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Explore our MBA Self Designed specialization

The Self-Designed specialization offers the freedom and flexibility to tailor your program to complement your professional objectives. Select up to nine elective credits and focus your learning on a specific area that interests you.

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Curriculum

Completion Requirements

  • 30 semester credits
    • Core courses (18 cr.)
    • Specialization courses (9 cr.)
    • Capstone course (3 cr.)

Transfer of Credit: Students may be eligible to transfer up to 15 credits. For this specialization, students can transfer up to nine elective credits from any previous graduate-level work in the management or business discipline. Call an Enrollment Specialist to review your transfer credits and complete a free transfer of credit evaluation.

This sequence represents the minimum time to completion. Time to completion will vary by student, depending on individual progress and credits transferred, if applicable. For a personalized estimate of the number of your transfer credits that Walden would accept, call an Enrollment Specialist at 844-768-0325.

Courses

Course Code Title Credits

CORE COURSES

WMBA 4990

Business Essentials

A background in the basics of business is often a key to making the most of a graduate business or management program. In this foundational course, students can build their business acumen in major functional areas that are essential to business success including business leadership and management, business ethics, the legal environment of business, accounting, finance, economics, quantitative methods and statistics, information systems management, global business, marketing, and strategic management.

(0 sem. cr.)
WMBA 6000

Dynamic Leadership

Being an effective leader is essential in business and demands that an individual has a strong set of competencies including the ability to understand one's self, motivate others, understand organizational culture, and manage ambiguity. In this course, students begin their personal and professional transformation by closely examining their current strengths and weaknesses, values, decision-making processes, and approaches to dealing with difficult problems. Students also explore leadership in turbulent times by examining how effective leaders think as well as how various management styles impact situations and relationships within an organization.

(3 sem. cr.)
WMBA 6010

Managing People and Promoting Collaboration

Contemporary business environments are increasingly competitive, global, fast paced, and knowledge intensive. In these environments, effective use of human capital is vital to an enterprise's success and survival. In this course, students will explore practical issues related to developing individuals and managing collaboration and will examine the skills and strategies necessary to address them effectively. Students will examine ethical and legal implications of managing a diverse workforce including issues that arise from cross-cultural differences and virtual work settings. The importance of communication as a tool to manage internal and external relationships is emphasized as it relates to the effectiveness of managing people to achieve organizational goals.

(3 sem. cr.)
WMBA 6040

Improving Business Performance

One of the most critical challenges in maintaining and improving organizational performance is identifying core strengths and weaknesses within the organization and across the more general value creation landscape. The focus of this course is on the challenges and opportunities for managers to create value and to increase organizational performance through the effective deployment of systems thinking and change management skills. Students in the course explore systems thinking as a process whereby problems are viewed as individual components within a larger system and explore how various operational and systems thinking frameworks can be utilized to optimize organizational performance in both industrial and service settings.

(3 sem. cr.)
WMBA 6050

Accounting for Management Decision Making

Accounting is the language of business. Managers must understand and be able to effectively use this language to create meaningful measures upon which to make appropriate decisions. They must know what to measure, how to measure, and what the consequences of the measurement might be. This course takes a rigorous stakeholder approach that integrates fundamental managerial accounting topics with strategic business analysis. Students will explore the use of accounting information to make effective business decisions; analysis of the impact of decisions on various stakeholder groups; and the development of sustainable solutions based on the information that is measured, analysis of various types of budgets, strategic planning, and forecasting as well as communicating accounting information effectively to various stakeholders.

(3 sem. cr.)
WMBA 6060

Marketing for Competitiveness

Effective managers know that a clear understanding of the role of marketing, as well as a grasp of effective marketing practices, is essential for organizations to succeed in today's fast-paced, competitive environment. In this course, students gain a working knowledge of both marketing theory and the practical application of innovative marketing tools and strategies. Students also explore how product, price, place, promotion, and people contribute to the marketing mix as they explore research-based insights into consumer behavior.

(3 sem. cr.)
WMBA 6070

Managerial Finance

Today's companies are challenged to constantly do more with less. Effective managers know how to deploy scarce financial resources in ways to achieve optimum returns on these resources. Students will discover the latest financial tools and analytic methods to strengthen the capital investment decision-making process. Students will use critical-thinking skills to apply and, at times, challenge traditional financial theory, while balancing various stakeholder interests in the financial decision-making process. Students will examine a range of contemporary issues and techniques relevant to sound and ethical financial decision making.

(3 sem. cr.)

SPECIALIZATION COURSES

WMBA

Specialization Course 1

Students may use transfer of credit from prior graduate work in the management or business discipline or choose three courses from any of the Walden MBA specializations in Healthcare Management, Human Resource Management, Project Management, or WMBA 6020, WMBA 6030, or WMBA 6695 to equal 9 semester credits.

WMBA

Specialization Course 2

Students may use transfer of credit from prior graduate work in the management or business discipline or choose three courses from any of the Walden MBA specializations in Healthcare Management, Human Resource Management, Project Management, or WMBA 6020, WMBA 6030, or WMBA 6695 to equal 9 semester credits.

WMBA

Specialization Course 3

Students may use transfer of credit from prior graduate work in the management or business discipline or choose three courses from any of the Walden MBA specializations in Healthcare Management, Human Resource Management, Project Management, or WMBA 6020, WMBA 6030, or WMBA 6695 to equal 9 semester credits.

CAPSTONE COURSE

WMBA 6990

Capstone: Sustainable Business Practices and Strategies

The purpose of the capstone course is to integrate the knowledge and concepts students have gained through the MBA program. Students will practice their skills and employ their knowledge by evaluating business strategies capable of achieving sustainable competitive advantage. Students in this course will be required to identify and address challenges and opportunities found in today's complex and often uncertain business environment. Students complete their transformational journey through the program by reflecting on their learning and will consider the next phase of their career development. The aim of the course is to improve the students' ability to manage in an environment requiring both strategic and operational knowledge.

(3 sem. cr.)
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Time to completion and cost are not estimates of individual experience and will vary based on individual factors applicable to the student. Factors may be programmatic or academic such as tuition and fee increases and/or the student’s transfer credits accepted by Walden; program or specialization changes; unsuccessful course completion; credit load per term; part-time vs. fulltime enrollment; writing, research and editing skills; use of external data for their doctoral study/dissertation; and individual progress in the program. Other factors may include personal issues such as the student’s employment obligations; care giving responsibilities or health issues; leaves of absence; or other personal circumstances.

Tuition and Fees

Curriculum Component Requirements Cost AMOUNT
Tuition 30 semester credit hours $965 per semester hour $28,950
Technology Fee Per semester $210 $1,050


  $30,000*

*Tuition reflects the minimum time to completion. Time to completion varies by student, depending on individual progress and credits transferred, if applicable. Tuition and time to complete may be reduced if transfer credits are accepted, or if you receive grants, scholarships or other tuition reductions. Walden may accept up to 15 transfer credits. For a personalized estimate of the number of your transfer credits that Walden would accept, call an Enrollment Specialist at 855-646-5286.

Tuition and fees are subject to change. Books and materials are not included and may cost between $1,000 to $1,200.

FINANCIAL AID

Many Walden degree-seeking students—67%—receive some form of financial aid.* Create a customized plan that makes sense for you.

*Source: Walden University’s Office of Financial Aid. Data reports as of 2018.

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Admission Requirements

Program Admission Considerations: A bachelor's degree or higher.

General Admission Requirements: Completed online application and transcripts. Please note that the materials you are required to submit may vary depending on the academic program to which you apply. More information for international applicants.

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