Dominican U Commencement 2011, Dominican U Commencement 2011

August 28th, 2014

San Rafael, CA

This past weekend I started my 1 year intensive MBA program at Dominican University of California. My program concentration will be in Strategic Leadership. The weekend was dubbed “MBA Bootcamp”, a three day 12 to 14 hour immersion into the program. It was terrific!

MBA Team Building exercise

MBA Team Building exercise

The weekend included meeting the 40 or so other students in my class, some of the faculty, lectures, team building, consulting for local business owners and finally a nice dinner. Mission accomplished.


MBA Core Subjects

MBA 5400 Organizational Behavior and Executive Business Communications 3

MBA 5401 Accounting for Decision Making 3

MBA 5402 Marketing for Value Creation 3

MBA 5403 Global Supply Chain and Sustainable Operations 3

MBA 5404 Strategic Leadership for Organizational Performance 3

MBA 5405 Global Business Environment 3

MBA 5406 Managerial Finance 3

MBA 5407 Business Analytics and Marketing Research 3

MBA 5480 Capstone 3

MBA 5410 Global Consulting Practicum (with International trip) 4

Here is the curriculum for the Strategic Leadership concentration.

(All courses are 3 units)

  • MBA 5460 Building High Performance Teams
  • MBA 5461 Leader Driven Strategic Planning
  • MBA 5462 Consulting for Effective Leadership Change
  • MBA 5463 Leading and Growing Start-ups
  • MBA 5464 Innovative Organization Development Interventions

Total Strategic Leadership Concentration: 9 units
Total Dominican MBA with Strategic Leadership Concentration: 40 units 

I’ve some work to do!

There is some controversy and a little bit of confusion in my own head as to the prudence of spending the time to get an MBA. The money is none issue for me as I’m funded by the GI Bill (thank you very much!) I did have a couple of people that I greatly respect tell me the MBA is a waste of time and that managers are looking for people with experience. Conversely I’ve had other folks I’ve great admiration for tell me to do it.

Most of my research I did regarding the worthiness of an MBA swirls around the costs involved and how much debt a students starts a career buried in. Much of it also was jawboning around the “top MBA programs” versus the lower stature programs and the follow on salaries. None really addressed the question of the knowledge one gains studying business. The question I hear all the time is “what are you going to do with an MBA”? These would be same people who would post some philosophical piece on Facebook that says “The Journey’s the Thing.” Not everything is this world is utility.

My answer to the question is much the same as when folks asked me why I would pursue a Liberal Arts degree. I mean what the hell is a philosophy degree going to get you? The answer is very simple. A richer fuller life. Period. Knowledge for knowledges sake is the path to greater rewards. I think all business students should have a Liberal Arts degree.

It is absolutley true that to be a successful business person does not require a business degree. However, for my own personal circumstances and my desire to open my own business, a Masters in Business will expose me to tools and human capital that gives me a much greater chance of success. No matter what, getting an education is never a waste of time.

Check out the above video and you be the judge. Please let me know what you think?


Christian Allaire


Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *