2020-2021 Catalog 
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2020-2021 Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Master of Business Administration, M.B.A.

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Jeff Doolittle, M.B.A., Director

Olivet’s Master of Business Administration (M.B.A.) program was created to enhance the professional skills of business managers and organizational executives. The program is designed for adult professionals who seek to build their business  education foundation to complement their  work experiences, to further their personal and professional career aspirations.

  • Apply the fundamental principles and theories of human engagement to effectively communicate across a range of business, cultural, societal, and functional sectors.
  • Leverage innovation and data to address organizational challenges, make ethical and informed decisions, regarding human resource needs, and strategically allocate resources.
  • Analyze the financial health of an organization, explore financing options, employ capital management techniques, recommend a capital structure, and identify budget resources.
  • Use an entrepreneurial mindset and critical thinking to develop a competitive business strategy aligned with an organization’s strategic goals and measure progress using a balanced scorecard.
  • Recognize personal and professional ethical challenges and propose solutions that do not compromise ethical standards and faith-based principles.
  • Demonstrate cultural intelligence, acclimate to foreign business climates, and view traditions, cultural, and social differences through a lens of empathy.
  • Conduct market research to help competitively position a company and its products.

Built on the values of Olivet Nazarene University, the Olivet M.B.A. is designed to transfer knowledge and develop skills that are in alignment with the values and mission of the University.  Olivet has a rich educational heritage and exists to help people improve themselves and the world around them.  The Olivet M.B.A. curriculum is designed to deliver the following core values:

Community - Learners will demonstrate what is needed to sustain a culture of community through effective communication, teamwork, and organizational development.

Stewardship of Resources - Learners should be able to demonstrate quantitative analysis, critical thinking and decision-making skills to responsibly utilize all available human and capital resources through asset allocation, organizational and personal development.

Innovation and Distinction - Learners should be able to demonstrate how ethics, strategy, and implementation lead to creating distinction and innovation within organizations.

The M.B.A. curriculum is designed to provide students with an integrated educational experience consisting of a foundation of business administration courses; an exploration of ethical decision-making aligned with the educational values and  mission of the institution, ; and a vertical sequencing of business and management courses that enable graduates to impact an increasingly complex business environment effectively.

The program offers a curriculum that examines business operations within an organizational entity emphasizing sustainable corporate accountability and profitability. Learners’ will apply academic theories and methodologies to their own professional experiences to address key business challenges.

The M.B.A. program is geared toward students who have had academic success, as well as experience in the professional world. Under particular circumstances, learners may be admitted without preferred undergraduate credit in the areas of statistics, accounting, finance, and microeconomics. These probationary students are required to complete online tutorial courses before taking the corresponding graduate courses (refer to “Admission to Master of Business Administration ” under Admission Policies section).

36 hours

Complete one of the following tracks:

Leadership, Healthcare Leadership, Corporate Communication, Nonprofit Management, Intercultural Competence, Corporate Training Instructional Design, Human Performance and Training, New Employee Onboarding, Tableau Data Analytics, Salesforce Management.  See the Certificate Programs below for specific course requirements.

Choose one of the following electives:

Tableau Data Analytics Certificate

  • Students will be awarded three credits on their transcript (PLA 699) for completion of the Desktop Certified Professional Certificate.
  • *Students may enroll in the certificate program before achieving Desktop Certified Professional status but must earn Desktop Certified Professional status within 12 months of enrollment to receive the certificate.

Salesforce Management Certificate

Partner Certificate Programs:

Association for Talent Development Chicago Chapter (ATDChi) Partnership includes:

Corporate Training Instructional Design Certificate

Certificate Requirement = 450 Contact hours 540 available contact hours

  • Corporate Training Instructional Design I

Possible 150 Contact Hours / 3 Credit Hours

- Introduction to Instructional Design Models
- Conducting a Needs Analysis
- Creating a Design Plan

  • Corporate Training Instructional Design II

Possible 225 Contact Hours / 150 = 3 Credit Hours

- Developing F2F Instructor-Led Materials
- Developing Virtual Training
- Developing E-Learning

  • Corporate Training Instructional Design III

Possible 165 Contact Hours / 150 = 3 Credit Hours

- L.M.S. - SCORM Compliant Criteria
- Evaluation (based on the Kirkpatrick Model)
- Adult Learning Principles
- Capabilities, Competencies and Skills

Human Performance and Training Certificate

Certificate Requirement = 450 Contact hours 540 available contact hours

  • Human Performance and Training I

Possible 180 Contact Hours /3 Credit Hours

- Introduction to Human Performance
- Organizational Systems
- Understanding Business Priorities
- Gap Analysis

  • Human Performance and Training II

Possible 225 Contact Hours/3 Credit Hours

- Gap Analysis
- Solutions Menu
- Strategy Mapping

  • Human Performance and Training III

Possible 165 Contact Hour/3 Credit Hours

- Adult Learning Principles
- Capabilities, Competencies and Skills
- KPIs
- Creating a Balanced Scorecard

New Employee Onboarding Certificate

Certificate Requirement = 450 Contact hours 540 available contact hours

  • New Employee Onboarding I

Possible 180 Contact Hours/3 Credit Hours

- Introduction to Onboarding
- Organizational Systems
- Understanding Business Priorities
- Gap Analysis

  • New Employee Onboarding II

Possible 165 Contact Hours/3 Credit Hours

- Tools and Techniques
- Adult Learning Principles
- Capabilities, Competencies and Skills
- KPIs
- Developing an Online Training (synchronous/ asynchronous modalities)

  • New Employee Onboarding III

Possible 225 Contact Hours /3 Credit Hours

- Onboarding Strategy & Plan
- Evaluation (Kirkpatrick Model)
- Creating a Balanced Scorecard


To graduate, a student must complete the MBA core and track curriculum with a GPA of 3.0 or better.  Students falling below a 3.0 will be placed on academic probation and may be subject to suspension from the program

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