Master of Business Administration
The Graham School of Management's Master of Business Administration provides graduate students with the knowledge and ethical training necessary to lead with confidence in the business industry. While the program incorporates an integrated curriculum that provides both practical application and foundation theory, students also gain experience through internship and mentorship opportunities as well as receive the guidance and support of expert faculty, GSM alumni and business leaders to help them succeed.
- Campus Location
- Chicago, Orland Park & Online
- Length of Program
- 6-12 terms
- Courses per Term
- Average of 2 courses
- Total Number of Courses
- 13 courses
All students in the Master of Business Administration (MBA) program will take nine core courses in management theory, business fundamentals and practical application in addition to four courses in their chosen concentration, totaling 13 courses for all MBA programs. These courses may be completed in online or in-class (hybrid) formats that are taught in an eight-week term. In order to complete in 24 months, you must take 2 courses each term (including summer) and one additional course during one of the terms. Please Note: If you need foundation courses, you may need to add an additional semester.
Business Program Options
The graduate concentration in finance is designed to provide practical graduate education in issues related to finance in various industries.
The need for financial fraud examiners is rapidly growing, largely due to new federal laws requiring auditors to take additional steps to identify fraud as well as new accounting standards regulated by the American Institute of CPAs since the Enron scandal.
Among other initiatives, the AICPA has teamed with the Association of Certified Fraud Examiners to encourage colleges and universities to develop financial fraud examination programs.
Completion of the MBA financial fraud examination and management assists students in meeting the educational and testing requirements of the certified fraud examiner (CFE) certification.
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The demand for accounting students who have a specialized qualification in fraud and forensic accounting has grown significantly and various studies indicate that the demand for well-trained fraud and forensic accountants will likely continue to grow.
The forensic and investigative accounting MBA concentration will not only prepare students for the Certified Fraud Examiner (CFE) certification, but will also assist students to complete the needed hours for the CPA. The Forensic and Investigative Accounting concentration gives our students another option in the field, compared with our Financial Fraud Examination and Management concentration.
The Master of Business Administration (MBA) with a generalist/individualized concentration is designed to allow students to customize a program by choosing any four courses from the other concentrations.
The program provides practical graduate education for those who wish to enhance their careers in a specific area of business. The core MBA courses, along with a coordinated sequence of concentration courses, provide both breadth and depth in issues related to management in various industries.
The Master of Business Administration (MBA) with a concentration in health administration is designed to provide you with a deep understanding of current U.S. healthcare reform issues now transforming all sectors of this industry.
Our primary goal is to transition graduate students into healthcare leaders who can effectively oversee team delivery of outstanding care across all outpatient, health system and community treatment centers. Across all graduate courses in this major, we develop leader competencies by directing your thinking from theory to actionable results using these instructional methods:
- Contemporary articles and media-rich presentations actively engage students to learn best practices that industry leaders implement to build success.
- We challenge students to develop complete plans where strategic concerns, process improvement and workforce-training needs are addressed to make optimal leadership decisions each day.
- Immersion into actual employer practice gives you experience in assisting organizations with updating strategic plans, performing market analysis, evaluating managed care contracts or refocusing goals to meet pediatric, adult and geriatric patient populations' health needs.
What skills will I gain as an MBA major in healthcare administration?
- Contemporary knowledge of the health care industry: You will learn about root causes for why our U.S. healthcare industry is now being reshaped to better address the controversy regarding health care cost and clinical outcomes compared to other major nations of the world.
- Data-driven decision-making: You will focus on most effective techniques to evaluate electronic medical records (EMRs), patient surveys, quality measure reports and financial data, using health care analytics tools that will support making the best leadership decisions.
- Ethical and legal responsibilities in a diverse world: You will study patient and family needs for special support considering cultural, ethnic, racial and age factors that must be given high priority when supplying personalized care.
- Professionalism: You will strengthen your communication skills and effectively present sensitive reports to key stakeholders and patients who need your support to cope with life-threatening health conditions.
Why should I study healthcare administration as my MBA major?
- Our graduate healthcare administration faculty are experienced professionals who have worked in challenging industry leadership roles. With their in-depth, first-hand knowledge, our faculty will offers you an excellent learning experience through mentorship and one-on-one advising.
- Our graduate health care students succeed through our continuous coaching, counseling and early intervention.
- Our entire graduate health care administration major program is built around exceeding your expectations so that you excel when working as a leader in the industry sector of your choice.
The concentration in management is designed to provide students with an in depth knowledge of issues and related organizational structure, personnel administration and operational productivity.
The concentration in marketing is designed to provide students with an in-depth knowledge of the marketing mix and strategic decision making in the marketing function.
The concentration in project management is designed to prepare new or aspiring project managers to oversee complex projects from the initial planning stages while balancing competing demands of time, cost and quality.
The Graham School of Management's coordinated sequence of graduate courses focuses on industry-standard processes to help successfully manage any type of project regardless of scope or industry. Students will practice these concepts in a project-based team environment.
For graduate students who do not have prior undergraduate business course experience, the foundation modules are required to give a basic understanding of business essentials. For more information, please review the foundation modules in the SXU Academic Catalog.
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