The MBA 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.
In addition to the University graduate school graduation competencies, the following competencies apply to the MBA program:
The philosophy of the Wilmington University MBA program is closely aligned with its instructional format. The program is organized through a series of coordinated accelerated 7-week courses and is scheduled to accommodate the needs of students 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. All of the MBA concentrations are available and can be completed fully online.
MBA Program Requirements
The MBA program requires the following undergraduate coursework:
1) 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 MAT 110 or higher or a passing grade on the CLEP college algebra examination).
2) 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).
3) Accounting*. Three credits of undergraduate Accounting I with a grade of “C” or better (equivalent to Wilmington University BAC 101). Students may complete MBA 5850, Financial Accounting for MBAs, to meet this requirement. Students who wish to test out of the accounting pre-requisite can submit a passing grade on the CLEP Financial Accounting exam.
4) Finance. Three credits of undergraduate finance with a grade of “C” or better (equivalent to Wilmington University FIN 305). Students may complete MBA 5900, Principles of Finance, or FIN 305 to meet this requirement.
An on-campus (only) exam is available for students who wish to test out of this requirement. Students may ask for details.
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.
*See MBA: Accounting for specific undergraduate accounting pre-requisites for the Accounting concentration.
It is highly recommended that students take MBA 6000 as the first course in the MBA program.
Prior to registering for the second MBA course students should:
Advancement to Degree Candidacy
Students who have met the MBA admission requirements are advanced to degree candidacy after completing four courses with a minimum GPA of 3.0, provided they have met the following requirements:
Students who have not completed all of the above requirements prior to completing 12 graduate credits will not advance to candidacy status. Students who do not meet the candidacy requirement will be unable to register for additional classes until they meet with a program Chair and agree on a plan of action ensuring student’s successful completion of the MBA candidacy requirements.
In addition to the traditional MBA program above, students may elect to concentrate in a particular area of study. The following concentrations are offered:
Business Technology Management
Health Care Administration
Human Resource Management
Management Information Systems
Each of the above MBA program concentrations require twelve 3-credit graduate courses consisting of the seven course MBA common core and five courses in the declared MBA concentration.
*The MBA with a concentration in Accounting requires a six course, 18-credit hour common core. Advanced Managerial Accounting MAC 7200 is taken within the 18-credit hour Accounting concentration.
The MBA program is based upon the belief that students must understand the complex relationships of the various organizational functions of economics, finance, marketing, operations, and management on a global basis. The program consists of twelve 3-credit hour courses divided into a seven course common core and a five course concentration. The MBA core is required of all students and provides an in-depth and integrated exposure to the fields of economics, finance, accounting, management, leadership, quantitative methods, and business strategy.
MBA 6000 Organizational Behavior and Ethical Leadership
MBA 6150 Managerial Decision-Making
MBA 6350 Survey of Data Analytics
MBA 7250 Financial Analysis
MBA 7600 Global Marketing Management
MBA 8800 Business Strategy
MIS 7000 IT in Business
MBA 7592 Global Enterprise Development
MGT 6400 Global Leadership
MBA 7302 Project Management
Graduate level electives include: any HCA, MBA (except 5850 or 5900), MGT, MHS, MHR, MIS, MOL, MPA, or IST.
Graduate-level courses taken to meet program admission pre-requisites are not applied towards the 36 credit-hour requirement for MBA degree completion.
In addition to the MBA admission and candidacy requirements listed above, the MBA Accounting concentration has the prerequisite completion of 12 credit hours of undergraduate Accounting: Accounting I & II (equivalent to W.U. BAC101 and BAC102) and Intermediate Accounting I & II (equivalent to W.U. BAC201 and BAC202). Students may complete MAC 5000 and MAC 5010 to meet the Accounting I & II requirement and complete MAC 5100 and MAC 5110 to meet the Intermediate Accounting I & II requirement.
To fulfill the requirements for the MBA with a concentration in Accounting, students must complete an 18-credit hour Business Management core and an 18-credit hour concentration in Accounting.
MAC 7100 Financial Accounting Theory, Policy, and Research
MAC 7200 Advanced Managerial Accounting
MAC 7300 Issues in Auditing and Assurance Services
MAC 7400 Fraud Prevention and Forensic Accounting
MAC 7500 Federal Taxation, Policy, and Research
MAC 7600 International Accounting and Taxation
Business Analytics (BA) refers to using statistical and other analytical tools to leverage data to measure performance, improve business processes, and optimize business decision-making. BA can be applied to an organization as a whole, or to specific projects, processes, or products. BA knowledge and skills are increasingly in demand by potential employers of our graduates.
MBA 6300 Quantitative Business Analysis
MBA 7710 Seminar in Data Analysis
MBA 7715 Advanced Statistics for Business Analytics
MBA 7720 Forecasting for Business Analytics
MBA 7725 Optimization for Business Analytics
MBA 7730 Simulation for Business Analytics
Communications plays an integral role in every type of organization in today's global business environment. A concentration in Business Communication offers students a practical, hands-on approach to a variety of effective and strategic communications options, distribution techniques, and analytical reporting disciplines. Companies of every size and kind are seeking knowledgeable professionals in advertising, public relations, journalism, digital media, and crisis communications. Many business communications professionals are also responsible for developing organizational brands, from messaging and positioning the overall company image to communicating differentiated product features and benefits in highly competitive and dynamic environments. This concentration prepares students to identify various types of target audiences and use appropriate technology within relevant formats to craft compelling, results-oriented communications.
MCM 6100 Multi-Media Communication
MCM 6101 Communication Writing
MCM 6102 Legal and Ethical Issues
MCM 6103 Communication Analytics
MCM 6104 Strategic Communication
This MBA program concentration provides instruction in a growing cross-disciplinary area of business: the intersection of business processes, data analysis, and the technology applications that support these integrated business processes.
MBA 7305 Supply Chain Management
MBA 7320 Business Process Management
IST 7100 IT Policy and Strategy
SEC 6040 Web and Data Security
This concentration lets students exercise decision making skills in the area of financial management to meet business strategy.
MBA 7292 Investments
MBA 7293 Portfolio Theory
MBA 7294 Advanced Financial Analysis
MBA 7295 Corporate Taxation
MBA 7296 International Finance
MBA 7800 Topics in Finance—Derivatives
MBA 7294: ideally scheduled immediately following MBA 7200.
This concentration provides instruction in the changing environment of Health Care. Students will demonstrate knowledge of a variety of healthcare issues including health policy, insurance, demand for services, and legal and ethical issues in today's global environment.
HCA 7700 Seminar in Health Care Administration
HCA 7720 Health Policy and Economics
HCA 7730 Health Insurance and Reimbursement
HCA 7740 Legal Aspects in Health Care
HCA 7745 Marketing in the Health Care Sector
Issues involving homeland security have become a priority at all levels of the corporate world. Business professionals need to know the problems involved and be prepared to adapt to the ever changing landscapes in homeland security in order to maintain a safe and secure work environment.
MHS 7000 Contemporary Issues in Homeland Security
MHS 7001 Sociology of Terrorism
MHS 7002 Legal Aspects and Policy of Homeland Security
MHS 7003 Risk Assessment and Management
MHS 7004 Crisis Leadership
This MBA program concentration equips individuals with the essential competencies necessary to lead and develop the human capital of organizations. The MBA blends the strategic business acumen with the human resources skills necessary for the business executives of today and tomorrow. The MBA in Human Resources is an ideal degree for human resource professionals seeking to diversify their portfolio of competencies to advance their career, profession, and organizations.
MHR 6503 Law, Regulation and the Workplace
MHR 7506 Training and Development
MHR 7600 International HR
MHR 7650 Compensation and Benefits
MHR 7800 Seminar in Human Resource Management
This MIS concentration provides students with the knowledge, skills and abilities needed in today's technological world. Students will possess a working command of current informational practices that can immediately be applied in business, educational, and governmental organizations.
IST 7000 Data Management
IST 7020 Analysis, Modeling, and Design
IST 7040 Data Communications and Networking
IST 7060 Project and Change Management
This concentration teaches students how to demonstrate knowledge of management issues affecting marketing in global environments confronting U.S. organizations today as well as formulate business strategies in order to meet sales, marketing, and customer service needs.
MBA 7603 Market Research and Consumer Behavior
MBA 7606 Business to Business and Business to Government Marketing
MBA 7608 Integrated Marketing Communications
MBA 7615 Marketing Analytics
MBA 7604 New Business Ventures
MBA 7610 Salesmanship and Sales Force Management
Nonprofit agencies play an increasingly important role in providing a wide range of client-based services in today’s economy. This new concentration will provide nonprofit agencies with a source of potential leaders exposed to critical nonprofit business functions including leadership, administrative governance, and fundraising. This degree program combines a seven course common core with a five course concentration that provides cross-disciplinary exposure to instruction from the Colleges of Business (COB) and Social & Behavioral Sciences (COSBS).
NPM 7300 Seminar in Nonprofit Management
NPM 7310 Nonprofit Management
NPM 7320 Nonprofit Governance
NPM 7330 Nonprofit Sustainability
MBA 8795 MBA Internship
*Electives: Any MBA (except 5000-level courses), MGT, MOL, or AHS.
This concentration provides students the opportunity to research, assess, and understand various aspects of Organizational Leadership. It is important for today's leaders to develop/improve skills and capabilities to manage organizations in a rapidly changing global environment.
MOL 6700 Innovation & Crisis Leadership
MOL 6800 Global Performance Management
MOL 6900 Communication & Teams
MOL 6950 Current Topics in Leadership
MOL 6600 Legal and Ethical Aspects of Organizations
MPA 6503 Administrative Law
This MBA concentration provides students with comprehensive exposure to business sustainability principles that are essential in supporting and aligned with organizational strategy and tactics.
MBA 7805 Strategic Planning for Sustainability
MBA 7810 Principles of Business Sustainability
MBA 7815 Sustainability and Business
This information applies to students who enter this degree program during the 2020-2021 Academic Year. If you entered this degree program before the Fall 2020 semester, please refer to the academic catalog for the year you began your degree program.