The DWU MBA - Practical and Relevant
The MBA program offers a variety of opportunities for students to develop their professional skills, earn credentials that meet their needs, and do so in a way that is cost-effective, practical, and relevant to their context.
Choose Your Path
- Earn a traditional MBA
Students who seek a more traditional MBA will earn the MBA with an emphasis in Strategic Leadership, taking all 12 courses detailed below.
- Take one course
Just need professional development in one area? Take one course in conflict management, coaching, or high performing teams by enrolling as a non-degree seeking student. If you love it, sign up to complete the entire MBA or add courses as needed.
- Earn a 6-course certificate
Take six courses to earn one of our graduate certificates. Currently, we offer certificates in, Nonprofit Church Leadership and Strategic Leadership. Plans are underway to add Sports Management and Rural Development, too.
- Add 6 courses to complete your MBA
Students can couple an additional 6 MBA courses (two from each concentration area) to their certificate to earn an MBA with an emphasis in that certificate area (i.e. MBA with an emphasis in Nonprofit Church Administration or an MBA with an emphasis in Strategic Leadership).
“The MBA program at Dakota Wesleyan University was a challenging and rewarding experience. As someone who likes to push myself to do more, learn more and be more, the DWU MBA program was the perfect choice for me.”
Christopher J. Foster, MBA
Make it work for YOU on YOUR time:
- 4+1 Option
If you just finished your bachelor’s degree and want to continue, completing your MBA in just one year, you can take two classes every 8 weeks to complete. Join the workforce with relevant, practical skills that will allow you to make an immediate impact on your workplace.
Choose full-time or part-time, and complete a certificate plus MBA at a pace that works for you. With applied projects and relevant coursework, you will immediately add value to your organization. Choose the certificate + option for a part-time approach (1, 8-week class at a time for two years). Or do them both at once to be finished in a year.
- No GRE or GMAT (graduate school admission exams)
- 100% Online
Complete your coursework anywhere, anytime without ever coming to campus. This highly interactive program will keep you engaged and you’ll have access to support from the entire campus community. Individual courses may offer live or recorded video meetings.
- 8-week Courses
Each course packs the content into 8 weeks so you can focus for maximum impact. There are two start points each year – August and January. See the academic calendar for the next start date.
- No Thesis
The program consists of coursework and comprehensive projects that focus on using what you’re learning. Prove that you’re learning by being able to apply it.
Faculty spend extra time making personal and meaningful connections with students.
Program Requirements & Course Details
- 36 total credit hours
- The MBA is designed for students with a bachelor’s degree in any major. Students may use work experience in a relevant field or a leveling course from Peregrine Academic Services as a substitute for undergraduate business courses. The program director or course instructor can provide additional direction in this area.
BUS 605 High-Performance Teams
This course is designed to help students polish and develop leadership skills designed to take their teams to the next level. Throughout the course, students will learn theories and principles of contemporary and effective leadership. Skill improvement focuses on areas including communication (writing, presenting, listening), time-management, information literacy, personality and strength assessment, and more. Students will also engage in practical and hands-on strategies to accelerate performance among individuals, groups and teams within organizations. Students will be able to: develop a strategy for building a high-performance team, reflect on their own leadership strengths, implement improvement plans for self and others and develop and deliver professional presentations using oral and written tools and techniques.
BUS 606 Adaptive Leadership and Change Management
Organizations are faced with constant and rapid changes in their local and global environments. This perpetual change necessitates that leaders have skills in resiliency, adaptation and innovation. During this course, students will explore theories of adaptive leadership, reflect on their adaptive leadership skills and develop strategies for improvement. In the second part of the course, students will explore principals of change management, learn how to uncover and address resistance to change, develop change plans, and implement and monitor change progress. Students will be able to: incorporate strategies to improve resiliency and adaptation in their context, conduct a stakeholder analysis, and address resistance to change through appropriate behavior change plans.
BUS 625 Practical Economics
Students will explore aspects of the global economy including resources acquisition, development, global shocks, international business, and trade. Students will investigate globalization and seek to provide an understanding of today's interdependent world. Students will be able to: evaluate elements of global economics and reflect on their impact to local context, analyze economic interdependencies created by globalization, and synthesize economic metrics for financial, marketing, and operational performance. Prerequisite: an economics course, equivalent experience or an approved leveling course.
BUS 626 Data-Driven Decision Making
This practical managerial decision-making class will incorporate analysis of financial statements and accounting metrics. Using case study and application students will: improve their ability to use data to drive financial, marketing, and operational decisions as well as use appropriate metrics to measure performance. Students will be able to: analyze financial statements, use financial analysis for business planning, and use statistics and data to drive business decisions.
BUS 635 Coaching and Mentoring in the Workplace
Coaching is a trending competency in progressive organizations. Having an executive coach helps leaders move more quickly and more intentionally in their leadership journey. Coaches can be internal to the organization, working from within, as well as external to the organization, serving as a consultant. This class will help students gain skills and experience for coaching internal and external professionals. Coursework will explore coaching theory, adult learning styles (andragogy), and decision-making styles. Students will be able to: apply adult learning (andragogy) to personal change, develop executive coaching skills at the personal and managerial level, and deploy a variety of decision-making styles.
BUS 636 Conflict Management
Conflict can be positive and negative, depending on several factors including how leaders manage. This course engages students in strategies to engage conflict in ways that are constructive for the organization and people involved. Activities will help students understand their conflict style and develop their own conflict management skills. Students will be able to: use mediation, negotiation, and other relevant conflict management strategies in professional settings; use communication effectively in high-stress environments; and apply needs- and interest-based strategies to resolve conflict.
BUS 640 Managerial Accounting
An analysis of financial accounting provides the foundations underlying corporate financial statements. This portion of the course will provide students with the ability to read and understand financial statements, along with developing skills to analyze and interpret financial information. The use of managerial accounting tools will help students understand how to better contribute to managerial decision making, planning and controlling processes of management. Students will be able to: use tools for analyzing profitability and liquidity, leverage activity and risk through application of financial ratios, and connect accounting principles to managerial reporting. Prerequisite: an accounting course, equivalent experience or leveling course.
BUS 650 Financial Analysis
Students will acquire working knowledge of financial analysis principles and practices, including cost of capital analysis, cash flow and budget analysis, forecasting, financial risk management, and capital budgeting that are required to support management decision making. Students will be able to: conduct cash flow analysis that is appropriate for her/his/their industry, and develop a future-focused capital forecast that incorporates working knowledge of current markets and trends. Prerequisite: BUS 640, equivalent experience or leveling course.
BUS 655 Project Management
Contemporary business leaders are often tasked with leading the execution of projects. Throughout this course students will learn tools and techniques for connecting the organization’s mission and vision to organizational deliverables. Experiential work will engage in development of a project plan that benefits an organization of their choosing using tools such as WBS, PERT, Gantt charts and heat maps. Students will be able to: use appropriate project management techniques and tools for project design and delivery, and demonstrate principles of benefits realization management.
BUS 656 Contemporary Marketing
Students who engage in this course will learn strategies for turning knowledge of consumer behavior into actionable plans designed to improve and increase operational performance. In addition to learning through text and case-study students will develop practical solutions for reaching a consumer audience in their context. Students will be able to: form data-driven predictions about consumer behaviors, analyze big-data, build insights and marketing strategies, and apply course concepts to the design of an effective marketing campaign.
BUS 685 Legal Environment
This course is designed to equip students with the tools necessary to analyze an organization’s exposure to risk and formulate solutions to mitigate or eliminate such exposure through identification, assessment and prioritization. This course offers a contemporary perspective on legal and ethical issues that organizations face. Students will understand components of legal and regulatory environments, liabilities, contracts, and more. Students will be able to: analyze legal dilemmas and make decisions that mitigate risk and identify, assess, prioritize; and develop strategies that maximize mission profitability while honoring corporate ethics.
BUS 695 Strategic Business Analysis and Management
This course covers the determination and analysis of strategic goals and objectives for an organization, both in theoretical approaches and actual application. Students will learn how to do environmental and competitive analysis. Students will also learn to assess various internal and external factors that influence strategic planning such as: economic, social, legal, political, technological and competitive factors. This course will include the completion of a business content area exam. Students will be able to: conduct and present findings of an environmental and competitive analysis, and apply principles of strategy and organizational analysis through simulation. Prerequisites: BUS 640 and BUS 650 or the consent of the instructor.
The Department of Business at Dakota Wesleyan University has received specialized accreditation for its business programs through the International Accreditation Council for Business Education (IACBE) located at 11374 Strang Line Road in Lenexa, Kansas, USA.