Business Administration (MBA)

Degree: Master of Business Administration
Program Code: 8100

About This Program . . .

The Colorado Mesa University Master of Business Administration degree is a challenging program designed to prepare graduates for the changing business world. The degree is awarded after successful completion of 36 semester hours of rigorous study. The program is designed to provide the student with a broad background in business while allowing the student to focus on a specified area of study, if desired. To this end, students acquire knowledge of management operations; an appreciation of the interrelationships involved in business; an understanding of the economic, political and social environment in which businesses function; and behavioral skills that are essential in the manager’s role in the implementation of business decisions. The MBA program endeavors to provide an atmosphere conducive to the development of each student’s ability to think in a creative manner and to effectively problem solve. The program makes extensive use of the latest learning management systems to disseminate course materials, lectures, simulations, group projects, case studies and applied research.  All of our courses are taught by qualified graduate faculty with exceptional experience in higher education and industry.

An MBA student can pursue one of several tracks; Professional track, Management Information Systems track, or Sports Management track. Each track has three basic components: a 24 hour core, a 6 hour research component, and 6 hours of additional master's level coursework consistent with a chosen track.

There are two types of applicants for the MBA program.  The first type is the Traditional MBA applicant who has earned an undergraduate degree.  The second type of applicant has not yet earned their undergraduate degree and is currently enrolled at CMU in the BS Public Accounting program, the BBA Finance program, or the BS Construction Management program and may qualify to pursue the MBA as part of a Bachelor degree 3+2 MBA concurrent enrollment program.

Important information for the Traditional MBA applicant:

  • An applicant must:
    • Domestic applicants must possess an undergraduate degree from a regionally accredited college or university;
    • Have earned a GPA of 3.0 or better from the most recent 60 credit hours of course work earned toward a bachelor’s degree, including required leveling courses; 
    • Have a cumulative 3.0 GPA or better in prior graduate work;
    • Submit an essay indicating reasons for seeking a Master of Business Administration degree including professional and/or career goals and pertinent past work experience.  The minimum length is 750 words, submitted as MS Word document with 1” margins, 12 pt. font and a cover page which includes the name of applicant and date;
    • Provide a current resume;
    • Provide contact information for two (2) recommendations: one professional and one academic;
    • Meet other program admission requirements as determined by the MBA Director/Committee;
  • An international student must take the TOEFL and achieve a score of 550 or higher higher (213 on the computer-based tests or 79-80 on the internet-based test), and meet other requirements as specified under International Student Admission criteria.
  • An applicant must demonstrate—through academic transcripts, CLEP, or a formal test-out process—an appropriate background in Financial Accounting, Business Information Technology, Managerial Finance, Principles of Management, Principles of Marketing, and Business Statistics. An applicant without this background will  be encouraged to take appropriate leveling courses as directed by the MBA Admissions committee. CMU courses that provide that background are: ACCT 201CISB 101FINA 301MANG 201MARK 231, and CISB 241 or STAT 241.
  • 36 Semester Hours are required for the MBA Degree.
  • No class grade lower than “B” will be counted in the degree.
  • It is the student’s responsibility to read, understand, and follow all policies and procedures in the MBA Handbook.
  • Prior to completing his/her first semester or first six hours of the program a student must file a Degree Planning Sheet with the MBA office to delineate that student’s specific degree requirements.
  • Admission to the program also follows all general admissions policies & procedures for graduate programs outlined in the university catalog.

Important information for the 3+2 MBA applicant:

Applicants must meet the following criteria in addition to all of the criteria for the MBA program.

  1. Accepted into one of the following four-year bachelor degree programs, must have successfully completed the indicated courses, and must have earned the indicated number of credit hours in the bachelor degree major.
    1. BS in Accounting, Public Accounting Concentration; ACCT 322 or currently enrolled in it; 11 hours of ACCT.
    2. BBA, Finance Concentration; FINA 301 and FINA 320; 17 hours of BBA Foundation Courses.
    3. BS in Construction Management; CONM 340, 361, and 362 or 379; 17 hours of BS Foundation Courses.
  2. Classified as a senior (i.e., at least 90 credit hours including hours in which student is currently enrolled and for which the student is registered for a future semester.).
  3. At least a 3.25 overall GPA and must have at least a 3.25 GPA in courses in the student’s declared major.
  4. A 3+2 Concurrent Enrollment application form to the MBA Office.
  5. Submit to the bachelor degree department representative and to the MBA Office, a program completion plan demonstrating how all remaining bachelor degree requirements and all MBA requirements will be met in two years.
  6. Provide to the MBA Office a letter of recommendation from a faculty member in the bachelor degree department.
  7. Submit official transcripts to the MBA Office.
  8. Complete the MBA program admission process.
  9. Meet with MBA Office and have been approved for study in the 3+2 concurrent enrollment program.

After admission into the Bachelor Degree 3+2 MBA Concurrent Enrollment Program, the student:

  1. Must follow the two year recommended course sequence (see below) for the MBA course component.
  2. Must notify the MBA Office immediately if justifiable life circumstances do not allow the student to complete both undergraduate and graduate programs within two years of admission into the program.
  3. Must complete ALL bachelor degree graduation requirements in the same semester or prior to completing all MBA graduation requirements.
  4. Must submit the necessary paperwork to graduate with the bachelor degree to the Business Department with a copy to the MBA Office AND must submit the necessary paperwork to graduate with the MBA to the MBA Office. This requirement must be met before the published deadline in the semester prior to intended graduation.

All CMU masters-level graduates are expected to demonstrate proficiency in specialized knowledge/applied learning, quantitative fluency, communication fluency, critical thinking, information literacy, and ethical reasoning. In addition to these campus-wide student learning outcomes, a graduate of this program will be able to:

  1. Apply business-specific knowledge within projects individually and/or collaboratively. (Specialized Knowledge/Applied Learning)
  2. Employ advanced mathematical, statistical methods, or other analytical processes to address issues within a business environment. (Quantitative Fluency)
  3. Create oral and written arguments or explanations, well-grounded in business related theories and methods. (Communication Fluency)
  4. Formulate and evaluate hypotheses as related to business problems, issues, concepts, and various perspectives. (Critical Thinking)
  5. Synthesize, evaluate, or refine the information base of various business scholarly sources. (Information Literacy)
  6. Articulate moral, ethical, legal, or professional challenges within the business environment. (Ethical Reasoning)

Each section below contains details about the requirements for this program. Select a header to expand the information/requirements for that particular section of the program's requirements. 

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Institutional Graduate Degree Requirements

The following institutional requirements apply to all CMU graduate-level degrees. Specific programs may have different requirements that must be met in addition to institutional requirements.

  • Graduate certificates consist of a minimum of 5 credit hours.  Master’s degrees consist of a minimum of 30 credit hours. Doctoral degrees consist of a minimum of 60 credit hours.
  • All credits in a graduate program must be minimally at the 500-level.
  • At least fifty percent of the credit hours must be taken at CMU.
  • Students must achieve a 3.00 cumulative GPA or higher in all CMU coursework.
  • Students may not apply coursework with a grade lower than a “B” toward graduation requirements.  
  • A course may only be used to fulfill one requirement for each degree/certificate.
  • Capstone exit assessment/projects (e.g., Major Field Achievement Test) requirements are identified under Program-Specific Requirements.
  • The Catalog Year determines which program sheet and certificate requirements a student must fulfill in order to graduate. Visit with your advisor or academic department to determine which catalog year and program requirements you should follow.
  • See “Graduate Degree Requirements” in this catalog for a complete list of graduation requirements.
  • All policies for graduate degrees are outlined in the Graduate Policies and Procedures Manual, Capstone Guidelines Manual, and Thesis and Dissertation Guidelines Manual, all of which are provided on the Graduate Studies website

Program Specific Requirements

(36 semester hours, must pass all courses with a grade of “B” or higher.)

Required MBA Core Courses
ACCT 500Managerial Accounting3
BUGB 500Advanced Business Law and Ethics3
ECON 530Managerial Economics3
FINA 500Financial Strategy3
MANG 501Operations Management3
MANG 510Leading Organizations3
MANG 590Business Strategy3
MARK 500Marketing Strategy3
MBA Research Component
BUGB 530Research Design3
BUGB 595Research Practicum3
Track
Select at least one of the following tracks:6
Professional Track:
Select six semester hours of 500-level electives from the list below or from 500-level courses in Department of Business as approved by your MBA advisor.
Advanced Fraud and Forensic Accounting
Global Business
Seminar in Current Business Topics
Internship
Management of Information Systems
Advanced Project Management
Electronic Commerce Systems
Advanced Econometrics
Human Resource Management
Entrepreneurship
Advanced Management Theory
Advanced Quantitative Methods
Management Information Systems Track:
Management of Information Systems
Advanced Project Management
Sports Management Track:
Facility and Equipment Management in Sport and Fitness
Event and Program Management in Sport and Fitness
Other Requirements
The following two items must be passed in the last spring semester:
Written Research Report - completed within BUGB 595
Oral Research Presentation - completed within BUGB 595
Total Semester Credit Hours36

Option One

Two Year Graduation Path, Required of 3+2 Concurrent Program Students

Plan of Study Grid
Year One
Fall SemesterSemester Credit Hours
ACCT 500 Managerial Accounting 3
ECON 530 Managerial Economics 3
Course from Track 3
 Semester Credit Hours9
Spring Semester
FINA 500 Financial Strategy 3
MANG 510 Leading Organizations 3
MARK 500 Marketing Strategy 3
 Semester Credit Hours9
Year Two
Fall Semester
BUGB 500 Advanced Business Law and Ethics 3
BUGB 530 Research Design 3
MANG 501 Operations Management 3
 Semester Credit Hours9
Spring Semester
BUGB 595 Research Practicum 3
MANG 590 Business Strategy 3
Course from Track 3
 Semester Credit Hours9
 Total Semester Credit Hours36

Option Two

Three Year Graduation Path, Not Available to 3+2 Concurrent Program Students

Plan of Study Grid
Year One
Fall SemesterSemester Credit Hours
ACCT 500 Managerial Accounting 3
ECON 530 Managerial Economics 3
 Semester Credit Hours6
Spring Semester
FINA 500 Financial Strategy 3
MARK 500 Marketing Strategy 3
 Semester Credit Hours6
Year Two
Fall Semester
BUGB 500 Advanced Business Law and Ethics 3
MANG 501 Operations Management 3
 Semester Credit Hours6
Spring Semester
MANG 510 Leading Organizations 3
Course from Track 3
 Semester Credit Hours6
Year Three
Fall Semester
BUGB 530 Research Design 3
Course from Track 3
 Semester Credit Hours6
Spring Semester
BUGB 595 Research Practicum 3
MANG 590 Business Strategy 3
 Semester Credit Hours6
 Total Semester Credit Hours36

Advising Process and DegreeWorks

Documentation on the pages related to this program is intended for informational purposes to help determine what courses and associated requirements are needed to earn a degree. Some courses are critical to complete in specific semesters while others may be moved around. Meeting with an academic advisor is essential in planning courses and discussing the suggested course sequencing. It is ultimately the student’s responsibility to understand and fulfill the requirements for her/his intended degree.

DegreeWorks is an online degree audit tool available in MAVzone. It is the official record used by the Registrar’s Office to evaluate progress towards a certificate and determine eligibility for graduation. Students are responsible for reviewing their DegreeWorks audit on a regular basis and should discuss questions or concerns with their advisor or academic department head. Discrepancies in requirements should be reported to the Registrar’s Office.

Graduation Process

Students must complete the following in the first two months of the semester prior to completing their degree requirements:

  • Review their DegreeWorks audit and create a plan that outlines how unmet requirements will be met in the final semester.
  • Meet with their advisor and modify their plan as needed. The advisor must approve the final plan.
  • Submit the “Intent to Graduate” form to the Registrar’s Office to officially declare the intended graduation date and commencement ceremony plans.
  • Register for all needed courses and complete all requirements for each degree sought.

Submission deadlines and commencement details can be found at http://www.coloradomesa.edu/registrar/graduation.html.

If your petition for graduation is denied, it will be your responsibility to apply for graduation in a subsequent semester. Your “Intent to Graduate” does not automatically move to a later graduation date.