MBA in Leadership
Offered by the Colangelo College of Business, the Master of Business Administration with an Emphasis in Leadership at GCU is a degree that leads candidates to formulate and strengthen their leadership styles. While learning the principles of business, you will prepare to be an effective business leader. Gain self-confidence in your executive leadership skills and apply the principles of ethical decision-making and problem-solving. This program will help you build a conceptual framework that emphasizes the thoughtful development and communication of decisions.
From a managerial approach, candidates explore a wide range of leadership topics within an intimate and engaging online classroom. Learn from the diverse perspectives of your peers and instructors. Prepare to drive positive growth and efficient change in your organization with this MBA in Leadership.
What Is Leadership?
Leaders drive positive change and build productive workspaces. As you work toward your MBA, the leadership development program will give you the tools and foundational knowledge needed to become an effective leader.
An effective leader has many qualities, including:
- Identifying and cultivating talent
- Inspiring others and developing the company culture
- Providing a good example for others to follow
- Motivating others towards a common vision
- Promote potential in others
The Benefits of Having a Master of Business Administration in Leadership
The leadership development MBA program at GCU emphasizes the intrinsic value of servant leadership. MBA candidates explore how servant leadership builds strong and ethical organizations, enriches lives and works toward positive and socially just communities.
The MBA in Leadership challenges candidates to attain a deeper level of understanding of effective business and management principles. You will refine your communication skills, learning how to effectively connect with diverse audiences and key stakeholders. Critical thinking and analysis, ethical problem-solving and innovative theory application are core competencies.
Earn Your MBA in Leadership Online
GCU designs degree programs and courses with the modern student in mind. By enrolling in the online MBA in Leadership, you can complete coursework and engage with your peers on a schedule that fits around your current obligations. This program requires a total of 54 credits for completion. Most online courses are eight weeks long.
The learning objectives are broad in scope and in-depth in nature. They include the following:
- The models and theories of leadership, as approached by diverse viewpoints
- The behavioral forces and relationships that drive positive organizational change
- The design and execution of strategies that create a sustainable competitive advantage
- The adoption and promotion of socially responsible business practices
Career Opportunities After an MBA in Leadership
Earning your Master of Business Administration in Leadership can prepare you to become a competitive applicant for executive and managerial positions across a broad range of industries. This credential demonstrates your commitment to professional development and best practices in leadership. Some of the high-potential career opportunities for those with an MBA in Leadership may include:
- Corporate executive
- Manager of human resources
- Director of operations
MBA candidates at Grand Canyon University may qualify for placement assistance.
Program Core Courses
This course is designed to prepare students for the graduate learning experience at Grand Canyon University. Students have opportunities to develop and strengthen the skills necessary to succeed as graduate students in the College of Business. Emphasis is placed on utilizing the tools for graduate success.
The purpose of this course is to introduce students to the College of Business, key concepts of leadership, and an overview of how the science of organizational behavior contributes to effective leaders and managers.
This course is designed for individuals who are preparing for more advanced coursework in accounting and for students who have not had accounting in undergraduate work. Topics covered include the principles and practices of financial accounting and the fundamentals of managerial accounting, such as cost behavior and budgeting. The course covers accounting theories using computational examples, and homework is problem solving.
This course is designed for individuals who are preparing for more advanced coursework in accounting and is designed for students who have not had finance in undergraduate work. Topics covered include financial analysis, financial planning, asset evaluation, capital structure, and working capital management.
The purpose of this course is to prepare students in mathematical, probability, and statistical concepts for their upcoming studies in quantitative methods. The course is intended for those students who have not had any prior statistical education, although students who have had statistics should also consider taking the course as a refresher.
This courses introduces microeconomic and macroeconomic concepts that are relevant to contemporary business. Emphasis is placed on using economic data for business decision making.
This course is a study in the quantitative tools and techniques used to model business functions and applications. Emphasis is placed on how to set up models, and how to interpret and apply their results. Prerequisite: SYM-506.
Management of the marketing function, market environmental analysis, and marketing planning, strategy, and control are fundamentals of marketing management. The course examines the marketing process, marketing research, product development innovation and diffusion, pricing strategy, distribution value drain, advertising and promotion, and strategic marketing issues. Emphasis is placed on case study analysis and current academic research with a marketing plan as a significant curriculum component.
This course covers managerial accounting concepts and procedures for internal reporting, including the study of cost behavior, cost systems, budgeting, and performance evaluation. Coursework includes case studies, group projects, and class discussion. Prerequisite: ACC-502.
Operations Management examines managerial concepts and strategies relating to the management of operations in both manufacturing and service environments. Emphasis is placed on methods to streamline and drive inefficiencies out of a firm’s internal processes to build a highly efficient organization. The course also focuses on external processes by examining ways to achieve greater supply chain integration with suppliers and customers. Quantitative and qualitative methods and tools are introduced and applied. Prerequisite: SYM-506.
This course discusses elements of business financial decisions, including financial forecasting and development of proformas, management of working capital, capital budgeting, capital structure, and raising funds in capital markets. Prerequisite: FIN-504.
This course examines the definition, formulation, and execution of strategy within organizations. There is specific emphasis on the role of innovation and leadership in strategic management and an organization’s ability to achieve and sustain competitive advantage. Prerequisites: MGT-605, MKT-607, ACC-650, and FIN-650.
This course explores the nature of business leadership models and theories, examines these models through a broad variety of insights and viewpoints, and provides a description and analysis of these approaches to leadership, giving special attention to how the models can improve leadership in real-world organizations.
This course is an exploration of the behavioral forces and relationships that influence organizational effectiveness and change. Topics include the study of intervention strategy and application skills.