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Curriculum: Theme Based Modules

The Mount St. Mary’s College, Los Angeles weekend MBA program recognizes that managers do not deal with a single issue in an isolated, sequential, and orderly fashion. Rather a manager deals with a multitude of issues simultaneously, in pieces, in an incomplete and erratic order. However, there are broad general themes that can be used to integrate all the business disciplines to give the manager an effective set of tools to successfully lead an organization: 1) understanding the external global business environment, 2) designing an internal strategy to steer future organizational operations, and 3) implementing a strategy to achieve desired outcomes. In the MBA curriculum, each of these three themes is reflected in modules that model the way managers make use of business knowledge in the real world. The program integrates each knowledge domain into several modules relevant to real-world business organizational leadership.

The thematic curricular approach and weekend format are important distinguishing features of the Mount St. Mary’s MBA program but there are others as well. Among the other unique features are personal career coaching, the end-of-program project, and international travel study. The Mount St. Mary’s MBA is highly student-centered, career-relevant and strategically focused on the practice of managerial leadership.

Foundations - 9 units

Foundation courses for those who were not Business majors in their undergraduate studies*

*May be waived for those who were undergraduate business majors and others who have taken courses that satisfy Foundations requirements. Contact Program Director for transcript review.

Core Curriculum – 36 units

Theme Based Modules and Final Project

Cohort Study Semester 1 (9 units)
Setting the Stage: Understanding the External Global Business Environment.

During the first semester attention is directed to analyzing and interpreting what is happening outside the organization and how these conditions may subsequently impact the organization. This includes information regarding the business environment, economic conditions, competition, data collection, interpretation, assessment and dissemination of relevant information.

Cohort Study Semester 2 (9 units)
Designing the Organization’s Future: Internal Strategy.

In the second semester students learn to assess the organization’s internal capabilities in order to successfully leverage them to obtain sustainable strategic advantage in the turbulent business environment. Focus is directed to the potential positions that the organization can take considering the complexities of the external environment. Topics discussed include organizational goals and direction, financial conditions, brand positioning, strategic resource allocation, leadership, operational support and entrepreneurial preconditions.

Cohort Study Semester 3 (9 units)
Making it Happen: Implementation of Strategy.

In the third semester students learn to concentrate on utilizing the new capabilities of an organization. What change processes, leadership, managerial, accounting and productivity measures must be set in motion to achieve the desired outcomes? Also presented is the role of the board of directors and other key stakeholders in streamlining processes. During this semester, students will broaden their perspective by participating in an international travel study program.

Concentration and Culminating Project (9 units)

In the last semester, having gained knowledge in interpreting the signals of the external environment, developing solution-based approaches and creating a fertile environment for them to be accomplished, each participant will focus on a concentration. The four concentrations are:Entrepreneurship, Project Management and Organizational Leadership. The participants will participate in two classes in the selected concentration area and work on a final project which will emphasize the application of the tools learned to achieve the organization’s goals in the working environment.