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Programme in Business Administration

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The Master of Business Administration program is aimed at general competence in management. Often managers must change their roles as they reach higher positions of responsibility. The ability to reason and learn in new situations aids in the creation of general management capabilities. The professional manager's ability to contribute constructively to change in business and to make and successfully execute wise decisions is, to a great extent, derived from a sensitivity to immediate problems. Management competence requires a willingness to face the challenge of living in an environment of uncertainty where innovation occurs at an ever-increasing rate and personal and group relationships are complex.


 Admission to the Master of Business Administration program is based upon the completion of the general admission requirements of the Graduate School. For admission to the Business Administration program a satisfactory score on the Graduate Management Admission Test (GMAT) or Diploma in English - University of London (at IUFS) is required. There is no foreign language requirement for the MBA program. Many people in business seek to enhance their career opportunities by broadening their knowledge and understanding of the overall management field. Since it is impossible for them to leave their responsibilities and return to academic work on a full-time basis, the College of Business Administration offers a complete program in the evening as a service to the community. Evening classes are taught by full-time faculty members and the same academic standards required of full-time students are maintained. It is expected that the student will progress through the program at a pace that is commensurate with the time available.

The program has been designed to accommodate students of widely divergent backgrounds. It is not necessary to have completed prior academic work in business administration. Foundation courses have been designed to prepare the student for advanced coursework. These graduate courses are an integral part of the MBA program.

 Grade and Graduation Requirements The MBA program follows the grade requirements for probation as specified under the general regulations of the Graduate School. In addition, to graduate, students must have at least a 3.0 grade point average in all coursework and area of concentration. Students will be dismissed from the MBA program if they accumulate grade deficiency points greater than allowed. Any grade of C is worth one deficiency point, any grade of D is worth two deficiency points and any grade of F is worth three deficiency points. Deficiency points may not be removed from a student's record by additional coursework.



Requirements for the thesis degree plan are the same as the requirements listed below for the non-thesis degree plan with the following change. A six-hour thesis can be added to the MBA program. The six hours would be beyond the 46 advanced hours required for the MBA degree. All candidates for the degree shall defend the thesis at a final oral examination.


Background Category I Students who have had no prior academic work in business will enter the program of work listed for Semester I and continue sequentially through both the Foundation Program and the Advanced MBA Program. Students with a statistics and/or mathematics deficiency will be required to complete QABA-1 and/or MATH -1.


Background Category II Students with varying amounts of academic work in business may have the requirement waived for those equivalent Foundation Program courses completed with acceptable grades within the last 10 years.



Foundation Program

These courses should be taken upon entering the MBA program and prior to taking courses in the advanced MBA program. They may not be used as electives in the advanced program.



Accounting Analysis I (AA-I),

Accounting Analysis II (AA-II)

Economic Analysis I (EA-I)

Economic Analysis II (EA-II)

Quantitative Analysis for Business Administration (QABA), Marketing (MAR)

Introduction to Computers and Information Systems (ICIS), Finance (FIN-1)

Behavioral Science in Management(BSM-1), Management (M-1)

With approval of the Graduate Advisor, a student may enroll in advanced courses when schedule conflicts prevent completion of all the foundation courses. A student may not apply to the MBA degree more than nine semester hours of advanced work completed prior to the completion of all foundation courses.

 Advanced MBA Program

The Advanced MBA Program normally consists of 36 hours of coursework to be selected by the student and approved by the Graduate Advisor. However, the accounting concentration may require the student to complete up to 45 hours of advanced coursework, depending on background. In those cases where it is necessary for the student to take nine or all of the Foundation Program courses at the graduate level, the student will be allowed to waive one or two non-concentration electives respectively.

 Concentration Areas

A concentration of 12 semester hours may be taken in one of the following curriculum areas: economics, finance, information systems (see Department of Information Systems and Management Sciences courses), management, management science (see Department of Information Systems and Management Sciences), marketing, and real estate (see Department of Finance and Real Estate courses). A student who wishes to take a program of courses in a wider range may choose not to take a concentration. A concentration in accounting requires a minimum of 15 semester hours of advanced graduate accounting courses. The student selecting a concentration in accounting must have previously studied or include in his or her program courses covering the following areas of accounting: financial accounting and accounting theory, management information and computer systems, financial and operational auditing, and taxation. Students who elect a concentration in information systems are advised to take six semester hours in accounting and may select up to six hours of graduate electives in computer science or management science, subject to the approval of the MBA Graduate Advisor.

 International Option

The following advanced courses permit students to pursue a comprehensive program of study in international business administration within the MBA program. The complete course description and prerequisites may be found under the appropriate functional listing. Students planning a career in the international field and taking extensive coursework in international business administration may consider international-related research topics for approved research courses, preferably conducting an area study (Latin American, Asian, European, etc.) of some type. Students should also recognize the importance of those graduate courses in political science, history, and foreign languages, which would embellish graduate study in international business administration.









Elective Areas Outside Concentration or Other Professional Fields

An MBA student may take elective courses in any of the curriculum areas of the MBA Program. He or she may take no more than six semester hours in advanced courses in an area other than the concentration field (see professional management electives for exceptions). Any course beyond the foundation courses may be completed for advanced elective credit.

Professional Management Electives

Students holding bachelor's or master's degrees in professional fields such as architecture, education, engineering, nursing, social work, and urban studies have the option of taking up to 12 hours of electives in their professional area as part of their MBA degree requirements. With these electives, professionals can develop advanced management skill in a functional area by declaring a 9-12 hour concentration, or pursue a more general management approach by declaring "no concentration". If an accounting concentration is desired, the advanced program may require up to 45 semester hours to provide required accounting skills. A full 36-hour advanced program is required for all other concentrations.


Technology and Innovation Management Electives

Several course sets have been designed for students wishing to achieve a greater understanding of technology and how it is developed. The courses in these sets include coverage of the economic role of innovation and the management of the firm's technological base to shape and accomplish the organization's operational, strategic, and competitive objectives. Separate course sets attempt to focus on the following specific areas of interest: energy technology, environmental technology, financial innovations, health technology management, informations systems management, manufacturing management, marketing and technology, and production and operations management. These course sets are included in the course set listings available in the Graduate Studies office.

 MBA Cooperative Education Program

A non-credit MBA Cooperative Education Program exists for the convenience of employers and students. In the Parallel Program, students study full-time and work part-time. The work load is similar to that undertaken by other working full-time students. In the Alternating Coop Program, students study full-time one semester and work full-time the next semester. After successfully completing a coop agreement with a particular employer and upon receipt of notification by the employer of a satisfactory Student/Employer evaluation, a Coop Certificate will be awarded by the College of Business Administration to the student. Benefits of the Coop Program over ordinary employment are derived by the employer supplementing and complementing classroom education by providing valuable experience and training in the chosen area of expertise. Additional information on program requirements is available in the Graduate Studies Office.


The doctoral program is designed to develop scholars with the ability to teach and conduct independent research in various areas of business administration. The program prepares students for careers as creative teachers and researchers by providing thorough preparation in the theory and practice of business administration. The curriculum emphasizes the rigorous analytical skills needed to make meaningful contributions in fields of business. Graduates will assume significant roles in the world's educational and research institutions through the dissemination of knowledge in the classroom and the publication of research in journals and books and add significantly to the body of knowledge in their chosen fields.

Coursework is offered in the following areas: accounting, banking and finance, business economics, business policy/strategic management, business statistics, personnel/human resource management, insurance and risk management, international business management, investments and securities, labor/industrial relations, management information systems, management sciences, marketing management and research, organizational behavior, organizational theory, production/operations management, real estate, small business management and ownership, and taxation. Coursework in these areas of study supports the following major fields: Accounting, Economics, Finance, Information Systems, Management, Management Sciences, and Marketing.


Admission is competitive and the attainment of a specific set of minimum qualifications does not assure admission. Instead, admission is granted to the candidate deemed to be most qualified to achieve success. In general, all applicants must:

Meet the admission criteria established by the Graduate School.

Have completed at least 30 hours of master's level graduate work in an appropriate field with a grade point average of 3.4 or higher.

Have achieved a satisfactory score on the Graduate Management Admissions Test and satisfactory scores on both the verbal and quantitative portions of the examination.

In addition, students for whom English is a second language must submit satisfactory scores on the Test of Spoken English (TSE-A) and the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) or Diploma in English - University of London (at IUFS).


All students must complete work in three fields: a major (dissertation) field, a minor field, and a research field. A minor field may be external to the College of Business Administration. Examples are industrial engineering, mathematics, computer science, sociology, and psychology. The student must petition for approval of an external minor field.

The following minimum semester hours must be included in the student's Program of Study.

Minimum Semester Hours

Business Foundation *

Major Field 18**

Minor Field 12**

Research Field 15**

Doctoral Research Colloquium 4

Dissertation 18

* From 0-30 hours depending upon the student's background at the time of admission to the doctoral program.

** Previous equivalent advanced coursework may be accepted.


Each student enrolled in the doctoral program must enroll for and successfully complete a minimum of 15 hours in one 12-month period prior to completion of the comprehensive examinations. Each student must enroll for at least 12 hours every year. All students enrolled in the program must successfully complete all coursework and comprehensive examinations within a maximum of 60 months from initial enrollment in the program. A minimum of 24 graduate hours in residence, excluding dissertation, are required for all candidates.



Students must demonstrate competence in their major, minor, and research fields by the successful completion of written examinations. Written comprehensive examinations in each field will be given in February and October of each year. A student is eligible for a written comprehensive examination when that student has completed (1) the Business Foundation course.

If a student fails a written comprehensive examination and continues in that field, the examination must be retaken within a period of not more than 15 months. If a student fails a second comprehensive examination in a major or research field, that student will not be permitted to continue in the program. If a student twice fails a written comprehensive examination in a minor field, that student will not be permitted to continue in that field.

A student must complete all written examinations within 25 months or retake any examinations which fall outside the 25- month period.

When a student successfully completes all the written examinations, that student is scheduled for a comprehensive oral examination which is administered by the student's Supervisory Committee. A student who fails the comprehensive oral examination will be given a second oral examination within 12 months of the date of the first examination. If a student fails the second comprehensive oral examination, that student will not be permitted to continue in the program.

Upon successful completion of written and oral comprehensive examinations, the student is admitted to candidacy.


The Dissertation Committee consists of a minimum of five members: two from the student's major field, one each from the minor and research fields, and one other member. The chair of the Dissertation Committee must be from the major field.

Following completion of the comprehensive examinations, student will be required to enroll for at least nine hours of dissertation each regular semester and at least six hours each summer until completion of the dissertation. Students must register for a minimum total of 18 semester hours of dissertation and must be enrolled for a minimum of nine hours of dissertation in the semester in which they defend the dissertation.

The dissertation must be completed within four years of the oral comprehensive examination.

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