Rend Lake Market Place, Mt. Vernon

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.


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.


Class Format


Courses are held over an eight week period at Rend Lake Market Place. They meet from 6:00 pm to 8:50 pm on Tuesday and Thursday evenings. During the eight weeks, there are eleven (11) face-to-face sessions and four (4) on-line sessions, comprised of on-line and independent sessions.


Accreditations


The MBA program is accredited by the International Assembly of Collegiate Business Education (IACBE). McKendree is accredited by the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools.


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.


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.


Foundations of Business Knowledge


Students who have not completed undergraduate course work in accounting, marketing/management, microeconomics and statistics 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:


MBA 501 Foundations of Accounting and Finance

MBA 502 Economics for Managers

MBA 503 Marketing and 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. Students will be evaluated at the time of admission to determine if foundation courses are required. The 500 level foundation courses are offered in the online format. Students will be advised to take the courses as they are offered. Typically, each foundation course is offered once a year.


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

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

Total Credits

36

 

Courses and classes have some clearly defined characteristics. The courses and classes should be ultimately grounded in the "real world" and connected to the local community.


·   Classes will be held for the entire scheduled time.

·   Courses will have a substantial final examination.

·   Some class sessions will be online or revolve around independent work.

·   Courses are grounded in practical and applicable skills, tools and knowledge.

·   Courses encourage and require group work and cooperation among students.

·   Courses involve cases, problems, simulations, projects and the like.

·   Courses integrate entrepreneurial and small business themes where appropriate.

·   Every course connects to the local community by having one or more significant speakers.


Additional curriculum information can be found in the graduate catalog.


Office of Graduate Admission

701 College Road Lebanon, IL
62254 618-537-6576
800-BEARCAT ext. 6576
graduate@mckendree.edu