Master of Business Administration
Program Coordinator - Dr. Cathleen Golden
The Master of Business Administration is a 36-credit graduate degree program that will also allow students the option to select from four concentrations: Accounting, Project Management, Health and Human Services Administration, and Non-Profit Management. Graduates with the Accounting concentration (who also have a baccalaureate degree in Accounting) will be able to meet the 150 hour requirement for CPA licensure and membership in the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants (AICPA). Graduates of all concentrations will be able to take leadership roles in innovative businesses locally and nationally.
Upon completion of the program, graduates will be able to:
- integrate the application of theories of management, human resource management, marketing, finance, and economics in complex business settings;
- analyze various leader, follower, cultural, and situational characteristics that contribute to leadership and adapt to the needs of situations, employees, co-workers, and markets in a global economy;
- analyze ethical dilemmas in business situations and make decisions respecting the roles of ethics, laws, and personal integrity;
- develop problem solving skills by utilizing facts and evidence in drawing conclusions, applying decision making theories, and adapting to varied environments;
- develop an aptitude for operating businesses in volatile regulatory environments in a global setting;
- think strategically; and
- communicate effectively in professional settings.
Additionally, depending upon the specialization chosen, the student will:
- develop the broad-based knowledge and dispositions necessary for professional accountancy; or
- develop analytical and strategic acumen applicable to the health care industry; or
- develop the multifaceted skill necessary to manage complex programs and contracts.
Fifth Year Enrollment Option (MAC Students)
The fifth-year MBA option allows qualified students in the undergraduate MAC Accounting, Business Administration, and Information Technology programs to complete six credits of MBA courses for dual degree credit in the senior year of their undergraduate program. These credits will count toward both students’ undergraduate credit total and their graduate degree requirements should they receive full admission to the MBA program. Students then complete the remaining thirty credits for the MBA in a fifth-year of full-time graduate study. The fifth-year MBA program allows students an accelerated path toward completion of the baccalaureate and MBA degrees.
Current Mount Aloysius College students seeking to take advantage of this fifth-year option must meet with the MBA program coordinator by March 30 of their junior year (or October 30 for students seeking MBA admission in the spring semester) to request provisional admission to the MBA program (see Provisional Admission). Such students should be able to meet the following requirements for provisional admission:
- Junior standing;
- A cumulative grade point average of 3.2; and
- A letter of recommendation from the student’s academic advisor describing the student’s aptitude for graduate-level academic work.
The MBA program coordinator may grant provisional admission to students who meet these requirements. Undergraduates who do not meet these academic requirements may be denied provisional admission or may be required to fulfill additional conditions as determined by the program coordinator in order to determine the student’s aptitude for graduate-level academic work. Such conditions may include taking the Graduate Management Admission Test (GMAT) or additional undergraduate course work. Additionally, Accounting majors will be waived from MBA 516 and take an MBA elective course in its place.
Provisional Admission to the MBA Program
Students may be admitted provisionally to the MBA program at the College upon approval of the MBA Program Coordinator if they do not meet all the academic prerequisites for full admission to the MBA program. Graduate students who are admitted provisionally must take six (6) credits and complete both courses with a “B” or better. Students provisionally admitted into the MBA program, including those admitted through the fifth-year option, may take no more than six credits in the program until they are fully admitted. Students must meet with the MBA Program Coordinator or the Director of Graduate and Continuing Education to determine their specific provisional guidelines. To change status to full admission, students must meet with the MBA Program Coordinator upon completion of the six credits. Provisional admission is granted on a case-per-case basis.
Qualified students may be provisionally admitted to a graduate program at Mount Aloysius College under any of the following or similar conditions:
- The student has completed the baccalaureate degree but has not completed all program prerequisite courses required for full admission; or
- The student has less than a 3.2 overall GPA in the baccalaureate curriculum and has not yet completed the GMAT; or
- The student is a junior at Mount Aloysius College and has applied for provisional admission to the MBA program for his or her senior year in order to take advantage of the fifth-year MBA program option at the conclusion of undergraduate studies.
A student may request to substitute an MBA core course requirement with an MBA elective course based on the student possessing a current licensure/certification. For example, a licensed CPA may request a course substitution for MBA 516 Accounting for Business Leaders while others who have earned the PHR/SPHR certification may request a course substitution for MBA 505 Human Resource Management. Students are required to complete a course substitution form and attach all supporting documentation to be submitted to the MBA Program Coordinator for approval.
General Curriculum Outline
The entire MBA program is thirty-six credits. Students will take a common Core of twenty-four credits and twelve credits of electives and may select one of four concentrations: Accounting, Project Management, Health and Human Services Administration or Non-Profit Management.
The program is designed to accommodate both full-time enrollment, part-time enrollment. Incoming students must meet with the MBA Program Coordinator to establish an appropriate individualized schedule.
All students in the MBA program will complete a Required Program Core. Six credits taken from the list below will help to fulfill undergraduate curriculum requirements and also count toward the MBA. Additionally, Accounting (undergraduate) majors may elect to waive the Managerial Accounting class, and take an elective course in its place.