Student Learning Outcomes

Students graduating from this program will:

  • Define, analyze, and evaluate business decisions in a global setting through an integrated analysis using tools found in the major business disciplines.
  • Effectively demonstrate critical thinking skills in inference, analysis, and evaluation.
  • Demonstrate the ability to work in teams.
  • Conceptualize a complex issue into a coherent written statement and/or oral presentation.
  • Demonstrate mastery of fundamental quantitative tools by successfully using those tools to interpret and evaluate quantitative information and synthesize that information with relevant non-quantitative information in order to arrive at a business decision.

Program Requirements

The Bloch School offers a Professional (part-time) master of business administration (PMBA), Intensive Full-Time master of business administration (FTMBA) and an executive master of business administration (EMBA).

Students enrolling in the PMBA program have the option of choosing among nine emphasis areas, and their program will consist of 42 credit hours. Students who earned a bachelor’s degree in business or accounting may enroll in the Accelerated Professional MBA program, which consists of 33 credit hours.  Most PMBA students attend evening courses on a part-time basis and admission is available in all three semesters.  

Intensive Full-Time MBA students enter a cohort-based, lockstep program that offers an integrated curriculum with a focus on innovation and entrepreneurship. Courses for this program are taught on weekdays for 11 months, with admission once a year in August.  The program consists of 42 credit hours and includes a required 6- to 8-week internship and a 3-week Global Immersion capstone course.

EMBA students enter a cohort-based, lockstep program that offers an integrated curriculum with the themes of leadership, strategic thinking, and innovation woven throughout the program. The program consists of 42 credit hours and meets three times per month, (one Friday/Saturday and one additional Saturday) over a 21-month period, with admission taking place in the fall.

MBA core courses stress the knowledge and skills needed to deal with an organization and its personnel. The functional courses (accounting, finance, operations, economics and marketing) develop specialized knowledge and skills. In addition, the MBA program stresses leadership, innovation and the related social and public responsibilities for those in business.

The Professional MBA Curriculum

The PMBA degree is a 42 credit hour program.  The curriculum is comprised of two distinct stages: core classes and elective/emphasis classes. 

The program has the following unique features that are combined to develop graduates that are broadly educated, socially responsible, and knowledgeable managers.

  1. A 24 credit hour core curriculum that provides an integrative business foundation for decision-making.
  2. Three required MBA Speaker Series seminars; this component is not for credit.
  3. A fifteen credit hour emphasis/elective component that allows students the flexibility to design a program that uniquely fits their needs, including the option to complete 12 hours toward a specific emphasis area.
  4. A three credit hour capstone experience.

The MBA Core (24 credit hours)

The MBA degree consists of a 24 credit hour core.  The core must be taken by all students enrolled in the program and is designed to provide graduates with a unique educational experience.  Two one-week immersion courses are included in the core. The immersion courses are held the week before normal classes begin and during the first week of classes.  They meet in a combination of afternoon, evening and weekend times.  These courses allow students to work in teams and immerse themselves into an integrative business environment.   The core is designed to provide all students with a critical business foundation.  Core courses include the following:

PUB-ADM 5506 Management in Context (1.5 credits)

MGT 5502 Leadership in Organizations (1.5)

ACCTNG 5501 Finance Performance & Assessment (1.5)

ENT 5502 Introduction to Entrepreneurship (1.5)

FIN 5532 Financial Management (3)

FIN 5501 Economics For Administration (3)

MGT 5501 International Business Environment (1.5)

MGT 5504 Immersion in Legal and Ethical Management of the Enterprise (1.5)

MKT 5501 Marketing Management(1.5)

MIS 5503 Management Information Systems (1.5)

MGT 5507 Human Capital Management (1.5)

DSOM 5505 Decision Sciences (1.5)

DSOM 5507 Operations and Supply Chain Management (1.5)

MGT 5509 Strategic Management (1.5)

MBA Speaker Series (noncredit)

A critical part of being a successful leader is broad awareness of business and economic issues that impact society.  Strong technical skills are not sufficient to be an effective manager.  The success of our graduates also depends on their personal and professional growth while in our program.

The MBA Speaker Series includes short seminars and workshops to help MBA students enhance their educational experience. These events cover a wide range of topics ranging from guest lectures given by business leaders on current economic issues to seminars on career development, soft skills, and how to use business software packages.

All students in the Professional MBA and Accelerated Professional MBA program are required to participate in a minimum of 3 MBA Speaker Series events during the course of their degree program. Students may attend as many events as they would like, and many Speaker Series events (particularly guest speakers from the business community) are open to alumni and/or the general public.

Examples of programs include:

  • Business Writing Do's and Don'ts
  • Excel Tips and Tricks
  • Managing an Intergenerational Work Force
  • Job Search Strategies
  • Personal Financial Planning
  • Strategies for Navigating Politics in the Corporate Environment
  • Executive Conversations:  Leading Innovation

Students can also earn credit toward the 3 required MBA Speaker Series events through employer-sponsored training or through leadership involvement in community service activities.  To receive credit for such involvement, contact the MBA Program Director.

Capstone Course (3 credit hours)

After finishing the core, students are required to take a real-world problem solving capstone course.  This requirement is designed to challenge the student to resolve an integrative issue.  Students are allowed to select from specific classes providing different types of faculty/business leader supervised experiences.  Students may take more than one capstone course, using the additional course as an elective.

Actual capstone course offerings will vary from semester to semester, but will be announced in advance to facilitate students' planning.  Students must have completed the core courses, or be concurrently enrolled in the final core course, to enroll in a capstone course.  

Electives and Emphasis Areas (15 hours)

The MBA program allows students the flexibility of using 15 credit hours to meet their unique needs.  Elective courses may make up the entire 15 hours or students can use 12 hours to obtain an emphasis (with 3 hours left over for an elective).  The Bloch School offers the following nine emphasis areas (all are 12 credit hours):

  • Entrepreneurship
  • Finance
  • General Management
  • International Business
  • Leading and Managing People
  • Management Information Systems
  • Marketing
  • Real Estate
  • Supply Chain & Operations Management

Students are not required to complete an emphasis area.  Each emphasis area is comprised of 12 hours. 

Students can, with the consent of appropriate faculty, select any other Bloch courses that might fit within the emphasis areas listed below (courses outside the Bloch School require special approval).  Students are strongly encouraged to work closely with an adviser in planning their programs so that the courses they choose will be of interest and benefit to them while fulfilling the requirements of the degree.  Not all classes are offered each semester.  Emphasis areas follow.

Entrepreneurship and Innovation

Required Courses
ENT 5527Creating the New Venture Experiential Learning3
ENT 5532Managing the New Venture Experiential Learning3
Electives
Select two of the following:6
Entrepreneurship: Managing Creativity And Innovation
Small Business Management And Entrepreneurship
Entrepreneurship And New Venture Creation
Entrepreneurial Marketing
Advanced Real Estate Finance
Entrepreneurial Finance and Venture Capital Investment
Seminar In Entrepreneurship
Small Business Management Practicum
Total Credits12

Finance

Required
FIN 5550Advanced Financial Management Theory And Policies3
Electives
Select three of the following:9
International Financial Management
Introduction to Personal Financial Planning
Retirement Planning and Employee Benefits
Income Tax Planning
Estate Planning
Financial Plan Development
Global Financial Markets and Institutions
Investment Analysis
Management Of Financial Intermediaries
Derivative Securities
Strategic Financial Management
Financial Modeling
Financial Statement Analysis
Fixed Income Analysis
Valuation/Mergers and Acquisitions
Portfolio Management
Alternative Investments
Payment Systems
Seminar In Finance
Real Estate Finance 1
Real Estate Feasibility and Market Analysis 1
Total Credits12
1

Students may use only one real estate course for credit in the Finance emphasis.

General Management

One course from four among the following nine areas:

  • Entrepreneurship: see emphasis area listing
  • Finance: see emphasis area listing
  • International Business: see emphasis area listing
  • Law & Society: MGT 5506
  • Leading and Managing People: see emphasis area listing
  • Management Information Systems: see emphasis area listing
  • Marketing: see emphasis area listing
  • Strategy & Planning: MGT 5513
  • Supply Chain and Operations Management: see emphasis area listing

International Business

Required:3
International Management
Select three of the following:9
Global Supply Chain and Logistics Management
International Financial Management
Global Financial Markets and Institutions
Seminar in International Management
International Study in Business (a maximum of 3 hours can apply to the emphasis; additional hours may count toward electives)
International Marketing
Total Credits12

Leading and Managing People

Select 12 hours from the following:12
Leading Teams
Leading Through Influence and Persuasion
Leadership & Motivation
Conflict Management and Negotiation Strategies
Leading and Managing Change
Attracting, Retaining, and Developing Human Capital (1.5 credit hours)
Total Rewards Management (1.5 credit hours)
Leadership For Public Service
Diversity In The Workplace
Total Credits12

Management of Information Systems

Select four of the following:12
Advanced Accounting Systems
Information Systems Control And Audit
Decision Support Systems
Data Base Management
Systems Analysis, Design And Engineering
Management of Information Technology
Select additional elective courses from the following:
Project Management
Global Supply Chain and Logistics Management
Total Credits12

Marketing

Required
MKT 5575Advanced Marketing Strategy3
Electives
Select three of the following:9
Digital (and Direct) Marketing
International Marketing
Buyer Behavior
Promotional Strategies In Marketing
Marketing Research
Total Credits12

Real Estate

Required
RL-EST 5556Entrepreneurial Real Estate Process3
RL-EST 5571Real Estate Finance3
RL-EST 5578Legal Context of Real Estate3
Electives
Select one of the following:3
Global Real Estate
Real Estate Feasibility and Market Analysis
Real Estate Construction and Development
Real Estate Property and Portfolio Management
Real Estate Valuation
Total Credits12

Supply Chain and Operations Management

Required
DSOM 5540Service Operations Management3
DSOM 5543Project Management3
DSOM 5544Global Supply Chain and Logistics Management3
Select additional elective courses from the following:
Cost Management
Special Topics (Strategic Sourcing Supplier Management)
Total Credits9

Note: Students should ensure that prerequisites are taken in the proper sequence.

The Accelerated Professional MBA Curriculum

The Accelerated PMBA degree is a 33 credit hour program. It is available to students who have earned a bachelor’s degree in business or accounting. Requirements for the degree include 6 hours of core courses, 24 hours of emphasis/elective courses, and a 3 hour capstone course. 

The core courses for the Accelerated PMBA are:

PUB-ADM 5506 Management in Context (1.5 credits)

MGT 5501 International Business Environment (1.5)

ENT 5502 Introduction to Entrepreneurship (1.5)

MGT 5502 Leadership in Organizations - or - MGT 5507 Human Capital Management (1.5)


For information about emphasis/elective courses, please see the description above under the Professional MBA curriculum.  Students in the Accelerated PMBA program will declare one emphasis area (12 credits) and take 12 credits of elective courses.
For information about the 3-credit capstone course, see the description above under the Professional MBA curriculum.

Students in the Accelerated PMBA program also must complete three MBA Speaker Series seminars, just as the Professional MBA students do; this component is not for credit.

The Intensive Full-Time MBA Curriculum

The Intensive Full-Time MBA program follows a modular format rather than a traditional semester format. Modules last from 1 to 3 weeks, and a total of 21 courses are required to complete the program. Each course is 2 credit hours, for a total of 42 credit hours in the program.

Due to the intensive nature of the program, there are no elective credits included in the curriculum. However, students have the option to take up to 6 credits of elective coursework (selected from Bloch School graduate-level courses) during the spring semester. Elective coursework can help students prepare for post-MBA careers and allows them to delve more deeply into topics of interest.

All Intensive Full-Time MBA core courses take place during the day. Optional elective coursework during the spring semester is offered in the evening. All Intensive Full-Time MBA program students will complete a 3-week Global Immersion capstone course at the end of the program. Students will prepare for this experience on campus for several weeks in the spring and then travel abroad for 3 weeks at the end of the program. Upon completion of the trip, students will return to campus for a final capstone presentation to staff and faculty.

Curriculum Summary:

Thinking Critically: The Role of Incentives in Human Behavior

Socially Responsible Management and Ethics

Meeting the Management Challenge: The Role of Corporate Entrepreneurship and Innovation

Financial Accounting and Reporting: The Language of Business

Contemporary Techniques of Financial Analysis

Managing a Complex Workforce

Managerial Accounting: Critical Data for Important Decisions

The New Corporate Finance: Where Theory Meets Practice

Managerial Statistics and Quantitative Decision Making

Marketing Research and Decision Making

Marketing and Supply Chain Management

Social Responsibility and Social Entrepreneurship

Business Law and Commercialization

Creative Problem Solving: From Ideation to Implementation

Technology and Analytics

Data Analytics and Quantitative Decision Making

Strategic Leadership and Decision Making

Enterprise Risk Management

New Product Development

Technology Commercialization and Business Planning

Global Immersion Capstone Experience

In addition to the required 42 hours of core courses, Intensive Full-Time MBA students will complete a 6- to 8-week paid MBA internship during a break from courses in the spring semester.  Additional co-curricular activities such as corporate site visits, career development workshops, and guest lectures complement the Intensive Full-Time MBA curriculum.  Students in this program may participate in MBA Speaker Series events, but are not required to do so.

Combined J.D./MBA Program

The Bloch School and UMKC School of Law offer the combined J.D. and MBA program. Students must satisfy the admission and degree requirements for the J.D. program as well as for the PMBA program, with one exception:  JD/MBA students are waived from the MGT 5504 course (Legal and Ethical Management Immersion). For further information, contact the School of Law or consult the Bloch School JD/MBA webpage.

Executive MBA Program

Student Learning Outcomes

Graduates of the Bloch School’s EMBA program will gain the business knowledge skills needed to excel as executives, entrepreneurs, and leaders. The EMBA graduate will:

  • Apply strategic frameworks to complex business issues and identify viable options and forward-looking strategies, through the integrated analysis of multiple functional perspectives - e.g. marketing, product development/service delivery, finance, operations, and human capital.
  • Demonstrate enhanced understanding of complex public sector systems, processes and leaders, and identify and define the various forces that shape and impact business policy.
  • Demonstrate the skills needed to generate creative solutions that address unmet needs and wants, evaluate the relative attractiveness of competing solutions, and organize to exploit opportunities in the marketplace.
  • Utilize a knowledge framework to 1) critically think about and assess the impact and linkage of global influences, issues, trends, and decisions in business models; and 2) demonstrate insight and agility in operating within a global business environment.
  • Demonstrate the communication and interpersonal skills needed for effective collaboration and creative problem-solving, as well as the versatility to add value in a variety of team roles - leader, expert, facilitator, etc.
  • Demonstrate the ability to 1) diagnose complex business situations, recognizing key issues, tensions and dilemmas; and 2) articulate decisions and action plans that reflect comprehensive understanding of the human, political and cultural context as well as nuanced ways of building influence and support.

The Bloch Executive MBA (EMBA) is a highly-selective degree program for experienced professionals. The program offers a comprehensive integrated curriculum, field experiences, and four residencies. It is distinguished by an emphasis on cohort-learning, teamwork, hands-on projects, leadership coaching and development, and learning activities that contribute substantial value to participants, employers, and the broader community.

Students are admitted each year to a new EMBA cohort through a special application process. Students begin coursework in mid-August, and program completion requires 21 months.

The program is composed of 16 semester-long, graduate-level courses and of four week-long immersion residencies that are focused on leadership, innovation, public policy, and the global marketplace. A variety of teaching formats are employed, including case studies, group projects, simulations and role playing, fieldwork, interactive discussions, and renowned guest lecturers. Daylong classes meet three days per month (one Friday/ Saturday and one additional Saturday). Classes do not meet in June and July. To ensure that all students are up to speed on academic and business basics, the program starts with required orientation and an introduction to key subject areas, such as finance, accounting, and statistics.

Admissions Requirements

The EMBA is designed for experienced professionals who possess an undergraduate degree from an accredited university and a minimum of 8 years of work experience with growing responsibilities for managing people, projects, and/or budgets. Admissions decisions are based on a combination of a solid academic record, demonstrated professional achievement, and evidence of a strong commitment to learning and to career and professional development. Further information on the Bloch EMBA program is available at (816) 235-6071 or at the program's web site http://bloch.umkc.edu/emba.

The Curriculum

Leadership Residency introduces students to fundamentals of business, organizational behavior, leadership, and teamwork.

Semester 1

  • Financial Reporting Systems introduces generally accepted accounting principles and concepts along with the preparation and analysis of financial statements.
  • Operations Management for World Class Competitiveness explores the basic principles and strategic use of managing the production and distribution of goods and services.
  • Leadership and Organizations focuses on how organizations work and how leaders can set direction, marshal resources, and build support to move initiatives forward.
  • Managerial Economics studies the relationship between the economic theory and system as a whole and the ways in which both are affected by the behavior of the interdependent sectors of which they are composed.

Semester 2

  • Marketing Management examines the role of marketing in driving profitable revenue growth in companies.
  • Organizational Finance gives students a thorough introduction to financial management that blends appropriate amounts of relevant theory with practical application.
  • Applied Statistical Methods investigates the use of detailed sample data for purposes of estimating, predicting, forecasting, and explaining correlations among varied observations.
  • Public Policy Context for Business Decisions provides intensive exposure to the forces, practices, and personalities in Washington that shape America's business policy. The course includes the required 5 day Washington, D.C. Residency to expand student understandings of the role of social leadership in the development of business policies, practices and processes.

Innovation Residency

  • Entrepreneurship and Innovation Immersion is a 5-day, required, immersion residency that gives students a grounded understanding of how to identify and evaluate business opportunities. Students engage in a set of business cases assembled to illuminate key concepts in Innovation.  An engaging, live business case from an area organization is used to provide a comprehensive learning experience for students to apply their lessons on innovation as well as their learning from the first semester.

Semester 3

  • Leadership Accountability and the Legal Implications highlights the full meaning of leadership accountability and of the legal challenges leaders face in a rapidly changing global world.
  • Influence, Persuasion and Change presents ideas, strategies and tools for leading change in complex organizations and for defining an ethical approach to leading, influencing, and persuading others.
  • Strategic Management examines the principles essential for the formulation and evaluation of strategy including industry analysis, strategic positioning, and the boundaries of the firm. The course also addresses the capacity of executive leadership to innovate and to create new or added values, as well as their responsibility for developing and communicating a clear vision and direction for a company's future.
  • Information Technology as a Strategic Tool examines the critical linkage among an organization's business, culture, and information technology strategies and provides essential knowledge and frameworks for enhancing the IT role in innovation, change, and continuous organizational learning.

Semester 4

  • Global Initiatives in Management explores key, contemporary international business issues for leaders and for organizations in today's global economy and includes a required, 11 day, international residency experience in a major business center abroad.
  • Integrated Business Strategies - Capstone Course explores critical factors involved in effective decision making, in organizational governance, and in developing the broad enterprise leadership perspective needed for effective executive planning and action.
  • Leadership, Strategy and Human Resources focuses on the leader as a catalyst in developing high-performance, market-based cultures and as a human resources strategist in marshaling the workforce toward productive ends.

The fourth course in the final semester is a student’s choice from among two electives:

  • Innovation and Entrepreneurship explores the creative, entrepreneurial, and managerial processes involved in moving from a concept to the development of a new business and provides students hands-on opportunities to convert a dream into a high-growth business. -or-
  • Advanced Topics in Finance builds on the previous finance course in the program and delves deeper into topics such as valuation, enterprise risk management, securities and investments, regulatory frameworks, and corporate governance.