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Data, Economics, and Development Policy Concentration

The Data, Economics, and Development Policy concentration helps you develop the competencies and theoretical knowledge needed to tackle some of the most pressing challenges facing developing countries and the poor. You’ll learn microeconomics, development economics, and probability and statistics while engaging with cutting-edge research.

Students can fulfill this concentration by completing the fully online MITx MicroMasters® program in Data, Economics, and Development Policy, a series of graduate-level courses taught by top MIT professors designed to advance your career and supplement Bethel’s core courses. Once a student is awarded the MITx MicroMasters Program Certificate in Data, Economics, and Development Policy, Bethel will accept it as 12 credits toward the MBA. MicroMasters courses are not eligible for financial aid.

Online

Fully Online

You'll complete 100% of your coursework online.

Location: Online

Start Dates: Courses start every 6 weeks beginning Fall 2020. Contact your enrollment counselor for details.

Blended

Partially Online

Courses will be a mix of online and face to face sessions. You'll complete over half of your coursework at one of our convenient locations.

Location: St. Paul

Start Dates: Courses start every 6 weeks beginning Fall 2020. Contact your enrollment counselor for details.

Total Credits

42

Finish in as Few as

24-30 months

Courses

  • Managerial Accounting (BUSN615)

    Examination of core managerial accounting concepts and their applications in modern organizations. Exploration of best practices and emerging trends in accounting with a focus on managerial decisions. Research of topics and cases may include ethics, environmental accounting, long-term versus short-term profitability, constraint management, technology, cost structures, and controls.

    3 credits

  • Marketing Management (BUSN645)

    A demographic and psychographic review of current consumer trends. Review of broadly adopted marketing models. Analysis of marketing challenges in an environment of increasing information, Internet channels, and multiple buyer options. Discussion of various global and ethical issues facing marketers and marketing managers.

    3 credits

  • Business Strategy (BUSN680)

    Analysis of the fundamental elements of organizational strategy. Evaluation of the influences on an organization's strategy and the ability of an organization to achieve its strategy given its characteristics. Integration of ethical thinking and personal faith principles with strategy. Analysis of issues impacting strategic planning in organizations.

    3 credits

  • MBA Portfolio Deliverable (BUSN789)

    Synthesis of key learnings from the MBA program, including a reconsideration of earlier work, leadership theories and growth concepts, and the development of a professional portfolio.

    0 credits

  • Managerial Economics (ECON635)

    Study of economics, macroeconomics, and microeconomics. Analysis of the economic forces that influence the business environment. Application of economic tools to illustrate how globalization influences performance, strategy, and policy within firms. Analysis of opportunities and risks in a global economic environment.

    3 credits

  • Engaging Your Potential (LEAD607)

    Orientation to Bethel University Graduate School, the MBA and MA Strategic Leadership programs, and the career coaching process.

    0 credits

  • Leadership Theory & Personal Agency (LEAD611)

    Analysis of leadership theory and research as it applies to individuals and organizations. Evaluation of personal leadership capacities and identification of specific areas of growth in capacity and resilience. Analysis of the relationship between personal faith and leadership service

    3 credits

  • Worldview, Ethics and Leadership (LEAD621)

    Coherent and relevant examination of ethical theories and arguments in light of Christian worldview. Exploration of the relationship between spirituality, worldview, and ethical issues in organizations. Evaluation of ethical policies and procedures for organizations. Design ethical resolutions for issues, dilemmas, and behaviors faced in organizations. Effective communication of ethical positions.

    3 credits

  • Organizational Diagnostics and Health (LEAD641)

    Examination of organizational health and the key systems necessary to build and sustain it. Assessment of ones leadership characteristics and personal approach to organizational health and change. Use of research, theory, and faith and their roles in organizational effectiveness.

    3 credits

  • Leadership Formation and Strategic Talent Management (LEAD651)

    Creation of a personal leadership philosophy grounded in understanding of the importance of developing others. Recognition of ones ability to both coach and to be coached. Understanding of foundational leadership processes, practices and strategies in effective talent management. Demonstration and recognition of the importance of culture, nondiscriminatory inclusion, and personal faith while providing recommendations to increase effectiveness.

    3 credits

  • Strategic Communication for Leaders (LEAD671)

    Application of the theories of persuasion in communication contexts including public speaking, business writing, and interpersonal responses. Analysis of both ethical and persuasive communication skills during interpersonal interactions. Evaluation of the interactions between technology and communication. Demonstration of public speaking with the use of professional presentation software.

    3 credits

  • Integrative Team Capstone (LEAD795)

    Culmination of leadership courses as students continue in graduate work. Foundation for a collaborative project that synthesizes scholarship and practice around the development of a real-life business/leadership project. Exploration of interconnections within business and connections with other aspects of life.

    3 credits

  • Course information for the Data, Economics, and Development Policy MicroMasters program concentration can be found on the MITx website.

Dual Degree Option

Bethel’s MBA and M.A. in Strategic Leadership dual degree program provides you with two master’s degrees, saving you time and money. With these degrees, you’ll obtain the technical and vision-building skills for effective leadership in the complex and constantly changing business environment.

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