MBA on a Mission!
Woodbury University’s Masters in Business Administration program gives working professionals the tools to advance their careers. We know you want a degree that gives you a competitive edge in the business world, yet doesn’t complicate your already busy life. Woodbury University is a newly accredited member of AACSB International – the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business. This means Woodbury’s business programs rank in the top five percent of global business institutions.
Woodbury is also fully accredited by WASC and ACBSP and offers you:
-Flexible, accelerated degree in evening and weekend formats
-World-class scholars, real world business leaders as professors
-A multi-generational learning environment that reflects the real world
-Professors who “live the teachings” and “lead by example”
-An alumni network that opens doors to business opportunities
The School of Business Mission:
Woodbury University’s School of Business cultivates the distinctive talents of each student to prepare future leaders of business who communicate effectively, act ethically, and think globally.
Woodbury’s intensive MBA program prepares business leaders to compete in a dynamic, global environment marked by rapid technological and social change. Whether you are looking to transition into a new industry, start your own business or further your career in your current field, an MBA from Woodbury gives you a competitive edge.
NEWS & EVENTS
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Woodbury University’s Andre van Niekerk published in Smart Business Magazine
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ProSeminar for the MBA Program
Fall 2014 ProSeminar for the MBA Program
This January, Woodbury students from the School of Business teamed up with the Filmmaking Department to reach a common goal: introducing AACSB International to all that is wonderful about Woodbury. Working together across disciplines, the students created a video to showcase the School of Business. As a result, Woodbury was awarded full accreditation. This type of transdisciplinarity is what Woodbury does best.
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Students emerge from Woodbury’s MBA program with the knowledge, tools, and networking skills necessary to build a successful career.
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Masters in Business Administration FACULTY
Woodbury University takes pride in its accomplished faculty and intimate, family-like atmosphere. In addition to teaching, our faculty continue to work as professionals in their fields, passing along the latest technology, trends, and strategies in the current market to WU students. We foster close mentoring relationships between faculty and student. Through this individual attention, we are able to know you as a person, and best help you find your path to success.
Program Schedule and Curriculum
Our Masters in Business Administration (MBA) curriculum is comprised of a sound foundation of functional skills in the areas of accounting, finance, economics, marketing, and IT. This knowledge base is further enhanced by a heavy dose of organizational behavior skills, including emotional intelligence, ethical leadership, and strategy. In addition, the MBA capstone provides a simulation of what it takes to run a multimillion-dollar company, focusing on finance, the cause and effect relationships between functional areas, satisfying customer demands, competitive analysis, leadership, management development, and team process skills.
Woodbury’s mix of talented MBA students provides a unique study team model which prepares you to engage in and listen to a broad spectrum of ideas and perspectives.
If you have a bachelor’s degree in a subject area other than business, Woodbury offers a series of preparatory courses to build your foundational skills, so you can undertake the core course work in the MBA degree program and finish in approximately 1 ½ years.
- MBA PREPARATION COURSES PMBA 501 Accounting PracticesThis is an accelerated course in principles and appli- cations of financial and managerial accounting. Topics include the study of generally accepted accounting principles necessary for financial reporting, and current techniques used by management for costing, pricing, and performance measurement. (Satisfies the CPC requirements for the subject area of Accounting).
- PMBA 502 Financial EconomicsThis course examines the managerial applications of the principles of economics and finance. Topics include fi- nancial institutions, credit instruments, investment and financing decisions, business cycles, and the theoretical analysis of economic behavior of the firm in the market place. (Satisfies the CPC requirements for the subject areas of Business Finance and Economics).
- PMBA 503 Legal and Ethical IssuesThis course explores the social and legal issues of business. The course addresses common legal issues faced by business managers. It also addresses certain ethical dilemmas that arise when balancing a manager’s individual values with those implicit in discharging man- agement’s obligations to various stakeholders. (Satisfies the CPC requirements for the subject areas of Business Ethics and Legal Environment of Business).
- PMBA 504 Global MarketingThis course explores the global dimensions of business and marketing strategy. In addition to introducing students to the fundamentals of marketing (such as product pricing and development), this course identifies and analyzes the global market environment in terms of the impact of culture on business practices. (Satisfies the CPC requirements for the subject areas of Market- ing and Global Dimensions of business).
- PMBA 505 Production, Operation, and System ManagementThis course studies the areas of industrial management and the management of information systems. Topics include quantitative techniques used in production planning and control, role of information as a strategic resource, and implementation and administration of management information systems. (Satisfies the CPC requirements for the subject areas of Production & Operations Management, Quantitative Techniques, and MIS).
- PMBA 506 Organizational Behavior and StrategyThis is a comprehensive course providing an overview of management strategy, Human Resources Manage- ment (HRM) and organization behavior. Topics include: management process of planning, staffing, organizing, directing and controlling; group and individual behavior models; motivation and leadership; and strategic man- agement process. (Satisfies the CPC requirements for the subject areas of Management, HRM, Organization Behavior, and Business Strategy).
- GRADUATE ACCOUNTING WMBA 501* Managerial AccountingThis course studies managers’ effective use of account- ing information in decision-making. Includes cost-vol- ume-profit relationships; the use of standard cost and flexible budget systems; cost reports; managerial control and performance evaluation. Lecture. Prerequisite: PMBA 501, or its equivalent, and graduate standing.
- WMBA 531 Governmental and Nonprofit AccountingThis course is designed to provide an understanding of the accounting concepts and procedures used in the operation of nonprofit entities (governments, hospitals, universities and others). Lecture. Prerequisite: PMBA 501, or its equivalent, and graduate standing.
- WMBA 548 Tax Theory and ApplicationThis course provides an analysis of the laws of taxation at the federal level, relative to corporations and their shareholders, capital assets, natural resources, real estate, and other topics of timely interest. Lecture. Prerequisite: PMBA 501, or its equivalent, and graduate standing.
- WMBA 550 Controllership AccountingThis course provides a comprehensive study of the development and application of accounting data for the purpose of planning and controlling business activities. Topics include various product costing systems, cost allocation methods, standard cost variances, operating budgets, capital investment budgets, pricing, internal audit and control. Lecture. Prerequisite: WMBA 501 or its equivalent, and graduate standing.
- GRADUATE INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY WMBA 509* Management of Information TechnologyThis course focuses on the role of information as a corporate resource, and its use in providing strategic advantage. Students will also study about the problems of aligning corporate IT and corporate goals, creating IT architectures and using IT to enable change in organi- zation. The case study method is used. This course is appropriate for both users of systems and providers of system support. Prerequisite: Computer literacy and graduate standing.
- GRADUATE ECONOMICS WMBA 503* Quantitative Methods for Business DecisionsThis course is an introduction to quantitative methods used in solving problems in accounting, economics, finance, management and marketing. Includes the fun- damentals of business mathematics, operations research modeling and statistical analysis. Lecture. Prerequisites: PMBA 502 and PMBA 505 or their equivalents, and graduate standing.
- WMBA 504* Managerial EconomicsThis course focuses on basic economic theory with applications to business and policy issues. Special attention to the major concepts and methods of analysis applied to aggregate micro- and macroeconomic activity is given. Lecture. Prerequisite: PMBA 502 or its equiva- lent and graduate standing.
- GRADUATE FINANCE WMBA 507* Managerial FinanceThis course explores the principles of finance and their application to typical financial problems of business enterprises. Emphasis is placed on the methods used by business managers to make investment, dividend and fi- nancing decisions. Lecture. Prerequisite: PMBA 501 and PMBA 502 or their equivalents and graduate standing.
- WMBA 519 Financial InstitutionsThis course studies financial policies and practices
of commercial banks, savings and loan associations, pension funds, insurance companies and other major financial institutions. Students will also look at the roles of these institutions in providing corporate funding through direct placement and as market intermediaries. Special emphasis is placed on the continuing impact of deregulation and reregulation on the financial services industry. Lecture. Prerequisite: WMBA 507 or its equiv- alent and graduate standing.
- WMBA 511 International FinanceThis course explores the international financing and investment decisions of multinational business orga- nizations and the international financial environment. Theories and techniques of international investment and financing are viewed within the context of differ- ent currencies; shifting exchange rates, different tax, legal and political environments. Lecture. Prerequisite: WMBA 507 or its equivalent and graduate standing.
- WMBA 512 Corporate FinanceThis is an intensive course in corporate finance. Em- phasis is placed on the development of objectives and standards that lead to the effective allocation and use of a business entity’s resources. Topics covered include financial statement analysis, cash budgeting, working capital management, capital budgeting, capital struc- ture and asset valuation. Students will also examine the interaction of investment and financing decisions and dividend policy. Lecture. Prerequisite: WMBA 507 or its equivalent and graduate standing.
- WMBA 514 Investment Analysis and Portfolio ManagementThis course focuses on the analytical methods and theory underlying the appraisal of stocks, bonds and other investment assets. Special attention is given to techniques of securities analysis and valuation based on financial statements, earnings projections and the value of capital of the firm. Topics also include general theo- ries of portfolio composition and performance. Lecture. Prerequisite: WMBA 507 or its equivalent and graduate standing.
- WMBA 515 Money and Capital MarketsThis course provides an analysis of the markets for financial assets, including the money market and various bond and stock markets. Topics include the level and structure of interest rates, the regulatory structure of financial markets, and the role of the Federal Reserve Board and financial institutions in determining and implementing monetary policy. Lecture. Prerequisite: WMBA 507or its equivalent and graduate standing.
- GRADUATE INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS WMBA 510* Management of Global EnterpriseThis course provides an exploration of the international business management issues providing a broad, multi- disciplinary awareness of global business management trends and practices, especially the impact of culture on business. Topics include global economic institutions, cross-cultural management, international managerial negotiations, and business management practices in the emerging global markets. Prerequisite: PMBA 504 or its equivalent and graduate standing.
- WMBA 518 International MarketingThis course examines the development of internation- al marketing programs from determining objectives and evaluating international market opportunities to coordinating strategies in the world market. Lecture. Prerequisite: WMBA 506 or its equivalent and graduate standing.
- WMBA 541 Comparative International ManagementThis course provides a comparative study of manage- ment practices in selected foreign countries. Students will analyze social and cultural variables that affect the management process and solutions to managerial issues of policy and action. Lecture. Prerequisite: WMBA 505 or its equivalent and graduate standing.
- WMBA 542 International Business StrategyThis course takes a managerial approach to selected international operations issues. Topics includes global strategies; long-range planning, preparation and evalu- ation of direct investment proposals; entry and owner- ship strategies; supply strategies; and organization and human resource management. Lecture. Prerequisites: WMBA 506 or its equivalent and graduate standing.
- GRADUATE MANAGEMENT WMBA 502 Essentials of Case AnalysisThe course utilizes a comprehensive set of quantitative, writing, and analytical skills to analyze a series of busi- ness management case studies. Students successfully completing this course will demonstrate their potential to undertake the core MBA curriculum since case anal- ysis methodology is used throughout the entire MBA program. When successfully completed, this course will count as an MBA elective. As a result, students entering via the Professional Admit path will still only need to take twelve courses (they will only have one free elec- tive instead of two free electives options).
- WMBA 505 Management and Organizational Behavior*This course provides an in-depth examination of behav- ioral issues in organizations. Topics include individual and group behavior, communication issues, human resources management and organizational analysis, including administrative processes under conditions of uncertainty. Lecture. Prerequisite: PMBA 506 or its equivalent and graduate standing.
*This is a “foundational” course and must be taken during the first semester for “direct admit” students and during the first or second semester for the “professional admit” students.
- WMBA 513 Management CommunicationsThis course focuses on business communication as a primary tool available to management for accomplishing organizational objectives. The principles of effective listening, writing and speaking in the business envi- ronment are stressed. Managerial and organizational theories are compared with communication principles. Lecture. Prerequisite: graduate standing.
- WMBA 555 Human Resources ManagementThis course provides an introduction to the major functions and issues which exist in effective identifica- tion, hiring and upgrading personnel in organizations. Emphasis is placed on the major functions of human manpower planning, recruitment, selection, appraisal, training and development, wage and salary adminis- tration, career development and counseling. Lecture. Prerequisite: WMBA 505 or its equivalent and graduate standing.
- WMBA 560* Ethical LeadershipThis multi-disciplinary leadership survey course ex- plores the ethical dimension of leadership by tapping into the collective wisdom found in disparate fields such as literature, philosophy, history, biography, politics, arts, sports, and business and applies it to the leader- ship challenges and dilemmas faced by modern orga- nizations. The basic premise of this course stems from our belief that fundamental challenges of leadership
are of universal nature and that the insights culled from disciplines such as literature, humanities, arts and his- tory can provide us with a matchless treasure trove for understanding the elusive art and practice of leadership. Prerequisite: WMBA 505 and graduate standing.
- WMBA 562* Management Policy and StrategyThis is an integrative course which explores the for- mulation and implementation of competitive strategy, emphasizing the synthesis of various functional areas of management process under a rapidly changing busi- ness environment. Special attention is paid to forging linkages between management theory and practice. Case study method is used to develop a total enterprise perspective. Being the capstone course, it must be taken within twelve units of graduation and after the completion of all CPC requirements.
- WMBA 557 Spirituality in the WorkplaceThis course focuses on the implications of spirituality
in the workplace. It draws upon the common themes underlying various spiritual traditions to search for meaning in the workplace. The holistic approach to work will be extended to arrive at a new vision of liveli- hood for our times, evidenced by managing for common good and corporate stewardship. The practical aspects of the course will include writing a personal mission statement, designing an organization based on spiritual values such as integrity, authenticity, compassion, trust, and service. Lecture. Graduate standing.
- WMBA 556 Strategic Planning in ManagementThis course focuses on the study and application of the means for achieving organizational renewal and growth. Topics include goal formulation; strategy formulation and evaluation; the design of appropriate organization- al structures and programs; and the control process, including information systems. Lecture. Prerequisites: WMBA 505, WMBA 509, or their equivalents, and grad- uate standing.
- WMBA 558 EntrepreneurshipThis is a course requiring the integration of manage- ment functions for a new business venture. Students must devise a feasibility study and an organizational structure. Consideration is given to legal and tax issues; marketing strategy; financing needs and sources; cash flow forecasts; and pro forma financial statements. A team approach will be utilized, with members prepar- ing and presenting written and oral reports. Lecture. Prerequisite: Satisfaction of CPC requirements and graduate standing.
- WMBA 565 Emotional Intelligence at WorkThis is a survey course that introduces students to the key emotional intelligence issues related to organiza- tional performance, such as role of emotions in decision making and thinking strategically about information contained in emotions. We will examine and evaluate existing scientific views on EI and its measuring options. Learning objectives include assimilating emotional intel- ligence theory components; self-assessing to recognize areas for professional and organizational growth; report- ing on the use and validity of emotional intelligence as a means for enhancing professional and organizational success; and gaining skills to apply emotional intelli- gence strategies to daily workplace situations, rela- tionships, and challenges. These skills can be applied in leadership positions pursued by graduate students. While the emotional intelligence development focus of this course is the use of skills in a student’s place of employment, students are encouraged to apply these skills in addressing all aspects of their lives – at home, in the community, and in the classroom. As a result of this course, students will have enhanced skill set through which they can perform professional duties at work and in life. Prerequisites: WMBA 505, Management and Organizational Behavior.
- WMBA 566 Managing Changeontemporary organizations exist in social, political, and economic environments that change rapidly and unpredictably. This course deals with how to manage changes by looking at strategy, organization design and processes, and multi-organizational systems. Theories and practice of change management related to the individual, group, inter-group, and organizational level are discussed. Methods of diagnosing organizations and designing interventions that will increase an organiza- tion’s effectiveness are explored. The course examines the complexity in developing a culture of change within the organization as well as in determining the organiza- tions’ readiness for change. Through a series of experi- ential lessons, case studies, and activities students will uncover the reasons for resistance to change and tactics for coping with this resistance and for strategically man- aging organizational change. Prerequisite: WMBA 505, Management and Organizational Behavior.
- WMBA 570 Topics in ManagementTopics focus on current issues in management. Lecture. Prerequisite: PMBA 505, or its equivalent, and graduate standing.
- * Indicates Core Courses
STUDENTS ON WOODBURY
The Woodbury MBA program offers a diverse community of colleagues and faculty, in an environment where concepts taught are immediately applicable in the work place. Truly transformational, both personally and professionally.
Through the use of intriguing and thought provoking class activities and discussions, I was able to improve my critical reading and problem solving skills. Every class taken at Woodbury serves a unique purpose. The MBA program has given me a strong educational foundation, an excellent student network, and the opportunity to make significant future contributions to society.