Chancellor University offers a Masters of Business Administration. These programs are designed to give the working professional the opportunity for a flexible, real-world education. Classes are small, interactive and entrepreneurial in nature. The required core of courses consists of upper level courses that prepare students who are interested in professional development or career advancement in challenging and dynamic careers within the business field.

Masters Of Business Administration Specializations


 

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Core Masters of Business Administration


GRD 6110 Communications

This course introduces students to the critical role of effective communications in the business environment.   The course provides students with useful information about how to  understand your audience, create well defined messages, and deliver them clearly and powerfully. Students will develop written and oral presentation assignments that provide practical tools to construct persuasive communications.   The course will also examines various issues related to communication in business, with particular focus on the importance of social media technology.

GRD 6510 Marketing Foundations

This course examines the marketplace and the marketing functions necessary to manage the relationship between suppliers and customers.  Students will become familiar with such topics as the marketing mix,  marketing strategy, and various psychological and sociological approaches to the marketing discipline. Further consideration will be given to social media marketing, consumer behavior, advertising, research, information technology, and international marketing.

GRD 6120 Leadership

This course employs a variety of experiential experiences, cases, and group presentations to give students the practical skills, tools, and information they need to be effective leaders of teams and individuals in both for-profit and not-for-profit organizations. Students will learn from research, theory, and best practices about effective leadership styles and behaviors, problem-solving skills,  inspiring individuals, developing teams,  and managing cultural and social diversity in a global environment.

GRD 6330 Analytical Decision Making

This course acquaints students with useful, practical statistics that will enhance their capacity for critical thinking and assist them in making evidence-based decisions.   Students will become familiar with a variety of descriptive statistics and modeling tools that will enable them to analyze business data and evaluate alternative business decisions. 

GRD 6210 Strategy

This course explores various approaches to setting and implementing an organizational strategy designed to achieve long-term goals.  Students will learn how to analyze the various stages in a strategic planning process, assess organizational effectiveness as well as environmental threats and opportunities, develop overall strategies, and implement both strategic and tactical objectives. The course also identifies the determinants and consequences of successful mergers and acquisitions, and of profitable strategies for organic growth.

GRD 6220 Managing People

This course provides students with useful information and practical tools for recruiting, assessing, motivating and retaining talented employees. The course will expose students to a variety of best management practices when people are working independently, are co-located, or are working in virtual teams. Students will also learn how to give effective performance feedback, and to make effective use of both financial and non-financial rewards.

GRD 6340 Accounting for Decision Makers

This course familiarizes students with essential accounting principles and concepts, and teaches them how to use accounting information to make decisions. The course will cover such topics as the construction and use of financial statements; how to measure assets, liabilities, equities, and income; financial statement analysis, cost behavior and measurement; profitability analysis; relevant costs for special decisions; budgeting; and responsibility accounting. Consideration will be given to the role of information technology in developing and using accounting information.

GRD 6411 Leading Change

This course will provide students with practical, useful information about how to lead both small scale and large scale organizational change. In particular, students will learn how to create a shared need for change; how to transform their organization's mission or vision into actual behaviors; how to mobilize commitment; how to measure progress, and how to systematically analyze, and make changes if necessary, to their organizations systems and structures to better support the change. Many real world examples will be offered, and students will have a number of opportunities to practice what they are learning.

GRD 6310 Entrepreneurship

This course familiarizes students with the basic information they need to start and grow a successful business. Students will learn how to create a viable business plan that will gain stakeholder support for a successful launch.  Other topics include: The nature of entrepreneurship, strategic positioning, how to do market research and analysis, legal requirements for developing a new business, and best practices for funding, marketing, and managing a new business.

GRD 6420 Financial Analysis and Economics

This course examines a number of basic financial and economic theories, techniques, and practices. Topics include: time value of money; valuation; capital asset pricing; risk and diversification; cost of capital; capital budgeting techniques; and micro- and macro-economics. Where applicable, the implications of course content for international finance and economic considerations will also be discussed. 

GRD 6511 Managing Operations

This course focuses on the central role operations plays in a company's success, and the analytic tools that are required for strong managerial decision-making.  The course emphasizes the strategic advantages provided by the operations function to strong organizations.  Students will be exposed to such topics as operations strategies, supply chains, process design and analysis, lean manufacturing, Six Sigma, and other approaches to managing quality.

GRD 6620 Capstone

The capstone is the culmination of the program and allows student to fully integrate what they have learned.  Students will apply their operational,  strategy, financial and people management skills in an immersive  business simulation.   The course requires students to analyze and develop a successful response to a variety of business challenges that will require them to utilize all the concepts, principles and tools presented in previous courses. 

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Program Description: International Business


The MBA specialization in International Business is designed to help students accelerate their career opportunities in an increasingly global marketplace. This specialization provides practical information about the ways in which great global companies exploit the opportunities, and deal with the organizational, marketing, financial, human resource,  regulatory, and cultural challenges that inevitably arise when an organization seeks to do business outside its home country.

Specialization Course 1: GRD 6413  Leading and Managing Across National Boundaries

This course describes the leadership and management challenges organizations face when their employees work and live in different countries, cultures, and time zones. The course discusses, and provides answers to, such questions as: How can leaders give their people performance feedback, and generally know what’s going on when they can’t “manage by walking around?” How do employee compensation requirements and preferences vary in different countries, and what are the most effective motivational tools? How do employee expectations regarding autocratic vs. participative leadership vary in different countries, and what are the keys to selecting the most effective leadership style? And how do labor laws differ across national boundaries with respect to employee selection, discipline, termination, unionization, etc. ?

Specialization Course 2: GRD 6414  International Business Risk Management

This course introduces students to the unique legal, political, competitive, currency, and other risks involved in operating an international business. The course will help students develop a general understanding of the field of global risk analysis and management. As a result of the course, students will be able to identify the different risks that are present in an international business; evaluate the level of risk involved in different global businesses; and create plans and strategies to minimize the organizational risks attendant to operating in the international arena.

Specialization Course 3:  GRD 6415 International Business Capstone

In this course, students will participate in a project that will permit them to integrate and apply the practical skills, tools, and information they have acquired about international business in their prior courses.

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Program Description: Leadership in a Rapidly Changing World


Leading other people, whether individually, in small teams or in large organizations, is among the most difficult of all human endeavors. Many brilliant, well intentioned people have tried and failed. Others, seemingly of limited intelligence and charisma, have done amazingly well. Since leadership does not occur in a vacuum, it is easy to assign the blame for every act of failed leadership to someone other than the leader, or to credit the result to exogenous factors or bad luck.
Fortunately, however, the practice of leadership has become one of the most studied of all human phenomena, and it turns out that successful leadership is neither an accident nor an act of genius, but rather can be attributed to various actions on the leader’s part that, it turns out, can be taught to others. Of course, performing these actions cannot guarantee a favorable outcome, but they improve the odds dramatically.

In this three course specialization, students will learn what research and organization practice have found to be the most important determinants of successful leadership, and will have a number of opportunities to practice what they have learned.

Specialization Course 1: GRD 6122  Situational Leadership, Delegation, and Empowerment

Based on seventy years of leadership research, this course presents a number of powerful, easy to implement frameworks and pointers concerning how to effectively lead small teams and large organizations. Particular emphasis is placed upon the effective adaptation of a leader’s style to various situational factors. The course identifies the uses and misuses of decisive leadership, delegation, and empowerment, describes the fundamental principles of delegation and empowerment, and explains when, and how to use each of these styles to maximum advantage

Specialization Course 2: GRD 6223 Strategic HR Alignment

This course focuses on one of the most important keys to an organization’s success, namely, the establishment of seamless and mutually supportive collaboration between its human resource professionals and its leadership. For an organization to be effective, it is essential that its vision, mission, values and priorities be communicated to all organization members, and to important external constituencies. Equally essential is that the mission, values and priorities be compatible and aligned with the organization’s structure, processes and practices. This course presents a number of practical things that both HR and organizational leaders need to do, and can easily do, to effectively develop and maintain this critical relationship.

Specialization Course 3: GRD 6124  Leadership Capstone

In this course, students will participate in a project that will permit them to integrate and apply the practical skills, tools, and information they have acquired about leadership in their prior courses.

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Program Description: Human Resources / People Management


With companies increasingly recognizing that a highly productive, energized work force can be an enduring source of competitive advantage, Human Resource MBA graduates are increasingly finding exciting career opportunities to demonstrate their expertise. This specialization provides valuable, practical information about the tools, processes, techniques and best practices utilized by human resource/people management professionals today. The program will give students the knowledge and confidence to successfully deal with issues that every Director of Human Resources must face. Students will learn how to handle difficult personnel decisions, how to tackle multiple projects at the same time, and how to competently prepare and utilize budgets and create practical and efficient strategic plans.

The program will also provide numerous best practices and useful pointers regarding employee recruitment; selection and on-boarding; performance assessment and compensation administration; career management; leadership development and succession; and the implications of recent changes in demographics, technology, regulations and legislation upon HR practices.

Specialization Course 1: GRD 6222 Best HR Practices, Procedures, and Processes

This course identifies a number of key success factors that are pertinent to effective people management, and describes practices and procedures that are typically used by outstanding human resource professionals to achieve desired outcomes. Students will be provided with the tools and knowledge to make use of these practices in their own organizations, and will have the opportunity to practice them as part of the class assignments. The course will focus on HR practices in such areas as organizational governance; communications; on-boarding and energizing new employees; leadership development; succession planning systems; and managing your boss.

Specialization Course 2: GRD 6223 Strategic HR Alignment

This course focuses on one of the most important keys to an organization’s success, namely, the establishment of seamless and mutually supportive collaboration between its human resource professionals and its leadership. For an organization to be effective, it is essential that its vision, mission, values and priorities be communicated to all organization members, and to important external constituencies. Equally essential is that the mission, values and priorities be compatible and aligned with the organization’s structure, processes and practices. This course presents a number of practical things that both HR and organizational leaders need to do, and can easily do, to effectively develop and maintain this critical relationship.

Specialization Course 3: GRD 6224 HR/People Management Capstone

In this course, students will participate in a project that will permit them to integrate and apply the practical skills, tools, and information they have acquired about HR/people management in their prior courses

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Accounting


Specialization Course 1: GRD 6342 International Accounting

Because accounting principles and reporting practices vary significantly throughout the world, it can be very difficult to assess the relative strength of companies that operate in different countries, or to determine which merger, acquisition or investment opportunity is most attractive. This course provides an in-depth discussion and comparative coverage of international financial accounting and reporting. International Financial Reporting Standards (IFRS) are compared and contrasted with the US Generally Accepted Accounting Principles (GAAP). The course provides examples and examines the causes of these international differences, explains how they impact financial reporting and business decisions, and describes the movement toward harmonization of international accounting standards.

Specialization Course 2: GRD 6343 Financial Forensics and Fraud

Financial frauds plague the global markets. This course provides an in-depth discussion and analysis of various types of corporate frauds. The course also provides a firm grounding in  current forensic techniques on how to detect accounting frauds, so that students may be better able to prevent and/or detect these frauds in the future.

Specialization Course 3: GRD 6344 Advanced Accounting Information Systems

Accounting and technology have an interrelationship that promotes the efficient and effective use of accounting information systems. This course provides an in-depth discussion and analysis of how technology supports the accounting process. Topics include various accounting systems, security risks and controls, and emerging trends in accounting technology.

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Information Assurance


Specialization Course 1:  GRD 6630 Information Assurance I

The course (and specialization) offers an in-depth investigation in information security. It will explore the fundamentals of computer security as applied to the Certified Information System Security Professional (CISSP) requirements. Students will be exposed to five of the ten domains in the Information Security Common Body of Knowledge (CBK) as presented by the International Information Systems Security Certification Consortium (ISC2). The course covers: 1) security management practices, 2) access control systems and methodology, 3) telecommunications and networking security, 4) cryptography, and 5) security architecture and models.

Specialization Course 2: GRD 6631 Information Assurance II

The course will allow the student to perform a rich analysis of the last five domains in the Information Security Common Body of Knowledge (CBK) as presented by the International Information Systems Security Certification Consortium (ISC2). This course builds upon the first course in that it completes the analysis of the last five domains as follows (sequential numbering from course one intentional): 6) operations security, 7) application and systems development security, 8) physical security, 9) business continuity and disaster recovery planning, and 10) laws, investigation, and ethics.

Specialization Course 3: GRD 6632 Information Assurance Practicum

The course will prepare the student for taking the Certified Information System Security Professional (CISSP) examination by integrating previous course material into understanding and applying the material via CISSP preparatory questions and answers. The course is a fully engaged interplay with the instructor for the students to be most prepared to take the CISSP examination.
The course covers questions in each of the ten domains: 1) security management practices, 2) access control systems and methodology, 3) telecommunications and networking security, 4) cryptography, 5) security architecture and models, 6) operations security, 7) application and systems development security, 8) physical security, 9) business continuity and disaster recovery planning, and 10) laws, investigation, and ethics.

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Technology Management


Specialization Course 1: GRD 6710 Principles of System Analysis and Design

Since systems development is firmly rooted in an organizational context, successful systems analysis requires a broad understanding of an organization’ culture, goals, processes, and operations.  This course presents an introduction to systems analysis and design, and provides both an explanation of traditional techniques such as interviewing and forms design and an in-depth presentation of the latest tools of structured analysis.  Key topics include: various approaches to systems development;  modeling, analyzing and evaluating requirements; object-oriented approaches; database design; designing user and system interfaces; management of time, resources, and risks; the systems development lifecycle (SDLC), and the role of the information analyst.

Specialization Course 2: GRD 6711  Enterprise Project Management

This course examines the effective management of IT projects and the impact of these activities on organization structure and strategy, along with practical suggestions on how to manage IT projects. The course is organized as a management audit of information services activities, allowing student to determine if a firm is properly using and managing IT. Students will acquire an understanding of Gantt and Pert Charts, Data Flow Diagrams, Resource Planning; and project scope, time, and cost and risk management, and how to utilize these tools to assess and implement projects. Upon completion of this course, students will be able to independently scope, develop and manage complex multilayered projects.

Specialization Course 3:  GRD 6713 Technology Management Capstone

This course focuses on the practical applications of project manage professional (PMP) and systems development life cycle (SDLC) knowledge, with a concrete and clearly defined project. Students will form project teams (if applicable) and apply what they have learned to solve a real-world business problem. Specifically, with guidance from the teaching staff, students will research, analyze, design, develop, test and produce a solution based on skills acquired in their studies, and will present their solution to the project sponsor.

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