2022–2023 Walden University Catalog (March 2022) 
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2022–2023 Walden University Catalog (March 2022) [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Master of Business Administration (MBA) (Competency Based)

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Tempo Learning® is Walden’s competency-based education modality, an alternative way of earning a Walden degree offered for some Walden programs. Instead of courses, the Walden Tempo Learning® program is comprised of competencies and rigorous assessments. Students progress through the Tempo Learning® model by successfully passing competency assessments. A student must successfully achieve or master all competency assessments to graduate from the program.

Students earn the same Walden degree whether they choose the course-based or the competency-based modality.


Degree Requirements

  • 30 total semester credits
  • Core competencies (27 sem. cr.)
  • Capstone (3 sem. cr.)

Core Curriculum

Core Competencies (27 sem. cr.)

    • BE001 Business Leadership, Management, and Ethics
      Recognize ethical, legal, leadership, and human resource issues in the business environment.
    • BE002 Accounting and Finance
      Explain key accounting and finance concepts in the business environment.
    • BE003 Economics and Quantitative Methods/Statistics
      Recognize economic and statistical concepts and methods used in business.
    • BE004 Information Systems Management and Global Dimensions of Business
      Identify factors that support managing information in a global business environment.
    • BE005 Marketing and Business Integration and Strategic Management
      Identify the relationship among strategic management, operations management, business integration, and marketing that enhances the effectiveness of marketing efforts.
    • DL001 Dynamic Leadership Frameworks and Theories
      Evaluate leadership approaches through established leadership frameworks and theories.
    • DL002 Leadership and Followership
      Develop strategies for effective leadership and followership that incorporate best practices.
    • DL003 Leadership’s Relationship to Management
      Synthesize personal values and experiences to support leadership develop and ethical decision making.
    • MN001 Shaping a Positive and Inclusive Workplace
      Evaluate the role of managers in creating an engaging and inclusive workplace culture.
    • MN002 Developing Individual and Teams
      Assess management strategies that promote development of individual employees and teams.
    • MN003 Managing Authentically and Ethically
      Synthesize a personal management code of ethics that focuses on diversity, inclusion, personal values, ethical management, and positive social change.
    • FC001 Understanding Creativity and Innovation
      Analyze the role of creativity and innovation in business practices.
    • FC002 Generating Breakthrough Ideas That Inspire Innovative Solutions
      Develop leadership strategies that foster a culture of creativity and innovation in an organization.
    • FC003 Harnessing Creativity and Innovation to Develop a Successful Organizational Strategy
      Appraise creative and innovative solutions to address an organizational challenge.
    • MB001 The Role and Value of Information Systems in Business
      Evaluate strategies to drive strategic value from information technology.
    • MB002 Managing Data, Security, and Business Continuity
      Evaluate approaches to support business continuity in the context of ethics, privacy, and security risks.
    • MB003 Aligning the Organization and Planning for the Future
      Appraise the effects of organizational culture on information technology implementation and management.
    • MM001 Communication Begins With Who, Why, and How
      Evaluate communication channels and mediums to communicate effectively for messaging purpose, audience, and context.

    • MM002 Interpersonal Communication
      Apply appropriate verbal and nonverbal skills to communicate effectively in one-to-one communication.

    • MM003 Communicating Across and Beyond the Organization
      Apply differentiated communication approaches to influence stakeholder perception and change, both within and beyond the organization.

    • IV001 Thinking in Systems for Organizational Improvement
      Evaluate organizational problems using a systems thinking approach to support decision making and effective communication.
    • IV002 Improving Business Performance Through Systems Thinking
      Develop a plan to manage and improve organizational performance that integrates a systems thinking approach.
    • IV003 Practicing Systems Thinking
      Evaluate solutions to organizational challenges and opportunities in light of systems thinking, ethical reasoning, and management theory.
    • AM001 Budgeting for Decision Making
      Analyze organizational performance in terms of strategic planning, forecasts, and budgets.
    • AM002 Costs, Prices, and Profits
      Assess managerial accounting tools and measures to inform decision making.
    • AM003 Performance Measurements: Planet, People, and Profit
      Evaluate the financial, social, and environmental performance of an organization using accounting measures and frameworks.
    • MT001 Understanding the Customer, Products and Services, and Technology
      Analyze the influence of creative and innovative marketing strategies on buyer behavior.
    • MT002 Linking Marketing and Strategy
      Evaluate aspects of marketing strategy to support decision making and capture market share.
    • MT003 Marketing Impact on the Organizational Level
      Propose marketing tactics to address market trends for a diverse audience.
    • MF001 Multiple Perspectives of Financial Management
      Appraise a publicly traded company’s practices related to global financial management.
    • MF002 Financial Analysis
      Evaluate a company’s financial health and areas for improvement based on financial ratios.
    • MF003 Capital Budget in Finance
      Analyze financial data related to short- and long-term financing needs for an organization.

Capstone Competency (3 sem. cr.)

    • SU001 Understanding the Organization
      Analyze aspects of organizational strategy development and implementation.
    • SU002 Evaluating Opportunities and the Organization’s Readiness
      Assess the effects of cross-functional strategic thinking on an organization’s performance and strategic advantage.
    • SU003 Articulating Organizational Strategy and Understanding the Individual’s Role
      Develop a strategic plan based on personal skills and knowledge for improved organizational performance.