Business Administration (MBA)

Management responsibilities in today’s complex multinational business organizations transcend a single functional specialty and require a broad array of specialized knowledge. The Master of Business Administration (MBA) is designed for midcareer professionals whose careers and management responsibilities extends beyond a single functional specialty and require a broad array of specialized knowledge and skills. The emphasis of this interdisciplinary, integrated, and applied degree program is on the significant organizational and management processes that take place in the context of large public or private institutions doing business on a global scale. The goal is to prepare students for upper management and executive-level positions by developing key managerial competencies—including critical thinking, systems thinking, team building, decision making, and ethical leadership—that can be applied in any type of business enterprise.

Program Flier: A summary of the program

Program Objectives

Graduates of this program will be able to:

  • Make effective management decisions that exhibit high ethical standards in a global and culturally diverse environment.
  • Use oral and written communication skills to express ideas effectively and persuasively with all organizational stakeholders using a variety of tools, including synchronous and asynchronous technologies.
  • Develop comprehensive solutions to business problems by synthesizing and evaluating information using qualitative and quantitative analytical reasoning.
  • Manage the effective use of technology in an organization to achieve superior performance and operational effectiveness.
  • Apply proven management theories and practices to resolve a wide range of organizational issues.

Program Recognition/Accreditation

In 2011, the UMUC MBA program won the Best Practices Award (Silver) in Distance Learning Programming—Higher Education from the U.S. Distance Learning Association. The MBA program has also received specialized accreditation through the International Assembly for Collegiate Business Education (IACBE).

Career Paths

  • Mid- to upper-level manager in corporate, government, or nonprofit organizations
  • Business/organizational consultant
  • Corporate planner
  • Business owner/entrepreneur

Program Overview

The MBA degree program requires 42 credits of coursework, including 24 credits of common core courses and 18 credits in either standard or global focus core courses. Courses must be taken sequentially and are offered in four 10-week terms. An introductory course (AMBA 600) is prerequisite to the program but may be waived for students who already have a graduate degree or who present GMAT scores in the 70th percentile or higher.

Initial Requirements

To be taken within the first 6 credits of study.

  • UCSP 615A Orientation to Graduate Studies at UMUC (0)
  • AMBA 600 MBA Fundamentals (3)

Required Common Courses

  • AMBA 610 The Manager in Organizations and Society (6)
  • AMBA 620 Managing People and Groups in the Global Workplace (6)
  • AMBA 630 The Economics of Management Decisions (6)
  • AMBA 640 Managing Projects, Operations, and Information Systems (6)

Required Standard Focus Courses

  • AMBA 650 Marketing Management and Innovation (6)
  • AMBA 660 Managing Global Business (6)
  • AMBA 670 Managing Strategy in the Global Marketplace (6)