DPT/MBA Curriculum

The dual DPT/MBA degree requires students to complete 22 MBA core credit hours of graduate education coursework. Students must then select six to eight additional hours of elective coursework related to healthcare. 

Required Core MBA Credits:


Course Descriptions

MG 6110. Compass Learning Community (1 credit hour)

This course provides an orientation to Rockhurst, the Helzberg School of Management and the MBA program. It discusses the distinct traditions, values and principles of Jesuit education in light of their connection to the MBA program. Students receive an introduction to adult-learning theory, personal development, business ethics and the team concept. Students complete a number of assessment instruments and begin assignments that they continue to develop and re-engage in subsequent courses.

Students must take this course during their first semester of the program.

MG 6008. Managerial Communications (2 credit hours)

This course explores the various techniques, instruments, processes and styles that leaders employ to communicate effectively within organizations. Students write, give oral presentations and learn how to use electronic media effectively. Exercises employ numerous real or simulated business situations that require communication in different styles, using a variety of forms and methods. This course provides an introductory experience and orientation to the MBA program. It establishes common communication protocols, determines critical self-awareness profiles and identifies the Rockhurst themes that students apply throughout the program.

EC 6300. Competitive Analysis (2 credit hours)

In this course students apply economic concepts and ideas to firm and industry performance. The course draws upon a number of analytical tools such as strategic mapping, survival analysis, game theory and transaction cost economics to examine how and why firms and markets perform and evolve. It examines a number of issues including the make vs. buy decision process, cooperation vs. competition, changing vertical and horizontal boundaries and internal vs. external analysis. Ultimately, students obtain skills to identify, analyze and capitalize on competitive advantage.

Prerequisites: Undergraduate courses in (minimum one each of) microeconomics, macroeconomics and statistics.

AC 6110. Financial Analysis (2 credit hours)*

This is a practical, activity-based course involving the definition, creation, interpretation and evaluation of financial statements including the effects of key financial decisions, construction of financial metrics, application of basic valuation tools and determination of relevant costs for decision-making.

MG 6120. Global Markets (2 credit hours)

This course focuses on two broad themes: the globalization of production and the globalization of markets. Students develop an understanding of the key cultural, legal, political, financial and economic forces that shape how firms enter new markets and how firms manage their increasingly complex supply chains. Students focus on issues in cross-cultural management and strategic entry into foreign markets.

Prerequisites: Undergraduate course in microeconomics macroeconomics or EC 4550/EC 6002.

FN 6310. Financial Strategy and Decision-Making (2 credit hours)

An applied course involving the use of accounting information, financial metrics and strategies, and valuation principles to describe and analyze business problems and facilitate managerial decision-making. Students will effectively communicate financial results as well as identify ethical issues in financial decision-making and reporting. Prerequisite: ACFN 6110 Financial Analysis or Bachelors in Accounting.

MG 6310. Leadership and Organizational Behavior (2 credit hours)

This is an applied course involving the use of accounting information, financial metrics and strategies, and valuation principles to describe and analyze business problems and facilitate managerial decision-making. Upon completion, students effectively communicate financial results as well as identify ethical issues in financial decision-making and reporting.

Prerequisite: ACFN 6110 Financial Analysis or Bachelors in Accounting.

MG 6320. Project Management (2 credit hours)

This course introduces students to the process of project management including planning, implementation, progress measurement and performance, results and evaluation. Students learn the knowledge, skills and technical tools for identifying project requirements, establishing project objectives and scheduling, balancing constraints and resources, and considering the needs and expectations of key stakeholders. Students learn the trade-offs and balance of project scope, resources and schedule, and how to compose an effective project management team. The course also covers producing project documentation, such as scope, requirements, design and testing documentation. 

BIA 6300. Business Intelligence (2 credit hours)

Business intelligence is a set of methodologies, processes, architectures, and technologies that transform raw data into meaningful and useful information to enable more effective strategic, tactical and operational insights and decision-making with an emphasis on knowledge management. Using the case study approach in combination with contemporary software tools, students apply the concepts of business process analysis, quality control and improvement, performance monitoring through performance dashboards and balanced scorecards and process simulation. 

MK 6410. Marketing Strategy (2 credit hours)

This strategic marketing course gives students practice in the design, implementation and control of marketing strategies. It is an operationally oriented course in which the application and not the definition of marketing concepts, principles and methods are important. The course stresses integration of the major decision areas of marketing rather than the sequential discussion of these subjects.

Prerequisites: MG 6008, AC 6110, MG 6120, and EC 6300.

MG 6130. Corporate Social Responsibility (2 credit hours)

This course builds foundational understanding of corporate social responsibility as the formation and stewardship of policies and processes leading to a culture of good decision-making in a company and in society at-large. Stakeholder analysis plays an important role in this course not only in examination of internal business decisions and processes, but also externally in understanding, anticipating and incorporating impacts and responses from social, governmental and environmental factors into decision-making. 

MG 6490. MBA Capstone (3 credit hours)

In this capstone experience, students integrate and apply knowledge gained from mentoring, self-assessment and functional courses in their MBA program. Key processes include integrative case studies, classroom practitioner interactions, consultative team projects and the leadership credo event, all of which focus on the dynamics of organizational change and strategy implementation. Summative learning assessment is accomplished through completion of integrative writing assignments and assessment of team projects by a panel of faculty and business practitioners.

Students should take this course during their last semester of the program.