Business Administration, M.B.A.

Advance Your Career with an Online MBA

The University of Bridgeport's Online MBA is designed to provide you the practical business knowledge to help you succeed in today's ever-evolving business environment. With three concentrations to choose from, you can customize your degree to meet your personal and professional goals.

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Program Prerequisites

  • A bachelor’s degree, or its equivalent, from an accredited university or recognized international institution
    • Depending on your undergraduate coursework, you may be required to complete up to 12 credits of preparatory coursework to successfully graduate from the 36-credit MBA program. This can be done online in the same format as the MBA coursework. Students with a strong academic record from an accredited business college may be able to waive equivalent preparatory foundation courses.
  • Recommended cumulative undergraduate grade point average of 3.0 or higher

Required Materials

  • University of Bridgeport Application
  • $50 application fee (non-refundable)
  • Official transcripts from every school attended
  • Two recommendation letters
    • Letters must be signed and come from employers, professors or professional associates.
  • Personal statement
    • In 250 – 500 words, detail why you are seeking an MBA, how you expect to apply your degree to your professional career after graduation and why you seek to pursue your degree through the University of Bridgeport
  • Resume
  • Official GMAT scores are required unless you have:
    • A cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher
    • 3 years of Management Experience
    • 5 years of Professional Experience
    • Hold a professional certification such as CPA, CFA, CMA, CIA, or CFP
    • Have completed of a master’s or doctoral level degree from an accredited institution within 10 years of application

Deadlines

Completed application and all supporting documents must be received by:

  • December 1 for Spring I (January)
  • February 1 for Spring II (February)
  • April 1 for Summer I (April)
  • June 1 for Summer II (June)
  • August 1 for Fall I (August)
  • October 1 for Fall II (October)

Questions?

Visit How to Apply to learn more about the process and how to contact your admissions counselor.

As a student, you will select a concentration as part of your program of study. Each concentration is nine credits (three courses) and will give you a depth of knowledge in that area. Students can choose more than one concentration as well.

Analytics Intelligence

Analytics Intelligence is the study of big data and how we can use it to improve a company’s processes and outcomes. You’ll learn how to capture and analyze data, and draw conclusions based on your findings that will help businesses increase their efficiency and their profits. With impressive industry and job growth predictions, this field is poised to become a vital aspect of practicing effective business strategy.

Concentration Courses:

  • ITKM 548 Enterprise Intelligence and Decision Support Systems (3 credits)
  • ITKM 549 Technical Concepts for Analytics Professionals (3 credits)
  • ITKM 560 Foundations in Advanced Enterprise Analytics (3 credits)

Human Resources Management

The MBA with a Human Resources Management concentration prepares students for leadership in a global technological world. The program provides extensive training for the practice of managing human resources in a range of businesses and corporations. We offer an ethically-based management program with a focus on understanding the strategic importance of an organization’s most valuable asset—its people. Establish an in-depth knowledge of tactical and policy development, organizational behavior and contemporary issues and challenges.

Concentration Courses:

  • MGMT 511 Human Resources Management (3 credits)
  • MGMT 512 Organizational Development (3 credits)
  • MGMT 515 Workforce Assessment (3 credits)

Management

The MBA with a Management concentration enhances knowledge and develops skills that prepare students for leadership and an understanding of management competencies that are required to plan, build and run a successful enterprise. With an emphasis on employee motivation and overall management of people and organizational systems, this program provides the foundation for students to build up a new or existing enterprise.

Concentration Courses:

  • MGMT 511 Human Resources Management (3 credits)
  • MGMT 539 International Issues (3 credits)
  • Management Elective (3 credits)

For more information on course offerings, visit the Courses tab.

Starting in Fall 2017, the Ernest C. Trefz School of Business launched a new online MBA program. For details about a previous Program of Study, please visit the UB Catalog or speak with your academic advisor. 

The MBA Online Curriculum is 36 credits consists of 3 components: Core courses (18 credits), Concentration courses (9 credits) and Capstone courses (9 credits).

The online MBA curriculum is designed to recognize and accommodate the diversity of preparation and experience, as well as different goals and career expectations of students.

Depending on your undergraduate coursework, you may be required to complete up to 12 credits of prerequisite coursework to successfully graduate from the 36-credit MBA program. This can be done online in the same format as the MBA coursework. Students with a strong academic record from an accredited business college may be able to waive equivalent preparatory foundation courses.

Preparatory Courses (up to 12 credits)

ACCT 500 Accounting & Business Law

An introduction to Accounting, and the Legal Environment of Business and Ethics. The course focuses the fundamentals of Accounting and how the legal environment of business impacts business decisions. There is an introduction to the basic principles of Accounting: how to account for business transactions. Emphasis on the understanding of how financial statements are prepared, and how they are used as a basis for decision making by business owners, investors, creditors, government and others interested in the financial condition of an economic entity and the results of its operations. The Law component introduces how the legal environment of business impacts business decisions with broad ethical, and critical thinking examples throughout. Knowledge of the legal aspects of running a business will enable the student to conduct business within the legal framework and understand the ethical dimension of business decisions. Topics include: Introduction to Business Ethics; Financial Regulation (Sarbanes-Oxley, Dodd-Frank) Business Crimes, Torts, and Contracts; the Constitution and Government Regulation of Business; Business Organizations; Employment and Labor Laws; Consumer Protection and Environmental Regulation; and Ethical Conflicts including Corporate Loyalty v. Whistleblowing, and Privacy and Technology. Prerequisites: Admission to graduate study.

Credits: 3

ECON 500 Economics & Finance

 

This course is a graduate introduction to the study of economics and finance, two interrelated and integral fields in the study of business. This course develops the foundation in understanding how the real economy works, and how finance connects the real economy to the monetary system via the financial system. The course starts by discussing how the market system works, including basic macroeconomic concepts relevant to the study of finance. Subsequently, the course delves into how capital budgeting decisions made by firms are essential to achieve macroeconomic goals. Topics include financial statements, time value of money, the financial markets, and how firms make capital budgeting decisions. In additional to textbook readings, students will use current events to complete case studies and group presentations to further their understanding of economics and finance.

Credits: 3

ITKM 500 Information Technology and Quantitative Methods

Data preparation and cleaning, data analysis, and data visualization are now at the heart of managerial decision making.  This course will illustrate both IT and Quantitative Methods through three fairly involved examples and extensive hands-on experience.  Cleaning data will lead us to database principles that underlie data independence and referential integrity.  Summarizing a modest-sized dataset (about 8,000 rows) will introduce statistical summaries, some basic visualization tools, and the statistics behind correlation coefficients and matrices.  Pivot Tables and various visualization techniques will allow us to answer the question, “What is the data telling us?”  The final project allow us to apply results from calculus to generate forecasts which we will then visually and statistically compare by using 3-D graphics and hypothesis testing.  We will use the computer for the entire course; nothing is done by hand.

Credits: 3

MGMT 500 Management & Marketing

This course serves as a graduate introduction to the theory and practice of both management and marketing, two separate, yet related, fields of business study.  The management portion of the course will address the four key tenets of management: planning, organizing, leading and controlling. The marketing portion of the course will address creating, delivering, and communicating value by building customer relationships via the marketing mix: product, price, place (distribution), and promotion.  Both parts of the course will examine the effects of globalization, technology, and social responsibility. In addition to textbooks and other readings, the course will use individual and group projects to develop real-world solutions to challenges posed in these two disciplines.

Credits: 3

Core Coursework (18 credits)

MGMT 505 Organizational Behavior

This course enables students to explore individual and group behavior in organizations and the contextual factors that impact workforce performance and organizational effectiveness. An understanding of topics including organizational culture and structure, ethics and corporate social responsibility, team dynamics, leadership, decision making, and motivation is emphasized. Students gain insight from the perspective of both theory-oriented research and practice-oriented professional communities through the discussion of concepts and organizational practices and the analysis of research findings and trends.

Credits: 3

MKTG 505 Marketing and Branding

This course introduces students to the essentials of marketing and brand management at the graduate level. Students will learn concepts and frameworks from the marketing and branding literatures, such as the definition of marketing and the concept of Customer-Based Brand Equity (CBBE). Students will then apply the knowledge by leading a class discussion, interacting with the current industry professionals in the field, conducting a brand audit with group members, and putting together a personal brand plan. As a result of taking this course, students will build their own toolkit to market any brands in their future endeavors.

Credits: 3

ITKM 505 Information Systems & Knowledge Management

The course introduces guiding theories and concepts of knowledge management and its relationship to contemporary workplaces. This course will explore various issues of creating, storing, sharing, and applying knowledge in organizational environments, which will include a review of the role and basic functions of information technology. Successful organizations foster both innovation and efficiency via knowledge. Students will evaluate the different dynamics related to realizing organizational progress through the effective and efficient use of talent, structure, culture, methods, and technology. In addition to the required textbooks, students will be required to research industry journals as a way to evaluate the application of knowledge in real settings across various industries.

Credits: 3

ACCT 505 Managerial and Cost Accounting

This course provides an introduction to managerial and cost accounting used by management in conducting daily operations, planning future operations, and developing overall business strategies. The objective is to gain an understanding of the role of accounting in the management process of planning, directing, controlling, and improving the organization’s objectives (goals) and to translate those objectives into a course of action. This course includes a comprehensive review of the following topics: basic managerial accounting concepts; job order cost accounting; process cost accounting; break-even point and target profit; budgeting; and standard cost variances.

Credits: 3

FIN 505 Advanced Financial Management and Policy

The development of various advanced concepts in corporate finance relating to the management of working and investment capital, including appreciation of the financial planning process, the issuance of stock and the role of venture capital, discussion of the cash-planning process and the use of the cash budget, international finance. The student should be able to understand various advanced concepts in corporate finance. Teaching methods include lecture-discussion, problems and a review of current activities in finance. Upon completion of this course, each student will be able to use and apply financial concepts to case situations, as well as understanding such advanced concepts as leverage and capital structure, international finance, dividend policy and payment mechanics, raising equity capital, financial planning, and working capital management.

Credits: 3

MGMT 555 Global Program and Project Management

This course focuses on the managerial aspects of how to effectively manage, plan and execute programs and projects with a focus on high quality deliverables: arriving on time, within budget, within scope, and to the customer’s satisfaction. Areas covered will include program and project management life cycle phases, executive sponsorship, portfolio investment management selection and prioritization, requirements, scope and project charters, planning, development, estimating, staffing, leadership, scheduling, risk management, change management, project metrics, vendor integration and management and other related topics. This course is based on current and emerging best practices and principles. Project Management certification requirements and real world case studies are discussed.

Credits: 3

Concentrations (9 credits)

Analytics Intelligence

ITKM 548 Enterprise Intelligence and Decision Support Systems

This course provides a managerial overview of the business drivers and critical success factors for the effective delivery of enterprise intelligence solutions.

Credits: 3

ITKM 549 Technical Concepts for Analytics Professionals

This course provides a working knowledge of enterprise intelligence and analytics technical tools via hands on work.

Credits: 3

ITKM 560 Foundations in Advanced Enterprise Analytics

This course provides in depth understanding of sophisticated analytics methods and applications.

Credits: 3

Human Resources Management

MGMT 511 Human Resources Management

This course enables students to examine the current research findings, trends, and best practices of human resource management, as well as the strategies and tactics necessary to sustain an effective and proactive human resources function in an organization. An understanding of topics including recruitment and selection, employment law, performance management, training and development, compensation and benefits, and employee engagement is emphasized, in both domestic and global contexts. Students will gain insight into effectively leveraging findings from relevant research studies to address current and projected human resource management challenges and needs.

Credits: 3

MGMT 512 Organizational Development

This course enables students to gain an understanding of the needs and challenges that drive organizational development and change management interventions in various organizational contexts from a micro to a macro level.  Students will be introduced to the history, research, and the theoretical models of change upon which the OD process is based, as well as trends, ethical considerations, and best practices.  Students will gain insight into the OD process through analysis and discussion of each phase, including needs assessment, data collection and analysis, diagnosis and recommendation, implementation, and evaluation, as well as the critical competencies of a successful OD professional. A focus is placed on the integration of strategies and programs that facilitate planned, positive organizational change and result in workforce agility, effectiveness, and sustainable processes.

Credits: 3

MGMT 515 Workforce Assessment

This course enables students to examine the theoretical concepts, research, real-world applications, and practical considerations relevant to individual and group assessment in organizational settings.  An understanding of the instruments and approaches available for various workforce assessment needs is emphasized, as well as the appropriate interpretation and use of the information obtained.  A focus is placed on employee selection, performance evaluation, training and development, retention, and program evaluation, and the implications of decisions made in these areas based on assessment results.

Credits: 3

Management

MGMT 511 Human Resources Management

This course enables students to examine the current research findings, trends, and best practices of human resource management, as well as the strategies and tactics necessary to sustain an effective and proactive human resources function in an organization. An understanding of topics including recruitment and selection, employment law, performance management, training and development, compensation and benefits, and employee engagement is emphasized, in both domestic and global contexts. Students will gain insight into effectively leveraging findings from relevant research studies to address current and projected human resource management challenges and needs.

Credits: 3

MGMT 539 International Issues

This course focuses on current international issues that affect business operations at home and abroad. Changing business environments are discussed and analyzed. Students are required to formulate new global business strategies in light of emerging international trends and events. In some cases, students may supplement their study by field trips and on-site analysis.

Credits: 3

Management Elective

Students may choose an elective from one of the other business tracks or a course from the Global Development and Peace program, with the approval of his or her advisor.

Capstone (9 credits)

MGMT 582 Business Planning

This course focuses on the development of the entrepreneurial spirit and develops specific skills to fulfill plans that develop from that creative and persevering spirit. Many different aspects of entrepreneurial ability will be emphasized including a strong work ethic, leadership, team building and the development of business relationships. The course also covers the growth of an existing business through entrepreneurship. Students will conceive, develop, and present a comprehensive business plan intended to obtain external financial support or internal organizational support. This course includes a comprehensive review of the marketing, operational, financial, product, service and business strategy and plans that must be mastered and developed as foundation for start-up of a small business or entrepreneurial enterprise.

Credits: 3

Note: Students may also take GLDP 501 Research Methods to fulfill this requirement

GLDP 501 Research Methods

This is an introductory course in qualitative and quantitative research methods. It is designed to introduce you to basic concepts and issues encountered in research investigation. We will discuss what research is, the tools of research, research design, and writing the research report.  Included will be an introduction to a diversity of research methods, including survey, historical research, participant and non-participant observation, experimental design, and content analysis. An overview of statistical means of data interpretation also will be presented, including correlations, t-tests, chi-square tests, and so forth. Legal and ethical issues related to research, including research with human subjects, will be examined.

Credits: 3

Note: Students may also take MGMT 582 Business Planning to fulfill this requirement

BUCP 589 Cases in Ethics, Innovation and Leadership

As the culmination of your MBA experience, in this Capstone course students will examine Ethics, Innovation, and Leadership using academic theories to critique real-world contemporary cases across a variety of industries (e.g. government, banking, etc.). Each topic (e.g. ethics) will be broken into two modules: one in which students build an academic conceptual framework for the subject and a second module in which students apply these theories to a specific topic. In addition to formal papers and presentations, this interactive course requires a significant amount of participation in lively classroom discussions.

Credits: 3

BUCP 597 Policy and Strategy

The integration capstone course provides an opportunity for students to apply the knowledge and skills they have learned throughout their MBA studies and their business experiences from a multi- and inter- disciplinary perspective. Students examine the challenges in – and methods for – achieving organizational excellence in the new economy. Using a combination of Quality tenets and published best practices, students will evaluate the multidimensional performance of industries and companies, construct a formal proposal that improves an organization’s performance, and create a personal strategy for post-graduation success. Students develop the conceptual knowledge and pragmatic skills to discern why, when, and how to apply relevant concepts and techniques.

Credits: 3

As a graduate of the MBA program you will demonstrate:

  • Knowledge in all—and proficiency in at least one of—the basic business disciplines (accounting, economics, entrepreneurship, finance, human resources, information systems, leadership, management, and marketing)
  • The ability to communicate ideas clearly and concisely in oral and written structures, and in formal and informal settings
  • Interpersonal and professional skills that enable them to contribute within diverse sets of teams and build internal and external relationships that facilitate success in contemporary organizations
  • Information literacy, proficiency with technology, and analytical techniques for decision-making
  • Critical and logical thinking that integrates concepts across disciplines with creativity and integrity enabling them to successfully lead in a dynamic global environment

A Master in Business Administration provides students with the depth and breadth to understand the complex and ever-changing business world. The Ernest C. Trefz School of Business prides itself on providing you both theory and practical knowledge so you are well prepared for your chosen career. An MBA can prepare you for many careers including:

  • Management
  • Sales
  • Insurance
  • Banking
  • Real Estate
  • Human Resources Management

With a concentration in Analytics Intelligence, you are well prepared for careers in:

  • Network Administration
  • Systems Development and Analysis
  • Big Data
  • Business Intelligence

With a concentration in Human Resources, you are well prepared for careers in:

  • Recruitment
  • Compensation and Benefits
  • Employee Relations
  • Strategic Planning
  • Training and Development
  • Organizational Development

With a concentration in Management, you are well prepared for careers in:

  • Project Management
  • Operations Management
  • Information Management
  • Consulting

Career Assistance

UB's Center for Career Development helps graduates prepare for entrance into the workforce. Our comprehensive career counseling and resource center is dedicated to helping you become an active participant in your own academic, professional, and career development.

Services provided include basics like resume and cover letter building, interview preparation, negotiation, goal assessment, and personal branding.

What's UBJobnet?

UBjobnet is UB’s internal job portal–open only to UB students and alumni! Here, you can access a variety of opportunities posted by local and national employers. Search for jobs/internships, submit your resume online, register for career related events, or all of the above.

To access UBjobnet:

  • Login to the myUB Portal
  • Click on the “Quick Links” box on the right side to navigate to UBjobnet
  • Find the resources that suit your needs:
    • Job Search: Find full-time, part-time, internship, student employment and volunteer opportunities
    • Email me new jobs: Set up job alerts by clicking “Email me new jobs” located above your search results. Use specific keywords to help tailor your emails to match your interests
    • Career Events: Register for and learn about more upcoming events
    • Employer Directory: Find and research companies related to your desired field
  • Upload your updated resume and cover letters to UBjobnet to be able to easily apply to posted positions through the system
  • Update your major, GPA, and graduation year in your profile to receive information on jobs and events related to your field

Preparatory Courses: Acquiring the Foundation for Success (up to 12 Credits)

Students with undergraduate preparation in a non-business field may be required to complete up to 12 credits of preparatory coursework. Students with a strong academic record ("B" or better in each case) from an accredited university may be able to waive preparatory foundation courses.

  • ACCT 500 Accounting and Business Law requires both managerial and financial accounting, as well as any course labelled business law that included contracts and tort law
  • FIN 500 Economics and Finance requires both micro- and macro- economics, as well as finance that included time value of money
  • ITKM 500 Information Systems and Quantitative Methods requires information systems, intermediate Excel, and either MS Excel- or SAS-based statistics or research methods
  • MGMT 500 Management and Marketing requires organizational behavior, operations management, and marketing or any similarly named course that includes branding and consumer behavior

If you have not completed all of these courses as part of your undergraduate studies, they are available through the online MBA program or you can complete an exam to demonstrate competency in these areas. For more information on prerequisites, please contact admissions.

Curriculum Requirements

Preparatory Courses: Acquiring the Foundation for Success (12 Credits, See Above)

The MBA Online Curriculum (total of 36 credits) consists of 3 components:

1. Core Courses (18 credits)

In the six core courses, you will apply the theory from the foundation coursework through cases and real-world exercises.

  • Accounting
  • Advanced Financial Management
  • Information Systems
  • Organizational Behavior
  • Marketing and Branding
  • Global Program and Project Management

2. Concentration Courses (9 credits)

Take coursework in:

  • Analytics Intelligence
  • Human Resources Management
  • Management

3. Capstone Courses (9 credits)

The capstone experience provides the final integration of student learning across the disciplines and the application of concepts learned to practical and competitive situations.

  • Business Planning or Research Methods
  • Cases in Ethics, Innovation, and Leadership
  • Policy and Strategy

Eligibility for Transfer Credits in the 10 Upper-Level Program Courses

For students with graduate coursework from a regionally accredited university: no more than two (graduate) courses may be transferred into the MBA program.

Multiple Concentrations

Students may gain additional concentrations by successfully completing three courses in any of the available concentrations. Students may receive a double concentration in their original concentration by taking three additional advanced courses in the discipline.

Grading Policy

A grade of "C" or better is required for credit toward graduation in all prerequisite and program coursework. Students must maintain a semester GPA of 3.0 or better throughout their studies. Those students that earn a GPA below 3.0 will be placed on probation and must comply with the process stated below to successfully maintain proper status.

Progression/Sequence of Courses

Preparatory coursework is the first step: Students start their studies by completing all necessary Preparatory courses. Once all the Preparatory courses have been completed, students may enter the formal MBA program. In some cases, students may take a combination of Preparatory and Core courses during their transition into the Program, but students should not take a Preparatory and advanced class in the same discipline at the same time (e.g. ITKM400 and ITKM505).

Students begin the formal MBA program by completing the six Core courses (in any order). The three Capstone courses should be taken in the final semester, or final two semesters, and must only be taken once all Core classes have been successfully completed (not concurrently).

Requirements for Graduation

To qualify for the award of the degree of Master of Business Administration, a student must fulfill the following minimum requirements:

  1. Admitted to candidacy for the degree in the School of Business
  2. Satisfactorily complete all academic requirements with a cumulative grade point average of "B" (CGPA = 3.0) or better
  3. File an application for the award of the degree at the Registrar's Office on or before the date published in the University Calendar
  4. Complete all academic requirements within five (5) years from the date of first registration, unless a petition for extension is granted. Extensions are granted only for compelling reasons.
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