2023-24 Graduate Academic Catalog

2023–24 Graduate Academic Catalog Page 55 Robert W. Plaster School of Business Master of Business Administration Master of Business Administration Purpose Statement The Cedarville University Master of Business Administration (MBA) program is designed to prepare students for expanded leadership responsibilities in business and government, and provides them with a comprehensive set of business competencies combined with a distinctively Christian worldview. The MBA provides a fully online program that can be completed in one or two years, integrating biblical values and ethics across all business disciplines. The MBA program includes core business functions of accounting, economics, finance, information technology, management, marketing, and corporate strategy. Values • Excellence – adhering to the highest standards in ethical and moral behavior. Providing continuous quality goods and services using processes that are customer-focused. Applying biblical wisdom and discernment in everyday business interactions. • Missional Purpose – recognizing that our purpose is to serve Christ and minister to others. Reflecting godliness as salt and light in a business world. Edifying others who we interact with on a daily basis. • Stewardship – using our talents, skills, money and time in recognition that they originate from God and are for use in His purposes. Making decisions that reflect the diversity of stakeholders in ways that bring glory to God. • Servant’s Heart – an attitude of humbly serving God and our fellowman with compassion in the business setting. Showing mercy and grace in business relationships, which reflects God’s love for us. Program Objectives Upon completion of the MBA, the graduate will: 1. Demonstrate knowledge in specific disciplines and functional areas of business and how the holistic nature of these separate systems contributes to organizational success. 2. Anticipate and analyze trends, both internal and external to the organization, and develop appropriate strategies and managerial actions. 3. Identify, evaluate, and propose solutions to legal and ethical dilemmas affecting business decisions from a biblical worldview. 4. Describe internal and external financial positions of an organization; applying current techniques to measure, evaluate and propose change. 5. Develop cultural intelligence for operating in a global environment. 6. Collect, analyze, and present business information or research using metrics or statistical tools that assist with managerial decisions. 7. Evaluate core leadership and management strategies for designing organizations and managing change. Program Delivery Cedarville University has designed the MBA to be flexible and responsive to student needs. Courses are offered year-round in fully online seven-week sessions. Graduate online course content will be available for student access one week prior to the start of the course. Program Prerequisites Students entering the MBA program at Cedarville University are expected to have previous undergraduate or postbaccalaureate coursework in the following disciplines as deemed appropriate by the program. A lack of such coursework would require that students either complete such coursework or successfully complete noncredit modules and proficiency examinations for those disciplines as specified by the program: • Accounting I (Financial) • Microeconomics • Accounting II (Managerial) • Business Statistics These courses may be taken concurrent with MBA courses, but must be completed prior to each course listing the prerequisite. Program prerequisites may be completed at Cedarville University or from another regionally accredited institution.