Master of Business Administration (MBA)

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Master of Business Administration (MBA)


To compete in today's global business environment, companies seek out executives whose talents combine traditional business disciplines with critical core competencies. While the GWU MBA develops your core competencies, the ultimate measure of our success is your ability to achieve your desired career outcome.


The principal objective of this unique curriculum is to substantially change the way you think and work. It will provide insights into your behavior and that or your constituents - focusing on continuous personal and professional improvement while adding value to your organization.


The MBA course of study is structured to provide students with a working knowledge of business and managerial skills needed for successful departmental, divisional, and organizational leadership. The flexibility of the MBA degree allows the student to emphasize in an area of study. The 36-credit-hour curriculum includes 30 hours of required core courses and six hours of electives in different areas.


Why do you need an MBA degree?

  • To prepare you for careers in business administration with advanced training in specific areas built on a broad understanding of business and its environment.
  • To provide you with the opportunity to gain professional knowledge to attain your personal and career goals.
  • To learn tools and practical techniques used to analyze business problems involving economic, social, legal, and ethical factors affecting business.
  • To learn practical skills for meeting the challenges that technology and managerial innovations present in a global world.
  • To develop a thorough understanding of the functional areas operating within the business community.
  • To develop and increase the ability for team-based activities in dealing with a diverse workforce.
  • To increase the salary you receive in your current job and magnify your future earning potential. Graduate education, higher starting salaries, with master's degree holders generally receiving a 10 to 20 percent premium over individuals with bachelor's degree.
  • To create avenues of advancement within your current organizational structure.
  • To make you more marketable to future employers of your choosing.


Gardner-Webb University is committed to providing a program of study that clearly gives its MBA graduates an advantage when competing with others in today’s dynamic business environment.


The University’s 36-semester-hour course of study is structured to provide students with a working knowledge of business and the managerial skills needed for successful departmental, divisional, and organizational leadership. Students who begin in August and successfully complete two courses each fall, spring and summer will graduate at the end of their second summer of study, two years after beginning the program. Courses are offered during evening hours.


The MBA is recognized as the professional graduate degree designed to enhance effectiveness in upper-level managerial positions in a business setting. Many persons having career goals in non-profit settings also pursue the MBA degree. Graduate study in business not only helps individuals meet their goals of career development and personal growth but also contributes to their enhanced appreciation of the private enterprise market system.


Purpose


Effective managerial behavior depends on the knowledge and skills used in decision making. A successful administrator not only must know about his/her own professional area, but he/she also must have considerable understanding of the professional areas of others. Students in the MBA program are expected to develop a working knowledge of accounting, finance, human relations and behavior, economics, marketing, production, business law and international business.


The applied nature of the MBA program provides training in management through the use of practical techniques that can readily be utilized by the students in their existing positions. Students learn to be innovative in their approaches to solving problems and making decisions. The program offers a unique opportunity to study with others who have similar interests and learn from others who have had varying work experiences.


The Master of Business Administration Program was developed to meet the following objectives:

  • Prepare individuals for careers in business administration with advanced training in specific areas built on a broad understanding of business and its environment.
  • Provide practical techniques to analyze alternative solutions to business problems involving economic, social, legal, political, global, and ethical factors.
  • Develop practical skills for meeting the challenges of changing technology and managerial innovations.


Curriculum


Today managers need skills in analysis, problem-solving, interaction, and communication. Approaches to problem-solving are stressed throughout the program through the use of practical applications of academic concepts and theories. Students learn to be innovative in their approaches to problem-solving through assignments requiring teamwork, communication skills, and computer applications.Master of Business Administration (MBA)

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Godbold Graduate School of Business Today's business world is rapidly changing to meet the demands and opportunities of new technology and global concerns. Issues such as global economics, communicati ... Read More

Godbold Graduate School of Business Today's business world is rapidly changing to meet the demands and opportunities of new technology and global concerns. Issues such as global economics, communications, customer service, and cross-functional management command high priority. In response, Gardner-Webb University has developed three innovative graduate business programs to educate men and women to compete effectively in tomorrow's business world. A graduate business degree from Gardner-Webb University can help you reach your potential for greater job satisfaction, higher earnings, increased responsibility, and personal fulfillment. Gardner-Webb University is committed to providing quality education through the Graduate School of Business degree programs. The Gardner-Webb University Graduate School of Business offers three distinct degrees and one certificate program: Master of Business Administration (MBA), International Master of Business Administration (IMBA), and Master of Accountancy (MAcc) as well as the MBA Plus Certificate. Two additional programs and jointly offered with the School of Divinity (MDiv/MBA) and the School of Nursing (MSN/MBA). The Graduate School of Business Programs is specifically designed to accommodate the needs of working professionals—people who are seeking new ways to remain competitive in the changing environment of business. Classes are scheduled so that by taking two classes per semester, you will complete your degree in only two years. Each class meets only one evening a week during the fall and spring semesters and two evenings a week during each five-week summer session. Several business degree programs are offered through a growing network of campuses and locations throughout North and South Carolina as well as through our online options. The Graduate School of Business requires a minimum of 36 semester hours of graduate credits for an MBA or IMBA degree and 30 semester hours for a MAcc degree. Read less
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