Offered at: Appleton, Beloit, Green Bay, Kenosha, Madison, Mequon, Midtown Center, Miller Park Way, Online, Waukesha

The Concordia University Master of Business Administration (MBA) Program is designed to prepare men and women to meet the challenges of a changing administrative environment. The program is designed to provide the opportunity of a professional education for the working student. The curriculum provides the broad base of knowledge needed by middle and upper level managers, and executives. While the MBA is designed for those in business professions, it is readily adapted to meet the needs of students from engineering, health, non-profit, religious and other backgrounds.

Program Highlights

  • 8 week courses in the classroom or online
  • STEM courses and concentrations
  • Can be completed in less than 2 years
  • Week-long study abroad options to China and Austria
  • Dual degree opportunities
  • Earn credit at work through internship
  • Accepts up to 6 graduate transfer credits
  • Industry related exam prep and certificates
  • No GMAT or GRE required
  • Taught by industry experts

Program Structure

The Master of Business Administration (MBA) degree requires 39 semester hours of credit comprising of 13 courses. A thesis is not required for this degree. Each four-hour long course meets once a week for eight weeks and is scheduled for either a weekday evening or Saturday morning. The program consists of six continuous eight-week terms per year. If taking the standard one course per term, the total time needed to complete the program is 26 months. However, expedited program completion is possible. Students must complete all requirements for the MBA degree within five years of matriculation.

Classes are taught on the Mequon WI campus and at Ann Arbor MI, Appleton, Beloit, Green Bay, Kenosha, Madison, Midtown, Miller Park Way, and Waukesha center locations. Videoconference classes are available for some courses. In addition to the live and synchronous format highlighted above, courses are also offered online. With classes held at multiple locations and through various formats, students’ professional and personal schedules can be accommodated.

Upon acceptance, students will take an assessment before beginning the program and again during the capstone class. This assessment is not graded nor is it placed in student files. The assessment is used for the sole purpose of accreditation. The capstone course, MBA 590/890 Strategic Management , must be taken as the final class in the program unless other arrangements are made with the Director of the MBA program.

Program Prerequisites

The MBA program has six prerequisite content areas. These prerequisites are not required prior to starting the program but must be completed prior to taking the corresponding MBA course. Students will be evaluated as to whether they will need to fulfill any prerequisites. Most students have these fulfilled as part of their undergraduate studies. These content areas are Accounting, Finance, Management, Marketing, Economics, and Statistics. Students may fulfill these prerequisite content areas by taking traditional or non-traditional 3 credit courses, by CLEP or DSST examination, or have them waived based on professional experience. All prerequisite content areas can be fulfilled by taking a single course  MBA 513/813 Business foundation for Administrative Professions (3 cr).

International Student Prerequisite Requirement : 

International students are required to complete MBA 505/805 Graduate School Success (3 cr) as part of their degree program. Thus the minimum required credits for degree completion is increased by three (3) credits unless otherwise approved by the MBA Director.

Absence Policy

Due to the intensive nature of the program, students are allowed only one excused absence per course, defined as

  1. emergency
  2. personal illness
  3. travel on business.

Students with more than one excused absence, or any unexcused absence, may be withdrawn from that course and may have to repeat, at the discretion of the director.

Academic Advising

Upon admission to the program, each student will be assigned an advisor. This advisor will assist the student in program planning, career counseling, and any matters pertaining to due process within the program. Please consult your acceptance letter for the name of your advisor.

Course Transfer Policy

The MBA program will accept up to six (6) hours of transfer credit, based upon the following criteria:

  1. Courses transferred must be comparable in scope and subject matter to courses offered in the MBA program.
  2. Courses transferred must have been completed at the graduate level from an accredited institution.
  3. Courses must have been completed with at least a 3.00 on a 4.00 scale. Transfer grades will not be used to compute CUW program grades.
  4. Transfer credits must not be older than seven years unless approved by the director. 

The program director will evaluate student transcripts from other institutions to determine which courses will be accepted. Credits that students would like to see transfer into the program should be evaluated prior to beginning the program.

Drop Policy

To drop a class, a student must use the following link:

If the student drops a full class within seven days of the course starting, the student will be charged a $50 late drop fee. If a student drops an on-campus class that is already in progress, he/she will be refunded based on attendance (please refer to Refund Policy under Financial Information). If a student drops an online course, the refund is based on assignments completed (please refer to Refund Policy for online courses).

E-Mail

Correspondences from the MBA Office will be made to Concordia e-mail accounts. Such communications may include copies of the MBA Times, notifications of term openings, policy changes, class changes, and registration concerns.

Late Registration

Students who attend a class without being on the class roster will be charged a $50 late registration fee. Being on the wait list does not mean a student is on the class roster; if a student attends a class and the late registration fee will be applied. Students are unable to register for a class once it has begun..

Graduation Requirements

To be awarded the MBA degree, a student must complete all 39 credit hours with a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.00. Students must fill out an online Request to Graduate form while in their final class. Once the final grade has been posted in a student’s final class, he/she must notify the MBA Office to begin file processing for creating a diploma. Please refer to the Graduation Information page on the Concordia website for important graduation deadlines.

MBA Programs

One unique feature of the Concordia University MBA Program is the selection of emphasis or concentration areas. These allow the student to specialize while securing the vaunted MBA degree.

Nonprofit Management and Leadership allows student to maximize their individual strengths and potentials as effective business administrators and leaders. Nonprofit management and leadership combines the strength of the MBA curriculum with the deeper study of management issues and operations unique to nonprofit organizations such as nonprofit governance and board development, fundraising strategies, volunteer recruiting, publicity and public relations, financial and legal issues, program evaluation, and fraud prevention. Professionals can achieve significant organizational impact applying critical concepts that drive effective nonprofit organizations. The program places an emphasis on social responsibility through effective leadership and relationship development within an ethical framework. This program is designed for professionals with a passion for positive, sustainable impact in their communities and the world.

Sustainability Management and Analytics Concentration is a comprehensive treatment of developing and implementing a successful program in the domain of financially successful sustainability. The reader is exposed to financially, environmentally, and socially responsible objectives that are supported by strategies and achieved by clear tactics that have measurable outcomes. The student is introduced to methods of implementing technologies and practices and will learn how to analyze and improve the consequent financial, social and environmental performance. This concentration also reveals why we should be sustainable by giving full treatment to seemingly complex topics in science in a way that requires very little math or science background. The content also captures how sustainability can be the source of process and product innovation.  International standards are also given full treatment. This MBA also specifies how to use traditional methods such as Six Sigma, lean, and operations research to improve processes, reduce resource use and waste, and make better social and environmental decisions that are based upon data from key financial, social, and environmental performance indicators. Internal and external data sourcing are given full treatment along with basic statistical data management. A recurring theme throughout the program is the integration of traditional methods of continuous improvement applied to financial, social and environmental data sources.

Innovation and Entrepreneurship Entrepreneurship is a both a pursuit and a mindset. It is characterized by innovation, creativity, risk-taking, adaptability, experimentation, learning from failure, challenging oneself, and seeing problems from multiple perspectives in an attempt to create effective solutions. Innovation encompasses two main facets: the first is corporate innovation, or finding new and emerging markets so existing organizations and businesses can be competitive and relevant. The second is a more personal or individual innovation. This prepares individuals to create and launch successful startups and to understand and appreciate the dynamics of competition values in the world of innovation and entrepreneurship.

Accounting is designed for students who intend to become Certified Public Accountants (CPA) and are seeking to fulfill the credit hour requirements necessary to sit for the national CPA exam.  Thus, students pursuing this concentration should already have an undergraduate degree in accounting or be actively pursuing one through the CUW Scholars Program.

Communications and Public Relations is geared to those who speak or communicate as a major part of their profession. This is an excellent program for corporate public relations or spokespeople, those in consulting, or those responsible for public image.

Finance is the language of business. Many students who complete this program go on to take the chartered financial analysts (CFA) exam. This concentration is appropriate for those interested in middle and upper management, brokerage, insurance, and running their own business.

Health Care Administration is intended as a transition program for practitioners interested in the business side of the industry, such as nurses, therapists, etc.

Human Resource Management currently emphasizes the legal side of the profession and is intended for students seeking mid-management positions within all size organizations in human resources (formerly personnel management).

International Business is intended for students currently involved in international business or looking to ply their talents abroad. With businesses becoming more international, the skills and abilities necessary to meet this global challenge are even more important.

Management is the most general of the emphasis areas and may be tailored toward those looking to supervise, those interested in production and operations, or those involved in their own business.

Management Information Systems is intended for those who are looking to manage IT departments, not for the person looking for a technical degree in a computer science emphasis.

Strategic Marketing is intended for mid-management marketers, salespeople, or those in the advertising business.

Public Administration is a hybrid program for those in government service looking to gain a better understanding of business. Government or government related agency employees should consider this concentration, as well as police, fire, and not-for-profit community organization students.

Risk Assessment and Management prepares students in the insurance industry or other vocations by helping them make informed decisions and recommendations regarding risks faced by companies and organizations, including how to identify, analyze and manage those risks.  

Sport and Entertainment Business compliments the rigorous business curriculum with a comprehensive and innovative field of study in a vastly competitive and growing global industry. The scope of the sport and entertainment business sectors intersects all aspects of business; thus this program is designed to prepare students to market, manage and lead public, private and non-profit organizations, events and branded properties, products and athletes/talent, facilities and agencies, and public relations campaigns by aligning the curriculum and instruction with industry demands.

In keeping with the purpose of a MBA, the curriculum is designed to provide the student with a broad spectrum of the business scene. To this end, the courses provide advanced instruction in many areas of business. At the same time,  a concentration allows the student to develop an area of expertise.

Core Courses

MBA 500/800Managerial Economics3
MBA 503/803Ethics & Org Leadership3
MBA 510/810Appl Statistic Meth3
MBA 530/830Corporate Finance3
MBA 540/840Acct:Fin Analysis/Decision3
MBA 569/869Mgmt Science & Analytics3
MBA 610/810Issues Human Res Management3
MBA 590/890Strategic Management3
Total Hours24

The MBA program consists of 39 credits which include eight core courses and five courses from a concentration area. The MBA core curriculum is comprised of 24 credits and is designed to provide students with a broad spectrum of advanced instruction in many areas of business. A concentration area of 15 credits allows the student to develop an area of expertise. Students will be evaluated for knowledge in the areas of accounting, finance, management, marketing, economics, and statistics, and provided guidance on how to fulfill any prerequisites if required. Prerequisites do not need to be completed prior to starting the MBA program. MBA 513/813 Business Foundations fulfills all prerequisites.

MBA Concentration Courses

Choose Five Courses In One Area

In addition to eight core courses, students select a concentration area and complete five courses. In concentrations where only five courses appear, the student will take all of those courses. Students may pursue multiple concentration areas. Select five from a second concentration. A minimum of three separate courses must be completed in concentrations where courses overlap.

Accounting

Students that hold a bachelors degree in accounting can request to have the core course MBA 540 Acct:Fin Analysis/Decision waived.

Pick 5 courses from the following list:15
Advanced Auditing (3 credits)
Global Production Systems (3 credits)
Fraud Management (3 credits)
Database Management (3 credits)
Governmental Accounting (3 credits)
Pub Speak:Reprt/Present (3 credits)
Systems Analysis & Design (3 credits)
Statutory Accounting (3 credits)
Mergers and Acquistions (3 credits)
MBA Internship (3 credits)
Total Hours15

Communications and Public Relations

Pick 5 courses from the following list:15
Group Dynamics & Leadership (3 Credits)
Manag Comm Prac & Prin (3 Credits)
Publicity and Public Relations (3 Credits)
Eff Business Writing & Mrktplc (3 Credits)
Pub Speak:Reprt/Present (3 Credits)
Adv Intrper Comm/Intrview (3 Credits)
MMC 586
(3 Credits)
MBA Internship (3 Credits)
Social Marketing Strategies (3 Credits)
Total Hours15

Finance

Pick 5 courses from the following list:15
Real Estate Investment (3 credits)
Legal Aspects (3 credits)
Fraud Management (3 credits)
Financial Instit Management (3 credits)
Intro to Insur and Risk Manage (3 credits)
ARM 54 Corporate Risk Mgmt
Portfolio Math (3 credits)
International Finance (3 credits)
ARM 56 Corporate Risk Financin (3 credits)
MBA Internship (3 credits)
Mergers and Acquistions (3 credits)
Securities Analysis (3 credits)
International Business Law (3 credits)
Total Hours15

Health Care Administration

Pick 5 courses from the following list:15
Budget in Public Agenc
Six Sigma Process & Applicat
Economics and Public Policy of Health Care
Intro to Insur and Risk Manage
ARM 54 Corporate Risk Mgmt
Statutory Accounting
Health,Life & Business Soc Ins
Spec Topics-Health Care
Public Personnl Admin
Study Abroad
Mgmt Science & Analytics
MBA Internship
Total Hours15

Human Resource Management

Pick 5 courses from the following list:15
Fraud Management
Compensation & Benefits
Altern Dispute Resolution
Employment & Labor Law
Intro to Insur and Risk Manage
ARM 54 Corporate Risk Mgmt
Public Personnl Admin
MBA 624/924Health,Life & Business Soc Ins3
MBA Internship
Industry Leaders Sem Series
Study Abroad
Total Hours18

Innovation and Entrepreneurship Concentration

Pick 5 courses from the following list:15
Strategic Innovation (required)
Sustainabil & Social Entrepren
Intellectual Prop and Reg Issu
New Venture Form & Bus Develop
Small Business Management
Sales Management
Social Marketing Strategies
Marketing Research & Intellige
MBA Internship
Industry Leaders Sem Series
Study Abroad
Total Hours15

International Business

Pick 5 courses from the following list:15
Global Production Systems
Industry Leaders Sem Series
International Finance
International Economics
International Marketing
International Business
Study Abroad
International Economics
International Business Law
Total Hours15

Management

Pick 5 courses from the following list:15
Project Management
Strategic Marketing
Advertising Management
Small Business Management
Real Estate Management
Sustainable Business Practices
Supply Chain Management
Legal Aspects
Fraud Management
Loss Prevention
Introduction to Lean
Intro to Insur and Risk Manage
ARM 54 Corporate Risk Mgmt
Global Production Systems
International Business
Global Persp of Sprt & Ent Mgt
Cont Princ of Hosp & Event Mgt
MBA Internship
Six Sigma Process & Applicat
Management Information Systems
Corp Governance & Board Dev
Strategic Innovation
Study Abroad
Industry Leaders Sem Series
Total Hours15

Management Information Systems (STEM Program)

Pick 5 courses from the following list:15
Management Information Systems
Oracle Acad Database Des & Pro
Data Commun & Network Security
Systems Analysis & Design
Decision Support Systems
Project Management
Oracle Business Applications
Database Management
Oracle Java Fundamental & Prog
MBA Internship
Software Test & Qlty Assurance
Industry Leaders Sem Series
Study Abroad
Total Hours15

Nonprofit Management and Leadership

Pick 5 courses from the following list:15
Management Nonprofit Org
Fin Mgmt Nonprofit Orgs
Legal Issues in Nonprofit Org
Nonprofit Fundrais Grant Write
Corp Governance & Board Dev
Publicity and Public Relations
Sustainabil & Social Entrepren
New Venture Form & Bus Develop
Pub Speak:Reprt/Present
Marketing Research & Intellige
Fraud Management
Public Program Evaluation
MBA Internship
Legal Aspects
Industry Leaders Sem Series
Total Hours15

Public Administration

Pick 5 courses from the following list:15
Project Management
Admin Law & Process
Budget in Public Agenc
Public Program Evaluation
Public Personnl Admin
Intergovernmental Relations
MBA Internship
Publicity and Public Relations
Study Abroad
Industry Leaders Sem Series
Total Hours15

Risk Assessment and Management

Pick 5 courses from the following list:15
Legal Aspects
Fraud Management
Intro to Insur and Risk Manage
ARM 54 Corporate Risk Mgmt
Statutory Accounting
Loss Prevention
Health,Life & Business Soc Ins
Securities Analysis
Intellectual Prop and Reg Issu
ARM 56 Corporate Risk Financin
MBA Internship
Corp Governance & Board Dev
Study Abroad
Industry Leaders Sem Series
International Business Law
Total Hours15

Sport and Entertainment Business

Pick 5 courses from the following list:15
Global Persp of Sprt & Ent Mgt
Cont Princ of Hosp & Event Mgt
Integ Pub Rel and Social Media
Integ Marketing & Brand Activa
Sponsorship, Sales & Fund Stra
Intro to Insur and Risk Manage
ARM 54 Corporate Risk Mgmt
MBA Internship
Event Mgmt & Activation
Study Abroad
Industry Leaders Sem Series
Total Hours15

Strategic Marketing

Pick 5 courses from the following list:15
Social Marketing Strategies
Strategic Marketing
Publicity and Public Relations
Sales Management
Advertising Management
Marketing Research & Intellige
Legal Aspects
International Marketing
Integ Marketing & Brand Activa
Sponsorship, Sales & Fund Stra
MBA Internship
Industry Leaders Sem Series
Study Abroad
Direct Marketing
Total Hours15

Sustainability Management and Analytics (STEM Program)

Pick 5 courses from the following list:15
MBA 547/847
LEED Associate & Accred Prof (includes LEED exam preparation)
Ecological Economics
Environmental Law
Sustainable Business Practices
Six Sigma Process & Applicat
Introduction to Lean
Special Topics: Business & Industry
Readings in Environ Science
Sustainabil & Social Entrepren
MBA Internship
Strategic Innovation
Study Abroad
Industry Leaders Sem Series
Global Production Systems
Total Hours15

 MBA Internship: All students are encouraged to experience an internship for three credits, MBA 845 MBA Internship (3crs). Internship credits will apply to the concentration area and count as one of the required five concentration courses. Please contact an advisor or the MBA program director for more information about internships.

Short-term Study Abroad: Students may participate in week long study abroad opportunities for credit towards their MBA by taking MIB 570 Study Abroad. Annual trips to China and Austria are available. Check with your advisor or program director.

Course Substitution: Students may request to take one course outside of their concentration. Contact an advisor for more information on how to make this request.