Catalog 2012-2013

Master of Business Administration

253.535.7330

www.plu.edu/mba
plumba@plu.edu

ADMISSION


The PLU M.B.A. program is competitive. Selection is based on several criteria including work experience and potential contribution to the classroom experience. The Graduate Admission Committee bases decisions on a holistic assessment of the individual merits of each applicant. For questions
regarding admission to the M.B.A. program, contact the M.B.A. director at 253.535.7330.


To apply submit the following:

  • The PLU graduate application is available online at www.plu.edu/mba.
  • A current résumé detailing work experience and community service
  • All official transcripts from higher education institutions
  • A 300-word Statement of Professional Goals
  • Official Graduate Management Assessment Test (GMAT) orGraduate Record Exam (GRE)
  • Two letters of recommendation
  • $40 Application Fee

International applicants must also submit:

  • TOEFL or IELTS score report
  • I-20 Evaluation Documents
  • Declaration of Finances
 An interview with the M.B.A. Graduate Admission Committee may be requested.

Applicants are evaluated individually, based on a presentation of factors indicating equivalence to admission standards, a promise of success in graduate school, qualities of good character, and potential contributions to the educational mission of graduate study.


M.B.A. DEGREE REQUIREMENTS
45 semester hours

Prerequisite/First-Year Co-requisite: Statistics


  • M.B.A. Core
  • 36 semester hours
    • BUSA 509: Global Business Perspectives (3)
    • BUSA 510: Legal, Ethical and Social Responsibilities of Business (3)
    • BUSA 511: Accounting for Decision Making (3)
    • BUSA 513: Marketing Management (3)
    • BUSA 515: Organizations and Leadership (3)
    • BUSA 517: Understanding & Managing Financial Resources (3)
    • BUSA 519: Corporate Information Systems Mgmt (3)
    • BUSA 521: Supply Chain and Operations Management (3)
    • BUSA 523: Managing Innovation (3)
    • BUSA 590: Strategy and Global Competitiveness (3)
    • COMA 543: Conflict and Negotiation (3)
    • BUSA 522: The Global, Social, Political Environment of the Firm (3) or ECON 520: Economic Policy Analysis (3)
    • Required International Experience

  • MBA Electives
  • Nine semester hours
    • Select from the following Business courses:
      • BUSA 535: Financial Investments (3)
      • BUSA 542: Leading Change (3)
      • BUSA 549: Strategic Management of Human Capital (3)
      • BUSA 550: Leading Family and Closely-Held Enterprises (3)
      • BUSA 555: Knowledge Management (3)
      • BUSA 558: New Venture Management (3)
      • BUSA 560: Managing Health Care Enterprises (3)
      • BUSA 562: Health Care Regulation, Law and Ethics (3)
      • BUSA 565: Marketing Strategy (3)
      • BUSA 570: Technology Management (3)
      • BUSA 577: Project Management (3)
      • BUSA 587/588/589: Special Topics (1 to 4)
      • BUSA 591: Independent Study (1 to 4)
      • BUSA 595: Internship (1 to 4)
By taking an appropriate set of identified electives, a student may earn an emphasis in Health Care Management, Entrepreneurship and Closely-Held Business, or Technology and Innovation Management.

Students are not required to have an area of emphasis.


M.B.A. EMPHASIS AREAS


  • Health Care Management Emphasis
  • 9 semester hours
    • BUSA 560: Managing Health Care Enterprises (3)
    • And 6 semester hours from the following:
      • BUSA 542: Leading Change (3) or BUSA 549: Strategic Management of Human Capital (3)
      • BUSA 555: Knowledge Management (3)
      • BUSA 562: Health Care Regulation, Law & Ethics (3)
      • BUSA 565: Marketing Strategy (3)
      • BUSA 577: Project Management (3)
      • Approved BUSA 587/588/589: Special Topics (1 to 4)
      • BUSA 595: Internship (1 to 4)

  • Entrepreneurship and Closely-Held Enterprises Emphasis
    9 semester hours
    • One of the following two courses:
      • BUSA 550: Leading Family and Closely-Held Enterprises (3) or BUSA 558: New Venture Management (3)
    • And 6 semester hours from the following:
      • Remaining option (if not taken above) of BUSA 550 (3) or BUSA 558 (3)
      • BUSA 535: Financial Investments (3)
      • BUSA 549: Strategic Management of Human Capital (3)
      • BUSA 565: Marketing Strategy (3)
      • BUSA 577: Project Management (3)
      • Approved BUSA 587/588/589: Special Topics (1 to 4)
      • BUSA 595: Internship (1 to 4)

  • Technology and Innovation Management Emphasis (TIM)
    9 semester hours
    • BUSA 570: Technology Management (3)
    • And, 6 semester hours from the following:
      • BUSA 542: Leading Change (3)
      • BUSA 555: Knowledge Management (3)
      • BUSA 577: Project Management (3)
      • Approved BUSA 587/588/589: Special Topics (1 to 4)
      • BUSA 595: Internship (1 to 4)

M.B.A. REPEAT POLICY

Master of Business Administration students may repeat an M.B.A. course one time. The cumulative grade point average is computed using the highest of the grades earned. Credit toward graduation is allowed only once. Under exceptional circumstances, a student may appeal to the dean.