The Master of Business Administration

The Master of Business Administration (MBA) provides a foundation in the core functions of business and the development of leadership and integrity, enhanced through a firm grounding in the University of Redlands’ rich liberal arts tradition. Successful leaders need attributes drawn from a liberal education, especially the ability to think critically, communicate effectively, and work in teams. The Master of Business Administration program provides an academic balance through a combination of conceptual knowledge, critical thinking, and practical application in the fundamental disciplines of business and management.

The program begins with three foundational courses that fill the gaps in knowledge a student may have in the field of business. Students who have completed an undergraduate degree in business or related field from a regionally-accredited university within the last seven (7) years may be admitted to the MBA program following a holistic appraisal of their academic and professional backgrounds. They begin with four graduate-level core courses to enhance their broad knowledge and skills in business in either the eighteen (18) month or ten (10) month curricular track. Students will continue learning by selecting a specialized area of study with four in-depth knowledge emphasis courses and conclude with a strategy capstone course. The capstone course allows students to apply and synthesize knowledge from prior coursework in an intensive “real life” consultancy project or a simulated setting that involves management of a business in a changing and competitive market. With such experiential learning, students perfect their problem-solving, critical thinking, and decision-making skills and refine business communication and cultural competencies. Assessments will be conducted at the onset and prior to completion of the program.

The MBA is offered both totally online and in a classroom environment. The classroom sessions include seminars, lectures, simulations, case analyses, and small group activities. Student interaction inside and outside of the classroom is key to a successful experience. Concentration courses in the classroom environment are delivered in a web-enhanced format that combines in-class sessions with online activities.

Learning Outcomes
Learning outcomes for this program may be found www.redlands.edu/MBA-BSAD/learning-outcomes

Requirements

Business Foundation Knowledge (12 credits)

3 courses for a total of 12 credits. 

BUAD 658 Accounting and Finance for Managers (4 Credits)

Focuses on the role of accounting and finance in managerial decision-making. This course explores how managers access capital, invest in resources, budget operations, and report economics events. Not open to students who have completed BUAD 660.

BUAD 632 Introduction to Managerial Economics (4 Credits)

Examination of economic concepts essential for managerial decision-making. Focus on applying macroeconomic fundamentals and microeconomic analysis to a wide array of business problems.

BUAD 631 Data Driven Decision-Making (4 Credits)

This course focuses on descriptive and predictive analytics for decision making from a variety of business disciplinary perspectives. Important elements include identification of data-driven decision-making contexts in business, ascertaining data needs, analyzing data, interpreting and communicating results, and ultimately the value proposition of analytics.

General Business Knowledge (16 credits)

4 courses for a total of 16 credits. 

MGMT 667 Business, Ethics, and Society (4 Credits)

Examination of the ethical, legal, and social environment of business and its impact on managerial decision-making. 

MGMT 631 Management and Organizational Behavior (4 Credits)

Topics include managing individual performance, team and intergroup dynamics, leadership, human resource management, organizational design, decision making and management of change. 

BUAD 683 Information and Knowledge Management (4 Credits)

Survey of information systems principles emphasizing the strategic role of information systems in business, and global and interactive aspects of information systems. Not open to students who have received credit for MGMT 691. 

MGMT 651 Analytics for Managerial Decision Making (4 Credits)

Provides students with an understanding of the role analytics plays in the decision-making process. Topics include quantitative methods of managerial decision-making including linear programming (LP), network models, transportation, assignment, transshipment, project management (PERT/CPM), inventory management, simulation, decision theory, forecasting, and supply chain management.

Specialized Area In-Depth Knowledge (16 credits)

4 courses for a total of 16 credits. Students choose an emphasis or complete the following Non-emphasis General MBA Specialized Area Course Sequence:

INTB 655 Global Environment for Business (4 Credits)

Exploration of the theoretical and practical concepts of geopolitical and economic relations to evaluate the effects of globalization on business. Focus is on evaluating and formulating strategic responses to diverse political, economic, and social factors regarding the risks they present for international trade and investment, resource allocation decisions, and organizational structures. This course can be substituted with INTB 670 International Area Studies. 
Not open to students who have received credit for INTB 693, FINC 662, GISB 692, or INTB 670.

BUAD 660 Managerial Finance (4 Credits)

An overview of financial management tools used in analyzing and developing strategies for making business decisions. Topics include time value of money, bond and stock valuation, risk and return, capital budgeting, capital structure and dividend policy, working capital management, options, and their applications in corporate finance. 

MGMT 680 Marketing Management (4 Credits)

Exploration of crucial aspects of marketing with emphasis on the customer and the marketing mix. Development of analytical and critical thinking skills through case study. Design and assessment of a basic marketing plan. Not open to students who have received credit for INTB-694W, ISYS-681W, FINC-661W or GISB-691W.

MGMT 674 Human Resources Management (4 Credits)

Study and critical analysis of theory and practice of the human resource/personnel function in modern, complex organizations. Topics such as personnel policies, workforce diversity, HR practices, employee discipline, health and safety, and collective bargaining. Addresses goals of equity, efficiency, and effectiveness in a diverse environment. 

Interdisciplinary Integrating Capstone (4 credits)

1 course for a total of 4 credits. 

BUAD 696 Strategy Capstone (4 Credits)

Integrating knowledge and skills from prior coursework to analyze and solve business problems from strategic and functional perspectives. Students work in an experimental and adaptive learning environment of dynamic simulation to experience the complexity of business decision-making. The simulative decision-making focuses on teamwork and critical thinking in collaborative development and execution of strategic plans. This course may be substitute with INTB-695 Global Consultancy Capstone or BUAD-695 Business Consulting Capstone or MGMT-697W Strategy Capstone.

All MBA students are required to complete BUAD 696 Strategy Capstone (4). In addition, students may opt to choose BUAD 695 Business Consultancy Capstone (4) or INTB 695 Global Business Consultancy Capstone (4) in lieu of BUAD 696 or INTB 670.

MBA Concentration 
Students may add an optional concentration to their MBA degree. A concentration consists of four courses in a focused area. These specialized courses are substituted for selected core courses in the MBA program and do not add to the overall length of the program. Four areas of specialization are available: Marketing, Finance, Global Business, or Location Analytics.

Marketing Concentration 
Marketing has proven to be more and more a crucial functional area for businesses to succeed in today’s competitive environment. The Marketing Concentration covers in-depth disciplinary knowledge, including concepts, theories, tools, and cases that are essential in pursuing career opportunities in marketing. Students approach the subject from both a theoretical as well as a practical perspective that will allow them to make strategic decisions.

The School of Business MBA’s Marketing Concentration provides an alternative for students to substitute core MBA courses with offerings that focus on
• analyzing business problems from the marketing perspective
• exploring marketing concepts in the global marketplace
• applying marketing analytics to drive strategic decision making
• integrating marketing and other functional areas to provide orientation for organizations

Marketing Concentration Course Sequence

MGMT 680 Marketing Management (4 Credits)

Exploration of crucial aspects of marketing with emphasis on the customer and the marketing mix. Development of analytical and critical thinking skills through case study. Design and assessment of a basic marketing plan. Not open to students who have received credit for INTB-694W, ISYS-681W, FINC-661W or GISB-691W.

INTB 694 Global Marketing (4 Credits)

Exploration and application of marketing concepts to the demands and conditions of the global marketplace. Critical evaluation of the marketing challenges presented by the increased exposure of individuals, businesses, and governments to international market forces. This course can be substituted with INTB 670 International Area Studies. 

MGMT 683 Marketing Analytics (4 Credits)

Examination of the strategic planning process with emphasis on marketing resource allocation decision driven by marketing analytics. Focus on the use of quantitative and data analysis tools to define optimal marketing mix, perform effective analysis of customers and digital marketing campaigns as well as integrate spatial thinking in decision making.

MGMT 693 Marketing Strategy (4 Credits)

Marketing strategy integrates marketing and other functional areas within a firm. It provides orientation to organizations on how to use resources and capabilities to maximize long-run customer value, as well as generate the greatest financial return.

Financial Concentration 
Finance is a field with great potential for a rewarding career. The finance concentration curriculum provides training, knowledge, and tools in corporate finance and international financial management–skills essential to the success of nearly any organization.

A finance concentration allows a career-motivated MBA graduate to pursue a wide range of job opportunities in financial institutions and financial markets that demand in-depth financial knowledge. These career opportunities are available in commercial banks, investment banking firms, mutual fund companies, mortgage banking, life insurance companies, pension fund management, property and casualty insurance companies, credit rating agencies, and health insurance firms.

The School of Business MBA’s Finance Concentration provides an alternative for students to substitute core MBA courses with offerings that focus on
• theories, models, and practical applications on the efficient and effective management of corporate finance to accomplish the objectives of the firm
• planning, raising, controlling, and administering of funds for the business
• operating characteristics of financial institutions of financial markets
• financial analysis and analytical techniques in evaluation managerial decisions vs. economic value-added and market value-added for the firm
• investment analysis, asset allocation strategies, and security selection decisions that effectively and efficiently manage investment risk and/or transfer risk
• corporate approaches to global financial markets and multinational financial management

Finance Concentration Course Sequence

FINC 661 Financial Markets and Institutions (4 Credits)

Analysis of the role of money/capital markets and financial institutions in the allocation of capital in the economy. Depository and non-depository financial institutions are examined with special attention to the evolution and regulation of such institutions. 

BUAD 660 Managerial Finance (4 Credits)

An overview of financial management tools used in analyzing and developing strategies for making business decisions. Topics include time value of money, bond and stock valuation, risk and return, capital budgeting, capital structure and dividend policy, working capital management, options, and their applications in corporate finance. 

INTB 693 Global Finance (4 Credits)

Study and application of finance in the global arena. Focus of critical attention on how financial strategies, risk, tools, investments, theories, and institutions work in a global context. This course can be substituted with INTB 670 International Area Studies. 

FINC 662 Investment Theory and Analysis (4 Credits)

Examination of theoretical framework for investments and portfolio analysis. Focuses on development of investment objectives and evaluation of risk-return trade-off leading up to optimal portfolio selection and management. 

Global Business Concentration 
Trends in the international economy have made it essential for businesses–both multinational and domestic–to be responsive to challenges and opportunities originating abroad. The focus of the Global Business Concentration is to prepare the student to analyze the reasons behind the movement of goods, services, labor, capital, technology, information, and production among nations and the implications of government and business policies on these flows.

The School of Business MBA’s Global Business Concentration provides an alternative for students to add to their core MBA courses with offerings that focus on
• the global environment for businesses
• international operations
• global finance
• cross-cultural marketing
• global strategic business

Global Business Concentration Course Sequence

INTB 655 Global Environment for Business (4 Credits)

Exploration of the theoretical and practical concepts of geopolitical and economic relations to evaluate the effects of globalization on business. Focus is on evaluating and formulating strategic responses to diverse political, economic, and social factors regarding the risks they present for international trade and investment, resource allocation decisions, and organizational structures. This course can be substituted with INTB 670 International Area Studies. 
Not open to students who have received credit for INTB 693, FINC 662, GISB 692, or INTB 670.

INTB 694 Global Marketing (4 Credits)

Exploration and application of marketing concepts to the demands and conditions of the global marketplace. Critical evaluation of the marketing challenges presented by the increased exposure of individuals, businesses, and governments to international market forces. This course can be substituted with INTB 670 International Area Studies. 

INTB 693 Global Finance (4 Credits)

Study and application of finance in the global arena. Focus of critical attention on how financial strategies, risk, tools, investments, theories, and institutions work in a global context. This course can be substituted with INTB 670 International Area Studies. 

INTB 690 Global Business Operations (4 Credits)

Advanced analysis of the causes that motivate businesses to establish operations on a global scale, the application of effective techniques to manage these activities and their financial consequences, and the integration of global operations decisions across business functions. This course can be substituted with INTB 670 International Area Studies.

Location Analytics Concentration
The Location Analytics Concentration focuses on producing management professionals who can analyze and resolve complex business problems utilizing spatial information and analytics. This field is rapidly growing and has a world-class industry cluster centered in Redlands, California. Students have the flexibility to develop their capabilities with locational and geographic approaches to analysis of business activities.

The School of Business MBA’s Location Analytics Concentration provides students with the concepts and tools to manage and understand locational patterns and trends in order to
• manage geographic information
• apply locational knowledge for business decision making
• apply market segmentation and target marketing using GIS as a decision-making tool
• assess mapping patterns and spatial trends for entering international markets and global sourcing
• analyze and evaluate GIS opportunities related to mobile technologies, big data, social media, and locational analytics
• develop and contribute to leadership of effective strategic planning and management using geographic information and GIS
• utilize leading GIS technology tools and apply them as part of a team in developing a strategic plan for a local firm or government office

Location Analytics Course Sequence

GISB 691 Introduction to Location Analytics and Marketing (4 Credits)

Examination of the strategic marketing planning process, with special emphasis on components for which geographic information systems (GIS) can provide valuable decision- making support. Focus on the use of GIS in support of environmental scanning, market segmentation, target marketing, test marketing, distribution, and targeted promotional activities. 
Prerequisites: BUAD 642, BUAD 644, and BUAD 658 or their equivalents.

GISB 692 Spatial Analysis of Global Business (4 Credits)

Evaluation using geographic information systems (GIS) of core business functions in an international context and the implications of global issues for business decision makers. This course can be substituted with INTB 670 International Area Studies. 
Prerequisites: BUAD 642, BUAD 644, and BUAD 658 or their equivalents.

GISB 694 Location Analytics and Decision Making (4 Credits)

Examination and analysis of the information systems topical areas of databases, big data, mobile technologies, social media, outsourcing, and how they underpin contemporary GIS. Includes planning, design, and consulting for GIS. Build on the base of GISB 691 and GISB 692. 
Prerequisites: BUAD 642, BUAD 644, and BUAD 658 or their equivalents.

GISB 695 Managing and Leading the Contemporary Spatial Business (4 Credits)

Integration of course concepts on GIS systems planning, decision-making, and strategy with prior coursework. Student teams work with top management of a local company to develop a geographic information systems (GIS) Strategic Design Plan. The outcome is a Strategic GIS plan presented to the firm. 
Prerequisites: BUAD 642, BUAD 644, and BUAD 658 or their equivalents.

Study Abroad Programs for the MBA
Students may choose from a growing number of study abroad programs. INTB 670 International Area Studies may include programs to Asia, Europe, and other regions of the world. These programs are tailored to the schedules of working adults, concentrating the travel portion of the course over a two-week period. INTB 670, International Area Studies, may substitute for BUAD 642, INTB 655, GISB 692, INTB 693, or INTB 694, or BUAD 696.