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Online Master of Business Administration

  • Develop the leadership skills to become a change agent in today’s complex economy.
  • Gain credentials by graduating from an AACSB-Accredited program.
  • Choose from one of three concentrations to customize your education.
  • Graduate in as few as 2 years.

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About the OHIO MBA

Ohio University offers an online MBA with concentrations in Finance, Executive Management, and Health Care. The 35-credit program takes approximately 6 semesters to complete, so you can graduate in as few as 2 years. With an emphasis on strategic leadership and professional development, the online MBA curriculum provides the academic rigor and personalized enrichment experiences you need to transform into a leader who makes a difference.

Ohio University also offers a part-time, hybrid Professional MBA option. The PMBA program is unique in its delivery approach, utilizing a blended delivery curriculum that employs virtual classrooms, online learning modules, and once-a-month Saturday residencies.

The Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB) has granted accreditation to the College of Business, a distinctive honor that recognizes the school’s excellence.

The College of Business at Ohio University offers a variety of innovative programs that provide a distinctive learning environment for business professionals. These programs focus on how economic, social, and political influences impact today’s business. Currently, there are 10 bachelors degree offerings and 5 graduate-level programs within the College of Business, including the online MBA and PMBA programs.

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Find Your Promise

Ohio University’s online MBA serves as a catalyst for ambitious business leaders. Throughout the program, students immerse themselves in a series of activities focused on personal assessment, reflection, self-awareness and growth. They play an active role in driving and tracking their own personal and professional evolution. Through these impactful exercises, our students unlock their ability to help others develop and enable themselves to become better people and stronger business professionals.

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Create Value

Professional Value
An MBA can be a valuable tool in the business world. When you earn your MBA online from Ohio University you are making a conscious effort to improve your professional value, both in your current position and for future business opportunities. By developing your business intelligence you can qualify for previously unattainable jobs and create new pathways toward leadership positions.

Educational Value
At Ohio University, we understand how important an MBA can be to advancing your career. We also think your MBA should be affordable, engaging, and academically rigorous. That’s why we have designed an online MBA program that is comprehensive and challenging, yet flexible to fit your lifestyle. Combine that with the opportunity to choose a concentration that best fits your professional needs, and you have an MBA that can help you achieve your goals and provide a strong return on investment.

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Develop Your Career

Personal insights. Professional success.
Structured to resemble the development and deployment of a strategic business plan, the online MBA program promotes 360-degree feedback allowing you to discover your true potential, recalibrate goals, review achievements, and self-assess the results. During this program you also will be able to interact with your professors and peers in a workshop format. Held on campus, these small, intensive, interactive weekend sessions focus on analytical thinking and leadership development to define and clarify your strongest assets and contributions within a business framework. Students must attend 1 on-campus workshop with the option to attend 2 additional workshops. Workshops run from Friday to Sunday and include accommodations and most meals.

By combining this workshop experience, the feedback received, and the creation of personal development plans, students, with hands-on guidance, engage in a life-altering experience where they learn to pull all of their new-found knowledge and insights together and understand how to apply them in their personal and professional lives.

Admissions

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Admissions Requirements

  • Regionally-accredited bachelor’s degree
  • 2 to 5 years professional experience
  • 3.0 GPA
  • Résumé
  • 3 letters of recommendation
  • Goals statement
  • No GMAT required

Transfer credits are not accepted for this program.

  • Students should enter the full academic year and term for which they are applying
  • $50 application fee; $55 international students (paid online upon completion of the application)
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Tuition

Invest in your future by investing in yourself. Ohio University prides itself on offering affordable, yet academically rigorous, education.

Master of Business Administration online (2013-2014)

  • Total program tuition $33,915 (Ohio resident);
    $34,580 (non-Ohio resident)
  • Cost per semester credit hour $969 (Ohio resident);
    $988 (non-Ohio resident)
  • 35 total semester credit hours
  • 5-6 credit hours each semester
  • 6 semesters to complete

Click here for information on Financial Aid.

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Academic Calendar

2013-2014 Summer ’14 Fall ’14
Application Deadline 4/7/14 7/11/14
Registration Deadline 5/5/14 8/22/14
Classes Start 5/7/14 8/25/14
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Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

You’ve got questions, we’ve got answers.

How much is the tuition?

Effective for students beginning the program in 2013-2014, the total program tuition is $33,915 (Ohio resident)/$34,580 (non-Ohio resident), including fees. The cost per semester credit hour is $969 (Ohio resident)/$988 (non-Ohio resident). There is a Specialized Services/Materials fee of $80 per credit hour included in the tuition. This fee is assessed by credit hour and includes technology fees, and part of the workshop costs. There is also a $4 per credit hour Student Information System/Network fee.

What does the tuition cover?

The tuition cost covers the cost per credit hour as well as hotel and most meals for your campus workshop(s).

How long is the program?

The program is 35 total semester credit hours (5-6 credit hours each semester) and takes 6 semesters to complete. Each semester consists of two 7-week terms (A & B), and you are taking one class per each 7-week term.

What are the concentrations?

The concentrations of the online MBA program are Finance, Executive Management, and Health Care.

Do I have to log on at a specific time?

The majority of activities you engage in are asynchronous but on occasion, some courses will have live required lecture sessions. These sessions are kept to a minimum, and students will select which day and time works best for them. You also have the opportunity to participate in live virtual office hours that are strongly recommended and recorded for your convenience. Tests and quizzes are typically completed within a certain time frame. For each course, you will want to ensure that you can commit a minimum of 15-20 hours per week for each class.

Are there campus visit requirements?

All MBA candidates are required to attend one on-campus, weekend-long (Friday afternoon-Sunday) Professional Development Workshop. Students also have the option to participate in two more workshops throughout the program, but those are not required.

Is the attendance at the required workshop flexible?

Students must attend one on-campus, weekend-long workshop. The workshop is scheduled very far in advance so that travel accommodations can be made.

How long has the program been around?

The Ohio University online MBA program started in the Fall semester of 2012. The College of Business has more than 15 years of experience delivering outstanding distance graduate business education, and you can be assured that you will receive superior instruction from a university with more than a century-old reputation for academic excellence.

What type of student support can I expect during the program?

At Ohio University, each student is assigned a personal Student Support Advisor who will be with you throughout your time in the program. To discuss the program in detail, contact your Enrollment Advisor.

Do the faculty members teach both on-campus and online?

Yes.

Is my work experience taken into consideration?

Yes, you must have a minimum of 2 to 5 years of professional work experience.

Can I transfer credits in?

Transfer credits are not accepted for this program.

Are there any prerequisite courses needed if my degree isn’t in Business?

No, there are no prerequisite courses required for this program; however, we will take your professional work experience into consideration.

How will I communicate with my professors?

Your professors will participate in the class discussion areas with you. Also, they will provide virtual office hours if you need individual attention.

What can I expect the coursework to be like?

You should expect that course work will be application based. You will learn based on real world scenarios and expect to apply them both in and outside of the classroom environment.

Does the Ohio University online MBA require the GMAT?

The Ohio University online MBA does not require the GMAT for admission.

Why Choose Ohio University?

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Top Ranked Online MBA Degree Program

A Highly Ranked and Affordable MBA. Ohio University is consistently ranked in the top 2 percent of American public universities by U.S. News & World Report. Additionally, U.S. News & World Report recognized Ohio University with high marks on their lists of Best Business Schools, Best Education Schools, and National Universities. Our curriculum has been recognized as the 3rd Best Value MBA, as published in Fortune. The Princeton Review praises accessibility of the professors, the beauty of the campus, and the quality of the college newspaper.

Ohio University has also been recognized by Peterson’s Guide to Competitive Colleges for academic quality and value.

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AACSB-Accredited Online MBA Program

Accredited by the Association to Advance Collegiate School of Business (AACSB). Working professionals who are seeking to augment and accelerate their expertise will find the respected education they are looking for in the AACSB-Accredited online MBA program at Ohio University. This esteemed designation is held by only 5% of business schools worldwide. AACSB accreditation is the world’s most widely recognized endorsement in business education.  Universities are evaluated on alumni success, rankings, school histories, and other significant qualifiers, which help determine the value employers place on advanced degrees.

Ohio University is regionally accredited by the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools. This organization oversees the educational offerings of schools and universities in the north central region of the United States.

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MBA Program Benefits

Top 10 Reasons Why Ohio University’s online MBA is One of the Best
Earning an online MBA from Ohio University’s academically rigorous program promotes life-changing professional and personal development.

  1. Top Ranked – Ohio University is consistently ranked in the top 2 percent of American public universities by U.S. News & World Report.
  2. Academic Quality – The Ohio University online MBA program features the same quality curriculum that is taught on campus.
  3. Focused Curriculum – The MBA program features a comprehensive curriculum focused on the current and practical business skills you will need to secure your future in the business world. Choose 1 of 3 concentrations in Finance, Health Care, or Executive Management.
  4. Practical Knowledge – What you learn in classes can be immediately applied in your current workplace.
  5. Flexible Learning – Learn online through a student-focused degree program that treats you like a professional and fits into your lifestyle.
  6. Best Value – Our curriculum has been recognized as the third (3rd) Best Value MBA, as published by Fortune. It is affordable and academically rigorous.
  7. Experienced Faculty – Learn from a faculty of proficient business professionals who can share their practical knowledge and experiences across various industries.
  8. High Standards – Gain reputable credentials by graduating from this Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB)-Accredited degree program.
  9. Real World Relevancy – Two of the top specializations for professionals seeking their MBA are Finance and Health Care. Source: Graduate Management Admission Council
  10. Increased Potential – In 2012 the median pay for business professionals with an MBA degree was 37% more than those without. Source: PayScale.com

Faculty Videos

Dr. Ann Gabriel

Hi, I’m Dr. Ann Gabriel, a professor in the School of Accountancy at Ohio University. I’m originally from the Columbus area but I decided to go to north for my undergraduate education and I’m a proud alum of the University of Michigan and a die-hard Wolverine. After graduating from Michigan, I joined the practice office of PriceWaterhouseCoopers, at that time it was Coopers and Lybrand. I served in the audit practice for 13 years. Also during that time, I spent two years in our national office in New York City. As often happens, in public accounting, I got the offer from a client that I couldn’t refuse, and I became the Controller and Chief Accounting Officer for ChemLawn Corporation.

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Dr. Hao Lou

Hi, my name is Hao Lou, a Professor of Management Information Systems in the College of Business at Ohio University. I would like to briefly introduce myself. I originally came from China in the 1980’s. I received my MBA and PhD in Management Information Systems from the University of Houston in the early 90’s. Since then, I have served as a faculty member in the Department of Information Systems at Ohio University. Before joining Ohio University, I also taught both graduate and undergraduate courses at the University of Houston. My current research interest is mainly in global outsourcing area, specifically I’m interested in studying the engagement between Asian outsourcing providers and the Western customers.

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Dr. Hugh Sherman

Hi, my name is Hugh Sherman, and I’m the Dean of the College of Business at Ohio University. More importantly, I’m the faculty member who is going to teach the strategy introductory course. Just a little bit about myself, I’ve been at Ohio University now for 15 years, and I’ve been the Dean for the last 4 years. Before I came to Ohio University, I was a Marketing Vice President for a company that’s now called the Swatch Watch Group. It owns all of the Swiss brands that you can think of, from Omega to Hamilton to Petit Philippe, and it does about a billion and a half dollars worldwide.

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Dr. Ken Cutright

Hello, my name is Ken Cutright. I am currently the Associate Dean at the College of Business at Ohio University. I'm also professor of Operations Management. I've been at Ohio University for 27 years and teach operations courses and basic statistic courses. I'm originally from West Virginia. I got my undergraduate degree in mathematics from a small school in West Virginia Glenville State College, got my Master's in mathematics from WVU and my PhD in industrial engineering from WVU. After receiving the PhD I came directly to Ohio University, as I said earlier I've been here 27 years. I've been married to the same woman for 41 years. We have three children- three boys- and four grandchildren- two girls and two boys. They all live here in the Athens area, so we're delighted about that, having all our kids around.

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Dr. Kharrum Bhutta

Hello, my name is Kharrum Bhutta and I am on the faculty in the College of Business, Management Systems Department at Ohio University. I’ve been here for about 2 years now and I came here from Louisiana where I was with Nicholls State University for about 8 years. My background is a PhD in Operations Management from the University of Texas at Arlington. I’m originally from Pakistan and have both my bachelor’s in Mechanical Engineering and my MBA were done in Pakistan.

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Dr. Chris Moberg

Hello, my name is Chris Moberg and I teach in the Marketing Department at Ohio University. Welcome to the Marketing Strategy course. I’d like to spend a few minutes going over my personal and professional background. I grew up in Albuquerque, New Mexico and found myself at the University of New Mexico, majoring in Marketing as an undergraduate student. During my college years, my family moved to Cincinnati, Ohio and I spent a lot of my summer breaks in Ohio. When I decided to get my master’s degree right away after college I decided to go to Miami University and I got my MBA with a concentration in Management. I had a wonderful opportunity after I got my MBA degree at Miami to teach for a year at Miami as an instructor in the Marketing department. This is where I first got the bug to be a teacher.

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Dr. Red Martin

Hi, I’m Red Martin, and I’m a professor of Operations Management in the College of Business here at Ohio University. In the PMBA program I’ve taught 3 courses in the past, Data Analysis for Decision Making, the Analytics course, and the Operations Management course. I’ve spent most of my life either associated with or living nearby Ohio University. I grew up 30 miles from here, in a little town in Jackson County. Way back in 1969, I finished the bachelor’s program in Mathematics at Ohio University and then went on to work for Goodyear-Comet Corporation in Plankton, Ohio. After 3 years at the Goodyear-Comet Corporation, I returned to Ohio University and got a Master’s in Industrial Systems Engineering. Then I went on to Carnegie-Mellon in Pittsburgh, PA where I earned masters and PhD degree in Operations Research. After that I taught for 7 years at Ohio University in the Department of Industrial and Systems Engineering.

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Dr. Terry Conry

Hi, my name is Terry Conry and I’m very pleased that we will be working together this term. Let me take a few minutes and introduce myself to you. I’ve been serving as a part-time associate professor in the College of Business since 1987. I’ve taught both at the undergraduate and graduate levels. Ohio University is my alma mater. My doctoral research focused on inter-organizational negotiations. More recently, my research has focused on working in restructured work places, particularly the implications on human resources. I’ve had line management responsibility as the Associate Vice President for Finance and Administration, responsible for facilities and auxiliaries, safety and risk management, and human resources.

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Online MBA Programs

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Curriculum

Online Master of Business Administration Core Courses
MBA 6320 Data Analysis for Decision Making 3 credits
MBA 6340 Organizational Behavior and Human Resource Management 3 credits
MBA 6315 Accounting for Executives 3 credits
MBA 6335 Managerial Finance 3 credits
MBA 6350 Strategic Marketing and Supply Chain Management 3 credits
MBA 6360 Strategic Use of Information 3 credits
MBA 6370 Management of Operations 3 credits
MBA 6380 Strategic Leadership 3 credits
MBA 6912 Applied Business Experience (CAPSIM) 2 credits
(26 Credits Total)
MBA 6320- Data Analysis for Decision Making: Data analysis is rapidly becoming a required skill set for today’s managers in competitive environments. As a decision maker in business, you are likely to be asked to conduct your own analysis of data, or you will be asked to interpret a report that has been derived by others. In this course, you will have the opportunity to learn how to summarize, visualize, and manage data within software environments that are commonly used in business today. Additionally, techniques that help decision makers reduce risk and identify opportunities that would provide an individual or a company with a competitive advantage will be reviewed.
MBA 6340- Organizational Behavior and Human Resource Management: This course will provide students with a strategic and analytical approach to complex behavioral problems within organizations. In addition, the design and implementation of management practices for aligning human resource practices and the strategic intent of the organization will be reviewed and discussed.
MBA 6315- Accounting for Executives: Introduction to financial reporting concepts and application of fundamental accounting principles is the main emphasis of this course. The curriculum also relates accounting and financial disciplines to the strategic focus of an organization utilizing valuation and managerial accounting concepts.
MBA 6335- Managerial Finance: This course provides an overview of the tools and techniques of financial decision-making. The primary learning objectives of the course include knowing what information is necessary for a manager to make effective financial decisions, understanding the corporation’s role in the financial system including how firms are funded and how the securities used for funding are valued, and how financial information should be analyzed and interpreted in order to make effective and informed business decisions.
MBA 6350- Strategic Marketing and Supply Chain Management: The course is an application-oriented course with a focus on marketing strategy and supply chain management for organizations. Critical aspects of strategic marketing planning, such as situation analysis, competitive analysis, product and service management, distribution and supply chain management, and integrated marketing communications, are examined in depth. The course will discuss the latest analytical tools used in strategic marketing. Students will study how to explore marketing resources and information to maximize long-run customer value and to generate the greatest financial return for the organization.
MBA 6360- Strategic Use of Information: This course provides an introduction to information systems and their strategic role in organizations, blending organizational and managerial concerns with the study of information technologies.
MBA 6370- Management of Operations: Selected survey and case applications of techniques in plant layout, production planning and control, materials management, quality control, and operations research in relation to operations management problem solving, decision making, and policy determination are explored during this course.
MBA 6380- Strategic Leadership: Students bring together lessons from all their prior course work to analyze the firm and its industry, and to formulate and implement strategy. In this course, you will be asked to take the perspective of executives who have overall responsibility for an organization. Concepts discussed include strategy formulation at the corporate and business levels, interrelationships between firms and their environments; corporate governance and strategy implementation issues.
MBA 6912- Applied Business Experience (CAPSIM): In this course, students work in teams to complete a computer simulation. In this simulation, the teams each run a fictitious firm, making financial, production, marketing, and other key business decisions. Teams compete with one another in a dynamic industry environment. This provides an opportunity to apply many of the concepts you have learned throughout the MBA program.
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Define your future with an online MBA from Ohio University
The Ohio University online MBA consists of 9 core courses (26 credits) and 3 concentration courses (9 credits). The program runs for 6 semesters and can be completed in as few as 2 years. Students will take 2 courses each semester for a total of 35 semester hours.

The concentration options are Finance, Health Care, and Executive Management. Additionally, all MBA candidates will attend an on-campus, weekend-long Professional Development Workshop with the option to participate in 2 more.

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Online Finance MBA

Finance Concentration Courses
MBA 6345 Financial Markets and Institutions 3 credits
MBA 6355 Investments 3 credits
MBA 6365 Advanced Corporate Finance 3 credits
(9 Credits Total)
MBA 6345 - Financial Markets and Institutions: This course provides a review of concepts, problems, and applications of financial decision making, with an emphasis on equity, fixed income, and derivative and foreign exchange as related to financial markets and institutions.
MBA 6355 - Investments: An overview of portfolio management and investment performance, as well as equity valuation, market efficiency and behavioral issues will be presented in this course. Also, developing risk and return based on portfolio theory and asset pricing models are addressed.
MBA 6365 – Advanced Corporate Finance: This course covers topics related to a deeper understanding of corporate finance, including capital structure, dividend policy, long-term and short-term financing, and risk management. An overview of how to address key company specific questions about the firm’s strategy and ability to fund its operations, while at the same time managing and incorporating risk management to maximize shareholder wealth, is also provided.
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Your time, well invested.
Designed to improve your competency in the financial practices that drive the business world, the online MBA in Finance degree program cultivates your ability for analytical and critical thinking, examines successful leadership skills, and helps you discover new ways to accelerate your professional development.

During the finance concentration courses, you will examine the risks and rewards for investing in volatile financial markets and gain a deeper understanding of portfolio management and corporate finance. The finance concentration is a focused study of financial protocol, including capital, the structure of financial institutions, dividend policies, risk management, both long-term and short-term financing, risk management at the firm level, and other finance related topics.

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Online Health Care MBA

Health Care Concentration Courses
HLTH 6010 Introduction to the U.S. Health Care Delivery System 3 credits
HLTH 6210 Health Care Finance 3 credits
HLTH 6280 Health Law 3 credits
(9 Credits Total)
HLTH 6010 – Introduction to the U.S. Health Care Delivery System: This course focuses on how the U.S. health services system is organized, the internal and external forces on the system, as well as how system services are delivered and financed.
HLTH 6210 – Health Care Finance: This course provides an overview of the financial administration concepts and tools essential in sustaining viability of various health care organizations, including financial statement analysis, time value of money, cost analysis, budgeting, portfolio theory, asset pricing models, valuation methods, and cost of capital.
HLTH 6280 - Health Law: This course delves into the relationship between the legal and health care systems, including the roles and rights of key stakeholders of the U.S. health care system.
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Good health is big business.
In the rapidly evolving health care industry, business acumen is becoming as important as clinical expertise. Market shifts, changing demographics and efforts to manage costs while providing quality patient care have increased the opportunities for strategic and financial expertise in hospital administration, biotech, pharmaceutical, consulting, and e-health ventures.

The online MBA with a concentration in Health Care degree program is designed to prepare graduates for roles in senior management as well as product development, marketing, operations, and supply-chain analysis so they can excel in the growing field of health care. Examine the U.S. health care delivery system, explore the intricacies of health care finance, and focus on the rules and regulations governing health care practice and the insurance industry with our online MBA in Health Care.

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Online Executive Management MBA

Executive Management Concentration Courses
MBA 6325 Business Analytics 3 credits
MBA 6425 Leadership and Change Management 3 credits
MBA 6900 Ethics in the Global Environment 3 credits
(9 Credits Total)
MBA 6325 - Business Analytics: With the development of the PC and spreadsheet applications, it is now possible for most decision makers to access the tools and techniques that previously required the skills of specialists. Some refer to analytics as the new science of winning. It refers to a commitment by top management to the extensive use of data, statistical and quantitative analysis, explanatory and predictive models and fact-based management to drive decisions and actions. This course covers the topics of analytics and spreadsheet modeling for decision-making. You will be expected to master, at an introductory level, techniques that are at the heart of the competitive posture of many successful organizations.
MBA 6425 – Leadership and Change Management: The ability to effectively manage the tension between stability and change in organizational contexts is a key competency for today’s competitive business leader. This course is designed to equip students with the foundation of theoretical knowledge and skills necessary to achieve competence in this area. Toward this end, this course integrates three types of learning: (1) didactic (theories and concepts from primary sources, articles, and lecture material); (2) critical thinking and analysis (applying theory to organizational cases); and (3) experiential (applying theory to a real organizational simulation; initiating a change leadership development project). Critical thinking and experiential learning are emphasized through hands-on activities, exercises, discussions and cases that will help you to build familiarity with key concepts. We hope you will grow as you study and learn about transformation and change in organizations.
MBA 6900 – Ethics in the Global Environment: This course introduces key concepts related to business ethics, and specifically focuses on issues in the global business environment. Important decision-making frameworks are introduced and discussed in an effort to help students develop their own unique approach to ethical reasoning.
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Dynamic leadership.
Today’s executives face an array of complex challenges. An online MBA with a concentration in Executive Management degree program from Ohio University equips working professionals with the expertise to excel as a leader in any business environment. Whether you are an entrepreneur, manager, team leader, or just interested in expanding your career options, our comprehensive online MBA in Executive Management degree can help you prepare for new opportunities in management and leadership.

Learn to collect, interpret, and utilize the analytics and data that drive successful businesses. Develop the capacity for critical thinking and confident decision-making. Focus on the theories, challenges and practices associated with implementing organizational change. Examine ethical business in the global environment.