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Master of Business Administration, Business Systems & Analytics Specialization Online

Program Overview

Complete Coursework: as few as 14 months Credit Hours: 33-39 Tuition: $29,601
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The Master of Business Administration, Business Systems & Analytics Specialization online program encourages students to learn and apply advanced analytical tools and complex business concepts in highly interactive courses to prepare for leadership roles in today's dynamic and evolving professional environment.

Students will study fields such as business systems analysis, database design and data warehousing and mining, which can help prepare for analyst and leadership roles in business intelligence, equity research, marketing, business processes, supply chains, and more.

The MBA faculty at La Salle will challenge students to maximize their opportunities for success via a curriculum that stresses theoretical knowledge, practical experience and shared ideas. Plus, La Salle's online format provides professionals with flexibility and convenience to accommodate their busy lifestyles, while leveraging the latest teaching and learning technologies to yield a relevant experience with real-world applications.

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Courses

In order to earn the Master of Business Administration, Business Systems & Analytics Specialization online, students must complete 11-14 courses (33-39 credit hours), including two foundation courses (3 credit hours)—required if a student has not completed equivalent coursework with a grade of "B" or higher—3-4 core courses (9-12 credit hours), three business systems and analytics specialization courses (9 credit hours), four executive perspectives courses (12 credit hours), and the integrative capstone course (3 credit hours). All courses are eight weeks in length.

To see the full list of our MBA, Business Systems & Analytics Specialization online courses, view courses ».

Admissions

Applicants for the Master of Business Administration, Business Systems & Analytics Specialization online degree program are considered on a holistic basis with no specific quantitative minimum requirements. To be considered by the Admissions Committee, applicants must submit an application form, official transcripts from all schools attended, a professional resume, and GMAT or GRE test scores (which may be waived or deferred if certain standards are met).

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Tuition

Tuition for the Master of Business Administration, Business Systems & Analytics Specialization online degree program ranges from $29,601 (for students needing 33 credit hours) to $34,983 (for students needing 39 credit hours). There is no application fee. Tuition is the same for students living inside or outside Pennsylvania and can be paid by the course.

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Calendar

With five start dates each year, the Master of Business Administration, Business Systems & Analytics Specialization online degree program is convenient and accessible. After selecting the desired start date, students should consider deadlines for completing an application, turning in all required documentation and fees, registering for classes and paying tuition.

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Courses


For the MBA, Business Systems & Analytics Specialization online, the curriculum is comprised of a maximum of 14 courses (39 credit hours)—depending on prior academic and professional experience—including two foundation courses, four core courses, three specialization courses, four executive perspectives courses, and one integrative capstone course.

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Foundation Courses

Students who have not completed equivalent coursework must complete the following courses (1.5 credit hours each), along with MBA Math for no credit. Students who have completed undergraduate foundation courses in accounting, finance and economics, and received a grade of "B" or better in each, will receive a waiver from all foundation courses.

Duration: 8 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 1.5

This course is an introductory study of financial accounting that includes the study of basic accounting language and concepts, recording financial transactions, and preparation of financial statements. Reporting and analyzing operating income, operating assets and owner financing are also emphasized. Required for all non-business majors without equivalent undergraduate course work.

Duration: 8 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 1.5

This course serves as an introduction to the financial system and its relationship to the financing of domestic and international business activity. Financial market components and phenomena such as financial instruments, institutions, flow of funds, market efficiency, interest rate determination and term structure, exchange rates, and governmental policy are analyzed. Required for all non-business majors without equivalent undergraduate course work.

Core Courses

Students must complete the following courses. Students with an undergraduate business degree, plus a major in one of the following disciplines, can waive the corresponding core course: Marketing (MBA 690), Accounting (MBA 691), Finance (MBA 692), and Business Analytics (MBA 693).

Duration: 8 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 3

The course shows how the techniques of marketing management can be used to attract and satisfy customers while building long-term business profitability. Topics include (1) market, consumer and competitive analysis; (2) segmentation, targeting and positioning; (3) product development, pricing, promotion and distribution; and (4) marketing strategy and planning.

Duration: 8 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 3

This course focuses on the firm's management accounting system as its primary information system. It examines the problems of cost measurement, planning, coordination, control and performance evaluation. It explores how accounting systems address business problems and evolve in response to the changing economic environment. The course will relate ethical and global issues to managerial accounting topics. Students will explore and analyze real-world data and apply their gained knowledge to contemporary managerial accounting problems and cases. Prerequisite: MBA 601, MBA 602 or equivalent course work.

Duration: 8 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 3

This is a survey course focusing on how managers can construct a decision-making process that maximizes the value of the firm. Because the majority of financial decisions require an estimate of future events, considerable time will be spent investigating how to achieve the above objectives, subject to the constraints of an uncertain future. Outside readings, case studies, and text material will be used to integrate current financial theory with pragmatic financial decision making. A working knowledge of the basic concepts in finance, accounting and statistics is assumed. The use of an electronic spreadsheet is needed for homework assignments and case analysis. Prerequisite: MBA 601, MBA 602 or equivalent course work.

Duration: 8 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 3

This course introduces students to the growing field of business analytics. Business analytics is the use of data, information technology, statistical analysis, and quantitative methods and models to support effective organizational problem solving and informed decision making. The course includes methods, tools and techniques for summarizing and visualizing historical data, which is relevant to descriptive analytics–the use of data to find out what has happened in the past or is currently happening; methods, tools and techniques for extracting information from existing data in order to determine patterns, which is relevant to predictive analytics–the use of data to find out what will happen in the future; and methods, tools and techniques for optimization, which is relevant to prescriptive analytics - the use of data to determine the best course of action in the future. Prerequisite: MBA 601, MBA 602 or equivalent course work.

Specialization Courses

Students must take the following courses.

Duration: 8 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 3

This course is about structured analysis and design methodology for complex business systems. Students become familiar and use Entity Relationship Diagram, Data Structure Diagram, Data Flow Diagram, Data Dictionary, and Process Specifications to develop Systems Specifications. These specifications are utilized as the blueprint to develop and implement relational databases and explore the Structured Query Language (SQL) used to manipulate and operate the database. Prerequisite: MBA 693.

Duration: 8 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 3

This course focuses on data warehousing and data mining in organizations. Topics covered in the course include: data warehousing and mediation techniques aimed at integrating distributed, heterogeneous data sources; data mining techniques such as rule-based learning, decision trees, association rule mining, and statistical analysis for discovery of patterns in the integrated data; and evaluation and interpretation of the mined patterns using visualization techniques. Prerequisite: MBA 693.

Duration: 8 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 3

This course is designed to introduce students to one of several areas of emerging trends and technologies in Business Systems and Analytics. Students will learn the fundamental principles and concepts of analytics in a specific business domain and implement descriptive, predictive and prescriptive analytics tools and technologies that support data, information, and knowledge management in the area of study. Course titles include, but are not limited to, Accounting Analytics, Financial Analytics, Healthcare Analytics, Human Resources (HR) Analytics, Marketing Analytics, Sports Analytics, and Supply Chain Analytics among others. Because the topic of this course will change, it can be repeated for additional credit when taken as a different topic. Prerequisite: MBA 693; other prerequisite(s) may be required depending on the topic.

Executive Perspectives Courses

Students must take the following courses.

Duration: 8 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 3

This experiential course emphasizes the importance of feedback and self-assessment for leadership development. It includes extensive assessment of each participant's management style and skills based on self-evaluations (using structured questionnaires, decision-making exercises, and role plays) and feedback from coworkers, faculty and other participants. Leadership development experiences emphasize time and stress management, individual and group problem solving, communication, power and influence, motivation, conflict management, empowerment and team leadership. Each participant identifies skills they need to develop and reports on efforts to develop those skills.

Duration: 8 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 3

This course is about the manager's responsibilities for problem solving and decision making, and those areas in which information technology can be used to gain the insight needed to support selection of decision alternatives. Students learn about the role of data, information and knowledge in managerial problem solving and decision making. Transactional processing and database management systems (DBMS) are used to store, manage and retrieve data in organizations. Decision support system (DSS) tools and technologies (such as natural language programming and influence diagramming) are used to organize data into information for decision analytics. Expert systems (ES) are used to synthesize information into knowledge for knowledge management. Students are required to use DBMS, DSS and ES software packages in a hands-on environment.

Duration: 8 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 3

This course integrates the areas of finance and accounting and is designed to provide students with the ability to analyze financial statements, understand the incentives of companies to manage earnings through their choices of accounting methods, understand the limitations to the usefulness of financial statements, and understand the value of financial statements in decision making from the perspective of investors, creditors and management. Prerequisite: completion of MBA core courses.

Duration: 8 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 3

This course is designed to explore the complex ethical, legal, cultural, political, social and economic issues confronting individuals, groups and organizations. We will use various models and theories to develop critical thinking and problem-solving skills to address the issues of a diverse set of organizational stakeholders. Prerequisite: Completion of MBA foundation courses.

Integrative Capstone Course

Students must take the following course.

Duration: 8 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 3

This integrative capstone course is designed to expose students to strategies that companies use to build and sustain competitive advantage in the global market. The course provides students with industry, competitor and business-level analytic tools that help students to assess factors that influence strategy formulation and strategy implementation in both domestic and global markets. Prerequisite: all required (non-specialization) course work.

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Admissions


It's time to get started! The admission process is the first step toward earning your online degree. Familiarize yourself with these requirements for the Master of Business Administration, Business Systems & Analytics Specialization online program, along with information on required documentation.

MBA, Business Systems & Analytics Specialization Online Admission Requirements

Applicants for the Master of Business Administration, Business Systems & Analytics Specialization online program are evaluated on a holistic basis. The Admissions Committee takes into account interest, aptitude and potential for achievement in graduate studies. The program adheres to the accreditation standards established by the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB International).

Prior to evaluation by the Admissions Committee, applicants must submit the following:

  • Official transcripts from all colleges and universities attended
  • Professional resume
  • Test scores from the Graduate Management Admission Test (GMAT)—or, with permission of the department, the Graduate Record Examination (GRE)*

*The GMAT (or GRE) requirement may be waived for applicants who meet one of the following criteria:

  • Hold an undergraduate business degree with a minimum 3.2 GPA from an AACSB-accredited school
  • Hold an undergraduate business degree with a minimum 3.0 GPA from an AACSB-accredited school and have three years of professional experience
  • Hold an undergraduate business degree from an AACSB-accredited school and have more than five years of professional experience
  • Hold a CFA charter or CPA license, or have passed the CPA or CFA certifying exams
  • Earned a master's degree or higher from a graduate program accredited in its discipline

The GMAT (or GRE) requirement may be deferred and eventually waived if an applicant has graduated with a minimum 3.0 GPA in any undergraduate discipline and has at least two years of business experience. These students take up to twelve credit hours in the program and, if they earn a grade of "B–" or better in each course, as well as an overall minimum 3.3 GPA, the GMAT/GRE will be waived.

Documentation can be sent via email to onlinegrad@lasalle.edu. If you need to submit official documents by mail, send them to:

La Salle University Office of Adult Enrollment, Box 112
1900 West Olney Avenue
Philadelphia, PA 19141

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Tuition


The following is the tuition breakdown for students pursuing a Master of Business Administration, Business Systems & Analytics Specialization online. Tuition is the same for in-state and out-of-state students. All fees are included in the total tuition cost.

Program Per credit hour Per 3-credit hour course Total tuition with fees
MBA, Business Systems & Analytics Specialization $897 $2,691 $29,601*

*For students needing all core courses and foundation courses, total tuition could be as much as $34,983.

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Calendar


For the MBA, Business Systems & Analytics Specialization Online

Session Program Start Date Application Deadline Document Deadline Registration Deadline Payment Deadline Last Class Day
Fall Term 2 October 23, 2017 October 9, 2017 October 13, 2017 October 18, 2017 October 20, 2017 December 15, 2017
Spring Term 1 January 16, 2018 January 2, 2018 January 5, 2018 January 10, 2018 January 12, 2018 March 9, 2018
Spring Term 2 March 19, 2018 March 5, 2018 March 9, 2018 March 14, 2018 March 16, 2018 May 11, 2018
Summer Term 1 May 21, 2018 May 7, 2018 May 11, 2018 May 16, 2018 May 18, 2018 July 13, 2018
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