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Learn to lead your organization more effectively with an MBA

They say the only thing certain in business is change. Never has there been more proof than today. At the forefront of today's business landscape are leaders willing to tackle the unknown and navigate the uncertain. These are the pioneers of disruptive business models, the visionaries of market opportunities, and the catalysts of competitive advantage. Further your capabilities and become that kind of leader with help from Franklin University’s accredited Master of Business Administration (MBA) degree program.

Real-World Practitioners

Learn from experienced business professionals.

Relevant Business Curriculum

Prepare to tackle the business challenges of today and tomorrow.

Practical Experience

Learn from a real-world business simulation competition and hands-on projects.

Program Overview

Stand out from the crowd with our globally recognized MBA program

With an MBA degree from Franklin, you’ll stand out by earning your degree from a top-ranked American MBA program that’s been globally recognized for excellence. In addition, Franklin's MBA program is accredited by the International Accreditation Council for Business Education (IACBE), the leader in outcomes-based accreditation in business, so you know you're earning a respected degree with value in the workplace.

Focus your MBA degree to your career aspirations

Our innovative MBA degree curriculum will help you develop leadership foresight while gaining a management perspective of each functional area. And with our small, interactive classes you will engage in discussions with peers from richly diverse ages and backgrounds, providing a collaborative environment that adds depth to important concepts and helps you grow your personal and professional network.

In addition to building a strong foundation in the fundamental areas of business, you also have the opportunity to tailor your degree to your ultimate career objectives. Through additional coursework, you can complement your MBA with a certificate of completion in marketing, accounting, finance, healthcare or business psychology. Beginning in fall 2018, you’ll also have the opportunity to pursue additional certificates of completion in project management, aviation management, airport management, or transportation and logistics. The certificates of completion not only enable you to deepen your professional knowledge within desired disciplines, they also enable you to differentiate yourself in the marketplace as well. 

Grow your leadership skills with hands-on learning

Through our MBA program, you’ll experience practical, hands-on curriculum and real-world projects. In one of our projects, you’ll participate in a unique global business simulation competition. Your challenge is to craft and execute a competitive strategy as part of a team, resulting in a respected brand image that keeps your company in contention for global market leadership, and produces good financial performance as measured by earnings-per-share (EPS), return on investment (ROI), stock price appreciation, and credit rating.

This global competition stretches your skills, abilities, and thought leadership potential, and could put you in contention for the next global award. Recently, a Franklin team finished first, winning the World Champions distinction from among 491 teams representing 51 colleges and universities around the globe.

Earn a relevant degree

Franklin University has built its reputation on removing barriers to higher education for busy adults. Regionally accredited and nonprofit, Franklin University provides high-quality academic programs that meet the educational needs of students around the world. Franklin University also strives to serve the communities in which our students live and work by partnering with local leaders in business, government and education to ensure that Franklin’s curriculum is aligned to meet the specific needs of the community. 

Whether students choose to study domestically, at one of Franklin’s Global Partner Schools or online, all Franklin students have access to relevant education that enables them to realize their educational and professional goals. 

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Curriculum & Course Descriptions

36 Semester Hours
Course Sequence
MBA 707 - MBA Foundations (4)
More than ever before, the ability to understand and be understood is critical for success in the corporate world. Communication is no longer limited by the narrow definitions of the past. Achieving a business leadership position today means not only being adept at both oral and written communication, but also understanding communication from a strategic point of view and knowing how to effectively organize and present information to audiences of all sizes. In this course, you will develop and refine these capabilities. What you gain from this course will be of value throughout your MBA program, as well as in the workplace.
MBA 711 - Business Environment (4)
This course systematically explores the external environment in which businesses operate - legal and regulatory, macroeconomic, cultural, political, technological, and natural. Additionally, the course will examine the critical opportunities and threats that arise from an analysis of external business conditions. Students will apply scenario planning to a selected industry and synthesize trends in the external environment in the presence of risk and uncertainty.
MBA 723 - Managerial Economics (4)
This course surveys the fundamental concepts and methods of economic analysis for managers. Real-world decision making is emphasized. Application of key economic concepts such as market demand, market supply, market equilibrium, marginal analysis, production, costs, revenue, profit, and market structure constitute the core material of the course.
MBA 721 - Marketing Management (4)
In today's business world, success can often be attributed more to the genius of a company's marketing efforts than to the genius of its products or services. A clear understanding of the importance of marketing, as well as a grasp of effective marketing practices, is essential for anyone who wishes to achieve a position of leadership. You will gain a working knowledge of both marketing theory and the practical application of innovative marketing strategies. You will come to understand how product, price, place, and promotion contribute to the marketing mix as you explore research-based insights into consumer behavior. As your final course assignment, you will prepare and present a marketing plan of your own.
MBA 733 - Financial & Managerial Accounting (4)
Effective leadership in today's complex and highly regulated business environment demands more than a working knowledge of basic accounting practices. Managers must fully grasp sophisticated financial and managerial accounting concepts and be able to apply them with ease in handling day-to-day responsibilities. Managers must also be well versed in the intricacies of corporate governance and asset protection. In this course, students will develop a clear understanding of these critical functions and issues. Students will study the foundational aspects of financial accounting, including professional structure, the interrelationships of financial statements, and multiple forms of financial analysis. Additionally, the functional aspects of managerial accounting will be covered, including planning, decision making, and performance evaluation.
MBA 713 - Human Resource Management (4)
Organizations are composed of groups of people who work together to achieve defined outcomes. Experience has proven time and again that the key factor which differentiates successful companies from those who struggle to survive is people who make up the employee base. While the human resources function is given the specific task of planning for and resolving many employee-related issues and needs, individual managers have direct responsibility and accountability for motivating and leading employees to achieve sustained organizational success. The purpose of this course is to provide students with the knowledge and skills needed to work effectively with human resources to enhance the contributions of all employees to organizational effectiveness. Students will learn about the elements which drive business success, theories of motivation, and methods for creating a plan for maximizing the human capital of an organization.
MBA 731 - Operations Management (4)
In today's business environment, the success of organizations depends on the effective and efficient management of operations. Methods to select, plan, and improve organizational processes will be examined. The application of optimal capacity decisions in supply chains, development production, and inventory plans and schedules will be performed. The student will learn quality management and improvement process to increase the efficiency of a process.
MBA 737 - Corporate Finance (4)
Financial decisions made at the higher levels of a business organization can have far-reaching effects. Intended to achieve firm operating goals and create shareholder value, they must be made judiciously, with a thorough understanding of all the factors involved. In this course, you will learn to apply the analytical techniques required for developing effective and workable financial solutions at the executive level. You will gain an overall understanding of the workings of the U.S. financial system. In addition, you will study the concepts of financial risk, return, and the valuation of bonds, common and preferred stock, cost of capital, capital budgeting, capital structure, and the evaluation of investment opportunities.
MBA 741 - Strategic Management (4)
One of the keys to success for today's organizations is their ability to develop, implement, and accurately evaluate effective business strategies. In this course, you will integrate the knowledge you have gained from your prior MBA courses to develop and sharpen your skills for formulating, deploying, and assessing an organization's strategy for achieving competitive advantage in the marketplace. This course will enable you to merge your knowledge of all of these individual disciplines into a comprehensive and meaningful whole.

Post-MBA Certificates of Completion

Focus your learning to your career aspirations with a certificate of completion. This additional coursework complements your MBA and enables you to deepen your knowledge in a specific functional area.

ACCT 732 - Forensic Accounting (4)
A study of the investigative and analytical skills used in preventing, discovering, and resolving financial irregularities in a manner that meets the standards required by applicable laws and/or regulations. The course begins with an examination of the legal fundamentals of forensic accounting followed by an analysis of the key tools and techniques used by forensic accountants. This foundational background is then used in the analysis of common forensic accounting applications. Case analysis is emphasized.
ACCT 733 - Advanced Auditing and Data Mining Techniques (4)
A study of auditing issues from case studies and application of data mining techniques in solving audit issues. Key area of concentration with case studies include client acceptance, understanding client business, audit risk assessment, materiality, fraud considerations, internal control objectives and deficiencies, auditing business processes and related accounts, and professional and ethical responsibilities. Key areas of focus with data mining techniques include application with ACL software tables, filters, and commands; audit planning; test of transactions and test of balances. Students will also explore the use of ACL software for forensic auditing and management reports.
Airport Management

Detailed curriculum available Fall 2018

Aviation Management

Detailed curriculum available Fall 2018

Business Psychology
PSYC 601 - Introduction to Business Psychology (4)
A brief history and overview of the fields of business and psychology as well as a discussion of the issues and opportunities related to their integration. Topics include brain organization and dominance, neuroethics, neurolinguistic programming, multiminds, mindmapping and the application of positive psychology to work settings. Includes the application of recent discoveries in cognitive psychology and neuroscience to resolve contemporary issues in the workplace. Please note: A non-refundable Instrument Assessment Fee of $55 will be added upon registration.
PSYC 603 - Managerial Psychology (4)
This course will explore the psychological influences on the development and behavior of managers and organizational leaders. Topics include: follower influences, nature vs. nurture in the development of leaders, relationship of personality to leadership style, behavioral decision- making biases, tactical, operational, and strategic decision-making , group think, and scenario planning.
FINA 770 - Financial Markets and Institutions (4)
Businesses do not operate independent of one another and the overall economy. They act and interact in a financial environment made up of many components. In this course, you will develop a foundational understanding of the various financial markets that exist, as well as the different financial institutions that serve those markets. You will learn to distinguish between depository and non-depository firms. In addition, you will come to understand the importance of interest rates, the impact of the Federal Reserve on the economy, the mechanics of such "core" calculations as yield and pricing, and the far-reaching effects of government regulation and legislation.
FINA 773 - Global Finance (4)
No longer are only mammoth corporations concerned with the complexities and nuances of multinational financial operations. Today the leaders of companies of even moderate size often must have at least a fundamental knowledge of the global financial environment. In this course, you will be introduced to the workings of international finance as it relates to business operations. You will gain an understanding of such international macroeconomic topics as the balance of payments and models of exchange rate determination, while at the same time focusing on institutional issues such as the choice of exchange rate regime and growth of offshore currency markets. You will examine business and investor decisions involving exchange rate risk management, cross-border investment strategies, and participation in international money and capital markets.
Healthcare Management
HCM 762 - Global Health (4)
The student will examine demographic measurements, epidemiological methods, outcomes assessment, health promotion, and disease prevention from a global perspective.
HCM 735 - Healthcare Delivery Systems (4)
The course provides an extensive overview of leadership in the U.S. health services system. The focus of the course will be on the role health services leadership plays in the delivery of healthcare services, to include managing with professionals, financial management, services utilization, and other aspects of the U.S. healthcare system. The student will explore the key theoretical and practical elements of leadership as well as current issues clarifying how the U.S. health services system is organized, managed, and financed.
Health, Safety, & Environment

Detailed curriculum available Fall 2018

MCM 713 - Marketing Communication Essentials (4)
The ability to communicate effectively has never been more important than in today's complex marketing environment. In this course, you will develop a broad knowledge of the fundamentals of effective marketing communication planning and implementation.
MCM 741 - Marketing Communication Capstone (4)
The capstone will be a culminating experience that will build upon all of the knowledge students have gained in the program. Students will work independently to research an organizational or societal situation or problem of their choice, leading to comprehensive recommendations and creation of an artifact that will demonstrate how a specific marketing communication concept and theory could be applied to address or resolve the situation.
Project Management

Detailed curriculum available Fall 2018

Transport & Logistics

Detailed curriculum available Fall 2018

Program Details

Knowledge & Skillsets

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