Master of Business Administration

MBA Program Curriculum

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 required 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, organizational leadership, or supply chain management and logistics. 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.

  • Strategic Resources Management • GB511 6 credit hours

    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.

  • Managerial Finance • GB522 6 credit hours

    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.

  • Strategic Marketing and Operations Management • GB532 6 credit hours

    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

General MBA

For students who wish to pursue the general MBA, they will take the following three courses to complete the program.

  • International Business Management • GB552 6 credit hours

    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.

  • Organizational Leadership • GB553 6 credit hours

    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.

  • Strategic Management • GB560 6 credit hours

    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.

Project Management Concentration

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 phases, 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.

  • Project Management Techniques, Tools and Practices • GB544 6 credit hours

    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

  • Project Management Leadership, Communications, and Teams • GB554 6 credit hours

    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.

  • Strategic Management in Project Management • GB564 6 credit hours

    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.

Finance Concentration

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 phases, 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.

  • Multinational Business Finance • GB545 6 credit hours

    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

  • Investments and Portfolio Management • GB555 6 credit hours

    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

  • Strategic Management in Finance • GB565 6 credit hours

    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

Organizational Leadership Concentration

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 phases, 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.

  • Leading Change in Business Organizations • GB546 6 credit hours

    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

  • Strategic Organizational Behavior • GB556 6 credit hours

    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.

  • Strategic Management in Organizational Leadership • GB566 6 credit hours

    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.

Supply Chain Management & Logistics Concentration

The MBA concentration in supply chain management and logistics requires that students embark on an independent research project by the start of the fourth course and complete it, in three phases, 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 supply chain management and logistics 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.

Please Note: The first course of the supply chain management and logistics concentration will be offered beginning December 2014.

  • Supply Chain Management Strategy, Planning and Operations • GB547 6 credit hours

    This course focuses on building business supply chain strategies, which include topics such as: supply chain performance, supply chain drivers and metrics, management of suppliers, as well as inventory and distribution strategies. You will examine demand forecasting, aggregate planning and sales, operation planning, and archetypes, with a focus on flexibility, speed, and technology. Additionally, you will learn the skills needed to successfully work within the areas of procurement, contracts, inventory, and warehousing, along with archetype technology selection and implementation. Prerequisites: GB532

  • Supply Chain Management Logistics, Design and Execution • GB557 6 credit hours

    This course focuses on supply chain warehousing and logistics, which includes topics such as supply chain "movement", warehouse design, capacity management, and delivering customer value. You will also explore the areas of measuring logistics cost and performance, matching up supply with demand, the creation of a responsive supply chain, and the management of complexity and risk. Prerequisites: GB547

  • Supply Chain Management Assessment, Integration, and Optimization • GB567 6 credit hours

    This course focuses on supply chain optimization, which includes topics such as: value assessment of the supply chain, baseline and optimization, capacity management, project management, demand forecasting, quantitative risk assessment, constraint optimization and time estimating techniques. You will learn to integrate important ideas associated with supply chain strategies, logistic operations, and operational optimization with a focus on continuous improvement of supply chain operations. Prerequisites: GB547 and GB557, or permission of the program director.

MBA Comprehensive Exam

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.

Residency

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.