Business Administration (MBA)

Advance your career in an award-winning MBA program that can help you gain the skills and abilities desired by today’s employers.

The Master of Business Administration at University of Maryland University College can help you learn how to strategically manage an organization for growth and success. Develop and advance your competencies in finance, marketing, human resources, strategy, and leadership. Apply your learning from multiple disciplines and specializations to real-life business problems.

About the Master of Business Administration

Courses in the MBA curriculum use comprehensive online learning resources and emphasize teamwork, information literacy, technology fluency, systems thinking, ethics, communication, problem solving, and critical thinking. Additionally, the MBA offers you the opportunity to learn from highly qualified experts with significant managerial and leadership experience in emerging areas relevant to your career growth.

What You'll Learn

Through your coursework, you will learn how to

  • Create and implement a personal leadership development plan
  • Complete a comprehensive analysis of the costs of operations, pricing options, financing, product mix, distribution channels, and supply chain relationships
  • Evaluate your cultural intelligence, ethical values, and skills in decision-making, and implement specific actions to leverage your strengths and further develop areas of relative weakness
  • Evaluate your organization’s policies for managing legal and ethical risks, with a focus on contracts, agency, and tort law
  • Complete an audit of the technology and information systems and processes in your organizations
  • Design and develop a marketing plan for a new product or service in both domestic and international markets
  • Prepare a personal professional portfolio that includes your key achievements, a brief summary of your strategic leadership skills, and your plan for goal and career advancement

Coursework Examples

In past projects, students have had the opportunity to

  • Analyze costs of operations for an organization using managerial finance techniques
  • Determine optimal prices for goods and services by analyzing costs, revenues, and profitability
  • Evaluate the opportunities and risks involved in an organization’s decision to expand its operations to a global market by assessing issues of culture, business ethics, employment law, contracts, and criminal law in the context of a global business
  • Design and present a marketing plan for a new product or service, including a comprehensive situation analysis, a strong value proposition, an effective marketing mix strategy, and a holistic marketing communications plan

Industry Certification

Although the MBA does not directly align with industry certifications, certain courses in the program will expose you to concepts and skills required for passing examinations for certification in the following:

Master of Business Administration Requirements

The MBA degree program requires 36 credits of coursework. Courses must be taken sequentially. An introductory course (PRO 600) may be waived for students who already have a graduate degree. You must complete each course with a grade of B or better to advance to the next course. The grade of C is not available for these courses.

Career Preparation

This program is designed to help you prepare for management careers in business, government, or nonprofit organizations in areas such as team leadership, project supervision, and creation and implementation of business solutions.

Criteria for Program Progression

You must complete each course with a grade of B or better to advance to the next course. The grade of C is not available for these courses. Your course syllabus will explain options for and consequences of requesting an Incomplete.

Specialized Program Accreditation

This program has received specialized accreditation through the International Assembly for Collegiate Business Education, known as IACBE, located at 11374 Strang Line Road in Lenexa, Kansas. IACBE is a specialized accrediting agency recognized by the Council for Higher Education Accreditation. Information about academic quality and student achievement can be found in the annual report to IACBE.

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