Master of Business Administration (MBA)
The MBA program is a customized program designed to offer either a general management education to students new to the study of business or an advanced and more specialized business education to students with a business degree and/or significant business experience. This customized program offers students the opportunity to develop a curriculum best suited to their backgrounds, skills, and career goals.
Eligibility for Admission
Applicants for admission to the MBA program must have a baccalaureate degree, regardless of the undergraduate field of study, and an acceptable level of scholarship from an accredited institution of higher education. Students entering the program will also need to show evidence that they have completed at least one statistics course in their undergraduate degree. Students without such a class may complete instead a non-credit statistics tutorial offered by the college for a fee.
All MBA students will complete three core courses that address business processes and skills fundamental to Creighton’s Jesuit and values-based mission. Creighton’s MBA program emphasizes how business leaders apply sound and coherent ethical principles to serve its stakeholders and society for the common good. To support this emphasis, all MBA students complete the following courses:
- MBA 771 Leadership and Organizational Behavior
- MBA 775 Business Policy and Managerial Action
- MBA 776 Business, Ethics, and Society
Plan of Study
All MBA students will work with the Graduate Business Programs office to develop a plan of study reflecting the students’ academic and work backgrounds, business competencies, and career goals. Plans of Study will consist of courses from the Functional Core and/or from an extensive list of Concentration courses. The relative emphasis of a student’s plan of study on each of these areas will depend on each student’s academic and business background.
Students who are new to the study of business because they hold neither an undergraduate degree in business nor have extensive business work experience may be required to take some or all of the functional core classes. Taking these classes and the core MBA courses will lead to a general competency in most areas of business. Students who hold undergraduate business degrees or have extensive business experience may elect to take one or more of these courses with the approval of the Associate Dean for Graduate Business Program’s office or may elect to move directly to concentration courses.
- MBA 701 Financial Reporting for MBA’s
- MBA 711 Managerial Finance
- MBA 741 Economic Analysis for Managers
- MBA 761 Marketing Management
- BIA 731 Information Systems Management
All MBA students will complete the balance of their 33 hours from concentration courses available in all of the functional areas. These business courses cover advanced topics in all areas of business including accounting, finance, economics, information technology, marketing, and management. To ensure appropriate breadth and depth:
- Students must take one course in each of three of five functional areas (accounting, finance, economics, information technology, and marketing).
- Students may take a maximum of three courses beyond MBA 771 in the management/leadership area.
- Students may take a maximum of four courses in a given functional area.
Concentration Course Options
Concentration courses are advanced courses in each functional area of business. These courses may be taken by students with undergraduate degrees in business or students who have completed the Functional Core courses and would like additional courses in an area. They include, but are not limited to:
- MBA 702 Managerial Decision Making Using Quantitative and Qualitative Data
- MBA 712 Advanced Managerial Finance
- MBA 742 Seminar in Applied Managerial Economics
- MBA 765 Marketing Information for Executives
- BIA 736 Managing Information Resources
- BIA 788 Business Information Analysis and Process Design
Depending on the number of credit hours to be completed with concentration courses, students may wish to focus on particular business areas by taking multiple courses in a single area. For example, students who wish to focus on the study of investments may take courses in our finance area and our MSAPM program such as:
- MBA 715 Investment Value and Theory
- MBA 719 Current Issues in Finance
- MBA 719 Institutional Investing
- MSA 722 Fixed Income and Derivatives I
- MSA 730 Financial Statement Analysis I
- MSA 732 Capital Markets
- MSA 734 Equity Analysis
Students who wish to focus on the study of information technology management may take courses in our MS-BIA program such as:
- BIA 734 Human Factors in Information Systems
- BIA 736 Managing Information Resources
- BIA 788 Business Process Management
- BIA 789 Advanced Topics in IT Management
Students who wish to focus on the study of accounting may take advanced accounting courses such as:
- MBA 717 Accounting Seminar - Corporate Governance
- MBA 717 Accounting Seminar - Internal Auditing
- MBA 717 Current Issues in Accounting
- MBA 739 Tax Theory and Business Decisions
Students who wish to focus on the study of leadership may take advanced leadership courses such as:
- MBA 779 Personal Leadership Development
- MBA 779 Business Consulting
- MBA 779 Managing for Innovation and Excellence
- MBA 779 Leadership Through the Hollywood Lens
The above simply illustrates how students may tailor the courses in their curriculum to fit their backgrounds, competencies, and career goals. Students are encouraged to discuss these and other focus areas with the Graduate Business Program's office.
Online MBA Program
The 33-hour (11 class) online MBA from the Heider College of Business is designed to offer the busy professional a flexible option for completing an MBA degree. By completing the 11 eight-week terms, offered in the sequence shown below in the Course Schedule section, students will finish in two years and eight weeks. Taking more than one course or combining some online and some in-person classes makes it possible to finish faster. The MBA at Creighton (both residential and online) is a non-thesis program. All students must complete the capstone course MBA 775 (the strategic management course) which requires students to take the role of upper management synthesizing information from all functional areas of business to develop strategic responses to business situations.
Students in online MBA classes will be a combination of online-only students and residential students who wish to accelerate the completion of their program (or have a work-related reason for opting for an online course in any given term).
Applicants with an undergraduate business degree can still take the online MBA Core (MBA 771, MBA 775, MBA 776) and the online MBA Seminars shown in the course schedule list to complete a significant portion of the degree program (6 of 11 classes). The remaining five classes would be chosen from the Tier 2 courses in the traditional residential (in-person) MBA program. As the online program evolves and we are more certain of course demand, we will offer more electives so that the student with a business undergraduate degree can also complete an MBA entirely online.
Online MBA Structure
To provide maximum flexibility, the Creighton Online MBA is a non-cohort program. Students may stop out if life responsibilities suggest that opting out a term might be a wise idea. Students can also choose to take a combination of residential and online courses in the same term or over the course of their enrollment. However, the residential courses are offered over 11 weeks in the fall and spring terms, and five-and-a-half weeks in the winter and summer terms.
A limited number of online classes may have a synchronous discussion period requirement, but most classes are designed to be asynchronous. There will be expectations for weekly discussion postings and responses. Most homework will consist of experiential exercises and application assignments, such as case studies. There may be quizzes, but few courses will include more comprehensive exams. If a course requires a proctored exam, students will be required to take that exam at a proctoring (monitored) test site. Students will then need to pay a fee for the proctoring and for the testing software.
Online MBA tuition is $1000 per credit hour. Students must also pay a $56 university fee, a $93 university technology fee and a $20 Heider College of Business technology fee for each 8-week term in which they are enrolled for one to seven total credit hours.Texts and other course materials are not included in the tuition and fees. Students will be responsible for checking the Creighton bookstore website for required texts and other materials for each course. The library electronic reserve system will also be used for some course materials.
Advising for Online Students
Online MBA students will be part of the overall graduate business advising system. Graduate Business Programs' staff assist with every step in the process. Staff will register students for their classes after consultation with the student, as we do for the residential MBA program. Instructors will report student issues to the business graduate programs staff (lack of participation in discussions, for example which is the online equivalent of failure to attend class) and staff will contact students.