Curriculum

The structure of La Salle’s MBA program is composed of six sections: Basic Skills, Foundation, Core, Specialization and Electives, Executive Perspectives, and the Integrative Capstone. Students must complete between 33 and 48 credits (plus any of the Basic Skills courses) 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 and professional background.

Basic Skills

In order to succeed in business, individuals must first possess three basic skills: communication, computer, and quantitative abilities. Since La Salle’s MBA program attracts individuals with a wide variety of academic backgrounds and professional experiences, the following three courses (one credit each) may be required:

  • MBA 501 The Executive Communicator: Presentation Module
  • MBA 502 Computer Literacy for the Contemporary Business Environment
  • MBA 503 Mathematical Methods Module

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 leaders 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

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. Not all specializations are offered at all locations. Specialization offerings are determined by student interests at each location.

  • Accounting
  • Business Systems and Analytics
  • Finance
  • General Business Administration
  • Human Resource Management
  • International Business
  • Management
  • Marketing

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, it is recommended that students meet with an adviser to discuss what would be required to complete such a program.

Executive Perspectives

The following three courses (three credits each) 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 810 Self-Assessment for Leadership
  • MBA 820 Information Technology for Decision Making
  • MBA 830 Financial Statement Analysis

Integrative Capstone

The following two-course sequence (three credits each) is taken in the last two semesters of the student’s program. These two courses are completed as a cohort group and provide 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