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Master of Business Administration (MBA)

The College of Business offers a general MBA Degree.  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.  

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 36 credit track includes 7 core courses and 5 elective courses. The 48 credit track includes 12 core courses and 4 elective courses.  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 in the MBA generalist program can choose any graduate business electives, provided that they meet the prerequisite requirement. This allows students to design a unique MBA program that best suits their professional goals.

Students also have the opportunity to choose a concentration of either  Innovation or  Operations Analytics which will be indicated on their degree.  A concentration is a grouping of at least 4 elective courses.

Requirements for the MBA Degree - 36 Credit Track

[All courses are 3 credit courses]

MBA Required Courses
36 Credit Track

I. Required Courses

  • 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
  • MBA 543 Business Analytics

II. Electives

  • Choose five.  
  • Students cannot choose more than 2 courses from each of the following areas: FIN, MKT, HRM, HAS. 
  • Elective choices may be found in the graduate bulletin.

Please note that this information is used for advising purposes. Students are required to follow the degree requirements published in the Graduate Bulletin for the semester that they began their program. Students should consult their academic advisor if they have any questions regarding their program requirements.   

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 503 Data Analysis and Decision Making
  • MBA 504 Financial Accounting
  • MBA 505 Marketing
  • 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
  • MBA 543 Business Analytics
  • MBA 589 Operations Management
  • MBA 592 Organizational Behavior

II. Electives

  • Choose four.
  • Students cannot choose more than 2 courses from each of the following areas: FIN, MKT, HRM, HAS.
  • Elective choices may be found in the graduate bulletin.

Please note that this information is used for advising purposes. Students are required to follow the degree requirements published in the Graduate Bulletin for the semester that they began their program. Students should consult their academic advisor if they have any questions regarding their program requirements.   

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

  • FIN 552 Mergers & Acquisitions
  • MBA 509 Continuous Quality Improvement                                             
  • MBA 530 Employee Dispute Resolution and Conflict Management
  • MBA/HRM 538 Organizational Development and Change
  • MBA 540 Data Mining
  • MBA 563 Business Ethics through Film: Thinking, Acting, Managing               
  • MBA 570 Entrepreneurship                                                                     
  • MBA 571 Social Entrepreneurship
  • MBA 574 Project Management
  • MKT 565 Consumer Insights
  • MKT 535 New Product Marketing
  • MKT 567 Integrated Marketing Management

Please note that this information is used for advising purposes. Students are required to follow the degree requirements published in the Graduate Bulletin for the semester that they began their program. Students should consult their academic advisor if they have any questions regarding their program requirements. 

 Operations Analytics Concentration

The Operations Analytics 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. 

Choose Four Electives to Fulfill Operations Analytics Concentration

I. Elective Courses

 

* Elective course options subject to change

  • MBA 509 Continuous Quality Improvement
  • MBA 517 Information Systems for Managers
  • MBA 540 Data Mining
  • MBA 544 Supply Chain Management
  • MBA 574 Project Management
  • MBA 587 Decision Support Systems  
  • MBA 595 Independent Research (requires instructor permission)

Please note that this information is used for advising purposes. Students are required to follow the degree requirements published in the Graduate Bulletin for the semester that they began their program. Students should consult their academic advisor if they have any questions regarding their program requirements. 

MBA Learning Goals and Objectives