Business Administration, M.B.A.

Program Director: David Gurzick, Ph.D. gurzick@hood.edu; 301-696-3857

The goal of the M.B.A. curriculum is to provide students with a broad 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.

The program is designed for part-time students who wish to complete their M.B.A. by taking classes in the evening. 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.

Application Requirements

Submit one official transcript reflecting the highest degree conferred.

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 gofurther@hood.edu.

For additional admission information, see Graduate Admission.

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.

NOTE: Course substitutions are not permitted. A student may be exempted from these requirements by petition to the appropriate department. The petition must be in writing and, if approved, written evidence of the exemption must be forwarded to the Graduate School 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.

Program Requirements

Foundation Courses

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.

ECON 551Foundations of Economics

3.0

MGMT 551Management Theory

3.0

MGMT 552Quantitative Methods for Managers

3.0

MGMT 553Foundations of Accounting

3.0

MGMT 554Legal Environment of Business

3.0

 

ECMG 556Statistics for Management

3.0

or

MATH 500Statistics

3.0

Core Requirements

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.

ECON 560Managerial Economics

3.0

MGMT 560Leadership & Organizational Behavior

3.0

MGMT 561Financial Management

3.0

MGMT 562Financial & Managerial Accounting

3.0

MGMT 563Marketing Management

3.0

MGMT 564Production & Operations Management

3.0

MGMT 565International Management

3.0

MGMT 566Information Management & Technology

3.0

MGMT 567Organizational Sustainability

3.0

MGMT 590Strategy & Competitive Advantage

3.0

Concentration Courses

Students are required to complete two courses from the following list. Students may elect to take courses in one concentration (accounting, finance, human resource management, information systems, marketing or public management) or in two different concentrations. 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.

Accounting Concentration

MGMT 568Accounting Information Systems

3.0

MGMT 580Strategic Cost Management

3.0

MGMT 581Financial Statement Analysis

3.0

Finance Concentration

MGMT 576Advanced Financial Management

3.0

MGMT 577Portfolio and Investment Management

3.0

ECMG 578International Financial Management

3.0

MGMT 581Financial Statement Analysis

3.0

Human Resource Management Concentration

MGMT 582Negotiation & Conflict Resolution

3.0

MGMT 585Human Resource Management

3.0

Information Systems 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.

Marketing Concentration

MGMT 570Marketing Analysis for Managers

3.0

MGMT 571Advertising Management

3.0

MGMT 572Supply Chain Management

3.0

Public Management Concentration

MGMT 585Human Resource Management

3.0

MGMT 587Public Administration

3.0

Focus Area - Regulatory Compliance

Students are required to complete two courses from the following list. Please contact the M.B.A. director for additional information about this focus area.

BMS 545Product Development

3.0

BMS 547Dev of Pharmaceutics Reg Environmen

3.0

BMS 549Regulation of Medical Devices

3.0

BMS 550Food and Drug Law

3.0