2017-2018 Catalog > Graduate Studies > Graduate Academic Programs and Fields of Study > Business Administration, M.B.A.
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The goal of the M.B.A. curriculum is to provide students with a comprehensive professional education that prepares them for responsible leadership and management positions in business and public service. Students take a creative and innovative approach to solve complex problems in today’s global business environment by integrating business theory and practical application. The importance of making both socially and ethically responsible decisions in today’s business world is stressed. In addition to the versatility of a broad business education, the program empowers students to think entrepreneurially and become thought leaders in reshaping, re-imagining and reinventing modern business.
The program is designed for full and part-time students who wish to complete their M.B.A. by taking classes in the evening (with the option for some weekend courses in an accelerated format). Students who majored in business administration at the undergraduate level may complete the program in as few as 36 credit hours. Teaching methods used include lectures, discussions and case studies. Strong faculty and student involvement and interaction in and out of the classroom are designed to improve students’ leadership, team-building, critical-thinking and communication skills.
The M.B.A. program is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Business Schools and Programs, whose mission is to promote “continuous improvement and recognize excellence in the accreditation of business education programs around the world.”
At Hood, it is not business, as usual. The M.B.A. program is designed to be personally enriching and professionally rewarding.
All students enrolled in the MBA program are required to have a Chalk and Wire account. The student will be billed for a non-refundable one-time only fee of $95 to receive a four-year plus license to Chalk and Wire.
Submit official transcripts from all institutions attended.
Students applying for the M.B.A. program must complete an essay of 250 words or less that includes background experience and future goals. All official transcripts must be submitted. Students whose cumulative GPA from their conferring institution is below 3.0 must also submit a résumé and two letters of recommendation, which can be emailed to the Graduate School at firstname.lastname@example.org.
For additional admission information, see Graduate Admission.
NOTE: Course substitutions are not permitted. A student may be exempted from these requirements by petition to the program director. The petition must be in writing and, if approved, written evidence of the exemption must be forwarded to the Office of the Registrar by the program director. The exemption is made a part of the student’s record. When a course is formally exempted, another course must be taken. Exemption does not constitute credit.
Six foundation courses (18 credit hours) are designed to provide a background for students who did not take courses in business administration at the undergraduate level. Students who have completed appropriate undergraduate coursework may be exempted from foundation courses. It is expected that students meet the foundation requirements before they enroll in core requirements. Any exceptions to this must be approved by the M.B.A. director.
Ten core courses (30 credit hours) provide a common body of knowledge and are required of all students in the M.B.A. program. These courses provide a solid foundation in the functional areas of business, such as finance, marketing, and accounting and expose students to the environmental factors affecting business operations. Included in the core is a capstone course, MGMT 590 Strategy and Competitive Advantage, which is taken by M.B.A. students in their final semester of study after all other core courses have been completed. Students must meet the prerequisite requirements before enrolling in a class. Any exceptions to this policy must be approved by the academic adviser.
Students are required to complete two elective courses. Students may elect to take courses in one area to receive a concentration (accounting, finance, human resource management, information systems, marketing or public management) or may take courses from two different concentration areas to receive a general management MBA. No substitutions are allowed with regard to any concentration courses. Courses may count for requirements in two concentrations, but the credits can only count toward one concentration. Six credits are required for each concentration.
Students may select courses in Information Systems by selecting two graduate computer science courses with the consent of their adviser and the director of the Computer Science program.
Through an integration of the liberal arts and the professions, Hood College provides an education that empowers students to use their hearts, minds and hands to meet personal, professional and global challenges and to lead purposeful lives of responsibility, leadership, service and civic engagement.
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