MBA Curriculum

The Milligan MBA program (32 hours total) allows you to specialize your degree by selecting one of three concentrations (12 hours). All of the concentrations share six core classes (20 hours). The fundamentals from those classes are then applied and extended in four additional classes specific to your chosen path. Read more about the curriculum and course descriptions in the Catalog »

Core Curriculum (20 hrs)

ACCT 530 Seminar in Managerial Accounting (3 hrs)

A course covering the organizational development of financial and nonfinancial budgets, interaction among performance measurement systems and human behavior, and advanced topics in uses of information for decision-making. Three semester hours.

BADM 517 Marketing Strategy (3 hrs)

This course examines the development of marketing strategy at the business unit level and its connection with corporate strategy. Concentration is given to opportunity analysis, competitive evaluation, and marketing strategy design and revision. Three semester hours.

BADM 541 Business Ethics from a Christian Perspective (3 hrs)

This course examines the moral, ethical, social, and spiritual aspects of the practice of business. Students will explore the relationship between Christianity and commerce and the role of character in leadership and ethical decision making. Three semester hours.

BADM 544 Strategic Management (5 hrs)

An examination of policymaking and strategic management in organizations while integrating and applying the work of the core curriculum. Students will develop a mastery of a body of qualitative and quantitative analytical tools with which to analyze industries and competitors, identify and predict competitive behavior, develop and sustain competitive advantage, and make ethical strategic decisions. Students will participate in a simulation that will allow them to apply this body of knowledge while making strategic decisions for a simulated company. The deliverable for this course will be a presentation that demonstrates integration, application, and mastery of the Master of Business Administration program content. Five semester hours.

CIS 520 Information Management (3 hrs)

A course focusing on the management of information technology assets within an organization. The role of the manager in assessing, implementing, and controlling information technology and the handling of information is emphasized. Offered Semester One. Three semester hours.

ECON 514 Managerial Finance (3 hrs)

An exploration of the role of the corporate finance function within an organization. The course begins with fundamental concepts and progresses to more specific decision rules designed to maximize the value of a firm. Topics include: capital markets, free cash flows, capital budgeting, cost flow estimation, risk and return, pricing models, valuation, cost of capital, and capital structure. Three semester hours.

Concentration (12 hrs)

Select one concentration:


The leadership concentration explores best practices in understanding and maximizing human interaction in global and diverse contexts. The concentration also examines current issues in leadership and appropriate strategies for implementing change.

BADM 530 Management and Leadership (3 hrs)

This course examines current issues in leadership and appropriate strategies for implementing planned change. The course integrates materials from both micro and macro approaches to leadership and looks at the differences between managers and leaders, the leader-member exchange process, the leader’s role in setting the strategic direction of an organization, and the ethical, moral and professional issues of leadership with concentration on developing a biblical foundation of leadership. Three semester hours.

BADM 532 Leading Organizational Change (3 hrs)

An examination of the forces that drive organizations to change and the role of innovation and creativity in change efforts. Literature and best practices related to the emerging roles of the leader as an agent of change are examined. Also examined are forces for change, diagnosis for change, visioning, resistance to change, and consolidating change. Three semester hours.

BADM 533 Leading Effective Teams (3 hrs)

Today’s complex organizational environment requires strong leadership and interpersonal skills, along with the ability to create and facilitate teams. This course will provide both the conceptual understanding and the behavioral skills required to participate in and build effective teams. The course will focus on the role of the leader as a facilitator in designing and managing teams, building trust within the team, establishing a climate of accountability, promoting collaboration, facilitating decision-making, fostering creativity, and addressing dysfunctional conflict in a team environment. Students will also explore the role of team membership. Topics include the stages of team development, aligning individuals around group goals, understanding team dynamics and conflict resolution. Three semester hours.

ECON 524 Managerial Economics (3 hrs)

An exploration of the microeconomic issues affecting the firm. The course emphasizes the application of constrained optimization techniques to common problems faced in the management of the typical business enterprise such as price determination, output level, and the use of alternative productive resources. Three semester hours.


The healthcare sector management concentration examines the US healthcare system including staff management, government interventions, and comparisons with other healthcare delivery systems in developed countries. The concentration also examines the administration of healthcare finance and the management of regulatory compliance within healthcare organizations.

BADM 525 Administration of Healthcare Organizations (3 hrs)

An examination of the U.S. healthcare system including an exploration of managing a staff of professional medical providers; effective navigation of government interventions such as Medicare, Medicaid, and the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act; and comparisons with other healthcare delivery systems in developed countries. Three semester hours.

BADM 526 Administration of Healthcare Finance (3 hrs)

An examination of payment systems; reimbursement policies; third-party billing; for-profit vs. not-for-profit status; medical coding and billing systems. Three semester hours.

BADM 527 Management of Regulatory Compliance within Healthcare Organizations (3 hrs)

An examination of the laws and regulations from The Joint Commission and other key regulatory agencies. Concentration is placed on strategies to effectively design and maintain a compliance program within a healthcare organization. Three semester hours.

ECON 524 Managerial Economics (3 hrs)

An exploration of the microeconomic issues affecting the firm. The course emphasizes the application of constrained optimization techniques to common problems faced in the management of the typical business enterprise such as price determination, output level, and the use of alternative productive resources. Three semester hours.


The operations management concentration is designed to further provide students with a broad conceptual framework for the management of operations in today’s competitive, global environment. The concentration will demonstrate how organizations compete on the elements of quality, cost, time, innovation, and flexibility using human, material and informational resources.

BADM 528 Supply Chain Management (3 hrs)

A study of the activities involved in moving materials and information through each firm from the raw material stage to delivery of the final product to the consumer. Some steps in this process include transportation, warehousing, inventory control, and information management. The course places special concentration on the interrelated nature of the functional areas of business and the role that a holistic management approach plays in the development of an effective and resilient supply chain in an era of increasingly global competition. Three semester hours.

BADM 535 Managing Human Resources (3 hrs)

An in-depth study of human resource management and a strategic overview of the essential knowledge required to manage a firm’s human resources effectively including both interpersonal and quantitative skills. It explores human resources within various structures and with different job, skill, and behavioral requirements. Concentration is given to the ethical behavior by managers as they enforce standards throughout the organization and the strategic integration of human resource functions within the context of a firm’s task environment. Three semester hours.

ECON 525 Managerial Economics for Operations (3 hrs)

An analysis of the effective integration of design, planning, and production processes. Concentration is placed on practical applications of modeling techniques graduate course descriptions that include the derivation of demand forecasts, cost parameters, and quality enhancements. Three semester hours.

ECON 526 Total Quality Management (3 hrs)

A study of the framework and philosophies of total quality management, process management, and quality control processes in all aspects of an enterprise. The fundamentals of probability and statistics and their application to six sigma, strategic quality management, statistical process control and lean manufacturing are examined. Three semester hours.

Course Requirements

View all details and course requirements for this program in the Milligan College Catalog. The Milligan College academic catalog is the official, authoritative source for all academic requirements and policies. Any discrepancies in curricular requirements from other sources will default to the Catalog.