The Entrepreneurship concentration focuses on preparing students for personal and financial success through the starting of their own firms, taking their place in the management of a family firm, or assuming a position of leadership as a corporate entrepreneur introducing new products or services. The concentration integrates the classroom and the real world through a dynamic mix of leading-edge knowledge, involvement with successful entrepreneurs, and hands-on development of the key skills of creativity, market focus, and business planning essential to successful ventures.
Students will be immersed in a program that focuses on unlocking their creativity and imagination to produce ideas that will translate into successful products or businesses. This method ensures students discover solutions to problems that are both personally appealing and have large market potential. The result will be a business plan presented to a panel of successful entrepreneurs. Students who choose this concentration will be known for their can-do attitudes, perseverance, innovative thinking, creativity, analytic skills, and ability to get the job done with superior results.
The concentration in Organizational Leadership is designed to develop the skills needed to be an agent of change in the 21st century workplace to promote positive growth. The field of organizational leadership is one in which effective interpersonal communication, innovative strategic thinking, and ethical behavior are emphasized to equip individuals with the skills necessary to successfully lead and develop others.
The concentration focuses on building leadership skills that are applicable across industries rather than a specific discipline. The curriculum is both strategically focused and innovative, matching contemporary leadership theory with today's best leadership practices.
Classes in Organizational Leadership develop leaders who are able to enhance the organizations and people with whom they interact through various methods of strategic planning and innovation, organizational diagnostic tools, and interventions. Organizational Leadership graduates are prepared to lead others in the private and nonprofit sectors, government and non- government agencies, health care, educational institutions, and organizations within numerous other fields. The expertise mastered includes decision making, problem solving, creativity, strategy, and various analytical methods.
The concentration in Project Management provides students grounding in multiple skills including the initiation, planning, execution, monitoring and controlling and closing of projects. Also included are the soft skills of communication, leadership, effective team management and applied critical thinking. The content of courses is integrated with the Project Management Institute, Inc., A Guide to the Project Management Body of Knowledge (PMBOK®, Guide). As student’s progress through their courses, they are preparing themselves for the Project Management certification exam. The concentration provides an opportunity for those who wish to build on their MBA degree work by obtaining professional certification of project management skills. There is a significant passing rate for those who take the certification exam. The faculty of the concentration classes are certificated as Project Management Professionals (PMP) by the Project Management Institute (PMI).
The Research Associate Program is a voluntary initiative established by the MBA Steering Committee to afford select individuals an opportunity to conduct research and provide technical support to the MBA faculty while acquiring professional experience. The program may support course research and development, lecture design, computer support or special projects under development or consideration by the MBA faculty.