— The projected annual base starting salary for new hires with an MBA (2020 GMAC Annual Corporate Recruiters Survey)
Learn the language of business in our asynchronous, fully online master’s in business administration program that will prepare you to lead effectively in a world filled with digital and business transformation. Our technical focus prepares our graduates to empower their teams and scale the work they do with an innovative, data-driven decision-making mindset.
The WPI online MBA program offers a project-based approach to learning that situates students to be confident in their ability to assess and assemble talent, manage fluctuating timelines, and balance competing priorities. Students can hone in on their career goals with the option to declare up to two specializations, selected from a total of 20 choices.
Our faculty are experienced leaders who have spearheaded innovative thinking for a range of global organizations. They bring their wealth of knowledge into the classroom and serve as mentors to online MBA students. In many cases, this mentorship continues long after graduation.
This is the culture at WPI — a cooperative and innovative place to learn.
The learning outcomes for our MBA program stem from the Business School’s mission to inspire leaders at the nexus of science, engineering, and business with project-based, purpose-driven learning and innovative research to achieve impactful results and to pursue excellence that drives progress.
The WPI MBA curriculum infuses the principles of analytics and technology-empowered decision-making into each course offering. By the time they graduate, online MBA students won’t just have these principles memorized for a test; they will have experience applying them in simulated work environments.
Highly customizable, the WPI online MBA program provides students with the flexibility to tailor their degree specifically for the direction of their careers. We offer 20 specialization options and the chance to earn industry credentials, from right inside the virtual classroom. This 36-credit degree consists of:
The project-based approach to learning at WPI includes discussion boards, simulations, and other interactive elements. Students can take up to three courses at a time.
Note: Those with sufficient coursework or expertise in these areas may petition to take a more advanced course.
All of us hope to have positive, collaborative, and effective interactions with others in our professional and personal lives. Yet, often our interactions do not go as planned and it gets ugly: people behave irrationally and get emotional, communication stops, conflicts fester, and opportunities are left unrealized and obscured. This course develops skills for understanding and acting more powerfully, ethically, and mindfully in our interactions. These include analytic techniques for understanding emotional, biographical, and social-psychological reasons for our own and others’ behavior, and skills for paying attention to and managing the complex dynamics unfolding in interpersonal interactions. Students will learn to identify and reflect upon their own contributions to problematic interactions; design and execute better ways of interacting with others; and develop their own interpersonal strengths and collaborative capacities.
The operations function in an organization is focused on the transformation processes used to produce goods or provide services. Operations design is driven by strategic values, and innovative improvements can support sustained competitive advantage. In this course, a variety of analytical and statistical techniques are introduced to develop a deep understanding of process behavior, and to use this analysis to inform process and operational designs. Topics such as process analysis and value stream mapping, postponement and global and local supply chain strategies, queuing models, and managing system constraints are covered using case studies and hands-on activities such as online simulations. Non-traditional operations systems are also explored. The skills required to model an operational system, to reduce variation and mitigate bottlenecks, to effectively present resource needs, and to adjust capacity and inventory service levels are practiced during the course.
Students cannot get credit for OIE 501 and OIE 500.
This course provides a summary overview of strategic management, with a focus on integrating the core curriculum to develop competitive advantage at the corporate and business unit level. Topics include the role of the CEO in the organization, industry analysis, the use of core competence to drive business development and exit decisions, causes of organizational inertia that cause the loss of competitive advantage, the impact of technology on strategy, the links between strategy and organizational design, and the social responsibility of the firm. The course also serves as the initial phase of BUS 599 (Capstone) and is designed to be taken immediately preceding that class.
Prerequisites: ACC 500, ACC 502, ACC 505, BUS 500, FIN 503, FIN 504, MIS 500, MKT 500, OBC 505, OBC 506 and OIE 501 or equivalent content, or instructor consent. Students cannot get credit for BUS 590 and BUS 501.
Complete three courses from WPI Business School to solidify a specialty. Students may also petition for a custom specialty. If an MBA foundation course is listed as a required course within the specialty, students can choose another course from the list. The specialization options and the courses required to fulfill them include:
Advanced Business Analytics Methods
Advanced Operations Analytics
Brands, Products, and Consumers
Information Systems Design
Innovation With User Experience (IUX Core)
IT User Experience
Organizing and Managing Innovation
Research (requires permission from the program director)
Supply Chain Management
System Design for IUX
Customize your own!
Students must complete two elective courses offered by WPI Business School. If the two courses are part of an existing three-course specialty or core for which the third course was taken as part of the MBA core, students will receive the specialty or core designation as part of their degree.
There are over 50 elective options that cover a wide array of in-demand business skills and applications for MBA students to specifically tailor their degree to fit their career goals. Here is a preview of some of the available courses:
This course builds on students’ knowledge of financial statements and takes a managerial accounting approach to present how firms plan and implement strategy. Accounting, economics, and psychology theories provide the framework for cost analysis, strategic decision-making, and planning under uncertainty. Management control systems will guide students to work with uncertainty. Fundamental quantitative techniques will enable students to perform descriptive and predictive analytical approaches and empower them to make data-driven decisions. The course will emphasize cost behaviors, setting and meeting cost targets, assessing strategic initiatives, forecasting and budgeting, and the use of assumptions in the calculations of significant revenue and expense projections. Students will apply theories and best practices through simulations and case analyses.
Prerequisite: ACC 500. Students cannot get credit for ACC 502 and ACC 503.
This course develops and enhances the student’s ability to implement and clearly communicate a firm’s financial decisions related to value creation. The course covers capital structure optimization, cost of capital; capital allocation and investment strategies, enterprise risk, project and firm valuation, and international financial management. The course adopts a decision-maker’s perspective by emphasizing the relationships among a firm’s strategic objectives, financial accounting and financial statement data, economic events, responses by market participants and other impacted constituencies, and corporate finance theory. The course also builds on these practical finance skills by incorporating team-based assignments, real-world simulations, and a variety of financial modeling tools.
Students cannot get credit for FIN 503 and FIN 500.
Students must complete a capstone project experience as follows:
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