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MBA Curriculum

Students earn their MBA by completing a total of 12 courses (36 credit hours).

MBA Core Course Components

  • MBA 6000 Organizational Behavior

  • MBA 5800 Communications & Negotiations

  • MBA 6450 Financial Management

  • MBA 6600 Analytics

  • MBA 6400 Marketing

  • MBA 5640 Entrepreneurship & Leadership

  • MBA 6850 Managing Information Systems

  • MBA 6910 Production Development & Innovation OR MBA 6300 Operations Management

  • MBA 6150 Managerial Economics and Business Strategy

  • MBA 6700 Global Competition & World Economy

  • MBA 5905/6905 Special Topics

  • MBA 6990 Capstone Project

MBA Capstone Project

Students utilize their knowledge, problem solving, creative thinking and soft skills, obtained from the program, to support an actual consulting project. The project is developed in a cross-functional team setting under the direction of the professor and the project manager. The course requires students to interact with the client on a regular basis to plan, prepare, and collaborate with client representatives. Half of the class time is devoted to strategy and discussion with the client, while the second half is conducted in a work-environment setting with the professor. The course results in a strategic project document, and a final presentation of key findings and recommendations given to the client.

Previous MBA Consulting Project Clients

  • Living Water of Ohio
  • Varo Engineers, Inc.
  • Switchbox, Inc. 
  • Nationwide Insurance
  • Worthington Cylutions
  • COTA
  • Panelmate PC
  • Pilkington Glass
  • City of Worthington
  • Crane Plastics 
  • Bayer Advanced LLC
  • Central Garden Pets
  • Columbus Foam Products
  • The Scott’s Company
  • Wendy’s 
  • Concord Counseling Services
  • Central Ohio Primary Care
  • My Very Own Blanket
  • Permedion
  • COVA
  • Our CupCakery
  • Worthington Area COC
  • Progressive Medical
  • Make-A-Wish Foundation
  • Alliance Data
  • Westerville Area Chamber Foundation
  • American Red Cross of Greater Columbus
  • COSI
  • Boy Scouts of America
  • Cardinal Health
  • Westerville Area Resource Ministry 
  • Meridian Managed Technologies
  • Girl Scouts of Ohio

MBA Areas of Focus

Healthcare Administration

The US Bureau of Labor Statistics (USBLS) reports that employment of medical and health services management is expected to grow faster than average (23%) compared to all other occupations. There are also many layers of managerial and administrative roles needed throughout the entire health care system. Otterbein can offer the education and skills needed to meet the demand for employment opportunities in these areas. The strength of the MBA program coupled with a focus in Health Care Administration courses is the perfect fit for aspiring health care administrators. 

  • MSAH 5050 – Healthcare Administration
  • MSAH 6500 – US Healthcare Policy
  • MSAH 6510 – Ethical Healthcare Leadership

Financial Economics

Financial Economics combines economics, finance, and accounting by focusing on the professional knowledge and skills that are essential to success in the financial services industry. It is designed for individuals who wish to pursue a career in the financial industry as a bond analyst, equity analyst, or investment portfolio manager, among other career paths. Otterbein University and Ohio University signed a collaborative agreement under which MBA students who choose an area of focus in financial economics will take the four (4) MFE courses listed below at Ohio University-Pickerington. These credit hours will be transferred to Otterbein University and applied to the MBA credit hours requirements.

  • MFE 6110 – Financial Statement Analysis
  • MFE 6500 – Fixed Income Analysis
  • MFE 6230 – Portfolio Theory
  • MFE 6440 – Financial Derivatives

Actuarial Science

Actuaries analyze statistical data, such as mortality, accident, sickness, disability, and retirement rates and construct probability tables to forecast risk and liability for payment of future benefits (Bureau of Labor Statistics). About 7 out of 10 actuaries are employed in the insurance industry. Most of the rest work for firms providing various corporate services, including actuarial consulting services. Experts predict many new opportunities will come from health service and computer service companies.

Choose 3 from the following:

  • ASCI 5000 – Financial Mathematics 4 hrs
  • ASCI 5100 – Actuarial Models I 4 hrs
  • ASCI 5200 – Actuarial Models II 4 hrs
  • ASCI 5300 – Loss Models 4 hrs
  • ASCI 5500 – Special Topics in Actuarial Science


  • ASCI 5990 – Practicum in Actuarial Science 3 hrs

/ The Graduate School

The Graduate School is located in Roush Hall, room 208.

Office Hours
M-F: 8:30 am – 5:00 pm

p/ 614.823.3210
e/ grad@otterbein.edu

/ MBA Personnel

Eric Lloyd, MBA
Director, MBA program
p/ 614.823.1445
e/ elloyd@otterbein.edu

Sarah Shumick, MBA
Senior Assistant Director
Graduate Recruitment
p/ 614.823.1095
e/ sshumick@otterbein.edu