OBU's College of Graduate and Professional Studies now offers two new degree tracks in the Master of Business Administration degree, adding Leadership and Project Management to the existing tracks of International Business and Energy Management.
The program is tailored for working professionals, with classes meeting one night per week at the OBU Oklahoma City campus, and some courses available online. Each course is six weeks long. Students can start at any time and can finish in around 18 months or set their own pace of study.
"We are excited to add these new MBA degree tracks," said Dr. Rhonda Richards, dean of the OBU College of Graduate and Professional Studies (CGPS). "They give students the opportunity to earn their MBA, on a flexible schedule, while continuing their careers. That, combined with the high academic standards and core values of OBU makes our MBA degree highly desired in the workplace."
The MBA in Leadership track covers the fundamentals of business and an interdisciplinary examination of the phenomenon of leadership. The interdisciplinary disciplines include systems theory, sociology, psychology and cultural anthropology. The fundamentals of business include economics, information technology, management, marketing, financial accountability, ethics, business law and leadership, as well as a capstone experience.
The Project Management track is designed to meet the needs of businesses that focus primarily on research and development. These business types include construction firms, defense contractors, software development and aerospace corporations. The project management track focuses on project planning, project management, risk, communications, quality, procurement and work breakdown structures. This track is reinforced by the business core that includes management, marketing, accounting, finance, ethics, business law, leadership in society and managerial economics.
OBU's CGPS has designed the MBA program to help students become leaders in business, teaching students to engage and lead with wisdom and discernment. Courses are taught by professors with experience in their field, and students will interact with both academic and business professionals from different sectors of the business community. The program is an application based MBA, not just book-knowledge.
The OBU MBA is not a "one-size fits all" MBA. Students may shape their studies to fit desired goals in their present position or for a desired future position, through customizable course projects and the capstone.
"Students should select OBU for their graduate studies if they desire to earn a degree that will enable them to change the world for Christ through their vocation," Richards said. "In my opinion, this integration is what makes a graduate degree from OBU the right decision. OBU integrates faith and learning and does this while seeking to transform the world."