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"Business has become, in this last half century, the most powerful institution on the planet. The dominant institution in any society needs to take responsibility for the whole."
Purpose at Work
The MBA in Creative Enterprise is designed to enable graduates who are well-educated in core business functions like management, marketing, finance, operations, and strategy. In addition, Meridian's MBA curriculum weaves several essential emphases through most MBA courses such as:
- Transformative Innovation
- Business as a Means of Regenerating the Commons
- Entrepreneurship that is Generative, Not Extractive
- Developmentally-driven Organizations
The Meridian MBA curriculum is designed to prepare graduates for a professional future in the contexts noted below, with which the MBA concentrations are specifically aligned.
- Social Entrepreneurship
- Project and Process Management
- Operations Management
- Human Resources Management
- Management Consulting
- Executive, Developmental, and Performance Coaching
- Strategic Leadership
- Organizational Development
"My studies at Meridian University gave me not only the capacities to understand systems but also the skill set necessary to design new structures and ways to collaborate."
The Complexity Management concentration emphasizes coursework aligned with the practice of strategic and operational management at small, mid, and large scale, across sectors.
The Developmental Coaching concentration emphasizes coursework aligned with practice in contexts such as executive coaching, developmental assessment, and management of deliberately developmental organizations.
The Generative Entrepreneurship concentration emphasizes coursework aligned with developing the capabilities required for launching new entrepreneurial initiatives.
The Organizational Development concentration emphasizes coursework aligned with the practice of organizational leadership and development in various institutional domains, like: Business, Non-profits (NGOs); and government including sectors such as education, law, and the arts.
The Transformative Leadership concentration emphasizes coursework aligned with practice in contexts such as executive coaching, developmental assessment, and management of deliberately developmental organizations.
Meridian’s academic structure gives students the flexibility to navigate the University’s curricular architecture in ways that match their passions, professional goals, and other life commitments.
The structure is designed to serve a diverse student body, who live around the globe, have varied cultural and clinical visions for their careers, and are at different stages in their professional journey.
Students enroll in a degree program, can elect a concentration, and register for one or multiple courses each quarter. In addition to core courses for the specific degree program and anchor courses that represent the Transformative Learning intent of Meridian’s curriculum, students select elective courses that align with their Meridian concentration, background, and career path.
Meridian’s hybrid learning format combines online courses with onsite weeklong residential intensives. The hybrid learning format is designed to enable students to pursue their graduate education at a flexible pace, combining asynchronous coursework via the University’s custom social learning platform, Pivot, live course video calls with faculty, synchronous student community engagement, and one-week residential intensives. By combining innovative online education methodologies with rich video calls and deep residential connections, the hybrid format enables students to contribute locally and perceive globally.
Each quarter, students take one or multiple seven-week online courses. This schedule provides students with time between quarters to rest, engage, and prepare. Additionally, students attend at least two weeklong onsite residential intensives per academic year. Intensives run Monday through Friday throughout the year, with residential intensives taking place at Meridian’s Bay Area Center and other globally distributed locations.
In Meridian's online learning format, students can complete 100% of their coursework degree requirements online. Virtual intensives are also available for students who choose not to travel to residential intensives. Students can select intensive dates, locations, and formats based on their personal circumstances and professional aspirations.