Master of Business Administration

Program Contact

Mark McMurtrey, PhD: MBA Coordinator
Telephone: (501) 450-5308 | Email: markmc@uca.edu

[1] Objectives

The MBA program is designed to meet the needs of students preparing for positions in upper management in business and related organizations. The program offers students advanced study in the various functional areas of business, emphasizing teaming, communication, problem solving, research, computer technology, case studies, and project-based instruction. The program is flexible in allowing students to select an area of concentration reflective of their interest. Areas of concentration include Finance, Health Care Administration (HCA), Information Management, and International Business.

[2] Admission Requirements

In addition to the Graduate School admission requirements, the Master of Business Administration requires the following:

  • Score of at least 500 on the GMAT (Graduate Management Admission Test) or the equivalent GRE (Graduate Record Examination) score or a minimum score of 110 on the aptitude portion of the Chinese National Postgraduate Entrance Examination (NPEE) for Management and Economics majors.
  • Bachelor’s degree from an accredited institution.
  • Undergraduate cumulative GPA of at least 2.70, or 3.00 in last 60 credit hours.
  • A written Statement of Purpose of 750 words or less describing reasons why the prospective student wishes to pursue the MBA degree.
  • Two (2) letters of recommendation.
  • A current professional résumé.
  • International students must complete the TOEFL exam with a minimum score of 550 on paper version (PBT), 79 on the iBT, or 6.5 on the IELTS. Not required for graduates of U.S. institutions.

Note: Students who do not meet the minimum GMAT of 500 or the equivalent GRE score or the minimum NPEE score, or minimum GPA requirements may be admitted on a conditional basis. Conditional admission will depend on undergraduate performance, GMAT/GRE score, other relevant measures of scholastic performance, a record of successful employment at increasing levels of responsibility, and recommendations. Conditionally admitted students must obtain a 3.00 GPA in the first nine (9) hours of coursework towards the degree. After this point, the conditional status will be removed.

Note also: Applicants to the MBA program are generally required to supply GMAT or GRE scores as part of their application process. The following persons, however, may be exempt from taking the GMAT or GRE:

  1. Applicants who hold a terminal degree (e.g., PhD, MD, JD, DDS, EdD) from an accredited* program or institution (including UCA).
  2. Applicants who hold a master’s degree from an accredited* program or institution (including UCA).
  3. Applicants who hold a bachelor’s degree in business from an accredited* program or institution (including UCA) with an overall GPA of 3.25 or higher.
  4. Applicants who hold a bachelor’s degree outside of business from an accredited* program or institution with an undergraduate cumulative GPA of 3.25 or higher and coursework which covered the following: management information systems; accounting principles; microeconomics; macroeconomics; statistics; finance; management; human resource management; and operations management.
  5. Applicants who have completed and passed all parts of the CPA exam (must submit official copy of license from any state or, if not licensed, proof of successful completion of all four parts of the exam).

* “Accredited” may refer to business programs accredited by AACSB or EQUIS or institutions accredited by a regional accreditor recognized by the U.S. Department of Education (or other appropriate accrediting agency as determined by the UCA Graduate School and the UCA MBA Program Coordinator).

To request an exemption, complete and submit the exemption request to the MBA Director at the time of application to the Graduate School.

Applicants for admission to the MBA program must submit a completed application packet that includes: a completed application form, official transcripts from all undergraduate and graduate schools attended, official GMAT, GRE, or NPEE scores, statement of purpose, résumé, and two letters of recommendation, to the Graduate School by the following dates:

Fall Semester: August 1
Spring Semester: December 1
Summer Semester: May 1

[3] Degree Requirements (MBA)

To receive the MBA degree, the student must complete the following 21-hour MBA core courses plus 9 hours of electives with a GPA of 3.00 or higher. Students with a non-business undergraduate degree are required to take prerequisite courses prior to enrollment in the MBA core courses. Some or all of the MBA prerequisite courses may be waived by the MBA director.

MBA Prerequisite courses (12 credit hours)

ACCT 2310 Principles of Accounting I [ ACTS: ACCT2003 ]
ECON 2321 Microeconomics [ ACTS: ECON2203 ]
FINA 3330 Managerial Finance
QMTH 2330 Business Statistics [ ACTS: BUSI2103 ]

MBA core courses (21 credit hours)

MBA 6301 Information Technology for Managers (formerly Decision Modeling in Information Systems)
MBA 6302 Accounting for Management Decisions
MBA 6305 Financial Decision Making
MBA 6308 Marketing Strategy
MBA 6320 Strategic Management
MBA 6325 Organizational Behavior
MBA 6330 Operations Management

MBA elective courses (9 credit hours)

MBA 5324 Fundamentals of Risk and Insurance
MBA 5331 Bank Management
MBA 5332 Investments
MBA 5333 International Finance
MBA 5334 Financial Derivatives
MBA 5341 Quantitative Analytical Methods
MBA 5345 Governance of the Sustainable Organization
MBA 5355 Project Management
MBA 5361 Principles of Information Security
MBA 5376 Entrepreneurial and Small Business Finance
MBA 6303 Managerial Economics
MBA 6306 Legal Environment of Business for Managers
MBA 6307 Entrepreneurship: The Act of Wealth Creation
MBA 6349 Management of Small and Family-Owned Businesses
MBA 6382 Internship
MBA 6390 Special Problems
MIS 5340 Critical Thinking and Experimental Design
MIS 5380 Business Intelligence and Data Visualization
MIS 5381 Data Mining and Applied Analytics
MIS 6365 Data Warehousing and Data Management
ACCT 6309 Tax Research and Planning
ACCT 6310 Seminar in Accounting Theory
ACCT 6317 Seminar in Auditing
ACCT 6319 Corporations & Shareholder Taxation
ACCT 6320 Seminar in Accounting Information Systems
ACCT 6329 Partnership & S-Corporation Taxation
ACCT 6339 Estate & Gift Taxation
ACCT 6340 Seminar in Case Studies in Accounting
ACCT 6350 Seminar in Accounting Leadership

Undergraduate accounting majors may choose to substitute approved classes from the Master of Accountancy program for MBA 6302.

[4] Areas of Concentration

[4.1] Finance

Students that plan to receive an MBA degree with a concentration in Finance must complete the following 30-hour program with a GPA of 3.0 or higher:

MBA core courses (21 credit hours)

MBA 6301 Information Technology for Managers (formerly Decision Modeling in Information Systems)
MBA 6302 Accounting for Management Decisions
MBA 6305 Financial Decision Making
MBA 6308 Marketing Strategy
MBA 6320 Strategic Management
MBA 6325 Organizational Behavior
MBA 6330 Operations Management

MBA electives (9 credit hours selected from the following courses)

MBA 5331 Bank Management
MBA 5332 Investments
MBA 5333 International Finance
MBA 5334 Financial Derivatives
MBA 5376 Entrepreneurial and Small Business Finance

[4.2] Health Care Administration

Students that plan to receive an MBA degree with a concentration in Health Care Administration (HCA) must complete the following 30-hour program with a GPA of 3.0 or higher:

MBA (HCA) core courses (24 credit hours)

MBA 6301 Information Technology for Managers (formerly Decision Modeling in Information Systems)
MBA 6302 Accounting For Management Decisions
MBA 6305 Financial Decision Making
MBA 6308 Marketing Strategy
MBA 6320 Strategic Management
MBA 6325 Organizational Behavior
MBA 6330 Operations Management
H ED 5370 Administration of Health Programs

Electives (6 credit hours selected from the following courses)

FACS 5321 Nutritional Services Administration
H ED 5303 Environmental Health Problems
H ED 5320 Health Promotion Interventions
H ED 5343 Health Strategies for Multicultural Populations
H ED 6350 Contemporary Health Problems
H SC 6379 Research in Health Sciences

[4.3] Information Management

A candidate for the MBA with a concentration in Information Management will complete seven core MBA courses (21 hours) and three electives (9 hours) in the concentration.

MBA Core Courses (21 hours required)

MBA 6301 Information Technology for Managers (formerly Decision Modeling in Information Systems)
MBA 6302 Accounting For Management Decisions
MBA 6305 Financial Decision Making
MBA 6308 Marketing Strategy
MBA 6320 Strategic Management
MBA 6325 Organizational Behavior
MBA 6330 Operations Management

Electives (9 hours required)

MBA 5341 Quantitative Analytical Methods
MBA 5355 Project Management
MBA 5361 Principles of Information Security
MIS 5340 Critical Thinking and Experimental Design
MIS 5380 Business Intelligence and Data Visualization
MIS 5381 Data Mining and Applied Analytics
MIS 6365 Data Warehousing and Data Management

[4.4] International Business

Students that plan to receive an MBA degree with a concentration in International Business must complete the 30-hour MBA courses and six hours of additional requirements with a GPA of 3.0 or higher. The additional requirements include six hours of elective credit at the graduate level in international business, international culture, or undergraduate foreign language, or complete an internship with a business. Electives must be approved by MBA Director and be taken abroad.

[5] Graduate Course Links

[5.1] Courses in Business Administration (MBA)

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[5.2] Courses in Other Areas (ACCT, FACS, H ED, H SC, MIS)

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