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MBA Program Manual

 The mission of Eastern Washington University's College of Business and Public Administration is to develop students who think critically, act ethically, and contribute to evolving public and private sector activities. In alignment with EWU's mission, the Master of Business Administration is an advanced professional degree in business administration emphasizing the managerial skills of decision-making, critical thinking, communication skills, development of interpersonal relationships in organizational structures, and the legal, ethical, economic, socio- political, and global aspects of the environment in which organizations function.  

Business firms, government agencies, and non-profit organizations need managers who can get things done. They need managers who can adapt to rapid changes in the environment, appreciate and work well in group situations and who can foster creativity and innovation, who have an entrepreneurial spirit, and who can provide practical solutions to real world problems. The managers of tomorrow will be faced with complex global problems. The MBA program is designed to provide managers with the required skills to provide leadership into the future.  

MBA graduates should have practical work experience. The majority of our MBA students are working professionals, yet if you lack experience in the area you aspire to work in, consider including an MBA internship in your elective coursework. More details on internships are available later in this document.  

In terms of MBA program student learning outcomes, as an MBA graduate, you should have

1.  the ability to use relevant theories, concepts, perspectives and facts to analyze business and economic issues and solve related problems,

2.  the ability to apply appropriate technical and quantitative skills related to business,

3.  competency in both written and oral business communication skills,

4.  the  ability  to  provide  leadership  and  facilitate  positive  interpersonal  business relationships, and

5.  the ability to incorporate ethical and global considerations into business activities.  

MBA EMPHASES  

If you are interested in specializing in Accounting, Finance or Global Business you may do so by successfully completing 12 approved emphasis credits. Instead of pursuing an emphasis, you may customize your MBA by selecting approved MBA electives from different areas.    

MBA DUAL DEGREE OPTION  

You may also elect to pursue the MBA/Master of Public Administration dual degree. For more details on this dual degree, contact Lorene Winters.  

ACADEMIC ADVISING AND YOUR CURRICULUM PLAN  

Before you were cleared to register for your first MBA quarter, Lorene Winters provided you with a customized MBA Curriculum Plan based on your prior business coursework. Keep record of your progress on it or on a blank copy. As a graduate student, it is your responsibility to monitor your progress towards degree completion. Schedule a periodic advising meeting to affirm that you are on track towards graduation. Book an advising appointment by emailing lwinters@ewu.edu or calling 509.828-1232 rather than just dropping in for advising. Scheduled appointments often enable us to secure alternative office coverage so we can give you our undivided attention.  

COURSE OFFERINGS EACH QUARTER  

The list of MBA courses being offered for the next quarter is available in various places. For instance, you can go to ewu.edu, type EagleNET into the search field, click on Course Sections Search, choose the quarter, click Submit, select Business Administration and Graduate Quarter from the drop-down options, and click Class Search. MBA classes traditionally run from 6:00 to 9:50 p.m. (with a 5:30 start in summer) once a week to best accommodate working students and interns. Note that we periodically need to make unanticipated changes to our list of offerings.  

MBA COURSE SEQUENCING  

The first MBA courses you take should be Data Driven Decision Making  (BADM 520), Corporate Finance (BADM 530), Marketing Management (BADM 540), Leadership and Ethics (BADM 552), Strategic Operations (BADM 555), Decision Making and Accounting Information (BADM 560), and MBA Capstone (BADM 590) must be your final core MBA course; in this course, you will integrate material learned in all previous MBA courses. Required MBA core courses tend to only be offered twice a year, so the general rule is to take at least one core course each quarter (and one MBA emphasis course if you opt to take two courses a quarter and opt to pursue an MBA emphasis). If you think you will face a course sequencing challenge, consult Lorene Winters as soon as possible so we can provide assistance.  

GRADUATE COURSE RESTRICTIONS  

Students must be admitted to the MBA program or another EWU master's degree program to enroll in graduate-level (500-600) business courses other than our Foundation (pre-MBA) courses (BADM 502, 503, 505). Classes are limited in size to enhance the advanced study atmosphere and to fit comfortably in our classrooms. If you enroll in an MBA course for which you lack prerequisites and/or one you are not authorized to take by the MBA office, you will be dropped from that course.   Graduate credit overloads in excess of 16 credit hours are allowed only on an exception basis. A credit load of 17 credits or more requires approval of TBA and the Dean.  

REGISTRATION  

You are able to register yourself through EagleNet. You will also be able to register in person at EWU-Spokane's Student Service window that is located outside of SEWC 101. Consult the Center's website for online registration directions, office hours, and a plethora of information on other services and activities available on our Spokane campus. For any dropping or withdrawing from a class please contact Lorene Winters right away.  

COURSE TYPES REQUIRING EXPLANATION

Special Topics Electives

We periodically offer a few Special Topics (BADM 539) courses on various functional areas of business. Special Topics courses are offered in response to student demand, market (business and non-profit organization) needs, changes in a rapidly evolving economy, and faculty interests and expertise.  

With some caveats, students can also choose courses from other graduate programs that may help them achieve their professional objective. No more than 12 credits of approved course work may be transferred in from other institutions. No more than 8 approved credits from other graduate programs within the institution can be applied to the MBA. Pre-approval from TBA is required.  

Independent Studies  

An independent study in the MBA program is granted in rare circumstances. An independent study is defined as "work conducted outside a classroom setting which provides an opportunity for the student to engage in study at his/her own volition on subject matter that is appropriate to the student's program and career objective, but is not otherwise offered in an approved course." A maximum of four elective credit hours may consist of independent study (BADM 599) or internship credits.  

The study must be authorized by Dr. Ericson as part of your program. Authorization also requires the signature of the instructor, the Chair of the instructor's department, and the Dean of the College of Business and Public Administration; Lorene will secure the chain of signatures on your behalf. The independent study must be conducted under the direction of a graduate faculty member from the discipline most appropriate to the subject matter of the study. Independent studies will not be authorized if the subject is offered in an approved course. You and the directing faculty member must agree on a credit-hour value for the independent study that is commensurate with the depth and rigor of your efforts and results.  

Your MBA program record must contain a brief description of the authorized independent study. You propose a suggested outline of the study. If the directing faculty member approves, you both agree in writing to the content of the study and to periodic contacts to assess progress. A completion date needs to be specified.  

Arrange to meet with the instructor to discuss the terms of the independent study. In that meeting, you and the instructor need to complete both a Special Course Approval/Registration Form and an In-person Registration/Change Form. Both forms are available online at ewu.edu. Type registration form into the search field, click go, select adding classes, and scroll down to select that form. The instructor will get the appropriate signatures and submit the forms to Lorene Winters. Lastly, Lorene will deliver the approved form to EWU Spokane Student Support Services. They will not accept forms delivered by students. Upon receipt of the signed form, they will register you in the course.  

Internship  

If you are interested in completing an MBA internship (BADM 595), contact TBA (preferably a few months in advance of that quarter). The MBA internship approval process is a collaboration between Career Services (Romeal Watson) and the MBA Program (TBA or another instructor of record). Handshake is the technology used to process internships (minus registration). You can log into Handshake from your student portal.  

MBA elective credits may be earned through MBA Department approved graduate-level internships within specified guidelines. The internship must provide a graduate-level managerial learning experience. Job-related work does not normally qualify as a graduate level internship. Credit for MBA internships will not normally exceed four credit hours. Due to the signatures required, the internship registration process is a paper process coordinated by Lorene. A Special Course Approval/Registration Form and Registration Form must be completed by the student and signed by TBA (sometimes another instructor of record), the Chair of the instructor of record, and then the Dean of the College of Business and Public Administration; Lorene will secure the chain of signatures on your behalf. Once signatures have been secured, Lorene Winters will take the form to the Student Services Office for processing.  

OTHER THINGS TO ANTICIPATE (NOT AN INCLUSIVE LIST)  

To keep this manual to a reasonable size, we have opted to only include a subset of non-policy oriented information. The following are some important basics.  

Computer Technology   

MBA courses require the application of computer technology in managerial decision-making. A computer lab is available for MBA student use in Room 207 of EWU-Spokane's University Center (SEWC). For information on lab hours, visit http://access.ewu.edu/it/services/computer-labs for lab hours. During school breaks, call them before coming to confirm that they will be still be open during posted hours.    

Research   

Expect that MBA courses will require considerable research beyond assigned course texts. As an Eastern MBA student, you have library privileges at the Spokane Academic Library (www.ewu.edu/library/spokane) located next door to SEWC in the Spokane Academic Center (SAC), at    Cheney's John F. Kennedy Library, and through EWU's online Library resources (www.ewu.edu/library/spokane). Also, 24/7 access is available once you fill out the designated form. Appropriately cite research sources to give credit where credit is due and to avoid plagiarism. Students can be dismissed from the MBA Program and EWU for Student Conduct Code violations including, but not limited to plagiarism and cheating.  

Group Work and Case Analysis  

To simulate the workplace, the MBA program makes use of group work and case analysis. Students are frequently assigned to work groups of three or more individuals. Assignments are sometimes based upon assembling a team with diverse academic and work experience backgrounds. Groups are expected to prepare and present case studies and assignments collaboratively. Working in a group is good reinforcement of management practice, helping to develop interpersonal skills and effectiveness in small group decision-making. Group members begin to understand and appreciate others' points of view. Study groups also reinforce the managerial technique of networking. Successful managers often draw upon resources from individuals outside the organizations they serve. Tips on group work and case analysis are (like everything else) available online.  

Oral Presentations and Class Participation  

You will periodically be required to present in front of your class, as an individual and as part of a group. These presentations, among supportive fellow students, provide great practice for workplace presentations commonly required of businesspeople. You should also expect that active class participation is required in MBA classes and that participation may be considered as part of your grade. Tips on effective class presentations and class participation are (like everything else) available online.  

Papers  

Instructors may specify which form and style manual they want you to use for MBA papers and other assignments. If they do not specify, use a recent edition of one of the following:

1. Concise Rules of APA Style (American Psychological Association)

2. The Chicago Manual of Style for Writers, Editors, and Publishers (University of Chicago)

3. A Manual for Writers of Term Papers, Theses, and Dissertations (Kate Turabian, University of Chicago)  

Appropriately cite research sources. Webster's Collegiate Dictionary defines plagiarize as "to steal and pass off the ideas or words of another as one's own, use without crediting the source; to commit literary theft, present as new and original an idea or product derived from an existing source." Copyright laws make the act of plagiarism illegal. A student who plagiarizes may earn a failing grade on his/her work, earn a failing grade in the course, and even be dismissed from the program and/or university.

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