The Master of Business Administration is an evening program and an online program providing a comprehensive education for expanded managerial roles in a variety of organizations. Students have the option of adding a concentration to their degree by taking one additional, approved elective beyond the two normally required for the MBA degree. Students may also earn an MBA without a concentration.
The MBA degree program at the Brock School of Business provides graduates the skills needed to be successful managers and leaders in a competitive global business environment. The core business functions of accounting, economics, finance, operations, marketing, human resources and organizational behavior, management information systems, and corporate strategy are taught with a focus on problem solving and practical application in the workplace. Specific learning goals articulated for the MBA degree program include:
integrating business processes across functional areas in order to make holistic, timely and informed decisions.
generating and synthesizing information to make and implement timely and informed decisions.
improving abilities to communicate ideas, analyses, plans, and evaluations to individuals and groups.
building the capacity and inclination to make decisions based on comprehensive values and to take actions that demonstrate an awareness of and an attempt to serve all stakeholders.
recognizing the importance of effective teamwork, valuing diverse perspectives and skills, and assuming a variety of roles to accomplish team objectives.
The curriculum requirement for the MBA ranges from 36-45 credits depending on previous academic experiences. To complete a concentration as a part of the degree, students will take 39-48 credits. Students must have a 3.00 or higher cumulative GPA at the Brock School of Business to graduate or add a concentration. For more information about the graduate courses and electives offered at the Brock School of Business, please view the BSOB Handbook or the Brock School of Business section of the Samford University Catalog.
MBA students may earn a concentration through taking three elective courses in a selected track instead of the normally required two general electives for the MBA degree. Concentrations in Entrepreneurship, Finance and Marketing are available. Students must submit a Change of Academic Program form to officially add a concentration. Only students in good standing may add a concentration.
Exemption from ACCT 511, ECON 512, and FINC 514 may be awarded with an earned C- or better in an approved undergraduate accounting, economics, or finance course at a regionally accredited institution. MBA Minor courses are not eligible for exemption by any means.
Students without an equivalent business course may attempt to test out of the course. To earn exemption by testing out, a student must earn a 70% on the prerequisite course final exam. Exemption tests are offered during the final exam time slot in December and May. An additional test is offered in August. Students may attempt the exemption test one time before being required to take the course. The prerequisite course syllabus is provided to the student as a study guide. The fee for each exemption test is $100 payable to the Brock School of Business upon registration for the test. Students must register for the exam by the deadline determined each term.
See the Academic Programs Office for more details.