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Graduate Catalog 2018/2019


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 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 Admission and English Proficiency requirements,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 (bachelor's 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 may request a waiver of GMAT if they meet one of the following requirements:
    • Have a Bachelor's degree with a cumulative GPA of 3.50 or greater from the University of South Florida-Tampa;
    • Have a Bachelor's degree with a cumulative GPA of 3.50 or greater from any State of Florida University that is a Preeminent institution (i.e., University of Florida-Gainesville, or Florida State University-Tallahassee)
    • Have a Bachelor's degree with a cumulative GPA of 3.50 or greater from Association of American Universities (AAU); or ;
    • Have five (5) or more years of managerial or professional experience
    • For applicants with a 3-year Bachelor's Degree from a regionally-accredited institution, the following requirements need to be met in addition to those listed above: Minimum GMAT score of 650 or a minimum GRE score of at least 321 (combined verbal and quantitative), and a minimum of 25th percentile in the verbal portion of the test. When the 3-year Bachelor's Degree is less than 120 hours from Non-Bologna Accord Institutions, a transcript evaluation from A NACES member is required to confirm equivalency.
  • A statement of purpose;
  • Optional Interview
  • A resume detailing 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.);

Admissions Status: Apply

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Major Requirements

CURRICULUM 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 semesters and 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

Students entering with a bachelors in business from a regionally-accredited institution complete a minimum of 32 hours:
Core 14 hours
Concentration or Electives/Individualized Area of Emphasis 18 hours
Total 32 hours minimum

Students entering without a bachelors in business from a regionally-accredited institution complete a minimum of 48 hours:
Business Foundation Courses 16 hours
Core 14 hours
Concentration or Electives/Individualized Area of Emphasis 18 hours
Total 48 hours minimum

BUSINESS FOUNDATION 16 hours
Students are expected to have a common body of business knowledge as demonstrated with a four-year undergraduate degree in business from a regionally accredited program or completion of business foundation courses, either of them taken within the last 7 years. Students needing to fulfill this requirement may either complete foundation coursework before applying to the MBA degree program or complete them as part of the curriculum requirements. NOTE: Foundation courses may not be counted as electives.

Business Decision Making
MAN 60552Organizational Behavior and Leadership
ISM 60212Management Information Systems

Business Measurement
ACG 60263Accounting Concepts for Managers
QMB 63052Managerial Decision Analysis
FIN 64062Financial Management

Market Orientation
MAR 68152Marketing Management
ECO 60053Introduction to Economic Concepts for Managers

Core Requirements 14 credits minimum
GEB 6445 2Social, Ethical, Legal Systems
MAN 6147 2 Leadership/Management Concepts
QMB 66032Operations Management and Quality Enhancement
FIN 64662Financial Analysis
MAN 67262Strategic Business Analysis
QMB 6358 2 Data Analytics for Business
GEB 62152Communication Skills for Managers

Students select either a Concentration or develop an individualized Area of Emphasis with Graduate Academic Advisor Approval 18 credit hours min

Compliance, Risk Management & Anti-Money Laundering Concentration 18 credit hours
This is an online concentration that prepares graduates for a career in compliance, risk management and anti-money laundering, especially pertinent to the financial services sector.
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

Cybersecurity Concentration- 18 credit hours
This 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.
ISM 6328 3 Basics of Information Security and Risk Management
ISM 6930 3 Special Topics: Decision Processes for Business Continuity and Disaster Recovery
One of the following two courses
ISM 6225 3 Distributed Information Systems
EEL 6808 3 Data Networks, Systems, and Security
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 3MBA Capstone for Analytics, Compliance & Cybersecurity.

Data Analytics Concentration- 18 credit hours
This 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.
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 3Analytics in Accounting
ISM 6217 3Database 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 3MBA Capstone for Analytics, Compliance & Cybersecurity.

Sport Business Concentration - 19 hours
This concentration 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.
SPB 6719 3Sport and Entertainment Marketing Strategy
SPB 6406 3Sport and Entertainment Law
SPB 6816 3Contemporary Issues in Sport & Entertainment Management
SPB 6706 3Sport Business Analytics
SPB 6946 3Internship in Sport and Entertainment Management
GEB 6895 4 Integrated Business Applications

Supply Chain Management Concentration 19 credit hours
This concentration focuses on supply chain management which involves 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.
SCM 6006 3Supply Chain Management
MAR 62163Logistics and Physical Distribution Management
SCM 62063Logistics Systems and Analytics
GEB 6895 4 Integrated Business Applications**
Plus two electives from the following list:
MAR 69363Marketing Special Topics
GEB 65273Lean Six Sigma
ISM 64363Operations and Supply Chain Processes
ISM 62173Database Administration
ISM 61563Enterprise Resource Planning and Business Process Management
MAN 64483Negotiating Agreement and Resolving Conflict
ESI 63243Engineering the Supply Chain
CGN 69333Special Topics in CEE: Green Infrastructure for Sustainable Communities

Electives - 18 credit hours minimum
Students may complete electives in a General Pathway or may develop an individualized areas of emphasis with Graduate Director Approval. Examples of individualized areas of emphasis include, but are not limited to Finance, Creativity & Innovation in Business, Marketing Strategy, among others

Practicum Option - 3 hours
The practicum option requires investigation of business issues. The project typically occurs in the students 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.

Internship Option
Internships are available with some of the concentrations and specializations. Check with the Graduate Director for options.

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 Pharm.D. 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 1PharmD Courses
Summer 1Business Foundation Courses
Year 2PharmD. Courses
Summer 2Business Foundation Courses; Earn Business Foundations Certificate
Year 3PharmD Courses; students will complete two (2) M.B.A courses in lieu of PharmD elective courses
Summer 3PharmD Courses
Year 4PharmD Courses; Earn PharmD Degree
Summer 4M.B.A. Courses
Year 5M.B.A. Courses; Earn M.B.A. Degree

Concurrent Degree Options

Students may apply to puruse on of the Concurrent Degree Options. Applicants must meet University Admission and English Proficiency Requirements, as well as the requirements for each major. Refer to the individual listings for each major for admission and curriculum requirements specific to the major. Admission into one mjaor does not guarantee admission in the other major.

Concurrent Business Administration (M.B.A.) and Sports and Entertainment Management (M.S.)

M.B.A. in Business Administration total minimum hours 33
M.S. in Sport and Entertainment Management total minimum hours- 36

The Business Administration major with a Concentration in Sport Business is a 33 credit hour program comprising 18 hours of advanced tools and 15 hours of sport and entertainment-focused coursework. The MS in Sport and Entertainment Management is a 36 credit hour program. The two programs share the following courses:

Shared Courses 9 hours
SPB 6719 Sport and Entertainment Marketing Strategy 3
SPB 6406 Sport and Entertainment Law 3
SPB 6706 Sport Business Analytics 3

Total Combined hours after sharing: 60 hours
All 60 hours of coursework in both programs are required to earn both degrees; there are no electives.

Course sequence
Students must consult with the Graduate Program Director for advising on the required course sequence.


College Degree Requirements

Refer to the College Section of theGraduate Catalog for College requirements and information.

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Registration Process

First, contact your graduate advisor for guidance courses to register for. Obtain any electronic course permit if necessary. Register for the new student orientation online at http://www.grad.usf.edu/orientation.php. Then go to http://oasis.usf.edu/ the link to OASIS, USF's on-line registration system to register for your classes. Follow the directions given on-line.

To access online course materials, students must have a USF NetID (e-mail account). Please visit: https://netid.usf.edu/una/ to obtain your NetID.

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,