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Online MBA

Where Community is Built and Leaders are Made.

Program Overview

The Butler Online MBA merges theory and practice in a flexible, student-focused, and experiential learning environment that prepares you for leadership roles in the business world.

Our dynamic program is taught by industry experts and guided by student-assigned certified leadership coaches that stay with you throughout your studies.

  • Apply classroom concepts to real-world business challenges

  • Learn in a professionally collaborative and student-focused environment

  • Hone your leadership skills and boost your professional development with your assigned leadership coach

  • Implement principles and experiences gained throughout the program in the final Capstone Experience

The Butler MBA is offered in both an on-campus and online format. Explore our on-campus MBA to see which format best aligns with your needs.

Courses

We built hands-on experience into our Online MBA courses in the form of live debates, presentations, and breakout group discussions with fellow graduate students. Our small class sizes allow for more personalized learning and are structured in asynchronous and synchronous formats.

Provides students with an introduction to the integrated nature of business. Introduces the idea of experiential learning and develops expectations for the graduate core courses. The course will involve a hands-on experiential group exercise. P/F grading basis.

Explores the history, art, science and practice of leadership in organizational settings. Such issues as leadership history, change, visioning, coaching followership and socio-technical concerns will be covered. Emphasis will be placed upon merging theory and practice and personal leadership skill development. Prerequisites: MBA degree-seeking status, demonstrated proficiency in all competency areas, with the exception of Statistical Analysis and MBA 505 must either be completed before taking MBA 510 or taking MBA 505 concurrently with MBA 510.(G)(3)

A course designed for managers to operate an entity in compliance with the legal system in an ethical manner. The focus is on the practice of preventative law and managing operations in such a way as to take advantage of the safeguards that the legal system provides. Prerequisite: MBA degree-seeking status, demonstrated proficiency in all competency areas, with the exception of Statistical Analysis.(G)(3)

Application of managerial accounting concepts, techniques and issues, emphasizing uses of internal accounting information for decision making, planning or budgeting, and evaluation/control. Topics include alternative cost measurement, accumulation, allocation methods, or analysis techniques (job, process, just-in-time, standard, activity-based costing, cost behavior, cost-volume-profit analysis, contribution approach) that are relevant to various managerial decisions (production, pricing, etc.) and related issues (behavioral implications). Prerequisites: MBA degree-seeking status, demonstrated proficiency in all competency areas, and MBA 505 must either be completed before taking MBA 520 or taking MBA 505 concurrently with MBA 520.(G)(3)

The Business Practicum course is a field-based, experiential learning program designed to provide Butler MBA students with real-world knowledge of select business and industry clusters, and the opportunity to interact with business leaders and experts. The business practicum is intended to be highly experiential and engage successful community and business leaders and experts from economic development clusters. Students will draw on skills acquired in their core and elective courses, and supplemental readings, to engage in a three-day, industry-level business analysis/challenge competition. Working in teams, students will analyze the business task to identify potential paths to success and recommend a solution. Prerequisites: Deg 410, 420, 425, 430, 435, 440 exam, MBA505. (G)(2)

A course in applied microeconomics with an emphasis on business decision making. Topics include market analysis and price determination; examination of managerial response to changing demand, cost and industry conditions. Prerequisites: MBA degree-seeking status, demonstrated proficiency in all competency areas, and MBA 505 must either be completed before taking MBA 525 or taking MBA 505 concurrently with MBA 525.(G)(3)

An analysis of the theory and practice of financial management, this course expands on the topics covered in MBA 430. In general, the course focuses on how firms properly acquire and invest funds in a corporate setting. Specific topics include capital budgeting, capital structure, dividend policy, derivatives, mergers and acquisitions, and bankruptcy. Prerequisites: MBA degree-seeking status, demonstrated proficiency in all competency areas, and MBA 505 must either be completed before taking MBA 530 or taking MBA 505 concurrently with MBA 530.(G)(3)

An integrated course designed to provide the student with marketing management skills, basic research methodology skills, and a framework to make decisions in a marketing context. Marketing management content issues include: 1) buyer behavior, 2) market segmentation, targeting and positioning, and 3) management of the marketing mix. Research methodology topics include study design, data collection and forecasting methods. Prerequisites: MBA degree-seeking status, demonstrated proficiency in all competency areas, and MBA 505 must either be completed before taking MBA 535 or taking MBA 505 concurrently with MBA 535.(G)(3)

An introduction to the concepts and techniques of modern operations and supply chain management, and the role that information technology plays to inform the decisions of supply chain managers. The goal is to provide the students with a fundamental knowledge of the extension and impact of the decisions within and across supply chains, understanding the interconnectedness of processes and enterprises, information systems, logistics networks, risks and the importance of integration, and sustainability. Students will also learn about operations management, inventory control, data modeling, demand forecasting, project management, quality management, and others. Group presentations, class discussions, simulations, and case exercises will provide the vehicle for developing decision-making, communication, interpersonal, and leadership skills that are essential for managers. Prerequisites: MBA degree-seeking status, demonstrated proficiency in all competency areas, and MBA 505 must either be completed before taking MBA 540 or taking MBA 505 concurrently with MBA 540.(G)(3)

This course examines the nature of innovation and how the entrepreneurial mindset is leveraged to identify and exploit new market opportunities. Detailed attention is given to the entrepreneurial process and how it applies to the entrepreneur, the evolving company and the established company. Prerequisite: Deg 410, 420, 425, 430, 435, 440 exams, MBA505. (G)(3)

Designed to serve as a capstone experience in the graduate program. This course reviews key concepts from the individual disciplines (accounting, finance, marketing, leadership, production) and integrates it with new material on strategic management. The perspective is from the point of view of a general manager, division head or CEO who holds responsibility for shaping the direction and character of the organization. The approach relies heavily on in-depth case analysis and class discussion. Prerequisites: MBA degree-seeking status, MBA505, MBA510, MBA515, MBA520, MBA522, MBA525, MBA530, MBA535, MBA540, MBA542. (G)(3)

Exposes students to the theory and practices necessary to plan, implement, and analyze the effectiveness of organizational change programs. Explores methods which promote autonomy, diversity and continuous learning. Seeks to help students become effective internal and external change agents. Prerequisite: Deg 410, 420, 425, 430, 435, 440 exams, MBA510. (G)(2)

This course focuses on how entrepreneurs appropriately manage the financial aspects of potential business ventures. Specifically, how entrepreneurs evaluate and value attractive business opportunities, estimate the resources necessary to undertake such opportunities, secure resources on favorable terms, and manage financial resources. Key topic areas include: estimating capital requirements and risk, identifying and evaluating sources of capital, managing financial liquidity, performing business valuations, and understanding exit strategies. Prerequisites: MBA530 and MBA542. (G)(3)

This course focuses on the challenges and decisions new product managers face as they take ideas through the new product development process. Organizations need to create, develop, and market new products and services continually to compete effectively in a rapidly changing environment. The course provides and overview of new product development, with an emphasis on customer involvement and consideration throughout the process. It also provides detailed insights on such topics as new-product strategy, idea generation, idea selection and evaluation, concept development and testing, product development and testing, and market testing. Prerequisites: MBA535 and MBA542. (G)(3)

This course introduces students to the business and cultural environments of a particular foreign country through pre-trip work, a short-term study trip, and the preparation of a reflective paper. Designed to serve as a 2-credit elective course, it may be counted towards any of the areas of concentration and satisfies the two G points MBA program requirement. Prerequisites: Completion of 7 hours of 500-level coursework. (G)(2)* Course is not required, but is an alternative option to MBA522.

Faculty

Our Online MBA is taught by industry leaders with expertise in different areas of business, including economics, accounting, finance, marketing, and business management.

Kathy Paulson Gjerde

PROFESSOR OF ECONOMICS

Courtney Hatch

ASSOCIATE PROFESSOR OF MARKETING

Larry Lad

Associate Professor of Management

Marie Mackintosh

ADJUNCT PROFESSOR

Bob Marchesani

ADJUNCT PROFESSOR

Mauricio Melgarejo

ASSOCIATE PROFESSOR OF ACCOUNTING

NaShara Mitchell

INNOVATION LAB DIRECTOR / LECTURER IN ENTREPRENEURSHIP & INNOVATION

Hessam Sarooghi

ASSISTANT PROFESSOR OF ENTREPRENEURSHIP AND INNOVATION

Jane Siegler

ASSISTANT PROFESSOR OF OPERATIONS

Marietta Stalcup

ADJUNCT PROFESSOR

Sheryl-Ann Stephen

ASSOCIATE PROFESSOR OF FINANCE

AACSB Accreditation Sets Us Apart

The Butler MBA is one of two programs in Indianapolis to be accredited by AACSB, the highest standard of achievement for business schools worldwide. Less than five percent of business schools have earned this prestigious accreditation. To earn AACSB accreditation, schools go through a rigorous internal assessment and peer review process by a team of education experts. By choosing the Butler MBA, you can be confident that you’re choosing a program with the highest academic standards.

Tuition Costs

Per Credit (38 credits)
$950*
*Tuition is subject to change each academic year.
Application Fee
$35
Enrollment Deposit
$500

Career Outlook

Earning an Online MBA may position you for opportunities in the following career paths:

Job Title

Employed (2020)

Median Income (2020)

General and Operations Managers

2,459,022

$103,199

Accountants and Auditors

1,339,999

$73,568

Project Managers and Business Operations Specialists

1,531,183

$77,328

Management Analysts

762,905

$87,922

Financial Managers

682,231

$133,190

Sales Managers

400,485

$130,255

Marketing Managers

276,817

$138,138

Source: Emsi Labor Market Data and Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), 2020

Important Dates

Spring 2023

October 10, 2022

Early Application Deadline

$2,000 Scholarship Available for Eligible Students

November 7, 2022

Priority Application Deadline

$1,500 Scholarship Available for Eligible Students

December 5, 2022

Final Application Deadline

January 9, 2023

First Day of Classes

FAQ

We require all applicants to hold a bachelor's degree from an accredited institution or the international equivalent.* 

*Butler University will determine whether the applicant’s international equivalent of a bachelor’s degree is acceptable.

An acceptable GMAT or GRE score needs to be met for admission into the program, unless you have one of the following:

  • An undergraduate cumulative college 3.0 GPA

  • Four years of professional work experience

We know that students need real-world practice to thrive as professionals upon graduating and moving into the workforce. That’s why we’ve built hands-on experience into our online programs in the form of live debates, presentations, and breakout group discussions with fellow graduate students. The online learning experience combines innovative technology, a carefully considered curriculum, and active partnerships that fully prepare students to be the world-changing professionals they set out to be.

 

Learning Platform: Canvas

  • Our learning management system (LMS), Canvas, serves as students’ centralized hub for all course content and activities—think of Canvas as your college campus. Our students use this system to manage everything from asynchronous course content, course syllabi, assignments, and communication with instructors and peers. 

Class Structure and Feel: 

  • Includes live debates, presentations, and breakout group discussions with peers, emphasizing group work, collaboration, and a feeling of intimacy within our online classrooms. Students complete coursework, assignments, and readings prior to class and are ready to use learned information in lively classroom discussions. This “flip model” approach to learning allows students to get more out of the live classroom experience.

Review our tuition and fees and create a financial plan; there are multiple payment options and educational loans available. The Office of Financial Aid awards Federal Direct Loans to degree-seeking graduate students enrolled at least half-time (three credit hours). You can contact the Office of Student Accounts for information about billing and payment plans. 

The Online MBA is a total of 38 credit hours, consisting of 11 core courses and 3 elective courses.

On average, students in this program dedicate 15-20 hours per week to their coursework.

Butler’s online programs are designed with the same high-quality curriculum and taught by the same distinguished faculty as our on-campus programs. You’ll learn from industry experts and engage with your peers in small classes through a flexible online format designed to work alongside your busy schedule.

Butler University offers three starts per year for this program—spring (January), summer (May), and fall (August).

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