Graduate/Professional Program Overview

Student Learning Outcomes

Master of Business Administration

MBA Program Philosophy

The purpose of the MBA program is to create a graduate business learning experience in which students integrate management knowledge and skills in ways that lead to effective decision-making, complex problem solving, and leadership within a global and ethical context.

To accomplish this, graduate business faculty and staff rely heavily on these three activities:

  1. Designing and delivering a curriculum that integrates graduate level content and skills into learning experiences that more closely resemble how real business is practiced by the general manager.
  2. Creating operational processes and policies that are student-centered.
  3. Actively engaging business and community leaders.
Student Learning Outcomes and Assessments

The Division of Business has adopted five program learning outcomes for the IU MBA Columbus program. These five connect directly to the four Principles of Graduate Learning, in draft form, expected to be adopted soon by IUPUI/IUPUC.

Upon completion of graduate business studies at IUPUC students should be able to demonstrate:

  1. General Management Knowledge, Skills and Leadership
    • Demonstrate an ability to use cross-functional knowledge and skills to effectively manage projects and operations.
    • Participate productively in groups and teams, and demonstrate contributions to team goals.
    • Demonstrate a capacity both to lead others to achieve organizational goals and to support effective leadership.

IUPUI/IUPUC PGL addressed: Demonstrate the knowledge and skills needed to meet disciplinary standards of performance, as stated for each individual degree.

  1. Effective Communication
    • Communicate complex analyses, recommendations, strategies, and visions in ways that lead to clarity of purpose and effective decision-making.

IUPUI/IUPUC PGL addressed: Communicate effectively with their peers, their clientele, and the general public.

  1. Critical Thinking
    • Demonstrate an ability to apply cross-functional knowledge and skills to analyze problems, prioritize issues, and develop effective responses.
    • Demonstrate an ability to apply cross-functional knowledge and skills in unfamiliar, or unexpected, situations in order to adapt to change and develop innovative responses.

IUPUI/IUPUC PGL addressed: Think critically and creatively to improve practice in their field.

  1. Ethical Thinking and Decision-Making
    • Establish a set of ethically valid professional values and demonstrate how those values apply to situations and trade-offs business managers may confront.

IUPUI/IUPUC PGL addressed: Meet all ethical standards established for the discipline.

  1. Management in a Social Context
    • Identify strategic stakeholder issues and frame decision-making within the social, political and cultural contexts of local and global communities.