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Master of Business Administration

The Master of Business Administration degree program meets the educational needs of persons seeking positions with managerial responsibilities in both the public and the private sectors. KU’s program emphasizes broad concepts of business administration but provides an option for concentration in a specific area of business management.

KU offers the M.B.A. program for full-time students, who take much of their course work on the Lawrence campus, and for working professional students, who take course work in the evenings on the KU Edwards Campus in Overland Park. The two versions of the program are tailored to meet the different needs of students. Full-time students typically are committed to a career change. The evening professional students generally seek to enhance their career paths while remaining employed. Although the 2 versions of the program have some differences in the way that a student progresses, the philosophy, course content, and faculty are the same for both.

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Full-Time M.B.A. Degree Program

The full-time M.B.A. program features an emphasis on team-building that begins with orientation and is integrated throughout the program. The degree requires a minimum of 52 graduate credit hours. Courses are sequenced to be completed on a full-time basis in 3 to 4 semesters. Requirements are designed for a person holding a baccalaureate degree in any field, with no specific course requirements in business and related areas.

M.B.A. Degree Requirements

A minimum of 52 credit hours, satisfying the following:

Business Course Requirements

Required courses (27 credit hours)

Foundation Courses Required of All Students (19 credit hours)

ACCT 701 Financial Accounting 2
BE 701 Managerial Economics 2
DSCI 701 Statistical Decision Making 2
FIN 701 Financial Management 2
MGMT 701 Organizational Behavior 2
IBUS 700 Managing in a Global Environment 1
MGMT 706 Professional Development Skills I 1
MGMT 707 Professional Development Skills II 1
MGMT 807 Ethical Decision Making in Business 2
MKTG 701 Marketing Management 2
MGMT 704 Strategic Management 2

Environmental Courses (2 credit hours). Choose 1 of 2 courses:

BE 702 Global Economic Environment of Business (2) or
BLAW 701 Introduction to the Legal Environment of Business (2)
2

Breadth Courses (6 credit hours). Choose 3 of 4 courses:

ACCT 702 Managerial Accounting (2)
DSCI 702 Operations Management (2)
IST 701 Managerial Information Systems (2)
MGMT 702 Human Resources Management (2)
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Advanced Business Elective Courses (25 hours)

Designation of a Concentration

  1. A concentration is optional. Concentrations available are entrepreneurship, finance, human resources management, information systems, international business, management, marketing, and strategic management.
  2. A concentration consists of electives, selected from a list of designated courses in the concentration, totaling 12 hours for a major concentration in most areas.
  3. The intent to pursue a concentration is declared in writing before completion of enrollment for the last semester in the program. The concentration area adviser must approve the concentration plan and any subsequent changes in that plan.
  4. A graduate course related to the study of business administration offered by another division of the university may be substituted for a specific concentration course requirement with the approval of the area adviser and the director of master’s programs.
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Evening Professional M.B.A. Degree Program

KU Edwards Campus

The KU Edwards Campus, 12600 Quivira Rd., Overland Park, KS 66213, serves students in the Kansas City area. The program for working professionals requires the same curriculum as the full-time program. The same faculty members teach the courses, and the concentration options described above are available for evening students. Edwards Campus courses are offered evenings Monday through Thursday (1 session a class a week).

M.B.A. Degree Requirements

A total of 48 hours is required, consisting of 25 core and 23 elective hours.

Foundation Courses Required of All Students (17 credit hours)

ACCT 701 Financial Accounting 2
BE 701 Managerial Economics 2
DSCI 701 Statistical Decision Making 2
FIN 701 Financial Management 2
MGMT 701 Organizational Behavior 2
IBUS 700 Managing in a Global Environment 1
MGMT 807 Ethical Decision Making in Business 2
MKTG 701 Marketing Management 2
MGMT 704 Strategic Management 2

Environmental Courses (2 credit hours). Choose 1 of 2 courses:

BE 702 Global Economic Environment of Business (2) or
BLAW 701 Introduction to the Legal Environment of Business (2)
2

Breadth Courses (6 credit hours). Choose 3 of 4 courses:

ACCT 702 Managerial Accounting (2)
DSCI 702 Operations Management (2)
IST 701 Managerial Information Systems (2)
MGMT 702 Human Resources Management (2)
6
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