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Business Administration

Master of Business Administration

About This Program

Program Purpose

The Master of Business Administration program is designed to prepare students for management and leadership positions in all types of business enterprises, including health care organizations, financial institutions and not-for-profit organizations. The program is designed with an emphasis on executive skills development, quantitative and qualitative analytical techniques, and the knowledge and professional capabilities necessary for the execution of complex managerial duties in today’s global business environment. Embedded in the MBA program is an appreciation for the role of business in a pluralistic society and the international community.

Program Competencies

In addition to the university graduate graduation competencies, the following competencies apply to the MBA program. Students will have an advanced level of applicable knowledge in the following areas, as appropriate to one’s field of study:

  1. Use financial management, economic principles, and modern marketing techniques to ensure the efficient operation and strong fiscal future of the organization.
  2. Prepare a strategic plan that will critically examine the organization’s internal and external environments and select creative, feasible business alternatives.

Program Design

The philosophy of the Wilmington University MBA program is closely aligned with its instructional format. The program is organized through a series of coordinated seven-week courses and is scheduled to accommodate the needs of people who maintain full-time employment while pursuing their degree. While some course sequencing is necessary, the program is designed to permit students to complete degree requirements at their own pace. Classes are offered at the Wilson Graduate Center and are scheduled on weeknights and Saturdays. Classes are also offered at multiple satellite campuses and are scheduled primarily on weeknights. Many of the MBA courses and concentrations are available fully online.

Students who need the prerequisite undergraduate background in business may enroll in specially designed courses or appropriate undergraduate courses that carry no credit toward the MBA degree.

MBA Admission and Candidacy Requirements

The MBA program requires the following undergraduate coursework:

Mathematics – Three credits in undergraduate mathematics with a grade of “C” or better at the level of college algebra, college mathematics, statistics or higher (equivalent to Wilmington University MAT110 or higher or a passing grade on the CLEP college algebra examination).

Economics – Three credits in undergraduate economics with a grade of “C” or better (equivalent to Wilmington University ECO 105 or a passing grade on the CLEP microeconomics or macroeconomics examination).

Accounting – Six credits of undergraduate Accounting I and II with a grade of “C” or better in both courses (equivalent to Wilmington University BAC 101 and 102). Students may complete MBA 5850 Financial Accounting for MBAs to meet this requirement.

Finance – Three credits of undergraduate finance with a grade of “C” or better (equivalent to Wilmington University FIN 305). Students may complete MHR 7830 Finance and Accounting for Managers to meet this requirement.

Students who need to fulfill any of the prerequisite undergraduate course requirements may enroll in specially designed graduate courses or appropriate undergraduate courses that carry no credit toward the MBA degree.

Incoming MBA students are expected to have a basic proficiency in spreadsheet software applications and writing skills at a level necessary for success in graduate coursework.  Applicants are encouraged to discuss potential shortcomings in these areas and corrective solutions during their program planning conference.

It is highly recommended that students take MGT 6501 as the first course in the MBA program.

Prior to registering for your second MBA course you should:

  1. Submit official transcript(s) from an accredited college, university, or other degree-granting institution verifying completion of a bachelor’s degree. Send official transcript(s) directly from the identified college or university to the Wilmington University Graduate Admissions Office.

  2. Meet with a program chair for a program planning conference if not completed earlier.  Official transcript(s) should be on file prior to the conference.  Students may bring unofficial transcripts to this meeting if official transcript(s) are not yet on file.

Professional Certification Option

Wilmington University will award up to 6 graduate credits for certain professional certifications. The credit for these professional certifications will be applied to a like course or courses in the curriculum or be accepted as an elective or electives if there are no corresponding courses in the respective program and the professional certification is in an appropriate field of study. Examples of professional certifications include: Certified Public Accountant; Certified Production and Inventory Manager; Certified Financial Planner; Certified Project Manager, Six Sigma Green or Black Belt; and Senior Professional HR Manager. Students who wish to be considered for graduate-level credit should apply to the MBA Program Chair.

Please refer to the academic catalog for the year you began your degree program.