Jun 25, 2022  
OHIO University Graduate Catalog 2019-20 
OHIO University Graduate Catalog 2019-20 [Archived Catalog]

Business Administration - MBA (Professional)

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Degree Title and Name:  Master of Business Administration

Program Name and Number:  Professional MBA – MB6159, MB6160, MB6161, MB6162, MB6169, MB6170, MB6171 and MB6172

Department/Unit:  Graduate Programs, College of Business

Delivery Mode:  Online/hybrid. Classes meet in person one Saturday most months and virtually on several occasions throughout the semester. Content is also delivered through online learning modules. 

Term(s) of Entry:  Fall, Spring

Program Overview:  The mission of the Professional MBA is to provide working professionals with the management skills and business acumen necessary to advance their careers.

The Professional MBA program utilizes a blended delivery curriculum that employs virtual classrooms, online learning modules and once-a-month Saturday residencies allowing students maximum flexibility to learn course content. The residencies are held on the Dublin campus of Ohio University near Columbus, Ohio. A cohort design provides students networking and shared learning experiences. Each cohort begins coursework and progresses through the program together over a period of 24 months.

The program is based on the essentials that provide the foundation for success in the business world: innovation, entrepreneurship, strategic leadership, and professional development. The PMBA provides a rigorous, application-based process to developing thorough knowledge of business disciplines with emphasis on these areas.

Multiple concentrations provide an academically robust, accessible and focused program to help students achieve their career goals.

Concentrations: The Professional MBA offers eight concentrations.

Professional MBA with a concentration in Executive Management (MB6160). Learn to collect, interpret, and utilize the analytics and data that drive successful business. Develop the capacity for critical thinking and confident decision-making. Focus on the theories, challenges and practices associated with implementing organizational change. Examine ethical business in the global environment.

Professional MBA with a concentration in Business Analytics (MB6159). Prepares specialized training in the use of advanced analytical techniques for managerial decision-making. Focus will be placed on managing, processing, and analyzing data in order to address a multitude of business challenges and opportunities. Draws upon a portfolio of methods that include data mining, optimization, and database management so that data can be transformed into information and insights in order for organization to meet their strategic goals.

Professional MBA with a concentration in Finance (MB6161). Examine the risks and rewards for investing in volatile markets and gain a deeper understanding of portfolio management and corporate finance. Focus on the study of financial protocol, including capital; the structure of financial institutions; dividend policies; long and short term financing; and risk management at the firm level.

Professional MBA with a concentration in Health Care (MB6162). Prepare for roles in senior management as well as product development, marketing, operations, and supply-chain analysis in the high-demand field of health care. Examine the U.S. health care delivery system, explore the intricacies of health care finance, and focus on the rules and regulations governing health care practice and the insurance industry.

Professional MBA with a concentration in Accounting (MB6154) will deepen your understanding of today’s financial opportunities and challenges with a broader overview of the conceptual framework of accounting, as well as the advanced accounting knowledge that can help you move into managerial and C-suite roles. Focus on capital budgeting, finance, taxation and accounting information systems, forensic accounting, and government/ not-for-profit accounting.

Professional MBA with a concentration in Business Venturing (MB6169) addresses a critical need for professionals to develop the competences that enable venturing in an established organization or startup. Students will develop innovative competences, and mindset for self or organization. Students will also develop the competences in individuals (transferable to organizations) that can help map, build and grow entrepreneurial ecosystems.

Professional MBA with a concentration in Supply Chain and Operations Management (MB6171) provides students with a global perspective. Students will understand the complexity and interdependence of functions within an organization as well as organizations within a supply network. Students will gain an understanding of continuous improvement for increasing quality levels, decreasing costs, and reducing risks within an organization. A student that completes this certificate will be a more effective manager, a systems-thinker, and a problem solver.

Professional MBA with a concentration in Strategic Selling and Sales (MB6170) curriculum content will include topics such as sales force management, strategic account management, leading sales teams, sales analytics, selling methodologies, and account analysis and selection.

Program Learning Outcomes:

At the conclusion of this program, students will be able to:

  • Demonstrate an understanding of business knowledge across business disciplines.
  • Use analytical thinking skills to solve business problems.
  • Exhibit leadership skills relevant to the business profession.
  • Demonstrate effective communications skills.

Link to Program:  https://business.ohio.edu/academics/graduate-degrees/professional-master-of-business-administration/

Graduation Requirements:  

The program curriculum is a 36 credit hour, lock-step program. Students will take the following courses in six semesters.

  • MBA 6320 - Descriptive Analytics
  • MBA 6340 - Organizational Behavior and Human Resources Management
  • MBA 6325 - Prescriptive Analytics
  • MBA 6315 - Accounting for Executives
  • MBA 6350 - Strategic Marketing
  • MBA 6335 - Managerial Finance
  • MBA 6360 - Strategic Use of Information Systems
  • MBA 6370 - Operations Management
  • MBA 6380 - Strategy
  • MBA 6912 - Applied Business Experience
  • MBA 6915 - Integrated Strategy Project

Executive Management Concentration

  • MBA 6325 - Prescriptive Analytics
  • MBA 6425 - Leadership and Change Management
  • MBA 6525 - Ethics in Leadership

Business Analytics Concentration

  • MBA 6325 - Prescriptive Analytics
  • MBA 6390 - Predictive Analytics
  • MBA 6395 - Business Intelligence

Finance Concentration

  • MBA 6345 - Financial Markets & Institutions
  • MBA 6355 - Investments
  • MBA 6365 - Advanced Corporate Finance

Health Care Concentration

  • HLTH 6010 - Introduction to the U.S. Health Care System
  • HLTH 6210 - Health Care Finance
  • HLTH 6280 - Health Law

Accounting Concentration

  • ACCT 5010 - Intermediate Accounting Concepts
  • ACCT 5020 - Advanced Accounting Concepts I
  • ACCT 5030 - Advanced Accounting Concepts II

Strategic Selling & Sales Leadership Concentration

  • MBA 6300 - Building & Developing Customer Relationships
  • MBA 6400 - Sales Leadership
  • MBA 6500 - Sales Analytics

Operations & Supply Chain Management Concentration

  • MGT 5021 - Management of Lean Six Sigma Programs
  • MGT 5023 - Supply Chain Risk Management & Global Supply Chain Design
  • MGT 5025 - Project Management

Business Venturing Concentration

  • MGT 5070 - Managing Innovation and Corporate Entrepreneurship
  • MGT 5071 - Ideation, Concept Development and Business Models
  • MGT 5072 - New Venture Creation

Culminating Experience:

Capstone Simulation – Students will apply their learning from the MBA program in a simulated business experience. Students manage companies with respect to accounting, finance, operations, marketing and HR through making annual decisions for companies operating for multiple simulated years. Financial statements, information regarding employee productivity, consumer perceptions, and changing market conditions are used to inform decisions. Students will also work towards understanding how strategy is integrated within their own firms through interviews with key employees and discussions with their instructors. 

Admission Requirements:

  • Regionally accredited bachelor’s degree.
  • Cumulative undergraduate GPA of at least 3.0 on a 4.0 scale.
  • Minimum of two years of professional experience.
  • Three letters of recommendation from professional or academic references. At least one letter from a supervisor is required.
  • Official transcripts from all degree bearing institutions at the bachelor’s level or higher and unofficial transcript for any additional college coursework.
  • A professional plan statement discussing your career goals, how the master’s degree will help you achieve those goals, areas or competencies that you expect the program will help you strengthen and what you plan to contribute to the learning community.
  • Current resume.
  • TOEFL or IELTS for non-native English speakers. 

Transfer credits are not accepted for this program.

International Students:  This program does notpermit full-time enrollment in residence at Ohio University, and an I-20 cannot be issued based on admission to this program.

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