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Master of Business Administration General Online

Program Overview

Complete Coursework: as few as 14 months Credit Hours: 33-39 Tuition: $29,601
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The innovative Master of Business Administration General online program enables students to develop and strengthen the leadership skills and knowledge necessary for professional advancement. The program is designed for professionals from diverse backgrounds who may or may not have formal business training.

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

La Salle's online MBA is:

  • Innovative. Students learn and apply the latest business thinking in highly interactive courses. The combination of online learning and skill development reflects today's business environment.
  • Flexible. The program provides students with meaningful interactions with their instructors and peers and gives them significant flexibility to balance the demands of education with their personal and professional lives.
  • Relevant. The program provides outstanding graduate business education in a unique learning environment. Throughout the program, students are continuously developing skills and acquiring knowledge that can be applied immediately in the workplace and serve as a foundation for long-term career success.
  • Collaborative. The program facilitates students working together and networking with a diverse group of peers from a range of industries, including financial services, manufacturing, health care, telecommunications, supply chain, not-for-profit, and government.

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Courses

In order to earn the Master of Business Administration General 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 specialization courses in any discipline (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.

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Admissions

Applicants for the Master of Business Administration General 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 General 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 General 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, registering for classes and paying tuition.

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Courses


For the MBA General 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 in any discipline, four executive perspectives courses, and the 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 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 can tailor their degree program to their interests and professional goals by choosing three of the following courses.

Duration: 8 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 3

This course offers an enhanced understanding of accounting information and enterprise resource planning systems and is suitable for all MBAs. It includes hands-on experience with a traditional accounting system and with SAP, along with weekly discussion of current topics, including privacy and security issues, disaster recovery, anti-fraud and audit resources, and XBRL. Prerequisite: MBA 691 or equivalent.

Duration: 8 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 3

This course will explore a topic of contemporary interest related to accounting. Topics will vary and may include Decision-Making Using Management Accounting, Applying Research Skills to Contemporary Accounting Issues; and Fraud and Forensic Accounting. Because the topic of this course will change, it can be repeated for additional credit when taken as a different topic. Prerequisite: MBA 615; other prerequisite(s) may be required depending on the topic.

Duration: 8 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 3

This course focuses on development of skills necessary to address and communicate accounting research issues from identification of the accounting problem to location and application of guidance within key research tools in a variety of accounting environments including financial reporting, governmental, audit and tax.

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.

Duration: 8 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 3

This course provides an examination of modern financial markets. Specifically, we discuss the largest financial intermediaries including commercial banks, finance companies, securities firms, investment banks, mutual funds and hedge funds with a focus on balance sheet structures, regulation and current issues and trends. We also examine various financial instruments, derivatives and off-balance sheet activities that are useful from a risk-management perspective within the industry. Prerequisite: FIN 692.

Duration: 8 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 3

The course focuses on current practice and recent theoretical developments. It deals with the characteristics of individual securities and portfolios, criteria and models for alternative portfolio composition, criteria for evaluation and measurement of performance, and the impact of government regulation. The evaluation of current theory, its significance for the financial management decision making, and the consideration of relevant empirical evidence are covered. Prerequisite: MBA 692.

Duration: 8 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 3

Current developments in global financial markets and instruments from the perspective of firm management. Topics include an overview of foreign security markets, trends in foreign exchange risk management, and the impact of international debt on multinational firms. Prerequisite: MBA 692.

Duration: 8 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 3

This survey course provides an overview of the major areas of human resource management, including HR strategy and planning, EEO laws, job analysis and competency models, recruiting, selection, training, performance appraisal and management, job design, compensation, benefits, and labor relations. The focus is on both the line manager's and the human resource professional's role in creating a culture that attracts, rewards and retains the talent necessary to ensure business success. Prerequisite: MBA 810.

Duration: 8 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 3

This course will examine research from behavioral economics, psychology, marketing and other disciplines to examine the many forces that lead managers to systematically make irrational decisions in business. Students will examine a variety of factors that lead to making irrational decisions including, but not limited to, relativity, anchors, zero cost, arousal, ownership, and diagnosis bias. Students will hunt for instances of irrational decision making in their workplace, the general world of business, and daily life. They will use the frameworks provided in the course to diagnose the causes of these irrational decisions and recommend how they can be reduced or eliminated.

Duration: 8 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 3

This course will explore a topic of contemporary interest related to management and leadership. Topics will vary and may include Performance Management: Challenges, Trends, and Controversies; Conflict and Negotiations; What Every Business Student Should Know about Workplace Rights and Responsibilities; and Managing by Design. Because the topic of this course will change, it can be repeated for additional credit when taken as a different topic. Prerequisite: MBA 810; other prerequisite(s) may be required depending on the topic.

Duration: 8 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 3

This course introduces today's most valuable marketing research and analytics methods and tools and offers a best-practice methodology for successful implementation. Hands on projects and case studies provide students an opportunity to apply the marketing research and analytics techniques for solving key problems, ranging from product development, segmentation, pricing, campaign management, brand valuation, and digital marketing strategy. Prerequisite: MBA 690.

Duration: 8 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 3

This course examines the social, cultural, psychological and economic influences on consumer behavior. It looks at the applications of behavioral science principles to the development of marketing strategies. Prerequisite: MBA 690.

Duration: 8 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 3

This course will explore a topic of contemporary interest related to Marketing. Topics will vary and may include Product Innovation and Design Thinking, Services Marketing, Sales Management and Leadership, and Travel Study. Because the topic of this course will change, it can be repeated for additional credit when taken as a different topic. Prerequisite: MBA 690; 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 General online program, along with information on required documentation.

MBA General Online Admission Requirements

Applicants for the Master of Business Administration General 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.

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 General 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
Master of Business Administration General $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 General 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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