Master of Business Administration

Program Update

This program is being taught in a new format starting this fall. If you are interested in starting your program in fall 2016 or later and you are not a dual degree student, make sure you follow these program requirements. Dual degree students will follow the program requirements below. If you need help selecting an academic program, please contact an advisor at 800-888-UMUC (8682).

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 UCSP 605, Effective Graduate Writing (0).

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:

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

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Dual Degree

If you began one of the following programs prior to fall 2016 and maintained continuous enrollment, you can add the Master of Business Administration and earn a dual degree:

You must complete all requirements for the first degree before beginning the second degree. This dual degree is one-directional. The MBA must be earned second. Degree requirements for both programs must be completed within seven years. Please contact an advisor at 800-888-UMUC (8682) to establish a plan for completing the dual degree.

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