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Online MBA in Management: Students Choose Their Electives

To earn a Master of Business Administration (MBA) in Management online from Northwest Missouri State University, students must complete 30 credit hours by taking 10 courses total — one course equals three credit hours. Of this total, 21 hours (seven courses) meet the advanced core requirements. Nine hours (three courses) must be chosen from the management MBA elective course options.

The ability to choose these concentration courses creates a more customized and personalized degree option. Students work with their advisor to choose the courses.

The entire program of 30 credit hours takes as few as 12 to 18 months to complete.

Expanding Knowledge and Options

Because of the elective courses, students can specialize or expand their knowledge in an area of business that appeals to them. The opportunity to customize one’s MBA education and experience can help MBA students tailor their studies to concentrate on their career aspirations or, conversely, explore a variety of subjects to figure out which career path suits their interests.

Students interested in the fast-growing entrepreneurial sector, for example, can take the course Innovation and Entrepreneurship. This course explores the entire process of entrepreneurship, from identifying and evaluating opportunities to methods for making sure they are successful, including potential funding and exit strategies.

Businesses are increasingly focused on the professional development of their employees for a range of purposes, from technology integration training to succession planning, increasing productivity to improving the employee experience. Students who wish to leverage the dynamic impacts of effective professional development programs in their businesses — or begin corporate training and development companies of their own — can benefit from the in-depth study of this topic in the course Organizational Training and Development.

Human resources management is important to all managers. Advanced Human Resource Management is a course that will augment the understanding of MBA in Management students with a specialized look at recruitment, selection, training/development and compensation. The course also highlights legal and ethical issues.

Exploring the Data-Driven Landscape of Modern Business

To an increasing degree, success in the modern business world is driven by the effective use of digital technologies, data and advanced analytics. Competently navigating the information systems and technologies today’s businesses use is a necessity for management professionals. But moving past mere competency is key to being truly competitive, both for businesses and for business managers.

As such, aspiring management professionals should prioritize developing expertise in modern business technologies, especially the use of data analytics and decision support systems to drive business decision-making. Three of Northwest Missouri State University’s online MBA in Management elective courses are designed to help students develop this expertise: Business Analytics and Decision Making, Data Mining for Business Applications and Business Decision Support Modeling.

These and other elective courses provide students with the ability to customize their MBA programs on the firm foundation of required business management core courses.

Learn more about Northwest Missouri State University’s online MBA in Management program.

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