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nsu_5640.JPGPrepare to be challenged. The Master of Business Administration program’s broad, integrated curriculum focuses on the knowledge, skills and attitudes needed by effective managers and leaders in a dynamic global business world. The MBA curriculum consists of 24 hours of foundation courses and 33 hours of graduate courses.

FOUNDATION REQUIREMENTS

Students admitted into the MBA degree program are required to have proper business background preparation for taking the graduate level coursework. Prior to taking a graduate course, students must successfully demonstrate academic aptitude by successfully fulfilling the corresponding foundation requirement. Foundation requirements are met by completing the equivalent of the undergraduate business foundation core courses and/or by completing the Pre-MBA Foundation Models. Students who have an undergraduate degree in an area other than business will often need to complete one or more of the foundation requirements.

Pre-MBA Foundation Modules

Pre MBA Foundation Modules are self-study modules, each with an accompanying competency exam, in the following six areas: Accounting, Economics, Finance, Management, Marketing, Statistics/Quantitative Methods. Foundation requirements can be completed by passing the exams that demonstrate the content has been mastered. If a student does not pass the exam on the first attempt, the student must wait 30 days before retaking an exam in the same area. Students will be given two opportunities to pass the exam in each area; otherwise, they will be required to fulfill the foundation requirement by taking the undergraduate course in that area. Students may obtain information on the modules and schedule the competency exams with the Office of Graduate Programs in Business.

Business Foundation Core Courses

Foundation requirements may also be met by completing the following undergraduate courses with a grade of C or better:

ACCT 205 – Introduction to Financial Accounting
ACCT 206 – Introduction to Managerial Accounting
ECON 211* – Principles of Microeconomics*
ECON 212* – Principles of Macroeconomics*
FINC 302 – Financial Management
MNGT 301 – Management of Organizations and Behavioral Processes
MKTG 300 – Marketing
QBA 282 – Business Statistics I

Note: Students are responsible for a basic knowledge of computer information systems. Those who are deficient in this area are encouraged to take, or audit CIS 231 – Management Information Sysytems.

*Students needing to take both Microeconomics and Macroeconomics course may elect to take ECON 255 – Survey of Economic Principles to satisfy the Economics foundation requirements.

Degree Requirements

The program leading to the Master of Business Administration requires the completion of 30 semester hours of core courses. In addition, the student must complete 3 hours of approved electives. The needs, interest, and objectives of the student will be considered whenever electives are approved. Students may select electives in accounting, business administration, economics, finance, information systems, management, or marketing.

The time required by students to complete the program will vary, depending upon the number of courese taken each semester. Students may pursue the degree on either a full- or part-time basis. A total of 12 graduate hours is considered to be the maximum regular semester course load (nine hours with an assistantship).

Graduate Curriculum (33 hours)

The Language and Tools of Business Analysis (12 hours)
ACCT 500 – Managerial Decision Support
BSAD 501 – Quantitative Business Analysis & Decision Support
ECON 500 – The Economic Environment of Business
FINC 515 – Performance and Planning (taken after ACCT 500 & BSAD 501)

Understanding Organizational Process, markets, and Employees (9 hours)
CIS 501 – Managing Information Technology & Business Process
MKTG 501 – Market Analysis, Planning & Control
MNGT 502 – Managing Human Capital

Achieving Competitive Success (9 hours)
BSAD 507 – Leadership, Ethics & Accountability
FINC 520 – Value-Based Management (taken after FINC 515)
BSAD 525 – Managing Strategic Resources for Competitive Advantage (taken after ECON 500, MKTG 501, MNGT 502 and FINC 515)

Elective (3 hours) from approved courses as determined by the Director of Graduate Programs in Business.

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