MBA - Design Thinking and Innovation

Learn to develop creative solutions for businesses and organizations

The Design Thinking & Innovation program provides you with an understanding of the core concepts necessary to run functional areas like marketing, finance, and accounting and helps develop the analytical abilities required to make strategic integrated business decisions.  Through this program you will develop critical thinking skills and a mind for innovation as well as a foundational knowledge of general business practices.  You will also learn how to think your way from post-it notes and whiteboards to solving human-centric problems in unorthodox ways.  The DTI concentration enables you to become an agent of change in organizations and to act as a lever of transformation in a new way of working, enabling innovation in processes, products, services, communication, and business strategy.

Design thinking is the study of customer needs and how to eliminate inefficiencies.  Businesses need design thinking and innovation because it bridges the gap between the intent of the organization and the actual use and experience of the customer, creating closer equilibrium.  Students in the Design Thinking & Innovation program will acquire the tools and knowledge to develop innovative products, services, communications, and a business model with an organizational impact.  By learning techniques, gaining experience, and developing real projects using design thinking methodologies, students will be able to implement new and creative solutions to positively impact the world around them.

MBA, Design Thinking & Innovation Concentration (36 Credit Hours)

This MBA is for students who have an undergraduate degree or minor in business or a related field whose undergraduate education included appropriate coursework in management/marketing, accounting, finance, economics and statistics.

Business Administration Core - 24 hours

  • BUS 7013 Managerial Accounting
  • BUS 7033 Organizational Management & Leadership
  • BUS 7113 Marketing Strategies
  • BUS 7223 Managerial Economics
  • BUS 8003 Managerial Finance
  • BUS 8033 Christian Foundations of Business
  • BUS 8043 Quantitative Methods for Business
  • BUS 8793 Designing & Executing Strategies

Design Thinking & Innovation - 12 hours

  • BUS 7243 Design Research
  • BUS 7253 Design Thinking Methods
  • BUS 8023 Project Management
  • BUS 8613 Seminar in Design Thinking & Innovation

MBA, Design Thinking & Innovation Concentration (45 Credit Hours)

This MBA Is for students who have an undergraduate degree in a non-business related field and includes 9 additional hours which provide the foundational knowledge needed for the program.

Foundational Courses - 9 hours (required if undergraduate major or minor is not in business)

  • BUS 6003 Foundations of Accounting & Finance 
  • BUS 6013 Foundations of Quantitative Methods 
  • BUS 6023 Foundations of Economic Theory 

Business Administration Core - 24 hours

  • BUS 7013 Managerial Accounting
  • BUS 7033 Organizational Management & Leadership
  • BUS 7113 Marketing Strategies
  • BUS 7223 Managerial Economics
  • BUS 8003 Managerial Finance
  • BUS 8033 Christian Foundations of Business
  • BUS 8043 Quantitative Methods for Business
  • BUS 8793 Designing & Executing Strategies

Design Thinking & Innovation - 12 hours

  • BUS 7243 Design Research
  • BUS 7253 Design Thinking Methods
  • BUS 8023 Project Management
  • BUS 8613 Seminar in Design Thinking & Innovation

Other MBA Options

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