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MBL Curriculum


Paul McCracken Master of Business Leadership (MBL)

The William Penn University College for Working Adults' Paul McCracken Master of Business Leadership program has been designed to develop leadership skills and attributes required by participants to excel at both the personal and professional level. Emphasis is placed on business leadership skills that are critical for leading a variety of business organizations at any level.

The program focuses on developing skills that have been recognized as absent in many graduate business programs. A useful graduate business leadership degree should go beyond spreadsheets and daily management techniques. It should focus on the development of skills and knowledge required to work with people, provide a framework and strategies for managing organizational systems and performance, and enhance the ability to communicate and disseminate information in an effective manner throughout the business organization.

Working with experienced adult educators in the College of Working Adults, the William Penn University Master of Business Leadership program is designed to build practical and useful leadership skills. The program emphasizes the development of leadership skill sets that will serve the participant throughout their personal life and career. Exposure to a wide variety of real-world issues and situations makes learning interesting and helps to develop strategies for solving problems and leading people effectively.

The program uses the following straightforward educational design: Present the basic challenges of leadership in a series of courses that provide understanding and conceptual solutions to each of these challenges; use experienced faculty mentors and contemporary real-world problem sets to assist the student in acquiring the knowledge and practical experiences required to apply these real-world solutions to leadership challenges; provide constant mentoring and feedback to the student to develop and improve essential individual and team leadership skills; and place emphasis on teamwork, business ethics, and servant leadership throughout the curriculum.



Paul McCracken Master of Business Leadership (MBL) Curriculum


 MBL 504   Effective Business Teams (3 credits, 7 weeks)

The course explores the problems, possibilities, diagnostic techniques, and management strategies associated with the effective development and management of teams in the business environment. The theory teams learn faster, execute better, implement change more readily, and deliver quality products and services more quickly and effectively are emphasized throughout the course. Models for transforming business organizations into team-based cultures are explored.  Orientation to graduate studies is also included at the beginning of this course.

MBL 508  Principles and Practice of Business Leadership (3 credits, 6 weeks)

This integrative course focuses on research and models of business leadership relevant to the identification and achievement of goals in diverse business settings. The course explores the historical development of leadership theory and examines multiple leadership models including associated strengths, weaknesses, and cross-cultural implications of each to develop a broad understanding of leadership in an ethical context.

MBL 528  Business Leadership Research Methods and Project Management
(3 credits, 6 weeks)

This is the first of two courses that emphasize the practical applications of concept, theories and practices in a real business environment in a capstone project. The course provides a framework for business research, project design and project management. Organizational and project development provide the backdrop for the application of qualitative and quantitative research, organizational based research, business project design and project management.

MBL 512   Character-Based Servant Leadership (3 credits, 6 weeks)

Participants in this course explore the ways in which leaders are able to develop and integrate competence and character in the context of servant leadership. The course is organized around the seven classic virtues: courage, faith, justice, prudence, temperance, love, and hope identified by Aristotle and embraced as Quaker values. Students examine and learn to apply each of these virtues to common leadership issues that occur at the global, corporate, and individual business levels.

MBL 520  Ethical and Moral  Business Leadership (3 credits, 6 weeks)

This course explores leadership and ethics in business through the inquiry into the philosophical basis of interpersonal relations and values in business contexts. The application of ethical, regulatory, and legal systems to the responsibilities of people in business organizations toward society and individual employees is explored. Emphasis is placed on the ability of business leaders to recognize and address ethical issues using a grounded decision making process.

MBL 524  Financial Management for Business Leaders (3 credits, 6 weeks)

This business course focuses on understanding financial concepts for the purpose of achieving operational organizational goals. Students will explore and apply the concepts associated with the cost of capital, working capital management, and cash flow in relationship to analysis, strategic decision making, and goal achievement.

MBL 516  Effective Business Leadership Communication (3 credits, 6 weeks)

The primary goal of this course is to provide students with the tools and skills necessary for effective professional leadership communication in today’s business environment.  This course is based on the concept that communication is a central leadership skill required in the global workplace of the twenty-first century. Participants in the course explore contemporary concepts of the meaning and functions of communication in business as well as in large private or nonprofit associations, community groups and governments.

MBL 532  Systems, Performance and Organizational Effectiveness (3 credits, 6 weeks)

This course focuses on the use of systems thinking and performance management to solve difficult problems and improve the effectiveness of business organizations. Students learn the difference between a traditional approach and a systems approach to analyzing complex problems. Concepts and methods involved in measuring individual and organizational performance are explored.

MBL 536  Human Capital Development and Succession Planning (3 credits, 6 weeks)

Participants in the course will explore methods for evaluating, recruiting, developing, and deploying employees to fill key roles in order to effectively produce desired results and drive the business organization toward its goals. Students will explore strategies for developing key human resources and leverage human capital to transform business organizations and achieve integrated externally focused results.

MBL 540  Leadership and Community (3 credits, 6 weeks)

This course provides participants with first hand knowledge and experience in understanding the process of creating and transforming community through collaboration, empowerment, and dialog.  Students learn the principles of individual and group development, collaboration and dialogue, and process oriented leadership through work in the community setting.

MBL 544  Leading in a Global Business Environment (3 credits, 6 weeks)

Course participants explore the political, cultural, economic, and technological forces at work in human societies to become knowledgeable regarding global business problems and potential solutions to those problems. Students review research findings and learn strategies for leadership and effective responses to issues of democracy, justice, peace, and human rights.

MBL 548  Business Leadership Capstone (3 credits, 6 weeks)

The second of two courses that emphasizes the practical applications of concept, theories and practices in a real business environment. Students implement their project plan and then compile and report the results of their research and project experience. Culmination of this course is an extensive written project report presented for review by a panel of readers and a presentation at a symposium before invited faculty, administration, students, local business leaders, and community leaders.


Paul McCracken Master of Business Leadership Program Admission Requirements


To be considered for admission to the Master of Business Leadership (MBL) program, the applicant must have:

 1.  A bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited college or university or a comparable degree from a college or university  outside the United States.

2.  A minimum grade point average of 3.0 on a 4.0 grading system

3.  Professional resume documenting a minimum of two years organizational, management, or business experience.

4.  Recommendation from employer or supervisor.

5.  Proficiency in the use of personal computer and World Wide Web as demonstrated by successful completion of a computer assessment activity.

6.  Proficiency in the English language as demonstrated by successful completion of two years of college level academic work in the United States or passing the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) with a score of 600 or greater.

7.  Submit a word processed personal essay (minimum of 750 words, not to exceed 1000 words) stating the leadership philosophy of the applicant and reason for seeking admission to the Master of Business Leadership program.

8.  Submit a completed graduate application form.