What’s in a Degree: A Comparison of the MBA versus the M.S. in Organization Leadership Comparing the MBA and the MSOL Both of these business degrees prepare graduates for leadership positions in organizations. They differ in content and focus. Both are grounded in Jesuit values of social responsibility. The Master of Business Administration (MBA) offers the opportunity to develop a sophisticated understanding of the business enterprise. The curriculum is intended to develop business leaders that understand each functional element of business including leadership, management, marketing, operations, finance, and accounting. In addition, students can specialize in one business area for even more depth (see table below). The Master of Science in Organizational Leadership (MSOL) focuses specifically, and in depth, on the leadership function in organizations. The curriculum is intended to give all individuals exposure to organizational development, strategic planning, and process improvement. In addition, students may specialize in the leadership aspects related to one business area for more depth in that area (see table below). Students wishing for a broader examination of business functions may prefer the MBA. Students wishing to focus in depth on leadership theory and skills development may prefer the MSOL. A Comparison of Core Requirements: MBA vs. MSOL MBA Core Requirements MSOL Core Requirements MBAX 600 Sustainability and the Context of Business in the 21st Century Provides an opportunity to analyze socially responsible business practices. Topics include: social innovation, global competitiveness, intrapreneurism and sustainability. Students explore personal and professional development plans that link practices to sustainability. MSM 602 The Leadership Management Challenge Developed jointly with Aubrey Daniels International, this course will survey key leadership perspectives and prepare students to utilize technical tools to bring out the best in people. MBAC 601 Ethical & Legal Environment of Business Examines the social and governmental structure within which business operates. Focuses on effective and ethical strategies for addressing issues of public concern including labor and employment law; administrative agency procedures; public issues management; product liability; and various models of corporate responsibility. MSM 621 Leading Change & Innovation Students will learn how the need for change is both predicable and unpredictable while analyzing actual workplace situations to diagnose when innovation within organizations is catalyzing change and when innovation provides a solution for change. MBAC 602 Developing Effective Organizations Effective organizations converge adaptable leadership, engaged workforces and aligned processes. Explores concepts from organizational behavior (OB), organizational development (OD) and strategic human resource management (SHRM) through the use of case studies and current organizations. MSM 621 Leading Change & Innovation Students will learn how the need for change is both predicable and unpredictable while analyzing actual workplace situations to diagnose when innovation within organizations is catalyzing change and when innovation provides a solution for change. MBAX 695 Business Platforms: A Model for the 21st Century Provides students an opportunity to analyze and develop socially responsible business platforms. Topics include: social innovation, social entrepreneurism, sustainability, social impact, business ethics and shared value. Students will develop a sustainable business plan that takes into account their Regis MBA experience. MSM 631 Strategic Management & Financial Report Analysis This course develops skills in strategic planning and management and alignment of mission, vision goals and objectives. Students will evaluate financial statements as part of a competitive analysis and identify strategic management areas for organizations. MBAC 604 Financial Governance, Planning and Control Examines the role of financial governance in achieving socially, environmentally and economically sustainable business operations. Considers forms of financing, capital structures, cost management and uses of financial statements, budgets and financial ratios for planning and control. MSM 661 Leading in Changing Economies Introduces basic microeconomic and macroeconomic concepts and explores how economic events affect organizations. Students will prepare an economic plan for a nation in its regional context, as well as an analysis of a macroeconomic/fiscal policy problem facing the United States. A Comparison of Specializations: MBA vs. MSOL MBA Specializations MSOL Specializations General MBA Provides a solid educational foundation of organizational behavior, strategy, leadership, finance, marketing and operations and allows students to build upon that foundation with courses across the general framework or specialize in the high-demand business discipline of their choice. Organizational Leadership Management The namesake specialization for the MSOL degree, this specialization delivers a deeper understanding and commitment to organizational process excellence, collaborative leadership and forward-thinking change management in today's global society. Finance and Accounting Prepares students to assume an important role in managing their organization’s fiscal policy and operations, while also increasing their expertise in financial areas and developing skills essential to business and leadership. Human Resources Management and Leadership Learn to maximize human capital and potential to achieve individual team and strategic organizational goals. Fully aligns with SHRM's "HR Curriculum Guidebook and Templates". Health Industry Leadership Designed to facilitate skills and knowledge such as leadership, management, critical thinking, strategy development and economics, which are directly tied to healthcare administration and related industries. Project Leadership and Management Provides the advanced knowledge required to develop, analyze and change a project plan, determine risk and allocate the necessary resources to effectively manage and complete a project. Fully aligns with the Project Management Institute for Global Accreditation Center for Project Management Education Programs (GAC). Marketing Prepares students to examine the relationship between marketing and corporate strategy to develop and implement strong marketing tactics throughout their organization. Enterprise Resource Leadership and Planning Introduces you to business processes from a systems perspective. You will explore Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) utilizing SAP, and see how ERP systems operate and how they enable organizational objectives to be met. Operations Management Emphasizes the fundamentals of product creation, development, production and distribution, as well as quality control, logistics and analysis of the production process. Organizational Performance Management Focuses on the Aubrey Daniels International (ADI) scientific approach to improving performance AND results while bringing out the best in people, processes, systems, and management practices. Strategic Management Prepares you to effectively analyze operations, address competition, survive volatile markets and evolve operations in a fast-paced business environment Emerging Markets A bilingual MBA degree offered jointly through Regis University and Instituto Tecnológico y de Estudios Superiores de Occidente (ITESO) Universidad Jesuita de Guadalajara in Guadalajara, Mexico.