The structure of La Salle's Full-Time MBA Program is composed of five areas: Foundation, Core, Specialization and Electives, Executive Perspectives, and the Integrative Capstone. Students must complete between 34 and 49 credits to complete the MBA degree at La Salle University. The total number of credits required depends upon the student’s academic background.
The purpose of the Foundation area 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 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 following courses (three credits each) provide students with practical applications for business leaders in the areas of marketing, accounting, and financial management:
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
Applying an 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
Specialization and Electives
All students select a specialization and are required to complete three 700-level courses in their specialization area. Students may select accounting, business systems and analytics, finance, management, marketing, or general business administration as their area of specialization.
Students who wish to design their own specialization select general business administration. 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 for a dual-specialization.
The following four courses (total 10 credits) provide students with a greater understanding of what it means to lead ideas and people in an organization:
MBA 811 Organizational Behavior
MBA 611 Professional Development
MBA 820 Information Technology for Decision Making
MBA 830 Financial Statement Analysis
Topics include assessing and developing one’s leadership skills, learning how to use technology for managing the vast array of information sources available, making appropriate decisions, and understanding how the financial outlook of an organization might be affected by such decisions
The following two courses are three credits each:
MBA 901 Competing in a Global Market: Analysis of the Business Environment
MBA 902 Competing in a Global Market: Analysis and Implementation of Strategy
Students complete them in sequence as a cohort. Doing so provides the opportunity to integrate what has been learned in the Core, Specialization, and Executive Perspective areas while adding a global perspective and the ethical dimension necessary to succeed in the global business arena.