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. Many of the MBA courses and concentrations are available fully online.
MBA Admission and Candidacy 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*. 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 BAC 102). Students may complete MBA 5850, Financial Accounting for MBAs, to meet this requirement.
4) 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.
*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
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 Accounting concentration. MBA 6100 is not included in the MBA Accounting curriculum.
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 6100 Managerial Accounting
MBA 6300 Quantitative Business Analysis
MBA 6400 Economic and Financial Environment of Business
MBA 7200 Financial Management
MBA 7600 Global Marketing Management
MBA 8800 Business Strategy
MBA 7592 Global Enterprise Development
MGT 6503 Leadership Development and Change Management
MBA 7301 Business Support Systems
MBA 7302 Project Management
MBA 7305 Supply Chain Management
Two elective courses, with certain exceptions, may be taken from any of the electives offered in the graduate Business programs. Students should consult with their program Chair or advisor when selecting MBA electives.
The MBA without a concentration is the only MBA option with open electives.
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).
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
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. This concentration has two additional program competencies of 1) demonstrating advanced research, written, decision-making, and problem-solving skills as related to business operations concepts; and 2) formulating an understanding of the issues related to the integration of technology and business operations in firms operating in a contemporary global environment and develop systems-based approaches related to this integration.
MBA 7320 Business Process Management
MBA 7710 Seminar in Data Analysis
IST 7100 IT Policy and Strategy
SEC 6040 Web and Data Security
This concentration has two additional program competencies of 1) demonstrating knowledge of how to strategically align the needs of businesses with environmental needs in order to promote ecological sustainability and 2) utilizing management skills necessary to meet the complex technological and ethical issues relating to environmental issues both at the domestic and global level.
MBA 7802 Economic and Financial Analysis of Environmental Issues
MBA 7803 Project Management with Sustainable Green Technologies
MBA 7804 Environmental Regulations and Ethical Issues
MBA 7805 Strategic Planning for Sustainable Organizations
MBA 7810 Principles of Environmental Sustainability
This concentration has an additional program competency of exercising 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 has two additional program competencies of 1) analysis of decision making as it relates to Health Care Administration and 2) to demonstrate knowledge of health policy, insurance and reimbursement.
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. This concentration has two additional program competencies of 1) demonstrating knowledge in the area of risk assessment and homeland security management and 2) determining future strategies for meeting security challenges in organizations.
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 concentration has two additional program competencies of 1) demonstrating decision making IT strategies in the areas of analysis, modeling, and design and 2) knowledge of available communication and networking in order to meet IT strategies within the organization.
IST 7000 Data Management
IST 7020 Analysis, Modeling, and Design
IST 7040 Data Communications and Networking
IST 7060 Project and Change Management
This concentration has two additional program competencies of 1) demonstrating knowledge of management issues affecting marketing in global environments confronting U.S. organizations today and 2) formulating 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 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). This concentration has three additional program competencies of 1) demonstrating advanced research, written, and oral communication skills; 2) applying decision-making, critical thinking, and problem-solving skills related to scenarios and issues relevant to 503c agencies; and 3) formulating an understanding of the issues facing nonprofit agency leaders in today’s economic environment and develop strategies to effectively address those issues.
AHS 7685 Fund Development & Fundraising in the Human Service Environment
NPM 6400 Leadership and People
NPM 6503 Administrative Law
NPM 7300 Seminar in Nonprofit Management
Any AHS, MBA (except 5850), MGT (except 6501), or MOL course.
MBA 8795 MBA Internship
This concentration has two additional program competencies of 1) evaluating the need for using teams with respect to organizational effectiveness and 2) knowledge of theories and principles of change management as it relates to leadership. While some course sequencing is necessary, the program is designed to permit students to complete degree requirements at their own pace.
MOL 6100 Leadership Foundations
MOL 6200 Group Processes and Facilitation Skills
MOL 6400 Leadership and People
MOL 7500 High Performance Teams
MHR 6503 Law, Regulation and the Workplace
MOL 6600 Legal and Ethical Aspects of Organizations
MPA 6503 Administrative Law