Feb 24, 2024  
2021-2022 Graduate Catalog (As of 09-20-21) 
2021-2022 Graduate Catalog (As of 09-20-21) [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Business Administration, M.B.A.

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Program Requirements

  • Credit Hours: 36
  • 3 non-credit online proficiency courses
  • Foreign study travel experience
  • Pre-term session
  • Engagement with non-credit organized events

Pre-Term Session

Because our program attracts a wide array of students with diverse backgrounds, academic degrees, work experience, and talent, it is important to establish a common thread of knowledge and vocabulary in fundamental areas before students start classes. Students accepted into our One-Year MBA take three online Harvard Business School courses in accounting, finance, and quantitative methods to establish a baseline understanding of these business principles before classes begin. This enables instructors to start classes at a competency level appropriate for a graduate program. The Harvard courses are self-paced and students with backgrounds or degrees in the subjects can take the proficiency test(s) in each tutorial prior to entering the program.

The Pre-Term Session then centers on helping our students understand their professional and personal interests. It also provides additional skill building in critical areas, such as communication and negotiation. The Pre-Term is designed to ensure that our students are able to realize the full value from their academic work and the School of Business’s resources.

Emphasis Area Courses (9 Credit Hours):

One of these emphasis areas is required. 

Marketing Emphasis

Students build on the strategic and tactical marketing elements to gain skills that enable them to assume marketing responsibilities for B2C and B2B organizations. These include business development, account management, research, product and brand management, and supply chain management.

Finance Emphasis

Students learn strategic and tactical financial tools with global application. They are versed in corporate finance modeling, fixed income securities models, portfolio models, and option pricing models. They also deal with the advantages and limitations of different financial theories with respect to practical application. Students are business ready to enter basic financial positions and move rapidly to financial areas of high responsibility in a variety of organizations.

Hospitality and Tourism Development Emphasis

Students learn hands-on practical skills in profit maximization and asset management particularly focused on hospitality and service industry businesses. Each course builds on the previous to develop revenue management and optimization techniques, pricing strategies, forecasting, analytics, and channel management knowledge and application. Students who focus in this hospitality-related field graduate and quickly progress in corporate roles within the hospitality and service industry major hotels and property management companies.

Business Analytics Emphasis

Business Analytics provides students with the foundation needed to apply data analytics to real-world challenges they confront daily in their professional lives. The ability to analyze data and information to describe and understand the performance of a business, evaluate different courses of action, and employ a structured approach to business problem-solving is crucial for a sustained competitive advantage. As part of the emphasis, participants will learn to frame business challenges as data questions. They will use powerful analytical tools and methods to analyze data, create forecasts and models, design visualizations, and communicate insights.

Transfer Credit Policy

The Master of Business Administration does not accept graduate transfer credit from another institution. Dual MBA/JD program students should discuss required number of academic units with the MBA program director.

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