Our program helps students better understand the interconnectedness and complexity of the business.
We asked employers what skills were in demand when we first launched our MBA. Ever since, we continue to review and redesign the program through listening sessions, surveys and interviews with business executives, current students, alumni, and members of the faculty.
The result is an 18-month program that evolves to help students better understand the interconnected nature and complexity of the business. Our MBA students study business through an emphasis on business strategy and an integrated approach focused on the application of business knowledge, systems and processes, leadership, and strategic human resource and customer relationship management.
There are themes embedded throughout the program:
- An integrated understanding of the global, cross-cultural, and ethical context of business
- Making the business case for leading organizations that value people, planet, and profit
- Seeing and responding to the business “big picture” in new, innovative, and adaptive ways
The program also integrates these real-world applications:
- Leadership competence. The program opens with a focus on success in graduate studies, self-awareness of strengths and weaknesses, and areas for improvement, and preparation for business leadership. Two leadership courses examine the principles of leadership and help the student prepare to lead self, others, and systems inside an organization. The three courses together help students develop personal competence for leadership. The courses focus on aligning values, purpose, and practice to establish a framework for ethical leadership; development and communication of vision and mission; and creation of a values-based organizational culture that is nimble, innovative, and creative.
- Business technical strategies. Three courses focus on the tools and techniques of business efficiency and effectiveness. Included are courses on the principles of continuous process improvement and quality management strategies; strategically managing information resources, data and systems; and strategic development and management of the organization’s workforce.
- Business financial competence. Three courses develop competencies relating to strategic finance, measurement, and control of a business’s bottom line. These courses focus on strategic financial analysis forecasting and budgeting; sources of capital; policies and procedures; and accounting and other strategic control systems that businesses use to measure success in a highly competitive global environment.
- Competence in business strategy and sources of competitive advantage in the business environment. Students will bring together concepts of data analysis and uses of customer and competitive data to make strategic organizational decisions. The MBA ends with two courses that together help the student integrate all of the learning into a single business-related project. This final integrative experience provides the student with an opportunity to think critically to solve a practical business problem and demonstrate an understanding of the comprehensive relationships between the various elements of the business.
- MBA 500 - Graduate Success Seminar
- MBA 501 - Leading Self, Others, and Systems I
- MBA 502 - Leading Self, Others, and Systems II
- MBA 507 - Advanced Managerial Economics
- MBA 508 - Advanced Marketing Management
- MBA 509 - Healthcare Economics
- MBA 510 - Principles of Continuous Process Improvement and Quality Management
- MBA 511 - Strategic Management of Information Resources and Systems
- MBA 512 - Planning, Hiring and Deploying a Strategic Workforce
- MBA 520 - Principles of Organizational Financial Planning and Business Development
- MBA 521 - Strategic Business Financial Management and Control I
- MBA 522 - Strategic Business Financial Management and Control II
- MBA 530 - A Systems Approach to Strategic Planning and Strategy Development
- MBA 531 - Capstone I - Creating Strategic Response to Business Challenges and Opportunities I
- MBA 532 - Capstone II - Creating Strategic Response to Business Challenges and Opportunities II
- MBA 610 - Healthcare Information Management
- MBA 611 - Legal, Ethical and Regulatory Issues for Healthcare Administrators
About the School
Cardinal Stritch University began as a teaching institution for the Sisters of St. Francis of Assisi in 1937. Today, Stritch offers more than 60 undergraduate and graduate degree programs that help s ... Read More