Overview of the Master of Business Administration - 1 Year Program
The WJU 1 Year MBA equips graduates to be highly-competent, principled and innovative leaders in business and society. The 1 Year MBA curriculum is relevant, quantitative and applicable for servant-leaders in both for-profit and non-profit organizations (churches, para-church ministries, healthcare and government organizations); the ethical framework integrated throughout the curriculum makes the WJU MBA distinct and different on purpose. The substantive and vital management skills of planning, controlling, decision making and organizational leadership are developed and strategically applied throughout the program; moreover, MBA students are challenged within a dynamic experiential learning environment to be effective transformational leaders with a global perspective.
Quick Facts about the MBA Program
|Credits||Time to Complete||Format||Admissions||Cost||Accreditation|
|38 UNITS||12 Months (2 evenings a week, 7 Week Classes)||
||No GMAT Required, GPA > 3.0||$600 per unit (Financial Aid available. Yellow Ribbon College for Veterans)||WASC
ACBSP (Candidacy Status)
- Chief Executive Officer
- Chief Financial Officer
- Chief Operations Officer
- Human Resource Manager
- Accounting Officer
- Economic Analyst
- Financial Manager
- Commercial Banker
- Healthcare Financial Administrator
- Management Consultant
- Information Technology (IT) Director
- Project Manager
- Investment Banker
- Fund Manager
- Marketing Director
- Non-Profit Executive Administrator
Principled Leadership & Ethics
Course focuses on both law and ethics in the business environment, how individuals and organizations approach law and ethics, as well as the ethical, legal and social consequences of disregarding law and ethics in favor of other objectives. The ethical framework introduced in this course is based upon Scriptural principles and serves as the foundation for each MBA course.
In today’s highly-competitive environment, managers must understand how economic forces affect their business and the factors that should be considered when making both effective and ethical business decisions. Thus in this course, MBA students will study and apply significant micro/macroeconomic principles to real-world case studies and business decisions. Moreover, proven analytical tools will be explored and deployed in the decision making process for the firm and their stakeholders. In short, Managerial Economics is designed to equip MBA students with a thorough and applied knowledge of essential economic concepts, integrated within an ethical framework, for making value added business decisions.
Leadership & Change
Explores classic and contemporary models of leaders and leadership and defines the difference between management and leadership. Practical applications of theory emphasizing the contingency perspective. The focus will be upon applied organizational change by covering organizational behavior from a normative, policy-oriented perspective. The perspective will be one of viewing the person (student) as an actual or potential change agent; a consultant (internal or external), innovative personnel specialist, or middle or top level manager.
The objective of this course is to develop an understanding of the various ways in which accounting information is used by management to make critical, strategic and managerial decisions, (e.g., product pricing, line extensions, ABC) and to evaluate operating performance (e.g., EVA and balanced scorecard). Students discuss methods of distilling key financial information, as well as motivating and aligning management to pursue what is in the firm’s best interests. Case based.
Introduces the structure, markets and regulatory factors within the financial system. Develops skills in preparing financial plans/budgets, valuing capital costs, financial assets and evaluating the firm’s capital structure, cost of capital, working capital, dividend policies, financing and investment decisions. Case Based.
Global Operations Management & Supply Chain
Analysis of effective and efficient flow of materials, products, services, and information within and across organizations. Includes: process flow analysis, capacity planning, quality, lean supply chain, layout, aggregate planning, supply chain networks, inventory management, sourcing, ERP, and logistics planning. Finally, students connect to recent developments such as lean or world-class manufacturing, just-in-time operations, time-based competition, and business re-engineering. Case Based
This course trains students to take a domestic product and expand it into international markets successfully. Market selection, international market research issues, foreign entry strategies, local tailoring versus global economies of scale, global value chain, implementation issues, knowledge transfer and collaborations are discussed, as well as financing issues such as sources of capital available to multinational firms, analysis of foreign investment opportunities, and currency risk management. Case and simulation based.
Combining elements of product development, product launch planning, and product management, this course views the product manager or marketer as a generalist with responsibility for the multifunctional, multidisciplinary approach required for the development, launch, and ongoing management of successful products. Includes market orientation, consumer and industrial buyer behavior, market segmentation, target market identification, product development, pricing, distribution channels, marketing communication, strategy development, and marketing planning and control. Case and simulation based.
Covers both strategic and operational points of view for managing projects. Quantitative methods include project planning, budgeting, selection, scheduling, evaluation and control. Qualitative methods include project organization, staffing and team building.
Examines the growth and nature of entrepreneurship and the support infrastructure of tasks, people, finances and technology. Emphasizes entrepreneur characteristics sought by venture capitalists and investors, role of the business plan and evolutionary stages of start-up activity.
Applied Entrepreneurship Project I
Prerequisite: Graduate standing and restricted to Business ‐ MBA majors only The focus for this course is on understanding the driving forces behind a good entrepreneurial concept, how to validate an idea, the concept of a minimum viable product, and when/how to launch a startup. Students will get an introduction to the lean canvas and each of its nine components. The goal of this course is to prepare students to go deeper with a startup company concept.
Applied Entrepreneurship Project II
Prerequisite: Graduate standing and restricted to Business ‐ MBA majors only This final course in the series will provide students an opportunity to pitch their idea in front of a group of successful entrepreneurs and investors. Students are expected to have a complete pitch deck, financials, back up materials for all research, and any other information and data necessary to present their concept. This class culminates with an actual investor presentation with the expectation that students will be evaluated on their presentation by the investment panel. Successful projects will be funded by investors on the panel.
Innovation & Technology
This course provides an in-depth introduction to global leadership and its development and to fostering innovation and global change. Through assessments and behavioral simulations, it prepares students to do global work effectively in a complex context with people from various cultures. Develops technology strategies through a qualitative (scenario and strategy map-based) and a quantitative (decision analysis and option theory-based) approach for technology portfolio planning and management. It provides practical, stimulating, and easy-to-use methods for realistic applications.
Applied Consulting Project I
Consulting Project I is the capstone practicum course in the MBA program. This course provides an opportunity for second year MBA students to gain applied consulting experience while providing a valuable service to the business community. Students work in teams of three to five business students on significant business issues under the guidance of their business professors and faculty mentor.
This course covers how to convert the vision of executive intuition into definitive plans that can be operationally implemented and provides opportunity for practice and experimentation in strategy formulation. Strategy support systems are used to assist in making the transition from a change- resistant operational approach to a future-oriented approach characteristic of strategic thinking. This class is to be taken in the last semester. Case and project based.
Applied Consulting Project II
Consulting Project II is the capstone practicum course in the MBA program. This course provides an opportunity for second year MBA students to gain applied consulting experience while providing a valuable service to the business community. Students work in teams of three to five business students on significant business issues under the guidance of their business professors and faculty mentor.
Frequently Asked Questions
How long will it take to complete?
12 months if you are consistently enrolled as prescribed by the program
What is the cost of tuition?
The MBA costs is $600 per unit. The total program is 38 units.
Is there financial aid available?
Yes. Federal loans are available to qualified individuals who complete the FAFSA and are enrolled in a minimum of three units per semester. We also provide institutional aid/scholarships which is located on our financial aid page.
How many units am I required to take each semester?
The MBA is a cohort program, designed to completed in 12 months with classes scheduled 2 nights a week.
How many units is each course?
3 units, except for the two one day Entrepreneurship classes, which are one unit.
How long is each course?
Each course runs for seven weeks and meets two evenings each week.
Do I need to be online at a specific time each week?
No. You may complete your online work at times that are convenient for you, while still meeting assignment due dates.
How much homework will there be each week?
Courses are designed for 10 – 15 hours per week of work. Some students may work more quickly. Others may require additional time.
Will I be required to do group work?
Group assignments are integrated within the program; learning to work as a member of a team is an important part of the MBA program.
Who do I contact if I need help during a course?
For most questions your first point of contact will be your instructor. For technical support questions, please contact our IT department at helpdesk [at] jessup [dot] edu.
At the end will there be a thesis required, or final project?
No thesis is required, but a consulting project is part of the MBA program.
What are the hours for class meetings?
6:00 – 9:45 pm, two nights per week
MBA 1 Year Admission Requirements
- A bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited college or university
- Official transcripts
- A minimum GPA of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale. GPA’s of 2.5-2.99 will be considered with two letters of recommendation (academic and professional)
- GMAT or GRE not required but encouraged to strengthen you application (scores < 5 years)
- Completed Graduate Application
- Essay: Tell us about your path to business school, (including your work history) and your future plans . How will the William Jessup University experience help you along this journey? What is your motivation for pursuing an MBA now, and how will William Jessup University help you achieve your goals? (approx. 500 words)
- Letter of recommendation only if requested by the admissions committee (GPA’s less than 3.00)
- Interview if requested by the admissions committee
- Microeconomics or Macroeconomics
- Financial Accounting