAMENTALS OF FINANCE

3

MK 521PRINCIPLES OF MARKETING

3

MHR 531ORGANIZATIONAL BEHAVIOR

3

Total Credit Hours:18

*Subject to waiver for undergraduate equivalent.

Core Courses

MB 560LEADERSHIP LAB

3

MB 561OPPORTUNITY IDENT & INNOVATION

2

MB 562ORGANIZATNAL & TEAM LEADERSHIP

1

MB 563MANAGERIAL ACCOUNTING

3

MB 564INNOVATION PLANNING & FORECAST

3

MB 565RESOURCE ALLOCATION DECISIONS

3

MB 566EXECUTIVE COMMUNICATION

1

MB 567IMPLMNTATN & KEY PFRMNC ASSMNT

3

Total Credit Hours:19

Elective Courses*

Two courses that pursue an in-depth study of a specific areas of business. Students desiring a concentration in a specific area of business would take both in-depth courses in that area. These in-depth courses may be taken at JCU if available or online through one of our partner Jesuit schools.

For example:

  • Food Marketing
  • Healthcare Marketing
  • Business Analytics
  • Financial Services
  • International Business
  • Supply Chain Management
  • Best Practices in Business
  • Finance
  • Marketing
Total Credit Hours:6

*At least three credit hours of electives must be an international business course.

Capstone Courses

MB 568STRATEGY

3

MB 590EXECUTIVE LEADERSHIP

1

MB 593CEO INSIGHTS

1

MB 594CORPORATE SOCIAL RESPONSIBILIT

3

Total Credit Hours:8

The Full-Time M.B.A.

The Full-Time M.B.A. Program is an accelerated M.B.A. course of study that is designed to be completed within one academic year of graduation from an undergraduate program. Because this program is only for those students with little business experience, the courses and teaching methods used in this program are designed to quickly develop an understanding of the managerially relevant decision making tools, concepts, and processes necessary to be successful in business. To enrich the educational experience, students in this program are required to complete an approved internship/work experience during their matriculation through the program. Admitted students will start the program by the second academic term after the completion of their undergraduate degree and will register for a full course load (9 credit hours) in their first term as an M.B.A. student.

Program Learning Goals

The Full-Time M.B.A. program is designed to develop in students the skill sets necessary to be successful in a variety of management situations. Specifically, graduates of our program will have and demonstrate the following:

  1. Our students will have common knowledge of the functional areas of business.

    Objective: Our students will know the functional areas of the business disciplines.

  2. Our students will have analytical problem solving skills.

    Objective: Our students will be able to define and identify appropriate techniques for understanding a problem and identify a set of tasks necessary to develop an effective solution.

  3. Our students will have effective and influential communication skills

    Objective: Our students will effectively communicate quantitative and qualitative information (ideas and plans) in written form and oral presentation.

  4. Our students will be effective leaders of self and others in problem solving situations

    Objective: Our students will have an understanding of their own personal work style and the factors that affect their effectiveness in different work settings and have the ability to craft an effective leadership plan of action for a given situation.

  5. Our students will have ethical problem solving skills and knowledge of social responsibility as it applies to business.

    Objective: Our students will identify and apply ethical framework to the analysis of business issues/problems, recognized issues related to social responsibility and proposed solutions

Sequence of Courses in the Full-Time M.B.A.

Coursework is to be completed in the following curriculum areas. To be prepared for advanced courses, students must complete all of the Business Foundation requirements before the Core or Elective Courses.

Business Foundation Courses*

AC 521FUNDAMENTALS OF ACCOUNTING

3

EC 521FUNDAMENTALS OF ECONOMICS

3

EC 522BUSINESS STATISTICS

3

FN 521FUNDAMENTALS OF FINANCE

3

MK 521PRINCIPLES OF MARKETING

3

MHR 531ORGANIZATIONAL BEHAVIOR

3

Total Credit Hours:18

*Subject to waiver for undergraduate equivalent

Core Courses

AC 551MANAGERIAL ACCOUNTING

3

EC 551MANAGERIAL ECONOMICS

3

FN 551FINANCIAL MANAGEMENT

3

MK 551MARKETING MANAGEMENT

3

MHR 550LEADERSHIP & MANAGERIAL SKILLS

3

MHR 556ANALYTICS-DRIVEN BUSN INSIGHTS

3

Total Credit Hours:18

Elective Courses*

Two courses that pursue an in-depth study of specific areas of business. Students desiring a concentration in a specific area of business would take both in-depth courses in that area. These in-depth courses may be taken at JCU if available or online through one of our partner Jesuit schools.

For example:

  • Entrepreneurship
  • Healthcare Marketing
  • Data Analytics
  • Financial Services
  • International Business
  • Supply Chain Management
  • Taxation
  • Finance
  • Marketing
Total Credit Hours:6

*At least three credit hours of electives must be an international business course.

Capstone Courses

MHR 591BUS ETHICS & SOCIAL RESPNSBLTY

3

MHR 592CORPORATE STRATEGIC MANAGEMENT

3

Total Credit Hours:6

Required Course

MHR 501PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE

0

Concentrations

Concentrations, though not required, can be taken in any of the areas listed in the Elective courses section of the Course Descriptions, with the exception of Accountancy (AC). Students desiring a concentration should take two in-depth courses in the preferred area of business. These courses may be taken at JCU, if available, or online through one of our partner Jesuit schools. At least three credit hours of electives must be selected from an approved international business course.

Full-Time Accountancy Program: Master of Science in Accountancy

Students who desire to fulfill the 150-hour requirement to sit for the uniform CPA examination by obtaining a master’s degree in Accountancy rather than an M.B.A. should refer to the Accountancy section in this Bulletin .

Grade Requirements in the M.B.A. Program

Students are allowed no more than two grades of C+ or lower and must achieve a minimum overall cumulative grade point average of 3.0 to graduate.