Global Leadership University offers an online Master in Business Administration (MBA).

This online MBA is for those who want to develop the skills to start and lead a profitable multicultural business anywhere in the world.

What's In This MBA?

This MBA equips students with 2 business frameworks, 3 entrepreneurial skills, and 4 managerial skills, and then has students apply them in a hands-on business experience.

In the first 2 online courses, students will learn 2 business frameworks for integrated and profitable business in multicultural environments:

  • Pursuing Integrated Priorities in Business (MBA 601)
  • Pursuing Profitability in Business (MBA 602)

In the next 3 online courses, students will learn 3 entrepreneurial skills for successful business in multicultural environments:

  • Discovering and Developing Eager Customers (MBA 603)
  • Designing Compelling Solutions to Customer Needs (MBA 604)
  • Communicating Persuasively to Sell and Lead (MBA 605)

In the final 4 online courses, students will learn 4 managerial skills for successful business in multicultural environments:

  • Leading Engaged and Empowered Employees (MBA 606)
  • Pursuing Lean and Adaptive Operations (MBA 607)
  • Understanding Business Accounting and Finance (MBA 608)
  • Understanding Legal Requirements for Business (MBA 609)

Finally, students will bring it all together in the Business Practicum (MBA 610), which equips students to integrate and apply all that they’ve learned in a 6-month business startup project or business consulting project!

What's Required?

This MBA requires 36 credit hours of coursework, consisting of 9 online courses (3 credit hours each) and 1 Business Practicum (9 credit hours).

The prerequisite for this MBA is GEN 301 – Overview of Entrepreneurship and Small Business.

What Will It Cost?

The tuition for this MBA is $9,000.

Books are extra.

For more detail, see our Pricing page.

What Are The Course Descriptions?

MBA 601 – Pursuing Integrated Priorities in Business

Prerequisites: None.

This course is the first of two courses focused on business frameworks for integrated and profitable business in multicultural environments.

This online course introduces students to the integrated quadruple bottom line in business – financially viable, socially beneficial and compassionate, spiritually open and respectful, and environmentally responsible. Students will examine the nature, history, and distinctives of the business corporation. They will assess implications of the pursuit of financial viability. They will consider how spiritual openness and respectfulness can be achieved appropriately and positively in business. They will evaluate ways to implement social benefit and compassion, as well as environmental responsibility, in any business. Students will also apply weekly leadership, cross-cultural, and spiritual integration readings to improve their leadership skills, increase their multi-cultural intelligence, and develop a spiritually integrated approach to business.

After this course, students will be able to design an entrepreneurial startup to be simultaneously financially viable, socially beneficial and compassionate, spiritually open and respectful, and environmentally responsible.

MBA 602 – Pursuing Profitability in Business

Prerequisites: MBA 601.

This course is the second of two courses focused on business frameworks for integrated and profitable business in multicultural environments.

This online course introduces students to “lean startup” strategies for designing a profitable business. Students will explore key concepts in aligning customer development with product/service development. They will compare “lean canvas” models for business planning, and use the Integrated Business Model to develop a two-page business plan. They will learn how to identify the riskiest parts of a business plan and develop a plan for testing and experimentation to reduce or eliminate those risks. They will learn the shortcuts to profitability in a business startup. Students will also apply weekly leadership, cross-cultural, and spiritual integration readings to improve their leadership skills, increase their multi-cultural intelligence, and develop a spiritually integrated approach to business.

After this course, students will be able to design an entrepreneurial startup with a clear path to profitability and financial viability.

MBA 603 – Discovering and Developing Eager Customers

Prerequisites: MBA 601 and MBA 602.

This course is the first of three courses focused on entrepreneurial skills for successful startups in multicultural environments.

This online course introduces students to practical strategies for finding and cultivating new customers in a business startup. Students will learn the four stages of customer development and how to align them with the four stages of product development. They will develop practical skills for interacting with potential customers to understand their problems and needs. They will explore ways to convert potential customers into “early adopters,” and ways to encourage customers to promote your products and services to others. Students will also apply weekly leadership, cross-cultural, and spiritual integration readings to improve their leadership skills, increase their multi-cultural intelligence, and develop a spiritually integrated approach to business.

After this course, students will be able to discover and develop eager customers in a business startup.

MBA 604 – Designing Compelling Solutions to Customer Needs

Prerequisites: MBA 601 and MBA 602.

This course is the second of three courses focused on entrepreneurial skills for successful startups in multicultural environments.

This online course introduces students to principles of design thinking as applied to solving customer needs. Students will explore key design concepts essential to developing compelling products and services. They will explore how successful companies apply design thinking to solve customer needs. They will explore ways to design simplicity and virality into new products and services. Students will also apply weekly leadership, cross-cultural, and spiritual integration readings to improve their leadership skills, increase their multi-cultural intelligence, and develop a spiritually integrated approach to business.

After this course, students will be able to assess customer needs and design relevant and compelling solutions to those customer needs.

MBA 605 – Communicating Persuasively to Sell and Lead

Prerequisites: MBA 601 and MBA 602.

This course is the third of three courses focused on entrepreneurial skills for successful startups in multicultural environments.

This online course introduces students to practical skills of selling to customers and communicating persuasively to investors, employees, and external audiences. Students will explore principles of human persuasion and how to apply them in practical situations. They will learn selling techniques appropriate to business startups. They will learn how to develop compelling stories in launching new products and services. They will practice principles for communicating briefly and clearly. Students will also apply weekly leadership, cross-cultural, and spiritual integration readings to improve their leadership skills, increase their multi-cultural intelligence, and develop a spiritually integrated approach to business.

After this course, students will be able to communicate more persuasively to customers, employees, investors, and external audiences.

MBA 606 – Leading Engaged and Empowered Employees

Prerequisites: MBA 601 and MBA 602.

This course is the first of four courses focused on managerial skills for successful startups in multicultural environments.

This online course introduces students to principles of inspiring and empowering employees in multi-cultural environments. Students will begin with the basics of hiring, training, reviewing, and firing employees in a business startup environment. They will consider principles for inspiring others and influencing vital behaviors. They will learn how situational leadership can empower employees. They will explore the complexities of leading and managing employees in multicultural contexts. Students will also apply weekly leadership, cross-cultural, and spiritual integration readings to improve their leadership skills, increase their multi-cultural intelligence, and develop a spiritually integrated approach to business.

After this course, students will be able to lead engaged and empowered employees in multicultural environments.

MBA 607 – Pursuing Lean and Adaptive Operations

Prerequisites: MBA 601 and MBA 602.

This course is the second of four courses focused on managerial skills for successful startups in multicultural environments.

This online course introduces students to the practical application of project management and process improvement to enhance the daily operations of a business. Students will explore systems thinking as it applies to practical aspects of process improvement. They will learn to identify and eliminate wasted effort in business operations. They will learn and apply essentials of project management to accelerate implementation in business. They will explore ways entrepreneurs can align their business plans and actions for results. Students will also apply weekly leadership, cross-cultural, and spiritual integration readings to improve their leadership skills, increase their multi-cultural intelligence, and develop a spiritually integrated approach to business.

After this course, students will be able to design lean and adaptive operations in a business startup through project management and process improvements.

MBA 608 – Understanding Business Accounting and Finance

Prerequisites: MBA 601 and MBA 602.

This course is the third of four courses focused on managerial skills for successful startups in multicultural environments.

This online course introduces students to essential aspects of accounting and finance in a small business. Students will learn the value of accounting in running a business. They will learn essential accounting principles, including how to set up the chart of accounts and apply double entry bookkeeping to a business startup. They will learn the components of balance sheets, income statements, and cash flow statements. They will understand how daily business activities affect accounting and ultimately lead to profit or loss. Students will also apply weekly leadership, cross-cultural, and spiritual integration readings to improve their leadership skills, increase their multi-cultural intelligence, and develop a spiritually integrated approach to business.

After this course, students will be able to set up and oversee accounting and finances in a business startup.

MBA 609 – Understanding Legal Requirements for Business

Prerequisites: MBA 601 and MBA 602.

This course is the fourth of four courses focused on managerial skills for successful startups in multicultural environments.

This online course introduces students to the legal and regulatory climate affecting a business startup, including the practical aspects of venture capital and loans. Students will learn the typical business structures that are available in many countries, and explore the specific structures available in at least one other country. They will learn how to register a corporation and identify the legal and regulatory boundaries within which they must operate. They will explore common legal mistakes made by entrepreneurs and learn how to avoid them. They will learn the vocabulary and structure of venture capital and loan funding, and learn how to pursue favorable terms. Students will also apply weekly leadership, cross-cultural, and spiritual integration readings to improve their leadership skills, increase their multi-cultural intelligence, and develop a spiritually integrated approach to business.

After this course, students will be able to navigate the legal and regulatory complexities of a business startup and evaluate venture capital and loan opportunities.

MBA 610 – Business Practicum

Prerequisites: MBA 601, MBA 602, MBA 603, MBA 604, MBA 605, MBA 606, MBA 607, MBA 608, and MBA 609 (exceptions require faculty approval).

This MBA capstone experience is designed to give students supervised practical application of the knowledge and skills they learned in their MBA courses.

Students may choose to pursue either the Entrepreneurial Option or the Managerial Option.

In the Entrepreneurial Option, students will choose an idea for a multicultural business startup, develop a 2-page business plan, and iterate the idea while interacting with potential customers until they have discovered a profitable business model. They will research and complete the paperwork needed to register the business. For their Masters Thesis, student will document the steps they took to plan a multicultural business idea, iterate to a profitable business model, and complete the business registration paperwork.

In the Managerial Option, students will plan and conduct a managerial consulting project at a multicultural business. They will assess 12 dimensions of the business and discuss their findings and recommendations with company leadership. For their Masters Thesis, they will write up their assessment process, their findings and recommendations for each business dimension, and the company leadership’s response.

After this Business Practicum, students will have the skills and confidence to launch a new multicultural business (if they choose the Entrepreneurial Option) or improve an existing multicultural business (if they choose the Managerial Option).

When Could I Start?

You can start the MBA once a year - in August.

We are currently accepting applications for the August 2018 MBA Cohort

If you haven't already done so, begin by enrolling in GEN 301 "Overview of Entrepreneurship and Small Business," our 8-week online course which is a prerequisite for this MBA.

What's The Schedule?

The course schedule for the August 2018 MBA Cohort is as follows:

Course           Start Date              Duration & Location

MBA 601        Starts 21 Aug 2018   Runs 8 weeks online

MBA 602        Starts 30 Oct 2018    Runs 8 weeks online

MBA 603        Starts 8 Jan 2019      Runs 8 weeks online

MBA 604        Starts 19 Mar 2019    Runs 8 weeks online

MBA 605        Starts 28 May 2019   Runs 8 weeks online

MBA 606        Starts 20 Aug 2019   Runs 8 weeks online

MBA 607        Starts 29 Oct 2019    Runs 8 weeks online

MBA 608        Starts 7 Jan 2020      Runs 8 weeks online

MBA 609        Starts 17 Mar 2020    Runs 8 weeks online

MBA 610        Starts 12 May 2020   Runs 24 weeks online

Should I Pursue This MBA?

  • Do you want to learn how to launch and manage an “integrated” business that simultaneously pursues financial viability, social benefit, spiritual openness, and environmental responsibility?
  • Do you want to develop the entrepreneurial skills to launch and grow a profitable business in a multicultural environment?
  • Do you want to develop the managerial skills to lead and manage a successful business in a multicultural environment?

If you answered yes to these questions, we invite you to pursue the online MBA at Global Leadership University!