Barney School of Business
Master of Business Administration
Take charge of your changing business world with a Master of Business Administration (MBA) from the University of Hartford Barney School of Business—listed as one of the nation's "Best Business Schools" by the Princeton Review.
Get an MBA Your Way!
- 12 in-depth courses for a fast-track MBA
- 24 months for an accelerated degree
- Ranked #3 in Hartford Business Journal for the largest MBA program in Connecticut
- AACSB-accredited program both full-time and part-time
- The majority of our students receive a GRE/GMAT waiver. Find out how easy it is to request a waiver.
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About the Program
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.
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, or 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.
Take 12 classes for a total of 36 credits. You will study several different disciplines in our nine required courses ranging from economics to accounting to management. The remaining three classes will be electives in your chosen concentration or area of interest.
Concentrations show mastery in a topical area and add a level of skill to your resume. The concentration will appear on your transcript after completion of the MBA program.
For more information, and to see a complete list of degree requirements, visit the Course Catalog.
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.
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.
People from many walks of life are interested in starting their own businesses. This concentration prepares individuals to develop strategies, and implement marketing and management functions associated with owning and operating a successful business. Students learn consulting models, how to analyze organizational and ethics issues, and develop diagnostic skills.
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.
This concentration 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. The Barney School offers one course per term (Fall, Spring and Summer) to complete this concentration.
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. The Barney School offers one course per term (Fall, Spring and Summer) to complete this concentration.
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.
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.
With the increasing demand to combine different strategies and tools for implementing projects, there is a 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.
The Master of Business Administration with a concentration in Project Management provides students with the requisite skills, knowledge, and insights to manage projects in a variety of business applications and industries. Content includes the technical, behavioral, and strategic awareness competencies of project management to provide a holistic approach to project management.
Content is aligned with the knowledge areas of the Project Management Institute’s Project Management Body of Knowledge (PMBOK®) Guide and Agile Practice Guide. Content and case studies focus on: the alignment of projects to the innovation goals and business strategy of the organization, applying appropriate project management tools based on the situational context, especially in agile, iterative, adaptive and hybrid project environments, and managing domestic and global stakeholders and teams. Students are provided with skills and content to advance in the project management profession in a variety of industries.
Students with this MBA concentration are also prepared for and encouraged to obtain the Certified Associate in Project Management (CAPM) certification offered by the Project Management Institute (PMI). This will also provide students with a pathway to achieving the highly valued Project Management Professional (PMP) certification offered by PMI.
The Barney School offers one course per term (Fall, Spring and Summer) to complete this concentration.
We live in the insurance capital of America. With our variety of insurance courses, providing a micro-credential (concentration) in Risk Management and Insurance allows further selection of concentrations within our MBA program. The concentration includes a selection of INS courses of which 3 may be selected for this concentration.
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. The Barney School offers one course per term (Fall, Spring and Summer) to complete this concentration.
Benjamin Patterson, Insurance and Finance 2014, MBA 2018
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.
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.
Additional Admission Information
- 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.
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GMAT/GRE waivers are based on sufficient academic and/or professional history. To be considered for eligibility, you must meet one of the following criteria:
- Undergraduate GPA of 3.0+
- 3 years of substantial work experience
- Previous completion of a Masters or higher-level degree
If you believe you meet at least one of the criteria for a GMAT/GRE waiver, we encourage you to select this option within the online application. We will verify your eligibility during the review of your completed application. An interview may be requested for further verification of eligibility.
If you are an international student, please read about additional requirements.
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