School of BusinessMBA Program

The MBA Entrepreneurship & Closely Held Business

Although closely held business and entrepreneurial firms face many of the same challenges as large corporations, leaders must contend with unique dynamics and issues, such as planning for family succession or securing venture capital.  The MBA Entrepreneurship & Closely Held Business emphasis program is 45 credit hours and can be completed in under two years.

MBA Core: 36 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 and Managing Financial Resources (3)
  • BUSA 519 Information Systems and Knowledge Management (3)
  • BUSA 521 Supply Chain and Operations Management (3)
  • BUSA 523 Managing Innovation (3)
  • BUSA 590 Strategy & Global Competitiveness (3)
  • COMA 543 Conflict and Negotiation (3)
  • BUSA 522/ECON 520 Economic Policy Analysis (3-4)

Emphasis: 9 credit hours

One of the following two courses (these courses are offered on a rotating basis, it may not be possible to take both in a 20-22 month program):

  • BUSA 550 Leading Family and Closely Held Enterprises (3) or
  • BUSA 558 New Venture Management (3)

And 6 credits from the following (these courses are offered on a rotating basis, to inquire about the offering of a specific elective course make an inquiry to: plumba@plu.edu):

  • BUSA 535 Financial Investments (3)
  • BUSA 549 Strategic Management of Human Capital (3)
  • BUSA 565 Marketing Strategy (3)
  • Either BUSA 550 Leading Family and Closely Held Enterprises (3) or BUSA 558 New Venture Management (3)
  • BUSA 577 Project Management (3)
  • Approved BUSA 587, 588, 589 Special Topics (1-4)
  • BUSA 595 Internship (1-4)





Christian Wong
"The personal care of the professors, the quality and diversity of my classmates, and the university's commitment to service learning are why the PLU MBA Program was the obvious choice for me. I have already applied much of the knowledge and insights I've gained from both the coursework and my fellow classmates to help expand my business." Christian Wong, PLU MBA 2007. Founder of Seattle-based Chocolati Chocolate Company, Inc.