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Courses | Master of Business Administration (MBA)

Below are some of the courses you’ll have an opportunity to take as a student in this program. Take a look at the list below to get an idea of the types of available courses. Also, be sure to review the official program requirements in the Biola University catalog.

Note: This list is intended to give you a quick glimpse into the program’s academic offerings, and should not be used as a guide for course selection or academic advising.

Curriculum Requirements

Thirty-six credits of graduate courses are required for all MBA degrees in the Crowell School of Business, which includes 24 credits of core requirements and 12 select credits.


Core Requirements

An examination and evaluation of financial decision making in the Corporate environment: valuation of future cash flows, characterization of risk and return and evaluation of options available to firms to finance their operations or fund growth opportunities. Students will learn how to analyze financial data to provide information to management decision makers on how to improve the financial performance of their firms and make the best capital investment decisions. Grade Mode: A.

This course examines the means for achieving control while exploring improvement alternatives. Topics such as financial statement analysis, budgeting, tax issues, restructuring, reengineering, and current topics in financial management are discussed. Learning focuses on the methods used by managers to guide employee actions in ways that are both financially and Biblically appropriate. Grade Mode: A.

This course is designed to provide students with an analytical framework to conduct (1) marketing planning and strategy, (2) market definition and measurement, and (3) the management and control of marketing programs. The primary objectives of this course are two-fold: (1) provide an environment where each student can develop the necessary professional skills for a successful career in marketing management; and (2) encourage analytic and strategic thinking about marketing programs. Using business-related tenets of economics, students will also learn how to apply economic principles to strategic decision-making. Grade Mode: A.

Students will understand the role that digital technologies and statistical analysis play in the competitive advantage of a business. Includes a review of basic business statistics concepts. Students will work with the latest technologies and methods used for corporate decision-making in a laboratory environment and then apply the results to real-world situations. Notes: Online coursework in Information Systems and Statistics required through Ivy Software with a passing grade of 80% or above unless waived through undergraduate coursework. Grade Mode: A.

This course focuses on the development of managerial skills to enhance personal and organizational effectiveness. Students will examine and critique academic articles, professional literature and business cases related to personal and organizational productivity, operations management, human behavior in organizations, leadership and general management. Students will be required to reflect deeply upon the meaning of managerial effectiveness and will further be expected to challenge their own practices in light of these lessons. Special attention will be placed on the development of one's personal faith and a Biblical perspective of management. Grade Mode: A.

Within the context of Scripture, philosophical and ethical principles are identified, discussed, and applied to business problems and situations including the organization's obligation to the individual and to society, and the individual's responsibility to the organization. Grade Mode: A.

This course focuses on the requirements for building and sustaining a competitive advantage through strategic management, both within existing businesses and new business start-ups. Students will discover that all business projects and initiatives benefit from strategic thinking as they develop an awareness of the range, scope and complexity of the issues and problems related to the strategic management of an organization's resources and capabilities. A strategic planning model will be introduced in the class and students will use the model to create a strategic plan for an existing business or new idea. Students will develop insight into the skills necessary to be an effective general manager through a business simulation project. Students will also explore the Biblical implications of strategic management.

The course will explore the place of work within God's kingdom program for history. The contours and major movements in God's program to rule the creation will provide the context for identifying the biblical understanding of the purpose and nature of work in the present age. These major movements include the pattern of work in the initial created order, patterns of work within the theocratic society of Israel, and finally work redeemed in the truth of Jesus Christ for the present age. Special attention will be given to the place of work in the believer's spiritual formation as the source for being a leader for Christ in the workplace. Grade Mode: A.


Select Credits

Select 12 credits from the following:

Students learn to manage the marketing process in the context of the firm's strategies and objectives. Topics include analyzing marketing opportunities, selecting target markets, developing marketing strategies, planning marketing programs, budgeting the marketing program, and implementing and controlling the marketing effort. Students will also be introduced to economic principles that affect marketing decisions. Throughout the course students will reflect on Biblical and ethical issues in marketing, and how they potentially affect the marketing management process. Grade Mode: A.

The objective of this course is to provide students with an opportunity to understand the complex accounting and financial data they will receive as operating managers. In particular, students will learn how to use the data as an effective management tool for coordinating managerial and organizational activities. Financial accounting, managerial accounting, and financial management are covered with consideration of international, economic, and legal issues. Students also consider the nature of numerical analysis as a description of reality, giving rise to ethical and other Biblical issues of interpretation. Grade Mode: A.

This course examines the historical and re-emerging role of business in world missions. Attention will be given to (1) the theology of work, business and 'business as mission', and (2) the practical issues related to creating and managing a business that advances the cause of Christ at home or abroad. Students will also develop and present to class their own ideas for a Business as Mission company. Grade Mode: A.

Authentic and innovative leaders inspire and navigate their teams through the challenging waters of organizational change. This course focuses on becoming a leader through the understanding and development of essential innovative leadership dimensions. Students will examine leadership through the lens of innovation by surveying and analyzing contemporary constructs and by applying their learnings to their personal lives and organizational workplace. Students will also study biblical examples of innovative leaders and integrate this knowledge into their writing and discussion. Grade Mode: A.

This course is a study of the biblical principles of leadership from the Scriptures as they shape the foundation for best business practices both in relationships and in developing a healthy culture for great organizations. Students will study leadership lessons from Scripture and identify the principles of godly leadership and how to lead with excellence. Students will develop a Christian understanding of leadership to include practical application in order to effectively lead organizations. Students will engage in personal reflection exploring the crucial role of character and the leader’s heart. Grade Mode: A.

Organization leaders at all levels must increasingly demonstrate innovative and creative thinking and be able to produce original and useful solutions to the challenges they face. The purpose of this course is to equip you with creative problem solving ideas and strategies that can positively impact your work and leadership. This course is designed to introduce to you skills and strategies for generating creative ideas and building a culture of innovation in any organization. The emphasis is on practices that are supported in the problem solving literature that can be applied in any professional context and used to make decisions and solve problems with originality and inventiveness. Grade Mode: A.

This course is designed to teach students how to create and manage change for productivity, through individual and group leadership. Students will study traditional and cutting-edge methods for initiating and supporting innovation in new and existing organizations, as well as pitfalls to avoid. The crucial role of leadership in the change process will be examined, and opportunities for experience in innovation and change will be made part of class time and assignments. Students will also study significant variables that influence organizations and individual effectiveness necessary for developing effective leadership in the contemporary workforce while examining the role of change from a Biblical perspective. Grade Mode: A.

This course will teach students the process of formulating, implementing, and monitoring financial decisions into an integrated plan that guides an individual or family to achieve their financial goals. A strong emphasis will be placed on formulating financial goals that are consistent with biblical truth.

This course focuses on the components of estate planning which include property titling mechanisms, tax implications, types of trusts, wealth transfer strategies, and postmortem estate planning techniques. Throughout the course, the student will develop a comprehensive, biblical perspective of wealth within the context of estate planning and wealth transfer.

This course focuses on analyzing client retirement and benefit needs, differentiating between retirement plans, evaluating the rules and tax implications of retirement plans, applying the Social Security system to the financial planning process, recommending retirement plans for businesses, and selecting suitable client investments. Throughout this course, the student will develop a comprehensive, biblical perspective of retirement and benefits planning

This course provides detailed coverage on the taxation of individuals and businesses, as well as the principles of risk and insurance. These topics will be analyzed through both an economic and biblical lens.

Principles for the individual investor, tests of a sound investment, information sources, types of stocks and bonds, and the mechanics of purchase and sale will be covered.

This course synthesizes the principles and practices of financial planning. Students will create a comprehensive financial plan that considers the fundamentals of financial planning, risk management, income tax, retirement, employee benefits, investment, and estate planning. Students will also integrate biblical principles of leadership, discipleship, stewardship, decision-making, question-asking, and goal-setting involved in the financial planning process.

This course focuses on the techniques used to create and evaluate new concepts and business opportunities. Students study the process of feasibility analysis of business ventures from the time of concept generation through critical concept analysis, opportunity screening and pre-feasibility analysis, to the development of the written business plan. The goal is to prepare students for starting and running successful or emerging enterprises, or to employ an entrepreneurial mindset in any organizational setting. Grade Mode: A.

Elective course in such topics as advertising and social media, negotiation and conflict management for the change agent, and practical leadership theory. Notes: May be taken twice with a different topic. Grade Mode: A.

The study of the management principles, concepts, and practices in nonprofit organizations. Topics include the development of mission statements, success measures, organization structure, stakeholder management, promotion, fundraising, and strategic decision-making. Grade Mode: A.

Prerequisites

Leveling (prerequisite) coursework is required for those without a business undergraduate degree. Students without undergraduate coursework in economics, business law, statistics and information systems will need to meet these requirements through online coursework completed no later than the end of the student’s second semester in the MBA program. Additional fees outside of Biola may apply. See your academic advisor for more information.

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