Master of Business Administration in Entrepreneurial Thinking and Innovative Practices
The Master of Business Administration in Entrepreneurial Thinking and Innovative Practices is a comprehensive, 36-credit-hour accelerated degree that encompasses all key aspects of managing and leading an enterprise. The program focuses on the key business concepts, practices of entrepreneurship and leadership skills as applied to global corporate, nonprofit, small business organizations and start-ups. The program starts with an introductory course that serves as a foundation for the M.B.A. curriculum and introduces business and leadership concepts. The introductory course is then followed by six core courses that create the building blocks, plus three electives. The final two core courses focus on integrating and synthesizing the core knowledge and developing and executing strategies. The M.B.A. in Entrepreneurial Thinking and Innovative Practices is offered on campus at Longmeadow and online or hybrid.
To earn a Master of Business Administration in Entrepreneurial Thinking and Innovative Practices, all students must complete 36 hours (12 courses) of graduate coursework.
MBA 690 Strategic Analysis serves as the capstone for the M.B.A. Program and also serves as the entry point for the final exam. This final case requires each student to successfully respond to challenges in the critical areas of M.B.A. study: accounting/finance, strategy marketing, management, ethics, economics, and statistics. If the resolution of the final case is successfully completed then the student is finished and receives the M.B.A. degree. If a student has not successfully resolved the questions in this case, remediation is required. The student will be sent to the Director of the Program for appropriate assistance and then repeat the final class in its entirety to achieve the total requirements to receive the M.B.A.
Student Learning Outcomes
Graduates enrolled in the M.B.A. in Entrepreneurial Thinking and Innovative Practices program are expected to demonstrate achievement in all areas of the program. Specifically, graduates in the M.B.A. program are expected to be able to:
- Demonstrate an understanding of the foundations of communication theory and demonstrate a proficiency in written communication, as well as interpersonal and group/team behavior.
- Articulate an understanding of concepts and practices of entrepreneurship and innovation as applied to corporate, nonprofit, and small business organization.
- Explain the key managerial, functional, operational, and technical aspects of organizational processes, and using entrepreneurial thinking and innovative practices, demonstrate an ability to identify and solve problems in those areas.
- Design, conduct, summarize, and evaluate qualitative and quantitative research results for the purpose of identifying strengths, weaknesses, opportunities, and threats related to organizational strategy.