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Fitchburg State University 2017-2018 Graduate Catalog 
Fitchburg State University 2017-2018 Graduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Business Administration, Accounting Concentration, Online/Accelerated MBA

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Online/Accelerated MBA

Graduate Program Chair

Joseph McAloon, MBA

Program Advisors

Audrey Pereira, PhD
Beverley Hollingsworth, PhD

Graduate Committee
Diane Caggiano, JD Michael Leamy, EdD
Beverley Hollingsworth, PhD James T. Noonan, PhD
Kwahng Kim, PhD Audrey Pereira, PhD

Program Objectives

The Online/Accelerated Master of Business Administration (MBA) Program is designed to prepare leaders in business and in administration. It seeks to develop decision makers with strong analytical skills who are socially responsible, sensitive to cultural diversity and aware of the broadening world market.

Program Description

The Online/Accelerated MBA program is comprised of a common core of advanced courses in business, and a concentration in one of three areas: Accounting, Management, and Human Resources Management, for a total of 30 credits. Students must be admitted and confirm their intent to enroll in order to register for these 7-week courses. There are six terms each year, two in the fall, two in the spring, and two during the summer. Deadlines apply, but the six start dates allow for students to enter the program at multiple points during the year.

To complete the degree students must fulfill the following:

Six courses (18 credits) in advanced core

In the advanced core students acquire advanced skills and knowledge regarding current business and management practice and methodology.

Three specialized concentrations

The specialized concentrations are in the fields of accounting, human resources management and management. Each concentration includes specialized courses and one elective.

Admissions Standards and Criteria

We are accredited by The International Assembly for Collegiate Business Education (IACBE). To enroll in the Master of Business Administration Program, a student must submit documents as outlined in the graduate admissions section as well as:

  • An undergraduate GPA not less than 2.8 (students below a 2.8 must also submit a letter of recommendation to be considered for admission)
  • TOEFL scores for natives of non-English speaking countries

Applicants to the Online/Accelerated MBA program who hold a bachelor degree in business are usually ready to begin the graduate-level coursework immediately, assuming that they have a suitable academic background. Professional experience is also a suitable foundation for graduate work. Students who do not hold a bachelor degree in business, or do not have the equivalent in professional experience, may wish to take courses at the undergraduate level to build a stronger foundation for graduate level work. Determination is made by the Graduate Program Chair.

One Elective, (3 credits)

Students take an elective to complete their program of study.


Students in the Accounting concentration must have an appropriate foundation in accounting content at the undergraduate level as determined by the graduate program chair.

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