Master of Science in Business (MSB)

Program Goals

Public and private corporations require the application of human, financial and economic assets to be effective, efficient and productive. Lincoln University’s accelerated, one-year, Master of Science in Business (MSB) program equips graduate students with the academic and experiential knowledge to contribute to and influence the strategic and operational direction of organizations in an innovative economy.  In a highly competitive, dynamic transnational, 21st century global environment, the diversified MSB curriculum challenges students to expand and transform the boundaries of knowledge in the workplace.

The accelerated MSB program offers students the option of specializing in Finance and/or Human Resources Management.  The finance concentration exposes students to a rigorous, multidisciplinary portfolio of theoretical and applied courses in economics, finance, banking, investment, and management.    The human resources management concentration focuses on the strategic management of human capital assets that influence the financial, operational and competitive direction of the organization.  Both concentrations provide students with an integrated body of knowledge for career advancement as leaders, managers and executives in private and public sector enterprises and entrepreneurial ventures.  MSB prepares students to develop critical problem-solving, decision-making and strategic management skills that are indispensable in the highly competitive global business environment of the 21st century.  The MSB program is an important human capital investment for practitioners in private and public enterprises and for those who wish to pursue advanced graduate degrees and/or professional certifications beyond the master’s degree.

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The assessment program goals are:

  • Goal 1: Applied written and oral communication skills
    Students will speak and write effectively and present or defend an independent research project that critically integrates the theoretical concepts of the program with their occupational, career and post-graduate interests.
  • Goal 2: Analytical and quantitative problem-solving skills
    Students will be creative and innovative thinkers in analyzing and interpreting differential and integrated enterprise scenarios and use this information to recommend, promote and influence strategic decision-making.
  • Goal 3: Integration and application of interdisciplinary concepts and knowledge
    Students will integrate and apply theories, models and practices across multiple business disciplines and functional areas in organizations.
  • Goal 4: Legal issues, ethical values and responsibilities
    Students will recognize ethical dilemmas, the legal issues that undergird business decisions and be able to propose recommendations that foster organizational solutions.
  • Goal 5: The role and function of organizational enterprises in a global environment
    Students will demonstrate awareness and appreciation of global issues and multicultural practices in business.
  • Goal 6: Technology skills and information literacy
    Students will apply information technology skills to complete assignments, solve analytical and quantitative problems and conduct scholarly research.

 

 

Outcomes

The accelerated MSB program delivers competitive, rigorous theoretical, empirical, experiential and applications-oriented epistemology in an offline, online or hybrid environment to a diverse public and private sector business and non-business student population. Students who successfully complete the program appropriate to their discipline will acquire competencies in the following areas:

  • Proficiency in domestic and international management and leadership.
  • Exposure to a multidisciplinary portfolio of applied courses in public and private sector enterprise management.
  • Development of knowledge, skills and abilities to promote and influence organizational strategic initiatives.
  • Optimization of theoretical, analytical and research skills to discover, construct and reconstruct knowledge.
  • Research capability to integrate course concepts and theory with career, occupational and post-graduate interests.
  • Contemporary and futuristic approaches and solutions to issues in global finance and human resources management.
  • Promote, practice and integrate organizational ethics in institutional infrastructure.
  • Entrepreneurial skills for idea creation and application in personal, for-profit and nonprofit enterprises.

Requirements

The accelerated MSB is a one-year degree program that is designed for students who plan to specialize in Finance and Human Resources Management major concentrations.  Students whose undergraduate business degree transcripts clearly reflect successful completion of fundamental core business courses in accounting, economics, finance and statistics/mathematics (at a minimum) with a minimally acceptable B average or better can be accepted for matriculation into the MSB program. A student without a business undergraduate degree but who has successfully completed the MSB fundamentals or equivalent courses in their undergraduate program may be permitted entrance into the program.

Students with non-business or business undergraduate degrees with core business course deficiencies must complete, at a minimum, MSB fundamentals courses MSB 600 Business Mathematics, MSB 620 Financial Accounting and MSB 630 Economics for ManagersAdditional courses in the fundamentals track may be required to bolster student preparedness for graduate business study.   After successful completion of the MSB fundamentals, students can gain formal admittance into their chosen MSB major concentration. Currently, MSB fundamentals courses are delivered in the fall and spring semesters.

MSB Fundamentals Course
MSB 600 Business Mathematics 3 credits
MSB 610 Business Statistics 3 credits
MSB 620 Financial Accounting                   3 credits
MSB 630 Economics for Managers 3 credits
MSB 640 Business Management 3 credits
MSB 650 Marketing Management                   3 credits

The accelerated academic semesters are 14 weeks in duration and are replicated in Fall, Spring and Summer (I & II) as well as Spring, Summer (I & II) and Fall.  Currently, students are encouraged to matriculate into the MSB program as cohorts in the fall or spring semesters. These semesters are structured   into seven-week modules, according to the following schemas:

Course Delivery Format:  

7 Weeks of Course Instruction
1 Week Break
7 Weeks of Course Instruction

Course Distribution (Fall or Spring)
Fall or Spring Semester Course Load Credit Hours   Spring or Summer Semester Course Load Credit Hours   Summer or Fall Semester Course Load Credit Hours Total Credit Hours
4 12 4 12 4 12 36

 

MSB Accelerated Course Sequence for Fall or Spring Semesters
FALL/SPRING SESSION
SESSION A
MSB 700 Business Research Methods 3 credits
MSB 710 Management Information Systems 3 credits
SESSION B
MSB 722 International Human Resources Management 3 credits
MSB 742 International Business Management 3 credits
SPRING/SUMMER SESSION
SESSION A
MSB 750 Strategic Marketing Mangement 3 credits
MSB 756 International Finance and Economics 3 credits
SESSION B
Finance Concentration
MSB 744 Advanced Corporated Finance 3 credits
MSB 752 Financial Institutions and Marketing 3 credits
Human Resources Management Concentration
MSB 760 Employee and Labor Relations 3 credits
MSB 762 Compensation, Benefits and Pension Planning 3 credits
SUMMER/FALL SESSION
SESSION A
Finance Concentration
MSB 778 Securities Analysis and Investment Management 3 credits
MSB 782  Mergers, Acquisions and Divestitures 3 credits
Human Resources Management Concentration
MSB 764 Organziational Staffing 3 credits
MSB 774  Leadership 3 credits
SESSION B
MSB 790 Strategic Management 3 credits
MSB 800 Integrated Capstone Research Project 3 credits

 

MSA 800 is the terminal capstone course for the MSB program.  It may be completed as part of a group project, a journal article or a formal scholarly thesis.  Students who plan to pursue a doctorate are urged to consider the thesis option.   Regardless of the selected option, students will be academically advised during the capstone development, writing and completion stages.  A formal defense of the thesis option will be required before a committee of graduate and/or undergraduate professors.

Under extraordinary circumstances, and with approval from graduate academic administration, a student may be permitted to extend the MSB accelerated track beyond one year.   The decision will be made on a case-by-case basis.

Following are approved optional seminars and elective courses.  The seminars can be infused in the finance and human resources management major concentrations during instructional delivery or offered standalone.  Seminars will be scheduled periodically according to student demand.  Elective courses may be substituted for required major concentration courses and/or scheduled periodically according to student interest and demand.   Furthermore, the elective courses may be reconstituted at a later date as minors or major concentration requirements in the finance and human resources management tracks.

 

Seminars
MSB 792 Seminar in Global Financial Management 1 credit
MSB 794 Seminar in Global Human Resources Management 1 credit
MSB 796 Seminar in Public Policy and Management 1 credit
MSB 798 Seminar in Business, Professional & Organizational Ethcis 1 credit
Finance Electives
MSB 754 Financial Engineering 3 credits
MSB 758 Derivatives 3 credits
MSB 776  Public Finance and Political Economy 3 credits
MSB 780 Entrepreneurship and Venture Capitalism 3 credits
MSB 784 Behavioral Finance 3 credits
Human Resources Management Electives
MSB 766 Labor Economics 3 credits
MSB 768 Supply Chain Management 3 credits
MSB 770 Public Policy and Administration 3 credits
MSB 772  Legal, Ethical and Regulatory Environment of Business 3 credits