Business Administration 17 GRADUATE PROGRAMS, DEPARTMENTS AND COURSES Business Administration Director: Michael J. Messina, Ph.D. INTRODUCTION Gannon University is a student-oriented teaching university. This philosophy guides our approach to curriculum design, teaching, and advising. We recognize and understand the dramatic changes ongoing in the world of business. The mission of the Gannon MBA Program is to provide students with the vision, values, and skills required to lead successful professional and rewarding personal lives within this exciting new world. Our approach is to pay careful attention to each student, challenge them to grow, and help them to reach their own personal and career objectives. Courses in the Master of Business Administration Program (MBA) are rigorous and challenging by design, but the faculty is prepared to work with each student to build the skills needed for the business world of the 21st century. Our experience as the region’s first and largest graduate school of business has taught us some important lessons. Simply having a master’s degree, regardless of the type of degree or apparent status of the degree-granting institution, is no assurance of success or happiness. To succeed in business, individuals need real skills, an understanding of the world of business and an appreciation for life. Our network of over 1,400 MBA alumni is a proud testament to Gannon’s ability to make success happen for its graduate students. Gannon MBA Alumni include Presidents/CEO’s, Vice Presidents, CFO’s, Treasurers, and Managing Partners. In addition, over 60 have earned advanced degrees, including doctorates from some of the most prestigious academic institutions in North America (Indiana University, University of Michigan and University of Pennsylvania’s Wharton School, Stanford University to name a few). More than 45 Gannon MBA’s are currently teaching in colleges and universities. One of the common dreams of graduate business students has traditionally been to own a business. Our alumni currently include over 75 individuals who are owners/operators of their own businesses. Gannon has continued to provide both instruction and motivation for these entrepreneurs and our faculty is proud of its supportive efforts in helping these alumni businesses to succeed. OFFERINGS Gannon University offers the Master of Business Administration (MBA) Degree, a specialized Five Year Bachelor Degree with an MBA Degree Program and the Gannon Online Degree (GOLD) Program. In addition, Gannon provides customized packages of graduate courses in business administration (and related topics) for working professionals who wish to upgrade skills or retrain. The Gannon MBA can be designed either as a general degree or with a concentration. Concentration areas are designed for the student who can take advantage of course offerings to allow for a specialization in a specific area. These concentrations include Finance, Human Resources Management, and Marketing. The Gannon MBA Program may be pursued on either a full-time or part-time basis. MISSION AND OUTCOMES OF THE MBA PROGRAM The mission of the Gannon University Master of Business Administration Program is to provide an ethically based graduate level education with an emphasis on practical knowledge and application in the functional areas of management grounded in sound business theory presented by faculty actively engaged in scholarship in the pure and applied fields of business consistent with the mission and goals of the University as well as those of the Dahlkemper School of Business Administration. To achieve the practical knowledge outlined above, the outcomes of the program are: 1. Understand the global business environment; 2. Understand and integrate the functional areas of business; 3. Be able to apply analytical skills to solve problems in a business environment; 4. Develop leadership skills and ethically responsible behavior in an organizational context; 5. Be able to communicate effectively; and 6. Understand how to work effectively in team settings. ACCREDITATION The Business Administration program is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Business Schools and Programs (ACBSP) an international accreditation body for business schools.