About Online MBA Degree
Business professionals today must serve as resourceful and creative problem-solvers capable of analyzing and interpreting information in order to tackle organizational challenges and seize opportunities. American Sentinel’s Master of Business Administration (MBA) provides students the critical thinking skills and knowledge to add value to their organizations—and strengthen their careers.
An MBA from American Sentinel can empower students to have a lasting impact on their organizations, careers and communities. Unlike other online MBA degree programs, ours weaves market-relevant topics and tools—such as business intelligence, geographic information systems and informatics along with foundational business principles—throughout the curriculum. Students gain broad exposure to relevant concepts that they can apply to their challenge project and “real-time” in their jobs.
Our online MBA program helps professionals achieve an understanding of how to apply data interpretation, insight-driven decision-making and analytical principles to address a self-defined business challenge or opportunity. In addition, graduates gain two tangible assets upon completion of the program:
- An evidence-based e-portfolio showcasing their business proficiencies.
- A business plan or proposal that addresses their self-selected business challenge or opportunity.
American Sentinel’s 36-credit-hour (12-course) MBA curriculum provides a strong foundation in core business principles and is supplemented by electives that teach innovative uses of data (such as geospatial information systems and business intelligence) and entrepreneurial thinking. The program builds skills in risk management, forecasting and problem-solving.
Our unique action-learning format engages students to think critically and collaborate with their peers and professors to address real-world business issues. Each student identifies a business challenge or opportunity, applying what he or she learns throughout the MBA degree program, and addresses that self-selected challenge in the final capstone course. For example, students might use the capstone course to develop a business proposal that focuses on a critical need or create a new venture that applies entrepreneurial principles to a social issue.
A bachelor’s degree is required for admission into the online MBA degree program. Certain undergraduate prerequisite courses may be required (before beginning the program), depending on an applicant’s background. The number of courses will be determined upon transcript evaluation during the admissions process. Contact an admissions advisor to learn more.
Our rigorous curriculum covers a breadth of issues in business today. Here are a few of the MBA key courses:
- Introduction to the MBA (MBA500): A key element to this is the first introduction to the MBA Challenge, a student identified business challenge that will be fully developed throughout the program and presented as part of the program capstone (MBA599). The orientation also provides students with the essential tools and initial approaches used throughout the program. These topics range from using VoiceThread and developing a ePortfolio to the use of Business and Financial Model planning tools to develop the MBA Challenge.
- Business Simulations (MBA510): This course is devoted to: 1) Learning about business methods by doing a term-long simulation of running a business in a competitive market place, and 2) continuing work on your degree challenge, providing a presentation and receiving feedback about your business ideas by the end of the course.
- Introduction to Strategic Management (STR570): Equips managers and students of management with the concepts, frameworks, and techniques needed to make better strategic decisions. The class will focus on the essential tasks of strategy: identifying the sources of superior business performance and formulating and implementing a strategy that exploits these sources of superior performance. As a part of this course, you will focus not only on your challenge company; but also on the study of pertinent and up-to-date case studies of real companies with real strategy stories, which will add interest to the course and cement into your mind the concepts we study.
Program Learning Outcomes
Graduates of the online MBA degree will be able to:
- Assume roles as leaders in contemporary global business operations.
- Effectively manage team performance in diverse organizational environments.
- Use theoretical knowledge and contemporary research for evidence-based decision making.
- Lead others in the acceptance of accountability, responsibility and stewardship for an organization’s action and judgments.
- Develop an awareness of organizational and personal values and ethics and the impact of these on organizational decision making.
- Demonstrate a working knowledge of management, business law, human capital management, organizational leadership, quantitative reasoning, economics, accounting, operations management, corporate finance, marketing and strategic planning.
TAKE THE NEXT STEP TOWARD SUCCESS
Students graduating with the MBA complete 12 courses (36 credit hours):
- Two required challenge-based courses (MBA 500 and MBA 599)
- Seven required core courses
- Three elective courses covering the areas of health care, business intelligence, geospatial information systems or entrepreneurship.
Students may be eligible to transfer up to 18 credit hours from previous graduate study. Talk with admissions advisor to learn more about the transcript evaluation process.
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Employers around the world are increasingly demanding employees with online MBA degrees—and jobs in management, business and finance are expected to grow significantly in the coming decade. According to a Graduate Management Admissions Council (GMAC) poll of 200 global employers, 74 percent intended to hire MBAs in 2012 (up from 2011).
According to the GMAC's 2012 Corporate Recruitment Survey, small and large companies alike seek MBA and master’s-educated professionals. GMAC's survey also reported that several industries lead the way in hiring MBAs:
- Technology – It is expected that technology companies hiring recent MBA graduates will increase 22 percent in 2012.
- Nonprofit and government – It is expected that nonprofit/governmental organizations hiring recent MBA graduates will increase 19 percent in 2012.
- Energy/utilities – It is expected that energy companies hiring recent MBA graduates will increase 14 percent in 2012.
With the strengthening economy, many companies are hiring more educated professionals. In its 2011 nationwide business school survey, U.S. News and World Report reported that more business school graduates are getting jobs. The American Sentinel MBA is one of the most market-relevant, practical online MBA programs available. The program is rooted in applied learning, giving students the ability to immediately use what they learn in their current jobs—or in new roles they secure after they graduate.