Business Administration (MBA)

Register for UCSP 615A: If you take UCSP 615A this summer or have taken it in Winter 2015 or Spring 2015, you will not be required to take AMBA 600, but will be eligible to enroll in the first required common course for the MBA: AMBA 610. Effective Fall 2015, UCSP 615A will no longer be required. These topics will be covered in the new AMBA 600 course required of all MBA students starting this fall.

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 extend 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

The program is designed to help students

  • 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, or
  • who complete their undergraduate degree at UMUC with a major in business administration and a grade point average of 3.0 overall and also in the major.

Degree Requirements

Initial Requirements

UCSP 615A Orientation to Graduate Studies at UMUC
to be taken within the first 6 credits of study
AMBA 600 MBA Fundamentals
to be taken within the first 6 credits of study

Course Sequencing

All courses must be taken in the order listed.

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