Curriculum

The structure of La Salle’s MBA program is composed of five sections:  Foundation, Core, Specialization and Electives, Executive Perspectives, and the Integrative Capstone. Students must complete between 34 and 49 credits to complete the MBA at La Salle University. The total amount of credits to fulfill the requirements of the MBA depends upon the student’s academic background.

Foundation

The purpose of the Foundation area of this program is to provide students with a functional knowledge of business theory in the context of decision-making and leadership skills. The following five courses (three credits each) are required but may be waived based on a student’s academic and professional background.

  • MBA 610 Business Economics
  • MBA 615 Financial Accounting: A Customer Focus
  • MBA 620 Statistical Thinking for Managers
  • MBA 625 Effective and Efficient Management of Operations
  • MBA 630 Financial Markets

The Core

The following three courses (three credits each) provide students with practical applications for business leadership in the areas of marketing, accounting, and financial management. Applying our analytical, problem-solving approach to business education, the courses in this area ensure comprehensiveness in the program of studies, expose the student to these areas at a more sophisticated level than most traditional MBA programs, and supply a conceptual framework for the analysis of management decision making.

  • MBA 690 Creating Customers Through Effective Marketing Management
  • MBA 691 Managerial Accounting for Decision Making, Planning, and Control
  • MBA 692 Financial Performance: Control and Measurement

 

Specialization and Electives

Students electing a specialization are required to complete three 700-level courses in one of the following areas plus one three-credit elective course in the 700 level.

  • Accounting
  • Finance
  • Management
  • Business Systems and Analytics
  • Marketing
  • General Business Administration

Those students who wish to design their own specialization may select the General Business Administration area. One must choose any three courses in the 700 level of the program. This option provides the most flexibility in creating an MBA program tailored to a student’s interests.

Students may elect to complete a dual-specialization as part of their MBA program. Since the variations are many, students meet with the Program Director  to discuss what would be required to complete such a program.

Executive Perspectives

The following four courses provide students with a greater understanding of what it means to lead ideas and people in an organization. Topics include assessing and developing one’s leadership skills, learning how to use technology for managing the vast array of information sources available, and making appropriate decisions and understanding how the financial outlook of an organization might be effected by such decisions.

  • MBA 811 Organizational Behavior
  • MBA 611 Professional Development Seminar
  • MBA 820 Information Technology for Decision Making
  • MBA 830 Financial Statement Analysis

Integrative Capstone

The following two-course sequence  provides the opportunity to integrate what has been learned in the core, specialization, and executive perspective areas while adding other content in business strategy, global perspectives, and ethical/legal dimensions necessary to succeed in the global business arena.

  • MBA 901 Competing in a Global Market I: Analysis of the Business Environment
  • MBA 902 Competing in a Global Market II: Analysis and Implementation of Strategy