Curriculum Overview

Unique MBA Curriculum

Our innovative, accelerated 16-month Master of Business Administration program integrates executive-level complexities to courses in finance, economics, marketing, statistics, and database analysis with the managerial skills necessary to successfully lead dynamic, global organizations.

Program Delivery

  • Option of a weekday or hybrid Saturday format
  • Personalized attention in small, highly-engaged classes
  • Real-world, hands-on learning is guaranteed through our strategic business partnerships
  • Courses conveniently arranged for working professionals
  • Accessible, full-time, impressively credentialed faculty will mentor, guide and coach you through the program
Flexible Scheduling

Flexible Scheduling

Choose the full-time MBA option that best fits your busy schedule. Weekday program classes meet in late afternoon and early evening to allow for work experience and internships earlier in the day. Alternatively, the hybrid Saturday program classes meet every other Saturday, as well as on-line. This schedule allows the working professional to achieve a high-quality MBA.

Hands-on Experience

Hands-on Experience

As an MBA student you will have the opportunity to participate in dynamic internships, case studies, and practica through FSC’s strategic partnerships with nationally and internationally recognized companies.Throughout your course of study, you will receive personal attention from a mentor in the business world.

Global Mindset

A Global Perspective

All courses in the MBA program are dynamically focused on international issues to prepare students for success in a global marketplace, and students will have exciting opportunities for international study within prestigious corporations worldwide.


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Maggie Kuhn

Maggie Kuhn
MBA / MAcc Program Recruiter & Admissions Counselor
863.680.5022
mkuhn@flsouthern.edu

Dr. Nick Nugent

Nick Nugent, Ph.D.
MBA Program Director
863.680.4397
nnugent@flsouthern.edu

 

MBA Course Work

Flying Start Courses 4 hours
BUS 630 Foundations I: quantitative skills
BUS 632 Foundations II: qualitative skills
Required Courses 24 hours
BUS 640 Leadership of Self and Organizations
BUS 645 Managing Across Boundaries and Borders
BUS 650 Managing the Economic, Regulatory and Social Environment of Business
BUS 655 Complex Decision Making
BUS 660 Synthesis of Trends, Image and Output
BUS 699 Strategy Formulation and Organizational Design for the 21st Century
Elective Courses 16 hours
BUS 671 Management: Negotiations
BUS 672 Marketing Strategy
BUS 673 Project & Supply Chain Management
BUS 674 Six Sigma Certification
BUS 678 Analysis of Financial Statements
BUS 682 International Field Experience
BUS 685 Graduate Internship in Business
Total 44 hours

All students will begin the program in Flying Start courses, which ensure a strong foundation in business skills, before entering advanced MBA-level classes.

Admission Requirements

Applicants must meet the following requirements:

  1. A completed graduate application form;
  2. A résumé or CV of educational and work experience;
  3. A personal statement of your expectations of a graduate program (your personal and professional goals);
  4. An earned baccalaureate degree from a regionally accredited institution of higher education as verified by an official transcript of all undergraduate work completed;
  5. Three professional recommendations (FSC recommendation forms may be used);
  6. Applicants for the MBA must submit satisfactory scores on either the Graduate Management Admissions Test (GMAT) or the verbal and quantitative portions of the Graduate Record Examination (GRE) and satisfactory undergraduate academic records.
 

Course Descriptions

BUS 630 MOCS FLYING START COURSE: FOUNDATIONS I
Two hours. Intensive focus on accounting, finance, economics, and statistics to equip students with overview of fundamental background knowledge and skill-sets essential for success in FSC MBA program and career. Students acquire and apply concepts quickly with high level of competency.

BUS 632 MOCS FLYING START COURSE: FOUNDATIONS II
Two hours. Intensive sessions on communication skills, organizational development, ethical decision making, and knowledge essential for success in the in the FSC MBA program and the student’s career.

BUS 640 LEADERSHIP OF SELF AND ORGANIZATIONS
Four hours. An examination of leaders and leadership at the individual, group, organizational, and international levels: will also provide conceptual frameworks for group dynamics, diagnosing performance problems, designing appropriate organizational interventions and securing stakeholder commitment.

BUS 645 MANAGING ACROSS BOUNDARIES AND BORDERS
Four hours. Theories of global trade institutions and political economies, and the complex dynamic of global economic relations.

BUS 650 MANAGING THE ECONOMIC, REGULATORY AND SOCIAL ENVIRONMENT OF BUSINESS
Four hours. Identifying regulatory challenges along with ethical decision making frameworks.

BUS 655 COMPLEX DECISION MAKING
Four hours. Integration of information technology and financial information for effective managerial decisions.

BUS 660 SYNTHESIS OF TRENDS, IMAGE AND OUTPUT
Four hours. Advanced treatment of research methodology combined with applications of operations management. Focus on the use of survey research and data analysis along with modeling techniques such as linear programming and queuing theory. Projects management approach with teams working on realistic business challenges.

BUS 671 MANAGEMENT: NEGOTIATIONS
Two hours. Negotiation is the art and science of settling conflicts and resolving problems through mutual agreement. This is a concept and applications course designed to increase students’ competence, confidence, and satisfaction in dealing with a broad range of negotiating circumstances and roles. Classes consist of an examination of negotiation strategies and tactics, and participation in practical exercises. The goal of the course is for students to develop a working concept of negotiation theory and acquire and practice useful skills.

BUS 672 MARKETING STRATEGY
Four hours. A comprehensive review of the theories and concepts pertaining to the marketing of industrial and consumer goods. A review of the role of the chief executive officer in the development and implementation of marketing strategies. Case studies emphasized while reviewing goals and policies. In depth review of pricing, product strategy, promotional tools, marketing research techniques, product life cycles, and marketing’s relationship to strategic planning.

BUS 673 PROJECT & SUPPLY CHAIN MANAGEMENT
Two hours. Views the supply chain from the point of view of a general manager. Logistics and supply chain management is all about managing the hand-offs of either information or product. The design of a logistics system is critically linked to the objectives of the supply chain. The focus of this course is understanding how logistical decisions impact the performance of the firm as well as the entire supply chain. This includes understanding the link between supply chain structures and logistical capabilities in a firm or the entire supply chain. The function of supply chain management is to design and manage the processes, assets, and flows of material and information required to satisfy customers’ demands. On the revenue side the supply chain decisions have a direct impact on the market penetration and customer service. The course examines how the combination of enterprise information infrastructure and the Internet has paved the way for a variety of supply chain optimization technologies.

BUS 674 SIX SIGMA CERTIFICATION
Two hours. This course focuses on the practical application of many process flow, quality and data analysis techniques to solve many of the problems that plague organizations today. Focus is on countermeasures developed primarily through the application of lean techniques as well as basic to intermediate qualitative and quantitative statistical techniques utilized within the Six Sigma DMAIC (Define-Measure-Analyze-Improve-Control) roadmap. This course provides the training basis for achieving the skill level of a Six Sigma Green Belt. Lean Six Sigma, with its origins in the teachings of Total Quality Management (TQM) stresses eliminating not only product defects, but six other forms of waste.

BUS 682 INTERNATIONAL FIELD EXPERIENCE
Four hours. Two-week intensive immersion in an alternative international economic setting. This course provides an opportunity to apply coursework concepts in a realistic environment. Course format includes a series of meetings and seminars in selected centers of foreign commerce combined with shadowing government and industry leaders. Focus is on the interlocking nature of national interests and the opportunities they provide for business organizations.

BUS 685 GRADUATE INTERNSHIP IN BUSINESS
Four hours. Prerequisite: 12 graduate hours in the MBA program with a minimum GPA of 3.0. The internship is a hands-on working experience in the field of concentration requiring a minimum 160 hours of placement under the supervision of both an employer and a faculty member. Beginning in the semester preceding the internship placement, the student should identify what type of organization they desire for their internship. The college holds primary responsibility for obtaining a field experience site and is responsible for setting up interviews with prospective internship sites and preceptors. The internship supervisor monitors student performance and visits internship sites as needed. On completion of the internship, the student submits a reflection paper to the faculty supervisor on their experience. Students may not perform internships at their current place of employment without prior consent of the Coordinator of the Graduate Program. Each student shall make a public and professional presentation of their Graduate Internship experience. This course is typically taken during the student's summer semester.

BUS 699 STRATEGY FORMULATION AND ORGANIZATIONAL DESIGN FOR THE 21ST CENTURY
Four hours. Strategic dilemmas in business design require a business model that sustains and protects the livelihoods of the company’s stakeholders, its community, and its own long-term success. The objective of the course is to address how all of the disciplines play a role in the formation and operation of a successful business enterprise while addressing the external environmental and competitive forces that prevail. Principally, this course applies the students’ knowledge of management, marketing, finance, and accounting in determining how to strategically operate a business enterprise. Analysis and preparation of case studies will emphasize strategy formulation, including the formation of and/or the acquisition of business units, successful management and options for the growth, maturation, continuation, or termination of the business enterprise.