Emerging Leaders M.B.A.

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.

We have developed a unique across-the- board systemic approach to our graduate programs. We framed this approach as the Boler College of Inspired Business Graduate Programs. We believe that our faculty, our curricula, our labs, our internships, our regional and international partners, and visiting thought leaders all serve a singular purpose: helping students to experience how new and sustainable prosperity is created in an increasingly complex, changing world. The Boler Inspired Business Forum — a two-day orientation into the mindsets students need to manage the performance of the Triple Bottom Line: Economic, Environmental and Societal is the first class in the journey towards an Inspired Life. People, profit and planet considerations are integrated into all graduate level classes. Students learn how effective leaders make responsible, data-driven decisions that are grounded in their concern for profitability and for humanity.

Managing for the triple bottom lines of environmental, economic and societal performance requires a fundamental shift of how business leaders think. Thus, educating and cultivating the next generation of inspired business leadership means going beyond just developing the skillsets that accountancy, or finance, or marketing, or supply chain management, or business analytics demand. This is why the Boler graduate programs developed four critical mindsets that are integrated within the framework of the TBL: An Ethical Mindset is unselfish, open, reflective and grateful for others — attentive to love, truth, fairness, equity and justice. A Systems Mindset recognizes that all people and all things are interconnected. A systems thinker is morally aware of how human actions create outcomes that impact current and future generations of people. An Innovation Mindset is driven to solve problems and make a difference by creating. It is inclusive and welcomes the diverse contributions and experiences of others. Because it is observant, curious, constructive and fearless, the innovative mind is able to synthesize seemingly divergent strains of thought into new breakthroughs. A Dynamic Mindset embraces disruption and perpetual change in all its forms — new technologies, new data, new methods, new ideas. The dynamic mind is uncomfortable with the status quo, and actively seeks out what’s next. Together we believe that these mindsets will form the foundations for students’ decisions and actions in their future careers.

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 Emerging Leaders M.B.A., which is designed primarily for students with little or no business experience, and 2) the Professional M.B.A., which is designed for students with 2 or more years of managerial experience. Both pathways require a minimum of 33 credit hours.

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.

Emerging Leaders M.B.A.

Professional M.B.A.

Business Foundation Courses

4 courses (12 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

8 courses (24 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) is recommended to be an 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 33 for the Emerging Leaders M.B.A. and 33 for the Professional M.B.A. Consult with the Assistant Dean of Graduate Business Programs for more information.

 

Program Learning Goals & Objectives

The M.B.A. program is designed to develop in students the skill sets necessary to be successful in a variety of management situations. Specifically, our MBA students will:

  • Objective 1: integrate and apply evidence-based business knowledge to advance business practice, strategy & creation within a broader societal framework.
  • Objective 2: identify and utilize analytical procedures, processes and technology to synthesize data and advance business practice, strategy and creation within a broader societal framework.
  • Objective 3: demonstrate communication skills that synthesize complex data to inform and engage a diverse audience in individual, team and organizational settings to advance business practice, strategy and creation within a broader societal framework.
  • Objective 4: demonstrate personal integrity in action, through ethical awareness, and a capacity to apply an ethical framework to make decisions.
  • Objective 5: demonstrate the capacity to apply managerial and leadership skills in a dynamic team environment, in order to advance business practice, strategy and creation within a broader societal framework.

 

 

The Emerging Leaders M.B.A.


The Emerging Leaders 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.

 

Sequence of Courses in the Emerging Leaders 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

Total Credit Hours:12

*Subject to waiver for undergraduate equivalent

Core Courses

MB 501INSPIRED BUSINESS FORUM

0

AC 551MANAGERIAL ACCOUNTING

3

EC 551MANAGERIAL ECONOMICS

3

FN 551FINANCIAL MANAGEMENT

3

MK 551MARKETING MANAGEMENT

3

MHR 550LEADERSHIP AND MANAGERIAL SKILLS

3

MHR 556ANALYTICS-DRIVEN BUSINESS INSIGHTS

3

SCM 551SUPPLY CHAIN AND OPERATIONS MANAGEMENT

3

Total Credit Hours:21

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.

One Elective Course (3 credit hours) is recommended to be an international business course.

ELECELECTIVE COURSE

3

ELECELECTIVE COURSE

3

Total Credit Hours:6

Capstone Courses

MHR 591BUSINESS ETHICS AND SOCIAL RESPONSIBILITY

3

MHR 592CORPORATE STRATEGIC MANAGEMENT

3

Total Credit Hours:6

Internship - Recommended but not Required

MHR 501PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE

0

Total Credit Hours: 33

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 are recommended to be from an approved international business course.

Grade Requirements in the M.B.A. Programs

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.