College of Professional Studies

Master of Business Administration

Location: Grand Island, Lincoln, Omaha, Online
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Formed from a traditional MBA, Doane's Master of Business Administration program focuses on the technical elements of business management, both from an operational and strategic standpoint, and equips students with the rational decision-making skills that are the bedrock for most MBA programs. However, Doane's MBA goes a step further with its carefully selected emphasis areas, which give graduates a solid advantage in an increasingly competitive job market.
The core of Doane’s MBA focuses on giving our graduates the perfect blend of quantitative and qualitative skills to succeed in the real world. This means our students learn the numbers while also developing the ability to communicate those numbers and lead the people who make business possible.
MBA students have several unique paths to earning their MBA at Doane. The program includes several unique emphasis areas, which are fulfilled not only through Doane University directly but also through institutions like MIT through their MicroMasters programs. This allows students to choose an emphasis that fits their interests, and take it from the institution that does it best. 
Campus and online course availability varies by program. Please contact the enrollment team for more information.

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Human Resources Manager
In 2016, the median pay for a human resources manager was $106,910.
Human resource managers plan, direct, and coordinate the administrative functions of an organization. They oversee the recruiting, interviewing, and hiring of new staff; consult with top executives on strategic planning; and serve as a link between an organization’s management and its employees.
Project Manager
In 2016, the median pay for a project manager was $108,200.
Project managers plan, budget, oversee and document all aspects of specific projects within a business entity. Project managers may work closely with upper management to make sure that the scope and direction of each project is on schedule, as well as work with other departments for support.
Social and Community Service Manager
In 2016, the median pay for a social and community service manager was $64,680.
Social and community service managers coordinate and supervise social service programs and community organizations. They manage staff who provide social services to the public.
In 2016, the median pay for a logistician was $74,170.
Logisticians analyze and coordinate an organization’s supply chain—the system that moves a product from supplier to consumer. They manage the entire lifecycle of a product, which includes how a product is acquired, distributed, allocated, and delivered.
Management Analyst
In 2016, the median pay for a management analyst was $81,330.
Management analysts, often called management consultants, propose ways to improve an organization’s efficiency. They advise managers on how to make organizations more profitable through reduced costs and increased revenues.
Operations Manager
In 2016, the median pay for a training and development specialist was $59,020.
Training and development specialists help plan, conduct, and administer programs that train employees and improve their skills and knowledge.
Financial Manager
In 2016, the median pay for a training and development manager was $121,750.
Financial managers are responsible for the financial health of an organization. They produce financial reports, direct investment activities, and develop strategies and plans for the long-term financial goals of their organization.
Medical and Health Services Manager
In 2016, the median pay for a training and development manager was $96,540.
Medical and health services managers, also called healthcare executives or healthcare administrators, plan, direct, and coordinate medical and health services. They might manage an entire facility, a specific clinical area or department, or a medical practice for a group of physicians. Medical and health services managers must direct changes that conform to changes in healthcare laws, regulations, and technology.
Cost per credit hour:  $475
Technology fee: $30 per credit
Total cost: $505

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BUS 601 - International Business and Economics (3)
BUS 660 - Business Intelligence (3)
BUS 661 - Business Process Modeling (3)
BUS 662 - Database Management (3)
BUS 663 - Data Mining Concepts (3)
BUS 664 - Cyber Security (3)
BUS 625 - Strategic Human Capital Management (3)
BUS 626 - Developing Talent (3)
BUS 627 - Compensation and Benefits (3)
BUS 628 - Legal Issues and Public Policy (3)
BUS 629 - Employee Relations (3)
BUS 645 - Issues in Health Policy (3)
BUS 646 - Healthcare Economics and Finance (3)
BUS 647 - Public Health Leadership and Advocacy (3)
BUS 648 - U.S. Healthcare System (3)
BUS 649 - Management of Healthcare Organizations (3)
BUS 636 - Introduction to Project Management (3)
BUS 665 - Supply Chain Management (3)
BUS 666 - Managing Global Logistics (3)
BUS 667 - Operations Analysis (3)
BUS 668 - Supply Chain Management Strategies (3)
BUS 655 - Public Administration: Issues and Context (3)
BUS 656 - Public Finance and Budgeting (3)
BUS 657 - Non-profit Management and Governance (3)
BUS 658 - Fundraising and Philanthropy (3)
BUS 659 - Marketing for Nonprofits (3)
BUS 637 - Initiating and Planning Projects (3)
BUS 638 - Executing and Closing Projects (3)
BUS 639 - Monitoring and Controlling Projects (3)
BUS 603 - Ethics and Social Responsibility (3)

Emphasis Areas:

Human Resource Management

Focus on employee relations, compensation, management, and personnel law. Those interested in the HRM emphasis will find that the courses and objectives align with the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) certification exams. This emphasis will prepare recruiters, compensation managers, and generalists.


Encourages students to implement effective coaching, communication, and managerial methods in supervisory roles. The Leadership emphasis prepares emerging leaders by immersing them in the context and applications of leadership. This emphasis is applicable across all industries and management and leadership roles.

Project Management

Utilizes process creation, timeline development, and resource management to improve efficiency in a variety of industries including manufacturing, service, healthcare, government, and transportation. Those interested in the PM emphasis will find that the courses and objectives align with the Project Management Institute (PMI) certification exams.

Healthcare Administration

Incorporates business principles while helping students understand the context in which the healthcare system operates. This emphasis prepares candidates to lead and manage in the context of healthcare systems. Candidates will be prepared to serve in a leadership role following completion of this program.

The Healthcare Administration emphasis is completed through Doane’s Pathway Program. Through the Doane Pathway Program, there are two options to complete the emphasis. Visit each pathway to find out more information.

  1. DoaneX Healthcare Administration MicroMasters
  2. DoaneX Certified Lifestyle Medicine Executive MicroMasters

Nonprofit and Public Administration

Considers the business side of the public sector including budgeting, policy analysis, and rational decision making. This emphasis prepares candidates to lead and manage in the context of public, government, and nonprofit systems.

Supply Chain Management

Explores supply chain metrics, consequences in supply chain decisions, and develops an understanding of the strategic components of logistics management within the context of global operations. Candidates interested in this emphasis will understand operations management, product fulfillment, and distribution functions.

Data Analytics

In the context of a world of data and data collection, learners will consider and explore how firms across all industries collect and analyze data in relation to customer personas, market trends, business intelligence, and cyber security.

Tailored Option: Build your own emphasis area

The tailored emphasis option lets students select key coursework of interest to them. Students choosing to do the tailored option can select courses from any of the emphasis areas as well as approved graduate business elective offerings.

The Doane Difference
Social Responsibility
Social Responsibility
Business decisions are made every day that affect not only you, but the world around you. Your choices determine your reputation and reflect true character. At Doane, we teach you to navigate business with a moral compass.
Create a Culture
Create a Culture
Being a business leader means knowing people. Knowing how to show empathy, how to be a voice of reason, and how to make people feel valued defines a true leader. At Doane, we teach leaders to create a culture of good.
Perfect Blend
Perfect Blend
Most MBAs are all about the numbers, but you can’t manage a business with only formulas and projections. At Doane, we give our students the perfect blend of quantitative and qualitative skills, because in business, you can’t succeed without both.
A Different MBA
A Different MBA
Business doesn’t exist without innovation. We take innovation seriously at Doane and it shows throughout the MBA program. Whether you start by enrolling in one of our DoaneX MicroMasters or with a partner’s MicroMasters, Doane’s MBA is truly unique and innovative.
Best of the Best
Best of the Best
We aren’t shy to admit that we can’t be the best at everything, which is why we’ve worked with some of the best schools in the world to accept their credit for your MBA emphasis courses. Doane’s MBA delivers the best for the best.
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