The global MBA degree, provided at the Wichita campus and online, provides you with a unique mix of academic courses, professional contacts and personal development experiences. It also helps to develop your expertise in international business practices and enhance competency in decision-making and cross-cultural communication and negotiations. The program is committed to teaching major competencies in leadership, ethics and complex business skills required for gaining a sustainable competitive advantage in a global business environment. The global MBA is a case study-based program that lays the foundation for the business residency abroad.
The business residency abroad is one of the core courses in the program. The business residency allows you to compare concepts of global supply chain, business negotiations, managerial decision-making and ethics with implementation in a foreign company. It prepares you to be efficient and competitive in the global market. The residency is supervised by the graduate school faculty and adds value to the global portfolio our students develop while pursuing the global MBA degree.
Global MBA requires 16 credit hours of core courses:
- Global Business
- Cross-Cultural Communication and Negotiations
- Global Finance
- International Marketing
- Global Strategy
- Global Business Experience (1 credit hour)
To complete your master’s degree, the graduate school offers seven concentrations. You can select one of the concentrations as a package or pick up courses (15 credit hours) from each of them to comply with a degree completion requirement of 31-37 credit hours.
- Friends University offers an Accounting concentration as part of the Professional MBA and Global MBA programs. These professional degrees have a concentration in accounting designed to prepare students for leadership positions in business. The purpose of this Professional MBA or Global MBA in Accounting concentration is to develop your skills in the functional areas of for-profit and not-for-profit organizations, while accommodating students wishing to continue accounting degrees in Kansas, beyond the bachelor’s degree level. Students who have taken all courses required by the Kansas State Board of Accountancy (KSBOA) and successfully accomplishing 150 or more credits are qualified to sit for the CPA exam.
- The Business Analytics concentration is aligned with the Professional MBA, Global MBA and the MMIS program. The curriculum is designed with five courses that draw upon methods and tools, including advanced skills and techniques in statistics, forecasting, data mining and modeling for working with enterprise-level data systems. The primary purpose of the concentration is to make better decisions. This concentration requires prerequisite math skills of at least applied calculus or calculus I and business statistics or equivalent along with some programming skills. (Wichita only)
- We are excited to announce a new Business Law concentration as part of the Professional MBA and Global MBA programs. The concentration brings like-minded students together to take four courses: 1) Introduction to Law and the Legal System, 2) Contracts, 3) Employment Law and 4) Business Associations. These four courses will provide you with a broad and valuable understanding of applicable legal principles and issues which frequently arise in any business environment. MBA and Global MBA Professionals with this concentration will be in a position to identify and make valuable contributions on a variety of legal issues, including effectively interfacing with other business and legal professionals.
- We are excited to announce a new Change Management concentration as part of the Professional MBA and Global MBA programs. The concentration brings like-minded students together through a series of four courses to possess the expertise to implement and manage strategic change. The interdisciplinary curriculum develops your capacity to create transition strategies and to manage for-profit and not-for-profit organizations using a variety of organization development tools and techniques designed for today’s complex national and international business environments, respective to the MBA program selected.
- We are excited to announce a new concentration in Health Care Leadership as part of the Professional MBA and Global MBA programs. This concentration brings like-minded students together through a series of four courses to better prepare you for a professional administrator role. This advanced program is designed to help you develop the management and finance knowledge that builds on your existing background to develop knowledge and skills you can apply immediately to create innovative solutions and to adapt and lead in ever-changing national and global health care systems.
- We are excited to announce a new concentration in Management Information Systems as part of the Professional MBA and the Global MBA. The concentration brings like-minded students together through a series of four courses to gain the expertise to manage the personnel, systems and information that comprise today’s business environments.
- We are excited to announce a new concentration in Supply Chain Management and Logistics as part of the Professional MBA and Global MBA programs. The concentration brings like-minded students together through a series of four courses to develop your expertise in knowing and using important features of ERP systems, conducting lean manufacturing reviews, getting certified in Six Sigma, and developing a supply chain to obtain a competitive advantage.
Global Business Experience
Students enrolled in the global MBA begin working on their special project MGMT 691 early in the program. During the last course in the program, students will participate in a short-term global business residency traveling to a foreign country for five to seven days as a group to experience working in a practical business environment at the international level. Supervised by the program director and a faculty member, the study abroad experience presents a valuable opportunity to benchmark results of student academic research against a real-life global business environment. The Special Project allows students to compare concepts of global supply chain, business negotiations, managerial decision-making, ethics and many others learned in the master’s program with their implementation in a foreign company, thus preparing students to be efficient and competitive in the global market.
- Demonstrate the use of effective oral and written communication skills.
- Locate information sources using the appropriate research methodologies.
- Apply ethical behavior, sound leadership and management principles to decisions that impact a global business environment.
- Select appropriate information technologies to define, analyze, and develop solutions to business problems/opportunities.
- Demonstrate leadership/teamwork skills in domestic and global business environments.