MBA Chief School Business Official Course Descriptions


MBAC‐6000: Leading & Managing Effective Organizations (3 hours) Designed to provide students with the skills and knowledge to facilitate innovative leadership and management within different types of organizations. Focuses on the impact of leadership and management on organizational effectiveness. Students will hone their critical thinking and problem‐solving skills, learn attributes of successful leaders and managers, the challenges they face in in a global society, and how they build relationships and impact culture for organizational sustainability and innovations. 

MBAC‐6050: Ethics, Law & Communication in Decision Making (3 hours) Introduces the legal and ethical obligations in business. Knowledge of law and ethics must be included into managerial decisions. Students will learn to apply and communicate ethical frameworks to business decisions, with a lens on social responsibility. Evidence that proactive and effective communication can provide a competitive edge to organizations, reducing risk and liability. 

MBAC‐6100: Global Marketing in a Digital Era (3 hours) Provides students with the knowledge and understanding of the global marketing environment through key marketing concepts, digital marketing tools and global marketing strategy. Challenges students to think critically about the global marketplace. Students will hone their approach to global marketing decisions, policies and strategies and learn to formulate and evaluate a global marketing plan through the use of digital marketing tools and techniques. 

MBAC-6150: Organizational Behavior (3 hours) This course focuses on providing students with cutting edge thinking about how organizational behavior creates competitive advantage through the people within an organization. Organizational behavior functions as a system that focuses on the individuals and groups who create, innovate and execute the organization’s strategy. Knowing how to motivate and mobilize an organization’s human capital is critical to organizational performance. This course will assist students in developing a systematic understanding of why people behave the way they do and understand how to translate that knowledge into organizational applications. 

MBAC‐6200: Economics for Managers (3 hours) Examines key economic concepts critical to managerial decision‐making within today’s business environment with an emphasis on national and global real‐world applications. Incorporates both microeconomic and macroeconomic principles. Prerequisite: Passing score on Common Professional Component (CPC) based comprehensive exam in the Economics section, passing score on academic leveling course (ALC), or a 3‐credit undergraduate course in economics. 

MBAC‐6250: Strategy for Entrepreneurship & Innovation (3 hours) Challenges students to think about how to create, build or change an organization through sound leadership and management theories, personal relationships, creative and critical thinking, as well as how design thinking and innovation principles can be used to create value. 

EDL‐6510: School Fund Accounting and Budgeting (3 hours) Analysis of school funding and accounting required for the CSBO endorsement.

MBAC‐6350: Managing Human Capital (3 hours) Information on how organizational managers and leaders must understand how changing technologies, demographics, mergers and acquisitions, and globalization influence the potential of human capital to create and maintain strategic competitive advantage. Focus on how expanding the leadership and talent pool by having a sound diversity strategy can create competitive advantage. Addresses issues such as 206 immigration, diversity laws, work‐life balance, equal opportunity, ageism and the multigenerational workforce. 

EDL‐6150: School Evaluation and Change Process (3 hours) Explores the role of the chief school business official in overseeing and allocating financial, human resource and other resources to promote student performance.

EDL‐6211: Principles of School Business Management (3 hours) Introduces students to the role of school business management including key concepts, skills and aptitudes. Provides a basis from which students can connect and apply key school business management concepts to their graduate business education in the MBA and CSBO programs. 

MBAC‐6500: Global Management (3 hours) Focuses on how globalization has opened the world to organizations and provides students the skills and knowledge to perform effectively as a leader within a company with global presence. Topics cover the broader themes about globalization and its implications, as well as multinational business strategies, from exporting to foreign direct investment, as well as economic, political and cultural influences on the international marketplace. 

EDL‐6520: School Finance Law (3 hours) Analysis of laws governing school finance and accounting procedures as they affect schools and districts.

EDL‐6986: Internship in School Business Management I (3 hours) An academic, 16‐week long clinical experience at the pK‐12 level, requiring extensive, intensive and diverse assignments and administrative activities in finance.

EDL‐6987: Internship in School Business Management II (3 hours) An academic, 16‐week long clinical experience at the pK‐12 level, requiring extensive, intensive and diverse assignments and administrative activities in finance.

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Specializations Build Upon The Concordia Core MBA


Students enrolled in the MBA with Chief School Business Official Specialization at Concordia University Chicago will take all of the courses above in addition to courses included in the core Concordia University MBA. You can review the core MBA classes here.

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