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Master of Business Administration (MBA)

The College of Business offers an MBA Degree with the option to concentrate in one of four areas: Innovation, Operations ManagementManagement, or Human Resources. This degree prepares students, who may or may not have a background in business, for careers in strategic management of businesses, health care organizations, government agencies, and non-profit enterprises. The degree will equip students with the theories, methods and systems needed for the strategic analysis, development, execution and measurement of various enterprises.  It will also include broad skills and knowledge in business, accounting, finance, marketing, operations, management, and leadership; and allows for 4 classes in the concentration area, allowing students exposure to various aspects of their chosen concentration’s function across various types of organizations.

Program tracks include a 36 credit track for students with an undergraduate degree in business and a 48 credit track for students with undergraduate degrees other than business. With either track, no work experience is required. The program can be completed full time or part time and can be started in the Fall or Spring semester. Additionally, domestic students can begin the program in Summer Session I. A portion of the MBA program can be taken online, and classes are offered in two Summer sessions and a Winter session.

Students are required to have an average grade of "B" or higher in all courses. Students will have to obtain a GPA of 3.0 or better by the end of their degree, otherwise the degree will not be granted. 

MBA Learning Goals and Objectives

Requirements for the MBA Degree - 36 Credit Track

[All courses are 3 credit courses]

MBA Required Courses
36 Credit Track

I. Required Courses

  • MBA 501 Managerial Economics
  • MBA 503 Data Analysis and Decision Making
  • MBA 506 Leadership, Team Effectiveness and Communications
  • MBA 507 Ethics in Management
  • MBA 511 Technological Innovations
  • MBA 512 Business Planning and Strategic Management
  • MBA 522 Industry Project

II. Electives

  • Choose five.  Four must be from concentration area
    (Innovation, Management, Human Resources, or Operations Management)

 

Requirements for the MBA Degree - 48 Credit Track

[All courses are 3 credit courses]

MBA Required and Elective Courses
48 Credit Track 

I. Required Courses

  • MBA 502 Finance
  • MBA 504 Financial Accounting
  • MBA 505 Marketing
  • MBA 589 Operations Management
  • MBA 501 Managerial Economics
  • MBA 503 Data Analysis and Decision Making
  • MBA 506 Leadership, Team Effectiveness and Communications
  • MBA 507 Ethics in Management
  • MBA 511 Technological Innovations
  • MBA 512 Business Planning and Strategic Management
  • MBA 592 Organizational Behavior
  • MBA 522 Industry Project

II. Electives

  • Choose four from concentration area
    (Innovation, Management, Human Resources, or Operations Management)

 

Innovation Concentration

The Innovation concentration will focus on entrepreneurship, new business development, and joining invention and innovation with strategic business planning.  "Students participate in creating Silicon Valley East by turning university inventions into new products and businesses," states Professor Gerrit Wolf, who is Director of the Innovation Concentration, as well as Director of the University's Innovation Center. Innovation is an emerging area in both large and startup businesses. Business Week and the Wall Street Journal have sections on Innovation that feature innovative firms and products. Large firms now have VPs of Innovation that oversee Research and Development, and Marketing. Innovation is also a significant part of startup businesses in biotechnology, wireless, and alternative energies. SBU has Centers in these technologies and supports the development of technologies that lead to new products and businesses. MBA students, particularly those in joint MBA/Science degrees, with the Innovation concentration, may find a position in a growing firm or entrepreneurial opportunities in startup businesses developed on campus as part of the Technology Centers or the Technology Licensing Office.

Choose Four Electives to Fulfill Innovation Concentration

I. Elective Courses

 

* Elective course options subject to change

  • BUS 554 Lean Launch Pad
  • BUS 567 Intellectual Property Strategy 
  • MBA 509 Continuous Quality Improvement                                             
  • MKT 535 New Product Marketing
  • MBA 540 Data Mining
  • MBA 538 Organizational Development and Change                                           
  • FIN 552 Mergers & Acquisitions
  • MKT 565 Marketing Research
  • MBA 570 Entrepreneurship                                                                     
  • MBA 571 Social Entrepreneurship
  • MBA 574 Project Management
  • MKT 567 Marketing Strategy
  • MBA 530 Employee Dispute Resolution and Conflict Management
  • MBA 543 Business Analytics
  • MBA 563 Business Ethics through Film: Thinking, Acting, Managing

 

Management Concentration

The Management concentration introduces students to various aspects of general management across various types of organizations, including corporate, health care, government agencies, and non-profit enterprises. The general management concentration trains for strategic analysis, development, execution and measurement of all business functions. 

Choose Four Electives to Fulfill Management Concentration

I. Elective Courses

 

* Elective course options subject to change

  • MBA 509 Continuous Quality Improvement
  • BUS 567 Intellectual Property Strategy
  • FIN 552 Mergers & Acquisitions
  • FIN 536 Financial Management
  • FIN 549 Risk Management
  • FIN 541 Bank Management
  • FIN 552 Mergers & Acquisitions
  • MBA 540 Data Mining
  • MKT 535 New Product Marketing
  • MKT 516 Strategic Brand Management
  • MKT 518 Sales Management
  • MKT 555 Consumer Behavior
  • MKT 575 Business Marketing
  • MKT 564 Info Sys. For Marketing
  • MBA 515 Comparative & International Management
  • MBA 517 Information Systems for Managers
  • HRM 533 Employee Relations and Labor Management
  • HRM 538 Organizational Development and Change 
  • HRM 547 Organizational Performance Management
  • MBA 538 Organizational Change and Development
  • MBA 570 Entrepreneurship
  • MBA 571 Social Entrepreneurship
  • MBA 543 Business Analytics
  • MBA 560 Design & Analysis of Mgt
  • MBA 566 Business Law 
  • MBA 574 Project Management
  • MBA 588 Database Management
  • BUS 520 Law & Foreign Policy in International Business
  • BUS 554 Lean Launch Pad

 

Operations Management Concentration

The Operations Management concentration introduces students to various aspects of general management across various types of organizations, and is designed to accommodate student's demand for education relevant for securing jobs in managing business operations. 

I. Required Courses

  • MBA 543 Business Analytics

II. Elective Courses

(choose 3)

* Elective course options subject to change

  • MBA 509 Continuous Quality Improvement
  • MBA 517 Information Systems for Managers
  • MBA 540 Data Mining
  • MBA 574 Project Management
  • MBA 587 Decision Support Systems  
  • MBA 595 Independent Research (requires instructor permission)

Human Resources Concentration

The Human Resources concentration prepares students for careers in leadership roles in human resources, employee and labor relations, team building, and training & development, in a variety of organizational structures, including corporate, health care, government agencies, and non-profit enterprises. Today's human resources professionals help guide the organizational development and short- and long-term strategic planning processes. Strategic issues such as mergers & acquisitions, policy development, quality management, change management and succession planning are all at the forefront of human resources matters. The concentration introduces students to various aspects of human resources across various types of organizations.

Choose Four Electives to Fulfill Human Resources Concentration

I. Elective Courses

 

* Elective course options subject to change

  • HRM 532 Foundations of Human Resources                                                                       
  • HRM 533 Employee Relations and Labor Management
  • HRM 545 Employment Law and Policy
  • HRM 546 Job Eval, Comp Systems & Benefits
  • HRM 541 Human Relations and Workforce Planning 
  • HRM 537 Employee Learning & Professional/Career Development
  • HRM 538 Organizational Development and Change 
  • HRM 547 Organizational Performance Management
  • HRM 548 Diversity and Global Issues in the Workplace
  • MBA 530 Employee Dispute Resolution and Conflict Management
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