Online MBA Curriculum
The Online MBA program from Seattle University is designed to offer a hands-on learning experience—even while studying remotely—and to connect you with contemporary business leaders who understand the value of purposeful and sustainable innovation. Throughout the program, you’ll explore the impact of ethical, people-centric business practices, and you will be challenged to apply this approach as you develop cross-functional mastery of all critical areas of operation, including marketing, finance, risk management, international business, negotiations, and more.
Each course in the Online MBA program features a Leadership Challenge, an assignment designed to help students develop the problem-solving mindset required to lead effectively. Leadership Challenges are comprised of four elements, each of which represents a fundamental part of an ethical, empathetic, and effective decision-making process:
- Listen and Learn: Communicate with all stakeholders to gather relevant information and develop the full context of the situation at hand
- Empathize and Examine: Consider the viewpoints and goals of each stakeholder affected by the outcome of the situation
- Assess and Analyze: Identify the key problems that must be addressed in developing a resolution to the situation, as well as their specific impact on stakeholders
- Design and Deliver: Propose and present a course of action that addresses all problems to the satisfaction of stakeholders and in the best interest of the organization as a whole
While Leadership Challenges may not appear in the same place in every course—they may be individual assignments, structuring motifs, final capstone projects, etc.—each one represents an opportunity for our Online MBA students to learn to communicate cross-functionally and strategize successfully through consistent practice.
Analytical Skills Development
Successful business leaders must have quantitative and analytical skills to make sound business decisions and Albers Online MBA curriculum includes several courses that will help you develop those skills.
To ensure that you get the most benefit from these courses, we require all students beginning the program in Summer 2023 or later to complete three short online refresher courses from Harvard Business Publishing covering algebra, probability, and statistics.
At the end of each course, you may take the assessment as many times as you need. When you successfully complete the assessment , you’ll receive a certificate to show your achievement. Enrolled Online MBA students must complete the course series before registering for their second quarter.
- Total time for the three online courses is 8.5 hours
- Total cost is $30
Study Abroad Opportunities
Experience a new country, while forging stronger connections with the Seattle University network: Online MBA students have the option of taking a study tour course in place of OMBA 5310. For two weeks, students will learn about international business topics alongside students in our on-campus programs. Each trip will have at least one 3-credit class associated with it. The course subjects and locations vary every year, but previous trips have included China, the European Union, Peru, and Italy. Learn more about upcoming trips on Seattle Albers study abroad page.
OMBA 5000 Professional Quantitative Analysis (3 credits)
OMBA 5205 Teams and Decision-Making (4 credits)
OMBA 5205 also incorporates the team-building residency retreat weekend, which occurs at the beginning of the Online MBA program. During this required residency weekend, students meet their classmates face to face for the first time and travel to an off-campus location to participate in activities and workshops designed to develop relationship building, leadership, and conflict management skills.