Areas of Specialization

The electives and areas of specialization of the Elmhurst MBA have been developed in cooperation with other graduate programs at the College and new and existing courses in the Department of Business.

The choice of an area of specialization must be approved by the program director.

Choose Your Area of Specialization

Explore program details using the accordion below.

  • MBA 528 (CS 501) Windows Application Programming
  • MBA 526 (CS 504) Computer Network Concepts
  • MBA 529 (CS 530) Database Systems and Programming
  • MBA 527 (BUS 551) Organizational Behavior and Project Management
  • MDS 523 Data Warehousing
  • MDS 534 Data Mining and Business Intelligence
  • MDS 546 Quantitative Methods
  • MDS 560 Business Intelligence for Enterprise Value

Choose four of the five courses listed:

  • MBA 541 (BUS 441) Corporate Finance
  • MBA 542 (BUS 442) Investment Theory and Portfolio Management
  • MBA 545 Financial Statements Analysis
  • MBA 508 Special Topics: Finance
  • MBA 509 Project Management
  • AGS 500 Fundamentals of Geospatial Technologies
  • AGS 510 Remote Sensing Technologies
  • AGS 530 Principles of Geodatabases
  • AGS 540 Spatial Analysis and Web Mapping

An approved selection of four courses taken at the graduate level from the following list.

Courses must be approved by the MBA program director.

CIS

  • MBA 528 (CS 501) Windows Application Programming
  • MBA 526 (CS 504) Computer Network Concepts
  • MBA 529 (CS 530) Database Systems and Programming

Finance

  • MBA 541 Corporate Finance
  • MBA 542 Investment Theory and Portfolio Management
  • MBA 545 Financial Statements Analysis
  • MBA 508 Special Topics: Finance
  • MBA 509 Project Management

Management

  • MBA 550 Cultural Diversity in Organizations
  • MBA 552 Leadership
  • MBA 553 Organizational Behavior
  • MBA 509 Project Management
  • MBA 555 Negotiations
  • MBA 558 Leading Change Management (online)
  • MBA 559 Leading Innovation and Technological Change (online)
  • MBA 517 Sales Techniques and Selling Strategies
  • HCA 502 Health Care Finance
  • HCA 504 Health Services Marketing
  • HCA 506 Health Care Law, Policy and Ethics
  • HCA 508 Health Care Systems and Health Policy
  • MBA 530 (PSY 530) Organizational Theory
  • MBA 531 (PSY 531) Organizational Development
  • MBA 539 (PSY 539) Work Motivation
  • MBA 553 (BUS 453) Organization Behavior

This specialization combines courses from the Master of Arts in Industrial/Organizational Psychology and the Department of Business.

Although it is helpful for students to have completed prerequisites equivalent to PSY 356 Research Methods in Psychology or MTH 345 Elementary Statistics, it is not a required prerequisite for the Management of People specialization within the MBA program.  However, students must have completed the prerequisite equivalent to PSY 210 Introduction to Psychological Science and receive the joint approval from the program director of the industrial/organizational psychology mater’s program and the MBA program.

  • MBA 555 Negotiations
  • MBA 552 Leadership
  • MBA 550 Cultural Diversity in Organizations
  • MBA 553 Organizational Behavior
  • MMR 583 Marketing Research
  • MMR 584 Social/Digital Media
  • MMR 585 Research Practicum I
  • MMR 586 Research Practicum II
  • MBA 509 Project Management
  • MPM 501 Project Management Fundamentals in Practice I
  • MPM 502 Project Management Fundamentals in Practice II
  • MPM 503 Tools and Techniques of the Project Manager

Students may select an approved four of the following three-semester hour “sets” of courses at the graduate level.

  • Set 1: MBA 588 (SCM 512) Outsource Decisions: Selecting a Third-Party Logistics Firm and MBA 589 (SCM 513) Forecasting in the Supply Chain. Meets once a week, Fall Term.
  • Set 2: MBA 590 (SCM 550) Transportation Management Strategies and MBA 591 (SCM 551) Marketing and Supply Chain Networks. Meets once a week, Fall Term.
  • Set 3a: MBA 592 (SCM 520) Quality Process Management and MBA 593 (SCM 521) Inbound Logistics Strategies. Meets twice a week, January Term.
  • Set 3b: MBA 594 (SCM 560) E-Commerce and the Supply Chain and MBA 595 (SCM 561) Customer Relationships. Meets twice a week, January Term.
  • Set 4: MBA 596 (SCM 531) Manufacture Decisions and MBA 597 (SCM 530) Supplier Certification in the Supply Chain. Meets once a week, Spring Term.
  • Set 5: MBA 598 (SCM 540) Inventory Strategies and MBA 599 (SCM 541) Warehouse Management Strategies. Meets once a week, Summer Term.

Students may choose either Set 3a or Set 3b, but not both.

Policy on Cross-Listed Undergraduate and Graduate Courses

  • Elmhurst College graduates will not be allowed to repeat an undergraduate course for graduate credit. Transfer students will be discouraged from repeating courses from their undergraduate program.
  • Permission to register for an undergraduate course for graduate credit must be approved by the program director.

Kelly Cunningham, MBA

Associate Professor, Business Administration
Department of Business and Economics

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