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So you’d like to become a leader in the business world? The Master of Business Administration (MBA) degree at North Greenville University will provide you with the knowledge and skills you need to develop your business and management skills to use your full potential as you obey God’s calling to lead others. NGU’s Graduate School of Business faculty members are prepared and willing to help you succeed in impacting the world for Christ as a business executive.


 

Quick Facts

 

  • 36 – Credit hours in the MBA degree at NGU
  • 18 – Months to complete your degree
  • 8 – Weeks per term
  • 5 – Start dates throughout the year
  • 3 – Formats for your study: on-campus, online, or hybrid
  • 0 – Years of business experience required

 

DEGREE DESCRIPTION

  

The 36-hour MBA program at NGU is designed to develop trained and skilled business leaders who make a difference. The degree sets students apart by providing training in all areas of business necessary for executives — such as organizational dynamics and customer demand, personnel management, and entrepreneurship — to teach students business, analytical, and critical-thinking skills with a Christ-centered focus. At NGU, our world-class faculty members enable students to challenge the status quo, discover their own paths, and develop into more effective and impactful professionals.

In the MBA program at NGU, you’ll become prepared for various business executive positions you may want to pursue by gaining the necessary knowledge and skills required, including the following:

  • Business analytics
  • Decision-making skills
  • Economics
  • Entrepreneurship
  • Financing
  • Human resources
  • Leadership skills
  • Managerial strategies
  • Marketing
  • Organizational skills 

 

LEARNING OBJECTIVES

 

  • Understand the objectives and basic elements of strategic management.
  • Understand and be able to analyze and evaluate the external environment, specifically the context in which an organization must operate.
  • Understand and be able to analyze and evaluate the internal environment of an organization.
  • Identify and use a range of analytic tools appropriate for strategic planning.
  • Apply the analytic techniques in various situations to arrive at appropriate decisions upon which a strategy can be crafted.
  • Gain hands-on experience working in a group to develop a strategic plan for a privately-held corporation.
  • Integrate Christian principles with strategic decisions, including, but not limited to, ethical principles, competitive intelligence, the exercise of strategic leadership, etc.
  • Develop an appropriate concept of the professional’s moral and ethical responsibilities.
  • Develop team building, collaboration, and respect for differing opinions through thoughtful discussion of hot topics, as well as improved oral communication and presentation skills.

 

TRACKS / CONCENTRATIONS

 

  • Human Resources

 

Career Opportunities

 

  • Budget Analyst
  • Business Operations Manager
  • Compliance Officer
  • Financial Controller
  • Financial Manager
  • Hospital Administrator
  • Human Resources Manage
  • Medical and Health Services Manage
  • Nonprofit Director
  • Public Relations Manager 

 

EMPLOYERS

 

  • Boy Scouts of America
  • Chick-fil-A
  • Esurance
  • Fluor
  • Greenville County School District
  • Greenville Health System
  • Hammett Productions
  • Marriott Corporation
  • Michelin North America
  • Robert Half International
  • United Parcel Services
  • United States Army
  • Verizon Wireless
  • Wells Fargo  

To apply to NGU’s MBA program, complete the following steps:

  1. Fill in the online graduate school application.
  2. Send the following documents to NGU’s Office of Adult and Graduate Admissions at 405 Lancaster Ave., Greer, SC 29650:
    1. A self-reflective essay of 500 words, explaining why you want to pursue a degree at NGU’s graduate school
    2. A check for the $30 application fee
  3. Download, print, fill in, and share the required reference forms:
    1. Two Employer / Professional Reference Forms
    2. One Personal Reference Form
  4. Download, print, and fill in the College Transcript Request Form, and then send it to the registrar of any colleges or universities you have previously attended. (They will then send your official transcripts directly to NGU.)

Curriculum Structure

 

The curriculum for NGU’s MBA degree consists of 12 prescribed courses to be completed in consecutive eight-week terms. Full-time students take two courses per term for a total of six terms. Those who have not completed the undergraduate prerequisites in statistics and accounting will be required to take them prior to admission into the program.

Students have the option of adding a human resources concentration by completing four additional courses that focus on different aspects of human resources.

This 36-hour degree is comprised of study areas necessary for effective business leadership. The program offers rolling enrollment, with five 8-week terms per year. Students may choose to enroll fully online or fully onsite, or they can select a hybrid combination of the two formats.

 

EXAMPLE COURSE SEQUENCE 

If you would like to complete your MBA degree in the suggested time frame of 18 months, then we recommend taking a full-time load of courses each term in the following order:

 

Prerequisites 

Students must have already completed a statistics and accounting course during their undergraduate work and earned a letter grade of B or higher in order to continue through the MBA program at NGU.

 

Core Courses 

These courses are all required by every student:

 

Term 1

BUSN 5000 Organizational Behavior (3 credit hours)

ACCT 5310 Managerial Accounting (3 credit hours)

 

Term 2

BUSN 5325 - Business Analytics (3 credit hours)

MRKT 5310 The Marketing Process (3 credit hours)

 

Term 3

BUSN 5350 Research Methods in Business (3 credit hours)

ECON 5310 Managerial Economics (3 credit hours)

 

Term 4

BUSN 5340 Human Resources Management (3 credit hours)

BUSN 5380 Financial Management (3 credit hours)

 

Term 5

BUSN 5360 Operations Management (3 credit hours)

BUSN 6300 Business Strategy (3 credit hours)

 

Term 6

BUSN 5315 Small Business and Entrepreneurship (3 credit hours)

BUSN 5100 Issues in Professional Ethics (3 credit hours)

 

Human Resources Concentration Courses (optional)

 

To earn the human resources concentration, complete the following courses:

BUSN 5341 Human Resources Selection and Placement (3 credit hours)

BUSN 5342 Human Resources Compensation and Development (3 credit hours)

BUSN 5343 International Human Resources (3 credit hours)

BUSN 5344 Strategic Issues in Human Resources (3 credit hours)

 

Course Descriptions

 

These are the MBA courses offered at NGU and their respective course descriptions, listed alphabetically:

ACCT 5310 Managerial Accounting (3 credit hours) – A study that includes the creation, use, and interpretation of internal accounting data and information. Emphasizes the managerial functions of cost control and reporting, budgeting, profit planning, and projections. (Prerequisite: BUSN 5220)

BUSN 5000 Organizational Behavior (3 credit hours) – An in-depth study of management and organizational behavior theories, basic principles and processes from their historical foundations to today's best practices. Focuses on how managers influence their employees to accomplish organizational objectives. Also includes an emphasis on management and organizational behavior issues involving organizational culture, structures and systems (e.g., bureaucracy), authority, communication, structure, ethics and social responsibility, motivation, leadership, decision-making, group dynamics, conflict resolution, stress, change, and problem-solving.

BUSN 5100 Issues In Professional Ethics (3 credit hours) – A detailed study of ethical issues encountered by professionals in the contemporary cultural setting. Traditional Judeo-Christian values and teachings will be explored as they relate to practical applications in business and the professions. Questions related to human experiences with areas such as truth telling, conflict resolution, relation to government, poverty, and ethnic, cultural, and racial differences are addressed in the context of Christian leadership and decision-making.

BUSN 5220 Introduction to Accounting and Finance (3 credit hours) – A study of accounting and finance with emphasis on using financial data for decision making; measuring, reporting and analysis of financial information; discounted cash flow analysis, project analysis and introduction to the measurement of risk and return. Students may exempt this course by submitting evidence (to the Graduate Registrar) of satisfactorily completing prior coursework or requesting approval by the Dean of the Graduate School of Business of relevant work experience in accounting or finance.

BUSN 5315 Entrepreneurship and Small Business (3 credit hours) – A study that explores the concepts and applications of sustainable business including creating, leading, and managing business enterprises. Examines approaches for leading entrepreneurial individuals and companies. Analyzes innovation issues including creating and realizing value, prioritizing opportunities, and managing the innovation process.

BUSN 5340 Human Resource Management (3 credit hours) – A study of the concepts and techniques of manpower planning, job evaluation, incentive and performance standards, and the impact of labor organizations benefits. Creates a problem-solving environment designed to integrate knowledge in various functional areas of business.

BUSN 5341 Human Resources Selection and Placement (3 credit hours) – A study of the processes by which the workforce is built that will enhance productivity and effectively implement business strategy. Examines the activities of identifying, attracting, and acquiring the optimum human assets who best fit the work needs and the organizational culture and who will enhance innovation and decision-making. Also analyzes the processes by which human assets are retained and integrated into a firm's operations so that cooperation and collaboration are maximized. (Prerequisite: BUSN 5340)

BUSN 5342 Human Resources Compensation and Development (3 credit hours) – A study of the the overall understanding of compensation and benefits and the related environments in which they are practiced. Highlights compensation system design, related criteria, and the selection and effective administration of employee benefits. Addresses the ways tangible and intangible forms of compensation may be used to motivate and reward employee performance, and future challenges that businesses will face in the arena of employee compensation and benefits. (Prerequisite: BUSN 5340)

BUSN 5343 International Human Resources (3 credit hours) – A study of human resources from an international perspective. Compares industrial relations and HRM literature and focuses on aspects of HRM in multinational firms. (Prerequisite: BUSN 5340)

BUSN 5344 Strategic Issues in Human Resources (3 credit hours) – A study in building measurement strategies for all HR activity so that the impact can be determined. A value-adding approach will be taken so that HR practitioners will be able to exhibit an understanding of the business. Includes aspects that influence organizational quality, productivity, services, and profitability. (Prerequisite: BUSN 5340)

BUSN 5350 Research Methods in Business (3 credit hours) – A study that emphasizes the processes of determining, acquiring, analyzing, synthesizing, and disseminating relevant data, information, and insights. This course, in conjunction with the capstone course, serves in lieu of a senior thesis. (Prerequisite: BUSN 5320)

BUSN 5360 Operations Management (3 credit hours) – A study providing a basis for understanding the importance of managing and coordinating production decisions, how those decisions affect the supply chain of a firm, and the interrelations between operations and other functional areas within a firm. (Prerequisite: BUSN 5320 recommended, but not required)

BUSN 5380 Financial Management (3 credit hours) – A study that involves in-depth discussions of working capital management, capital budgeting, the cost of capital, debt, and equity financing; and financial statements. Analyzes the effects of multinational operations, multiple currencies, international tax laws, money and capital markets, and political risk environments. (Prerequisite: BUSN 5220)

BUSN 6300 Business Strategy (3 credit hours) –The capstone course in the MBA curriculum.  Students will learn to understand, analyze, and evaluate the competitive climate in which a firm operates, its internal capabilities and intents, and to apply analytic techniques to arrive appropriate decisions upon which a strategy can be crafted. Students will work with a real company for their capstone project. (Prerequisite: 30 credit hours in the MBA program, which should include BUSN 5380, MRKT 5310, and BUSN 5350)

ECON 5310 Economics for Managers (3 credit hours) – A study that provides a consistent framework of economic analysis to help decision makers adapt to government regulations and other external factors. Students apply relevant economic theory to business problems and develop general principles that can be applied to the business decision-making process.

MRKT 5310 The Marketing Process (3 credit hours) – A study that focuses on the major controllable marketing variables of product, price, promotion, and distribution. Explains key marketing concepts, such as consumer decision-making processes, market segmentation, and development strategies and their significance in domestic and international activities.


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All Graduate School of Business faculty members at NGU hold relevant degrees in various business-related areas. Additionally, faculty members are experienced business people who are seasoned leaders in many areas of business. 

Students in NGU’s MBA program are taught and mentored by these highly credentialed faculty, who not only possess years of experience in their respective fields of study, but also enable students to think critically and develop into more effective and impactful business leaders.

 

Dr. Ron Gregory

Dean of the Graduate School of Business

A native of Greenville, Ron Gregory graduated from Furman with his bachelor’s, earned an MBA and doctorate from Clemson, and joined the NGU Graduate School faculty in 2011, where he now serves as the dean of the MBA program. His business background is in finance and real estate, and his academic concentrations are economics, finance and related fields, and entrepreneurship. He has one son and one granddaughter who live nearby. He is an active student of local history, especially the early settlement of Greenville and business leaders prior to the 20th century.


Dr. Tracy Kramer

Professor

Tracy Kramer has been at North Greenville University since 2006 and served as dean of the graduate business program from 2007 to 2012. She received her doctorate from the University of Alabama and taught at George Mason University and Erskine College before joining the faculty at NGU. While her primary area of study is strategic management, specifically small business and non-profit growth, she is also a certified etiquette and protocol professional. She delivers speeches and writes on the topic of professionalism and serves as a consultant to companies. Kramer’s husband, David, is an entrepreneurial engineer with a private business in automation and control. They have two children, Brad and Natalie, and two dogs. Kramer serves on the Board of Directors for Junior Achievement, the Leadership Development Committee for the Greer Chamber of Commerce, and the Moonlight and Magnolias Committee for the American Cancer Society.

If you’re a prospective student who’s interested in this degree at NGU, then you can contact our Office of Adult and Graduate Admissions directly to learn more:

Maria A. Kithcart, ABD
Graduate Admissions Counselor
Local: 864-663-7522
Toll Free: 1-844-333-4566
maria.kithcart@ngu.edu