Jul 06, 2022  
2017-2018 Graduate Academic Catalog 
2017-2018 Graduate Academic Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Masters of Business Administration - MBA

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Program Director

David Schmitz
Office: R-105
Phone: (414) 277-2487
Email: schmitz@msoe.edu

The MSOE MBA is an integrative graduate program focused on strategic business functions, organizational leadership and the effective application of business knowledge by organizational and business leaders. Built upon more than 50 years of tradition preparing engineers and technical professionals for management careers, the MSOE MBA serves students from a variety of industry backgrounds.

The program features strategic MBA content and analysis of leading edge business cases, and requires you to apply your learning to solve real problems in your business or organization.  You will experience rich faculty/student interaction that is the hallmark of an MSOE education. MSOE professors possess world-class academic credentials, have substantial business leadership experience, and are outstanding teachers. The innovative and integrated design of the MSOE MBA focuses your learning at the graduate level with no need for refresher, foundation or prerequisite steps once you are admitted.


Dr. (Hon.) G. Woodrow Adkins, Dr. Ruth Barratt, Dr. Rachel Boechler, Melinda Davies, Dr. Kathy Faggiani, Terry Hoffmann, Dr. Paul A. Hudec, Patricia Kramer, Carol Mannino, Katie McCarthy, Dr. Jenne Meyer, Dr. Kathleen Miezio, Dr. Katrina Moskalik, Paul Nistler, Dr. C. Kelly Lawrence Ottman, Dr. Michael Payne, David Schmitz, Gary Shimek, Beth Slayman, Gary Vroman, Gene Wright

Delivery Options

Classes are offered in two formats. Our course delivery options add flexibility to your learning options. The amount of time you spend sitting in class is reduced, while time spent on project-focused learning is enhanced. Time to completion is yours to control. You can attend on a part-time or full-time basis. You are an MBA student on day one.

MSOE’s blended Internet format

Technology enhanced delivery that utilizes a combination of scheduled face-to-face classes and distance learning.

100 percent online

This format provides the student with flexibility to complete all of the course and MBA degree work online. Courses provide a combination of faculty-created content with additional resources found through learning activities utilizing Internet resources, including the MSOE library. Courses are led by MSOE faculty via Blackboard.  Students may interact with their professors and other students through discussions, case studies, chat and interactive whiteboards.

Program Objectives

The MSOE MBA is designed to develop competencies in a broad range of topics that will allow our graduates to:

  • Lead Organizations - organization management and administration
  • Lead Others - effective human resource management/development and stakeholder relationships
  • Lead Self - personal behavior, characteristics, traits and skills of effective leaders
  • Lead for High-Performance - developing a culture and climate that foster high achievement
  • Lead Now and for the Future - cultivating mission/vision with input from broad representation of stakeholders

Student Outcomes

The MBA program was approved by the Higher Learning Commission in November 2013 and also mirrors the standards included in other academic accreditation agencies. 

  • Communicate effectively orally and in writing
  • Demonstrate social responsibility, including sustainability, and ethical behavior and approaches to management.
  • Apply financial theories, analysis, reporting and markets within a given organizational context.
  • Plan, design, and analyze systems and processes in organizations, including production/operations, supply chains, marketing, and distribution.
  • Apply knowledge of group and individual behaviors in organizations and society to problems and opportunities confronting an organization.
  • Determine the impact of information technology and statistics/quantitative methods on business practices, including data creation, sharing, analytics, mining, reporting, and storage across and between organizations including related ethical issues.
  • Lead change and transformational initiatives in organizations.
  • Manage in a global context.
  • Apply creative thinking to develop innovative solutions and opportunities for an organization.
  • Make sound decisions and exercise good judgment under conditions of uncertainty.
  • Integrate new knowledge across fields/disciplines in ways that enhance leadership and management of the organizations.
  • Identify ethical issues and address them in a socially responsible manner.
  • Understand business and the organization from multiple perspectives.
  • Frame problems and develop creative solutions in a specialized area.
  • Apply specialized knowledge in a global context.
  • Design and propose policies and strategies that recognize the needs of multiple stakeholders and incorporate important economic, global, and cultural perspectives.
  • Analyze and evaluate complex issues in the global, political, economic, legal, and regulatory contexts of the organization.
  • Collaborate with and facilitate communication among peers and stakeholders.
  • Identity and motivate talented people, and help guide their development.
  • Create and implement a personal leadership plan to support on-going development of a specified range of skills and abilities.
  • Apply knowledge in new and unfamiliar circumstances through innovation and conceptual understanding of the business functional areas: accounting, finance, marketing, operations and technology.
  • Evaluate, select and lead the implementation of technologies that support organizational priorities.
  • Analyze and frame problems.
  • Advocate for the integration of marketing, financial, technology and organization strategy to guide the organization.
  • Build a process to scan and identify key trends likely to influence the organization’s future.
  • Use current technologies in business and management contexts.
  • Work effectively with others in team environments.
  • Work effectively in diverse and cultural environments.
  • Analyze and understand oneself in the context of society.
  • Translate knowledge of business and technology into practice.
  • Interpret the economic, political, regulatory, legal, technological, and social contexts of organizations in global society. 


The program is built on an innovative four-credit course model that integrates traditional and new MBA content in a way that mirrors application. This allows the student to apply the content of class-based case analysis, culminating with the application of new knowledge in project-based field experiences during which leadership competencies are shaped and assessed. All MBA courses are required. Students have the flexibility to take many of the courses without prerequisites. The student’s experience will culminate with an MBA project after the completion of all the required MBA courses.


Students have the opportunity to earn a specialization as part of the MBA program. The MBA with specialization requires students to complete at least 30 credits of MBA core requirements designated with course prefix of “MB”. At least 15 of remaining degree credits must be from the area of concentration. Approved specializations and required courses appear below. 

MSOE MBA- Specialization Options 
      MBA Quarter Credits

Course #  

Course Title  Course Structure  Leadership  Construction Management  Business Analytics  
MB 6310   Professional Seminar I  1-0-1 1 1 1  
MB 6000   Distributed Leadership for Effective Orgs  2-4-4 4 4 4  
MB 6110   Fundamental Statistics and Analytics 2-2-4 4 4 4  
MB 6900   Project Management for Leading Change  2-4-4 4 4 4  
MB 6320   Professional Seminar II 1-0-1 1 1 1  
MB 6200   Creating Financial Intelligence  2-4-4 4 4 4  
MB 7700   Maximizing Stakeholder Relationships  2-4-4 4   4  
MB 7500   Building Value thru Process and Technology 2-4-4 4      
MB 6400   Economic Analysis for Decision Making  2-4-4 4 4    
MB 6600   Developing and Leveraging Human Capital  2-4-4 4 4    
MB 7800   Strategy, Innovation, & Entrepreneurship  2-4-4 4   4  
MB 7900   Strategic Foresight * 2-4-4 4      
CM 7005   Sustainable Built Environment  3-0-3   3    
CM 5020    Project Acquisitions and Business Development  3-0-3   3    
CM 5040   Construction Operations and Management Strategies  3-0-3   3    
CM 5045   Lean Construction and Resource Management  3-0-3   3    
CM 7050   Construction Data and Information Management  3-0-3   3    
MB 6010   Leadership and the Global Achievement Gap 3-0-3        
MB 6950   Faciliating Change in Complex Systems 3-0-3        
MB 8100   International Experience and Final Portfolio 3-0-3        
MB 6120   Business Analytics I 3-2-4     4  
MB 6130   Decision Making and Predictive Models 3-2-4     4  
MB 6140   Business Analytics II 3-2-4     4  
MB 6150   Enterprise Performance Optimization 3-2-4     4  
MB 8900   Integrated Field Project  1-0-1   1    
MB 8110   MBA Project - Phase I 1-0-1 1 1 1  
MB 8120   MBA Project - Phase II 1-0-1 1 1 1  
MB 8130   MBA Project - Phase III 1-0-1 1 1 1  
  Program Totals    45 45 45  
  MBA Course with * can be substituted with an elective           

Second Degree

Students who have earned the MSEM, MSNP, MSXM or MSCBM degree from MSOE within the last 10 years may be awarded 21 credits toward pursuit of the MBA. See more information in “Awarding of Two Master’s Degrees” in the Academic Regulations and Policies   section of this catalog.

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