Curriculum:Master of Business Administration


The Drake 100% online MBA program can be completed in two years, attending part-time. Our six-week online asynchronous courses offer convenience and flexibility for you to study when and where it works best for you. The program consists of 39 credit hours to be taken in the following areas:

  • Foundation courses: 6 credit hours
  • Core courses: 21 credit hours
  • Elective courses: 9 credit hours
  • Professional development seminars (MBA 200 and BUS 200): 3 credit hours

Foundation Courses

MBA 240: Corporate Governance & Ethics – 3 Credit Hours

This course presents an in-depth examination of the issues related to corporate governance in an ethical society. General theories of governance and ethics provide a foundation for students to reflect on their personal and professional responsibilities within an organizational setting.

MBA 245: Leading with Data – 3 Credit Hours

This course will focus on the role of data in today’s fast-paced, competitive, data-rich, global business environment. Emphasis is on developing the habits of mind necessary for data-driven leadership. You will learn to seek data, to understand variation and the pitfalls of sampling, to question assumptions, and to think critically about reports and data displays. You will be exposed to the terminology necessary to communicate with analysts. You will develop data-driven management skills such as formulating value-adding questions, directing the collection and selection of data, working with analysts, working with management dashboards, operationalizing the insights from data, and telling stories with data.

Core Courses

MBA 242: Financial Reporting and Analysis – 3 Credit Hours

This course provides students with a conceptual foundation that demonstrates how financial statements reflect the strategic decisions made across business disciplines. Students develop the ability to interpret financial statements and understand the information they contain concerning sustainability of the organization’s operations.

MBA 251: Creating Customer Value Through Marketing – 3 Credit Hours

This course will examine how managers build competitive advantages by creating value for customers. It reviews methods for determining customer value perceptions, introduces applications that may be used to predict changes in customer value and helps students use customer value data to orient strategic decisions for the firm. Ethical issues related to marketing practices will be addressed throughout the course.

MBA 253: Corporate Finance – 3 Credit Hours

This course introduces students to the techniques used in the financial management of the firm to achieve the goal of enhancing firm value through firm value maximization. As students develop the ability to utilize the tools of financial management they will engage in an additional discussion of the relationship between firm value maximization and the long-run sustainability of both the firm and the community in which it operates.

MBA 254: Leadership & Human Capital Development – 3 Credit Hours

This course is designed to assist students in their lifelong quest to develop into effective leaders. Students will discuss models of effective leadership and human motivation to advance their conceptual understanding of these elusive concepts. Students will also learn more about their own leadership strengths and developmental opportunities, as well as about their personality traits and characteristics, through the use of 360-degree assessments. The course will challenge students to reflect on their leadership and personality assessment results, and to develop plans for the next steps in their leadership development journeys.

MBA 256: Information Technology and Business – 3 Credit Hours

A survey of the unique characteristics and applications of information technology (IT) and its impact on individuals, organizations, and society. Class discussion will focus on how information technologies function and how they may be successfully utilized by business firms and other organizations. Particular attention is given to the impact of IT on organizational strategy.

MBA 257: Project Management – 3 Credit Hours

Using the Project Management Institute’s Body of Knowledge (PMBOK) as a reference point, this course will guide the student through the project management life cycle, as well as the management disciplines needed to make projects successful. Roles and responsibilities, best practices, guest speakers, and case studies will all be leveraged to enhance the learning experience.  The course will culminate in a project connected to a community organization.

MBA 260: Strategic Business Processes – 3 Credit Hours

This is a comprehensive course in business strategy that serves as a capstone course for the MBA program. It uses the organizational processes of external and internal environmental analysis for the formulation of business strategy.

Electives and Emphasis Area Courses

BLAW 240: Commercial Law – 3 Credit Hours

This course provides a foundation in contract law and torts, as well as coverage of Articles II, III, and IX of the Uniform Commercial Code (Sales, Negotiable Instruments, and Secured Transactions). The course will examine the basic principles of contract law as applied in the business environment, as well as examining the commercial issues of bankruptcy, debtor/creditor relationships, secured transactions, and suretyship. 

BLAW 250: The Law of Business Organizations – 3 Credit Hours

A study of agency law, securities law, and the legal issues involved in the formation of partnerships, corporations, and limited liability companies. Additional discussion of legal liabilities pertinent to accountants. 

BUS 212: Executive Leadership – 3 Credit Hours

Synthesizes and integrates the administrative knowledge, skills, values, and behaviors acquired from previous coursework and experience. Readings, case studies, and discussions are used to develop management capabilities.

BUS 283: Negotiation & Conflict Resolution – 3 Credit Hours

This course provides an introduction to negotiation concepts and practices, and a historical perspective on conflict resolution in families, workplaces, communities, and nations. Includes theories and concepts of human behavior in conflict situations, how and why conflict occurs, and how to deal with conflict effectively. This course will engage students in negotiation and conflict resolution exercises, and provide interaction with practitioners. It will enable students to develop negotiation skills and an appreciation for conflict as an effective teaching/learning opportunity. It will develop an awareness in the student that times of conflict are often occasions for instigating change in relationships that may be effective and long lasting. 

HLTH 261: Health Care Policy – 3 Credit Hours

Examination of the roles played by government in the development of the health care system in the United States using policy analysis. Focus on the interaction between public policymakers and health care providers in the public, private, and nonprofit sectors. Policies for study include Medicaid, Medicare, National Health Insurance, and health planning. This course can be taken to satisfy the requirements of the Healthcare emphasis area.

HLTH 263: Health Care Administration – 3 Credit Hours

This course provides an empirical and problem-solving framework for dealing with administration and management, as well as develops, implements, and evaluates organizational and management goals. Emphasis is on understanding the functioning of hospital and health care organizations. This course can be taken to satisfy the requirements of the Healthcare emphasis area.

HLTH 264: Beyond Ethics: Policy and Health Care – 3 Credit Hours

This course will investigate a basic understanding of ethics as a pursuit and expand into the integration of basic ethics in public policy and healthcare. Basic ethical concepts will be integrated into an expanded investigation into the ethics of policy with an emphasis on the healthcare environment. The course is designed to combine lecture, group discussion and individual investigations. This course can be taken to satisfy the requirements of the Healthcare emphasis area.

HLTH 266: Health Care Regulation, Law and Advocacy – 3 Credit Hours

In its broadest sense, health law is the area of law pertaining to health care and the health care environment. It relates to the interaction of many players and relationships within and external to the health care arena. This course is meant as an introduction to this complex area and will focus on these relationships as they pertain to the health care administrator and manager. Key topics will include patient rights and protection, facility responsibility, payer and patient relationships, health care provider and patient legal relationships. This course can be taken to satisfy the requirements of the Healthcare emphasis area.

IS 210: Business Analytics, Teams, and Projects – 3 Credit Hours

In this course, students will be introduced to business analytics concepts. Specifically, students will explore all aspects of business analytics projects focusing on how businesses use data to solve problems. Class topics will address data analytics teams, working together, and leadership, including concepts of team formation, problem analysis, requirements gathering, and other project management concepts. This course can be taken to satisfy the requirements of the Business Analytics emphasis area.

IS 220: Information Technology Legal and Ethical Issues – 3 Credit Hours

This course provides an overview of ethical and legal issues associated with business information technology usage, data collection, data sharing, and data-driven decision making. Topics include ethical and legal perspectives on privacy and information rights, organizational computer usage policies, cybercrime, and intellectual property. This course can be taken to satisfy the requirements of the Business Analytics emphasis area.

IS 231: Data Management and Visual Analytics – 3 Credit Hours

A study of database concepts and technologies used in managing and using data within modern organizations: defining data needs; using modern database tools; understanding database design; and creating applications. Class time is also devoted to the topic of visualization and visual analytics tools. This course can be taken to satisfy the requirements of the Business Analytics emphasis area.

STAT 240: Statistical Modeling – 3 Credit Hours

This course will focus on the analysis of data for statistical modeling. Statistical methods for analyzing and displaying data will be used, as well as concepts related to model assessment and diagnostics. This course can be taken to satisfy the requirements of the Business Analytics emphasis area.

Professional Development Seminars

MBA 200: Who is US?  An interactive guide to globalization and cross-cultural communication – 1 credit hour

This course is designed to increase students’ awareness of the role personal and cultural differences play in forming collaborative relationships and developing a sustainable culture of inclusivity, which adds value to the organization.

BUS 200: SEMINARS – 2 credit hours

Each student takes two 1-credit hour seminars for professional development taught in short sessions or weekends. Students can begin taking these seminars after the first session in the program. The seminars are designed to provide students with increased exposure to current issues that are impacting their workplace.

Sample Course Sequence


Year Term Course
2020 Fall Term 2 HLTH 261 or MBA 245
2021 Spring Term 1 MBA 240 or MBA 251 or MBA 200
2021 Spring Term 2 MBA 245 or MBA 254 or Elective
2021 Summer Term 1 MBA 240 or MBA 242 or BLAW 240
2021 Summer Term 2 MBA 245 or MBA 253 or Elective
2021 Fall Term 1 MBA 240 or MBA 257 or MBA 200
2021 Fall Term 2 MBA 245 or BUS 200 or Elective
2022 Spring Term 1 MBA 240 or MBA 251 or Elective
2022 Spring Term 2 MBA 245 or MBA 256 or Elective
2022 Summer Term 1 MBA 240 or MBA 254 or Elective
2022 Summer Term 2 MBA 245 or MBA 260
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