Master of Business Administration (M.S.N. bridge to M.B.A.)

Admission Requirements

In addition to the Nebraska Wesleyan graduate admission requirements, a Master of Science in Nursing degree, with an emphasis in leadership or management, is required for admission. The MBA director may grant exceptions to this emphasis requirement upon review of work experience and relevant coursework.

Master of Business Administration [bridge program for students with a M.S.N.] (36 hours, of which 12 transferred from M.S.N. degree  = 24 hours)**

Students who have earned a Master of Science in Nursing degree may earn a Master of Business Administration with the completion of the following requirements:


36 hours

General Knowledge 15 hours
BUSAD 5000 Mentoring Experience
*Students must complete this course twice during their program.
0 hour*
ACCT 5010 Accounting for Decision Making 3 hours
ECON 5030 Managerial Economics 3 hours
BUSAD 5010 The Language of Business 2 hours
BUSAD 5030 Self-Awareness, Adaptability, and Authenticity 1 hour
BUSAD 5040 Managerial Finance 3 hours
BUSAD 5110 Marketing Management 3 hours
Required Core 6 hours
BUSAD 5260 Organizational Behavior 3 hours
BUSAD 5330 Business Ethics and Corporate Responsibility 3 hours
Electives 12 hours
Transfer 12 hours from M.S.N. degree  
Master's Capstone 3 hours
BUSAD 5500 Business Strategy 3 hours

**If your MSN curriculum did not include a statistics course, you may be required to take a graduate-level course to fulfill that knowledge area. Please plan to discuss options with the MBA Director.

ACCT 5010 Accounting for Decision Making (3 hours)

This course provides the skills needed to understand the financial reports of organizations. The objective is to develop the ability to make the decisions in the financial reporting process and to develop the ability to evaluate and use accounting data.  Emphasis is placed on understanding the breadth of accounting measurement practices and on being able to make the adjustments necessary for careful analysis.  The course highlights the linkages between accounting information and management planning, and decision making.
Prerequisite(s): Admission to the graduate program.

BUSAD 5000 Mentoring Experience (0 hours)

This online course documents the students’ participation in the MBA Mentoring Program. Students will benefit from collaborating with their mentors about both their personal and professional goals. Students will be given a variety of activities to complete with their mentor. Students must complete this course twice during their program. P/F Only.
Prerequisite(s): BUSAD 5030 Self-Awareness, Adaptability, and Authenticity.

BUSAD 5010 The Language of Business (2 hours)

This course will provide an overview of key topics and concepts used in business disciplines, such as accounting, economics and finance. An understanding of these topics will help students solve business problems by developing their analytical skills. This course also covers other skills required to be successful, including written and oral communications, spreadsheets and networking. Students should complete this course in their first two terms in the MBA.
Recommended to be taken prior to ACCT 5010 Accounting for Decision Making and ECON 5030 Managerial Economics.

BUSAD 5030 Self-Awareness, Adaptability, and Authenticity (1 hour)

This course focuses on the skills and characteristics top executives look for in MBA graduates that aren't related to specific dicipline, such as adaptability, self-awareness and strategic thinking. Learners will perform self-assessments, set goals, build community and develop leadership skills. In addition, students will begin the mentoring program in this course. This course should be completed in the first two terms of a student's program.

BUSAD 5040 Managerial Finance (3 hours)

This course exposes students to major financial principles, concepts and financial techniques of corporate finance as applied to management decision-making. Some of these concepts include the risk/return trade-off, time value of money, asset valuation, the cost of capital and the capital budgeting process. The objective of this course is to develop an understanding of the financial principles and concepts, understand how they are used and their limitations, and to provide students with the analytical tools to make the decisions when managing a company's financial resources. Emphasis is placed on the application of this information and students' ability to analyze a company's financial condition and make recommendations for future actions. 
Prerequisite(s): ACCT 5010 Accounting for Decision Making and ECON 5030 Managerial Economics.

BUSAD 5110 Marketing Management (3 hours)

Applies major elements of the marketing process, strategic planning, and the development of an effective marketing mix to create customer value. Analyzes key marketing concepts, such as consumer/buyer behavior, market research, brand management, product development, pricing strategies, and the design of marketing channels. Examines the integration of marketing with other functions in a business organization.

BUSAD 5260 Organizational Behavior (3 hours)

Provides a conceptual basis for managers to interpret, assess, and influence human behavior in an organization. Analyzes the interaction of individual, group, and organizational dynamics that influence human behavior in organizations and determines appropriate management approaches to foster a productive work environment. Examines a variety of theories, models and strategies used to understand motivation and individual behavior, decision making, the dynamics of groups, work teams, communication, leadership, power and politics, conflict resolution, work design, organizational structure and culture, and managing change.

BUSAD 5330 Business Ethics and Corporate Responsibility (3 hours)

This class provides a framework for understanding the importance of business ethics and corporate responsibility. The aspects of leadership, compliance and decision making in organization will be studied, along with the potential conflicts between, and impacts on the stakeholders of an organization. This course will examine the relationships between business and society, considering the ethical questions and implications involved.

BUSAD 5500 Business Strategy (3 hours)

In this capstone course, MBA students synthesize the knowledge and skills gained throughout the program. Topics include the development and implementation of organizational strategies and policies, interrelationships between external and internal environments, identification, analysis and implementation of solutions to strategic situations. The class will complete a "live case" with a local business or nonprofit organization. Teams of students apply techniques in business finance, cross-functional alignment, competitive analysis, and the selection of tactics and provide recommendations to the organization.
Prerequisite(s): BUSAD 5110 Marketing Management, BUSAD 5040 Managerial Finance, BUSAD 5260 Organizational Behavior, and BUSAD 5330 Business Ethics and Corporate Responsibility.

ECON 5030 Managerial Economics (3 hours)

This course is an overview of how economic theory is applied to evaluating and making decisions and understanding decisions of others. It will cover the basics of the classical microeconomic analysis: supply and demand model and its applications under different assumptions about the market structure. Among topics covered are also more complex pricing strategies and decision making under uncertainty, elements of game theory and its applications to analyzing decision making.