Master of Business Administration (MBA)
General Description and Program Objective
The Master of Business Administration is designed for professionals whose career and management responsibilities exceed a single functional specialty, and who require higher levels of knowledge and skills in the field to sharpen their competency spectrum. The emphasis is on providing students with an interdisciplinary, integrated, and applied approach where complex organizational knowledge and managerial skills are mastered. This objective of the program is meant to provide an executive-level of critical thinking and systematic thought, team building, decision making, and leadership.
The program includes ten (10) pre-determined core business courses and two (2) elective courses that every student can select from a list of courses offered by the School of Business Administration at America Evangelical University based upon their own interests and concentration focus in the varied areas of business administration. For purposes of these two elective courses, every student may opt for any combination of graduate-level elective courses offered by the School of Business Administration at America Evangelical University, choosing from anyone of three academic areas: International Business, Leadership, and Marketing.
The core business courses include (but are not limited to) studies in accounting, business ethics, business law, finance, human resource management, international business, organizational management, strategic management, and statistical analysis. Every course has an emphasis on ethical business behavior and conduct as well as responsible business practices in an increasingly-pluralistic, global society. As with our other programs, there is a strong emphasis on Biblical values and Theological education. Courses in the Business major will be taught through the lenses of Christian principles.
In order to secure admission into the MBA program at America Evangelical University, every applicant will have to meet the following minimum requirements:
1. Completion of Application Form for Admission.
2. Letter of recommendation from faculty and/or employer
3. Possession of or candidacy for bachelor degree or its equivalent
4. A mission statement agreement form
5. One recent photograph
6. Official transcripts from all schools attended.
7. Evaluation of personal interview with a team of faculty members.
8. TOEFL Score or ESL completion at AEU
9. Payment of $50.00 application fee.
Method of Instruction
Classes incorporate lectures, instructional work in class, demonstrations, one-on-one tutorials, library research, and comprehensive examinations within each course. Except for internships and field trips, all instruction is conducted in a classroom setting.
Length: Approximately 4 semesters
Core Courses in Business Administration: 30 Semester credits
Elective Courses in Business Administration: 6 Semester credits
Total Business Credit Requirements: 36 Semester credits
Bible and Theology Requirements: 9 Semester credits
Total Program Requirements: 45 Semester credits
Unit Transfer Policy
A maximum of six (6) semester credits may be transferred into the program from a nationally or regionally-accredited college or university. The acceptance of credit hours is at the discretion of America Evangelical University, depending upon the academic rigor of the prior course experience.
Program Learning Outcomes
Upon completion of the Master of Business Administration program of study at America Evangelical University, the student will be able to demonstrate the following competencies:
- Demonstrate the ability to analyze the evolving nature of corporations
- Practice managerial leadership and organizational change
- Determine and measure an organization’s intellectual assets
- Identify how product development merges with entrepreneurship
- Foster new approaches to measuring the economic performance of organizations
- Demonstrate the ability to manage and administer a business organization with a clear embodiment of ethics in his/her business practices
- Integrate Biblical and Theological Perspectives in Business and Administration
Students must complete 30 semester credits of pre-determined core business courses, as well as 6 semester credits of elective courses of their choice.
Core Courses in Business Administration (30 semester credits)
BUS 510 Fundamentals of MBA (3 credits)
This course is an overview of fundamental management concepts across a broad spectrum of subject areas. Topics include the online environment and technologies used in the MBA program; academic requirements; research, writing, and analytical skills; plagiarism issues; and basic management concepts. Assignments focus on statistics and the theory of constraints. Exercises improve skills in the areas of research, writing, critical thinking, and teamwork.
BUS 520 Organization and Society Management (3 credits)
This course is an exploration of the responsibilities and influence that 21st century managers have within their organizations and the global society. Essential concepts and theories that provide a foundation for the study of business administration and management -- including systems thinking, critical thinking, ethical decision making and leadership, legal concepts, corporate social responsibility, and organizational theory and design -- are examined.
BUS 530 Managerial Accounting (3 credits)
A study of accounting concepts & reporting techniques applied in a managerial decision-making context. Students will analyze accounting data from real-world case studies and present their
analyses, conclusions, and recommendations. Managerial accounting models used by diverse
enterprises in virtually all industrialized nations include cost accounting & the behavior of costs, budgeting, differential analysis, and responsibility accounting will be examined. Reporting
techniques involving the use of current spreadsheets and graphics presentation technologies will
also be presented.
BUS 535 Financial Management (3 credits)
This is a course on how to deploy the available capital resources of the organization in order to
gain the maximum advantage possible. Students will review capital budgeting policies and
procedures, formulation of growth and diversification policies, appraisal of income and risk, and establishment of decision-making guidelines.
BUS 540 Economics of Management Decisions (3 credits)
This is a seminar class applying the concepts of economic decision making to a wide variety of managerial situations, including financial statement analysis; asset valuation; budgeting; cost management; and performance evaluation of organizations, organizational credits, products, and managers. The student must apply critical thinking to make connections among concepts from the disciplines of microeconomics, finance, managerial accounting, and financial accounting.
BUS 550 Operations & Information Systems Management (3 credits)
This course is a study of the major functions of modern business management. Topics include the dos and don'ts of successfully managing a project, a survey of several world-class operations management techniques (such as Six Sigma), and the industry’s best practices in operational efficiency and effectiveness. Also, the mission, goals, and importance of information systems management will be assessed using actual work organizations as learning models.
BUS 560 Marketing Management and Innovation (3 credits)
This is an exploration of the essentials of marketing management: setting marketing goals for an organization with consideration of internal resources and marketing opportunities, planning and executing activities to meet these goals, and measuring progress toward their achievement. Focus is on the concept of innovation in business, including the introduction of new market offerings and the use of new technologies, strategies, and tactics for achieving marketing objectives. An integrative approach combines discussions on theory of marketing management with industry analysis and practical implications.
BUS 570 Global Business Management (3 credits)
This class is about a global overview of various types of business organizations and environments that shape organizational decisions. Emphasis is on the regulatory structures, legal systems, governance models, as well as policy-making processes that define the internal and external functions of business at the confluence of local, state, national, and international affairs. Topics include critical thinking, international ethics, business sustainability, social responsibility, and the impact of economics and technology.
BUS 580 Strategic Management in a Global Marketplace (3 credits)
This course deals with an investigation of strategy, value creation, and value capture in different business contexts. Currently, companies compete simultaneously in domestic, global, and electronic markets. Focus is on developing frameworks and models for understanding the structural characteristics of industries and how companies can achieve sustainable competitive advantage, taking appropriate action in these different, but concurrent, business contexts. An explicitly integrative approach is adopted, building on knowledge of the different functional areas of management gained through previous study.
BUS 590 Ethical Decision Making (3 credits)
This course is an examination of the many components that influence decision-making by leaders of business organizations - including the notions of cultural relativism, legal responsibilities, prescriptive and normative approaches, and universal principles of ethical behavior. The potential impacts of different decisions on the organization will be investigated and the transparency of the business organization’s decision-making processes will be reviewed within a host of ethical frameworks and hypothetical situations.
Elective Courses in Business Administration (6 semester credits)
Elective Courses in International Business
BUS 571 Culture and Change (3 credits)
This course is an overview of different methods for assessment of cultural competency, and comparison of American cultural values with other national and ethnic cultural values. Simulations will be used to illustrate the influence of stakeholder values in community development projects. Discussions focus on appropriateness and compatibility of outside development models and approaches to traditional communities.
BUS 572 Intercultural Competence (3 credits)
This course is an overview of the domains of communication and culture. Specifically, the ways that culture influences our communication patterns, and the development of both professional and personal relationships with people from different cultural backgrounds.
BUS 573 Comparative International Management (3 credits)
This course studies the impact of country-specific cultural, economic and legal factors on the theory and practice of managing multinational corporations. Case studies focusing on North American, Latin American, European and Asian settings are used to illustrate the feasibility of adapting and combining different national management styles in the operations of domestic and multinational corporations.
BUS 574 Culture and Socialization (3 credits)
An in-depth examination of the concepts of culture and socialization, this course analyzes the socialization process as the key means through which culture is reproduced. Through a critical engagement with competing theories of socialization, students undertake advanced research projects, oral presentations and written assignments. Lecture and discussion topics include issues of ethnic identity and cultural diversity, socio-economic, gender and racial stratification, media representations, dress, language and religion and schooling and the reproduction of inequality. Issues are explored from a cross-cultural perspective.
Elective Courses in Leadership
BUS 521 Emerging Leadership Concepts and Strategies (3 credits)
This course will review and examine the various core organizational issues in the theory and practice of leadership. The identification of different leadership theories and leadership styles in a collaborative, integrative organizational leadership context, as well as comparing and contrasting these theories with an authoritarian or collaborative leadership approach within the organizational context will be scrutinized.
BUS 522 Negotiations, Collective Bargaining, and Group Dynamics (3 credits)
This course will address effective conflict resolution, collective bargaining, and negotiations strategies, and will assess various methods for improving the organizational efficiency and effectiveness in the long-term. A special focus will be placed upon the creation of win-win solutions for real-life organizations. Conflict resolution will be approached and examined as both a necessary and a challenging workplace phenomenon.
BUS 523 Advanced Personnel Management (3 credits)
This course will present an overview of how, why, when, and where to integrate and apply the theories of behavioral sciences with the human resource management principles in order to augment and improve both individual as well as organizational efficiency and effectiveness. Students will evaluate, analyze, and design the various relevant personnel management theories as they relate to practical applications in different work environments.
BUS 524 Interpersonal Communication (3 credits)
This course will survey the formation and development of groups through effective and efficient leadership. Team communication styles and roles within organizational work teams will be examined. Different strategies that can foster creativity in work groups will be discussed and analyzed. The impact of technology on work teams and on communication styles will also be evaluated. Students will learn experientially about work groups and teams as well as about the impact of different ethical perspectives by participating in group activities and observing leadership practices in small work groups.
Elective Courses in Marketing
BUS 561 Legal and Ethical Issues in Business (3 credits)
This course is an in-depth, exploratory study of human values and ethical conduct of American businesses. The focus will be on verbal debate and written exercises that would draw attention to business practices. This course will also consider the various ethical issues that are arising in the workplace and their impact on the global business environments.
BUS 562 Dynamics of Consumer Behavior (3 credits)
A study of the dynamics of human behavior and how it relates to the purchasing decision, this course provides a general view of the different factors that influence the consumer's decision-making including, personality, social groups, culture, values structure, perception and learning.
BUS 563 Global Marketing (3 credits)
An introduction to the fundamentals of trade, finance, and investment in the international context, the course discusses the international monetary framework and foreign exchange in detail. It reviews theory and history of international trade, including exporting and importing, regional economic integration, and international marketing.
BUS 564 Channels of Distribution and Value Networks (3 credits)
A study of all phases of management skills in the field of physical distribution with emphasis on customer service and international distribution strategies. This course covers also distribution strategies for products and services. It pays specific attention to direct distribution (from manufacturing to retail), indirect distribution (agents, independent representatives, and VARs), and direct marketing (fulfillment centers).
Bible and Theology Requirements (9 Semester credits)
BT501 Introduction to New Testament (3 credits)
The historical background of the New Testament including the formation, history, extent, and transmission of the canon. Includes a special introduction to each New Testament book.
BT502a Introduction to Old Testament (3 credits)
Text, canon and examination of the foundation and conclusions of modern historical-critical methods; special introduction of each Old Testament book.
ST505 Contemporary Theology (3 credits)
Against the backdrop of philosophical development from the time of the Enlightenment, representative figures in theology are studied in order to grasp current hermeneutical methodologies and the development of biblical criticism.