Graduates of the MBA program will be capable of possessing critical thinking skills commonly utilized in business settings.
Critical thinking is the objective analysis of an issue to form a judgment.1 The purpose of an MBA is to prepare students who have a desire to one day be executives in organizations. The main responsibility of executives within most organizations is to objectively evaluate the internal and external environment of the organization in a manner that allows for said organization to achieve a sustainable competitive advantage. Therefore, it is appropriate that critical thinking would be included as an objective of any institution of higher education’s MBA program.
Developing the ability to think critically is important for MBA students for several specific reasons:
The MBA program strives to assist its graduates in developing critical thinking skills useful in business decisions.
Graduates of the MBA program are assessed on their ability to critically think by utilizing skills to accurately describe and analyze data, reaching a conclusion based on data and evaluating their conclusion.
BADM 721: Critical Thinking (1 hr)
(UTM Course Catalog 2018-2019): “This course introduces the student to the view that critical thinking results form an understanding of the subtleties of language and logic. Knowledge from disciplines as diverse as Communication, English and Philosophy will be consulted to help students develop a deep and abiding appreciation for the importance of sound reasoning in all dimensions of their personal, public and professional lives."
(Observes and describes given information in relation to a question)
|Above Average (3)||Identifies appropriate main issue and describes it accurately, selects key component points, recognizes priorities in relation to given question, picks up unstated implications.|
|Average (2)||Identifies main issue but describes it vaguely, selects some component points, does not pick up on unstated implications.|
|Below Average (1)||Identifies inappropriate main issue or none at all, describes issue inaccurately, fails to identify key component points, and loses focus on given question.|
(Analyzes the given material and shows structure of an argument)
|Above Average (3)||Shows connections among key points with a visible structure, indicates contradictions and continuities, shows cause & effect relationships, and demonstrates sound logic.|
|Average (2)||Shows connections to some key points with a visible structure, indicates some contradictions and continuities, and shows some cause & effect relationships.|
|Below Average (1)||Ignores key points or shows inability to manipulate them, shows confusion about relationships among key points, uses faulty logic, fails to create order from details|
(Responds to question with conclusion or hypothesis)
|Above Average (3)||Clearly states conclusion or hypothesis, shows how it emerges from evidence, demonstrates its relationship to the given question/td>|
|Average (2)||Proposes vague conclusion or hypothesis, uses little evidence, somewhat demonstrates a relationship to the given question.|
|Below Average (1)||Proposes no comprehensible conclusion or hypothesis, wanders from the given question.|
(Evaluates conclusion or hypothesis within relevant context)
|Above Average (3)||Appropriately assesses conclusion/ hypothesis in terms of reliability and further evidence needed, assesses external implications of the hypothesis within a larger context|
|Average (2)||Somewhat assesses conclusion/hypothesis in terms of reliability, assesses some external implications of the hypothesis within a larger context.|
|Below Average (1)||Fails to assess conclusion, raises no additional questions, fails to place argument within a relevant larger context.|
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Hybrid MBA Program
The Hybrid MBA program offered through the College of Business and Global Affairs is open to anyone holding a bachelor's degree from a four-year college or university, regardless of undergraduate major. Students complete their coursework through a combination of online and hybrid courses. Students can select either the General MBA or MBA with Agricultural Option.
Open to students in all fields.