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Online Master of Business Administration (MBA) in Entrepreneurial Leadership
The MBA is a time-honored milestone in the path to business leadership. But more and more, businesses are looking for skills that go beyond the traditional. They’re looking for entrepreneurial leaders who are driven to pursue growth in a business climate that is diverse, dynamic and demanding. These new skills include the ability and willingness to take calculated risks and build smart, agile teams that deliver results. You can expect to develop these talents as you complete the William Woods University online MBA in Entrepreneurial Leadership.
William Woods is a member of the Accreditation Council for Business Schools and Programs, and this online MBA is approved by the Higher Learning Commission. It’s designed to fit the schedules of working professionals and can be completed in two years or less through online courses. To make this an investment you can count on, your tuition will not go up as long as you stay continuously enrolled.
In this program, you can expect rigorous coursework with real-world relevance, designed and taught by professionals who have proven their expertise in the corporate world. The online MBA degree’s strong theoretical background is balanced by an emphasis on practice that puts theory to work.
Your Online MBA degree at work
Business and managerial skills are in high demand in today’s job market, with many MBA students transitioning to an entrepreneurial program focus to broaden their career reach. Job opportunities for MBA graduates include:
- Business partner
- Financial manager
- Health services manager
- High-end management consultant
- Marketing manager
- Sales manager
- Information technology director
An online MBA provides a diverse credential for exceptional career flexibility and achievement. The skills you develop in our online program — leadership, financial competency, organizational theory, information systems and more — will show your organization that you are ready to take your place among its leaders. Chief among these skills is entrepreneurship, which will help you find new ways to lead and create solutions in a world of constrained resources, environmental challenges and competitive global markets.
You will earn the degree by completing ten 3-credit courses, including a final applied case project where you will complete a written business plan and defend it in an oral presentation to an outside panel of business experts. Additional coursework can lead to specialties in Health Management, Human Resources, and Public Relations, Marketing and Advertising.
Human Resources & Organizational Behavior
This course provides an overview of individual and group behavior within the context of the organization. The primary objective of the course is the development of each participant’s potential for becoming an effective member of an organization. A wide variety of topics and theories, often building on those introduced in the Fundamentals of Executive Management course, are covered. The course will follow the basic outline of reviewing organizational behavior in general, examining individual behavior within organizations, investigating group and social processes and analyzing organizational processes.
Economics for Managers
This course will provide students with a general overview of basic economic concepts and their practical application to issues confronting them as managers, business leaders, business owners, employees, voters, and consumers in the marketplace. Throughout this course, students will practice the economic way of thinking by analyzing both micro and macro economic concerns of society as a whole.
Accounting for Managers
A study of financial statement preparation and analysis, accounting information systems and accounting principles as they apply to managers with emphasis placed on operations, investing and financial functions within the enterprise.
The law consists of rules that regulate the conduct of individuals, businesses and other organizations within society. It is intended to protect persons and their property from unwanted interference from others. In other words, the law forbids persons from engaging in certain undesirable activities.Law, in its generic sense, is a body of rules of action or conduct prescribed by controlling authority, and having binding legal force. That which must be obeyed and followed by citizens subject to sanctions or legal consequences is a law.This course focus is that the legal environment of businesses, government, and society takes an interdisciplinary approach, utilizing elements of law, political economy, international business, ethics, social responsibility, and management. The material in this course is focused on the managerial issues confronting executives as they plan, organize, staff, lead and control the operations of a company.
This course is designed to immerse the student in organizational ethical decision-making processes and issues, as well as an introduction to basic leadership theory and its role in ethical decision-making within organizations. This course is designed as an application-oriented ethics course.
Marketing Research Decisions and Analysis
This course will help train the student to perceive and define problems and/or opportunities important to enterprises and to devise action plans for solutions and implementation. This course emphasizes the need for and execution research activities to answer business questions.
The purpose of this course is to familiarize the student with commonly used financial terminology, obtain a better understanding of the preparation and interpretation of financial statement data and to provide a foundation which will better enable the student to utilize quantitative methods for financial decision making within the firm. By the completion of this class the student will have a completed and final copy of the financial component of their capstone project. Prerequisite: Finance at the Undergraduate Level
Entrepreneurship/Marketing Planning and Development
We are living in a time of extraordinary change. The economic, technological and ecological threat is very clear. U.S. firms must not only design and produce better products and services, but also find innovative ways to market them. This demand challenges the way all firms define marketing management.
Today’s profit and non-profit firms face incredible challenges as they adapt to change. What once was “good enough” now is no longer competitive. What once were unlimited resources now must be used more efficiently. What once was contentment with domestic growth now dictates increased multi-national expansion for survival.
These changes have important implications on the marketing decisions of any organization, including decisions made on design of products and services, on prices, on promotional methods and distribution systems affected by new environmental constraints. This course will address these changes, putting you in the shoes of today’s marketing professional.
This course will provide an overall vision, framework and pedagogy to understanding information systems in the workplace. It will provide students an essential core of guiding Information Systems principles to use as they face the career challenges ahead. The application of these principles to solve real-world problems is driven home throughout each class. The ultimate goal of the course is to develop effective, thinking, action-oriented employees by instilling them with principles to help guide their decision making actions. In addition, the course will give students exposure to a number of online Web 2.0 tools. The goal is to allow students the opportunity to experience first hand how these tools could be effective communication devices for collaboration in business today.
Applied Case Project
This course represents the capstone course for the MBA. Each student completes a written business plan as a culminating project and defends the plan in an oral presentation to an outside panel of business experts.
- Official transcripts showing degree conferred with a 2.5 GPA
- Other proficiency requirement: You must have 3 hours of accounting, 3 hours of economics, and 3 hours of finance on an undergraduate level. (WWU provides these courses online.)
Your digital classroom. Available anywhere.
William Woods online graduate programs are available to students across the country. From our main campus in Fulton, Missouri and beyond, our online graduates hail from California, Illinois, Kansas, Washington, Arkansas and many more.
William Woods in the Real World
94% of our MBA graduates are working or earning an advanced degree. You’ll find them in some amazing positions. Here are some examples:
Mardy Leathers, MBA ‘14 Accelerator & Founding Principal, ICS Advisors
Mardy describes himself as “Elected Official, Policy Wonk, Economic Developer and Planner.” He is the Founding Principal of ICS Advisors, a project management and business advisory firm specializing in financial analysis, business planning and development, M&A, economic planning and forecasting, and social media marketing.
Makele Ndessokia, MBA ’13 Human Resources Director at Missouri Department of Agriculture
Makele has 10 years of federal and state government experience in the area of Human Resources, collaborating with Missouri Department of Agriculture, Forest Service, Animal Plant and Health Inspection Services, Administrative Hearing Commission, and the Bureau of the Public Debt.
One more thing
It’s not always about being the next Warren Buffett. You may have a unique plan to serve the nonprofit world. Or develop a social enterprise that does well by doing good. Bring it to us and see what happens. We’re not just committed to helping you move up the ladder; we are committed to creating pathways and possibilities for the most unique and exceptional career plans to flourish.