Master of Business Administration
The focus of the MBA program is on key enterprise-level decisions and implementation strategies required in today’s dynamic business and economic climate. Students and professors complete applied case studies, projects, and business research with local employers, which are meaningful and rewarding for both businesses and graduate students. The importance of community and relationships is also emphasized with a commitment to changing lives through shared experiences.
Note: The MBA program is not accepting applications at this time.
The MBA program can be completed in 16 or 24 months – four or five semesters. Two or three courses are taken per term, depending on program length. Terms begin in August, December, and April. Students may enter the program at any term.
While the majority of the coursework is completed online, students join a small cohort that meets in either Fort Wayne or Indianapolis every other month – 8 times total for the accelerated program. Residencies, which span Friday evening to Saturday afternoon, enhance the online class discussion and provide opportunities for professional development and networking. MBA students also participate in a ten-day global business tour to Europe, Latin America, or Asia, during which students learn practical application of global marketing, management and cultural nuances by visiting leading corporations.
“This program has the perfect mix of online and in-class activity. Enough time exists to build rapport with the students and faculty face-to-face, while also allowing for the flexibility of completing assignments via online. The personal touch is always available if that is what the student needs to succeed.” Chelsea DuKate, MBA student
The Taylor MBA curriculum is of rigorous academic quality, incorporating sound business practices and new and upcoming business concepts with biblical truth and Christian principles. The intentional integration of faith permeates class discussions, readings, assignments, and projects.
"The education is based upon current materials...Also, the Christian-based education comes through with every angle of the learning process.” Cathy Gallmeyer, MBA alumnus
The curriculum totals 36 credit hours – a 24-hour core and 12 hours of electives. Core classes are all taught by doctorally-qualified faculty. Visiting faculty, who are experts in their industry, supplement teaching specialized courses.
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ACC510 Strategic Cost Management (3 hrs.)
A review of both traditional and contemporary systems for providing timely and relevant information for decision-making. Emphasis is on recent and emerging accounting strategies developed to support management in implementing world class concepts such as value chain analysis, activity based management, just-in-time management, life cycle cost management, costs of quality, and productivity measurement and control. Qualitative as well as quantitative measures and techniques are examined.
ECO510 International Economics and Finance (3 hrs.)
Survey of corporate financial management and the global economic environment. Primary course topics emphasize sophisticated pricing policies, managing under uncertainty, global competition considerations, global financial markets, corporate finance policies, and the various impacts of government policy. This course provides a basis for analyzing financial and economic decisions based on modern financial and economic theory.
FIN610 Financial Management & Performance (3 hrs.)
This course will examine the critical financial issues and decisions facing organizations. Students will gain exposure navigating and analyzing financial statements to better understand and position organizations, including the budgeting process. A particular focus will be placed on generating and managing cash flow. Identifying and attracting a variety of funding sources is also addressed. Lastly, an examination of the means by which organizations can enhance their value and the requisite financial mechanisms to do so is undertaken.
ITB515 Global Business Study Tour (3 hrs.)
Students experience the variations in business and industry sectors and cultural differences first-hand by visiting other global markets. Tours include a combination of business and corporate meetings with visits to historic sites and the unique communities of selected countries. Particular emphasis is given to identifying cultural differences in values, customs, attitudes and behaviors that impact the marketplace and organizational environments. Students are encouraged to explore and examine particular areas of business interest during the study tour and while completing course requirements. This course may be repeated as an elective with permission of MBA Program Chair. Requires international travel.
MGT515 Leadership and Ethics (3 hrs.)
This course seeks to foster the practice of robust Christian leadership in business (and other organizational settings). The foundation for effectiveness in leadership is built on Christian character and virtue as well as understanding of leadership theory and research. The leader is prepared for ethical decision-making and for strength of character by which to execute those decisions. The course draws first from the Bible and then from philosophy, psychology, history, literature and current events for its principles, exemplars, and case studies.
MGT575 Business Research Methods and Metrics (3 hrs.)
Study of the Business Research Process and Techniques. Students will learn and utilize specific steps within the research process including Hypothesis, Exploration, Refining Hypothesis, Data Collection, Data Preparation, Data Analysis & Interpretation, and Research Reporting within course projects and assignments. Various Research Methods will be examined and utilized within course projects. Methods that will be introduced include Case Study Design, Focus Groups, Questionnaires, Surveys, Appreciative Inquiry, and Listening. Upon completion of the course students will be able to effectively use research methods within their organizations to tackle issues as they arise and produce quantitative analysis to be used in their decision making.
MGT610 Management Theory and Strategy (3 hrs.)
Current and historical perspectives related to the organization and business strategy foundational to top management development, including organizational analysis that leads to strategy formulation and implementation. This course emphasizes the examination of present and historical management theory and practice, as well as current trends in business literature and numerous industry applications.
MKT510 Global Marketing and Business Cultures (3 hrs.)
Study and application of the current challenges confronting marketing organizations in today’s global marketing environment. Critical success factors essential to effective and efficient marketing efforts are developed through numerous industry applications. Individual, organizational, and industry factors that impact market-oriented planning, global market development, effective channels management, integrated marketing communications, and attention to competitive advantages are examined. Marketing leadership skills are emphasized, including intercultural communication, cultural sensitivity, acculturation, collaboration, and cultural synergy. The examination of competitive strategy, positioning, advantages, and opportunities are analyzed and discussed.
ITB515 Global Business Study Tour (3 hrs.)
Students experience the variations in business and industry sectors and cultural differences first-hand by visiting other global markets. Tours include a combination of business and corporate meetings with visits to historic sites and the unique communities of selected countries. Particular emphasis is given to identifying cultural differences in values, customs, attitudes and behaviors that impact the marketplace and organizational environments. Students are encouraged to explore and examine particular areas of business interest during the study tour and while completing course requirements. This course may be repeated with permission of MBA Program Chair. Requires international travel.
MGT510 Organizational Design and Change (3 hrs.)
The behavior of groups and individuals in organizations is examined using current management theory and research. Emphasis is given to understanding, predicting, motivating, and changing work-related behaviors in organizations. Key topics include organizational structure, culture, power, diversity, performance, resistance, and communication, particularly related to the rapid pace of organizational growth and change.
MGT535 Business Creativity and Innovation (3 hrs.)
Processes that are used to develop new ideas and opportunities are covered from a managerial perspective, including how to stimulate creativity and imagination in employees and associates. Challenges to innovation management, new product development, collaborative efforts, and the learning organization are examined through theory and application. Course includes both individual and group processes used to strengthen organizational creativity.
MGT545 Business and Organizational Sustainability (3 hrs.)
This course examines the development of sustainable organizations and practices. This course is interdisciplinary in nature, integrating science, business, and environmental studies. A look at how sustainable business practices improve long-term profitability, the health of natural systems, and the social infrastructure of our world community is undertaken. Among other activities students will analyze how to manage resource scarcity, and apply case studies to the business model. Students will also evaluate the business case for sustainable practice in selected sectors and organizations, examine the potential for implementing sustainable business practices for selected sectors and organizations, and consider the implications for Christians in sustainable organizations.
MGT620 Leading Strategies and Organizations (3 hrs.)
This course addresses current trends and practices regarding organizations, their structures, intended outcomes and how they deal with culture, employee behavior, and values. Students will examine best practices and innovative strategies designed to create and evaluate organizational behaviors, individual and organizational learning, communicating across cultures, and intellectual capital. This course also examines organization leaders in such areas as communication, motivation, work teams, organizational change, stress, influence, loyalty, and trust. This course may be repeated with permission of MBA Program Chair.
MGT680 Human Resource Development (3 hrs.)
Rapid changes in technology and job design, along with the increasing importance of learning-and knowledge-based organizations, makes human resource development, with a focus on performance, an increasingly important topic. This course is a study of current trends in human resource development in organizations with a focus on how individuals and groups learn and interact with organizations including motivation, group dynamics, system theory, organizational culture, learning and change. Specifically students will learn how to identify development needs through assessments, analyze jobs, identify and develop a variety of development activities, including training and coaching, and evaluation of development programs.
MKT610 Strategic Marketing Management (3 hrs.)
The marketing concepts and theories underlying marketing decision making are developed, including market analysis, segmentation strategies, new product development processes, marketing performance assessment, channels management, and business-to-business environments. Applications of marketing practice are made to a variety of organizations and industries.
Global Business Study Tour
Globalization is poised to be the theme of the 21st Century and may well be the greatest reorganization of our world since the Industrial Revolution.
Business leaders can no longer ignore globalization. International business can no longer be someone else’s specialty. Every business leader must be prepared and equipped to lead in a global, cross-cultural world. To meet these ever changing diverse demands placed on business leaders, Taylor University has integrated global engagement as one of the key focuses in the MBA program.
Beyond just talking about global business issues, every Taylor University MBA graduate completes a global business study tour. These 10-12 day trips accomplish many objectives, but the following three are at the core:
- Experience and understand the culture of other countries through tours, cultural experiences, and interacting with host nationals.
- Observe first-hand global businesses by meeting with business leaders and touring their facilities in order to learn how they develop and execute their strategy, manage their international business, and deal with the complexities they face both at home and abroad.
- Have some fun and build community with fellow students, guests and faculty. A unique aspect of the Taylor MBA global study tours is that adult guests are welcome. Many previous graduates have brought their spouses on the trip.
COST: The global business study tour cost is estimated at $4,450, which will cover airfare from US gateway, all transportation via private coach, lodging, most admissions fees, and many meals. While we estimate $4,450 (as we cannot control the exchange rate for the US dollar), our most expensive trip to date has been $3,975 (our 2013 10-day trip to London, Paris, & Barcelona).
WHEN: Global business study tours are planned based on student enrollments. Trips normally take place in the fall and/or spring each year.
Tuition & Fees
Tuition for the 2013-14 academic year is $450 per credit hour. Total tuition and materials charges for the entire program are provided below and guaranteed for the duration of the planned program. Tuition and fee charges include:
• Books, which are delivered directly to you
• Meals and amenities at residency sessions
• Kindle for optional use
• Access to online technology resources
• Library resources (with online availability of most resources and many books)
• Student email account
• Global study business tour
The global business study tour estimated cost is $3,975, which will cover airfare from US gateway, all transportation via private coach, lodging, admission fees, and several meals. While we estimate $3,975, we cannot predict the exchange rate for the US dollar. Our most expensive trip to date has been $3,975 (the 2013 10-day trip to London, Paris, & Barcelona).
Past trips have included:
• London, Paris & Barcelona, March 2013 ($3,975)
• Hong Kong/Mainland China, March 2012 ($3,950)
• Costa Rica, September 2011 ($3,600)
• Italy/Germany, May 2011 ($3,850)
The total program cost, including tuition, fees, and the trip (estimated at $3,975), is $22,625. Other costs include residency travel costs, which are the responsibility of the student. Students attend two seminars per term, and should budget for transportation and lodging for Friday evening through Saturday afternoon.
Residency sessions take place at the:
Fort Wayne MBA Office
3217B Stellhorn Road
Fort Wayne, IN 46815
Indianapolis MBA Office
8604 Allisonville Road, Suite 115
Indianapolis, IN 42650
Individuals pursue a MBA for many different reasons — to improve current performance, to get a promotion, to get a different or better job, to enhance their resume, for personal satisfaction, and many other reasons.
You may be considering a career change at this time, and if/when you are ready to make a change, Taylor University can provide assistance.
First, Taylor MBA students and alumni create a strong network. You will be connected with a group of individuals that know the credentials of our MBA program and like to network.
Second, Taylor University's Calling and Career Office is available and has resources to assist you. The Calling and Career Office is focused on identifying God-given passions and abilities, exploring vocational opportunities and equipping you to find God's calling.
Alumni Connections: Taylor University has a network of over 20,000 alumni who span a breadth of locations and countries as well as industries. The Calling and Career Office is the central point by which you can connect with this group of individuals.
If you are seeking work in a given field in a particular geographic region, the office will help connect you with individuals in that area that are willing to assist you in your search. For example, if you are moving to the Denver and are interested in marketing careers, the career office will identify alumni in that area that are willing and able to assist you. The career office will then directly connect you with those alumni.
Some of the other services provided by Taylor University's Calling and Career Office include:
- Assistance and software for resume preparation
- Mock interviews (phone, Skype and in-person)
- Job listings with open jobs posted by alumni, friends, and other organizations
- Polish and distribute an e-portfolio
These types of services are available to you not only as a student, but throughout your life.