M.B.A. (Master of Business Administration)

All the Division of Business Administration’s graduate programs are accredited by ACBSP (Accreditation Council for Business Schools and Programs) except for the following: M.B.A. Concentrations in Human Resource Management, Global Business, Marketing, Post Baccalaureate Business Certificates, and the M.S. in Accounting. Our M.B.A. offers a rigorous 39-credit curriculum that has been carefully prepared by the college to meet the demands of the twenty-first century business world. The Caldwell College M.B.A. is available in six areas of study. A general M.B.A. will allow students ample scope beyond the required core to choose elective offerings from a broad range of other courses. The alternatives are an M.B.A. with Concentrations in Accounting, Nonprofit Management, Global Business, Human Resources or Marketing.

The Caldwell College M.B.A. requires students to complete 39 graduate credits consisting of 10 required courses (30 credits) and three other courses (9 credits) which can be specific courses towards a concentration or electives. Applicants without specific undergraduate courses in business may be required to take up to 21 undergraduate credits (30 for accounting) before full admission into the M.B.A. program.

Distance Learning. The Caldwell College M.B.A. is also available in a distance learning mode of delivery. Registrants for any distance learning course should be mindful of differences in procedures and demands between those and traditional classroom courses. While distance learning courses offer flexibility, they also require self-discipline, good time management, ability to work independently, and superior reading and writing skills. Students are advised to select the learning environment that best satisfies their goals and abilities.

Admissions RequirementsProgram Requirements (39 Credits)

Applicants with undergraduate business degrees

  • Bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university
  • Undergraduate GPA of at least 2.75 overall and 3.0 in business as a major
  • GMAT formula score of 1000 or above (200 x GPA + GMAT score); on approval,the GMAT requirement may be waived for applicants who have at least 8 years substantive business experience
  • Two letters of recommendation for graduate study
  • Writing sample: Submit the statement of objectives described on the application

Applicants with undergraduate degrees in fields other than business

  • Bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university
  • Undergraduate GPA of at least 2.75 overall
  • The following prerequisite undergraduate business courses*, with a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or better, and no grade below C
    • Accounting I & II
    • Principles of Economics I & II
    • Marketing
    • Statistics
    • Principles of Management
    • Intermediate Accounting I & II (only required for those applying for the M.B.A. with a Concentration in Accounting – must also have one additional advanced accounting course)
  • GMAT formula score of 1000 or above (200 x GPA in business subjects + GMAT score); on approval, the GMAT requirement may be waived for applicants who have at least 8 years substantive business experience
  • Two letters of recommendation for graduate study • Personal interview
  • Writing sample: Submit the statement of objectives described on the application

Note: Whatever the applicant’s status, he or she must have completed specific undergraduate business courses, with a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or better, and no grade below C, as prerequisites to full admission into the M.B.A. program. These courses are:

  • Accounting I & II
  • Principles of Economics I & II
  • Marketing
  • Statistics
  • Principles of Management
  • Intermediate Accounting I & II (only required for those applying for the M.B.A. with a Concentration in Accounting — must also have one additional advanced accounting course)
    *courses may be waived for approved equivalent work experience.

Core Courses (27 credits)
BU 520 Advanced Business Strategy (3)
BU 537 Financial Management (3) OR BU 525 Advanced Auditing (3)
BU 625 Accounting for Managers (3)
BU 633 Organizational Behavior for Managers (3)
BU 638 Marketing in a Dynamic Environment (3)
BU 649 Business Law, Ethical Behavior and Social Responsibility (3)
BU 660 Management Information Systems (3)
BU 690 Business Research Methods (3)
BU 695 Operations Management (3)

Capstone Course (3 credits)
BU 785 Integrated Strategic Management Seminar (3)

Elective Courses (9 credits)
BU 620 Executive Business Communications (3)
BU 622 Nonprofit Law, Governance and Financial Management (3)
BU 627 Financial Statement Analysis (3)
BU 628 Marketing, Public Relations and Administration in
               Nonprofit Organizations (3)
BU 630 Governmental Accounting (3)
BU 631 Forensic Accounting (3)
BU 632 Federal Taxation (3)
BU 635 Human Resources Management (3)
BU 637 Issues in Nonprofit Management (3)
BU 640 Cyber Law Issues (3)
BU 641 Travel Experience (Global Issues) (3)
BU 642 Global Strategy (3)
BU 644 Global Business Management (3)
BU 645 Managing Existing & New Brands (3)
BU 647 Effective Innovation (3)
BU 650 eMarketing (3)
BU 652 Employment Law (3)
BU 661 Business Forecasting (3)
BU 670 Integrated Marketing Communications
BU 679 Graduate Business Cooperative Education (3)
BU 685 Leadership and Applied Human Relations for Management (3)
BU 689 Graduate Business Internship (3)
BU 694 Managerial Economics (3)
BU 699 Independent Study (3)
BU 720 Graduate Thesis/Research Project (3)

ConcentrationsWaiversTransfer of Graduate Credit
 

Accounting
Students pursuing the M.B.A. with a Concentration in Accounting will take courses that assist them in satisfying the educational requirements for CPA licensure. They will be required to select BU 525 Advanced Auditing instead of BU 537 Financial Management in the core offerings. In the elective offerings, students pursuing the M.B.A. with a Concentration in Accounting may take any three graduate accounting electives.

Nonprofit Management
In addition to the standard 30-credit core, these students must take BU 622 Nonprofit Law, Governance and Financial Management; BU 628 Marketing, Public Relations and Administration in Nonprofit Organizations; and BU 637 Issues in Nonprofit Management.

Global Business
In addition to the standard 30-credit core, students are required to take BU 641 Travel Experience, BU 642 Global Strategy and BU 644 Global Business Management.

Human Resources
In addition to the standard 30-credit core, students are required to take BU 635 Strategic Human Resources Management, BU 685 Leadership and Applied Human Relations for Management and BU 652 Employment Law.

Marketing
In addition to the standard 30-credit core, students are required to take BU 645 Managing Existing & New Brands, BU 650 eMarketing and BU 670 Integrated Marketing Communications.

      1. Waivers without requirement to substitute another course
        Students who completed undergraduate majors in specific areas and a cumulative GPA of 3.0 in that major can waive, on approval, one core or elective course as follows: 

        Undergraduate major

        M.B.A. Core course waivable

        Accounting

        BU 625 Accounting for Managers

        Marketing

        BU 638 Marketing in a Dynamic Environment

        Management

        BU 633 Organizational Behavior for Managers

        International Business

        BU 642 Global Strategy

        Computer Science or

        BU 660 Management Information Systems

        Computer Information Systems

         

        Financial Economics

        BU 694 Managerial Economics

        Waivers must be requested before the completion of 18 credits.

      2. Waivers requiring substitution with another course
        Students who have successfully completed 400 level undergraduate courses (or the equivalent) in other specific areas with a grade of B or better may substitute an elective course for the core M.B.A. course in this area, with the prior written approval of the program coordinator.

      M.B.A. students with an accounting concentration must substitute an elective for BU 625 Accounting for Managers, unless they qualify for a waiver under section “A” above. Your advisor can answer any questions you may have concerning waivers.

      Caldwell College will accept the transfer of six credits of graduate work in business from another accredited institution provided the credits were completed within five years of the student’s initial registration at Caldwell College. Official transcripts of previous graduate work as well as the description of each course must be submitted for review at the time of application. Approval of transfer credit is based on course content and grade earned in the course. Each transfer request will be reviewed by the Program Coordinator. All requests for transfer credit must be submitted and approved within the student’s first semester in the program.


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