Spring 2013


MBA Overhauled—Focus On Strategic Sustainability

In studying leading businesses, MBA program offers cutting-edge education

The University’s completely revamped MBA program hinges on how top 21st century businesses are reshaping strategic sustainability and the new careers that will result.

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The retooled Master of Business Administration program will focus on analyzing the latest business trends.

Students in HSU’s revised MBA program will analyze the strategic sustainability issues of leading multinational companies, nonprofits and other organizations and how they are innovating and creating new markets.

They will also address financial, marketing, accounting and strategic management issues, taking into account the companies’ best practices.

HSU’s growing School of Business, buttressed by a $2.5 million investment by donors and the university, has overhauled the one-year MBA to close the gap between what traditional business schools teach and what companies are looking for in their future employees.

Entrepreneurship and creativity are at the heart of the redesigned program, which will carry a $1,000 to $3,000 scholarship. Every MBA candidate will also receive an internship/field experience valued at about $2,000.

Fully interdisciplinary, the restructured MBA meshes with an array of Humboldt State undergraduate programs, including the natural, environmental and social sciences. This integrated approach accentuates the degree’s versatility. Job applicants with undergraduate degrees in these disciplines will be able to expand their career prospects by adding the MBA’s functional business skills to their areas of expertise.

Integration, for example, of a natural sciences undergraduate degree with an MBA enables master’s candidates to build multiple skill sets that are difficult to outsource and of permanent career value.

The new MBA is designed with built-in flexibility. It can be completed in one year, courses will be offered in the evening, and no prior work experience will be required.

MBA internships and service learning will be geared to sustainability experiences, giving students practical skills that build on know-how gained in the classroom.

Students will develop their own electronic portfolios as they advance through their courses. All project papers will be included in the portfolios, leading to a capstone research project and the internship/field experience.

The redesigned degree builds on the scholarly reputation of HSU’s School of Business; its students average in the top 25 percent of those graduating from U.S. business schools that have participated in national assessment tests.