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Master of Business Administration

ONLINE – 7 Week Session

The Master of Business Administration (MBA) program at Wheeling University (WU) is one of the region’s oldest and most established graduate business program. Founded in 1978, graduates from the WU MBA program include leading corporate executives, government leaders, and health care professionals. As an applied, online program, the WU MBA program is designed for busy professionals who want to excel in their current careers. The skills that are necessary in today’s corporate world are varied. The online MBA program is designed to meet the needs of students who wish to complete their master’s degree while continuing to handle work and family responsibilities. 

The MBA program offers a collaborative and supportive online environment with courses paced for accelerated completion in 7-week sessions. By taking two courses a semester, students can complete the program in 2 years or if taking 12 credits as a full-time schedule, students can complete the WU MBA in one year. Each course is three (3) credit hours. Courses are offered in the fall, spring, and summer semesters. Student can choose either the Management Concentration or the Healthcare Management Concentration to support their individual professional development goals.

Admissions Requirements 

  • Complete an online application free of charge at https://applygrad.wju.edu/apply/ 
  • Admission to the MBA program is open to qualified graduates of colleges or universities accredited by a regional accrediting agency, or by a comparable agency in another country. In general, an undergraduate GPA of 2.80 is required. 
  • Request official transcripts from any college/university you have attended and have them sent electronically to grad@wju.edu or mailed directly to:
     
    Wheeling University – Graduate Admissions 
    316 Washington Avenue 
    Wheeling, WV 26003 
  • Submit one completed recommendation. 
  • Submit a copy of your resume. 
  • If applicable, apply for federal student loans and grants by completing the FAFSA online at http://www.fafsa.ed.gov. School Code is #003831

International students presenting transcripts from institutions outside the U.S. must have their transcripts evaluated by WES (or comparable service) and must submit an official Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) score. Generally, a score of at least 650 is required; however, otherwise exceptional applicants with a score of 550-600 may be accepted conditionally. Please note: this program is entirely online, therefore students in the US on an F1 Visa are not eligible to enroll. 

Tuition and Fees

GRADUATE PROGRAMS – MISC. (MBA – MSA)
Tuition – MBA & MSA$500.00per credit hour
Technology Fee$130.00per semester
New Student Fee$130.00first non summer term
Audit$212.00per course
ID Card$35.00first non summer term
Graduation Fee (Degree Certification Fee)$265.00per occurrence

Curriculum 

Comprised of 12 courses (36 total credits, nine courses (27 credits) comprise the backbone of the WU MBA program. Students then customize 9 credits by choosing either the Management Concentration or the Healthcare Management Concentration. Please note that the course numbers listed below are for identification purposes only and are not the sequence in which they are taken.

Management Concentration

The Management Concentration is targeted for business professionals who wish to acquire, develop, and apply top strategies, techniques and skills resulting in improved personal and organizational performance. Through customized coursework, students can model management solutions intended to mitigate and resolve problems and challenges specific to their workplaces or those they aspire to join. 

MBA 500

Organizational Behavior and Leadership

3 cr

This course is concerned with the understanding, prediction and control of human behavior in an organizational setting. The primary emphasis is from a psychological perspective although concepts from other social sciences may be included.

Course Offered: Fall Session I

MBA 502

Marketing Management

3 cr

An analysis of marketing problems and concepts from a management viewpoint. The course stresses the relationships between overall corporate strategy and the marketing function. Topics include: market structure; distribution policies; pricing; sales management; product development; promotion and advertising; demand analysis and measurement; and consumer behavior. Managerial decision-making and the formulation of a formal marketing plan are the central focus of the course.

Course Offered: Spring Session II

MBA 503

The Ethical Environment of Business

3 cr

Philosophical study of the nature, types and criteria of human value with a study of ethical principles and major philosophies in the area. Special emphasis will be paid to the analysis of contemporary ethical problems in the world of work. Discusses the importance of management decisions in a business-centered society, such as the United States; the desire of businessmen to do what is right; the difficulties they sometimes encounter in acting ethically; and the complexity of their ethical dilemmas. Case studies will be extensively used.

Course Offered: Summer Session I

MBA 505

Quantitative Business Analysis

3 cr

A computer-aided introduction to the broad range of topics in the field of management science. Topics include: linear programming; model design; transportation model; inventory models; queuing theory; probability; decision analysis; sensitivity analysis; network analysis; computer simulation and project management.

Course Offered: Fall Session I

MBA 508

Management of Financial Resources

3 cr

A study of the financial decision-making process within the business firm. Analyzes the problems, policies and functions involving financial management. Topics include capital market theory, cost of capital and capital budgeting decisions, capital structure and dividend policies and financial planning models.

Course Offered: Spring Session I

MBA 520

Managerial Policy and Strategy

3 cr

This capstone course is concerned with the development of approaches for defining, analyzing, and resolving complex strategic problems of profit and nonprofit organizations. Cases are used to place students directly into managerial roles with the responsibility of defining problems, developing solutions, and defining these solutions. At the option of the instructor, the course may involve the use of computer management simulation games.

Prerequisite: Completion of 75% of 500 level courses.     Course Offered: Spring Session I, Summer Session II

MBA 531

Effective Managerial Communications

3 cr

Successful communication is frequently a causal factor in organizational effectiveness. This case-oriented course examines the fragile nature of the communication process. Opportunities for students to learn and practice techniques for improving their communications skills are provided.

Prerequisite: MBA 500.     Course Offered: Fall Session II

MBA 539

Management of Information Systems

3 cr

This course provides the manager with a conceptual framework for using computer technology to meet strategic business goals. The latest information technology is discussed in the context of how if affects business operations and human resources. Primary focus is on the organizational and managerial aspects of information systems. Information systems development methods are evaluated. Other topics include internal controls, electronic data interchange, ethical issues and global information systems. Student performance is primarily based on case studies; projects and classroom involvements.

Prerequisites: MBA 500, MBA 512     Course Offered: Spring Session I, Summer Session II

MBA 547

Contemporary Economic Challenges

3 cr

MBA elective*

3 cr

MBA elective*

3 cr

MBA electiveq*

3 cr

Healthcare Management Concentration

The Healthcare Management concentration is one of two concentrations in the MBA that students can enter to specialize further in the business management of healthcare services, companies, hospitals, and other services/insurance provider organizations.  This concentration is composed of MBA Core courses that provide students with graduate-level business management knowledge and skills, along with MSN Core courses, which focus broadly on health care management knowledge required to lead services-delivery units in healthcare organizations.  The new concentration allows post-graduate Nursing professionals to capture an MBA as the MSN is increasing less preferred by hospitals and care provider organizations for achieving a higher level of management knowledge, skills and performance development especially related to multi-departmental and diversified employee-base administration.

MBA 500

Organizational Behavior and Leadership

3 cr

This course is concerned with the understanding, prediction and control of human behavior in an organizational setting. The primary emphasis is from a psychological perspective although concepts from other social sciences may be included.

Course Offered: Fall Session I

MBA 502

Marketing Management

3 cr

An analysis of marketing problems and concepts from a management viewpoint. The course stresses the relationships between overall corporate strategy and the marketing function. Topics include: market structure; distribution policies; pricing; sales management; product development; promotion and advertising; demand analysis and measurement; and consumer behavior. Managerial decision-making and the formulation of a formal marketing plan are the central focus of the course.

Course Offered: Spring Session II

MBA 503

The Ethical Environment of Business

3 cr

Philosophical study of the nature, types and criteria of human value with a study of ethical principles and major philosophies in the area. Special emphasis will be paid to the analysis of contemporary ethical problems in the world of work. Discusses the importance of management decisions in a business-centered society, such as the United States; the desire of businessmen to do what is right; the difficulties they sometimes encounter in acting ethically; and the complexity of their ethical dilemmas. Case studies will be extensively used.

Course Offered: Summer Session I

MBA 505

Quantitative Business Analysis

3 cr

A computer-aided introduction to the broad range of topics in the field of management science. Topics include: linear programming; model design; transportation model; inventory models; queuing theory; probability; decision analysis; sensitivity analysis; network analysis; computer simulation and project management.

Course Offered: Fall Session I

MBA 508

Management of Financial Resources

3 cr

A study of the financial decision-making process within the business firm. Analyzes the problems, policies and functions involving financial management. Topics include capital market theory, cost of capital and capital budgeting decisions, capital structure and dividend policies and financial planning models.

Course Offered: Spring Session I

MBA 520

Managerial Policy and Strategy

3 cr

This capstone course is concerned with the development of approaches for defining, analyzing, and resolving complex strategic problems of profit and nonprofit organizations. Cases are used to place students directly into managerial roles with the responsibility of defining problems, developing solutions, and defining these solutions. At the option of the instructor, the course may involve the use of computer management simulation games.

Prerequisite: Completion of 75% of 500 level courses.     Course Offered: Spring Session I, Summer Session II

MBA 531

Effective Managerial Communications

3 cr

Successful communication is frequently a causal factor in organizational effectiveness. This case-oriented course examines the fragile nature of the communication process. Opportunities for students to learn and practice techniques for improving their communications skills are provided.

Prerequisite: MBA 500.     Course Offered: Fall Session II

MBA 539

Management of Information Systems

3 cr

This course provides the manager with a conceptual framework for using computer technology to meet strategic business goals. The latest information technology is discussed in the context of how if affects business operations and human resources. Primary focus is on the organizational and managerial aspects of information systems. Information systems development methods are evaluated. Other topics include internal controls, electronic data interchange, ethical issues and global information systems. Student performance is primarily based on case studies; projects and classroom involvements.

Prerequisites: MBA 500, MBA 512     Course Offered: Spring Session I, Summer Session II

MBA 547

Contemporary Economic Challenges

3 cr

MSN 503

Health Care Policy and Politics

3 cr

The study of political, social, economic and ethical influences within the health care delivery system. Special attention is given to how change occurs and to how government (local, state, federal, global) regulations, stakeholders, consumerism, and court, agency and legislative actions impact on health care. Interprofessional collaboration is explored in achieving policy change. Incorporating research findings into policy change with the masters prepared nurse in a leadership role is explored.

MSN 525

Health Care Delivery Systems & Economics

3 cr

Explores the impact of managed care on the healthcare system. Emphasis is on understanding and implementing aspects of managed care and includes the financial, political, legal and ethical issues. Changes related to health care reform will be covered including: quality processes, health care reform, technology, and patient safety. The student will develop an understanding of how health care delivery systems are organized, financed, and changed.

MSN 533

Health Promotion

3 cr

Current research, theory, and practice trends of advanced nursing in health promotion, genomics, patient safety, and disease prevention across diverse populations will be examined. Population based health outcomes will be addressed across the continuum.

*Wheeling University offers a variety of MBA electives during the academic year, as well as during the summer. Areas of study will vary. 

 

MBA/MSA COURSE ROTATION SCHEDULE

Fall   Spring   Summer  
7 week Session I 7 week Session II 7 week Session I 7 week Session II 7 week Session I 7 week Session II
MBA 500 MBA 531 MBA 508 MBA 502 MBA 503 MBA 520
MBA 505 MBA 547 MBA 520 MBA Elective MBA Elective MBA 539
MBA 554 MBA 560 MBA 509 MBA 534 MBA 534 MBA 553
MBA Elective MBA Elective MBA 539 MBA 506 MBA Elective  

MBA Course Description Key

The course listings offer an idea of how courses might be distributed over four years. The key is as follows:

FI = Fall Session I
FII = Fall Session II
SI = Spring Session I
SII = Spring Session II
D = On Demand
UI = Summer Session I
UII = Summer Session II