MBA Courses & Program Requirements

  • 36 credits for completion (10 core courses + 2 elective courses)
  • 42 credits for completion for those who require competency in foundational areas (2 foundational courses, 10 core courses plus 2 elective courses)
  • Delivered in six, eight-week sessions per academic year; mix of internet and classroom courses; step-in and step-out flexibility
  • Locations in Harrisburg and Lancaster

Foundation Courses:

Two foundation courses will be available to those students who do not have an undergraduate degree in business or accounting, or the necessary documentation to show competency. These courses will target what students need to know to succeed in the Elizabethtown College MBA program. Areas covered may include accounting, finance, statistical analysis, economics, marketing, management, and strategic planning.

MBA 501: Foundations in Critical Business Analysis

(3 credits)
This foundations course will cover three key areas essential for successful completion of the Elizabethtown MBA program: Statistics, Research Design and Economics. Learners acquire the essential tools of statistics and probabilities as applied to the business environment. Learners will learn to identify the proper statistical approach to a problem, how to produce the correct quantitative result and how to interpret the result. Excel-based software is used to perform calculations. The research design segment covers the process of survey and questionnaire design as well as evaluating data for reliability. The economics segment discusses supply and demand, competitive environments as well as financial and labor markets. The course deploys a range of interactive learning methods that include facilitated discussions, problems and case studies with the goal of using statistical analysis to enhance critical business decisions. Learners will prepare a paper to demonstrate competency in the course concepts. (If this course is listed as a requirement, it should be taken prior to any other courses in the MBA program.)

MBA 502: Foundations in Financial Accounting and Finance

(3 credits)
Foundations in Financial Accounting and Finance will provide a solid base of understanding for those enrolling in the Elizabethtown MBA program in these two essential disciplines. Learners will be challenged, however, not to just absorb the fundamentals but to apply them as well. The course will meld the concepts of Financial Accounting, including statement construction and interpretation, with financial skills, including discounting versus compounding, the goals of the financial manager and the understanding of the risk/reward tradeoff, among others. Learners will first attain a grasp of the Financial Accounting process from understanding account structures, to the implementation of transactional analysis and effects, to the closing of the accounting cycle, and the creation of financial statements in accordance with Generally Accepted Accounting Principles (GAAP). Leveraging these fundamentals, the learner will take the accumulated financial information gained from the accounting process and endeavor to understand and implement the primary financial objective of maximizing shareholder value through attainment of the optimal capital structure. (If this course is listed as a requirement, it must be completed prior to taking MBA 525, Accounting for Strategic Decision Making.)

Required Courses:

MBA 510: Leadership in Business and Life - Bridging the Gap

(3 credits)
What does it take to be an effective leader today? This course identifies the various types of leaders, how effectiveness is determined based on their style, whom they are leading, and the nature of the situations they encounter. Current research and everyday examples of leaders are incorporated to help learners gain a comprehensive understanding of why some leaders succeed and others struggle or fail.

MBA 515: Integrated Marketing Communications, Branding and Promotions

(3 credits)
Offers cutting-edge thinking on integrated marketing communications, branding and promotions. Product and brand management are at the heart of an organization's survival. Brand and product managers run a small business and, as such, have profit and loss responsibility for brands. Yet few courses are intended to walk learners through the steps necessary to achieve this objective. Accordingly, the goal of this course is to prepare such managers and/or potential managers to build brand assets and create an enduring advantage for their brands in the marketplace. Learners will be exposed to the contemporary challenges faced by a broad variety of firms in creating and maintaining brand equity. Cases and exercises used in the course are quite diverse in terms of the sizes of the organizations involved and the types of markets they serve.

MBA 520: Data Analysis and Techniques for Informed Decision Making

(3 credits)
Today's managers are inundated with data and are required to make timely, accurate decisions to achieve a competitive advantage in the marketplace. Using case studies, learners will identify the best data and the appropriate statistical technique to generate a solution for varied business situations. Excel-based software will be used to process the data, but the emphasis of the course is on the analysis of the output to develop a business strategy.

MBA 525: Accounting For Strategic Decision Making

(3 credits)
This course delves into the characteristics of organizational costs at all levels and the accounting systems and processes that record them for purposes of reporting, analysis and decision making. Focus is on the use rather than the detailed generation of complex cost management reports. Different reporting formats are reviewed which provide management with improved insights for decision making. Analytical skills and thought processes required to identify the relevant costs will be incorporated. Application and practice will enhance understanding and exposure to the actual practice of management accounting.

MBA 530: Corporate Social Responsibility: Making a Bigger Impact on the World

(3 credits)
The fundamental component of CSR is essential in an age of transparency for business operations. This course provides an examination of business strategies and practices that offer a framework for planning and evaluating the integration of socially responsible decision-making into the day-to-day operations of the corporation. Focus is on benefits to all stakeholders of the organization. CSR serves as a differentiating factor for organizations in the long term to remain competitive in an evolving business environment. This course explores tying CSR to the organization's core mission, as well as challenging students to think in new ways about the impact of business activities on the world.

MBA 540: Societal Economic Analysis

(3 credits)
Leaders must be able to critically examine a wide-range of interrelated organizational, governmental and societal issues by applying economic analysis. Learn to apply the economic theories, techniques and applications necessary to practically explore a variety of real-world domestic and global problems.

MBA 550: Information for Strategic Decision Making

(3 credits)
Information may be the single most powerful resource in business today. Understanding the collecting, storing, processing and analyzing of data is paramount to any organization. This course focuses on integrating information management systems into business strategies to improve organizational effectiveness. Essential information systems (IS) concepts and models to enhance decisions regarding the investment, planning and evaluation of information systems for strategic purposes are analyzed. Topics include software analysis and design, IS project management, web/e-commerce, mobile computing, IS security, networks including wireless, data warehousing and software testing concepts.

MBA 560: Global Business Strategies

(3 credits)
Multinational corporations are increasingly exposed to greater risks associated with currency fluctuations, trade embargoes, and social and political instability. Similarly, domestic businesses must be increasingly aware of competitive threats related to new technologies or cheaper subsidized products arising from foreign entrants. Thus, globalization is a pervasive phenomenon that requires the attention of both foreign and local businesses alike. This course provides learners with a comprehensive understanding of the political, economic, social, and technological forces shaping today's global business environment.

MBA 580: Corporate Finance for Business Leaders: Theory and Practice

(3 credits)
This course provides a review and further enhances the understanding of financial theories and practices, and develops the skills necessary to strategically manage the financial operations of an enterprise. Readings and case studies will inject real-world situations into the learning process in order for students to draw upon them in the formulation of financial strategies and management of financial issues.

MBA 595: Applied Business Leadership in Action [Capstone]

(3 credits)
What strategic moves are necessary for an organization to stay competitive in today's ever-changing business environment? This capstone course challenges learners to integrate what they have learned from previous MBA courses. Learners will assess an organization's current strategy and identify the next steps a leader should consider to strengthen the organization's ability to compete successfully in the business world.

Elective Courses:

Learners will choose two elective courses from an array of MBA disciplines listed below. Students may also choose from selected courses in Organization Development (MOD)Strategic Leadership (MSL) or Health Care Administration (HCA) in consultation with the academic advisor.

MBA 570: Strategic Human Resource Management

(3 credits)
Emphasis will be placed on issues, policies, and practices affecting specialists, practitioners, and line managers in their management of human capital from multiple perspectives. This course will enable the student and business person to understand the current strategic human resource management practices being utilized in the modern workplace. The various readings, assignments, and discussion board topics will help the student to explore how these practices are envisioned, created, designed and developed, implemented, and evaluated. Discussions will be held to help the student develop critical thinking skills by exploring, evaluating and critiquing strategic human resource management practices, as well as to determine if these practices are appropriate to the given type of situation and/or organization. This course assumes a working understanding and knowledge of the basic Human Resources Management disciplines, principles, legislation, etc.

MBA 571: Organizational Behavior

(3 credits)
Whatever the size and purpose of the organization and the technology involved, people are the common denominator when facing today's immense challenges. Success or failure hinges on the ability to attract, develop, retain, motivate, and lead a diverse array of appropriately skilled people (and to do so in an ethical manner). The human factor drives everything. To know more about workplace behavior is to gain a valuable competitive edge. The purpose of this course is to support organizational participants to better understand and manage people at work.

MBA 573: Business Ethics

(3 credits) 
This course includes discussion and evaluation of social and moral dimensions of managerial decision making. Focus of the course is an in-depth study of values, conflicts, resolutions, and ramifications in a variety of business contexts. A major priority of the course is to equip students to make thoughtful and effective arguments as to how to deal with business issues as to which there is no obvious, clear answer, and in which ethical, social, or political concerns are present. 

MBA 576: Sustainability

(3 credits)
Today, nearly everything from architecture to zoos is being described as sustainable. Sustainability is elusive, it defies definition for many. This module aims at equipping learners with the tools to critically evaluate sustainability claims by providing an understanding of the rich cultural and historical roots of the idea of sustainability or "Nachhaltigkeit". Through an examination of the major issues confronting our environment and the systemic relationships with the business domain, this module explores how individuals and organizations can integrate sustainability perspectives to arrive at better outcomes. A specific focus will be on how organizations can incorporate the environemental (planet), social (people), and economic (profit) perspectives of the concept into their strategies, operations and stakeholder engagements. Also considered are measurement and reporting of sustainability and its challenges, as well as the role of innovation and technology. 

MBA 579: Graduate Service Project

(3 credits)
The graduate service project provides students with an opportunity to identify, address and contribute to the solution of a community problem and/or need. Learners will be challenged and to apply their study of leadership to real world situations. Learners will work with the School of Continuing and Professional Studies' academic team and community client to determine the scope of the project and the learning outcomes to be assessed. Upon completion of the project hours and supporting paper, a grade of P/NP will be assigned.