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Fitchburg State University 2019-2020 Graduate Catalog 
Fitchburg State University 2019-2020 Graduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Business Administration, Management Concentration, M.B.A.

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MBA—Master of Business Administration

Graduate Program Chair

Beverley Hollingsworth, PhD

Graduate Curriculum Committee

John Crawley, JD
Beverley Hollingsworth, PhD
Kwahng Kim, PhD
Yang Liu, PhD
Patrick Malone, JD
Denise Simion, PhD
Renee Scapparone, DBA, Chair

Program Objectives

The 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. The MBA Program is also offered as a fully online program.

Program Description

The 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.

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.

MBA students enrolled in the accounting concentration may request to enroll in one additional concentration if they are currently enrolled and have a GPA of 3.00 or higher. Students may choose a dual concentration option after their first semester. In addition, students enrolled in either the management concentration or the human resource management concentration may choose to add on the accounting concentration. Students who have been approved for a dual concentration option must complete the course requirements for each concentration.  Courses completed can only be counted once towards one concentration.  Students approved for a dual concentration will be required to meet the requirements for the catalog year in which their dual concentration is approved.

The management and human resource management concentrations cannot be combined as a dual concentration option.

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 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.

Management Concentration (9 credits)

Students in the Management concentration take the following courses:

One Elective, (3 credits)

Students take one elective to complete their program of study.

Total for Degree: 30 cr


For students in the on-campus program, MGMT 9700 - Internship in Management may be repeated but counted only once toward the student’s program of study.

A maximum of two course substitutions may be applied towards a student’s program of study with approval of the Graduate Program Chair.

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