Beyond the required prerequisite foundation courses, the basic DeSales MBA program structure consists of four “building blocks” as shown below: 


MBA Core Courses

All MBA students must complete all core courses. Distinguishing characteristics of the DeSales MBA program are an emphasis on executive skills development, general management orientation, integration of skills and values, and an attempt to link theory and practice. 

  • CR 501 Financial and Managerial Accounting

  • CR 502 Quantitative Methods for Business - OR - CR 508 Business Computing 

  • CR 503 Business and Society

  • CR 504 Marketing Management

  • CR 505 Organization Management

  • CR 506 Financial Management

  • CR 507 Executive Skills Development


Concentration Courses

Concentrations courses allow you to focus your studies on an area of business to suit your career goals. Choose from one of our concentrations or create your own with Self-Design. See all concentrations »


Elective Courses

In addition to required courses — and in order to provide meaningful options, added breadth, greater diversity, and positive enrichment — a variety of elective courses will be scheduled as demand requires and resources permit. Any concentration course can be used as an elective.

Not applicable for Healthcare Systems Management, Computer Information Systems, Project Management, Human Resource Management, and Self-Design.

Capstone Integrating Course

CR 510 Policy and Strategy must be completed by all students with a minimum grade of “B”. It must also be taken as the last or second-to-last course before graduation.

Student Learning Outcomes

The DeSales MBA program is intended to provide students with a sophisticated level of understanding of the basic functional areas of business, as well as an appreciation of the role of business in our pluralistic society and the international community in which it exists. The ethical dimension of personal and corporate behav­ior and decision-making will be stressed throughout the program. The program will achieve this by having the students successfully:

1 explain how domestic and global organizations, as complex systems, function within a broader social, political, legal, technical, and eco­nomic environment;

2 analyze and describe the subjective, value-laden, ethical dimensions of executive behavior and decision-making within the context of Christian Humanist traditions of the University;

3 explain the importance of people management, and the need to develop/enhance personal leadership skills;

4 describe from theoretical and operational perspectives, how the various functions of business management are inte­grated;

5 prove proficiency, at a graduate level, in written and oral communication skills;

6 demonstrate a graduate-level competency in the use of ana­lytical tools and techniques necessary for effective decision-making and problem-solving in complex organizations.

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