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Business Administration, M.B.A.

Program Director: Anita Jose, Ph.D. ajose@hood.edu; (301) 696-3691

The goal of the MBA curriculum is to provide students with a broad professional education that prepares them for responsible leadership and management positions in business and public service. Students take a creative and innovate approach to solve complex problems in today’s global business environment by integrating business theory and practical application. The importance of making both socially and ethically responsible decisions in today’s business world is stressed.

The program is designed for part-time students who wish to complete their MBA by taking classes in the evening. Students who majored in business administration at the undergraduate level may complete the program in as few as 36 credit hours. Teaching methods used include lectures, discussions and case studies. Strong faculty and student involvement and interaction in and out of the classroom are designed to improve students’ leadership, team-building, critical-thinking and communication skills.

The MBA. program is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Business Schools and Programs, whose mission is to promote “continuous improvement and recognize excellence in the accreditation of business education programs around the world.”

At Hood, it is not business, as usual. The M.B.A. program is designed to be personally enriching and professionally rewarding.

For admission information, see Graduate Admission and Program Specific Application Requirements.

Foundation Courses

Six foundation courses (18 credit hours) are designed to provide a background for students who did not take courses in business administration at the undergraduate level. Students who have completed appropriate undergraduate coursework may be exempted from foundation courses. It is expected that students meet the foundation requirements before they enroll in core requirements. Any exceptions to this must be approved by the the academic adviser.

  • ECON 551 Foundations of Economics (3 credits)
  • MGMT 551 Management Theory (3 credits)
  • MGMT 552 Quantitative Methods for Managers (3 credits)
  • MGMT 553 Foundations of Accounting (3 credits)
  • MGMT 554 Legal Environment of Business (3 credits)
  • MATH 500 Statistics (3 credits)

Core Requirements

Ten core courses (30 credit hours) provide a common body of knowledge and are required of all students in the MBA program. These courses provide a solid foundation in the functional areas of business, such as finance, marketing, and accounting and expose students to the environmental factors affecting business operations. Included in the core is a capstone course, MGMT 590 Management Policy, which is taken by M.B.A. students in their final semester of study after all other core courses have been completed. Students must meet the prerequisite requirements before enrolling in a class. Any exceptions to this policy must be approved by the academic adviser.

  • ECON 560 Managerial Economics (3 credits) *
  • MGMT 560 Organizational Behavior (3 credits) *
  • MGMT 561 Financial Management (3 credits)
  • MGMT 562 Financial and Managerial Accounting (3 credits)
  • MGMT 563 Marketing Management (3 credits)
  • MGMT 564 Production and Operations Management (3 credits)
  • MGMT 565 International Management (3 credits)
  • MGMT 566 Management Information Systems (3 credits)
  • MGMT 567 Social and Ethical Issues of Business (3 credits)
  • MGMT 590 Management Policy (3 credits)

*Students must enroll in MGMT 560 and ECON 560 during their first semester in the M.B.A. Core. For part-time students, these requirements may be fulfilled over the course of two semesters

Concentration Courses

Students are required to complete two courses from the following list. Students may elect to take courses in one concentration (accounting, finance, human resource management, information systems, marketing or public management) or in two different concentrations. No substitutions are allowed with regard to any concentration courses. Courses may count for requirements in two concentrations, but the credits can only count toward one concentration. Six credits are required for each concentration.

Accounting Concentration

  • MGMT 568 Accounting Information Systems (3 credits)
  • MGMT 580 Strategic Cost Management (3 credits)
  • MGMT 581 Financial Statement Analysis (3 credits)

Finance Concentration

  • MGMT 576 Advanced Financial Management (3 credits)
  • MGMT 577 Portfolio and Investment Management (3 credits)
  • ECMG 578 International Financial Management (3 credits)
  • MGMT 581 Financial Statement Analysis (3 credits)

Human Resource Management Concentration

  • MGMT 582 Negotiation and Conflict Resolution (3 credits)
  • MGMT 585 Human Resource Management (3 credits)

Information Systems Concentration

Students may select courses in Information Systems by selecting two graduate computer science courses with the consent of their adviser and the director of the Computer Science program.

Marketing Concentration

  • MGMT 570 Marketing Analysis for Managers (3 credits)
  • MGMT 571 Advertising Management (3 credits)
  • MGMT 572 Supply Chain Management (3 credits)

Public Management Concentration

  • MGMT 585 Human Resource Management (3 credits)
  • MGMT 587 Public Administration (3 credits)

Focus Area - Regulatory Compliance

Students are required to complete two courses from the following list. Please contact the M.B.A. director for additional information about this focus area.

  • BMS 545 Product Development (3 credits)
  • BMS 547 Development of Pharmaceutics and the Regulatory Environment (3 credits)
  • BMS 549 Regulation of Medical Devices (3 credits)
  • BMS 550 Food and Drug Law (3 credits)