2023-2024 University Catalog 
    Jul 20, 2024  
2023-2024 University Catalog

Business Administration - Business Analytics Specialization, M.B.A.

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  • Debasish Chakraborty, Ph.D.   
  • Thomas Daughenbaugh, M.B.A.
  • Catherine E. Giunta, Ph.D.
  • Douglas Nelson, D. Sc., Program Director
  • Doina Vlad, Ph.D.

The Master of Business Administration program adds to the student’s analytical, managerial, and communication capabilities and seeks to develop a strategic perspective, an awareness of the critical role of human resources in organizational success, and an ability to lead change. The curriculum is attentive to the individual development of students and the integration of their personal values with their professional activities. The MBA program promotes a learning community. The majority of students and all faculty have significant business and life experiences to bring to the classroom.

The MBA program at Seton Hill University is accredited by the International Assembly of Collegiate Business Education.

Educational Objectives

The educational objectives of the Master of Business Administration are to ensure that graduates are:

  • Integrate theory and practical application across business functional areas for the purpose of problem recognition and strategic planning, implementation, measurement, and corrective action.
  • Formulate appropriate frameworks to assess and categorize business process and technological innovation and its impact along a variety of metrics including competitive environment, business model disruption, and supply chain structure
  • Reframe and synthesize the importance of understanding personal values, corporate social responsibility, and high ethical standards, and incorporate responsible actions in daily decision-making and development of organizational strategy
  • Compare and contrast organizational business models utilizing both quantitative and qualitative analytical techniques in written case analyses and class discussions
  • Recognize the importance of understanding personal values, corporate social responsibility, and high ethical standards, and incorporate responsible actions in daily decision-making and development of organizational strategy
  • Demonstrate well-developed oral and written communication skills appropriate to a myriad of business situations.
  • Demonstrate the ability to manage organizational problems and issues from a multi-disciplinary, global, and cultural perspective, and demonstrate the ability to ask qualifying/insightful questions across various business functional areas

Accelerated Program

The program is designed in accordance with adult education models which stress focused study, accelerated learning with emphasis on life/work experience, integration of theory and practice, collaborative learning, and applied teaching techniques such as case studies, simulations, and analysis of work situations.

Rolling Admissions and Flexible Scheduling

The MBA program admits students throughout the year. Admission is open six times during the year, at every eight-week course start. This gives students the opportunity to start the program at different points in the year.

With our flexible MBA, students can tailor their MBA studies by planning the time it takes to complete the program. Students can take classes in the evenings, on Saturdays, or online, and the number of courses taken in each term is up to them. Students can complete the MBA in one year by taking two courses in every term, or students can complete the program in two years by taking one course in each term for two years. Each course takes eight weeks to complete. Some students prefer to take more time to complete the MBA and design their course of study based upon their own circumstances.

Admission Requirements

All candidates admitted into the MBA program must have a bachelor’s degree from an accredited institution. An undergraduate major in a business-related field or work experience comparable to this academic preparation is preferred. Other majors will be considered; additional coursework to meet prerequisites may be necessary.

All applications must include a completed graduate admission form, official undergraduate transcripts, three letters of professional recommendation, a current resume, and a two to four page written personal statement. This statement should describe one’s academic ability for graduate study, history of work experience, professional goals, and how the MBA program at Seton Hill supports personal and career objectives. The statement is reviewed as a writing sample.

Course of Study

The Seton Hill University MBA Program consists of 30 graduate credits and currently offers six specializations: business analytics, cybersecurity risk management,  forensic accounting and fraud examination, healthcare administration, leadership and management, and project management. 

Students may choose to complete multiple specializations: one MBA degree is earned, and each specialization is listed on the transcript.

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