Master of Business Administration (MBA)

Overview

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.

MBA Core

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.

Functional Core

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
  • ITM 731 Information Systems Management

Concentration

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:

  1. Students must take one course in each of three of five functional areas (accounting, finance, economics, information technology, and marketing).
  2. Students may take a maximum of three courses beyond MBA 771 in the management/leadership area.
  3. Students may take a maximum of four courses in a given functional area.

Concentration Course Options

Concentration

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
  • ITM 736 Managing Information Resources
  • ITM 788 Business Information Analysis and Process Design

Focus Areas

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-ITM program such as:

  • ITM 734 Human Factors in Information Systems
  • ITM 736 Managing Information Resources
  • ITM 788 Business Process Management
  • ITM 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.