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The Entrepreneurship/Social Entrepreneurship concentration focuses on preparing students for personal and financial success. This may be achieved through the starting one’s own business, being active in the management of a family organization, or assuming a position of leadership as a corporate entrepreneur, or social entrepreneur by introducing needed new products and/or services. The concentration integrates the classroom and the real world through a dynamic mix of cutting-edge knowledge, involvement with successful entrepreneurs, and hands-on development of the key skills of creativity, market focus, and business planning essential to successful ventures.
The Social Entrepreneurial aspect of the concentration provides the MBA student with the attributes that allow him or her to understand the change making process. The student will gain an understanding of the systems and ecosystems that allow social entrepreneurs in the nonprofit, private and public sectors to flourish; and how to make the world a better place in some fundamental way.
Participants are immersed in a program focusing on unlocking their creativity and imagination to produce concepts that allow the student to be resourceful and adaptive to real life situations that translate into success and allow each student to bring his or her idea/concept or product to life. The methodology utilized ensures that participants discover solutions to problems that are both personally appealing and that have large market potential. The end result of the class will be your own personal business plan that will be presented to a panel of successful entrepreneurs. Students who choose this concentration are known for their can-do attitudes, perseverance, innovative thinking, creativity, analytic skills, and ability to get the job done with superior results.
The concentration in Organizational Leadership is designed to develop the skills needed to be an agent of change in the 21st century workplace to promote positive growth. The field of organizational leadership is one in which effective interpersonal communication, innovative strategic thinking, and ethical behavior are emphasized to equip individuals with the skills necessary to successfully lead and develop others.
The concentration focuses on building leadership skills that are applicable across industries rather than a specific discipline. The curriculum is both strategically focused and innovative, matching contemporary leadership theory with today's best leadership practices.
Classes in Organizational Leadership develop leaders who are able to enhance the organizations and people with whom they interact through various methods of strategic planning and innovation, organizational diagnostic tools, and interventions. Organizational Leadership graduates are prepared to lead others in the private and nonprofit sectors, government and non- government agencies, health care, educational institutions, and organizations within numerous other fields. The expertise mastered includes decision making, problem solving, creativity, strategy, and various analytical methods.
The concentration in Project Management provides students grounding in multiple skills including the initiation, planning, execution, monitoring and controlling and closing of projects. Also included are the soft skills of communication, leadership, effective team management and applied critical thinking. The content of courses is integrated with the Project Management Institute, Inc., A Guide to the Project Management Body of Knowledge (PMBOK®, Guide). As student’s progress through their courses, they are preparing themselves for the Project Management certification exam. The concentration provides an opportunity for those who wish to build on their MBA degree work by obtaining professional certification of project management skills. There is a significant passing rate for those who take the certification exam. The faculty of the concentration classes are certificated as Project Management Professionals (PMP) by the Project Management Institute (PMI).