Master of Business Administration (M.B.A.) in Management

Not all programs are offered for completion at each campus or through Berkeley College Online®. Please review the academic program pages (https://berkeleycollege.edu/academics.htm) for information on where each program is offered. Additionally, all students may be required to take some courses at another campus or online.

This degree is designed to be completed in 2 years.

Core Courses

MBA5500 Essentials of Management 1

3 Credits

This course is a focused review of Management, Marketing, and Strategy, crucial to the advancement of knowledge within MBA curriculum at Berkeley College.  The course familiarizes students with graduate standards for learning and academic performance and enables continued academic success in the MBA program. 

MBA5505 Essentials of Management 2

3 Credits

This course is a focused review of Finance, Accounting & Economics, crucial to the advancement of knowledge within MBA curriculum at Berkeley College.  The course familiarizes students with graduate standards for learning and academic performance and enables continued academic success in the MBA program.

MBA6610 Operations Management

3 Credits

This course focuses on the business processes, procedures, and strategies used to transform various inputs into finished goods and services. The course consists of two main components: a body of knowledge component that is disseminated through the text and lecture material, and a critical thinking component that is acquired through case analysis, discussion, and project work. This course is designed for an intensive study of the strategy, design, and operation of productive systems. The course will use case methodology to study operations strategy, design and delivery, quality management, and operations planning and control.

Prerequisites: MBA5500 and MA5505

MBA6615 Organizational Behavior and Leadership

3 Credits

This course is designed to address how leadership impacts behavior in organizations and integrates the significant approaches to leadership, management theory, and organization behavior to shape organizational behavior and enhance organizational effectiveness. The focus is on understanding and influencing individual and group behavior, and aligning people behind a common vision or direction.

Prerequisites: MBA5500 and MA5505

MBA6620 Managerial Economics for Business Decision-Making

3 Credits

This course explores models of decision-making and the application of both micro and macroeconomic principles to business decision-making. The course has two parts: the first is focused on the study of markets and the application of marginal analysis and elasticity concepts to pricing, revenue, and profitability decisions. The second part is focused on relating general economic performance, government policies, and global market forces to the firm’s business strategy, demand and supply forecasting, and valuation of economic risks.

Prerequisites: MBA5500 and MA5505

MBA6625 Managerial Finance

3 Credits

Even when actions or decisions are not motivated by financial considerations, financial measures such as earnings per share, return on equity, and the debt-to-equity ratio have become the yardsticks by which business performance is measured. Through the extensive use of cases, the course will provide a conceptual foundation for analyzing a firm’s financial decisions and require students to make financial decisions in uncertain, real-world situations. It emphasizes modern finance theory and analytical tools, and uses them to analyze selected financial issues of the firm.

Prerequisites: MBA5500 and MA5505

MBA6630 Marketing Strategy in a Global Context

3 Credits

Extending the traditional marketing mix (product, price, place, promotion) to respond to global and technological opportunities and challenges, this course takes an innovative approach to the marketing function by developing strategic thinking along two lines – customer satisfaction and profitability. Through market analysis and research, students will develop a consumer mindset fundamental in the generation of successful segmentation, positioning, new product, and overall branding strategies. Through marketing analytics, students will develop a marketing return on investment mindset and learn how to evaluate the profitability of strategic options.

Prerequisites: MBA5500 and MA5505

MBA6635 Strategic Management of Technology

3 Credits

This course focuses on technology as a strategic weapon to enhance a business organization’s competitive advantage in the marketplace. Students will investigate frameworks for assessing a firm’s technological capabilities and capacity for innovation; explore the integration of technology with corporate and business strategy; evaluate technology as a means to drive change and knowledge diffusion throughout the organization; and probe how technology is used to control and manage a broad range of organizational functions and activities. 

Prerequisites: MBA5500 and MA5505

 MBA8810 M.B.A. Capstone

3 Credits 

Strategic management is concerned with managing the overall direction of organizations in an effort to develop insight into how firms achieve sustainable competitive advantage. The M.B.A. Capstone is an integrative course designed to capitalize on student knowledge of finance, organizational behavior, marketing, and other functional disciplines. This course encourages students to develop strategic insights through detailed analysis of external and internal environments, explores the role of strategic leadership in developing core values and assets that guide corporations in dynamic competitive markets, and introduces contemporary models and case analyses to build the student’s understanding of successful strategic decision-making.

Prerequisites: All core courses or approval of the Dean of the School of Graduate Studies

ELECTIVES 

MBA6640 Compensation and Employee Benefits

3 Credits

This course focuses on how managers can design compensation and benefit programs to attract, retain, and motivate qualified employees. We will examine the context of compensation practice, the criteria used to compensate employees, compensation system design issues, employee benefits, and contemporary challenges faced by human resource managers. The concept of using compensation as an effective competitive tool to attract the highestperforming human resources will be an underlying theme in the course. The course will also maintain a global focus on how common compensation and benefits policies vary around the world.

Prerequisites: MBA5500 and MA5505

MBA6641 Employee Recruitment and Selection

3 Credits

This course is designed for students who desire to understand and master the intricacies associated with the recruitment and selection of human resources. Concepts addressed include staffing plans, recruitment and selection theories and practices, validity and reliability in testing, legal and regulatory factors affecting selection practices, making employment offers, and practices to ensure equal employment opportunity and affirmative action. The role of employee recruitment and selection in achieving competitive advantage is thoroughly discussed.

Prerequisites: MBA5500 and MA5505

MBA6651 Health Care Systems and Environment

This course identifies and explains the essential elements of current health care systems with a focus on the relationships among each of the diverse components.  The scope of study will include acute care populations as well as extended life care facilities and specialized care for the physically and mentally challenged.  Course emphasis will be on the role of the health care manager in meeting the complex challenges that have resulted from rapid changes in the overall service delivery environment in health care.

Prerequisites: MBA5500 and MA5505 

MBA6652 Health Care Economics

This course presents an economic analysis of medical markets and the production of health services.  The flow of funds approach describes the incentives and organizational structure of the health care system.  Transactions between patients and physicians will be examined to see how profits are made, costs covered, contracts written [or implied] and regulations formed.  The consequences of exchanging services for money in a particular way is revealed by exploring the historical development of those distinctive features which characterize the industrial organization of health care: licensure, third party insurance, non-profit hospitals and government regulations.

Prerequisites: MBA5500 and MA5505

MBA6660 Financial Markets and Institutions

3 Credits

This course focuses on the role of financial institutions and markets in a changing global economy. Students will study the structure and operation of various financial institutions and their influence on liquidity and the availability of long-term capital. Students will also study the structure and functions of global financial markets.

Prerequisites: MBA5500 and MA5505

MBA6661 Managing in the Governmental and Non-profit Sectors

3 Credits

In this course we will explore the unique leadership skills, organizational attributes, environmental constraints, accountability, and ethical demands of working in the governmental and non-profit sectors. The trillion-dollar nonprofit sector includes education, research, healthcare, art, culture, religion, communications, social welfare and services, advocacy, legal services, international assistance, foundations, and professional and trade associations. Students will be challenged to assess their own theories of non-profit accountability and excellence while confronting critical issues facing the sector. Students will also explore the situational dynamics of working directly for government from the perspectives of accountability, public policy analysis techniques, intergovernmental relations, and leadership in conducting the people’s business.

Prerequisites: MBA5500 and MA5505

MBA6662 Project Management

3 Credits

Projects are major undertakings that have a limited duration and a finite completion point. As such, they require a unique approach to management and administration. This course covers designing, managing, and monitoring projects in organizations. The outcome of the course is an enhanced ability to identify requirements, necessary resources, and potential problems encountered while planning a project; to learn techniques designed to monitor projects; and best practices in keeping projects on time and within budget. The course examines the simultaneous management of multiple projects by an individual and the strategic orientation of senior management toward an organization’s portfolio of ongoing and potential projects.

Prerequisites: MBA5500 and MA5505

MBA6663 Entrepreneurship

3 Credits

This course explores the theoretical and practical aspects of conceptualizing, planning, and beginning a small business. Students engage in readings, assignments, and cases that aid in understanding the importance of human, financial, and technical factors in successful business start-up. These elements are addressed with the aims of marketplace survival and growth. Development of a viable business plan is the centerpiece for understanding the difficult and complex challenges faced by the aspiring business owner. Students are expected to conduct robust research, analyses, and planning, and be able to present their ideas concretely and convincingly.

Prerequisites: MBA5500 and MA5505

MBA6664 Negotiation and Conflict Management

3 Credits

This course links both the science and art of negotiation and conflict resolution, but it is more art than science. It will give you the opportunity to identify your strengths as a negotiator and work on your relative weaknesses. More fundamentally, the course will provide both a conceptual framework to diagnose problems and promote agreement in a range of settings in your professional and personal life.

Prerequisites: MBA5500 and MA5505

MBA7710 Globalization: Analysis and Response

3 Credits

Recognizing the reality that business is quickly transcending geographic borders, this survey course defines the factors of globalization and describes the unique environment within which managers must plan and make decisions. The class will explore contemporary trends in global management (such as outsourcing and offshoring), along with broader political, economic, and financial factors that come to bear on strategic choices. Students will not only gain an understanding of these factors, but will also learn how to best anticipate and respond to global challenges.

Prerequisites: MBA5500 and MA5505

MBA7715 Corporate Governance and Business Ethics

3 Credits

This course reviews the role of business in society, stakeholder relations, corporate responsibility, and corporate governance best practices. The course explores issues of the separation of ownership and control (owners vs. managers), shareholder advocacy, models of corporate governance, international corporate governance, and corporate social responsibility. It includes an intense study of how individual businesspeople express their values, leadership skills, and ethics through their business conduct – “Giving Voice to Values” – while practicing their profession. It adopts an integrative approach seeking to synthesize work learned in the M.B.A. foundation and core courses through the use of case studies.

Prerequisites: MBA5500 and MA5505

SAMPLE PROGRAM SEQUENCE