Master of Business Administration
The Colorado Mesa University MBA is a challenging program designed to prepare graduates for the changing business world. The degree is awarded after successful completion of 36–45 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 of the functional areas of 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. The program makes extensive use of seminars, group projects, case studies and independent research.
The Colorado Mesa University MBA has two basic components: a 30 hour core and a 6–15 hour track, which includes a research component. The program is open to all baccalaureate-holding applicants who can demonstrate academic preparation in the core requirements including statistics, computer literacy, management, finance, marketing, and accounting regardless of the undergraduate field of study. Students without this background or adequate depth of background will be required to complete leveling courses.
For information about admission to the MBA Program, please see department specific requirements.
Candidates not meeting all the specific requirements may be admitted under conditional status.
MBA for Those Without a Business Degree
The opportunity for study is available for the non-business degree holder. For these students, a series of leveling courses will be identified individualized to each student.
An applicant must demonstrate—through academic transcripts, CLEP, MOOC, 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 required to score at a sufficient level on an entrance qualifying examination administered by the CMU MBA Office. The exam covers the topics listed above. A student can prepare for the exam through independent study based on a program-supplied study guide. CMU courses that provide appropriate background are: ACCT 201, CISB 101, FINA 301, MANG 201, MARK 231, and CISB 241 or STAT 241. This requirement must be met prior to acceptance to the MBA.
Up to nine credit hours may be taken in a “non-degree seeking student” status and later applied to the program requirements. Up to thirty percent of the credit hours required, with a grade of “B” or higher, may be transferred from a regionally accredited institution into the program. Additional information may be found in the Transfer Credit section.
See Business Administration (MBA) for a complete overview of all requirements, important information, and suggested course sequencing for the program.
Please see the MBA Director for Track Courses (6–15 hours). Tracks include the Professional Track, the Management Information Systems Track, the Sports Management Track, the Medical Informatics Track, and the Corporate Trainer Track.
Students are required to meet with their advisor and submit information by the appropriate deadlines.
All graduate courses for the MBA are listed in the Course Descriptions section of this catalog in the prefix areas of Accounting (ACCT), Business Administration (BUGB), Computer Information Systems (CISB), Economics (ECON), Education (EDUC), Entrepreneurship (ENTR), Finance (FINA), Health Sciences (HSCI), Human Resource Management (HRMA), Kinesiology (KINE), Management (MANG), Marketing (MARK), and Nursing (NURS).