Program Mission & Goals
The MBA program at Drury University is committed to preparing ethical leaders for the global business community. In pursuit of this commitment, our program has the following goals:
- Integrative Thought: Our graduates will demonstrate the ability to incorporate the insights of more than one business discipline in the completion of a task.
- Strategic Thought: Our graduates will demonstrate the ability to critically evaluate a strategy.
- Leadership: Our graduates will demonstrate the ability to incorporate appropriate leadership styles in pursuit of strategic goals.
- Teamwork and Communication: Our graduates will demonstrate the ability to coordinate efforts as members of a team in the pursuit of a common purpose or goal.
- Intercultural Competence: Our graduates will be able to work in cultural contexts outside the United States, with particular attention to culturally bound informational, interpersonal, and analytical dimensions.
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.
A unique feature of the Drury MBA program is the requirement that everyone admitted to the program participate in an orientation session, which takes place the weekend prior to the beginning of the fall semester. Orientation activities include course preparation, advising and team-building exercises. Students are required to pay an orientation fee.
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.
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:
This course provides in-depth coverage of evaluating corporate investments, using tools of investment analysis and decision making.
This course addresses the key strategic implications of technology and information and how to use technology and information to build competitive advantage.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
This course increases students' awareness of the key ethical issues that accounting practitioners face. It is designed to enhance students' ability to access the appropriate authoritative literature and language and students' understanding of the fundamental technical concepts of the auditing discipline. The class includes discussion and analysis of problematic situations that auditors have dealt with in the past so that students can obtain a better understanding of how to cope constructively with such scenarios in the future. Lastly, the course further prepares students for the CPA exam.
This course addresses some of the critical strategic, financial and people issues involved in the launch and early formation of an entrepreneurial venture. Emphasis is placed on developing strategies and managerial thinking vital to launching and leading a new venture.
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 learning objectives for the “Cyber 301” course to prepare students to sit for the exam after the course if they choose.
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.
This course will be a one-hour lab component of MBA 655 for anyone completing the Cybersecurity Leadership (CSL) certificate. It will be offered in the spring alongside MBA 655. The focus of the course will be online preparation for the Information Systems Audit and Control Association (ISACA) Fundamentals of Cybersecurity Certification exam.
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.
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.
This course explores the hot issues concerning innovation. Innovation is an important and multifaceted topic. It is vitally important to the successful launch and growth of business ventures.
The purpose of this course is to understand the theory and processes of dispute resolution. Negotiation is the art and science of securing agreements between two or more parties who are interdependent and who are seeking to maximize their own outcomes. The central issues of this course deal with understanding the behavior of individuals, groups and organizations in the context of competitive and cooperative situations. This course allows students to gain and develop negotiation skills through experimental learning and provides extensive feedback to improve participants ability to discover optimal solutions to problems.
This is a course on the theory and practice of managing groups and teams. It has two primary goals. The first goal is to provide conceptual guidelines for analyzing and diagnosing group dynamics and determining one's strategic options as a manager. The second goal is to impart practical interpersonal skills for implementing effective strategies for group situations. Both of these should be useful while working in study groups and on class projects and for working in groups and teams upon graduation.
Selected Topics are courses of an experimental nature that provide students a wide variety of study opportunities and experiences. Selected Topics offer both the department and the students the opportunity to explore areas of special interest in a structured classroom setting. Selected Topics courses (course numbers 290, 390, 490) will have variable titles and vary in credit from 1-3 semester hours. Selected Topic courses may not be taken as a Directed Study offering.