The Master of Business Administration (MBA) program is a rigorous, integrated, graduate business program designed to prepare students for responsible leadership positions in private, public and not-for-profit organizations, as well as in entrepreneurial ventures. The Western MBA curriculum provides a balance of theory and application essential for managerial excellence. The program is intended for the active manager and technical supervisor as well as those looking for new opportunities at the mid-management level. Regardless of undergraduate degree, candidates will find a challenging program designed to meet their specific background and needs. The program is distinguished by small classes, collegial relationships among faculty and students, and a diverse student body.
The College of Business and Economics is accredited by AACSB International-The Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business at both the graduate and undergraduate levels.
The Western MBA is a high-quality general graduate business program that develops organizational leaders who integrate strong managerial skills with a solid foundation in the core business functions within a global context.
Program Learning Goals
The typical student graduating from Western Washington University’s MBA program shall:
- Validate mastery of discipline-specific business knowledge and analytical skills
- Integrate functional areas of business knowledge across disciplines
- Synthesize functional business knowledge within strategic organizational framework
- Illustrate ability to apply critical thinking and ethical decision making to complex business problems
- Exhibit competence in applying interpersonal and managerial skills within an institutional context
- Demonstrate ability to motivate others to achieve strategic outcomes
- Be conscientious in the application of business knowledge
- Create an orientation of personal responsibility, respect and professionalism
- Transform followers to leaders
Knowledge prerequisites: Normally an applicant to the program must have completed a college-level calculus course or otherwise demonstrate knowledge and proficiency in quantitative methods prior to entering the program. It also is expected that entering students will have proficiency in the use of microcomputers and common business software. Well-developed communications skills also are important.
Deepinder Bajwa (1999) PhD, management information systems.
Earl D. Benson (1980) PhD, finance.
Brian K. Burton (1995) PhD, business environment.
Christopher Califf (2015) PhD, management information systems.
Burak Dolar (2007) PhD, economics.
Craig Dunn (2005) PhD, business environment.
Brandon Dupont (2006) PhD, economic history, labor economics.
Joseph E. Garcia (1985) PhD, organizational behavior.
David L. Gilbertson (1988) PhD, auditing/financial accounting.
Steven Globerman (1994) PhD, international business.
Peter Haug (1986) PhD, operations management.
Steven E. Henson (1985) PhD, microeconomics, applied econometrics.
L. Hart Hodges (2005) PhD, natural resources, applied business.
Stella Hua (2002) PhD, operations management and quantitative methods.
Marguerite R. Hutton (1989) PhD, taxation.
Jason M. Kanov (2007) PhD, organizational behavior
Ilhyung Kim (2004) PhD, operations and technology management.
Jongwook Kim (2003) PhD, business policy and strategic management.
Shawn Knabb (2005) PhD, macroeconomics, public finance, growth.
John Krieg (2000) PhD, econometrics, money and banking, macroeconomics.
Pamela L. LaBorde (1990) PhD, Finance.
Edwin A. Love (2008) PhD, marketing.
Glenn M. McEvoy (1985) PhD, management and organizational behavior.
Sandra Mottner (2001) PhD, marketing.
Dennis R. Murphy (1979) PhD, managerial decisions/international finance.
David M. Nelson (1977) PhD, macroeconomics/money markets.
Thomas Roehl (1999) PhD, international business.
Matthew Roelofs (1997) PhD, managerial economics.
George D. Sanders (1995) PhD, financial/governmental accounting.
J. Christopher Sandvig (2001) PhD, management information systems.
Mary Sass (2005) PhD, organizational behavior and development.
Stephen V. Senge (1985) CMA, DBA, managerial accounting.
Khim L. Sim (2008) PhD, managerial accounting.
William R. Singleton (1976) PhD, taxation.
Mark Springer (1987) PhD, operations management.
Mark G. Staton (2010) PhD, marketing and consumer behavior.
Ozan Sula (2006) PhD, international finance, macroeconomics, money and banking.
Audrey Taylor (2001) PhD, managerial accounting.
Craig Tyran (2001) PhD, management and information systems.
Kristi M. Tyran (2001) PhD, organizational behavior.
Daniel M. Warner (1978) JD, business law.
Wendy J. Bryce Wilhelm (1986) PhD, marketing.
Nicholas Wonder (2002) PhD, corporate finance.
Zhe George Zhang (2000) PhD, statistics.
CoursesMaster of Business Admin
Courses numbered X37; X97; 300, 400, 500 are described in the University Academic Policies section of this catalog.