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MBA Core Requirements
The UB MBA program combines the depth of a renewed and stronger management core curriculum with a breadth of career concentrations. We’ve redesigned a two-year, full-time curriculum that blends required foundation-building courses with flexible, career-targeted electives. The two-year format offers an excellent time-frame to build extensive career networks both inside and outside of the school, gain further real-world experience, and engage in a comprehensive job search.
The UB MBA program committee recently conducted a comprehensive review of our core curriculum. They looked at the latest management education trends in light of the skills that individuals and organizations need for our globally integrated world of business. They consulted with corporate recruiters, alumni, program directors at other schools, faculty, program staff and Career Resource Center personnel to validate a new concept and content for the core curriculum. Programmatic goals such as team skills, quantitative analysis and integrative analysis were considered integral to the revised core. The result is a smaller, modular core focusing on what every manager needs to know, with renewed emphasis on delivery as well as content, with an experiential capstone. This restructuring also allows students greater flexibility to take advantage of a rich selection of concentrations and the LeaderCORE™ program.
Prerequisites – one semester of calculus with a “B” or better grade and completion of “MBA Boot Camp”
- MGA 603 Financial Accounting for Managers (2 credits - first 7 weeks)
- MGB 610 Organizational Behavior (2 credits - 14 weeks)
- MGB 611 Team Skills (1 credit - 14 weeks)
- MGF 611 Financial Analysis for Managers (2 credits - second 7 weeks)
- MGG 601 Corporate Social Responsibility & Sustainability (1.5 credits - second 7 weeks)
- MGG 635 Management Communication (1.5 credits - first 7 weeks)
- MGM 615 Marketing for Managers (2 credits - second 7 weeks)
- MGQ 608 Statistical Analysis for Managers (2 credits - 14 weeks)
- MGQ 609 Analytics for Managers (1 credit - 14 weeks)
- MGA 605 Accounting for Management Decision Making (2 credits - second 7 weeks)
- MGE 604 Business Economics (2 credits - first 7 weeks)
- MGO 620 Operations Management (2 credits - first 7 weeks)
- MGO 640 Business Strategy (2 credits - 14 weeks)
- MGS 605 IT for Managers (2 credits - second 7 weeks)
Third Semester – 15 elective credits
- May include a three-credit internship+
Fourth Semester - 2 core credits plus 12-15 elective credits
- MGO 642 Integration of Business Functions (1 credit - 14 weeks)
- MGO 644 Business Practice (1 credit - 14 weeks)
Conferral of the MBA degree requires the completion of sixty (60) credit hours including twenty-seven (27) credits of mostly cohort-based core. A concentration is not required.
+Students entering the program without relevant work experience must take a three-credit internship as part of the total 60 credit requirement. Only one three-credit internship may be used toward the 60 credits required for graduation.
Electives outside the School of Management
Two electives may be taken, unless waived by another graduate degree, outside of the department by petitioning the director for approval. Courses must be relevant to your program and career goals. See also “Degree Course Requirements” section on page.
Students may customize their study programs by choosing from nine career oriented concentrations. Upon completion of the MBA curriculum and the requirements of a concentration, a Certificate of Attainment in the subject area covered by that concentration is awarded. A concentration is not required.
Formal concentrations are:
Health Care Management
Human Resources Management
Information Systems and E-Business
Supply Chains and Operations Management
If a student does not choose to follow the requirements of one of the concentrations, he or she may choose electives from the offerings in any of the departmental areas:
Accounting and Law
Finance and Managerial Economics
Management Science and Systems
Operations Management and Strategy
Organization and Human Resources
Any course, except an internship, taken in fulfillment of the requirements for a concentration must be taken on a letter grade basis. No course taken on an “S/U” basis may be counted in determining whether a student has formally completed the concentration and may receive a certificate.