Master of Business Administration

MBA with a concentration in Leadership & Change

Business leadership is sharpening an employee’s vision, raising their performance to a higher standard and building them up to feel that they can do anything. To lift your business to the next level, prepare yourself with leadership and management skills with TU’s MBA leadership program. Take classes in negotiations and conflict resolution, organizational and group performance and leading organization change so that you can lead by example.

Graduate Program Tabs

The Leadership Concentration: “As Real As It Gets!”

The Leadership & Change concentration provides students with a comprehensive organizational perspective, combined with real world applications. Exposure to individual and group theories and practice will prepare graduates to become well-rounded business professionals. Competencies covered will include ethical decision making, interdependence, inclusion, global perspective, technology with courses focused on the individual leadership, behavior and change dynamics, systems thinking, negotiations and conflict resolution.

Tiffin University’s Accreditations

Tiffin University is authorized by the Board of Regents of the State of Ohio to award the MBA degree. The program is regionally accredited by the Higher Learning Commission. The program has also received a national and international stamp of approval with an accreditation by the Accreditation Council for Business Schools and Programs.

The Ohio Department of Staff Development and Certification has approved eleven TU MBA courses for Administrative/Management/Supervisory MR/DD certification. Our students and faculty communicate, negotiate, collaborate and evolve to produce graduates who are well prepared to succeed.

Program Accredited by Accreditation Council for Business Schools and Programs (ACBSP)

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Tiffin University’s School of Business is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Business Schools and Programs (ACBSP). The ACBSP is a leading specialized accreditation body for business education supporting, celebrating and rewarding teaching excellence. They accredit business education programs at the associate, baccalaureate, masters and doctorate degree levels worldwide. Institutions with this accreditation are committed to continuous improvement that ensures their business program will give students the skills employers want. Every quality business program worldwide is accredited.

Your Life Experience Equals A Dynamic Classroom Experience

Our commitment to quality begins with an application process designed to ensure that students entering our program have the ability and background to be successful. The average MBA student enters the Tiffin University program with nearly 10 years of post-graduate work experience. The student body has degrees in fields ranging from business to medicine, from the social sciences to engineering, from law to liberal arts, humanities and more. The life experience of this diverse student body contributes to the dynamic and interactive nature of the educational atmosphere at Tiffin University.

Academic Tradition

Tiffin University is in its twelfth decade of educating students for success, providing a solid foundation upon which to build your own personal success. Yet at the same time, the curriculum and educational methods at Tiffin University are undergoing a continuous process of improvement. Our curriculum is distinguished by a focus on developing competencies in leadership and teamwork, communication skills and managerial decision-making and problem solving.

We Provide You With Personal Support

We understand that your success depends on our ability to answer your questions quickly and correctly. Virtually every survey or study designed to identify the critical success factors in online education confirm that keeping students connected is a top priority. Our students rate the personal support they received at Tiffin University as the primary reason for their success and they would recommend Tiffin University’s online programs to a friend or coworker because of it.

Leadership & Change Concentration 12 hours

LDR531 Individual Leadership & Influence ............................................................................................................................................. 3 hours

LDR610 Leadership Behavior and Change Dynamics .........................................................................................................................3 hours

LDR611 Systems Thinking & Innovative Teamwork.............................................................................................................................3 hours

HRM610 Negotiations & Conflict Resolution
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LDR670 MBA Leadership Internship..........................................................................................................................................................3 hours

Total ................................................................................................................................................................................. 12 hours

 

MBA Core Curriculum 24 hours

ECO524 Managerial Economics....................................................................................................................................................................2 hours

FIN612 Managerial Finance...........................................................................................................................................................................2 hours

MGT515 Managerial Business Foundations**............ ..................................................................................................................... ........2 hours

MGT516 Fundamentals of Quantitative Business**.............................................................................................................................2 hours

MGT522 Management of Human Resources...........................................................................................................................................2 hours

MGT526 Quantitative Business Analysis and Research...... .............................................................................................................. .2 hours

MGT614 Global & Transnational Management.......................................................................................................................................2 hours

MGT621 Organization Analysis and Design.............................................................................................................................................2 hours

MGT622 Strategic Management...................................................................................................................................................................2 hours

MGT623 Legal and Ethical Issues in Management...............................................................................................................................2 hours

MGT630 Innovative Decision Making.......................................................................................................................................................2 hours

MKT523 Marketing Management................................................................................................................................................................2 hours 

Total ................................................................................................................................................................................. 24 hours

**Courses maybe waived by permission of the Dean.
In addition to the MBA core curriculum, each candidate must complete one of the concentrations listed below.

Total MBA 36 hours

 

This is a sample course sequence to illustrate course offerings for this major. Consult the official Academic Bulletin for detailed registration and advising information.

On Campus - Offered in two terms per semester starting in January, May, August and October

Online - Offered in two terms per semester starting in January, March, May, July, August and October

- Core MBA, Leadership & Change and Data Analytics courses are offered online or on campus; remaining concentration courses are offered exclusively online.

Individual Leadership & Influence (LDR 531) - Course focus will be on learning to make a difference as a leader. Discussion and utilization of practical principles of leadership with an emphasis on integrating theory and practice are included. Students will work to create a model and set of related perspectives about how one can become a better leader of one’s self as well as the organization.

Leadership Behavior & Change Dynamics (LDR 610)  - The course explores the nature and steps in negotiation strategies for conflict/dispute resolution, labor/management relations and mediation. In addition, the student evaluates interpersonal skills in order to achieve positive outcomes.

Systems Thinking & Innovative Teamwork (LDR 611) - An analysis of organizational leadership and the practice of leading and managing corporations and small businesses and nonprofit associations or governmental agencies. The intellectual, psychological, political and social sources of leadership are studied for their theoretical foundation and practical application. The concepts of transformational and transactional leadership are continually examined and students are encouraged to develop their leadership skills through case analysis, role development and research projects.

If you want to learn more about our online or on-campus programs for working adults, click here.

Faculty

Teresa Shafer
Teresa Shafer

Teresa Shafer, Ph.D.

Tshafer@tiffin.edu
419-448-3309

Executive Dean for Institutional Affairs

Professor of Management

School of Business
Degrees & Certificates
  • Ph.D., Bowling Green State University
  • M.A., Bowling Green State University
  • B.A., Ohio State University

Teresa Shafer, Ph.D.

Dr. Shafer began her academic career at The Ohio State University’s Marion campus. Upon completion of her graduate degree, she completed a ten-year career in the insurance industry. She joined TU in 1993 as an adjunct professor while completing her doctorate degree at Bowling Green State University. She has held numerous positions during her tenure at TU, including the founding Director for the degree completion program, Dean of the School of Arts and Sciences, Dean of Assessment, and most recently as the Interim Vice President for Academic Affairs. Dr. Shafer currently serves as the Vice President for Institutional Planning and Effectiveness where she provides leadership and oversight for institutional research, strategic planning, global education, career services, and accreditation activities of the University. Dr. Shafer continues to oversee operations in Bucharest, Romanian where we have offered the EMBA for 20 years and will start a BBA in Management in fall 2019. Dr. Shafer is considered an accreditation specialist and serves the Higher Learning Commission (HLC) as a Peer Reviewer. She has successfully led TU’s compliance efforts to obtain maximum reaffirmations with the Ohio Department of Higher Education (ODHE), HLC, Accreditation Council for Business School and Programs (ACBSP) and the European Council for Business Education (ECBE). She also serves as a Board Member for ECBE. Dr. Shafer holds the rank of Professor of Management within the TU School of Business.

Teresa Shafer, Ph.D.
Executive Dean for Institutional Affairs
Teresa Shafer, Ph.D.
Executive Dean for Institutional Affairs

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    Class of 2018
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    -Payne VanTilburg '16

    TU helped grow my network and give me experience by meeting students from other cultures and countries, and learning from a range of professors. Anyone who wants to feel connected to their fellow students, to their personable professors, and the community
  • Sean M Durocher - Class of 2015
    "Tiffin University was my top choice when searching for colleges. I knew with nationally recognized Criminal Justice Programs, I would receive the best education for my future career goals. Because my undergraduate experience was so positive and rewarding, I have pursued my Master’s Degree in Criminal Justice at TU working as a graduate assistant for First-Year Programs. As a GA, I have been able to give back to an institution that has given so much to me and my fellow classmates. Go Dragons!”

    – Sean M. Durocher, Class of 2015

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