Bridge Program for International Students
The M.B.A. Bridge Program is offered to international students whose undergraduate degree is not equivalent to a four year U.S. baccalaureate, but is validated by either WES (World Education Services) www.wes.org or ECE (Educational Credential Evaluators) www.ece.org as being from a regionally accredited institution outside of the United States. The program is designed to provide the supplementary coursework to those experienced professionals with strong academic records who desire the opportunity to function in an advanced role in business and who are judged capable of successfully completing the M.B.A.
The M.B.A. Bridge Program has both an undergraduate and a graduate component. The undergraduate portion is designed to meet the essential knowledge needed by the international applicant to be successful in the M.B.A. program. The M.B.A. builds upon the undergraduate courses to prepare graduates for advanced leadership roles within a global business environment. Students in the M.B.A. Bridge Program will receive customized academic advising to assist them in choosing the best classes that will prepare them for their M.B.A. at Lourdes.
The bridge program requires international students, with an undergraduate business degree, who qualify for admission to the M.B.A. to complete a minimum course of study of 15 credit hours designed to remedy the applicant’s academic deficiencies and to prepare the applicant for the M.B.A. Program. International applicants with less than five years of professional full-time work experience and an undergraduate degree in a non- business discipline or undergraduate equivalent of less than four years of a course of study will be required to successfully complete the M.B.A. foundational courses. Upon completion of the M.B.A. Bridge Program, students with a grade point average of 3.0 will be permitted to continue on in the graduate program; those with less than a 3.0 will be dismissed.
Admission into the M.B.A. Bridge Program is a two (2) step process. Initial admission is into the Pre-M.B.A. undergraduate program course of study. Admission into the Graduate School is offered after all Pre-M.B.A. undergraduate courses are successfully completed with a 3.00 G.P.A. or better.
Students seeking admission to the M.B.A. Bridge Program must:
- Possess an undergraduate degree from a regionally accredited University, as validated by WES or ECE.
- Have earned a minimum of 90 undergraduate semester credit hours, as validated by WES or ECE.
- Have a minimum 2.75 cumulative G.P.A.
- Submit a completed graduate admission application to the Graduate School.
- Request an official copy of all college transcripts.
- Provide a current résumé
- Complete a satisfactory interview with the M.B.A. Program Director.
Total Credit Hours Required for Graduation: 36-54 credit hours
Undergraduate Courses (15 credit hours)
BUS 255 Microeconomics
BUS 254 Macroeconomics
BUS 304 Corporate Finance
BUS 201 Acct I
BUS 202 Acct II
Or Any 300/400 level Accounting Course
Students must choose one course from the following options:
BUS 203 Management
HRM 310 Human Resource Management
BUS 413 Organizational Behavior
Or Any 300/400 level Business Administration Major Elective
BUS 204 Marketing
MKT 335 Marketing Management
Or Any 300/400 level Marketing Elective
Students must choose one course from the following options:
BUS 235 Business Communications
BUS 320 International Business
BUS 330 Legal Environment of Business
BUS 430 Business Ethics
ENG 352 Professional Writing
Students must enroll in the following course:
BUS 490 Capstone: Business Policy
MBA Foundational Content Courses (18 credit hours):
MBA 615 Strategic Marketing Management
MBA 616 Advanced Statistics & Data Analysis or LS 612 or NUR 620
MBA 617 Economics for Global Business
MBA 618 Financial & Managerial Accounting or
LS 617 Financial Tools for Leaders & Organizations
MBA 619 Fundamentals of Finance
MBA 620 Application of Business Theory to Managerial Functions
MBA Core Courses (24 credit hours)
MBA 621 Developing as a Leader or LS 616 Interpersonal Issues in Leadership
MBA 622 Critical Thinking and Effective Business Communication
MBA 623 Financial Reporting and Analysis
MBA 624 Planning, Budgeting, and Implementation
MBA 625 Global Business Perspectives
MBA 626 Power, Politics, and Influence in Organizations
MBA 629 Models, Markets, and Their Limitations
MBA 662 Managerial Finance
MBA Elective Courses (12 credit hours):
MBA 627 Creativity, Innovation, and Integrative Thinking
MBA 628 Triple Bottom Line Analysis
MBA 640 Management in Healthcare
MBA 641 Public Policy & Healthcare
MBA 642 Strategic Healthcare Planning
MBA 650 Operations Management
MBA 651 Supply Chain Management
MBA 652 Project Management
MBA 660 Government and Nonprofit Accounting
MBA 661 Corporate Income Tax
MBA 690 International Immersion
MBA 691 Professional Immersion
MBA 692 Global & Cultural Immersion Analysis
MBA 693 Global Business Immersion
- ISLO#1: An ability to recognize complex problems and accurately apply management concepts as a team member, by drawing upon facts, frameworks and theories to strategically complete projects.
- ISLO#2: Ability to apply marketing concepts in order to effectively communicate, persuade and strategically engage diverse audiences within a technically driven business environment.
- ISLO#3: Ability to apply accounting concepts and quantitative techniques in the creation, and analysis of financial situations within a business environment.
- ISLO#4: Ability to apply financial concepts and quantitative techniques and methods in the analysis of financial and non-financial purposes to minimize risk.
- ISLO#5: Demonstrate an understanding of ethical and social responsibility of leaders and their organizations, including an understanding of the value of diversity in leadership and leadership development.
- ISLO#6: Understanding of the multidimensional global business environment.