For additional information about graduate programs within the College of Business Administration, please contact graduate advisor Jennifer Pettitt at GradBiz@uah.edu. Information about the application process may be found in the Graduate Studies section of the catalog.
The Master of Business Administration (MBA) program is designed as a general management graduate degree, offering a unique management of technology theme. The educational emphasis of the program builds upon knowledge and skills in all of the business disciplines to prepare students for careers in organizations that face opportunities and challenges afforded by technological change.
The MBA program was fashioned to be an interdisciplinary program in business for practicing administrators, primarily for early- and mid-career managers. The typical student has an educational background in business, engineering, or science, but aspires to mid-level and upper-level managerial positions in organizations in technology-driven environments. The curriculum is designed to accommodate students from engineering, science, the liberal arts and other non-business backgrounds. The students in this program are more mature than traditional full-time students. Most have been out of school and employed full-time from five to fifteen years. They aspire to upward career mobility or are seeking to change career paths.
The MBA program emphasizes the development of integrative systems thinking skills in order to build capable, creative managers able to face successfully both external challenges such as rapid technological change and increasing environmental complexities, and internal issues such as changing employee expectations and methods of increasing productivity.
The program orients students to the rigors of holistic thinking about technology-driven problems and opportunities, introduces students to concepts and tools from all the business disciplines to operate in a technological environment, and instills a commitment to teamwork. The curriculum provides instruction in financial reporting, analysis and markets; domestic and global economic environments of organizations; creation and distribution of goods and services; and human behavior in organizations. It provides advanced study in decision science and human aspects of organizational problem-solving. It provides education in managing technological innovations and processes, and integrating technology into the organization’s strategic objectives. It addresses such issues as analyzing problems through economic and financial frameworks, developing and using information systems, providing information on accounting costs, marketing, managing the development of technology, reducing new product development time, managing technical professionals, and integrating technology into the overall strategic objectives of the organization.
The MBA program is recognized internationally through accreditation by AACSB International-The Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business.
(1) written and oral English communications
(2) quantitative analysis/statistics
(3) computer proficiency achieved either through prior experience and education or as part of the student's MBA program of study
Program Foundation Courses
The MBA curriculum includes a group of six courses (18 credit hours) that serves as the program foundation.
|ACC 600||FOUNDATIONS ACC MANAGERS & ENG||3|
|ECN 600||FOUNDATIONS OF ECONOMICS||3|
|IS 600||INFORMATION SYSTEMS MANAGEMENT||3|
|MGT 600||ORGAN THRY, BEHAV & ENVIRONMEN||3|
|MKT 600||SURVEY OF MARKETING MGMT||3|
|MSC 600||QUANTITATIVE METHODS||3|
|Total Semester Hours||18|
Program Core Courses
The program core courses focus on the management of technology, and consist of the following:
|MGT 601||TECH & INNOVATION MGMT||3|
|MSC 605||OPERATIONS MANAGEMENT||3|
|ACC 602||MANAGERIAL ACCOUNTING||3|
|ECN 626||MANAGERIAL ECON & TECH||3|
|FIN 601||FIN DECIS UNDER UNCERTAINTY||3|
|MKT 604||NEW PRODUCT DEVELOPMENT||3|
|MGT 631||HRM & ORGANIZATIONAL BEHAVIOR||3|
|MGT 698||STRATEGIC MANAGEMENT||3|
|Select 9 semester hours of electives||9|
|Select one of the following plans:|
Thesis: 6 Semester Hours
Select 3 semester hours of graduate electives
Select 9 semester hours of graduate electives
|Total Semester Hours||33|
Potential Emphasis Areas
MBA students take nine semester hours of graduate electives consistent with their professional development aspirations. Students may choose to focus the nine semester hours in one area to create an "emphasis area." MBA students should seek the advice of the Director of Graduate Programs before selecting an emphasis area to ensure it fits with the student's prior undergraduate coursework. Through careful selection of courses, students may pursue an emphasis is accounting, acquisitions management, cybersecurity, entrepreneurship, information systems, finance, human resource management, marketing, project management, or supply chain & logistics management.