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Fitchburg State University 2020-2021 Graduate Catalog 
Fitchburg State University 2020-2021 Graduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Business Adminstration, Healthcare Management Concentration, Online/Accelerated MBA

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Online/Accelerated MBA

Graduate Program Chair

Beverley Hollingsworth, PhD

Program Advisors

Denise Simion, PhD
Yang Liu, PhD
John Lohmann, JD

Graduate 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 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 six areas: Accounting, Management, Healthcare, Supply Chain, Marketing 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.

Six specialized concentrations

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

Dual Concentrations

Students enrolled in the MBA program who have a GPA of 3.00 or higher after at least one semester of enrollment may request enrollment in one of the approved dual concentration options listed below. Students approved for a dual concentration will need to meet the requirements for the catalog year in which their dual concentration is approved.

Students enrolled in a dual concentration must complete the course requirements for each concentration. Each course in the program may only be counted once. Students in a dual concentration will complete a total of 39 credits.

 MBA concentrations below can be added to your current concentration with approval from the Graduate Department Chairperson and Graduate Academic Dean.

  • Accounting (online)
  • Management (online)
  • Healthcare Management (online)
  • Supply Chain Management
  • Marketing Management (online)
  • Human Resources Management (online)

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.

Healthcare Management Concentration (9 credits)

The Healthcare Management concentration builds upon the core MBA foundation courses with specialized courses that focus on marketing, policy, legal issues, ethics, and finance in the broad field of health care. This program helps prepare professionals for careers and advancement in areas such as health care administration and management, insurance, cost control, and health care marketing.

Elective Course (3 credits)

Elective Course Options: MGMT 9020: Economic Theory and Managerial Decision Making or MGMT 9XXX Selected Topics or MGMT 9XXX Course from other Online MBA Concentrations (outside the core)

Total for Degree, 30 credits

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