MBA Strategic Plan

The College of Business MBA Policy & Curriculum Committee, a group of faculty comprised of one graduate faculty member per department, is currently in the process of creating the next-five year MBA Strategic Plan. As a part of the process, we now welcome your comments on this draft of the plan.  Comments will be accepted through December 20, 2016. 

MBA Policy & Curriculum Committee

School of Accountancy, Steve Olson

Computer Information Systems, Rajeev Kaula

Finance and General Business, Doug Witte

Management, Dana Haggard (FA16); Vinay Garg (SP17)

Marketing, Christina Simmers

Technology and Construction Management, Richard Gebken

Ex Officio, Libby Rozell


MBA Mission Statement

The Missouri State University MBA mission is to provide students with the broad understanding of business disciplines and the knowledge, skill, and abilities needed to lead effectively in the global marketplace. Our program provides opportunities for real world organizational experience and concentration in a specific area of business.

MBA Vision

We aspire to be the MBA program of choice for quality students.  Our program’s focus on experiential learning coupled, with relevant curriculum, produces global business leaders.

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GOAL 1: Strengthen academic programs through student recruitment, relevant and innovative curriculum, and experiential learning opportunities that bridge the gap between the classroom and the workforce.

Objective 1.1 Attract and retain high potential students with diverse backgrounds and experiences

Strategy 1 Visit local companies to recruit for the MBA program

Strategy 2 Contact department heads in nonbusiness disciplines to recruit MBAs

Strategy 3 Present guest lectures in undergraduate courses to provide information on opportunities for MBA degrees in the current job market

Strategy 4 Expand target market of the MBA Open House by inviting other disciplines (engineering)

Objective 1.2 Offer courses and programs that employ a variety of delivery methods and scheduling patterns to increase student access

Strategy 1 Assess MBA block scheduling from Spring 2016 with potential to offer more

Strategy 2 Explore other modalities such as accelerated formats

Strategy 3 Create pathways for accelerated MBA students of other disciplines (3+2)

Objective 1.3 Review and revise both graduate and undergraduate programs to ensure curricula and content are current, innovative, and forward-looking, and that the program employs experiential learning opportunities where appropriate to assure student learning and career readiness

Strategy 1 Contract external reviewer for MBA Program

Strategy 2 Gather benchmarking data for MBA Programs

Strategy 3 Coordinate experiential projects in MBA courses

Strategy 4 Review of the MBA curriculum internally by the MBA Policy and Curriculum Committee

Objective 1.4 Encourage and promote student-to-student and student-to-faculty interaction in both academic and professional settings to actively engage students in the learning process

Strategy 1 Promote MBA participation in the Graduate Interdisciplinary Forum

Strategy 2 Revive the MBA Association through creating awareness of the program and program activities (e.g. MBA Case Competition, Women in MBA Association)

GOAL 2: Prepare students for successful careers as business leaders within their communities and in a globally-competitive business environment.

Objective 2.1 Provide enhanced career services that prepare students for career success.

Strategy 1 Implement special opportunities specific to MBA students to network with employers at COB career fair

Strategy 2 Devote classroom time to ensure graduate students are prepared and educated for opportunities in the workforce

Objective 2.2 Provide opportunities and experiences that will promote cultural competency and an enriched global perspective

Strategy 1 Partner with international programs to continue to offer study away opportunities that fit within the MBA curriculum

Objective 2.3 Provide high-impact student engagement opportunities such as internships, job shadowing, and mentoring programs to prepare students for academic and career success

Strategy 1 Develop relationships with the Network, Rotaract, or other local groups for MBA student involvement and potential memberships

Objective 2.4 Develop initiatives to facilitate meaningful engagement between domestic and international students

Strategy 1 Recruit international students as MBA Association members

Objective 2.5 Promote and support involvement in College of Business student organizations.

Strategy 1 Encourage involvement in the MBA Association and other COB student organizations through communicating membership benefits

GOAL 3: Recruit, retain and reward outstanding and diverse faculty and staff who demonstrate high-impact academic and professional engagement.

Objective 3.1 Provide resources and support for development and implementation of experiential learning opportunities that foster critical thinking, problem solving, and applied learning

Strategy 1 Contact MBA alumni to partner on potential course projects

Strategy 2 Develop repository of organizations and projects for MBA courses

Strategy 3 Explore partnerships for building infrastructure for experiential projects

Objective 3.2 Recognize and reward outstanding contributions to teaching, research, and student success

Strategy 1 Institute an award for an outstanding MBA faculty member

GOAL 4: Strengthen external relationships and grow our profile and reputation.

Objective 4.1 Develop and promote meaningful engagement with alumni

Strategy 1 Create an MBA Roundtable composed of alumni

Objective 4.2 Create opportunities to inform, engage and inspire alumni to support the COB

Strategy 1 Create MBA news section in COB newsletter

Strategy 2 Create an MBA Linked-In group

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