Curriculum & Course Sequence

Students in the Elmhurst Management Program (business administration) are required to successfully complete 12 courses for a total of 9.75 credits (39 semester hours).

In addition to completing the major requirements, to earn a bachelor’s degree, all students must also complete certain requirements in the Elmhurst College Integrated Curriculum, a series of courses that provide a strong foundation in the liberal arts and sciences (32 course credits/128 semester hours). You may be able to earn elective credits for life experience and other non-collegiate learning.

Program Format

As an adult learner, you come to class equipped with knowledge and skills that enable you to learn at an accelerated pace. The Elmhurst Management Program (business administration) can be completed in 16 months or less. All courses are offered in a logical sequence through a hybrid format which combines on-campus and online learning. On-campus courses meet once a week in the evening.

Students in the program complete the coursework as a cohort. The cohort model provides you with a supportive learning environment in which you will study alongside students with similar goals, develop your capacity for teamwork and build a new professional support network.

Required Courses

This course examines the nature and role of culture and diversity in the workplace, ways to manage diversity in the workplace, the implications of diversity for business operations and understanding of differences in light of globalization of the world’s economy.

This course is designed to provide a basic understanding of the various facets of international business. Starting with basic trade theories, it covers the mechanics of the foreign exchange market, international finance and accounting, marketing, cultural differences and management strategy in the international environment, organizational structure and practices of the multinational company and international institutional arrangements. The course is taught from a state-of-the-art perspective with discussions on current economic and business problems.

.75 credit

A study of the accounting cycle, the accounting process and accounting statement preparation and analysis.

.75 credit

An introduction to the basic concepts of probability and statistics for the student in business management. Topics include descriptive statistics, probability distributions and random variables, hypothesis testing, forecasting and linear regression.

.75 credit

A study of the use of accounting data by managers with an emphasis on the use of accounting data as a basis for intelligent business decisions in planning and control.

.75 credit

An introduction to the theory of management and the structure of the organization. Topics include the integrative functions of management, objective setting, decision making, the behavior of the individual within the organization, and the role of human resources management in carrying out the mission of the organization.

.75 credit

Development of skills of effective written and oral business communication and an understanding of the communication process and factors that interfere with effective communication within the organization.

.75 credit

A study of the theory, concepts and practices of marketing, emphasizing decision making as it relates to the formulation and implementation of effective marketing strategy.

.75 credit

A study of the typical operations research techniques and their applications in business. Topics include inventory theory, queuing models and simulation models with an emphasis on interpretation of results.

.75 credit

A study of the methods of developing financial policies with an emphasis on capital investment analysis, cost of capital and cash-cycle decisions.

.75 credit

An integration of the basic business disciplines for business policy formulation using the case study method.

An introduction to how individuals, firms and markets interact in determining the allocation of resources with applications of the economic theory of human behavior.

No prerequisite. Open to all students.

An introduction to national income theory, the process of the creation and control of the money supply, fiscal and monetary policy and international economics.

No prerequisite. Open to all students.

A study of ethical theory as applied to individual and corporate behavior in business as it functions in a complex society.

Elmhurst College reserves the right to modify courses, schedules and program format without advance notice to students.

Sample Course Sequence

Fall Term

  • BUS 381 Excel-Based Decision-Making Tools I
  • BUS 389 Marketing Management
  • BUS 387 Business Communications
  • BUS 480 Excel-Based Decision-Making Tools II

Spring Term

  • BUS 371 Introduction to Global Business
  • BUS 380 Principles of Accounting
  • BUS 383 Accounting for Management
  • BUS 386 Management

Fall Term

  • BUS 350 Cultural Diversity in Organizations
  • BUS 481 Managerial Finance
  • BUS 484 Business Policy
  • PHL 310 Ethics and Business
  • Final Session: Presentation of Capstone Project

Additional Major Requirements

  • ECO 210 Introduction to Microeconomics
  • ECO 211 Introduction to Macroeconomics

NOTE: Students in the Elmhurst Management Program (business administration) should be at least 24 years of age. Program Directors reserve the right to admit students under the age of 24 who are qualified to meet the rigorous requirements of a degree completion program.

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