MASTER OF BUSINESS ADMINISTRATION

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Program Description

Program Overview and Mission

Western’s Master of Business Administration (M.B.A.) program is accredited by the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB, https://www.aacsb.edu/about). Western’s M.B.A. program focuses on preparing students for managerial positions and leadership roles in contemporary organizations. Students acquire vital knowledge about business and organizational functions and activities. Students are challenged to think strategically and to hone skills needed to succeed in competitive environments.

Western’s M.B.A. is designed with flexibility in mind to meet the needs of our students:

Working Professionals: Students can take one or two courses in the fall, spring, summer and intersession, completing the degree in as little as two years.

Full-time Students: For students able to make a full-time commitment including summer and intersession, the program can be completed in 12-14 months depending on required prerequisites. Our scheduling also meets the needs of Accounting graduates who are completing Connecticut’s 150 credit hour requirement prior to joining accounting firms. 

Most graduate classes meet one night a week on Monday through Thursday evenings at 5:25 p.m.  Some courses may be offered in online or hybrid formats and occasionally at 8 p.m. or on weekends. Small classes, usually fewer than 25 students, encourage interaction and collegiality among the students.

Program Learning Goals and Outcomes

1.   COMMUNICATION: Students will be able to communicate effectively.

Learning Outcome 1 (written): Students will demonstrate effective, professional written communication skills when preparing business plans, analyzing cases, and communicating day-to-day matters.

Learning Outcome 2 (oral): Students will demonstrate effective, professional oral communication skills when making persuasive and knowledge transfer presentations.

2.   LEADERSHIP AND TEAMS: Students will demonstrate leadership and team membership behavior.

Learning Outcome 1: Students will demonstrate leadership competency by describing and identifying leadership traits and by exercising leadership behaviors in group assignments.

Learning Outcome 2: Students will demonstrate team membership competency by acting as effective team members during group assignments and simulations and by describing and identifying the traits possessed by effective team members.

3.  CRITICAL THINKING/ETHICS: MBA graduates will demonstrate strong critical thinking and sensitivity to ethical issues.

Learning Outcome 1: Students will demonstrate strong critical thinking skills through the recognition of assumptions, evaluation or arguments, and drawing of appropriate conclusions.

Learning Outcome 2: Students will demonstrate knowledge of ethical issues influencing business decisions.

4.  GLOBAL KNOWLEDGE:  Students will demonstrate knowledge of global business issues.

Learning Outcome: Students will demonstrate knowledge of global business issues influencing decision making by business organizations.

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