Academics

MBA in Leadership and Change Management

Were you born to lead? The current economic environment requires successful businesses to use resources creatively and effectively. There is an increasing need for leaders who can transform an organization in order to adapt to changing environments and changing consumer needs. Many businesses prefer those who maintain great leadership skills and have the ability to adapt to a changing environment.

An MBA with a concentration in leadership and change management will provide the business fundamentals you need to advance your career, with a focus on leading people and organizations.

This program will prepare you for a wide range of management positions and industries.

Program Profile

Length and Format: 
Students can choose from the following class formats:

  • Part-time (in the classroom), two years
  • Online, two years

Course Schedule

  • Part-time: Classes meet Wednesday evenings from 6:00 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. Students take one class at a time for eight-week terms.
  • Online: Students complete all coursework and discussions online. Students take one class at a time for eight-week terms.

Tuition

  • MBA courses are $699 per credit hour. Most courses are worth three credits. Thirty-nine credits are required to complete the MBA program. Payment is due at the start of each term. Financial aid is available.

Curriculum

Our unique cohort system groups students together throughout their educational experience. You will complete the program one class at a time, in a pre-determined sequence.

Total Credit Hours: 39

Core Courses: These classes are available in the classroom or online.

  • Global Managerial and Organizational Behavior: Examine interpersonal behavior related to organizational performance. Behavioral science motivation, social perception, group decision making, ethical leadership and multicultural behavior.
  • Financial Accounting and Analysis: Introduction of key financial accounting concepts. Analysis of a firm’s historical, current and prospective financial condition and performance. Emphasis on investment and credit decision.
  • Marketing Design and Strategy: Developing and evaluating brand strategies over the life of the product. Strategies for introducing brands and reviving brands. Includes basic marketing principles of product, price, promotion, environment and customer.
  • Managerial Economics: Focus on basic microeconomic principles of the firm and relevance in business decisions. Covers supply and demand and its relationship to market outcomes and economic determinants of consumption, savings, and labor behavior.
  • Seminar in Descriptive Statistics: Basic statistical concepts and analytical tools for data driven decision making. Introduction to concepts of frequency, distribution, variation and normal curve correlations with application to business decisions.
  • Ethical Strategic Leadership: Decision making, negotiations and ethics. Cultural impact on management strategy. Create value, motivate resources, leading and creating high performance teams. Integrating performance across business units.
  • Macroeconomic Analysis: Focus on creation of money, function and roles of financial institutions, fiscal and monetary policy and the Federal Reserve system. Covers economic theory of financial markets and impact of government policies, determinants of national income, employment, investment, interest rates, inflation and exchange rates.
  • Management of Human Resources: Analyze policies in human resource management and organizational design, recruitment, selection hiring, development promotion and incentive based pay.
  • Operations Management: Concentrates on strategic decisions surrounding the production and delivery of goods and services. Value-added activities that transform resources into product. Covers process analysis, quality, inventory control, capacity planning and location decisions.

Concentration Courses: These classes are available online only.

  • The Leader as Trainer, Mentor and Coach: Best practices in training, coaching and mentoring as a means of creating and sustaining organization culture and climate.
  • Leader Development - Cultivating, Sustaining and Renewing the Organization: The leader as the lead learner in the organizational and personnel development, leadership legacy and professional renewal initiatives.
  • Leadership Communication and Decision Making: Effective communication skill sets and competencies used in organizational communication and decision-making in global, real-world and virtual environments.
  • Agents of Change: The roles and processes in organizational intervention in relation to organizational culture, climate, communication, mental models, constructivism, diagnostic interaction, change theories.
  • Capstone Experience: This class is designed to integrate the knowledge and skills gained from the MBA program and apply them in a real world business environment. Students will learn how to use teamwork to develop a business plan and solve authentic business challenges.

Student Experience

Cohort Format

Our unique cohort system groups students together throughout their educational experience. You will complete the program in a predetermined sequence. This collaborative environment accelerates learning and builds strong peer relationships that last a lifetime. We also host occasional networking events for our MBAs, which allows them to interact with other cohorts and alumni.

Class Size

  • Average class size: 15
  • Maximum class size: 25 (15 online)

In the Classroom

  • We facilitate a close working relationship between students and faculty. 
  • Group work is often part of the curriculum, which helps prepare students to work collaboratively in the business world. 
  • Student discussion is encouraged as the MBAs learn from each other’s diverse backgrounds.

Project Work

At the end of the program, students will complete a capstone course. This class integrates the knowledge and skills gained from the MBA courses and applies them to a real business environment. Students will work as a team to solve an authentic business challenge.

On-campus Environment

  • Study areas: There are various places around campus for group meetings or studying.
  • Wifi: Classrooms and study areas are wifi accessible.
  • Information Technology Services: Our technology staff provides personal attention and prompt care for software, hardware and networking needs.
  • Print Services: Exists to serve students, faculty and staff with their printing and copying needs.
  • Gymnasium, tennis courts, running track and workout facilities: All students have access to on-campus workout facilities.
  • Restaurants: There is a full-service cafeteria available to students as well as a grab-n-go café.
  • Vibrant community: The River Forest and Oak Park area is a lively community filled with restaurants, retail stores, museums and other attractions.
  • Transportation: The Concordia-Chicago campus is accessible via the CTA’s green line train and is minutes from I-290.

MBA Application Deadlines

August 8, 2014: Fall Term (classes begin August 25, 2014)

December 12, 2014: Spring Term (classes begin January 12, 2015)

No Application Fee. No GMAT Required.

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