Complete MGMT-525 or have equivalent knowledge or coursework.
Explore MBA with Leadership Specialization
As the pace and complexity of modern business environments grow, employers recognize the need for a new type of business professional: one who is more agile, reflective, can leverage one's own strengths and those of the team, and uses systems thinking to inform organizational decisions. Take the next step in your career and learn how to strategically affect change and drive organizational results with Champlain's online master's in business administration (MBA) with a concentration in leadership.
This MBA in leadership program will help you establish yourself as an effective leader, train you to lead change in organizations, and guide you to collaborate with diverse people and consider new perspectives to work toward a common goal. Learn how to create a personal leadership mission statement, reflect upon changes in leadership behavior, and demonstrate critical thinking skills to effect organizational change in this MBA in leadership online program.
Build Your Career Future
In today's businesses and organizations, employers are seeking leaders who can champion change, inspire teams, and cultivate a culture of authenticity. As the business world becomes increasingly complex, today's business professionals must have a diverse skill set. These new business professionals must be agile and approach challenges with a systems-thinking mindset and, increasingly, must have a focused area of specialization.
A concentration in leadership is a great way to highlight these in-demand skills and showcase subject matter expertise, as well as gain knowledge that can be applied to your workplace from day one.
Academic Excellence and Recognition
Regionally accredited by the New England Commission of Higher Education
Ranked among the Best Online Bachelor’s Programs by U.S. News & World Report
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What Can You Do With an MBA?
Master's degrees from accredited online MBA programs are in high demand in the business world, and employment in master’s-level occupations is projected to grow by 15% from 2019 to 2029. A master's degree also pays off: the median salary for professionals with a master's degree is $78,210.*
*Sources: Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), 2020; job titles: Monster, 2020
Top Leadership Occupations
- C-Level Executive
- HR Manager
- Program Manager
- Operations Manager
- Training & Development Manager
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MBA Course Descriptions
Champlain's online MBA courses encompass the top skills needed by today's business professionals.
MBA Required Courses (24-30 Credits)*
Leadership Specialization Courses (12 Credits)
* Some essential knowledge is required prior to admission to the MBA program. During your application process it will be determined if you meet all prerequisites; Students who already meet those prerequisites will be waived from MBA 507 and MGMT 525 and will earn a 36 credit MBA. Those who do not meet all the prerequisites will be required to complete one or both of the prerequisite classes to acquire the foundational knowledge necessary to be successful in core classes. Those who need the additional courses will earn a 39-42 credit MBA depending on which prerequisites they need.
MBA Required Courses
This course introduces MBA students to the theories, context, and managerial value of financial and management accounting. The role of accountants, the accounting equation, the accounting cycle, and financial reporting will be presented. The use of relevant accounting data to analyze internal operating decisions, allocate scare resources, and assess overall firm health will be emphasized. This course is designed to provide specific skills for the workplace as well as showcase the accounting function as an important foundational framework for the pursuit of advanced business education.
Organizations use the word risk in many contexts. Using an integrative perspective, students investigate operational, geopolitical and reputational risks, as well as those from the vagaries of nature and how the willingness to take risks can vary across both organizations and geography. Students consider how to minimize internal risks and how to prepare for external ones. Through the lens of organizational culture, students also explore the impact on organizations when employees are encouraged to be innovative and creative by taking risks.
Self-leadership is defined by a developed sense of who you are, what you can do, and where you are going, coupled with the ability to affect your behavior and emotions and to communicate effectively through the process. Students will develop a sense of self-awareness to include the values and habits of mind that drive one's practie as an innovative and creative leader, in a global and diverse workplace.
The world is increasingly characterized by diversity and an integrated economy. Balancing the business opportunities and risks associated with dynamic and uncertain global changes is critical to effective leadership in this global economy. Leaders must learn how to integrate their understanding of culture, ethics, economic and politicial issues into their decision making and strategy development.
Complete MBA-512 or take concurrently
Decision-making in any organization cannot be separated from financial considerations, and those involved with strategic planning and operations need to understand the impact their work has on the organization's financial performance. Managers must understand the organization's financial models in order to make a meaningful contribution to the overall success of the organization. Students will focus on using financial information rather than creating it and will use case studies and simulations to experience low-risk financial decision-making.
Complete MBA-516 or take concurrently.
During a firm's planning, operations, and control cycles, many choices and decisions must be made. We introduce you to financial information within an orgranization that supports decision making and performance measurement in addition to how to use this information to make a business case to various stakeholders. Students will also consider how weigh both qualitative and quantitative factors when making decisions.
Investigates how organizations define and develop relationships with customers and clients and then expands those relationships through marketing and sales programs. A special emphasis is on the design and implementation of marketing programs and the application of learning models to leverage information obtained from the market. The implications of market decisions on other areas of the organization such as supply chain relationships, operations, human resources, partners and distributors will be addressed.
Complete either MBA-500 and 15 credits OR MBA-521
The operation of an organization focus on the transformation processes used to produce goods or provide services. Develop the skills needed to ensure the ongoing strategic contribution of a firm's operations to its competitive position. Investigate design thinking and the impact it can have on the complex processes underlying the development and manufacture of products as well as the creation and delivery of services. Topics include process analysis and cross-functional and cross-firm integration as part of a strategic vision.
The complexity of today's business environments and a rapidly changing global marketplace challenges organizations to become adaptive and innovative. Everyone must find a way to adopt new leadership skills for organizational survival. Meet this challenge wherever you exert influence in the organization by developing knowledge and skills to effectively lead with change, including communicating with others in the organization. Identify how change is accomplished and impacts people and affects organizational relationships.
This course is built around a project that is designed to apply, in a comprehensive manner, the core areas of knowledge around which this program has been built. These include: Values of a Global-Based Organization, Innovation through Information, Financial and Economic Resources, Customers, Markets, Sales and Marketing; Human Resources and Organizational Relationships; Measurement and Process Improvement; and Action Planning to Create Value. The project may be performed for a current employer, a sponsoring workplace or as an internship as either a Service Learning project for a qualifying non-profit organization or another organization of the student's choosing.
The MBA 590 Capstone course must be taken only after all other courses in the program have been completed.
Leadership Specialization Courses
Explore concepts and frameworks for how to lead effectively in today's ever-changing world. Using an integrative reflective practice approach, students examine their own approach to leadership and create an initial plan for their own leadership development, as well as the leadership development opportunities for their organization.
Explore the formal and informal communication strategies that help leaders influence beyond their formal authority. Topics will include how to have generative conversations, communication tactics for engaging stakeholders, cross cultural communications, managing conflict, building impactful narratives that engage and inspire, and the impact of technology on communication in today's organizations.
Examine how to cultivate meaningful relationships across an organizational system, from co-workers, to team members, to broader stakeholders. Attention will be given to how to leverage both formal and informal relationships to create positive impact. Topics include perceptions, motivation, emotional intelligence, building teams, and conflict management.
Explore how to accelerate organizational change by focusing on and leveraging the core strengths of individuals and the collective system. Learn how to challenge the traditional deficit mindset that pervades organizations, and how to use evidence-based appreciative practices to cultivate shared leadership across a system.
In addition to developing advanced communication and analytical skills, and a strategic mindset, graduates of the MBA online program will demonstrate a mastery of the following industry-specific competencies:
- Identify problems and formulate solutions utilizing a systems thinking approach that recognizes change will never happen to just one thing, regardless of the solution.
- Evaluate risk in business scenarios by questioning underlying assumptions and emerging patterns, brainstorming solutions, and investigating factors that can lead to, or have led to, success, and incorporate those factors into future decision making.
- Using a systems approach, evaluate the effect of an increasingly global and diverse environment on an organization, and consider internal systems such as relationships, finance and operations, as well as inter-firm relationships.
- Use design thinking to generate innovative approaches to leading today's fast-changing organizations, with a focus on navigating competitive, political and economic environments.
- Develop an ethical approach to business planning by using quantitative analyses, balanced with competing qualitative factors, including interpretation of financial statements and recognition of stakeholder's contending interests.
- Use design and systems thinking to create a vision and strategic plan that recognizes the need for continual adaptation to the environment and the integration among all parts of the organization as well as those outside the organization.
- Formulate a personal leadership mission statement and presence that reflects insights into yourself, others, and the changing business environment in the context of political realities and competing points of view.
Leadership Specialization Learning Outcomes
- Create a personal, authentic leadership mission statement in which continued learning is a key component.
- Exhibit and reflect upon changes in personal leadership behavior, evidenced by expanded self-knowledge and cultural awareness.
- Create a vision and develop behaviors to successfully lead a diverse group of people through uncertain environments.
- Demonstrate the creative and critical thinking skills required of effective organizational change.
In addition to the admission requirements for all graduate program applicants, our online accredited MBA program has specific requirements that must be met.
Business or Management Bachelor's Degree Requirement
If your bachelor's degree is not in business or management you may be required to successfully complete one or both of the following courses in addition to the 12 required courses - successful completion is considered a grade of B or better in the course(s).
- MGMT 525 Managing Organizational Risk
- MBA-507: Survey of Accounting for Managers
Depending on which course(s) you are asked to take, the MBA program may be between 36 and 42 credits in total.
Do you already have a demonstrated proficiency in this area? Provide proof of one or more of the following with your admission package to be evaluated by our Program Director:
- Previous college coursework in financial accounting
- Professional certifications in financial accounting
- On the job training
Champlain College Online's business faculty, led by Program Director Dr. Linda Miller, are expert practitioners in the field. Their industry expertise ensures that our MBA curriculum is aligned with the needs of employers, and reflects the skills today’s business professionals need for success. Classes led by our seasoned experts will give you real-world insight into the field and create a rich community of career-focused learning.
Alumni of the Champlain College Online MBA program work in corporations, small businesses, government organizations, and non-profits nationwide, including:
- Alliance Bank
- Ben & Jerry's
- Burton Snowboards
- Cabot Creamery
- City of Burlington
- Collins Aerospace
- Dealer.com/Cox Automotive
- Fidelity Investments
- GE Healthcare
- Internal Revenue Service
- JP Morgan Chase
- Keurig Dr. Pepper
- Mylan Technologies
- National Life Group
- Northrop Grumman
- People's United Bank
- Social Security Administration (SSA)
- University of Vermont Health Network
- UTC Aerospace Systems
Titles our alumni hold include:
- Business Administrator
- Business Analyst
- Chief Engineer
- Chief of Staff
- Chief Operating Officer
- Claims Specialist
- Contract Specialist
- Financial Analyst
- Financial Manager
- Global Inventory Planner
- HR Specialist
- IT Auditor
- Management Analyst
- Program Analyst
- Program Officer
- Quality Assurance Analyst
- Sr. Software Engineering Manager
- Underwriting Analyst
Increasing your career mobility is at the center of everything we do. As an online master's degree student, you get free access to the Fast Start Formula Career Course for getting noticed and getting hired, taught by Jen Morris, a leading executive career coach that partners with us to support our students in their job search journeys. This online course is self-paced and full of tips and tricks to land a job you'll love. Jen also hosts live webinars to answer specific questions, share additional insights, and does live "hot seat" coaching.
Tuition & Costs
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Meet the Program Director
Linda MillerPhD CPA
- Accounting (A.S., B.S., Certificates)
- Human Relations and Organization Development (M.S.)
- Integrated Studies (B.S.)
- Positive Organization Development (Certificate)
Linda Miller, PhD, CPA, is Associate Professor and Assistant Dean for Champlain College Online. She is responsible for the online accounting and integrated studies programs, as well as the MBA and master's in human relations and organization development programs. Following 12 years in accounting, business, and consulting positions, Dr. Miller has spent over 20 years in higher education at a variety of schools, including Bucknell University, the University of Vermont, and Pennsylvania State University, where she also taught in the executive education programs.
With an education focus primarily in adult and online education, Dr. Miller has enjoyed developing a wide variety of online certificates and degrees in business-related areas, including supply chain management and leadership. Dr. Miller continues to research best practices in online teaching and learning and to create opportunities for Champlain College Online instructors to develop their online teaching skills. Other specific areas of interest for Dr. Miller include the impact of technology on supply chains and the effective teaching of transformational leadership.
Dr. Miller holds an M.S. in Accounting from Pennsylvania State University and a PhD in Business Management (School of Supply Chain Management) from the same. She is a member of the International Leadership Association and the Society of Supply Chain Management Professionals.
"Champlain provides dynamic programs that correlate to real-world scenarios and provide the flexibility you need to execute your day-to-day job. I'm thankful I earned my MBA because my career would not be where it is today if I hadn't."
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