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2020-2021 Graduate Catalog 
    
2020-2021 Graduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Business Administration, MBA


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This plan leads to the Masters of Business Administration (MBA). The MBA degree requires a minimum of 36 hours: Eight required courses (24 hours) and four elective courses (12 hours). Depending on a student’s academic background, an additional foundation course (3 hours) may be required.

Degree Requirements


Foundation Requirements (3 hours)


Core Requirements (24 hours)


Additional Electives

Twelve hours of additional electives are required. Electives should be selected from graduate level courses taught in the College of Business. Students desiring to use their electives in courses taught by other colleges in the university must petition the Department Chair of their program for approval prior to enrolling. Course work at the 33xx or 43xx level may not be included.

MBA Concentrations


Students may use their four elective courses (12 hours) to pursue a concentration while completing their degree. Selecting a concentration provides students with an opportunity to focus on a specific area of interest by taking a select group of specialized elective courses. The MBA program offers a broad array of concentrations to prepare students to meet the demands of a complex and constantly changing marketplace. The requirements of the MBA degree with a concentration contains a minimum of 36 hours.

Concentration Requirements (12 hours)


MBA Customized Concentration


The customized concentration is available to MBA students whose career ambitions go beyond a defined concentration. Students need to submit a proposal and get the proposal approved by the MBA program director and program adviser. At least 9 credit hours need to be selected from College of Business graduate courses. The concentration is subject to course availability.

Most elective courses are taught on a rotation basis and not available every semester. The remaining 3 credit hours may be selected from the courses listed in the MBA concentrations list.

MBA Concentration in Business Analytics


This concentration is designed to allow students the opportunity to develop the skills necessary to organize, describe, and analyze big data repositories to uncover new business insights.

For the concentration in Business Analytics, students will be required to complete the following three courses (9 hours):

Plus, one course (3 hours) selected from the following list:

MBA Concentration in Environmental Management


For the concentration in Environmental Management, students will be required to complete the following two courses (6 hours):
Additional Information

The other two courses (6 hours) can be selected from any graduate Environmental Management course listed in the university catalog.

MBA Concentration in Finance


This concentration features courses designed to develop competencies in financial concepts, analytical tools and skills. Through a variety of elective courses the concentration helps students learn about different aspects of finance including corporate financial management, financial statement analysis, investments, portfolio management, derivatives, international finance and banking.

For the concentration in Finance, students will be required to complete four courses (12 hours) selected from the following list:

MBA Concentration in Human Resource Management


This concentration is designed for students interested in a career relating to the Human Resources function but who still want the broad scope of business knowledge provided by the MBA. Students will take three required courses that will survey the field of HR plus an additional elective corresponding to their specialty area.

For the concentration in Human Resource Management, students will be required to complete the following three courses (9 hours):

Plus, complete one course (3 hours) selected from the following list:

MBA Concentration in International Business


This concentration is designed to equip students with the knowledge and skills to conduct business and gain a competitive edge in a global economy. The courses provide a solid background in financial, accounting, cultural and strategic aspects of international business management.

For the concentration in International Business, students will be required to complete the following three courses (9 hours):

Additional Information

The seminar courses (MGMT 6333 , MKTG 5533 , OR FINC 6533 ) may be substituted for each other. Credit for only one course is allowed.

The project management courses (EMGT 5631  or DSCI 5531 ) can be substituted for each other Credit for only one course is allowed.

MBA Concentration in Leadership


This concentration allows students the opportunity to develop the skills necessary to lead teams and organizations (public or private) within the context of ever-changing environmental demands.

For the concentration in Leadership, students will be required to complete the following two courses (6 hours):

Plus, complete two courses (6 hours) selected from following lists:

Additional Information

Courses with the rubric PSYC and SOCI are only allowed when the student completes the Leadership Concentration. PSYC and SOCI courses will not count as elective for general MBA.

SOCI 5430 may be substituted for PSYC 5334 . Credit for only one course is allowed.

Additional Information

Students must pick at least one course from List A.

Courses with the rubric PSYC and SOCI are only allowed when the student completes the Leadership Concentration. PSYC and SOCI courses will not count as elective for general MBA.

SOCI 5339  may be substituted for PSYC 5333 . Credit for only one course is allowed.

MBA Concentration in Management Information Systems


This concentration allows students to gain knowledge in fundamental concepts of a rapidly growing field of information technology (IT) and its use in businesses. Students learn concepts such as data warehousing, business analytics, data base systems, business programming, and enterprise resource planning systems. They understand how IT is revolutionizing the current business environment.

For the concentration in Management Information Systems, students will be required to complete the following two courses (6 hours):

Plus, select two courses (6 hours) from any graduate ISAM course listed in the university catalog.

Additional Information

  • Any graduate ISAM courses for which the prerequisites are met.
  • (*The one course not taken from List A may be included in these 6 hours).
  • ISAM 5030 - required of students without 6 hours of college-level programming with a grade of at least a C on a transcript.

MBA Concentration in Management of Technology


This concentration allows students to gain knowledge of how to develop technological innovations, forecast adoption, bring them to market, protect intellectual property and how to manage and motivate the subject matter experts that create them.

For the concentration in Management of Technology, students will be required to complete the following two courses (6 hours):

MBA Concentration in Sustainability


This concentration aims to educate students on the opportunities and challenges faced by organizations who seek economic, social and environmental achievements, which constitute the foundation of a sustainable economy. The program seeks to integrate the perspectives of multiple stakeholders impacted by the pursuit for sustainable economies. The coursework deals with aspects of environmental economics, protection, regulation, resilience, and strategy to prepare students to play leading roles in the green economy.

For the concentration in Sustainability, students will be required to complete the following three courses (9 hours):

Additional Information

Additional Information

MGMT 5931  Special topics course should include Sustainability in the title.

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