New Seidman Center
Grand Valley broke ground for the Seidman Center on May 25, 2011 and it will open in 2013. Construction of the Seidman Center will be a major investment in the downtown Grand Rapids riverfront area. The Seidman Center will offer state-of-the-art collaboration spaces and technology to better support the integrated college curriculum, and provide a ‘front door’ to West Michigan businesses.
Accelerated Full-Time Integrated MBA (FIMBA) Requirements
The Accelerated Full-Time Integrated MBA (FIMBA) curriculum provides newly graduated business students with a program designed to jump start their careers. It is steeped in business theory that is delivered in an integrated manner. Additionally, students must secure an 11-month business fellowship (internship) that will provide them hands-on business experience.
The FIMBA program consists of 42 credits of 600-level coursework. Access to special ERP software enhances technology skills and integrates the curriculum. Students complete the following courses as a cohort.
· MBA 601 Quantitative Analysis for Business Decisions - credits 2
· MBA 602 Essential Business Technologies – credits 1
· MBA 603 Basics of Integrated Business Processes – credits 3
· MBA 615 Integrated Business Processes with ERP Systems – 15 credits
· MBA 620 Global Strategy – 9 credits
· MBA 634 Sustainability Principles & Practices – 1.5 credits
· MBA 642 Corporate Strategy for Business Cycles – 3 credits
· MBA 677 Business Ethical Problems & Perspectives – 1.5 credits
· MBA 678 – Leadership and Ethics – 3 credits
· MBA 690 – Business Fellowship – 3 credits
During the fall semester, all students attend the Washington Campus program in Washington, D.C. for 3 to 5 days where they study the business-government relationship and the political and economic environments. Winter semester courses are enhanced by study abroad, where all students spend two weeks immersed in the global marketplace. Travel and other accommodations are made by the Seidman College and included in the cost of the program.
Business Fellowship (Internship)
Integral to the FIMBA program is the business fellowship (internship), which provides students real-world experience. Student fellows are compensated by the employer, which helps to defray the costs of their studies. The Seidman College of Business Graduate Programs and Career Services provide fellowship opportunities for FIMBA candidates. Preliminarily admitted candidates are screened by fellow organizations for selection. Each FIMBA student must secure a fellowship prior to full admission to the program.
Summer semester One:
MBA 601 Quantitative Analysis for Business Decisions - credits 2 -Provides knowledge necessary to identify and tackle business problems using quantitative tools with a focus on understanding and analyzing data. Considerable emphasis will be placed on implications of statistical information to make informed decisions for any functional area within an organization.
MBA 602 Essential Business Technologies – credit 1 –Provides students knowledge in current and emerging technology in the classroom and today’s business world. Emphasis will be placed on learning advanced concepts that apply to the Global Digital firm to enable and facilitate all of the organization's relationships with vendors, customers and employees digitally.
MBA 603 Basics of Integrated Business Processes – credits 3 - This course provides an accelerated introduction to the key logistics and financial processes in organizations. The focus will be on the steps, data, documents, and information associated with the execution of processes. The course will also provide hands-on experience in the use of enterprise system in process execution.
MBA 615 Integrated Business Processes with ERP Systems – 15 credits. This course examines the integrated nature of business processes across traditional functional areas of organizations at strategic and operational levels. In addition, it demonstrates how enterprise resource planning (ERP) systems are tools which facilitate this cross-functional process integration.
MBA 620 Global Strategy – 9 credits. This course explores how firms develop global strategies and sustain their global positions. An integrated study abroad provides first-hand observation of the complexities firms face when developing strategies and conducting business in foreign business environments.
MBA 642 Corporate Strategy for Business Cycles – 3 credits Focuses on techniques to deal with cyclical economic fluctuations. Topics include using economic indicators to forecast the onset and duration of business cycles, impact on business of government stabilization efforts, estimating the firm’s vulnerability to economic fluctuations and the opportunities to reduce the risk inherent in business cycles.
MBA 634 Sustainability Principles and Practices – 1.5 credits – This course, which carries 1.5 credit hours, provides an introduction to, and analysis of, the fundamental theories, concepts, principles, and practices of “sustainability” in the global society in which we live. Students analyze and apply theories to real-world scenarios, including to their current employers and work assignments.
MBA 677 Business Ethical Problems and Perspectives – 1.5 credits - The study of ethical problems commonly encountered in modern global business environments. Students will study the ethical issues of character, leadership, decision making, organizational governance and social responsibility.
Summer semester Two:
MBA 690 – Business Fellowship – 3 credits. Employment in a professional capacity for 40 hours per week for 12 weeks as arranged by the FIMBA program. Course is required for the FIMBA program and will be taken during the second summer semester of the cohort program.
MBA 678 – Leadership and Ethics – 3 credits. The indivisible interrelationship between leadership and ethics will be stressed in the context of the “leadership life cycle,” and through the introduction of material from philosophy, organizational psychology and the sciences.
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