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Master of Business Administration

The McKendree Master of Business Administration program focuses on integrated learning experiences in which students develop problem solving and team building skills in an environment in which they can learn from the faculty and from each other. The program is designed for students who desire a broad understanding of business operations without concentrating their studies in a particular field. All MBA courses incorporate individual and group work, written assignments, and oral presentations.

The McKendree MBA program is designed to meet the needs of the working adult. It is expected that students entering the program will usually be employed while they pursue their studies. Classes are scheduled during the evening hours with an online component. Students may enroll in one or more courses per semester. The program can be completed in as little as 18 months.

Meet the Faculty

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Eric Abrams, Ph.D.

Associate Professor of Economics
907 Royse
(618) 537-6553

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W. Rick Bonsall, D.Mgt.

Associate Professor of Management
907 Royse
(618) 537-2143



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John Watters, Ph.D.

Associate Professor of Economics
Piper Academic Center (PAC) 102
(618) 537-6406



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Jean Sampson, D.Mgt.

Associate Professor of Management
Piper Academic Center (PAC) 106
(618) 537-6884



Course of Study

The course work component of the MBA presents a balance of theory and application that focuses on situation analysis, problem solving, teamwork, and communication. The MBA curriculum was designed with the assumption that graduate students would enter the program with an undergraduate degree in business from a regionally accredited college or university. Students who have not studied business previously are welcome in this program. A set of courses specifically designed to provide the necessary foundation of business knowledge should enable non-business students to complete the MBA curriculum successfully.

Foundations of Business Knowledge

Students who have not completed undergraduate course work in business may acquire the necessary knowledge as part of their MBA studies at McKendree. A set of four foundation courses provide students with broad introductory knowledge in key subject areas of business:

Course Number - Course Title - Credits

MBA 501 - Foundations of Accounting and Finance - 3

MBA 502 - Economics for Managers - 3

MBA 503 - Marketing and Management Concepts - 3

MBA 504 - Quantitative and Statistical Tools - 3


While there may be some overlap of these foundation courses and the courses of the graduate curriculum, these requirements must be satisfied before the student begins his/her third course in the MBA curriculum.

Transfer Credit

Following matriculation, students are expected to do their course work at McKendree. However, prior to matriculation, up to 12 credits from another accredited institution may be applied toward completion of the requirements for the MBA degree at McKendree. All transfer courses are evaluated by the Director of the MBA Program.

MBA Curriculum

The Master of Business Administration curriculum consists of 12 courses that provide students with knowledge and skills essential for success in the modern business world. The program combines theoretical knowledge with analytical, problem-solving, leadership, and communication skills applied to specific topics. The content of the MBA curriculum focuses on observation and analysis of business problems as exemplified in case studies and problem-solving analysis. To successfully complete the program, students must apply quantitative and qualitative decision tools, effective human relation skills, strong leadership abilities, and effective communication in oral and written forms.

Courses Required for the Master of Business Administration

Course Number - Course Title - Credits

MBA 621 - Accounting for Managers - 3

MBA 622 - Economics of the Firm - 3

MBA 623 - Business Research Methods and Applications - 3

MBA 625 - Legal Issues for Managers - 3

MBA 631 - Corporate Finance - 3

MBA 632 - Investments and Financial Markets - 3

MBA 641 - Electronic Commerce - 3

MBA 642 - Customers and Competitive Advantage - 3

MBA 651 - Global Organizations and Management - 3

MBA 652 - Organizational Behavior - 3

MBA 653 - Stakeholder Management and Ethics - 3

MBA 661 - Corporate Strategy and Leadership - 3


Admission Requirements

Applicants for the MBA must have earned a bachelor’s degree or equivalent from a regionally accredited institution of higher education. Those whose bachelors degrees are in a business field will be assumed to have the prerequisite knowledge to begin graduate study in business. Those with degrees in other fields may be required to complete foundation course work or demonstrate their knowledge in appropriate ways.

Every prospective student will be evaluated for evidence of a high probability of success in the MBA Program.

For additional information regarding admission please contact the Office of Graduate Admission.

Applicants to the McKendree MBA program must submit:

1. A completed MBA application online at (no fee);

2. An essay describing the personal and professional goals that will be met by the student’s completion of the MBA graduate program;

3. Official transcripts from each college or university attended;

4. A minimum 3.0 G.P.A. on a four-point scale in undergraduate studies. Applicants with an undergraduate G.P.A. below 3.0 may be admitted conditionally;

5. Three references from professional associates who could comment on the quality of the applicant’s communication skills and the ability to succeed in graduate study;

6. A current resume;

7. Some applicants may be interviewed prior to admission.


Class Formats

MBA Program at the Lebanon Campus

The MBA program is offered at the Lebanon campus. Courses are held in a five-week time frame. Regular classes are held on Monday and Wednesday evenings from 6:00 p.m. to 8:50 p.m. During the five weeks, there are eleven (11) face-to-face sessions and four (4) on-line sessions, comprised of on-line and independent assignments.

MBA Program at Rend Lake Market Place

The MBA program is offered in Mt. Vernon, Illinois at the Rend Lake College Marketplace. The program offered at RLC Marketplace is comprised of the same curriculum and governed by the same policies that apply to the MBA generally. The main difference is that the courses are held in an eight-week time frame. Regular classes are held on Tuesday and Thursday evenings from 6:00 p.m. to 8:50 p.m. During the eight weeks, there are eleven (11) face-to-face sessions and four (4) on-line sessions, comprised of on-line and independent assignments.

MBA Program in the E-Learning Format

The E-Learning MBA is comprised of the same curriculum and governed by the same policies that apply to the MBA generally. In the E-Learning format, each course is presented as eight modules over an eight week timeframe. The content of the courses is, to the greatest extent possible, the same as the content of face-to-face MBA courses. The MBA Program is offered in an E-Learning format using the Blackboard platform as the organizer of the courses.

MBA Programs at Kentucky Campuses

The MBA program is offered at McKendree University Kentucky Campuses in Radcliff. The course delivery in Kentucky varies from the Lebanon campus framework. Details are available from the Kentucky campuses. The MBA is also offered with Human Resources Management concentration at the Radcliff campus.

Honorary Society in Business

Sigma Beta Delta is the honorary society in business. MBA students in the top 20% of the class will be invited to become members.

Graduation Requirements

To complete the Master of Business Administration, students must fulfill all of the following requirements:

1. Satisfactorily complete the MBA curriculum within six years of taking the first course numbered MBA 600 or higher.

2. Attain a GPA of at least 3.0 with no more than one grade of C in an MBA course numbered MBA 600 or higher.

3. Earn a minimum grade of B in MBA Corporate Strategy and Leadership.

4. Declare intent to graduate by completing a Degree Application online the semester prior to the anticipated graduation term. Applications are also available in the Office of Academic Records.