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Customized Courses

Customized Courses for Public Service MBA

Required Core Courses (27 credits)

  • Organizational Communications - Written and oral communications; interpersonal and organizational communications; human relations and ethical considerations.  
  • Advanced Organizational Behavior - Individual behavior, group processes, organizational structure and design; conflict, influence and power, decision making.  
  • Quantitative Decision Making - Statistics and mathematical methods for decision-making.
  • Managerial Accounting - The use of accounting information for budgeting, financial analysis, planning, control and decision-making.  
  • Managerial Economics - Analytical tools and concepts from economic theory as they pertain to human behavior, group processes, and decision-making.
  • Managerial Finance - Analysis of investment opportunities, financial forecasting, and the sociopolitical environment of budgeting decisions.
  • Marketing Management - Client focused planning and decision-making; an integrated approach to public relations, media management, and using communications for influence.
  • Strategic Management - Managing departments and organizations for the long run; planned change and sustainable development; integration of knowledge from previous courses.
  • Legal and Ethical Environment - Survey of legal and ethical issues related to managing individuals and organizations in both the market and the public sectors.

Elective Courses (9 credits)

Class members and administrators will choose three electives from the following list of available classes:

  • Management of Technology
  • Managerial Negotiations
  • Leadership, Ethics and Community
  • Human Resource Management
  • Seminar in Public Safety Management
  • Project in Public Safety Management

Example Plan of Study for MBA Students

Plan of Study for MBA students

Example only. Your cohort may or may not be following this plan of study.

Semester 1

MBA 601 Organizational Communications
MBA 602 Organizational Behavior

Semester 2

MBA 603 Quantitative Decision Making
MBA or MSL Elective

Semester 3

MBA 607 Marketing Management
MBA 605 Managerial Economics

Semester 4

MBA 604 Managerial Accounting
MBA 640 Legal Environment of Business

Semester 5

MBA 606 Managerial Finance
MBA or MSL Elective

Semester 6

MBA 608 Strategic Management
MBA or MSL Elective


Advising notes:

1. Students have three electives.
2. We strongly encourage students to take MBA 601, 602, and 603 at the beginning of their program. These courses provide the foundation for success in later courses.
3. Once MBA 601, 602, 603 are completed, electives and all courses except MBA 608 (the capstone course) may be taken in a sequence other than the one shown above.

Example Plan of Study for MHA Students

Example Plan of Study for MHA students

Example only. Your cohort may or may not be following this plan of study.

Semester 1

MBA 601 Organizational Communications
MHA 650 Contemporary Health Administration

Semester 2

MHA 675 Health Services Policy
MHA 673 Legal Ethical Environment of Health
MHA 676 Comparative International Health **


Semester 3

MHA 651 Health Economics *
MHA 653 Health Services Marketing
MHA 690 Field Practicum in Health Admin ***

Semester 4

MHA 652 Health Services Financial Management
MSL Selective

Semester 5

MHA 677 Health Services Information Management
MHA 672 Strategic Hlth. Services Management

Advising Notes:

*MHA 651 requires Macroeconomics and Microeconomics as a prerequisite.

**MHA 676 is a highlight of the program wherein students travel to either Germany or Canada between the spring and summer semesters, Austria between the summer and fall semesters, or the United Kingdom between the fall and spring semesters. While on the trip, which averages 10 days, students are exposed to both business and health care operations in the those countries. Cost for the trip is underwritten through a special Pfeiffer University account. Currently, students pay tuition for the course and a supplement to offset remaining travel costs. The course can be taken in either January or May, at any point in the curriculum.

***MHA 690 is an applied field experience (internship) in which individual students undertake a practical work-related project under the general direction of the Program Director and the specific guidance of a field preceptor of the student's selection. There are no classroom sessions per se for this course, and most of the work is accomplished in the field. The course normally is taken during the third semester in the program and may be completed in that semester or within two semesters.

Example Plan of Study for MSL Students

Example Plan of Study for MSL students

Example only. Your cohort may or may not be following this plan of study.

Semester 1

MBA 701 Organizational Communications
MSL 702 Organizational Behavior

Semester 2

MSL 710 Effective Leadership 
MSL 715 Critical Thinking for Continuous Improvement or MSL 720 Managing a Diverse Workforce

Semester 3

MSL 712 Ethical Behavior and Employment Law
MSL 730 Human Resource Management  

Semester 4

MSL 740 Negotiations and Conflict Resolution
MSL 750 Organizational Change Management

Semester 5

MSL 751 Change Strategies for High Performance Teams and Organizations
MSL 790 Applied Field Project

Semester 6

MSL 799 Strategic Management
MSL Elective


Advising Notes:

1. Taking MSL 702 in your first semester is crucial for later success in this program.
2. There is some flexibility in the sequence of courses; however, please note:

A. MSL 790 takes two semesters to complete. We recommend you start MSL 790 in your second-to-last semester.
B. MSL 799 is the capstone course in the program.

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