MBA - Design Thinking and Innovation

Learn to develop creative solutions for businesses and organizations

Learn to think your way from post-it notes and whiteboards to solving human-centric problems in unorthodox ways.  Develop critical thinking skills and a mind for innovation as well as a foundational knowledge of general business practices.  This 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.  The concentration in design thinking 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

Foundational Courses to Meet Prerequisites - 9 hours

  • BUS 6023 Foundations of Economic Theory (or undergraduate Economics course)
  • BUS 6003 Foundations of Accounting & Finance (or undergraduate Accounting and Finance class)
  • BUS 6013 Foundations of Quantitative Methods (or undergraduate Quantitative Methods course)

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

TOTAL CREDIT HOURS – 36-45 (depending on previous completion of prerequisites) 

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