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MBA Curriculum

Drury’s MBA program curriculum consists of a 30 credit hour course requirement, customizable based on students’ needs. In addition to coursework, other program highlights include:

  • A weeklong trip to an international business destination as part of the Global Business, New Ventures and Innovations course. Airfare, lodging, and transportation costs for the trip come at no additional cost to students (students who transfer credit into the MBA program will be charged a program fee for this travel between $495 and $1000-depending on the number of hours transferred).
  • A mentorship program in which students learn from individuals from the Springfield business community as they build their professional network.

The program can be completed in one year, with options for two to four year sequences also available. All courses take place in the evening.

Prospective students who have not completed their prerequisite coursework may enroll in the Certificate in Business Essentials program, during which students can satisfy all course requirements in a short summer session prior to the fall semester.

Orientation / Live-in Weekend

A unique feature of the Drury MBA program is the requirement that everyone admitted to the program participate in an orientation session, which involves overnight scheduling. Orientation activities include course preparation, advising and team-building exercises. Students are required to pay an orientation fee.

Program Assessment

Each year the administration of the Breech School of Business conducts an assessment of educational outcomes in the MBA program as measured against the Program Mission and Goals. This assessment includes faculty observation of student performance in the classroom and evaluation of written case analyses.

The Curriculum

Drury’s MBA comprises two parts: the leadership core and electives. The leadership core includes eight courses (24 credit hours) that integrate and represent the major disciplines in business administration.

All MBA students must complete these courses:
MBA 661: Corporate Investment and Valuation
MBA 662: Strategic Advantage through Technology and Information
MBA 664: Corporate Responsibility, Leadership and Ethics
MBA 671: Strategic Organization and Human Resources Management
MBA 672: Measuring and Reporting Financial and Statistical Information
MBA 673: Economics of Strategy
MBA 674: Understanding and Serving Customers and Markets
MBA 682: Global Business, New Ventures and Innovation

In addition to the leadership core, MBA students complete six hours of elective credit (normally two courses). Elective courses are normally taught during the spring and summer terms.

Electives:
MBA 654: Cyber Risk Management
MBA 655: Fundamentals of Information Security
MBA 656: Hacker Tools and Techniques
MBA 657: IT Legal Issues in Cyber Security
MBA 690: Selected Topics


The following list is comprised of descriptions for each of the MBA core and elective courses.

MBA 654: Cyber Risk Management. 3 hours. 

Principles and function of Cyber risk management. Special attention will be given to how cyber risk management fits into an overall risk management program. Students will become familiar with ways to approach the risk, the types of exposures and future issues in the area of cyber risk management. This course is designed to mimic The Institutes (www.theinstitutes.org) learning objectives for the “Cyber 301” course to prepare students to sit for the exam after the course if they choose.

MBA 655: Fundamentals of Information Security. 4 hours. 

This course provides an overview of security challenges and strategies of countermeasure in the information systems environment. Topics include definition of terms, concepts, elements, and goals incorporating industry standards and practices with a focus on availability, vulnerability, integrity, and confidentiality aspects of information systems.

MBA 656: Hacker Tools and Techniques. 3 hours. 

This hands-on course provides an introduction to tools and techniques used by hacker to penetrate corporate networks. Topics include vulnerabilities of operating systems, incident-handling methods, and an overview of the process and methodologies used in penetration testing including ethical and legal implications.

MBA 657: IT Legal Issues in Cyber Security. 3 hours. 

Information Security protects information with a perpetual goal of confidentiality, integrity, and availability of the data. Individuals, private organizations, and government organizations have responsibilities and protections under the law with respect to their data. This course examines the relationship between Information Security goals and the legal requirements associated with these goals.

MBA 661: Corporate Investment and Valuation. 3 hours.

This course provides in-depth coverage of evaluating corporate investments, using tools of investment analysis and decision making.

MBA 662: Strategic Advantage through Technology and Information. 3 hours.

This course addresses the key strategic implications of technology and information and how to use technology and information to build competitive advantage.

MBA 664: Corporate Responsibility, Leadership and Ethics. 3 hours.

The focus of this course is to conduct business in a responsible and ethical manner and to advance the practice of professional and ethical business leadership.

MBA 671: Strategic Organization and Human Resources Management. 3 hours.

This course provides insight into how to build healthy and effective organizations designed to support a company’s strategic direction, and to recruit, select, train and develop the human resources that such organizations need to thrive and grow.

MBA 672: Measuring and Reporting Financial and Statistical Information. 3 hours.

The focus in this course is to measure financial performance on a variety of important dimensions, to use statistical analysis effectively, and to correctly interpret, evaluate and report complex financial and statistical information.

MBA 673: Economics of Strategy. 3 hours.

This course includes reading the structure and dynamics of competition in industries and markets, and using sound strategic thinking to favorably position a company for competition within a particular industry and strategic peer group.

MBA 674: Understanding and Serving Customers and Markets. 3 hours.

The focus of this course is to understand customer needs and identify customer markets, and how to effectively serve and grow a particular market or markets.

MBA 682: Global Business, New Ventures and Innovation. 3 hours.

This course effectively assesses business opportunities and potential innovations. Understanding the strategic issues and actions necessary to convert ideas and product developments into successful business ventures in a context of global markets and global competition is also addressed. Note: This class would be taken during the final summer semester of each students program and includes a one week, mandatory international experience.

MBA 690: Special Topics. 3 hours.