MBA Students to engage in SHiFT experience this summer

Several Otterbein MBA students will participate in Aether Learning's SHiFT experience this June. "Simply Complex" SHiFT camp will commence in Tuscumbia, AL, where participants will have the opportunity to collaborate on all things problem-solving; from technical to art to emotional connectivity. Held in a remote camping location in Alabama, SHiFT participants will not have access to wifi or smart technology. Rather, they will use their own experiences to connect with other makers, creators and innovators to solve problems. 
For more information, please contact Eric Lloyd, MBA Director,,


MBA Curriculum

The Otterbein MBA curriculum consists of 12 courses (36 credit hours). Areas of focus are offered in Healthcare Administration, Financial Economics, and Actuarial Science. See bottom of page for details.

  • 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

The 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 (9 MBA courses; 3 Allied Health courses)

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. 

Healthcare Administration Courses: 
MSAH 5050: Allied Healthcare Administration
MSAH 5500: US Healthcare Policy
MSAH 6510: Ethical Healthcare Leadership

Financial Economics (9 MBA courses; 4 Financial Economics courses)

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. These credit hours will be transferred to Otterbein University and applied to the MBA credit hours requirements.

Financial Economics Courses: 
MFE 6110 - Financial Statement Analysis 4 hrs  (Ohio University course)
MFE 6230 - Portfolio Theory 4 hrs  (Ohio University course)
MFE 6440 - Financial Derivatives 4 hrs  (Ohio University course)
MFE 6500 - Fixed Income Analysis 4 hrs  (Ohio University course)

Actuarial Science (9 MBA courses; 3 Actuarial Science courses)

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.

Actuarial Science Courses: (Choose 3 of 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 (4 hrs)