MBA in Leadership and Change Management

Were you born to lead? The current economic environment requires successful businesses to use resources creatively and effectively. There is an increasing need for leaders who can guide an organization in adapting to changing environments and consumer needs. Many businesses seek out managers with strong leadership skills who adjust well in a changing environment.

Learning Objectives:

An MBA with a concentration of leadership and change management will build the business fundamentals you need to advance your career while focusing on leading people and organizations.  The program is designed to help students understand the value of an array of leadership theories, the intercultural impact of leadership practice, and the intricacies of facilitating strategic change. Students develop servant leadership, interpersonal, and influencing skills to effectively shape group change. Graduates will successfully champion systemic change while achieving their organization’s mission.

Career Possibilities:

  • Executive Leadership, CEO, CMO, COO
  • Marketing Manager
  • Entrepreneur/Small Business Owner
  • Human Resource Manager
  • Global Manager
  • Consultant

Career Outlook:

Employment of top executives is projected to grow 11 percent from 2012 to 2022, about as fast as the average for all occupations. Employment growth will vary by industry and is impacted by industry growth rate. Top executives face strong competition for jobs.

  • According to the US Department of Labor Bureau of Labor & Statistics, the 2012 median pay for chief executives was $168,140.
  • In May 2012, the median annual salary for general and operations managers was $95,440.

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Our unique cohort system groups students together throughout their educational experience. You will complete the program one class at a time, in a pre-determined sequence.

Total Credit Hours: 39

Core Courses

These classes are available in the classroom or online.

MGT-6200 Global Managerial and Organizational Behavior

Examine interpersonal behavior related to organizational performance. Behavioral science motivation, social perception, group decision making, ethical leadership and multicultural behavior.

ACC-6200 Financial Accounting and Analysis

Introduction of key financial accounting concepts. Analysis of a firm’s historical, current and prospective financial condition and performance. Emphasis on investment and credit decision.

MKT-6100 Marketing Design and Strategy

Developing and evaluating brand strategies over the life of the product. Strategies for introducing brands and reviving brands. Includes basic marketing principles of product, price, promotion, environment and customer.

ECO-6100 Managerial Economics

Focus on basic microeconomic principles of the firm and relevance in business decisions. Covers supply and demand and its relationship to market outcomes and economic determinants of consumption, savings, and labor behavior.

MGT-6600 Seminar in Descriptive Statistics

Basic statistical concepts and analytical tools for data driven decision making. Introduction to concepts of frequency, distribution, variation and normal curve correlations with application to business decisions.

MGT-6400 Ethical Strategic Leadership

Decision making, negotiations and ethics. Cultural impact on management strategy. Create value, motivate resources, leading and creating high performance teams. Integrating performance across business units.

ECO-6200 Macroeconomic Analysis

Focus on creation of money, function and roles of financial institutions, fiscal and monetary policy and the Federal Reserve system. Covers economic theory of financial markets and impact of government policies, determinants of national income, employment, investment, interest rates, inflation and exchange rates.

MGT-6510 Management of Human Resources

Analyze policies in human resource management and organizational design, recruitment, selection hiring, development promotion and incentive based pay.

MGT-6100 Operations Management

Concentrates on strategic decisions surrounding the production and delivery of goods and services. Value-added activities that transform resources into product. Covers process analysis, quality, inventory control, capacity planning and location decisions.

Concentration Courses

These classes are available online only.

OLDR-6800 The Leader as Trainer, Mentor and Coach

Best practices in training, coaching and mentoring as a means of creating and sustaining organization culture and climate.

OLDR-6810 Leader Development - Cultivating, Sustaining and Renewing the Organization

The leader as the lead learner in the organizational and personnel development, leadership legacy and professional renewal initiatives.

OLDR-6830 Leadership Communication and Decision Making

Effective communication skill sets and competencies used in organizational communication and decision-making in global, real-world and virtual environments.

OLDR-6840 Agents of Change

The roles and processes in organizational intervention in relation to organizational culture, climate, communication, mental models, constructivism, diagnostic interaction, change theories.

Capstone Experience

MGT-6990 Cases in Financial Analysis 

Capstone Experience. Integrate knowledge and skills gained from the MBA program and apply them in a real business environment. Learn how to use teamwork to solve authentic business challenges. Students must have completed 30 hours of MBA coursework.

Length and Format

Students can choose from the following class formats:

  • Part-time (in the classroom), two years
  • Online, two years

Course Schedule

  • Part-time: Classes meet Wednesday evenings from 6:00 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. Students take one class at a time for eight-week terms.
  • Online: Students complete all coursework and discussions online. Students take one class at a time for eight-week terms.

Tuition

MBA courses are $690 per credit hour. Most courses are worth three credits. Thirty-nine credits are required to complete the MBA program. Payment is due at the start of each term. Financial aid is available.

Cohort Format

Our unique cohort system groups students together throughout their educational experience. You will complete the program one class at a time, in a predetermined sequence. This collaborative environment accelerates learning and builds strong peer relationships that last a lifetime. We also host occasional networking events for our MBAs, which allows them to interact with other cohorts and alumni.

Class Size

  • Average class size: 15
  • Maximum class size: 25 (15 online)

In the Classroom

We facilitate a close working relationship between students and faculty. Group work is often part of the curriculum, which helps prepare students to work collaboratively in the business world. Student discussion is encouraged as the MBAs learn from each other’s diverse backgrounds.

Project Work

At the end of the program, students will complete a capstone course. This class integrates the knowledge and skills gained from the MBA courses and applies them to a real business environment. Students will work as a team to solve an authentic business challenge.

On-campus Environment

  • Full-service library: Our staff is eager to help you find the resources you need.
  • Study areas: There are various places around campus for group meetings or studying.
  • Wifi: Classrooms and study areas are wifi accessible.
  • Information Technology Services: Our technology staff provides personal attention and prompt care for software, hardware and networking needs.
  • Print Services: Exists to serve students, faculty and staff with their printing and copying needs.
  • Gymnasium, tennis courts, running track and workout facilities: All students have access to on-campus workout facilities.
  • Restaurants: There is a full-service cafeteria available to students as well as a grab-n-go café.
  • Vibrant community: The River Forest and Oak Park area is a lively community filled with restaurants, retail stores, museums and other attractions.
  • Transportation: The Concordia-Chicago campus is accessible via the CTA’s green line train and is minutes from I-290.

 

Career possibilities may include:

  • Executive Leadership, CEO, CMO, COO
  • Marketing Manager
  • Entrepreneur/Small Business Owner
  • Human Resource Management
  • Global Management
  • Consultant