Strategic Design MBA

Philadelphia University

Program Description

Strategic Design MBA

Philadelphia University

Strategic Design MBA

Philadelphia University’s pioneering Strategic Design MBA combines the analytical intelligence of business with the creative intelligence of design to develop hybrid thinkers who are able to identify opportunities and solve complex business challenges across industry sectors.

Students from diverse business, technology and design backgrounds apply design thinking and design principles – married with cutting-edge business analytical tools – to deliver smart, desirable, feasible and marketable product, process and business model innovations.

Smart, desirable, feasible, marketable innovation to make the world better is what we do. IT'S WHAT YOU'LL DO.

The challenges in today’s business world have become increasingly complex and ambiguous in nature; solutions need to extend beyond product innovation to encompass business processes, organizational structure, operational approaches and service delivery. By applying the integrative design method traditionally applied to the design of products, to design innovative solutions for services, marketing, finance and operational challenges in a business, solutions are developed which are more functional, elegant, creative, efficient and profitable.

Strategic Design MBA – Four Modules

The program includes 10 courses divided into four modules: frameworks, processes, implementation and the summative project. The courses in each module leverage the previous module to develop a deep understanding of the ways that strategic design operationalized in a business context delivers a clear advantage in problem framing and problem solving. INDUSTRY IMMERSION – Three of the 10 courses involve projects with real organizations, either in the students’ own organizations or with other businesses eager to form working partnerships with PhilaU Strategic Design MBA students.

Professional Education

Designed specifically for high-potential professionals – typically with five or more years of experience – this MBA program is a low-residency, hybrid program where each course will meet 4 times on every-other Friday afternoon and Saturday.

Small cohorts of students from a single business are welcome and can use the program as an extended learning lab to tackle challenges unique to their organization.

With energetic innovators and thought leaders as fellow students, and faculty who blend state-of-the art practitioner experience with excellence in the classroom, graduates exit the program with a ready-made network capable of bringing long-term value to themselves and their organizations that extends well beyond the formal material covered.

Program Requirements

Applications are now being considered for the January 2012 term. As part of the inaugural program we are offering a tiered discount to students starting the program this January.

The Strategic Design MBA program is looking for self-motivated students interested in learning how to propose, implement and assess processes, systems and organizations through integrative strategic design methodologies grounded in cutting-edge business practices and analytics. Applicants should possess strong written and verbal communication skills as well as general quantitative process knowledge.

We do not require you to take the GMAT exam, but you will need to be proficient in business math skills. Our ideal candidate has about 5 to 10 years of professional experience.


• Completed Application for Graduate Admission

• Official Academic Transcripts

• Two Letters of Recommendation

• Current Resume/CV

• Self-Assessment

     o Applicants to the Strategic Design MBA are to submit a self-assessment that addresses the following question: Why should you be selected as a student in the Strategic Design MBA program?

     o The self-assessment can be submitted using one of the following formats:

           • A written narrative (800-1000 words)

           • A PowerPoint or Prezi submission

           • A video submission (3-5 minutes via YouTube)

Tuition fee - 2011-12 academic year: $892 per credit

Financial Aid: At Philadelphia University, we are committed to making a high-quality, professional education affordable for every qualified student. If meeting educational costs is a concern, we encourage you to apply for financial aid, regardless of family financial circumstances. Many of our graduate students receive aid in the form of loans, assistantships and/or scholarships.

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This course is Online & Campus Combined
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Sept. 2017
Full time
892 USD
Start date Sept. 2017
USA Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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