Launched in 1979 to meet the growing needs of the business community in the Ohio Valley, the Masters in Business Administration Program at Franciscan University of Steubenville is designed to provide students with the educational foundation they need for business management.
Using a highly integrated approach, Franciscan University’s graduate business program focuses on the application of functional business knowledge. The aim of the program is to produce a generalist rather than a specialist. Toward this end, studies in the MBA Program will focus on analytical and behavioral techniques, as well as on institutional considerations confronting managers.
Another major objective of the program is to develop problem-solving skills, while instructing students in the overall principles and decision-making techniques essential to effective management. An emphasis on team building, communication, and leadership skills will further equip MBA graduates to work in a wide range of organizational settings.
Franciscan MBA applicants must meet several requirements for admission into the program. Each applicant must submit a graduate application, along with previous academic transcripts, resume, no less than three recommendation letters and GMAT scores. Non-native English speakers may also be required to pass the TOEFL exam.
All MBA students are required to successfully complete 37 graduate-level courses, eleven courses coming from the core business requirements and two electives. Franciscan’s program is divided into three terms per academic year, allowing students to limit their studies to two courses per trimester. Each student can expect to enhance their knowledge of such topics as business ethics, economics, accounting, marketing, communications and more.
While the primary goals of the MBA Program and degree are administration and management skills, there are actually two Business Administration Degree Programs available: general and accounting degree programs. Students wishing to focus on accounting must have completed a business bachelor’s degree program and have at least 24 credits in accounting and three credits in business law. This program deviates slightly from the standard MBA program as it requires 40 credits instead of 37. Students enrolled in this track take their electives from a selection of accounting courses.
Graduating from the MBA Program at Franciscan University will position students to either assume greater responsibility with a current employer or to seek new management opportunities in the broader market. Currently our graduates are employed in senior management positions throughout the Ohio Valley and around the country.
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