Overview – Master of Business Administration

Learn how you can advance your career with an online MBA.

Earning a Master of Business Administration degree is becoming increasingly more important for higher-level business careers. In fact, starting pay for those who earn an MBA is approximately 50 percent higher than starting pay for those who only earn a bachelor’s degree, according to Forbes. While continuing your college education with an MBA can be difficult with your full-time responsibilities, earning an online MBA can help improve your salary potential and job opportunities without disrupting your personal schedule. With Point Park University’s online MBA program, you can get the skills and credentials necessary to advance your career, plus the flexibility you need to balance your schedule.

Curriculum Overview

Point Park’s online MBA program focuses on giving you skills you can use to advance and succeed in your career. Online MBA students will gain a deep understanding of critical business topics, including ethics, international finance and business law. Each course is taught by one of our experienced faculty members, who bring their real-world knowledge to the classroom. Thanks to our supportive learning environment, you’ll have access to all the tools you need to succeed now and in your future career endeavors.

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Next Start Date: August 29, 2021
Program Length: 2-3 years
Credit Hours: 36
Course Length: 8 Weeks
Cost Per Credit: $740
Transfer Credits Accepted: Up to 9
  • Next Start Date: August 29, 2021

  • Est. Program Length: 2-3 Years

  • Credit Hours: 36

  • Course Length: 8 Weeks

  • Cost Per Credit: $740

  • Transfer Credits Accepted: Up to 9

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Available Concentrations

Management

Developed for individuals striving to sharpen their knowledge of ethical leadership and organizational systems, the management concentration delivers skills in strategic planning and team management, along with instruction from expert educators with years of real-world management experience.

Health Systems Management

Designed for working professionals striving for leadership positions within the health care industry, the health systems management concentration is designed to equip you with the innovative tools and professional skills necessary to successfully plan, direct and coordinate health service facilities.

Course Offerings

Admission Requirements

Course Description
This course provides an overview of financial and managerial accounting, with the focus upon the use of financial information within organizations to understand and analyze activities and operations. An objective is to develop an understanding of the basic structure and substance of a company’s financial statements from a user’s perspective. In addition, the course provides an understanding of planning and budgetary control systems and basic financial performance measurements.

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This course introduces the global environment of multinational and transnational business operations. Topics to be discussed include the structures and processes of international business transactions as well as the impact of major economic, political, social and ecological issues. The positive and negative impacts of globalization will be assessed.

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The relationship of the business manager to the legal foundations of the business/economic system is considered through theory and case studies. The legal and regulatory climates in which businesses operate are examined. The impact of international laws such as the act of state doctrine, and the effects of U.S. legislation on multinational business operations will also be considered.

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This class will examine contemporary marketing topics. Markets and their environments, goods and services from inception to final consumption will be discussed. Product, pricing, promotion and distribution issues will be analyzed. Moreover, aspects of planning and organizing for the domestic and international marketplace will be explored.

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The class will examine discounted cash flow techniques for decision-making applications. Topics to be examined will involve operational budgeting, capital appropriation requests, investment planning, new product introductions, acquisitions, divestitures, shutdowns, and other special project decisions. The course will combine theory, cases and computer application projects. Prerequisite: MBA 511.

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This course examines human behavior in organizations at both the micro and macro levels. The interaction of human technological and structural factors in organizations will be examined. Important issues to be considered include theories of communication, motivation and decision making. Issues of organizational politics and the challenges of conflict management will be addressed. Special attention is given to designing efficient and effective organizational structures and processes, and the application of modern organization theories to real world situations.

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This course provides a general overview of statistical techniques and quantitative methods used in business and government. Probability theory and statistical decision models are covered. Forecasting, linear regression and correlation analysis leading to computer use for solutions will be the basis for a class project.

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Managerial Economics deals with a diversity of issues. For instance, the class will discuss ways of directing scarce resources in an efficient manner so as to attain managerial goals defined by the firm. To this end, students will learn to apply economic ideas, theories and methodologies in a strategic manner to enhance corporate performance. Students also will analyze organizational structures in order to maximize corporate behavior in the multitude of industrial and service sectors in which firms operate. Discussion of additional pertinent topics will provide students with further ways of using managerial economics tools and procedures in the modern business environment.

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This course examines how ethical leadership creates sustainable learning organizations by helping students discover what values make a leader ethical and effective. This course exposes the student to concepts and theories of the ethical decision-making process so students can appraise the signs of an ethical dilemma in order to resolve conflict in an organization. Students will uncover how ethical leaders create trust and cooperation. Participants in this class will assess the values and principles that unite organizations to become sustainable in a global environment.

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This course examines systems thinking, holistic analysis, and systems dynamics. A variety of systems theories ranging from mechanistic approaches, organismic approaches, cybernetics as well as current understandings of flux and transformations will be examined. Special attention is given to practical applications to real world business problems.

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This course will enable students to identify, comprehend, and appraise an organization’s strategies and policies. It will provide students with the methodology to formulate and implement strategy, and to analyze possible consequences of strategic and policy actions.
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Topic to be determined by the instructor.

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Health Economics deals with a diversity of complex issues. Student will learn to direct resources in an efficient manner to attain managerial goals defined by the health care organization. Students will learn to apply economic ideas, theories and methodologies in a strategic manner to enhance performance in the sector. Discussion of additional pertinent topics will provide students with further ways of utilizing health care economics tools and procedures.

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The core elements of health care policy analysis: problem definition; background; political, economic, and social landscape; development of policy options; and recommendations will be presented. The course will also teach the written, graphic, and oral presentation skills associated with policy analysis. Case studies of various health care issues will provide students substantive knowledge of the federal policymaking process and key issues in health policy. In the context of the discussion of the cases, in-depth historical background related to the policies addressed will be provided. Students should gain both a technical capacity for analysis and an understanding of the operations of the health policymaking process.

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This course addresses financial principles and concepts as applied to the health care financial management of both for-profit and not-for-profit entities within the context of the current health care environment in the United States. The goal of this course is to prepare individuals for the responsibilities involved in maintaining a well-managed health care organization. Specific processes, functions and reports are presented in this course, including financial statements and reports as commonly seen in health care environments. This course will also include a discussion of financial management of challenges of particular interest to administrators such as identification of costs of care, and types of provider payment.

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The facets, complexities and issues of administrating and managing health care organizations will be analyzed on the global level. Students will analyze the various administrative practices and procedures in health services organizations across the globe. This will include an overview of theories, strategies and systems of health care industries internationally. Issues with health care quality will be explored. The course will also examine world health issues from the perspective of the health care manager.

Career Outcomes

The Bureau of Labor Statistics shows that the average annual salary of individuals who earn an MBA is significantly higher than those who only complete a bachelor’s degree, regardless of industry. With Point Park’s online MBA program, you’ll graduate qualified to earn a higher salary and succeed in a variety of careers, including:

Marketing managers oversee advertising programs for products and services. They may design budgets, plan promotional campaigns, negotiate contracts, analyze market research studies and take on other responsibilities that help their programs run successfully. These professionals may work in radio, television, print media or online formats and must be comfortable working against deadlines.

Financial managers are responsible for looking after the financial well-being of a company or organization. They work heavily with numbers and often prepare financial statements and forecasts, review financial reports and ensure their legal compliance, supervise relevant employees and analyze market trends. The ultimate goal of financial managers is to work closely with top managers to help them make sound financial decisions.

Management consultants work with organizations to help them improve their functioning and efficiency. These professionals may work in the public or private sector and often assist with company restructuring, cost reduction, creating new products and services, and advising management. Common sectors of employment include business, human resources, marketing and information technology.

The primary role of investment bankers is to raise capital and finances for banks, companies and governments. Their work may include providing financial and investment advice, structuring acquisitions, mergers or sales, creating documentations necessary for IPOs, identifying financial risks and more. Investment bankers often work at large investment banks such as Goldman Sachs, JPMorgan Chase or Deutsche Bank.

Sales managers are responsible for directly overseeing the work of sales teams. Their duties may include resolving customer complaints, preparing budgets, analyzing sales statistics, planning and coordinating training programs for their staff, developing sales techniques and more. Sales managers are most often employed in the retail, wholesale, manufacturing and finance industries

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