Master of Business Administration
The masters degree in business is intended to provide broad exposure to the knowledge, skills, and values needed by successful managers. Candidates for the masters degree typically include those pursuing a management career, as well as those at mid-career and those contemplating a change from a technical or specialized field into a general management role. The concepts and skills acquired by Barney students apply to all types of organizations, including large corporations, family-owned businesses, and not-for-profit organizations. The majority of Barney School students pursue their masters of business administration (MBA) through part-time study in conveniently scheduled evening or online classes. The school also enrolls a number of full-time students.
The MBA curriculum is divided into four components: core, breadth, electives, and capstone. The curriculum consists of 17 courses (51 credits). All courses can be completed online or in class. Students with an undergraduate business degree, completed within the last five years, can normally waive some or all of the core classes. Generally, the average working professional completes the MBA program in 36 months.
Prior to beginning the masters degree in business, students are expected to have a working knowledge of computers and be able to use word processing software and spreadsheets.
The core of the MBA program is designed for students without prior business education and covers principles and concepts in the basic functional areas of business. The six courses in the breadth represent integrative, cross-functional topics that give the Barney MBA its uniqueness. Breadth courses cannot be waived. The capstone integrates functional approaches and environment issues by having students make strategic business decisions.
The master of business administration curriculum is always under review for continuous improvement.
To receive the MBA degree, students must complete all program requirements and maintain a 3.0 grade point average.