Business Administration Master Degree

The Full-Time M.B.A. Program of Study (56 credits)

The full-time M.B.A. program is an innovative and fully accredited, two year, four semester program leading to a professional business degree. Students from a variety of backgrounds are welcome, as the M.B.A. program does not require a business undergraduate degree as a prerequisite. The program develops both the theoretical understanding and applied business skills required to excel in an increasingly competitive global economy. Contact with the business community is integral to the professional development orientation of the M.B.A.

The first year core curriculum takes into account the heterogeneous mix of student backgrounds. Since all students do not enter the program with the same knowledge of business foundations, concepts, and tools; a series of introductory courses are offered during the fall semester. These courses cover accounting, economics, statistics, behavioral science, and computer science. The second semester of the M.B.A. program is designed primarily as a problem-solving, decision-making experience. Students discover how the basic functions of finance, marketing, information decision systems, human resource management, information systems, and the totality of concepts, methods, and techniques learned in the first semester are mobilized to carry out a firm's policies and operational objectives.

First Year Core Curriculum (29 credits)

Acc 518    Accounting for Managers (3)
Mgt 513    Organizational Behavior and Managerial Skills (3)
Itm 513     Quantitative Analysis for Business (3)
Itm 514     Operations Management (3)
Fin 515     Economic Analysis (3)
Itm 522     Managing Information Technology (3)
Fin 525     Financial Management (3)
Mkt 522    Marketing Management (3)
Mgt 514    Human Resource Management (3)
Bus 590    Business Sustainability in Global Perspective (2)

The second year of the M.B.A. program concentrates on four objectives: (1) Acquiring very specific intellectual and practical technical competence in one area of management, (2) Nurturing the general competence in other areas of management developed in the first year, (3) Sensitizing students to the social-moral, political, and legal dimensions affecting managerial decision making, (4) Understanding the strategic implications of any upper-level decisions while giving students opportunities to practice decision making at this level.

Second Year Curriculum for Cyber Security, Entrepreneurship, Finance, Human Resource Information Systems, Information Technology Management, and Marketing Concentrations (27 credits)

Mgt 685    Global Strategic Management (3)
Concentration Courses (9)
Field Experience Course or Concentration Elective (3)
Research Project Course (3)
MBA Non-concentration Electives (9)

Cyber Security Concentration: Concentration courses are ITM 644, ITM 640, ITM 647; Research Project course is ITM 643; the MBA Non-concentration courses are selected from FIN 600 level, MKT 600 level, and MGT 600 level electives.

Entrepreneurship Concentration: Concentration courses are MKT 603, FIN 604, MGT 675; Research Project course is BUS 698; the MBA Non-concentration courses are selected from FIN 600 level, MKT 600 level, ITM 600 level, and MGT 600 level electives.

Finance Concentration: Concentration courses are FIN 602, FIN 603, FIN 604; Research Project course is FIN 698; the MBA Non-concentration courses are selected from ITM 600 level, MKT 600 level, and MGT 600 level electives.

Human Resource Information Systems Concentration: Concentration courses are MGT 601, MGT 602, MGT 604; Research Project course is MGT 603; the MBA Non-concentration courses are selected from FIN 600 level, MKT 600 level, and ITM 600 level electives.

Information Technology Management Concentration: Concentration courses are ITM 601, ITM 602, ITM 604; Research Project course is ITM 603; the MBA Non-concentration courses are selected from FIN 600 level, MKT 600 level, and MGT 600 level electives.

Marketing Concentration: Concentration courses are MKT 601, MKT 602, MKT 603; Research Project course is MKT 698; the MBA Non-concentration courses are selected from FIN 600 level, ITM 600 level, and MGT 600 level electives.

The Evening M.B.A. Program of Study (48 credits - 10 credits are waivable)

Recognizing the different needs of the in-career student, the School has created a unique program leading to an M.B.A. degree. The School's high standards of study and instruction are applied to this program; however, there are substantive differences which reflect the educational needs of the in-career student. The program can be completed in two to six years of evening study and is open to all qualified students regardless of undergraduate major. Indeed, the School's admission policy specifically encourages inclusion of a wide variety of both work and educational backgrounds among the student population.

The program seeks development of the management generalist by presenting to students contemporary theory and practice in the disciplines which underlie business and each of the functional areas of business management.

Courses throughout the M.B.A. program are scheduled in such a way as to require one evening per week for each class. Most students take 2 classes per semester and would normally complete the degree requirements in 3 years. Study is required in the summers.

The evening M.B.A. program is structured in such a way that first-year courses must be completed prior to taking second-year courses. Similarly, second-year courses must precede taking third-year courses.

Curriculum
Mgt 513 Organizational Behavior and Managerial Skills (3)
Acc 518 Accounting for Managers (3)
Mgt 514 Human Resource Management (3)
Itm 510 Software Development (1)
Itm 513 Statistical Analysis for Managers (3)
Fin 515 Economic Analysis (3)
Mgt 523 Presentation Skills (1)
Itm 514 Operations Management for Managers (3)
Mkt 522 Marketing Management (3)
Itm 520 Database Management (1)
Fin 525 Financial Management (3)
Itm 522 Information Decision Systems (3)
Mgt 682 Strategic Management (3)
Mkt 675 International Business (3)
Elective (3)
Elective (3)
Elective (3)
Bus 698 (3)

If a student decides to complete an elective track within a specialized field of study, the Research Project must be in the specialized field (i.e. Fin 698, Itm 698, Mkt 698 or Mgt 698 instead of Bus 698), and two of the above electives must be selected as follows:

Marketing - The following two courses: Mkt 602, Mkt 603 PLUS complete Mkt 698 (9 credits)

Finance - Two of the following three courses: Fin 603, Fin 604 or Fin 635 PLUS complete Fin 698 (9 credits)

Change Management - Two of the following three courses: Mgt 650 or Mgt 661 or Mgt 675 PLUS complete Mgt 698 (9 credits)

Information Technology Management - Two of the following three courses: Itm 611, Itm 612, Itm 680 PLUS complete Itm 698 (9 credits)

Taxation – In addition to Acc 631 and Acc 694, select one from Acc 633 or Acc 642 (9 credits)

New Venture Development – Two of the following three courses: Mgt 675, Fin 604, Mkt 602 PLUS complete Mgt 698 (9 credits)

Nanotechnology - Two 3 credit College of Nanoscale Science and Engineering elective courses (or comparable combination of NNSE elective work totaling 6 credits) PLUS NNSE 698 and Bus 698.  NNSE 698 is to be registered for concurrently with Bus 698 for a total of 6 credits of research that will be jointly supervised by faculty from the School of Business and CNSE. (12 credits).

Up to 10 graduate credits can be waived in the Evening M.B.A. program depending on prior coursework.  The following graduate courses are eligible for waiver: BACC518, BFIN515, BITM510, BITM513, BITM520, BMGT513, BMGT523. The department will determine eligible course waivers, up to 10 credits, based on credential review on an individual basis.