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Graduate Catalog 2017/2018


Business Administration/MBA (BUS)

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Master of Business Administration (M.B.A.)
CIP Code: 52.0201
College of Muma College of Business (BA)
Total Minimum Program Hours Required (Post Bachelor's Degree): 32

Contact Information:
College of Muma College of Business
Business Administration Department (DEA)
4202 E. Fowler Avenue BSN3403
Tampa FL  33620

Program Director or Coordinator:
Andrew Artis
Phone: 813-974-3290
Email: aartis@usf.edu

Website: http://business.usf.edu/


Faculty Search: Muma College of Business Faculty List


Major Information

The Master of Business Administration (M.B.A.) is a professional degree designed to prepare graduates for managerial roles in business and not-for-profit organizations. Graduates will develop the necessary skills and problem-solving techniques that will permit them to make an early contribution to management and eventually to move into broad, general management responsibilities at the executive level. This major offers several concentrations in an online format.

Major Research Areas:
Contact coordinator for department.

Accreditation Information:

Accredited by the AACSB International. (The Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business).

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Admissions Information

Admission Deadlines

Major Priority Deadline

Fall: June 1
Spring: October 15
Summer: ---

Graduate Admission Application Deadlines

MASTER'S AND
EDUCATION SPECIALIST DEGREES

Admission for
Fall Semester

Admission for
Spring Semester

Admission for
Summer Semester

  • Applications received by the Priority Deadline will receive maximum consideration. 
  • Applications received after the Priority deadline, but by the Final University Deadline, are considered on a space available basis. 
  • Applications must be complete with all required information by the stated deadline.  Any application materials received after the deadline may be reviewed on a space-available basis.

Check with the Graduate Major Director for availability or to discuss options for admission in a subsequent term. 

Priority Deadline
(for funding and consideration)

Refer to Specific Major

Refer to Specific Major

Refer to Specific Major

Final University Deadline
Domestic
Applicants

June 1

October 15

February 15

Final University Deadline
International
Applicants

June 1

September 15

February 15

DOCTORATE DEGREES

Admission for
Fall Semester

Admission for
Spring Semester

Admission for
Summer Semester

  • Applications received by the Priority Deadline will receive maximum consideration. 
  • Applications received after the Priority deadline, but by the Final University Deadline, are considered on a space available basis. 
  • Applications must be complete with all required information by the stated deadline.  Any application materials received after the deadline may be reviewed on a space-available basis.

Check with the Graduate Major Director for availability or to discuss options for admission in a subsequent term. 

Priority Deadline
(for funding and consideration)

Refer to Specific Major

Refer to Specific Major

Refer to Specific Major

Final University Deadline
Domestic
Applicants

February 15

October 15

February 15

Final University Deadline
International
Applicants

February 15

September 15

February 15


Admission Requirements

You must comply with general University policies and meet general University Admission requirements in addition to those listed below.

Must meet University requirements (see Graduate Admissions) as well as requirements for admission to the major, listed below.

The USF MBA admission committee uses a portfolio approach: the strength of each applicant is determined based on the entire application. The admission committee will consider the following:

  • prior college-level academic performance (bachelors degree from a regionally accredited institution required);
  • GMAT (preferred), GRE, MCAT, LSAT, and PCAT (submitted scores must be within five (5) years of the term of entry);
    • Applicants with a USF-Tampa Bachelors degree and a cumulative GPA of 3.5 or greater may request waiver of GMAT;
    • Applicants with five (5) or more years of managerial or professional experience may request a GMAT/GRE waiver;
  • a statement of purpose;
  • recommendation letters;
  • relevant professional work experience
  • any other information that helps in ensuring the potential success of the applicant in the program (e.g. community/volunteer service, etc.).
  • For applicants whose native language is not English, English proficiency must be demonstrated as detailed in the USF Graduate Catalog.

Admissions Status: Apply

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Major Requirements

All M.B.A. candidates must complete all degree requirements within five (5) years of beginning the major. The full time student will need at least four students can complete all work within a reasonable timeapproximately three years. Part time students are encouraged to take two courses per semester and must complete 12 hours per calendar year to remain on active status as a degree-seeking student. Courses are scheduled to accommodate both full time and part time students. All courses are at the graduate level. Students entering the major are expected to have sufficient competency in mathematics (college algebra), communication skills (written and verbal), basic computer skills, high-speed internet acccess, and a business foundation.

Total Minimum hours: 32 credit hours
Options:

Pre-Requisites Waived:
Core 14 hours
Concentration/Specialization 18 hours
Total 32 hours minimum

Pre-Requisites Required:
Pre-req 16 hours
Core 14 hours
Electives 18 hours
Total 48 hours minimum

PRE-REQUISITE - BUSINESS FOUNDATION 16 hours
Students accepted to the MBA degree program are expected to have a common body of business knowledge as demonstrated with an undergraduate degree in business from a regionally-accredited program or completion of business foundation courses. If a student has an undergraduate degree from a regionally?accredited institution the student may request to waive foundation courses taken within the last 7 years. The foundation courses assume little or no prior knowledge in the field targeted toward MBA students without a Business degree. Students who wish to complete foundation coursework before applying to the MBA degree program and those wishing to complete only the foundation courses without applying to the MBA degree program may choose to pursue the Certificate in Business Foundations. Information about and admission requirements for the Certificate in Business Foundations is available at the Muma College of Business Website http://business.usf.edu/.

Students pursuing a general MBA may choose electives from among non-foundation graduate level courses offered in the college, or other colleges if an approved part of their program of study. NOTE: Foundation courses may not be counted as electives.

Pre-Requisite Business Foundation Courses - 16 Credits

Business Decision Making
MAN 6055 (2) Organizational Behavior and Leadership
ISM 6021 (2) Management Information Systems

Business Measurement
ACG 6026 (3) Accounting Concepts for Managers
QMB 6305 (2) Managerial Decision Analysis
FIN 6406 (2) Financial Management

Market Orientation
MAR 6815 (2) Marketing Management
ECO 6005 (3) Introduction to Economic Concepts for Managers

Core Requirements 14 credits minimum
GEB 6445 (2) Social, Ethical, Legal Systems
MAN 6147 (2) Leadership/Management Concepts
QMB 6603 (2) Operations Management and Quality Enhancement
FIN 6466 (2) Financial Analysis
MAN 6726 (2) Strategic Business Analysis
QMB 6358 (2) Data Analytics for Business
GEB 6215(2) Communication Skills for Managers

Students select the following options (See below for specific requirements):

  • General Electives 19 credit hours
  • General Pathway 18 credit hours
  • Concentration in Sport Business - 19 credit hours
  • Concentration in Supply Chain Management 19 credit hours
  • Concentration in Data Analytics 18 credit hours
  • Concentration in Cyber Security 18 credt hours
  • Concentration in Compliance, Risk Management & Anti-Money Laundering 18 credit hours
  • Specialization in Healthcare 19 credit hours
  • Specialization in Pharmacy 19 credit hours
  • Specialization in Pharmaceutical Nanotechnology 19 credit hours
  • Specialization in other areas 9 credit hours

Electives - 15 credit hours minimum

  • NOTE: Some elective courses may not be offered each year.

At least one of the electives taken must be related to global issues

OPTIONS:

General Pathway 18 hours
Combination of electives from Data Analytics, Cyber Security, and Compliance, Risk & Anti-Money Laundering available online 15 credit hours

In addition, students are required to take:
GEB 6898 3 MBA Capstone for Analytics, Compliance & Cybersecurity.

Sport Business Concentration - 19 hours
The MBA with a Concentration in Sport Business prepares graduates to contribute to and take leading positions in the global sport and entertainment industry. It complements the solid grounding in the applied fundamentals of accounting, finance, information systems, management and marketing provided by a recognized, high-quality MBA with coursework focused on the business of sporthuman capital, organization resources and development, innovation and technology in sport, culture and business relationships, sport and law and emerging issues in global sport. Academic course work is supported by internships, mentorships, professional seminars, guest speakers, and networking opportunities to provide graduates the tools and skills to function effectively in the competitive global environment of sport and entertainment management.

The ideal degree candidate will have a passion for the business and industry rather than simply be a lover of sports. The Business Administration major with a Concentration in Sport Business is a “direct admit” major: applicants should apply via the major Website: http://business.usf.edu/programs/graduate/sport-entertainment/ rather than to the College’s MBA Office.

Total Minimum hours with this concentration: 33 hours
Concentration Requirements 19 credit hours
In addition to the 14 hours of required MBA coursework, students complete:
SPB 6719 (3) Sport and Entertainment Marketing Strategy
SPB 6406 (3) Sport and Entertainment Law
SPB 6816 (3) Contemporary Issues in Sport & Entertainment Management
SPB 6706 (3) Sport Business Analytics
SPB 6946 (3) Internship in Sport and Entertainment Management
GEB 6895 (4) Integrated Business Applications

Supply Chain Management Concentration 19 credit hours
The Business Administration major with a Concentration in Supply Chain Management prepares graduates for careers in managing global supply chains. Supply chain management encompasses the coordination of physical, informational, and financial flows across companies in a supply chain network for the purpose of improving performance for individual companies and the supply chain as a whole. Academic coursework introduces students to supply chain processes and activities including procurement, transportation, warehousing, inventory management, and relationship management. In addition, courses provide hands-on experience with analytical models and software tools that support decision making. The Center for Supply Chain Management and Sustainability provides students with opportunities for field-based internships, participation in professional seminars, and networking with supply chain executives.

The Admissions Committee for the Business Administration major with a Concentration in Supply Chain Management will consider the strength of each applicant based on the entire completed application; outstanding qualities in one area may compensate for a weakness in another. In addition to the Admission requirements, this concentration also requires a mandatory personal interview.

The ideal candidate will have strong quantitative analysis skills coupled with effective written and oral communication abilities.

Total Minimum hours with this concentration: 33 hours
Concentration Requirements 19 credit hours
In addition to the 14 hours of required MBA coursework, students complete:
MAN 6596 (3) Supply Chain Management
MAR 6216 (3) Logistics and Physical Distribution Management
MAN 6599 (3) Logistics Systems and Analytics
GEB 6895 (4) Integrated Business Applications**

Plus two electives from the following list:
MAR 6936 (3) Marketing Special Topics
GEB 6527 (3) Lean Six Sigma
ISM 6436 (3) Operations and Supply Chain Processes
ISM 6217 (3) Database Administration
ISM 6156 (3) Enterprise Resource Planning and Business Process Management
MAN 6448 (3) Negotiating Agreement and Resolving Conflict
ESI 6324 (3) Engineering the Supply Chain
CGN 6933 (3) Special Topics in CEE: Green Infrastructure for Sustainable Communities

Data Analytics Concentration- 18 credit hours
The Business Administration major with a Concentration in Data Analytics is an online concentration that prepares graduates with the necessary skill set to draw insights from data for decision making in different functional areas of business. Courses in the concentration will provide hands-on experience with analytical tools and database software. The capstone course focuses on integrating concepts through project work and applied cases.

Total Minimum hours with this concentration: 32 hours
Concentration Requirements 18 credit hours

In addition to 14 required hours of MBA coursework, students complete:
ISM 6136 (3) Data Mining
ISM 6930 (3) Statistical Programming for Business

Plus at least two electives from the following list:
MAR 6936 (3) Special Topics: Marketing Analytics
ACG 5841 (3) Analytics in Accounting
ISM 6217 (3) Database Management

The fifth elective (3 hours) can be taken with the approval of the MBA academic advisor.

Data Analytics concentration requires the completion of the capstone course:
GEB 6898 (3) MBA Capstone for Analytics, Compliance & Cybersecurity.

Cybersecurity Concentration- 18 credit hours
The Business Administration major with a Concentration inCyber Security is an online concentration that prepares graduates for a career in information security management and business continuity. This concentration is fairly technical, given the nature of cybersecurity. The capstone course focuses on integrating concepts through project work and applied cases.

Total Minimum hours with this concentration: 32 hours
Concentration Requirements 18 credit hours

In addition to 14 required hours of MBA coursework, students complete:
ISM 6328 (3) Basics of Information Security and Risk Management
ISM 6225 (3) Distributed Information Systems
ISM 6930 (3) Special Topics: Decision Processes for Business Continuity and Disaster Recovery

Plus at least one elective from the following list:
ISM 6217 (3) Database Management
CIS 5362 (3) Cryptology
BUL 5832 (3) Risk Management and Legal Compliance

The fifth elective (3 hours) can be taken with the approval of the MBA academic advisor.

Cybersecurity concentration requires the completion of the capstone course:
GEB 6898 (3) MBA Capstone for Analytics, Compliance & Cybersecurity.


Compliance, Risk Management & Anti-Money Laundering - 18 credit hours
The Business Administration major with a Concentration in Compliance, Risk Management & Anti-Money Laundering is an online concentration that prepares graduates for a career in compliance, risk management and anti-money laundering. This concentration is especially attractive to those who want to work in the financial services sector. The capstone course focuses on integrating concepts through project work and applied cases.

Total Minimum hours with this concentration: 32 hours
Concentration Requirements 18 credit hours

In addition to 14 required hours of MBA coursework, students complete:
BUL 5832 (3) Risk Management and Legal Compliance
ACG 6688 (3) Forensic Accounting and Legal Compliance
ACG 6457 (3) Accounting Systems Audit, Control and Security

Plus at least one elective from the following list:
ISM 6217 (3) Database Management
ISM 6930 (3) Decision Process for Business Continuity and Disaster Recovery

The fifth elective (3 hours) can be taken with the approval of the MBA academic advisor.

Compliance, Risk Management & Anti-Money Laundering concentration requires the completion of the capstone course:
GEB 6898 (3) MBA Capstone for Analytics, Compliance & Cybersecurity.

Healthcare Specialization 19 credit hours minimum
Total Minimum hours with this specialization: 33 hours
The healthcare specialization is designed to prepare graduates for roles in the business of medicine. Graduates will develop the necessary skills and problem-solving techniques that will permit them to manage healthcare practices and businesses. The specialization is meant for students enrolled in a Doctor of Medicine (M.D.) program, practicing physicians and healthcare professionals. Students select from the following electives, or other graduate course electives in Business, Medicine, or Public Health, taken with the approval of the MBA Academic Advisor.

Suggested Electives:
ISM 6930 (3) Special Topics: Healthcare Information Systems
ISM 6930 (3) Special Topics: Healthcare Management Science
PHC 6102 (3) Principles of Health Policy and Management
PHC 6161 (3) Health Care Finance and Costing
PHC 6420 (3) Health Care Law, Regulation and Ethics
In addition, students are required to take:
GEB 6895 (4) Integrated Business Applications

Thesis 6 credit hours
Students may elect a six hour thesis in healthcare management subject to departmental approval. Thesis hours serve in lieu of elective hours.
ISM 6971 (6) Thesis

Pharmacy Specialization 19 credit hours minimum
Total Minimum hours with this specialization: 33 hours
The pharmacy specialization is designed to prepare graduates for roles in managing a pharmacy business. The specilization is meant for students enrolled in the PharmD degree program, and pharmacy professionals. Students select from the following electives, or other graduate course electives in Business, Pharmacy, or Public Health, taken with the approval of the MBA Academic Advisor.

Suggested Electives:
PHA 6261 (3) Healthcare Administration and Economics
PHA 6270(3) Healthcare and Medication Safety
ISM 6930 (3) Special Topics: Healthcare Information Systems
ISM 6930 (3) Special Topics: Healthcare Management Science
PHC 6102 (3) Principles of Health Policy and Management
PHC 6161 (3) Health Care Finance and Costing
PHC 6420 (3) Health Care Law, Regulation and Ethics

PHA 7626 Advanced Pharmacy Practice Experiences (6 hours) could count for six credit hours of electives with the approval of the MBA Academic Advisor, when practice experiences involve significant exposure to the business of pharmacy.

In addition, students are required to take:
GEB 6895 (4) Integrated Business Applications

Pharmaceutical Nanotechnology 19 credit hours minimum
Total Minimum hours with this specialization: 33 hours
The pharmaceutical nanotechnology specialization is designed for graduate students pursuing a M.S. in Pharmaceutical Nanotechnology who want to earn a MBA degree. Students select from the following electives, or other graduate courses in Business, Pharmacy or Public Health, taken with the approval of the MBA Academic Advisor.

Suggested Electives:
PHA 6222 (3) Pharmacy Practice Management
EIN 6935 (3) Technology Venture Strategies
ENT 6016 (3) New Venture Formation
EIN 6116 (3) Business Plan Development
ISM 6930 (3) Special Topics: Healthcare Information Systems
ISM 6930 (3) Special Topics: Healthcare Management Science
PHC 6102 (3) Principles of Health Policy and Management
PHC 6161 (3) Health Care Finance and Costing
PHC 6420 (3) Health Care Law, Regulation and Ethics

PHA 7001 Graduate Program Internship in Pharmacy (6 hours) could count for six hours of electives with the approval of the MBA Academic Advisor, when practice experiences involve significant exposure to the business of pharmacy.

Students must have a minimum of 60 total combined graduate hours after the shared courses are applied for MBA and MS in pharmaceutical nanotechnology programs.

In addition, students are required to take:
GEB 6895 (4) Integrated Business Applications

Practicum Option - 3 hours
The practicum option requires investigation of business issues. The project typically occurs in the student’s place of employment and is jointly supervised by a faculty member and a manager in the company. Three credits could be earned by taking one of the following: ACG 6905, FIN 6906, ISM 6905, GEB 6117, MAR6907, or MAN 6905 as part of the practicum option. The practicum option would count for three hours of MBA electives.

Thesis Option 6 credit hours
Students may elect a 6 hour thesis in any of the areas of the business disciplines subject to departmental approval. Thesis hours serve in lieu of elective hours.
ISM 6971 (2-6) Thesis

Comprehensive Exam
The successful completion of GEB 6895 (or GEB 6898) capstone course Integrated Business Applications serves in lieu of the Comp Exam.

Other Options:

Concurrent Degrees
Students in the Morsani College of Medicine M.D. Program and the Muma College of Business MBA Program may participate in a Concurrent Degree option whereby they may complete the requirements for both the MD and the MBA. No courses are shared, but students in the MD degree program may opt to complete the MBA with a healthcare specialization with approval from both majors.

Suggested Schedule for M.D. students
Students joining the M.D. program could earn an M.D. degree, an M.B.A. degree as well the Business Foundations Certificate in five years, if they successfully complete courses as per the following schedule.
Year 1-  M.D. Courses
Summer 1-  Business Foundation Courses
Year 2-  M.D. Courses
Summer 2- Business Foundation Courses; Earn Business Foundations Certificate
Year 3- M.D. Courses
Summer 3 M.D. Courses
Year 4- M.B.A. Courses
Summer 4 M.B.A. Courses; Earn M.B.A. Degree
Year 5- M.D. Courses; Earn M.D. Degree

Suggested Schedule for PharmD students
Students admitted to the PharmD degree program could earn a PharmD, an M.B.A. degree as well the Business Foundations Certificate in four years, if they successfully complete courses as per the following schedule:
Year 1 PharmD Courses
Summer 1 Business Foundation Courses
Year 2 PharmD. Courses
Summer 2 Business Foundation Courses; Earn Business Foundations Certificate
Year 3 PharmD Courses; students will complete two (2) M.B.A courses in lieu of PharmD elective courses
Summer 3 PharmD Courses
Year 4 PharmD Courses; Earn PharmD Degree
Summer 4 M.B.A. Courses
Year 5 M.B.A. Courses; Earn M.B.A. Degree


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New students, including those studying online, may obtain a USFCard. Please visit: http://www.usf.edu/it/class-prep/usf-card.aspx to obtain your USFCard.

Tuition and fees: Fees are determined by the level of the course. Please visit Cash Accounting, Controller's Office, for information on tuition and fees.

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Graduate Course Information

Use the list below to lookup graduate courses related to this program in the USF Course Inventory:

MAN6147, ISM6021, ACG6026, QMB6305, FIN6406, MAR6815, ECO6005, GEB6445, MAN6055, QMB6603, FIN6466, MAN6726, GEB6226, GEB6215, GEB6895, SPB6719, SPB6406, SPB6816, SPB6706, SPB6946, MAR6213, MAR6216, MAR6219, MAR6936, GEB6527, ISM6436, ISM6217, ISM6156, MAN6448, ESI6324, CGN6933,