Master of Business Administration (MBA)
The Master of Business Administration (MBA) program plays an important role in implementing Concordia’s mission of preparing leaders for the transformation of society – an increasingly globalized society in need of ethical and effective leaders for business and management. Accordingly, Concordia MBA students are encouraged to appreciate diversity and develop a multicultural management perspective. They are challenged to find and follow their passion, to forge meaningful connections and apply their talents to benefit their organizations, their communities and the natural environment.
Concordia University’s MBA is a 38 semester-hour graduate degree that offers business and management experiences in the areas of Health Care Administration, General Business, Leadership and Management, Project Management, Professional Practice, and Finance. Research projects, internships, and thesis options are available. Pursuing this degree will give students the opportunity to strengthen existing skills, broaden knowledge of management techniques, think creatively and globally, and test values and ethics. The entire program can be completed in 18-24 months. The MBA Core classes are offered in two different formats: one night per week or online.
The Concordia MBA curriculum emphasizes reality through case-based learning, and simulates on-the-job experience as closely as possible.
Case-based instruction is an intense process where students and faculty interact and learn from each other. The cases themselves are first-hand accounts of actual management situations. Analytics are stressed. Problems span such areas as operating policies, accounting methods, marketing techniques, and management styles. Students are asked to take the positions of managers, perform analyses, and recommend courses of action.
The goals of the MBA program are designed to help MBA students further develop their personal, professional, and analytical skills and abilities.
Upon program completion, MBA candidates will demonstrate:
- an extended knowledge base for their field,
- the ability to foster diversity and a multicultural perspective in business,
- an ability to drive and foster change and innovation,
- a honed sense of ethical values, living lives of service, and understanding of the law as they relate to society and organizations,
- critical thinking and well-developed analytical and decision making skills,
- refined management and leadership capabilities,
- advanced use of information technology, and
- highly effective communication skills.
Admission to the Master of Business Administration program is based on work history, evidence of managerial proficiency, academic ability, and leadership potential. Minimum requirements for MBA program admission include the following:
- a bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited college or university,
- an undergraduate GPA of 3.0 or better in the student’s last 60 semester credits of undergraduate or graduate college coursework, and
- professional or managerial experience (two or more years is required).
Applicants who fall below the minimum requirements may be considered for conditional admission. Such applicants may be required to submit additional materials for evaluation, including letters of recommendation and/or GMAT/GRE/BCTST test results.
The following items are required for a complete application. Contact the Office of Admission for application deadlines.
- A completed Master of Business Administration application (available at www.concordiamba.com)
- A written narrative statement that presents relevant information about previous experiences, explains professional interests and career goals, and discusses reasons for wanting to obtain the MBA degree from Concordia University-Portland
- A résumé that provides a history of professional experience, including both salaried and volunteer positions. Two or more years of professional work experience is required.
- Proof of completion of bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited institution. Submit an official transcript from the institution from which you have earned a bachelor’s, or higher, degree. Records should be sent directly to Concordia University's Office of Admission. You may submit a Transcript Release Form to authorize Concordia University's Office of Admission to request official transcripts on your behalf. This is available only to U.S. residents for transfer consideration from U.S. colleges and universities.
- An interview (required)
International applicants should also refer to the International Student Checklist for additional requirements. International applications are required to take the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL), SAT/ACT, International English Language Testing Systems (IELTS), Michigan English Language Institute College English Test (MELICET), or have ELS Language Centers course 112 proficiency and passed the ELS Language Centers language test. The minimum passing score on these tests is:
- TOEFL: internet-based test (iBT) = 80+; paper-based test (PBT) = 550+
- IELTS: 6.5+
- Combined MELICET: 79+
Credit Transfer Policy
The School of Management will evaluate proposed MBA transfer work according to the following requirements:
- No more than 12 semester transfer hours may be accepted
- Credits must be from a regionally-accredited Institution. Credits from a nationally-accredited program approved through the U.S. Department of Education will be evaluated on a case by case basis.
- 80% course equivalency as determined by the School of Management
- Earned final grade of B or higher in each course
- Course limit of 7 years of age. Courses older than 7 years may be evaluated on a case by case basis.
- Students will generally complete the following MBA requirements at Concordia University:
In order to graduate from the Master of Business Administration (MBA) program at Concordia University-Portland, the following requirements must be met:
- Completion of an Application for Graduation per the instructions listed at http://www.cu-portland.edu/academics/registrar/commencement/applying-graduation
- Successful completion of a minimum of 38 semester hours
- Successful completion of all required courses
- At least:
- No more than 12 semester transfer hours were accepted
- A 3.0 cumulative GPA has been earned
- All required courses have been completed with a grade of "C" or better
- No grade below a “C” will be accepted in a course that counts toward completion of the program. Students who receive a “C-”or lower in a required course must retake the course and earn a “C” or higher for the course to count toward completion of the degree.
Special Offering of the School of Management
3+1 JD to MBA
The 3+1 JD to MBA program reflects an explicit partnership between the Boise Law School and the Concordia Portland School of Management. Students will complete the Concordia J.D. in 3 years, consistent with ABA requirements. After successful completion of the J.D. degree, students can begin the accelerated (1-year, 19 remaining credit) MBA the next Fall term. Up to 19 credits of MBA requirements can be met by approved LAW course substitutions, as outlined below. Students can apply to the 3+1 JD to MBA program directly at the time of applying to the Concordia Law School or any time during their course of study in the Law School. Satisfactory academic standing the in the J.D. program and the earned J.D. degree are required for acceptance into the MBA program. No MBA classes may be taken concurrent with J.D. courses. Only LAW courses with a grade of 2.0 or higher may be applied as substitutes. Students completing a J.D. degree at law school other than Concordia-Portland may be reviewed on a case by case basis to determine if an accelerated Concordia MBA pathway is feasible. Specific curriculum from the incoming law program would need to be evaluated by the Dean of the School of Management.
|MBA 502||FINANCIAL REPORTING AND CONTROL||3|
|MBA 503||LEADING ORGANIZATIONAL CHANGE||3|
|MBA 507||COMPETITION AND STRATEGY||3|
|Four credits-LAW Externships, Clinics, Practicums, or other Experiential Courses|
|LEGAL RESEARCH AND WRITING I|
|LEGAL RESEARCH AND WRITING II|
|Nine credits from:|
|CONTRACTS II INTERPRETATION, PERFORMANCE AND ENFORCEMENT|
|FEDERAL INCOME TAX|
|U.C.C. ARTICLE 9: SECURED TRANSACTIONS|
|EMPLOYMENT AND LABOR LAW|
|REAL ESTATE TRANSACTIONS|
|WILLS, TRUSTS, AND ESTATES|
|WORKERS' COMPENSATION LAW|
MBA Completion Requirements
The Master of Business Administration (MBA) program consists of 38 semester credits of work. Nine core courses make up 29 credits. The students then complete the additional nine credits in a professional concentration area (for example healthcare or finance), or thesis/internship, or research project. To graduate, a student must have a minimum of a 3.00 cumulative GPA, and an end-of-course assessment test is also required. MBA core courses provide the foundational knowledge necessary for graduate-level work and integrate various business disciplines using case study methodology.
Students complete nine credits in a concentration in one or more of the following professional areas:
- General Business
- Health Care Administration
- Leadership and Management
- Professional Practice
- Project Management
MBA Core Requirements – 29 credits
|MBA 502||FINANCIAL REPORTING AND CONTROL||3|
|MBA 503||LEADING ORGANIZATIONAL CHANGE||3|
|MBA 506||BUSINESS, GOVERNMENT AND INTERNATIONAL ECONOMY||3|
|MBA 507||COMPETITION AND STRATEGY||3|
|MBA 515||RESEARCH AND ANALYTICS FOR BUSINESS DECISIONS||3|
|MBA 598||INDEPENDENT CAPSTONE PROJECT (May be taken in one semester [4 credits] or across two semesters [2 credits in each semester])||4|
|or MBA 509||STRUCTURED CAPSTONE PROJECT|
Concentrations – 9 credits
|MBA 572||ENTREPRENEURIAL FINANCE||3|
|MBA 573||ADVANCED TOPICS IN CORPORATE FINANCE||3|
|MBA 555||RISK ASSESSMENT||3|
|General Business 2|
|Any nine MBA credits||9|
|Healthcare Administration 1|
|MBA 511||HEALTH ADMINISTRATION LAW AND ETHICS||3|
|MBA 521||QUALITY AND INFORMATION MANAGEMENT||3|
|MBA 581||MANAGED CARE SYSTEMS, INSURANCE AND REGULATIONS||3|
|Leadership and Management 1|
|Six of the nine credits must be selected from the following:|
|MBA 510||STRATEGIC HUMAN RESOURCE MANAGEMENT||3|
|MBA 512||MANAGING PROJECTS||3|
|MBA 586||STRATEGIC ISSUES INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS||3|
|Students with an earned graduate-level professional degree or certificate may transfer nine credits to concentration. See SOM transfer policy for further details.||9|
|Project Management 3|
|MBA 512||MANAGING PROJECTS||3|
|MBA 522||MANAGING PROJECT RESOURCES AND TEAMS||3|
|MBA 532||PROJECT MONITORING AND CONTROL||3|
In the following concentrations: Finance, Healthcare Administration, and Leadership & Management, students can apply up to three credits of MBA seminars or MBA 599 INTERNSHIP (3) toward the nine credit requirement.
In the General Business concentration, students may take all nine credits in any combination of the following: MBA 599 INTERNSHIP course, MBA seminars, or any other course offered in the other MBA concentrations.
In the Project Management concentration all three courses must be completed, in order, with no substitutions.
MBA 501 FOUNDATIONS Credits: 4
This course introduces graduate students to the fundamental skills necessary for success in Concordia's MBA program along with an orientation to the MBA program. Students are introduced to the case study methodology and case discussion as fundamental concepts for graduate management education that is defined as a blend of professional experience, insight and analysis. Students are acquainted with structured analysis techniques that translate a theoretical perspective to develop analytical frameworks in which key factors delineate the issues of the case. Students learn to gather, compare and interpret relevant data, and propose solutions or make decisions based on the analysis conducted. This course enables students to perform financial analysis and interpret financial statements, analyze business problems and issues, develop perspectives on the case issues, and engage classmates to meaningfully advance the case discussion process. Students must earn a grade of B or better in order to move on in the MBA program.
MBA 502 FINANCIAL REPORTING AND CONTROL Credits: 3
Accounting is the primary channel for conveying information about the economics of any business. Managers must understand the concepts of accounting in order to use it effectively for monitoring and resource allocation. This is not a comprehensive accounting course. Rather, it provides a broad view of how accounting contributes to an organization and how managers can make best use of accountants, accounting information, records and systems as internal resources. By mastering the vocabulary of financial statements, students see how managers communicate with one another and other audiences.
MBA 503 LEADING ORGANIZATIONAL CHANGE Credits: 3
This course explores the theories and practices necessary to the leadership of organizational change. Today’s organizations are faced with the challenge of differentiating themselves in order to gain and sustain a competitive advantage through constant change, adaptation, and innovation. This course will emphasize the flexibility needed by contemporary organizations, with resources and activities relating to organizational diagnosis and assessment, change and transition management, and leadership strategies necessary to optimize organizational performance. Human motivation, organizational design, organizational culture, and other implications of organizational change management will also be investigated. By the end of this course, students will be equipped with tools they can use to understand organizational behavior, assess readiness for change, and design change management initiatives.
MBA 504 MARKETING Credits: 3
Customer orientation is an essential driving force behind any successful business.This course demonstrates the role of marketing in the company, explores the relationship of marketing to other functions, and helps students learn to make marketing decisions in the context of general management. The course shows how effective marketing builds on an understanding of buyer behavior. Students learn how to control the elements of the marketing mix (including: product policy, pricing, channels of distribution and promotion) to satisfy customer needs profitably. Students use this knowledge in a case that deals with managing a brand. The course culminates in examination of the evolution of marketing, focusing on opportunities presented by the Internet.
MBA 506 BUSINESS, GOVERNMENT AND INTERNATIONAL ECONOMY Credits: 3
How does a country look when analyzed like a company? This course takes a conceptual approach to analysis of national and international economic decision-making. It provides students with management frameworks and analytical formulae for understanding the economic strategies of diverse countries. Tools for studying the economic background of business are introduced, including national income and balance of payment accounting, exchange rate theory, financial and monetary policy, institutions, and political regimes. Gains and problems from regional and global integration, international trade, foreign direct investment, portfolio capital flows, and environmental issues are explored.
MBA 507 COMPETITION AND STRATEGY Credits: 3
To be successful, a firm must create and sustain competitive advantage and understand the environment in which it operates. Not all industries offer equal opportunities for continuing profitability, and individual industry structures evolve over time. A company gains position when the configuration of its product mix and functional activities generates superior value for customers. This course helps students develop skills for formulating strategy through in-depth, value-based analysis of industries and competitors. Particular attention is paid to topics of positioning, comparative costs, and issues such as cannibalization, network externalities, and globalization.
MBA 508 FINANCE Credits: 3
How does a company ensure that it has enough money to operate and grow? How do managers make good investment and financing decisions? This course examines the role of finance in marketing, production, and other functional areas of a firm, while fostering an understanding of how financial decisions themselves can create value. Through case studies, lectures and reading, students learn the basic analytical skills and value-based principles of corporate finance. Modern capital markets and financial institutions are introduced. Standard analysis techniques such as capital budgeting, pro forma statements, ratio analysis, discounted cash, flow valuation, and risk analysis are developed. Sources and forms of external financing are covered, along with trends and changes in financial markets.
MBA 509 STRUCTURED CAPSTONE PROJECT Credits: 4
Develops skills required to recognize entrepreneurial opportunities and to manage organizations undergoing change. Cases are used to highlight a range of ventures, including low- and high-tech companies as well as profit-making and not-for-profit organizations. Concepts from other required courses also are incorporated. Often augmented by classroom visits or videos of the people involved, cases address how to obtain human and financial capital, suppliers, vendors, and
customers. Issues of recruiting, hiring, training, motivating, and rewarding employees are also highlighted. Finally, various financing sources are discussed, and students are introduced to situations where entrepreneurs are structuring deals with these sources of capital.
MBA 510 STRATEGIC HUMAN RESOURCE MANAGEMENT Credits: 3
This course focuses on aspects of human resource management and development in the global environment, with the goal of equipping students to design human resource strategies for innovative organizations committed to acquiring, retaining, developing, and optimizing talent. The course will focus on how to leverage human capital in an era of organizational transformation and competitive pressure. Changes in technology, global competition, and public policy on workforce issues will be considered. The course will include activities relating to overall talent management in today’s knowledge economy, including resourcing models, engagement and retention, training and development, performance management, and organizational learning. Further, implications such as variances in localization and globalization, as they relate to high performance organizations, will be investigated.
MBA 511 HEALTH ADMINISTRATION LAW AND ETHICS Credits: 3
This course presents an overview of legal and ethical issues facing managers and providers in health care. It provides a foundation in health law and ethics and reviews a wide variety of health care legal and ethical situations and cases. Students will be provided with practical knowledge of the legal system and foundational and historic descriptions of ethical schools of thought. Students will address management ideas, theories, and complex applications of health care law and ethics in the modern health care industry.
MBA 512 MANAGING PROJECTS Credits: 3
This course focuses on the management of projects, which is one of the major growth areas in the field of managment. This important discipline makes it possible to achieve organizational goals in a broad array of fields within the private, public, and non-profit sectors in today's complex, global, highly competitive and increasingly virtual environment. This course will provide students with a deep understanding of project managment by introducing the processes and knowledge areas recommended by the Project Management Institute for effective initiation, planning, execution, monitoring and control, and closure of projects. In this course students will be exposed to a range of applications and will have the opportunity to develop a project with the associated artifacts essential to support each project phase.
MBA 513 LEADERSHIP Credits: 3
Leadership in today’s complex, global, highly competitive, and increasingly virtual environment requires authentic, visionary, ethical, and transformational leadership from a leader humble enough to become a servant to others. This course will include a survey of popular leadership theories and models, with a focus on integrating best practices into a values-based leadership commitment that is aligned to each student’s personal style and professional environment. Ethics and moral decision-making in organizational settings will provide the framework for this course, which will include an examination of historical and contemporary research and theory. Students will be granted an opportunity to develop their personal identity as a leader who makes values-based responses to ethical dilemmas in a business and organizational environment.
MBA 515 RESEARCH AND ANALYTICS FOR BUSINESS DECISIONS Credits: 3
This course prepares students to be more effective users of quantitative information and better researchers and decision makers. Coursework emphasizes problem formulation, the need for information to support decision making, business research techniques, and data analysis, presentation, and interpretation. In-depth review of predictive analytics and the emergence of data mining techniques to support business decision making.
MBA 521 QUALITY AND INFORMATION MANAGEMENT Credits: 3
This course covers the issues of information management, measurement and improvement of the equality of health care. It will examine the strategies for assessing and assuring quality of care in the U.S. health care system. It includes an examination of the meaningful use of electronic records in assessing and improving health quality. Students will learn about strategies for improving the quality of care through the use of information systems.
MBA 522 MANAGING PROJECT RESOURCES AND TEAMS Credits: 3
Focuses on the Executing process group within the Project management Body of Knowledge (PMBOK) to include human resource, communication, and stakeholder management. Emphasis on the competencies required to lead projects using global teams during the execution phase. In-depth review of PMP and CAPM exam requirements.
Prerequisites: MBA 512.
MBA 532 PROJECT MONITORING AND CONTROL Credits: 3
Focuses on the Monitoring and Control process group within the Project management Body of Knowledge (PMBOK) to include scope, time cost, quality, and risk management practices. Advanced scheduling and budgeting processes, project schedule and cost control techniques, quality and risk management will also be addressed. In-depth review of PMP and CAPM exam requirements.
Prerequisites: MBA 512 with a C+ or higher.
MBA 533 CORPORATE RESTRUCTURING AND REVITALIZATION Credit: 1
Corporate restructuring is a process to revitalize and to increase the value of a business by redesigning the organization and the relationships between all business functions. This seminar explores the entire corporate restructuring process and how to manage change in a challenging business environment. It provides glimpses into the dynamic process of corporate restrcturing to help deepen the students' understanding of successful and failed business practices. Students will look into successful restructuring leadership styles and corporate implementation tactics, and will understand the basic strategic, organizational structure, financial analysis and reformation, competitive factors, and human capital aspects of a successful restructuring. The importance of correct product sales, margins and pricing, purchasing and inventory levels, traffic and distribution and accounts payable and receivable methods will also be discussed as well.
MBA 534 OPEN INNOVATION Credit: 1
The Open Innovation Seminar will consider the fundamentals and applications of a business model that calls a company to use both internal and external ideas to move products and product development forward. A combination of published papers, online videos, and case studies are provided to offer students a broad view of subject definition and application. We will examine the pros and cons associated with the shared risk and reward philosophies incumbent with open innovation and will look specifically at collaborative innovation, crowd sourcing, new product development, and open market innovation. As the seminar progresses, you will consider the application of this patadigm to judge where it should be used and where it might be best to employ other methods. This seminar will enable students to judge the appropriateness of open innovation and apply their learnings to business opportunities.
MBA 535 SCENARIO AND CONTINGENCY PLANNING Credit: 1
Business seminars focus on today’s business community and development of business technology skills. They may include (but are not limited to) such topics as marketing solutions, the multi-cultural workforce, interviewing techniques, and conflict resolution. The Scenario and Contingency Planning Seminar will consider the fundamentals and applications of a business tool that guides companies in the visualization and planning for a variety of future what if events. Scenario Planning allows managers to explore and prepare for several alternative futures. It examines the possible outcomes and reactions to various changes in operating strategies, economic, and environmental conditions. As the seminar progresses, students will consider the application of contingency planning and judge the extent to which the process should be applied. This seminar will equip students with the basic knowledge required to apply contingency planning in business settings.
MBA 536 ZERO-BASED BUDGETING AND VALUE-FORECASTING Credit: 1
This seminar explores four methods of budgetary control; zero-based, performance based, activity based and the utilization of all these three methods in a more holistic approach to budgetary controls that also factors in value forecasting. Importantly this seminar will introduce to students how to manage the budgetary process in a challenging business environment that both holds accountable and rewards managers and employees at the same time. Practical textbook readings and seminar discussions will provide students an in-depth understanding into the dynamic process of budgeting and forecasting and how these tools help improve corporate performance from both a revenue growth and profitability perspective. Financial modeling is demonstrated as the most practical and successful method in improving budgeting and forecasting success through creative management accounting structures using various profit and cost center alignments. Lastly, this seminar will explore the necessity of merging the budgetary and forecasting process into both an accounting and operational exercise, including the budgetary input from all functional managers.
MBA 555 RISK ASSESSMENT Credits: 3
This course is designed as a hand-on introduction to risk analysis or the systematic evaluation of decision problems involving uncertainty. It is intended to enhance the student's ability to solve complex management problems and to make decisions under conditions of uncertainty, competing objectives, and complicated constraints through the use of formal modeling and quantitative analysis techniques.
MBA 572 ENTREPRENEURIAL FINANCE Credits: 3
This course examines financing options available to an entrepreneurial venture as well as the financial management, resource development and organizational structures for the emerging small or family business. Financing sources follow the life cycle of the business from start-up through angel investors, venture capital, bank lending, government programs, asset based lending, and franchising to the initial public offering (IPO). The focus is on methods of valuation and negotiation strategies used in entrepreneurial finance. Students should possess proficiency in finance.
MBA 573 ADVANCED TOPICS IN CORPORATE FINANCE Credits: 3
This course considers finance from a CFO’s perspective. Students will be exposed to complex financial problems and situations, and discover sophisticated financial constructs, tools and techniques needed to make effective financial management decisions, minimize risk and maximize returns in spite of uncertainty and complexity. Some of the concepts associated with the course include but are not limited to capital budgeting, debt and equity management, cash flow analysis, relationship between risk and return, financial leverage, corporate valuation, earnings distribution, mergers and acquisitions, investment banking and IPO’s.
MBA 581 MANAGED CARE SYSTEMS, INSURANCE AND REGULATIONS Credits: 3
This course provides a broad overview of the key elements of health insurance and managed health care in order to meet the need of health care administrators. It covers an understanding of the payer environment including operations, legal requirements, and constraints of the health care system. The course will address the state and legal and regulatory foundations of insurance and managed health care.
MBA 586 STRATEGIC ISSUES INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS Credits: 3
Competing in today’s complex, global, highly competitive, and increasingly virtual market environment requires acute awareness of major forces, trends, developments, regulations, challenges and players affecting international business. The course thus focuses upon the strategic implications resulting from involvement in global commerce. A broad array of topics such as the competitive advantage of nations and organizations, the globalization of labor and market, differences in political economy, innovation, supply chain management, cross-cultural communication, corporate social responsibility, and various understanding of ethics, leadership and management will be researched and discussed.
MBA 587 ASIAN BUSINESS:CHINA Credits: 3
This course provides a foundation for MBA students to understand China, and to focus on practical issues encountered by U.S. managers doing business in and with the world's most populous nation. Students will study the economic, demographic, cultural and political factors and forces that define the Chinese business environment. In addition, attention will be given to milestones in China's history, to key features of the country's geography, to the Chinese government's globalization strategies, and to emerging trends in Chinese buying behavior.
MBA 589 INTERNATIONAL FIELD PRACTICUM Credits: 3
This course is designed to provide students with an opportunity to identify and research in person topics of concern to international business. The class will be held while traveling to an international destination during the summer term, each year. Through field observation, organizational tours (e.g., factory visits, etc.) and interaction with local business people, social leaders, government officials and other citizens, students will have the opportunity to conduct exploratory and descriptive research to identify and reflect upon factors affecting the conduct of international business. Particular emphasis will be placed upon the managerial consequences resulting from societal, political, economic and cross-cultural differences.
MBA 597E EXPERIMENTAL COURSE Credits: 3
Experimental course option varies by term. Please see academic department for course description.
MBA 598 INDEPENDENT CAPSTONE PROJECT Credits: 2,4
This capstone course allows students to research and create a business plan or conduct a major feasibility study for a firm. This course serves as an integrative, hands-on learning experience using the analysis, management and planning tools gained during the program resulting in a major paper. Can be combined with MBA 599.
Prerequisites: Completion of a minimum of 18 credits of the MBA core courses. Other courses in statistics and/or research design are required if completing the Research Thesis option.
MBA 599 INTERNSHIP Credits: 1-6
The internship option provides an executive/project management experience in a local business/corporation arranged in discussion with an advisor. Can be combined with MBA 598.