Master of Business Administration

MBA Program Curriculum

Norwich’s 36-credit Master of Business Administration (MBA) program is made up of 6 six-credit courses, each of which is 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.

General MBA: Students may choose a general MBA, which provides a breadth of foundational courses in business administration.

MBA Specializations: Students may choose a specialized concentration in project management, construction management, energy 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. 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 part of the core curriculum.

  • Strategic Resources Management • GB511 6 credit hours

    This seminar focuses on strategic management of intangible assets of an organization: human capital, information capital, and organizational capital. Human motivation, workforce utilization, performance measurement, leadership, organizational culture and change, management information systems, knowledge management, and contingency planning are discussed.

  • Managerial Finance • GB522 6 credit hours

    This seminar introduces the problems of finance function and the responsibilities of the chief financial executive. Efficient allocation and use of funds is emphasized. 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.

  • Strategic Marketing and Operations Management • GB532 6 credit hours

    This seminar centers on Marketing and Operations Management from their own functional perspectives in a business organization and how to achieve integration of the two functions. The Product Life Cycle (PLC) model is used as a framework for integrating the two disciplines to demonstrate how the nature and interface of marketing and operations change as products evolve through the PLCPrerequisites: GB522

General MBA

For students who wish to pursue the general MBA, they will take two elective courses followed by International Business Management (GB552).

Elective Courses:
OL530 Leading Change in Organizations
GB560 Strategic Management
GB544 Project Management Techniques, Tools and Practices
GB547 Supply Chain Management Strategy, Planning and Operations
 

  • International Business Management • GB552 6 credit hours

    This seminar addresses the strategic management of international organizations, providing a theoretical framework to compare, contrast, and evaluate the differences between domestic-only and internationally active organizations. Students are to examine and apply concepts pertaining to the globalization of business, the internationalization of a specific organization, and the factors that influence these two outcomes. Learn how to make decisions rooted in the increasingly international context of today's business world. 

  • Leading Change in Organizations • OL530 6 credit hours

    A leader’s ability to understand and follow the change management process in a collaborative manner is a vital skill to master. This course focuses on the strategic leadership of change in organizations. You will learn about change from a leadership as well as a management perspective in organizations, both national and multinational. This broad-based course differentiates the conceptual and theoretical change models in order to assist the student in understanding the best ways to lead and manage change. You will learn the importance of understanding and following the change management process in a collaborative manner. The course helps students learn about and practice leadership skills that foster positive changes in people and organizations. Prerequisites: GB552

  • Strategic Management • GB560 6 credit hours

    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 are discussed. Analytical models are used to dissect actual case scenarios, identify business problems, and develop strategic recommendations. Students debate topical and controversial current issues in corporate management and have the opportunity to interact with industry leaders. A project that integrates results of prior seminars into a cohesive strategic analysis of an international company is required along with a comprehensive outcomes assessment.

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

    This seminar focuses on the fundamentals of project management and practices. The key elements of project management from the project management framework, the project life cycle, project process and key project management knowledge areas are discussed. Additionally, the project integration, scope, time, cost, quality, resource and schedule management are studied. Other areas of focus are project management procurement and overall project communications.

     

     

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

    The focus of this seminar is the building of business supply chain strategies, which include: supply chain performance, fit and scope, supply chain drivers and metrics, processes, the management of suppliers, inventory strategies, parts management and distribution. Examines demand forecasting, aggregate planning and sales and operation planning, uncertainty, and archetype strategies with a focus on flexibility, speed and technology.

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.

Courses are cross-listed with the Master of Science in Information Security & Assurance Program.

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PMI accreditation of Norwich’s MBA project management concentration signifies that the courses meet the comprehensive academic quality and excellence standards necessary in the industry. Completion of Norwich’s MBA project management courses only fulfills the education requirement for students interested in seeking certification through PMI. To obtain PMI certifications, such as the Project Management Professional (PMP) or the Certified Associate in Project Management (CAPM) designations, students will need to separately pursue the certification process administered through PMI, which includes submitting an application to PMI, acceptance by PMI of your application, and passing a certification exam administered by PMI.

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

    This seminar focuses on the fundamentals of project management and practices. The key elements of project management from the project management framework, the project life cycle, project process and key project management knowledge areas are discussed. Additionally, the project integration, scope, time, cost, quality, resource and schedule management are studied. Other areas of focus are project management procurement and overall project communications.

     

     

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

    This seminar focuses on project management leadership, effective communications and the management of project teams. Students 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 in project management. This seminar discusses project leadership, communication and team management skills integrating them with  concepts from previous seminars, resulting in fundamental principles of project management being integrated with leadership, communications and team building practices and challenges.

  • Strategic Management in Project Management • GB564 6 credit hours

    Applications from the GB 544 and GB 554 are applied in this seminar using the fundamental principles of project management from the project management framework, the project life cycle, project integration, scope, time, cost, quality, and schedule management. Students synthesize leadership skills, winning stakeholder cooperation, project risk management, building strong project teams, clear communications, measuring progress and problem solving in a proposed project. Prereqs: GB 544 and GB 554, or permission of the Program Director.

Construction Management Concentration

The MBA concentration in construction 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 construction 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.

  • Contracts and Insurance • CE539 6 credit hours

    One of the most controversial issues in a project is the understanding and allocation of risk. This course addresses the risk characteristics of various contractual forms and the roles insurance and surety play in the AEC arena. The emergence of new contractual forms from AIA and the ConsensusDocs require a new perspective on contracts and project organization. This course provides a strategic understanding of contract variables, from plans and specs to integrated project delivery. It builds on key concepts and ideas from GB544 Project Management Techniques, Tools and Practices. Prerequisites: GB544.

  • Project Finance and Accounting • CE559 6 credit hours

    Every project is judged on its financial performance, and the same project can have different performance characteristics for different players. This course will enable students to address the ever-increasing complexity of the financial arena and impart skills that effective project managers need to understand the financial ramifications of decisions across all project participants. Discussion will include the opportunities and risks of traditional arrangements as well as new models such as the Special Purpose Entity (SPE) and Public Private Partnerships (PPP). This course builds on the topics covered in GB544 and CE539, which were focused on developing a successful project and project portfolio strategy for an organization and putting in place the company’s project contracts and insurance vehicles. Additionally, you will learn how to optimize all aspects of the company’s strategy and construction management methodology for continued improvement of its business construction management operations. Prerequisites: GB544 and CE539, or permission of the program director.

Energy Management Concentration

The MBA concentration in energy 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 energy 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.

  • Energy Resources and Markets • GB548 6 credit hours

    This seminar focuses on the energy resources and markets that include: introduction to the origins and the typology of the alternate ways to generate energy; price formation of energy and its markets; description of the existing markets and their most common negotiating instruments in relation to each type of energy: oil, natural gas, coal and electricity; development of energy markets and its regulations in  U.S., EU and Latin America; environmental and climate change policies; and the feasible energy mix for the organization under the security of supply.

  • Energy Savings and Efficiency Projects • GB558 6 credit hours

    Managing an organization's project to save and use energy in the most efficient way, including introductions to sustainability, energy intensity, energy efficiency and savings are topics of this seminar. These aspects are reviewed for electricity and heat generators energy systems. Students develop an efficiency solution project for a company, including financial aspects, auditing and energy strategies. Prereq: GB 548.

  • Managing Corporate Energy Needs • GB568 6 credit hours

    This seminar focuses on is energy procurement optimization with security of supply, quality and low cost including how to value available and feasible energy sources of supply, manage energy procurement processes, contracts management, sector supply strategies, demand forecasting, quantitative risk assessment, the company flow of information and cooperative procurement techniques. A detailed behavior of each relevant energy market (oil, gas & electricity) from the demand point of view is discussed. Components of the energy markets and the available energy origins are reviewed, as well as internal analysis of the organization needs and processes, to optimize all aspects of the a company’s energy procurement. Students will acquire analytical and managerial capacity and skills to resolve the energy procurement of the organization. Prereqs: GB 548 and GB 558.

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 seminar focuses on advanced topics in Corporate Finance and on Multinational Business Finance. Multinational Enterprises (MNEs) are 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. This seminar identifies and describes the differences between multinational business finance and domestic finance. Topics presented are 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 or permission from the program director.

  • Investments and Portfolio Management • GB555 6 credit hours

    Students learn the characteristics and analysis of individual securities as well as the theory and practice of optimally combining securities into portfolios. This seminar is organized around two basic themes: the security market, a highly efficient market, and an investor who diversifies and takes a long-term approach to investing, is generally rewarded with higher returns and less risk.

  • Strategic Management in Finance • GB565 6 credit hours

    This course illustrates the application of tools and concepts of modern finance. This seminar is the culmination of the study of finance for the MBA program. The seminar relies on the techniques and theories of Corporate Finance, Multinational Business Finance, and Investments to expand students’ strategic perspectives and enhance their financial analysis skills. Case analysis is the approach used in coursework and managing for corporate value creation is the focus of all cases. Prereqs: GB 522, GB 545, and GB 555. 

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.

Courses are cross-listed with the Master of Science in Leadership program.

  • Leading Change in Organizations • OL530 6 credit hours

    A leader’s ability to understand and follow the change management process in a collaborative manner is a vital skill to master. This course focuses on the strategic leadership of change in organizations. You will learn about change from a leadership as well as a management perspective in organizations, both national and multinational. This broad-based course differentiates the conceptual and theoretical change models in order to assist the student in understanding the best ways to lead and manage change. You will learn the importance of understanding and following the change management process in a collaborative manner. The course helps students learn about and practice leadership skills that foster positive changes in people and organizations. Prerequisites: GB552

  • Strategic Organizational Behavior • OL550 6 credit hours

    This course focuses on strategic organizational behavior in 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 that you can use both to analyze and influence the behavior of individuals and groups within the organization. This broad-based course analyzes and applies various holistic strategic organizational behavior models in order to assist you in understanding the best ways to assess and impact the strategic alignment of organizations. You will also learn the importance of a leader’s ability to understand and use various organizational behavior and organizational strategy models. Prerequisites: OL530, or permission of the program director.

  • Strategic Organizational Leadership & Developing a Learning Organization • OL560 6 credit hours

    You will apply principles of leading change, strategic organizational behavior, and strategic leadership to people and organizations to impact performance and ensure future success. This course develops an understanding of the implications of strategic alignment and organizational learning to the organization’s success. It differentiates conceptual and theoretical change models to assist students in understanding the best ways to lead change and foster a learning organization while considering individual and group behavior as tied to strategy. The course demonstrates how strategic leadership, organizational behavior, and change theories are applied in a collaborative manner and will lead to aligning stakeholder’s interest. Prerequisites: OL530 and OL550, 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.

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

    The focus of this seminar is the building of business supply chain strategies, which include: supply chain performance, fit and scope, supply chain drivers and metrics, processes, the management of suppliers, inventory strategies, parts management and distribution. Examines demand forecasting, aggregate planning and sales and operation planning, uncertainty, and archetype strategies with a focus on flexibility, speed and technology.

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

    Students learn supply chain “movement”, warehouse design, capacity management, delivering customer value, measuring logistics cost and performance, matching up supply with demand, creation of a responsive supply chain and the management of complexity and risk.

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

    This seminar 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. Students 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. Prereqs: GB 547 and GB 557, 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.

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