Master of Business Administration

Program Update

We are no longer accepting new applications for this format of the program. If you started this program before fall 2016 or are adding the MBA as a dual degree, please follow the requirements listed below. If you are a prospective student, please check out the new format of our MBA.

Management responsibilities in today's complex multi-national business organizations transcend a single functional specialty and require a broad array of specialized knowledge.

The Master of Business Administration (MBA) is designed for mid-career professionals whose careers and management responsibilities transcend a single functional specialty and require a broad array of specialized knowledge and skills. The emphasis of this interdisciplinary, integrated, and applied degree program is on the significant organizational and management processes that take place in the context of large public or private institutions doing business on a global scale.

The goal is to prepare students for upper management and executive-level positions by developing key managerial competencies—including critical thinking, systems thinking, team building, decision making, and ethical leadership—that can be applied in any type of business enterprise.

Graduates of this program will be able to

  • Analyze the evolving nature of corporations.
  • Practice leadership with change management.
  • Measure an organization's intellectual assets.
  • Identify how product development merges with entrepreneurship.
  • Foster new approaches to measuring the economic performance of organizations.

Program Overview

The 42-credit online MBA program consists of seven 6-credit seminars. A 3-credit course (AMBA 600) is prerequisite to the program coursework; the prerequisite may be waived if the applicant has taken the GMAT and scored at or above 70th percentile or has already completed a graduate degree. Each student is assigned to a cohort of approximately 25 students who continue together through completion of their MBA program.

Program Requirements

Note: Students who began the MBA program with AMBA 600 prior to summer 2008 should follow the requirements as listed in the year in which they started. Find your catalog.

Program Rules

  1. AMBA 600 must be completed with a grade of B or better within the first semester.
  2. All seminars must be taken in the order listed.

Initial Requirements

  • AMBA 600 MBA Fundamentals (3) (to be taken in the first semester)


Students who wish to improve their graduate writing skills may take COMM 600, Academic Writing for Graduate Students (3).

Prerequisite Course(s)

AMBA 600 MBA Fundamentals (3)

Core Courses

  • AMBA 610 The Manager in Organizations and Society (6)
  • AMBA 620 Managing People and Groups in the Global Workplace (6)
  • AMBA 630 The Economics of Management Decisions (6)
  • AMBA 640 Managing Projects, Operations, and Information Systems (6)
  • AMBA 650 Marketing Management and Innovation (6)
  • AMBA 660 Managing Global Business (6)
  • AMBA 670 Managing Strategy in the Global Marketplace (6)

Specialized Program Accreditation

The University of Maryland University College has received specialized accreditation for its business programs through the International Assembly for Collegiate Business Education (IACBE) located at 11374 Strang Line Road in Lenexa, Kansas, USA. IACBE is a specialized accrediting agency recognized by the Council for Higher Education Accreditation. The business programs in the following degrees are accredited by the IACBE:

Program Objectives

Students who complete the program should be able to

  • Make effective management decisions that exhibit high ethical standards in a global and culturally diverse environment
  • Use oral and written communication skills to express ideas effectively and persuasively with all organizational stakeholders using a variety of tools including synchronous and asynchronous technologies.
  • Develop comprehensive solutions to business problems by synthesizing and evaluating information using qualitative and quantitative analytical reasoning.
  • Manage the effective use of technology in an organization to achieve superior performance and operational effectiveness.
  • Apply proven management theories and practices to resolve a wide range of organizational issues


UMUC has established academic partnerships with universities in Canada, Mexico, and China. Some of these partnerships involve MBA students participating with students from these universities in company-sponsored projects that are arranged through a series of business relationships in these countries.

Career Path

  • Mid- to upper-level corporate manager
  • Mid- to upper-level manager in government or non-profit organizations
  • Business/organizational consultant
  • Corporate planner
  • Business owner/entrepreneur

Student Profile

The MBA program is designed for working, mid-career professionals from a wide range of academic and organizational backgrounds.

1 Source: "18 Hot Jobs for 2015," CareerBuilder, LLC, November 20, 2014.

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