Master of Business Administration (MBA)

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 accounting, management/marketing, microeconomics and statistics must acquire the necessary knowledge as part of their MBA studies at McKendree University.

A set of four foundation courses provide students with broad introductory knowledge in key subject areas of business:

MBA 501

Foundations of Accounting & Finance


MBA 502

Economics for Managers


MBA 503

Marketing & Management Concepts


MBA 504

Quantitative and Statistical Tools



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.


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

MBA 621

Accounting for Managers


MBA 622

Economics of the Firm


MBA 623

Business Research Methods and Applications


MBA 625

Legal Issues for Managers


MBA 631

Corporate Finance


MBA 632

Investments & Financial Markets


MBA 641

Electronic Commerce


MBA 642

Customers and Competitive Advantages


MBA 651

Global Organization and Management


MBA 652

Organizational Behavior


MBA 653

Stakeholder Management and Ethics


MBA 661

Corporate Strategy and Leadership



How to Apply

Each application package will be examined for evidence of a high probability of success in graduate study.

Applicants to the McKendree University MBA Program must submit the following items:

1. A completed Masters of Business Administration Graduate Admission Application.

2. An entrance essay describing the personal and professional goals that will be met by the attainment of a Master's of Business Administration.

3. Official transcripts from each college or university previously attended.

4. A current resume or curriculum vitae with at least three references.

5. International students must submit official transcripts (in English) with an official evaluation of those transcripts by a foreign credentials evaluation agency and proof of English proficiency based on TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language). 

Applicants may be required to participate in a personal interview to assess their readiness for graduate study.