Barney School of Business

Master of Business Administration

Complete your MBA with just 12 classes, either online or in class, part-time or full-time. Choose the format that best supports your learning style. Generally, the average working professional will be able to finish our program in two years.

About the Program

Student presenting in Barney graduate class

Become exposed to the knowledge, skills, and values you need to become a successful manager. These concepts and skills apply to all types of organizations, including large corporations, family-owned businesses, and not-for-profit organizations.

Career Outlook

An MBA puts you on the path to success and opens up countless opportunities. You may decide to work in finance, management consulting, technology, marketing, logistics, other many other fields. Candidates for the master's 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.

Curriculum Requirements

Take 12 classes for a total of 36 credits. You will study several different disciplines in our nine required classes in disciplines ranging from economics to accounting to management. The remaining three classes will be electives in your chosen concentration.

Concentrations show mastery in a topical area and add a level of skill to your resume. The concentration will appear on your degree (transcript) after completion of the MBA program.

For more information, and to see a complete list of degree requirements, visit the Course Catalog.

MBA Concentrations

Accounting

Every organization uses an accounting system for internal control and performance measurement as well as required financial and tax reporting. If you don’t have an accounting background, use the concentration to gain a basic foundation of the profession. If you have a degree in accounting, advance your understanding with higher level classes.

Business Analytics

Today’s technology produces huge volumes of data. Businesses everywhere are focusing on how to properly organize, evaluate, and use data to solve problems and identify opportunities that give their organization a competitive advantage.

Finance

Financial skills are in demand in all industries. Acquire knowledge about how firms make financial decisions and how these decisions affect individual organizations and society as a whole.

Healthcare Management

This course addresses evolving issues in the health system by examining the structure of the U.S. healthcare system, including health care professionals, the delivery and financing of healthcare, and related health care products.

International Business

In today’s fast-paced environment, it is common to find working professionals traveling abroad representing their institutions in global affairs. This concentration allows for those who want to broaden their horizon to delve deeper in functional areas, visit foreign countries, or create a unique experience by mastering an international topic as an independent study.

Management

This is an ideal concentration for anyone with a desire to manage people and processes. It provides flexibility in selecting courses that emphasize general skills for enhancing the performance of people and organizations.

Marketing

Use the knowledge and skills gained from an MBA concentration in marketing to help firms create value for customers. Both national and international aspects of developing, distributing, pricing, and promoting brands, products, and services are covered.

Project Management

With the increasing demand to combine different strategies and tools for implementing projects, there is great need for skilled project managers to improve the performance of their business or organization. A Project Management concentration is a viable and sought-after program for both business and engineering graduate students. Course content will be aligned with the Project Management Institute’s (PMI) PMP (Project Management Professional) and CAPM (Certified Associate in Project Management) certifications.

Supply Chain Management

Supply Chain management has become an essential skill set for managing global enterprises involving the strategic flow of goods and services for meeting customers’ needs. Robust supply chains allow businesses to deliver the most cost competitive and timely solutions to their customers by leveraging the capabilities of the multi-dimensional linkages in their supply chain.

Barney's career ready focus provided me with the technical proficiency resources, and relationships needed to launch my career...I use the knowledge gained in my coursework to provide policyholders with superior service and technical expertise to resolve their moderately complex professional liability claims.

Benjamin Patterson, Insurance and Finance 2014, MBA 2018

Admissions

Overview

We adhere to the standards of the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business—International (AACSB) and reserve admission to students showing high promise of success in postgraduate business study. We consider, GMAT scores, performance in undergraduate and other graduate programs, and motivation of the applicant as evidenced in the letter of intent.

*Prior to beginning the degree program, students are expected to have a working knowledge of computers and be able to use word processing software and spreadsheets.

Requirements

  • Complete an on-line application and pay a $50 application fee
  • Send official transcripts of all previous baccalaureate and graduate study
  • Take and send the results of the Graduate Management Admission Test (GMAT)
  • Write a letter of intent and résumé.

Apply here to the MBA Program.

*If you are currently an employee at CIGNA and applying through your employer, apply here.

GMAT Waivers

GMAT waivers based on substantive work experience may be granted in extraordinary circumstances. At a minimum, applicants requesting a GMAT experience waiver must have at least 3 years of significant work experience and/or a GPA of 3.0+. Each request is individually evaluated through a personal interview.

The GMAT examination has a flexible schedule of test dates. Students may call test centers and arrange for individual computerized testing. University code is XBBNR25. Scores are available within a few weeks. GMAT scores are valid for five years.

International Admissions

If you are an international student, please read about additional requirements.

Contact

For more information, please email mbainfo@hartford.edu or call 860.768.4444.

*If you are currently an employee at CIGNA and applying through your employer, please contact cignamba@hartford.edu.

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