Masters in Business Administration

Master of Business Administration

The Master of Business Administration (MBA) provides a quality graduate program for experienced professionals who want to assume management and leadership positions in a variety of organizational settings. The program encompasses the knowledge and skills necessary for effectively managing both the technical and the human sides of organizations.

The curriculum consists of foundation courses, core courses, and elective courses that combine business theory with current business practice. The foundation and core courses provide a common body of knowledge required for effective performance in today’s unpredictable global business environment. Complementing this common body of knowledge are a variety of electives from which students can choose, depending on their professional interests.

MBA Program Mission Statement

The University of Mary Washington’s MBA program provides a distinctive blend of opportunities for learning, scholarship, and professional development to meet the needs of a diverse student population. Our mission is supported by a graduate curriculum, based on ethical decision-making, critical thinking, research design and data analysis, technological proficiency, communication expertise, and national and global business perspectives. It is designed to produce creative leaders. The program is facilitated by a faculty with extensive business experience and academic credentials, committed to excellence in teaching, research and scholarship contributing to knowledge in their disciplines, and service to the regional business community.

Admission Requirements for the MBA Program

As part of the University’s mission emphasizing “excellence in liberal learning through freedom of inquiry, personal responsibility, and intellectual integrity”, the College of Business admits students on the basis of academic performance, as well as on communication skills, personal character, motivation, and leadership. The goal of the faculty admission committee is to admit students with the greatest potential for success both academically and professionally.

To be admitted to the program, applicants must have completed a Bachelor’s degree from a regionally-accredited university. Successful applicants ordinarily will have earned a cumulative grade point average of 3.25 or better. It is important to understand that GPAs are only one factor in determining admissibility. Meeting minimum requirements does not guarantee admission to the program.

A TOEFL score of 570 (230 computer based/88 internet based) or International English Language Testing System (IELTS) score of 6.5 on the academic exam is required of non-native English speakers.

Applicants must submit:

  1. An official application for admission,
  2. Official transcripts from each college attended,
  3. Official GMAT scores (GRE, MCAT or LSAT may be considered in lieu of GMAT), taken within the last 5 years,
  4. Official TOEFL (or ELITS) scores if applicable, taken within the last 2 years,
  5. Three letters of recommendation (one should be from an employer or former employer and one should be from a faculty member),
  6. A résumé (2 pages maximum),
  7. One essay on why you want to pursue an advanced degree. The essay should demonstrate your ability to communicate well and be at least 250 words, but no more than two pages,
  8. Two years of full-time, post-baccalaureate professional employment is recommended

Students are admitted for the fall or spring semester.
Application Due Dates:
Fall Admission: October 1
Spring Admission: June 1

Deferred Enrollment. Accepted applicants may ask the College of Business for the option of deferring enrollment for up to two consecutive semesters. Each case is considered on an individual basis. Those who are granted deferred enrollment are subject to rules, regulations, and financial charges in effect when they actually enroll. Students who enroll at another institution before enrolling at the College of Business must reapply for admission. In cases involving military deployment, mobilization, or change in duty assignment, accepted applicants may request to extend the enrollment deferment for longer than two consecutive semesters. Any such requests will considered on an individual basis. A copy of the person’s military orders must be provided to the Office of Admissions to support such a request.

MBA Degree Requirements

Successful completion of all required foundation courses or their equivalents, core courses, and elective courses with a cumulative grade-point average of 3.0 or higher is required to meet degree requirements. All required course work must be completed within six years of matriculation into the program.

Foundation Course Waivers

Some incoming students may require additional foundation course work. The foundation course component is designed to provide the essential business knowledge and skills required for successful completion of the MBA program. The undergraduate foundation courses provide a non-business undergraduate student with a knowledge base comparable to that of a student with an undergraduate business degree. Some of the foundation courses may be waived through a variety of means:

• Completion of comparable course work from a regionally-accredited college or university with a grade of B or higher within 10 years from date of admission to the MBA program.

• Successfully passing an examination addressing the course content. A foundation course may be challenged by exam only one time, as follows:

– CLEP or DANTES Exam or
– Faculty-developed exam, administered at the discretion of MBA faculty. This option is not available for some foundation courses.

It is the responsibility of the MBA applicant to demonstrate why and how a foundation course should be waived.

Transfer Courses

Ordinarily, a maximum of six graduate credits can be transferred into the MBA program. To be accepted for transfer credit, courses must have been taken from a regionally-accredited institution within the last six years with a minimum grade of B and must directly relate to one of the MBA program courses. Transfer credit is not given for internship or practicum experiences.

Orientation Session

Prior to the start of every semester and/or summer session, new students are expected to participate in an orientation session. This session, offered through advising support personnel, includes introductions of University staff, relevant University policies and procedures, and computer and library resources.

Requirements for Continuance in the MBA Program

All matriculated MBA students are expected to maintain satisfactory academic progress in their graduate courses toward completion of the MBA program. A cumulative GPA of 3.0 (B) or higher is required for graduation from the program.

Students must maintain a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0 (B) in each 8-week session to remain in good academic standing. Any student whose cumulative GPA is below 3.0 at the end of any session will have the following session to correct the deficiency.

A student who earns three Cs (including C+, C, or C-) or one F in graduate courses in the program will automatically be suspended from the program.

Students who voluntarily interrupt their enrollment for one to three semesters should refer to the Leave of Absence policy in the “Admission and Enrollment” section.

Readmission to the MBA Program

Students who have not attended the University for three consecutive semesters, excluding summer session, must apply for readmission through the Office of Admissions. Students who are readmitted are subject to the degree requirements in effect at the
time of readmission. When a student is readmitted, the six-year limit from time of first admission is still in effect. Academic work that was completed more than six years before the date at which the MBA is awarded may not be used to satisfy the degree requirements. If a student needs additional time to complete the degree, the student must apply in writing to the department chair for an extension. Such requests must be received at least one month prior to the end of the student’s original six-year time limit.

A student who has been suspended from the program may apply for readmission after a lapse of three semesters. Applicants for readmission must meet current minimum admission requirements. Readmission to the program is not guaranteed.


MBA Course Requirements (37-67 credits)

Foundation Courses (1-24 credits)

ACCT 201 Accounting for Managers (3 credits)
BPST 314 Business Legal Environment (3 credits)
BPST 316 Statistics for Managers (3 credits)
LRSP 306 Economics for Business (3 credits)
LRSP 311 The Management Process (3 credits)
LRSP 331 Organizational Behavior (3 credits)
LRSP 412 Marketing for Managers (3 credits)
LRSP 433 Production/Operations Management (3 credits)

Note: Students admitted fall 2007 or later must complete all foundation courses before enrolling in graduate courses, with the exception of MBUS 501A and MMIS 500. Any student who earns a grade below C in a foundation course taken at the University must retake the course and earn a C or higher.

Note: After admission to the MBA program, CLEP and DANTES exams may not be used to satisfy MBA foundation course requirements without prior approval of the Associate Dean for Advising or the department chair.

Core Courses (25 credits)

LRSP 400 Introduction to the MBA Program (1 credit)
MBUS 501A Organization Theory and Design (3 credits)
MBUS 502 Financial Decision Making for Managers (3 credits)
MBUS 523 Marketing Strategy (3 credits)
MBUS 525 Visionary Leadership (3 credits)
MBUS 529 Quantitative Business Modeling (3 credits)
MBUS 548 Managerial Economics (3 credits)
MBUS 595 Strategic Management (3 credits)
MMIS 500 Management Information Systems (3 credits)

Elective Courses (12 credit hours)
ACCT 560 Auditing (3 credits)
ACCT 561 Advanced Accounting (3 credits)
ACCT 562 Income Tax Procedure (3 credits)
ACCT 563 Corporation and Partnership Tax (3 credits)
ACCT 564 Accounting Information Systems (3 credits)
ACCT 565 Governmental and Nonprofit Accounting (3 credits)
MBUS 512 Organizational Research and Assessment (3 credits)
MBUS 516 Project Management (3 credits)
MBUS 517 Organizational Behavior (3 credits)
MBUS 521 Human Resource Management and Development (3 credits)
MBUS 524 Learning Organizations and Knowledge Management (3 credits)
MBUS 526 Organizational Change and Transformation (3 credits)
MBUS 527 Legal and Regulatory Environment of Public Administration (3 credits)
MBUS 528 Personnel Admin in the Public Sector (3 credits)
MBUS 531 Designing, Implementing, and Evaluating Training Programs (3 credits)
MBUS 532 Federal Procurement Policy and Practices (3 credits)
MBUS 533 Contact Performance & Evaluation (3 credits)
MBUS 534 Pricing Contracts (3 credits)
MBUS 535 Negotiation and Persuasion (3 credits)
MBUS 537 Contracting for Managers (3 credits)
MBUS 539 Project Evaluation (3 credits)
MBUS 542 Intergovernmental Relations (3 credits)
MBUS 546 Risk Management for Project Managers (3 credits)
MBUS 547 Quality Management for Projects (3 credits)
MBUS 550 Computer-Based Decision Support Systems (3 credits)
MBUS 554 Management Risk Analysis with Computer Simulations (3 credits)
MBUS 555 Knowledge Management Systems (3 credits)
MBUS 558 Legal and Regulatory Environments of Technology Management and Emerging Technologies (3 credits)
MBUS 566 The U.S. Health Care System (3 credits)
MBUS 567 Health Care Economics (3 credits)
MBUS 568 Health Care Accounting and Financial Management (3 credits)
MBUS 569 Health Care Policy and Legislation (3 credits)
MMIS 505 Information Systems Analysis and Design (3 credits)
MMIS 510 Information Security Management (3 credits)
MMIS 515 Information Technology Project Management (3 credits)
MMIS 531 Managing and Leading the Information Technology Workforce (3 credits)
MMIS 532 Enterprise Information Systems (3 credits)
MMIS 533 Management of Information Technology Outsourcing
MMIS 534 Business Database Systems (3 credits)
MMIS 535 Strategic Management of Information Systems and Innovation (3 credits)
MMIS 540 Computer Information Security (3 credits)
MMIS 541 Network Security and Cryptography (3 credits)
MMIS 542 Security Policy, Planning, and Assurance (3 credits)
MMIS 543 Computer Forensics (3 credits)
MMIS 544 Ethical Hacking and Malware Analysis (3 credits)
MMIS 558 Legal and Regulatory Environments of Technology Management and Emerging Technologies (3 credits)


MBA Course Groupings

The following groupings of courses offer guidance for areas that a student might wish to explore when deciding which courses to take as a part of the MBA elective requirements. Students are not limited to the courses in one grouping, and are free to select any of the electives listed, presuming prerequisite requirements have been fulfilled.


Accounting

Accounting courses prepare individuals to assume greater responsibility in the management of organizations and their accounting functions. Persons applying to sit for the Certified Public Accountant (CPA) examination in Virginia must possess at least 120 semester credits, including a baccalaureate or higher degree conferred by a regionally-accredited college or university, or an approved equivalent. Such individuals must complete at least 150 semester credits in order to obtain a CPA license in Virginia, including a minimum of 24 credits in accounting and 18 credits in business other than accounting.

Students who intend to sit for the CPA exam outside Virginia should consult with officials in those jurisdictions for specific requirements.

ACCT 560 Auditing (3 credits)
ACCT 561 Advanced Accounting (3 credits)
ACCT 562 Income Tax Procedure (3 credits)
ACCT 563 Corporation and Partnership Tax (3 credits)
ACCT 564 Accounting Information Systems (3 credits)
ACCT 565 Governmental and Nonprofit Accounting (3 credits)

 


General Management

General Management courses are attractive to those who seek the traditional MBA. Course work in this area offers a solid professional core in the functional areas of business, enriched with leading-edge courses applicable to many business and nonbusiness environments.

MBUS 512 Organizational Research and Assessment (3 credits)
MBUS 516 Project Management (3 credits)
MBUS 517 Organizational Behavior (3 credits)
MBUS 521 Human Resource Management and Development (3 credits)
MBUS 524 Learning Organizations and Knowledge Management (3 credits)
MBUS 526 Organizational Change and Transformation (3 credits)
MBUS 527 Legal and Regulatory Environment of Public Administration (3 credits)
MBUS 535 Negotiation and Persuasion (3 credits)
MBUS 537 Contracting for Managers (3 credits)
MBUS 558 Legal and Regulatory Environments of Technology Management and Emerging Technologies (3 credits)


Health Care Management

Health care management courses provide the knowledge and competencies required for management positions in organizations operating in the health care sector. Integration of the systemic view of health care environments into the decision-making process prepares students to become mid- and senior-level health care executives who are equipped to make complex business decisions in the dynamic environment of health care organizations. Course work in this area provides a contextual understanding of how the business process may be applied in the health care environment.

MBUS 558 Legal and Regulatory Environments of Technology Management and Emerging Technologies (3 credits)
MBUS 566 The U.S. Health Care System (3 credits)
MBUS 567 Health Care Economics (3 credits)
MBUS 568 Health Care Accounting and Financial Management (3 credits)
MBUS 569 Health Care Policy and Legislation (3 credits)


Information Assurance and Security

Information assurance and security courses provide opportunities for both applied and scholarly work in computer and data security using a graduate-level perspective of best practices in technical and managerial skills that promote information security in a variety of organizations. The courses cover content related to computer security certification programs, including those required by Homeland Security Presidential Directive 12 (HSPD-12) and Department of Defense Directive 8570.1.

MMIS 540 Computer Information Security (3 credits)
MMIS 541 Network Security and Cryptography (3 credits)
MMIS 542 Security Policy, Planning, and Assurance (3 credits)
MMIS 543 Computer Forensics (3 credits)
or MMIS 544 Ethical Hacking and Malware Analysis (3 credits)


Management Technology

Management technology courses are appropriate for both information technology and business professionals who want to deepen their technical knowledge and develop their management skills. Courses offered provide an in-depth knowledge in the functional areas of business and applicable management technology from both operational and strategic perspectives.

MBUS 550 Computer-Based Decision Support Systems (3 credits)
MBUS 554 Management Risk Analysis with Computer Simulations (3 credits)
MBUS 555 Knowledge Management Systems (3 credits)
MMIS 505 Information Systems Analysis and Design (3 credits)
MMIS 510 Information Security Management (3 credits)
MMIS 515 Information Technology Project Management (3 credits)
MMIS 531 Managing and Leading the Information Technology Workforce (3 credits)
MMIS 532 Enterprise Information Systems (3 credits)
MMIS 533 Management of Information Technology Outsourcing (3 credits)
MMIS 534 Business Database Systems (3 credits)
MMIS 535 Strategic Management of Information Systems and Innovation (3 credits)
MMIS 558 Legal and Regulatory Environments of Technology Management and Emerging Technologies (3 credits)


Organization and Human Resource Development

These courses are particularly appropriate for those interested in developing competencies in organizational change and learning organizations, or developing skills as a trainer.

MBUS 517 Organizational Behavior (3 credits)
MBUS 521 Human Resource Management and Development (3 credits)
MBUS 524 Learning Organizations and Knowledge Management (3 credits)
MBUS 526 Organizational Change and Transformation (3 credits)
MBUS 531 Designing, Implementing, and Evaluating Training Programs (3 credits)
MBUS 535 Negotiation and Persuasion (3 credits)
MBUS 558 Legal and Regulatory Environments of Technology Management and Emerging Technologies (3 credits)


Project Management

Project management courses provide a comprehensive and detailed analysis of each stage of a business project. Course work in this area covers the conceptualization, planning, scheduling, evaluation, risk analysis, and control of a business project, and other key areas such as total quality management and leadership for projects. Courses apply to an array of business professionals, particularly project managers, supervisors, general and marketing managers, and other practitioners seeking to learn more about project management.

MBUS 516 Project Management (3 credits)
MBUS 526 Organizational Change and Transformation (3 credits)
MBUS 537 Contracting for Managers (3 credits)
MBUS 539 Project Evaluation (3 credits)
MBUS 546 Risk Management for Project Managers (3 credits)
MBUS 547 Quality Management for Projects (3 credits)