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Increasingly, an MBA degree is the minimum requirement for some of the best careers in management, finance, and other business areas. Norwich University’s Master of Business Administration (MBA) program, which is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Business Schools and Programs (ACBSP), equips working adults with the specialized skills and knowledge needed to transition to a career in the business arena or advance into a leadership role within their organizations.
Rooted in both theory and practice, our online MBA curriculum gives students a comprehensive foundation in core business areas including operations, finance, marketing, and strategic resource management as well as ongoing opportunities to apply that core knowledge to case studies and projects geared toward their workplaces and other organizations. Depending on their career goals, students can pursue a general MBA degree or focus their studies on one of three concentrations in project management, organizational leadership, or finance.
Our online MBA program culminates in an independent research project that students complete over the course of their final three concentration seminars. Using concepts learned in each seminar, students develop a set of strategies for identifying business solutions and achieving business improvement in their current workplaces or other relevant organizations. Depending on their case study subjects, students can present this substantive body of research to their current employers to generate immediate value within their organizations or use it as a work sample for prospective employers.
Norwich University’s accredited online MBA program provides you with a foundation for success in a broad range of careers in the private, public, and non-profit sectors. Our alumni have gone on to positions at top organizations including JPMorgan Chase and Co., Ford Motor Company, the American Red Cross, Deloitte, Citigroup, and the U.S. Department of the Treasury. Learn more »
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Norwich’s 36-credit Master of Business Administration (MBA) program is made up of six six-credit courses, each of which is approximately 11 weeks in length. The program culminates in a one-week residency and a graduation ceremony at Norwich University in June. There are four program start dates per year: March, June, September, and December.
MBA Specializations: Students may choose a general MBA, which provides a breadth of foundational courses in business management, or select a specialized concentration in project management, finance, or organizational leadership. Students will pursue one of these paths after completing the core courses of the MBA curriculum. Descriptions of these specializations are found further down in this curriculum section. More information about program requirements is available in our course catalog.
All students begin the online MBA program by taking the three courses listed immediately below as core courses.
This course focuses on the strategic management of the intangible assets of an organization: human capital, information capital, and organizational capital. Topics include human motivation, workforce utilization, performance measurement, leadership, organizational culture and change, management information systems, knowledge management, and contingency planning. You will learn to translate strategy into operational terms and to align the organization with its strategy.
This course introduces the problems of finance function and the responsibilities of the chief financial executive and their staff in the ongoing operations of the firm. Emphasis will be on efficient allocation and uses of funds. Topics include financial analysis, cash flow and financial planning, capital budgeting, valuation models, risk and return analysis, leverage and capital structure, working capital management, and international business finance. Prerequisites: GB 511, or permission of the program director.
This course centers on marketing and operations management from their distinct functional perspectives in an organization and ways to achieve integration of the two for optimal business performance. You will use the Product Life Cycle (PLC) model as a framework for integrating the two disciplines and to demonstrate change in the nature and interface of marketing and operations as a firm’s products evolve through the PLC. Prerequisites: GB522
For students who wish to pursue the general MBA, they will take the following three courses to complete the program.
This course addresses the strategic management of internationally active organizations. A theoretical framework is provided to enable you to compare, contrast, and evaluate the differences between domestic-only and internationally active organizations. You will examine and apply concepts pertaining to the globalization of business, the internationalization of a specific organization, and the factors that influence to these two outcomes. You will learn to make decisions rooted in the increasingly international context of today’s business world.
Each component of this course will contribute to a single integrated learning experience about leading change in an organization. Acting as a leader, you will test proven change management processes and techniques while learning to develop action plans to achieve tangible, successful results. Topics will consider both the global virtual world and on-site workplace environments. You will explore various change management models and problem-solving techniques and learn to effectively apply information as you lead change.
This course addresses the strategic management of entire organizations, which implies total responsibility for integrating and coordinating all activities and the accomplishment of long-term goals that determine organizational survival. You will use analytical models to dissect actual case scenarios, identify the underlying strategic nature of business problems, and develop strategic recommendations for their resolution. You will debate the topical and controversial issues of corporate management and have the opportunity to interact with industry leaders. The course culminates in a project that integrates material from prior courses into a cohesive strategic analysis of an international company using the Balanced Scorecard (BSC) - a strategic performance management tool which may be used by managers to keep track of the execution of activities by the staff within their control and to monitor the consequences arising from these actions. A comprehensive outcome assessment examination will be administered during this course.
The MBA concentration in project management requires that students embark on an independent research project by the start of the fourth course and complete it, in three steps, by the end of the sixth (last) course. Students are encouraged to identify a corporate partner to focus on in a case study and with whom to practice the skills gained in the project management concentration courses. If students are unable to use their own employer, they may select another enterprise. Students will receive instructions for completing each phase of the independent research project in the first week of the three concentration courses.
This course focuses on the fundamentals of project management and practices. The course explores the project management framework, the project lifecycle, project process, and key project management knowledge areas. You will study project integration, scope, time, cost, quality, and resource and schedule management as well as project management procurement and overall project communications requirements. Prerequisites: GB532
This course focuses on the important aspects of project management leadership, effective communications, and the management of project teams. You will explore the fundamental principles of good project management including leadership skills, winning stakeholder cooperation, writing the rules to manage expectations, project risk management, creating realistic schedules, achieving accurate project estimates, trade-offs between project cost, schedule and quality, building strong project teams, clear communications, measuring progress, problem solving, defining clear requirements, and applying lean principles. This course will incorporate these important project leadership, communication, and team management skills with key concepts and ideas coming from the GB544 Project Management Techniques, Tools and Practices seminar, resulting in the integration of fundamental principles of project management with leadership, communications, and team-building practices and challenges. Prerequisites: GB544, or permission of the program director.
This course focuses on the application of the concepts and ideas from the GB544 and GB554 courses. You will apply the fundamental principles of project management from the project management framework, the project lifecycle, project integration, scope, time, cost, quality, and schedule management. You will complete a proposed project that integrates the concepts of leadership skills, winning stakeholder cooperation, project risk management, building strong project teams, clear communications, measuring progress, and problem solving. A comprehensive outcome assessment examination will be administered during this course. Prerequisites: GB544 and GB554, or permission of the program director.
The MBA concentration in finance requires that students embark on an independent research project by the start of the fourth course and complete it, in three steps, by the end of the sixth (last) course. Students are encouraged to identify a corporate partner to focus on in a case study and with whom to practice the skills gained in the finance concentration courses. If students are unable to use their own employer, they may select another enterprise. Students will receive instructions for completing each phase of the independent research project in the first week of the three concentration courses.
This course focuses on advanced topics in corporate finance and multinational business finance. You will study multinational enterprises (MNEs), unique institutions that act as catalysts and facilitators of international trade and as important producers and marketers in host countries where their subsidiaries are located. The seminar builds on GB522 Managerial Finance and identifies and describes in detail the differences between multinational business finance and domestic financial management. Main topics include the global financial environment, foreign exchange theory, the foreign exchange market and derivatives, foreign exchange exposure, financing the global firm, foreign investment decisions, and managing multinational operations. Prerequisites: GB532
This course is concerned with the characteristics and analysis of individual securities and the theory and practice of optimally combining securities into portfolios. You will explore new securities and trading strategies that would have been impossible without concurrent advances in computer and communications technology and advances in investment theory. The seminar will be organized around two themes powerful in their implications for investment strategy: that the security market is a highly efficient market, and that an investor who diversifies and takes a long-term investment approach is generally rewarded with higher returns and less risk. Prerequisites: GB522
This course illustrates and exercises the application of tools and concepts of modern finance and represents the culmination of the study of finance in the Norwich University MBA program. The course relies on the techniques and theories of corporate finance, multinational business finance, and investments to expand your strategic perspectives and enhance your financial analysis skills. You will use the case analysis approach to explore cases focused on managing for corporate value creation. A comprehensive outcome assessment examination will be administered during this course. Prerequisites: GB522, GB545, and GB555
The MBA concentration in organizational leadership requires that students embark on an independent research project by the start of the fourth course and complete it, in three steps, by the end of the sixth (last) course. Students are encouraged to identify a corporate partner to focus on in a case study and with whom to practice the skills gained in the organizational concentration courses. If students are unable to use their own employer, they may select another enterprise. Students will receive instructions for completing each phase of the independent research project in the first week of the three concentration courses.
This broad-based course focuses on differentiating the conceptual and theoretical change models to enable you to understand the best ways to lead and manage change. You will examine change in national and multinational business organizations from a leadership and management perspective. You will learn the importance of a manager’s ability to understand and follow the change management process in a collaborative manner and to practice management skills that foster positive changes in individuals and organizations. Prerequisites: GB532
This course focuses on strategic organizational behavior in business organizations. You will learn about the importance of strategic alignment in order to enable effective organizational behavior. Systems thinking and organizational behavior provide a framework for analyzing and influencing the behavior of individuals and groups within the organization. The course focuses on analyzing and applying various strategic organizational behavior models to illustrate the best ways to assess and impact the strategic alignment of organizations. You will learn the importance of a manager’s ability to understand and use various organizational behavior and organizational strategy models and the practice management skills that foster strategic alignment and effective behavior in individuals and organizations. Prerequisites: GB546, or permission of the program director.
This course presents the implications of strategic alignment on organizational success. It differentiates conceptual and theoretical change models to illustrate the best ways to lead change while considering individual and group behavior as it relates to strategy. You will learn to apply principles of strategic leadership, organizational behavior, and change theories to individuals and organizations to align stakeholder interest, impact performance, and ensure future success. A comprehensive outcome assessment examination will be administered during the course. Prerequisites: GB546 and GB556, or permission of the program director.
A comprehensive exam is a requirement of the MBA program and is part of the graduation requirement. The exam will cover business concepts discussed throughout the MBA program and is administered during the student's final course. Exam dates and instructions will be provided by Norwich staff well ahead of time. The exam will not affect the student's grade for the course.
The final academic requirement for the MBA program is a week-long residency at the beautiful and historic Norwich University campus in Vermont. Students have the opportunity to meet with fellow students, faculty, and program staff in both formal classroom and informal settings. Norwich covers the cost of all meals and accommodation on campus. Academic recognition ceremonies and commencement cap off the week, and family and friends are encouraged to attend.
Dr. Jose Cordova earned his PhD in telecommunications management, as well as his MA in economics and MA in administrative studies from Ohio University. Jose has over 25 years of experience worldwide in the academic, business, operational and high tech industry, was the program director for the University of San Francisco-Quito, and has taught various courses for the MBA program, School of Business, at California State University-San Bernardino. He has also acted as the senior executive and senior consultant in international business, marketing, finance, information systems and telecommunications for top multinationals in the U.S., Europe and Latin America, including IBM, AT&T, NCR, Schering-Plough, and MasterCard.
Ashley Larrow is the associate program director for the MBA program. She is a native Vermonter who enjoys traveling. She completed her bachelor’s degree at Bellarmine University in foreign language and international studies with special focus on Spanish and Mandarin Chinese. She has studied abroad in Madrid and Segovia, Spain, and in Córdoba, Argentina. Before coming to Norwich she worked at the Community College of Vermont in the Financial Aid and Admissions office. She is currently enrolled in the Master of Public Administration program at Norwich and looks forward to the educational learning opportunities that Norwich is known to provide.
Andrew Liptak holds his BA in history and a MA in military history, both from Norwich University. First joining Norwich as a student in 2003, he joined College of Graduate and Continuing Studies in 2007, where he has worked as a student services advisor. In addition to his duties at Norwich, he works as a freelance historian and writer.
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There's good news for graduates of B-school: demand for MBAs is on the rise. As the global market continues to climb out of the Great Recession of 2008-12, MBAs are enjoying increased salaries, additional employment possibilities, and a greater respect among employers for relevant work experience and nontraditional educational backgrounds.
Impressive figures of hiring activity in 2011 paint an unquestionably promising picture for MBA grads. Whereas from 1990 to 2010, demand for MBAs rose just 15% per year, in 2011 that number jumped dramatically to 36%, according to the QS TopMBA.com Jobs and Salary Trends Report 2011/12.
Interestingly, the global recession had a relatively minor impact on MBA hiring trends. This is perhaps due to the need for business consultants to advise their clients on the best course to map through turbulent economic waters.
By far the strongest factor in the upswing in demand for MBAs is the development of new markets worldwide – in Latin America, Eastern Europe, Asia-Pacific, Africa, and the Middle East.
Although companies in the United States and Canada remain the greatest employers of MBAs, far-flung regions across the globe are expected to eclipse North America in the next few years in this regard.
Salaries for MBAs have remained stable throughout the faltering economy and are expected to rise in the near term – further evidence that the recession has had less of an effect on business grads than those in other careers.
The average annual salary for an MBA in the United States was $92,000 in 2011. Though women MBAs earn 85 cents for every dollar earned by men, that's a 10% improvement over the 77 cents on the dollar earned by women in other professions.
Business schools ranked outside the top 20 show the biggest increase in alumni recruitment. Indeed, a survey conducted by the MBA Career Services Council found an impressive 73% of schools ranked between 51 and 100 showed an increase in on-campus employer recruitment efforts.
This is good news not only for lower ranked schools, but also for online and distance learning programs. Employers are now seeking graduates with relevant work experience as well as quality educations.
Arguably the most interesting finding from the TopMBA.com survey is the surge of consulting positions among working MBAs: there was a 28% leap in demand for consultants worldwide in 2011, and a further 17% jump is forecast for 2012. James Platt of Boston Consulting Group in London explains that an MBA education is nicely aligned with the diverse skills required of the consultant – which are in even greater demand in times of uncertainty for businesses.
Aerospace and defense positions were the highest paying in 2011 at US$150,000 average annual salary, followed closely by financial services with $130,000. Rounding out the top three is consulting/professional services at $110,000.
The least promising areas in 2011 were transportation, travel and hospitality, and the public sector.
As MBAs prepare to meet the needs of an ever more global marketplace, they should keep in mind the desire for the so-called soft skills of business professionals: leadership, communication, and intercultural acumen.
The TopMBA.com survey reveals that the candidate with robust work experience and academic achievements who is also skilled with interpersonal relations is optimally poised to take advantage of today's favorable MBA climate.