Business Administration, M.B.A.

Degree:Master of Business Administration (M.B.A.)
Major:Business Administration
Specializations:MBA General
Aviation Economics
Business Analytics
Hospitality and Tourism Leadership
Human Resources Management
Information Security Management
Supply Chain Logistics Management
Certificates:Business Analytics
Graduate Entrepreneurship
Graduate Business Foundations
Hospitality and Tourism Leadership
Human Resources Management
Information Security Management
Supply Chain Logistics Management
Department:MBA Office
Building 76A, Room 303
CIP Code:52.0201
Semester Hours Required For Degree: 33-36

The Master of Business Administration (M.B.A.) is an included program in the University's accreditation by AACSB International.

The M.B.A. program develops the skills of management, the tools of problem-solving, the capacity for decision-making, and the knowledge about formal organizations and their economic environment. The program prepares graduates for leadership positions in a variety of managerial and organizational settings. Students may select from nine areas of emphasis:

  • M.B.A. General
  • M.B.A. with Accounting emphasis
  • M.B.A with Aviation Economics emphasis
  • M.B.A. with Business Analytics emphasis
  • M.B.A. with Entrepreneurship emphasis
  • M.B.A. with Hospitality and Tourism Leadership emphasis
  • M.B.A. with Human Resources Management emphasis
  • M.B.A. with Information Security Management emphasis
  • M.B.A. with Supply Chain Logistics Management emphasis

​The program of study leading to the M.B.A. degree is a 33-36 semester hour program depending on the area of emphasis.

Admission to the M.B.A. program does not require an undergraduate business degree. However, foundation-level proficiency in the major functional areas of business is required to be successful in the program. For all areas of emphasis, these foundational proficiencies can be completed quickly through accelerated foundations. Approximately one-third of students enter with no previous business course work.

For the Accounting area of emphasis, the equivalent of significant undergraduate course work in Accounting is required in addition to the foundational proficiencies. For the Supply Chain Logistics Management and Aviation Economics areas of emphasis, at least one undergraduate course related to supply chain logistics is required in addition to the foundational proficiencies. For the Human Resources Management area of emphasis, an undergraduate course in human resources management or the M.B.A. foundational proficiency course in human resources management is required.

The M.B.A. program of study is designed to provide both a general view of business and a specialized focus through development of a portfolio and selection of an area of emphasis. Before beginning core classes, students must choose an industry for their portfolio. The portfolio provides opportunity to focus in-depth research in an industry selected by the student. Four of the M.B.A. Core courses require projects that are included in the student’s portfolio.

ECP 6705Advanced Managerial Economics3
FIN 6406Financial Management3
MAR 6815Marketing Management3
ISM 6137Business Analytics3

During the final semester of the M.B.A. program, students are required to submit their portfolios for review by the program director. An exit interview is also conducted and is a requirement for graduation. Students must have a 3.0 (B) or higher GPA to meet graduation requirements.

Admission Requirements

In addition to the University graduate admission requirements described in the Admissions section of the catalog, the department bases decisions for regular admission on a holistic review of credentials in which the following criteria are used to assess the potential success of each applicant:

  • performance on the Graduate Management Admissions Test (GMAT) or Graduate Record Examination (GRE), including the Analytical Writing score*
  • academic achievement as demonstrated by undergraduate institutional grade point average (GPA)
  • accreditation of degree granting institution
  • business course academic preparation
  • graduate level motivation and writing abilities as noted in essay responses
  • leadership experience and potential as noted in two letters of recommendation (required from applicants with less than 3.25 GPA from the bachelor's degree granting institution; letters of recommendation are optional for applicants with a 3.25 or higher GPA)
  • a record of appropriate employment at increasing levels of responsibility via résumé
  • other qualifications that illuminate future M.B.A. potential

Primary consideration will be given to the applicant’s academic record and scores on the GMAT or GRE.

* The graduate admission test will be waived for M.B.A. applicants that meet one of the following: 

  • GPA of at least 3.25 or higher.
  • GPA of at least 3.0 and at least three (3) years relevant work experience in an organization (for-profit or non-for-profit) that would normally require an undergraduate degree or experience at running an entrepreneurial business.
  • GPA of at least 2.75 and at least (8) years of relevant work experience with increasing levels of responsibility.
  • Passed all four parts of the CPA examination as documented by the National Association of State Board of Accountancy (NASBA). 
  • Applicants must have completed the Graduate Business Foundations Certificate (GBFC) or will complete the GBFC with an institutional GPA of 3.25 or higher before taking M.B.A. program courses. Students who earn a 3.24 or below, or do not complete the certificate must submit GMAT or GRE scores which meet the admission requirements in order to take M.B.A. program courses.

The credentials of applicants who do not meet minimums for these criteria are reviewed further to determine if other factors are sufficient to warrant admission. A student needing prerequisite foundation courses for the M.B.A. program may take them as a non-degree student. However, only students who have been fully admitted to candidacy in the M.B.A. program will be permitted to enroll in the required core courses of the M.B.A. degree.

Application and Advising

Inquiries should be addressed to the M.B.A. Office. The M.B.A. Office will assist in all matters of application, admission, degree planning, and graduation. All students planning to enter the M.B.A. program must meet with an advisor to develop a degree plan. Transcripts and results of the graduate admission test should be submitted to the Graduate School at the time of application. The program is administered by the M.B.A. committee, which consists of the director and faculty members from the areas of accounting, finance, marketing, economics, management, and management information systems.

In addition to the University’s general requirements, students seeking the M.B.A. degree must meet the following degree requirements.

Degree Requirements

Candidates admitted to the M.B.A. program are required to complete all courses with a “C” grade or better and maintain an overall graduate and M.B.A. GPA of 3.0 (B) or better. Core M.B.A. courses that are not compliant with UWF's time to degree policy must be reviewed to determine proficiency. Enrollment in M.B.A. courses is generally limited to M.B.A. candidates.

The University's six-year policy on "Time to Degree: Master's" applies to completion of all M.B.A. coursework.

Transfer Credit Policy

Normally, the College of Business will not accept transfer credits as equivalent to UWF 5000/6000 level business-related courses from institutions not accredited by AACSB International.

Foundational Proficiencies

Admission to the M.B.A. program is gained by demonstrating proficiency in the major functional areas of business: accounting, business communications, business ethics, economics, finance, management,  management information systems, marketing, and statistics.

For each of the eight areas of emphasis, candidates are expected to have completed the equivalent of the following UWF BSBA Core courses. Courses that are not compliant with UWF's time-to-degree policy must be reviewed to determine proficiency.

ACG 2021Principles of Financial Accounting3
ACG 2071Principles of Managerial Accounting3
FIN 3403Managerial Finance3
GEB 3213Writing for Business: Theory and Practice3
ECO 2013Principles of Economics Macro3
ECO 2023Principles of Economics Micro3
ISM 3011e-Business Systems Fundamentals3
MAC 2233Calculus with Business Applications3
MAN 3025Management Fundamentals3
MAR 3023Marketing Fundamentals3
STA 2023Elements of Statistics3
Total Hours33

For those candidates who have no prior undergraduate core business course work or those who still need select prerequisites, the College offers Accelerated M.B.A. Foundation Courses that provide a way for candidates to quickly meet the foundational proficiencies needed to begin the M.B.A. Core Courses.  The Accelerated M.B.A. Foundation option is a series of 1.5 credit hour, intensive modules that cover the essential foundational knowledge in each of the prerequisite business subjects.  For more information about this option, please contact the M.B.A. Office.

Additional foundational proficiencies required for the areas of emphasis are located in the respective emphasis section.

M.B.A. Core Courses

The M.B.A. Core courses are required for all eight areas of emphasis.

GEB 5878Business Process Integration1.5
GEB 5930Information Resources and Industry Analysis1.5
QMB 6305Quantitative Methods for Business3
ACG 6309 Accounting for Decision Making3
or ACG 6308 Advanced Managerial Accounting
For the Accounting emphasis, ACG 6308 Advanced Managerial Accounting replaces ACG 6309.
MAN 6156Management and Organizational Behavior3
ECP 6705Advanced Managerial Economics3
FIN 6406Financial Management3
MAR 6815Marketing Management3
ISM 6137Business Analytics3
MAN 6721Strategic Management and Policy Formulation3
Total Hours27

Area of Emphasis Courses

6-9 additional credit hours depending on Area of Emphasis selected.   

Total Program Hours                                                                             33-36