Program Requirements

Lindsey Wilson's MBA program is a 36-37 credit hour course of study that offers all required core courses in a flexible online format and provides the option of completing the degree by pursuing either a General Business Emphasis that is fully on line or a Lean Systems Emphasis that is offered in a format that incorporates both online and face-to-face study.

Since our MBA Program is delivered online, we have the benefit of including top Lean courses as well as hands on applied experience with ILS provided by individuals who have years of experience in the field. For more information, please visit the ILS website. www.theleanway.com.

  1. Entrance Requirements for the Online Master’s in Business Administration
  2. The Lindsey Online Master’s in Business Administration is structured with the busy student in mind, including the application process. With six start times throughout the calendar year, prospective students can strategically plan their coursework, from beginning semester to graduation, to fit their schedule and achieve their goals. Before applying we encourage all prospective students to review the basic entrance requirements. If you have any questions, please contact our LWC online office (Email: lindseyonline@lindsey.edu / Phone: (800)264-6483
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    NOTE: Neither the GRE, nor the GMAT, are required for entrance to the Lindsey Online MBA if waiver qualifications apply (see below). However, drive, motivation, and curiosity most definitely are!


    1. Complete the Graduate Admission Application form, which must be submitted online with non-refundable fees of USD 35.00.
    2. Submit official undergraduate transcripts from regionally accredited institutions documenting the completion of an undergraduate degree.
    3. If available, submit GRE or GMAT scores taken with the last five years.
    4. Submit three(3) professional references.
    5. Submit a resume and a statement of purpose.
    6. Students who have not taken undergraduate courses in accounting, economics, and statistics prior to application to the program will be required to take such courses or will be required to demonstrate competency in these areas by examination.


  3. GRE/GMAT Waiver:
  4. In order to be considered for admission to the MBA program without submission of a GRE or GMAT score, the student must meet all of the following qualifications:

    • Earned an undergraduate cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher (on a 4.0 scale)
    • Achieved a grade of B or higher in at least two college-level quantitative courses (algebra or higher)
    • Have a minimum of four years post-baccalaureate work experience.

  5. International Student Application Procedures for Online Programs:
  6. An international student’s success will rest on the ability to understand, read, write, and speak English as all classes in the program are delivered in English. Thus, in addition to the application materials required of students from the United States, international students who are applying for admission to online graduate programs must send an official copy of their TOEFL or the IELTS (International English Language Testing System). The minimum acceptable score for the TOEFL is 550 for the paper-based test or a total score of 79 or above with section scores of 21 on writing and 19 on reading on the Internet-based test (iBT). However, a minimum score of 80 IBT is required for the MBA program. The minimum acceptable composite score on the IELTS is 6.5. Students who fail to meet the minimum score may still be considered for admission but will be required to successfully complete a provisional ESL (English as a Second Language) course before being officially accepted into the program and enrolling in classes.

  7. Transfer of Credit:
  8. The Lindsey Online MBA program will accept up to nine credit hours in transfer for equivalent courses from regionally accredited institutions of higher education.

  1. Core Requirements: 21 hours
    • MBA 5023 Quantitative Decision Making -- 3 credit hours
    • MBA 5033 Managerial Accounting -- 3 credit hours
    • MBA 5043 Managerial Economics -- 3 credit hours
    • MBA 5053 Managerial Finance -- 3 credit hours
    • MBA 5063 Marketing Management -- 3 credit hours
    • MBA 6083 Organizational Behavior -- 3 credit hours
    • MBA 6053 Consulting Practicum or
    • MBA 6153 Applied Research in Business -- 3 credit hours

  2. General Business Emphasis: 15 credit hours
    • MBA 5013 Organizational Communications -- 3 credit hours
    • MBA 6023 Legal and Ethical Environment of Business -- 3 credit hours
    • MBA 6033 International Business Management -- 3 credit hours
    • MBA 6043 Strategic Management -- 3 credit hours
    • MBA 6063 Business Seminar -- 3 credit hours

  3. TOTAL HOURS: 36 credit hours

The MBA with a General Business Emphasis will be offered online.
Full-time students will take 9 credit hours per term.



Semester One
MBA 5013 Organizational Communications (3 cr hrs)
MBA 5023 Quantitative Decision Making (3 cr hrs)
MBA 5033 Managerial Accounting (3 cr hrs)

Semester Two
MBA 5043 Managerial Economics(3 cr hrs)
MBA 5053 Managerial Finance(3 cr hrs)
MBA 6023 Legal and Ethical Environment of Business(3 cr hrs)



Semester Three
MBA 5063 Marketing Management(3 cr hrs)
MBA 6083 Organizational Behavior (3 cr hrs)
MBA 6033 International Business Management (3 cr hrs)

Semester Four
MBA 6043 Strategic Management (3 cr hrs)
MBA 6053 Consulting Practicum or
MBA 6153 Applied Research in Business (3 cr hrs)
MBA 6063 Business Seminar (3 cr hrs)

  1. Core Requirements: 21 hours
    • MBA 5023 Quantitative Decision Making -- 3 credit hours
    • MBA 5033 Managerial Accounting -- 3 credit hours
    • MBA 5043 Managerial Economics -- 3 credit hours
    • MBA 5053 Managerial Finance -- 3 credit hours
    • MBA 5063 Marketing Management -- 3 credit hours
    • MBA 6083 Organizational Behavior -- 3 credit hours
    • MBA 6053 Consulting Practicum or
    • MBA 6153 Applied Research in Business -- 3 credit hours

  2. Lean Emphasis: 16 credit hours
    • MBA 5123 Lean System Operations and Management -- 3 credit hours
    • MBA 6123 Lean Operations and Tools I -- 3 credit hours
    • MBA 6133 Lean Operations and Tools II -- 3 credit hours
    • MBA 6232 Lean Design -- 3 credit hours
    • MBA 6332 Lean Enterprise Systems -- 2 credit hours
    • MBA 6433 Sustaining Lean Change-- 3 credit hours

  3. TOTAL HOURS: 37 credit hours

The MBA with a Lean Emphasis will be offered in a hybrid, modular format.
All five modules will be offered within an 18 month time period. The suggested course sequence is shown below

Module 1 Credit HRS Number of Classroom Days
Orientation to Program 0 1
Lean Operations and Management 3 5
Quantitative Decision making 3 online
Managerial Accounting 3 online
Module 2
Lean Operations and Tools I 3 3
Sustaining Lean Change I 3 3
Lean Operations and Tools II 3 2
Module 3
Lean Systems Operation and Management (continued) 3
Lean Operations and Tools (Continued) 0 3
Managerial Marketing 3 online
Managerial Finance 3 online
Module 4
Lean Design 2 3
Lean Enterprise Systems 2 3
Organizational Behavior 3 online
Module 5
Managerial Economics 3 online
Sustaining Lean Change II 0 3
Special Topics/Applied Research/Consulting Practicum 2 -3 Will vary with project/topic
Total Classroom Days (not counting special topics/applied research or consulting practicum) 26

The MBA with a Lean Emphasis will be offered in a hybrid, modular format.

All five modules will be offered within an 18 month time period.


Module 1
Sequencing: 6 Credit Hours.

Lean Operations: This module addresses the general production systems concepts, the lean philosophy and system, lean tools, and operations management.


Module 2
Sequencing: 6 Credit Hours.

Organizational Structure to Support Lean Management: This module addresses the detailed design of lean production operations (with analytical procedures and approaches that can be applied to complex, real world production circumstances), establishment of a learning organization within this design, human resource and management structural needs to support lean production, and behavior models and requirements for leadership in a lean organization.


Module 3
Sequencing: 6 Credit Hours.

Lean Operations: This module addresses financial accounting and supply chain management. Although these are classical business subjects, the content of these courses will be tailored to meet the special needs of lean operations.


Module 4
Sequencing: 6 Credit Hours.

Lean Business Support Systems: Quality and Enterprise-level Transformation. This module gives special attention to quality systems, addressing six-sigma problem solving, statistical quality control, and lean's unique source quality approaches in detail.

In addition, it addresses enterprise and extended-enterprise restructuring. For example, one major training factory exercise enables students to learn how sales, design, development, and procurement operations can be effectively integrated with complex build-to-order manufacturing production operations and show how lean principles can be applied to restructure these enterprise-level transactional systems.

Moreover, just-in-time logistics systems are designed and operated by the students including the address of novel kitting strategies now starting to be applied in industry to simplify operations, reduce mistakes, eliminate waste, and enhance flexibility of the system. Students critically examine and restructure information flows in the system eliminating paperwork waste while enhancing useful information for real time operations control and management. Finally, students put in place financial performance measurement systems that follow lean accounting principles.


Module 5
Sequencing: 6 Credit Hours.

Guided Transformation Activities: As noted above, students in the program would be required to directly apply what they have learned in their operations. This would include basic tools such as standardized work, visual workplace, setup reduction, etc.

In addition, we would require them to lead a major restructuring activity for lean transformation within their organization.

Each student would be assigned an experienced mentor from the lean systems group and would be required to establish a significant project, propose that product to the lean group and their student peers, establish a project plan and apply project management approaches in execution of the plan, document results, and report out at the end of the program. The activities would require demonstration of the knowledge they have learned as well as their leadership and interpersonal skills.