Master of Business Administration
The Barton School of Business offers the Master of Business Administration (MBA) through faculty in the accounting; economics; finance, real estate and decision sciences; management and marketing departments, as well as in other colleges of the university. The MBA program is designed to prepare men and women for responsible positions of professional leadership in business, government, health-related organizations and other institutions. The program concentrates on general management, with particular attention given to developing within the student an understanding of the organization as an integrated system. Areas of concentration are available for those students wishing to focus their elective coursework in a specialized area. Concentration areas currently available are finance, entrepreneurship and innovation, health care administration, and business analytics and information management.
Graduates of the WSU Master of Engineering Management (MEM) may be allowed to use up to 12 credit hours from the technical electives taken from the WSU MBA courses if they enroll in the Master of Business Administration program.
The total hours required of students and the level at which they begin participation in the MBA program depend on their academic preparation. Students without a background in business may be required to take up to 6 credit hours of undergraduate prerequisite coursework, and may also be required to complete up to 9 credit hours of graduate-level preparatory coursework that will count toward the degree. The total number of hours required for completion of an MBA therefore ranges from 36 to 45, depending on the student’s background.
Classes are taken for graduate credit and all of the courses are offered in the evening.
Concentrations in the Master of Business Administration Degree Program
The MBA degree program is a general management degree equipping students with an understanding of organizations as integrated systems. Within the program the curriculum provides knowledge across organizational functions. Students may wish to focus their elective coursework in a specific area of study to enhance their general organizational knowledge base by selecting a concentration from the following options provided in the MBA program.