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Graduate Catalog 2016/2017


Business Administration/MBA (BUS)
with a Concentration in Cybersecurity (CYS)

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

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

Program Director or Coordinator:
Rosann Collins
Phone: 813-974-6754
Email: rwcollins@usf.edu

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


Faculty Search: Business Administration Faculty List


Program 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.

Accreditation Information:

Accredited by the Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of College and Schools (SACS); AACSB International. (The Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business).

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Admissions Information

Admission Deadlines

There is an established University deadline for the submission of admission application materials. Programs may have earlier deadlines than the University deadline. The deadlines reflected below are the earliest of the two deadlines. Graduate Programs may continue to accept and process applications after the published deadline if space exists within the program. Check with the Program for availability.

Application Deadline (domestic application)

Fall: July 1
Spring: November 1
Summer: ---

International Students

Foreign applicants who are outside the U.S. are required to apply for a visa. Depending on the country of origin, this may take a few months. So the deadlines for these international applicants may be earlier than the Program deadline and these applicants must apply prior to both deadlines. They are strongly encouraged to apply as early as possible. Foreign applicants who are in the U.S. and are currently on a visa may use the domestic application deadline dates. In addition to meeting the published application deadline for the Program of interest, all immigration documents should be submitted as soon as possible, but must be on file at USF no later than the following processing deadlines:

Fall: February 1
Spring: July 1
Summer: ---

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 listed below.

Program Admission Requirements
The USF MBA admission committee will consider the strength of each applicant based on the entire completed application.  The Admission committee will consider the following:

  • prior college-level academic performance ( bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited institution required);
  • GMAT (preferred), or GRE scores (MCAT scores could be submitted by M.D. students);  As part of the portfolio approach, applicants with 5 or more years of managerial experience may request a GMAT/GRE waiver. 
  • relevant professional work experience;
  • recommendation letters;
  • a statement of purpose;
  • community or volunteer service; and
  • any other information that helps in ensuring the potential success of the applicant in the program. 
  • Applicants whose native language is not English or who have not earned a degree in the United States must also submit TOEFL scores earned within two (2) years of the desired term of entry.  A minimum total score of 79 on the Internet-based test, 213 on the computer-based test, or 550 on the paper-based test is required.   Students’ personal characteristics that add to the diversity of the class may also be considered.

Admissions Status: Apply

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Program Degree Requirements

The M.B.A. degree is a 32hour program.   All M.B.A. candidates must complete all degree requirements within five (5) years of beginning the program. The full time student will need at least four semesters to complete the program. Part time students can complete all work within a reasonable time—approximately 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 program 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 – 17 hours
Concentration/Specialization – 15 hours
Total 32 hours

Pre-Requisites Required:
Pre-req – 16 hours
Core – 18 hours
Electives – 15 hours
Total 49 hours

PRE-REQUISITE - BUSINESS FOUNDATION – 16 hours
Students accepted to the MBA 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 program and those wishing to complete only the foundation courses without applying to the MBA 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 – 17 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 6XXX  (2)   Data Analytics for Business                                                                           
GEB 6215                (2)       Communication Skills for Managers                                             
GEB 6895        (4)       Integrated Business Applications*  (or GEB 6XXX MBA Capstone)**

*Integrated Business Applications (4  credit hours)
The MBA capstone course, Integrated Business Applications, affords students the opportunity to integrate and apply knowledge, skills and experience as they develop a cohesive, comprehensive business plan that serves as the focal point of their learning for the semester.  Working in teams, students develop and present a strategic/marketing plan, an implementation plan supported by financial strategies and pro-forma financial statements designed to provide multiple measures of strategic, operating, and financial performance.   This course is required to be taken by all students except those pursuing a concentration in Data Analytics, Cyber Security or Compliance, Risk Management & Anti-Money Laundering.

** MBA Capstone (3 credit hours)
Students pursuing concentrations in Data Analytics, Cyber Security or Compliance, Risk Management & Anti-Money Laundering are required to take the 3 credit hour MBA Capstone  instead of GEB 6895.

Students select the following options: 

  • General Electives – 15 credit hours
  • Concentration in Sport Business - 15 hours
  • Concentration in Supply Chain Management– 15 credit hours
  • Concentration in Data Analytics
  • Concentration in Cyber Security
  • Concentration in Compliance, Risk Management & Anti-Money Laundering
  • Specialization in Healthcare – 15 credit hours
  • Specialization in Pharmacy – 15 credit hours
  • Specialization in other areas – 15 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.

Sport Business Concentration - 15 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 sport—human 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.

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

Concentration Requirements – 15 credit hours
In addition to the 17 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                          

               
Supply Chain Management Concentration – 15 credit hours

The MBA 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.

Concentration Admissions Information-
The Admissions Committee for the MBA 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 Program 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. 

Concentration Requirements – 15 credit hours
In addition to the 17 hours of required MBA coursework, students complete:

MAR 6213       (3)              Supply Chain Manangement
MAR 6216       (3)               Logistics and Physical Distribution Management
MAR 6219       (3)              Logistics Systems and Analytics

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- 15 credit hours

The MBA with a Concentration in Data Analytics 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.

Concentration Requirements – 15 credit hours
In addition to 18 required hours of MBA coursework, students complete: 

        ISM 6136        (3)               Data Mining
ISM 6930        (3)                  Statististical Programming for Business

        Plus at least two electives from the following list:

        MAR 6936       (3)                  Special Topics: Marketing Analtytics
ACG 5XXX       (3)               Accounting Analytics
ISM 6217        (3)                Database Management

The fifth elective can be taken with the approval of the MBA academic advisor.  Data Analtyics concentration requires the completion of  the capstone course: GEB 6XXX MBA Capstone.

Cybersecurity  Concentration- 15 credit hours

The MBA with a Concentration in Cyber Security 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.

Concentration Requirements – 15 credit hours
In addition to 17 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 Proesses 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 can be taken with the approval of the MBA academic advisor.  Cybersecurity concentration requires the completion of  the capstone course: GEB 6XXX MBA Capstone.

Compliance, Risk Management & Anti-Money Laundering - 15 credit hours

The MBA with a Concentration in Compliane, Risk Management & Anti-Money Laundering 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.

Concentration Requirements – 15 credit hours
In addition to 17 required hours of MBA coursework, students complete: 

        BUL 5832           (3)                        Risk Management and Legal Compliance
ACG 6936          (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 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 6XXX MBA Capstone.

 

Healthcare Specialization – 15 credit hours minimum
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

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 – 15 credit hours minimum
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 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.

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 capstone course – Integrated Business Applications serves in lieu of the Comp Exam.

Total Minimum Credit Hours Required- 32

 

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

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 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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