MBA: Master of Business Administration

With Four Concentrations

Baker’s 30-credit-hour Master of Business Administration graduates are prepared for leadership roles in traditional organizations and in emerging fields to meet the demands of an ever-changing marketplace. The program combines the data analysis and quantitative skills with the written and oral communication skills that support leadership and organizational effectiveness.

Four concentrations allow you to focus on the skills and knowledge that will help you reach your personal career goals:

  • Finance
  • Health Care Administration
  • Human Resources
  • Strategic Management

Students complete 18 credit hours of foundational and core courses and 12 credit hours of concentration courses.

Earn your MBA in 18 to 20 months. Some students finish in as little as 12*.

Earn your degree completely online or take the core and foundational courses via Zoom videoconferencing until we are able resume classes on the Overland Park campus.

*After taking the first course, graduate students may take two courses at a time if they have a 3.5 GPA and the courses are available. Students will work closely with their academic advisor to develop a plan.

Questions? Contact an Enrollment Recruiter

913.491.4432 | 800.955.7747 business.programs@bakerU.edu

Concentration in Finance

The finance concentration develops leaders who manage company finances, assess financial risks, and ensure business sustainability in a changing market.

  • Assess the emerging financial challenges that are transforming the business administration landscape.
  • Apply economic, finance, risk management, and quality assurance principles when making business decisions.
MBA-FIN Concentration Courses

FIN 510 Investments and Portfolio Management

FIN 520 Advanced International Finance

FIN 540 Strategic Corporate Finance

FIN 550 Integrated Financial Planning

Concentration in Health Care Administration

The health care administration concentration develops leaders who employ technical, analytical, and decision-making skills to solve complex organizational challenges in the American health care industry.

  • Assess the components of health care services in the United States and analyze the current issues, trends, and limitations of health care administration.
  • Understand the fundamentals of health care system information management, including electronic health records.
  • Discuss the principles of public health practices, the role of the public health department, and the tools needed to effectively manage a typical health department. 
MBA-HCA Concentration Courses

HCA 520 Advanced Concepts of Health Care Administration

HCA 540 Integrating Ethics in Health Care

HCA 550 Managing Health Care Information Systems

HCA 560 Hospital Management

Concentration in Human Resources

The human resources concentration prepares you to oversee staffing, employee compensation and benefits, recruitment, and development and retention.

  • Assess the organizational landscape to ensure staffing needs are met.
  • Assess that human resource management practices align with legal regulations and organizational policies, procedures, and practices.
  • Develop ethical human resource management plans for ensuring that business sustainability and staffing needs are met.
MBA-HRM Concentration Courses

HRM 510 Advanced Employment Law

HRM 525 Managing Generational Differences

HRM 540 International Human Resource Management

HRM 550 Transformative Employee Relations

Concentration in Strategic Management

The strategic management concentration prepares you for the issues and challenges you will face in a leadership position in today’s dynamic business environment.

  • Assess the emerging challenges that are transforming the business administration landscape.
  • Discuss how an organization’s ability to create, capture, and maintain value is fundamental for a sustainable competitive advantage.
  • Formulate a strategic ethical plan that motivates a workforce and inspires others to follow.
MBA-STGM Concentration Courses

STMG 515 Advanced Business Law

STMG 525 Business Global Environment

STMG 535 Managing and Developing Human Resources

STMG 595 Advanced Organization Management

Veterans Education Benefits

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​4+1 Bachelor’s to MBA Dual Degree Program

Students who earn an undergraduate business degree from Baker’s School of Professional and Graduate Studies or College of Arts and Sciences in Baldwin City can earn their bachelor’s degree and MBA in five years. This program is open to current students and graduates.

Baker participants who meet program requirements will not be required to take the 9 hours of MBA foundation courses. 4+1 students will be required to complete the 9 hours of MBA core courses and the 12 hours of concentration courses. To complete the remaining 21 MBA credits within a year, 4+1 students must take one at least one course each term for seven terms.

Requirements

  1. Complete 60 Baker undergraduate credit hours toward an SPGS or CAS business baccalaureate degree.
  2. Satisfy the graduation requirements for the undergraduate program.
  3. Earn a cumulative undergraduate GPA of 3.0 or higher.
  4. Earn a GPA of 3.0 or higher in Baker business baccalaureate core courses.

Pre-MBA Pathway for Students Who Don’t Have a Bachelor’s in Business

Don’t have an undergraduate degree in business? No worries. Baker is committed to supporting student success. If you have not earned a bachelor’s degree in business, you may apply to enter the MBA program by completing the Pre-MBA Pathway courses with a grade of at least a B: MBA500 Fundamentals of Business Administration, MBA542 Business Data and Analysis.

Master’s Program Start Dates

YOU CAN DO THIS

You can fit college courses into your existing schedule by taking classes one night a week or online. Classes are held year-round, and new classes start every seven weeks.

IMMEDIATELY USE WHAT YOU LEARN

Baker students consistently report that the knowledge they gained in class was immediately transferable to their daily professional lives. Students learn from both their instructors and classmates who come from diverse professional backgrounds.

LEARN FROM BUSINESS PROFESSIONALS

Instructors in Baker University’s MBA program are working professionals from diverse disciplines. As experts in their respective fields, they will share their experiences and knowledge with you while challenging you to reflect and critically examine the world in which you live.

BAKER BUILDS BUSINESS LEADERS

A degree from Baker commands respect in the business community—particularly in the Kansas City market. It signifies that you have met Baker’s rigorous standards and have acquired the knowledge and skills to excel in your career.

Requirements & Courses

 What We Need From You

  • Completed application form
  • An official transcript indicating a bachelor’s degree conferred from a regionally accredited institution of higher education
    OR
  • An official transcript from a regionally accredited institution of higher education showing all undergraduate course work completed and a letter from the school’s registrar on letterhead validating the anticipated degree and degree completion date.

How to send transcripts to Baker.

Students will be admitted to the MBA program with one of the following statuses:

  • Full admission: Applicants who meet admissions requirements and have earned a minimum 2.75 cumulative grade point average (on a 4.0 scale) from all colleges and universities attended.
  • Conditional admission: Applicants who meet admissions requirements but have earned a cumulative grade point average below 2.75 (on a 4.0 scale) from all colleges and universities attended. Students accepted conditionally must have a minimum 3.0 cumulative GPA upon completing 9 credit hours in the MBA program to be granted full admission.
  • Provisional admission: If an SPGS graduate applicant is lacking an official final transcript as described in the admission requirements, the applicant may be admitted on a provisional basis. Students admitted provisionally have until the last day of the first course to submit all admission documents required to be granted either full or conditional admission. Failure to satisfy this provision results in administrative withdrawal from the program.

Based on reasonable projections of faculty availability and appropriate curriculum considerations, the following courses can change as deemed necessary by Baker University to fulfill its role and mission. Students can finish the curriculum requirements in 18 to 20 months. Some students finish in 12. Students may take one or two courses at a time but must maintain a 3.50 grade point average if doubling up.

Pre-MBA Courses | 6 credit hours

MBA 500 Fundamentals of Business Administration

This course provides the knowledge, resources, and essential skills for success at the business graduate level. Students will demonstrate an understanding of common professional components (e.g., marketing, business finance, accounting, management, legal environment of business, economics, business ethics). (3 credits) 

MBA 542 Business Data and Analysis.

This course provides students with the ability to comprehend, analyze, and solve business challenges by using data from internal and external sources.  Students will apply the latest data analysis techniques to support effective organizational decision making across industries. (3 credits)

Foundational Courses | 9 credit hours

MBA 553 Marketing Management and Strategy

This course examines the issues facing today’s marketing managers in a dynamic competitive global environment. The course assesses responsive marketing strategies measured by industry-recognized key performance indicators. Students will explore the various contemporary functions of marketing and build competency for making effective decisions in the area of marketing management. (3 credits)

MBA 557 Accounting Applications for Managers

Students will examine and apply key financial and managerial accounting concepts necessary to effectively operate a business. Students will learn the importance of financial planning and control, and they will understand how costs behave and how to determine financial success. Students will be asked to interpret financial statements, formulate strategies for making sound financial decisions, and build the skills required to effectively evaluate and report business performance. (3 credits)

MBA 554 Managerial Finance

Students learn about methods for determining the optimal volume and composition of firm assets, liabilities, and equity in this course. The focus is on the theory and practice of capital budgeting and asset financing. (3 credits) Prerequisite MBA 557 Accounting Applications for Management

Core Curriculum | 9 Credit Hours

MBA 562 Economic Aspects of Business Decisions

Students will learn how to use economic concepts to make sound business decisions. The course focuses on determining product prices, minimizing organizational costs, and maximizing company profits. (3 credits)

MBA 580 Executive Leadership

This course presents a broad survey of theory, research, and the practical application of effective leadership in formal organizations.  Students will examine the major perspectives on leadership and think critically to apply leadership concepts related to leading change, influencing others and organizations, as well as the dyadic relationships between leaders and followers. (3 credits)

MBA 595 Strategic Planning for Competitive Organizations

This course is the capstone of the MBA core. Students will go through the actual strategic planning processes of an organization to identify the firm’s present situation, internal and external competitive positions, financial health, and overall market standing. Students will learn how to formulate realistic and attainable short- and long-term strategies for achieving organizational objectives. (3 credits)

Finance Concentration Courses | 12 credit hours

FIN 510 Investments and Portfolio Management

In this course, students will investigate the complexities of investments, portfolio management, and security analysis. Students will manage an investment portfolio, distinguishing risk and return, diversification, and the impact of economic and market variables. Students will also examine how the stock market behaves during a financial crisis and build strategies for managing investments during crises. (3 credits)

FIN 520 Advanced International Finance

In this course, students examine the financial complexities of operating a multinational firm.  The unique risks and opportunities presented in the international financial environment are analyzed, and the use of global markets as sources of financing are evaluated.  Current issues in international finance are debated, as well as alternative solutions to address the strategic and financial challenges faced by multinational firms. (3 credits)

FIN 540 Strategic Corporate Finance

In this advanced course, students examine the financial operations of a business, with an emphasis on capital budgeting and cash flow. Students will also explore trend analysis and the ethical management of financial documents.  (3 credits)

FIN 550 Integrated Financial Planning

Students create a financial plan that manages the entire spectrum of personal finance, from credit and insurance needs to estate and retirement planning. Students will develop an in-depth understanding of the impact of government requirements related to estate planning issues and assess the tax advantages that select investments possess. (3 credits)

Health Care Administration Concentration | 12 credit hours

HCA 520 Advanced Concepts of Health Care Administration

Students analyze organizational dynamics and complex operational and regulatory factors that must be aligned to ensure the highest quality care and greatest efficiency and cost effectiveness. Operational divisions, functions, and groups, including professional providers, care givers, and support services such as finance management, information services, human resources, plant services, and marketing are explored in relation to their integral value, purpose, function, and unique perspectives. Emphasis on the creation of an environment of continuous improvement and organizational adaptability and success are explored. Measures and benchmarks of success are integrated throughout the course. (3 credits)

HCA 540 Integrating Ethics in Health Care

Students explore the ethical components, dilemmas, and obligations in American health care organizations and systems. Specifically, ethical issues related to caregiving and bioethics, demographic trends, relationships among organizational professionals and staff, delivery models, securing and allocating scarce resources, ethical terminology, and technology are examined. Health care organizational ethics and obligations are analyzed, emphasizing the role of manager/leader in creating an ethical culture of care delivery and cost-effectiveness. Various ethical decision-making models are compared and applied to case scenarios while incorporating and using ethical terminology.  (3 credits)

HCA 550 Managing Health Care Information Systems

Students focus on the increasing presence of and reliance on information technology and information systems in health care organizations and systems of all sizes and purposes. Today’s health care manager/leader must understand the use, types, benefits, and limitations of information technology on structure, processes, and work design. Infrastructure requirements and cost, security, and related regulation and law are reviewed. The selection and alignment of information management with organizational strategic planning to achieve high levels of performance are emphasized throughout. (3 credits)

HCA 560 Hospital Management

Hospital Management provides a framework for addressing management problems in hospitals and other health care organizations. By the end of the course, students will have been exposed to many management ideas, theories, and applications. (3 credits)

Human Resources Concentration | 12 credit hours

HRM 510 Advanced Employment Law

Students will investigate the legal and regulatory backdrop for the management of organizational human resources. Students will analyze how legislation and legal precedents guide employers’ actions and decisions and affect their relationships with their employees. (3 credits)

HRM 525 Managing Generational Differences

Students will examine the fundamental generational issues that occur in the workplace and the strategies to resolve them. Students will study the two-generation model and the four-generation model. Also, they will learn about the different generations and their common stereotypes. Some of the core concepts of this course include loyalty, work ethics, career development, and innovation. (3 credits)

HRM 540 International Human Resource Management

This course provides students with a robust understanding of international human resources practices and issues. Students will examine the challenges of international business and the role of human resources in worldwide organizations. Special attention is given to the differences between domestic and international policies, procedures, and strategies for effectively managing human resources in the global environment. (3 credits)

HRM 550 Transformative Employee Relations

Students will analyze and understand the factors that affect the relationship between employees and their employers and explore strategies for effectively managing this relationship. Students will study team dynamics, organizational culture, creativity, and problem solving. Students will focus on human resources’ role in fostering organizational ethics, justice, and the fair treatment of employees. (3 credits)

Strategic Management Concentration | 12 credit hours

STMG 515 Advanced Business Law

In this advanced study of business law, students will investigate the relationship between business and law by examining the impact of constitutional law, tort law, contract law, employment law, and antitrust law on business. Further, students will compare the legal requirements for creating different types of business organizations. (3 credits)

STMG 525 Business Global Environment

This course provides material describing the institutions and operations involved in international businesses. Students learn to adapt managerial policies and practices to the global business environment. (3 credits)

STMG 535 Managing and Developing Human Resources

This course offers advanced study of personnel management and development necessary for strategic organization sustainability and growth. Course topics will include selection, placement, training, compensation, incentives, performance evaluation, and counseling, with an emphasis on legal and practical issues. (3 credits)

STMG 595 Advanced Organization Management

This is the capstone course for the strategic management concentration. Students will integrate their academic and professional experiences to build strategies for organizational success. By presenting and discussing advanced strategic practices and management concepts, the course explores why some businesses prosper while others flounder in a competitive global marketplace. (3 credits)

  • Successful completion of the MBA curriculum (30 credit hours)
  • A 3.0 overall GPA
  • Completion of all course work within six years of the date of initial enrollment
  • Submission of intent to graduate form to the Office of the Registrar
  • Payment of all tuition and fees

TUITION & FEES

 

Tuition $618/credit hour
Business certificate courses $618/credit hour
Baker 360 educational resource fee (includes all required books and course materials,
Microsoft Office Suite, library services)
$120/course
Graduation fee $125

 

STUDENT EXPERIENCE

After earning a Master of Business Administration degree from Baker University, Lauren Everett was promoted and moved up from account manager to client development executive at ECCO Select. In just her first eight months in that role, she generated more than $3 million in sales, and she earned herself a second promotion in a little more than a year. Her employer was not the only one to recognize her skills. Ingram’s named her to its 20 in Their Twenties Class of 2017.

Lauren | MBA '16

CONTACT US

School of Professional and Graduate Studies
Call or Text 913.270.1307
business.programs@bakerU.edu

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