Business Administration, Master of Business Administration (MBA)

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The Master of Business Administration is an advanced professional degree in business administration emphasizing quantitative and qualitative skills necessary for leadership in today’s organizational environment. It prepares students for management positions in business firms, government agencies and not-for-profit entities. Organizations need leaders who can work well in group situations, appreciate the value of diversity, foster creativity and innovation, create an entrepreneurial spirit and provide practical solutions to real-world problems. Managers today are faced with complex global problems and a rapidly changing business environment, so they must have an appreciation for lifelong learning. The MBA at Eastern Washington University is designed to equip graduates with required skills, knowledge and abilities to flourish in a complex organizational environment.

MBA Program Structure and Coursework

Students with no formal education in business administration may need to complete up to 32 credits of foundation coursework. The specific courses and the resulting required credit hours will be determined by an assessment of each student’s educational background and professional experience. Graduate students in the MBA program have options when fulfilling their foundation course requirements. Students can take courses at EWU or another accredited college or university. Other course equivalents need to be approved by the MBA program director. Students must meet with the MBA program director to determine which foundation courses need to be fulfilled. Students may not register for the MBA core courses until they have fulfilled these requirements:

Foundational Knowledge (for those requiring additional business preparation)
ACCT 261BUSINESS LAW4
BADM 500ECONOMIC ANALYSIS4
or ECON 200
ECON 201
INTRODUCTION TO MICROECONOMICS
and INTRODUCTION TO MACROECONOMICS
BADM 503QUANTITATIVE ANALYSIS IN BUSINESS4
or DSCI 245
DSCI 346
DATA ANALYSIS FOR BUSINESS
and ADVANCED DATA ANALYSIS FOR BUSINESS
BADM 505ESSENTIALS OF ACCOUNTING4
or ACCT 251
ACCT 252
PRINCIPLES OF FINANCIAL ACCOUNTING
and PRINCIPLES OF MANAGEMENT ACCOUNTING
BADM 541MANAGERIAL COMMUNICATIONS (or acceptable score on GMAT or GRE-Verbal or TOEFL)4
or CMST 568 INTRODUCTION TO GRADUATE STUDIES
or ENGL 568 TECHNICAL COMMUNICATION AND ESP: PRACTICE, THEORY AND PEDAGOGY
FINC 335FINANCIAL MANAGEMENT4
MGMT 326ORGANIZATION THEORY AND BEHAVIOR4
MKTG 310PRINCIPLES OF MARKETING4
OPSM 330OPERATIONS MANAGEMENT4
Required Core Coursework
BADM 520DATA DRIVEN DECISION MAKING 4
BADM 530CORPORATE FINANCE4
BADM 540MARKETING MANAGEMENT4
BADM 552LEADERSHIP AND ETHICS4
BADM 555STRATEGIC OPERATIONS4
BADM 560DECISION MAKING AND ACCOUNT INFORMATION4
BADM 590MBA CAPSTONE4
In addition to the above required courses all students must choose from the following options:20
Option 1 - Elective Coursework
Students choosing this option will be required to take twenty (20) credits of MBA elective courses. Students may elect to take courses from other graduate programs if these courses help them achieve their objectives and are preapproved by the MBA Director. Students in this option will be required to enroll in and pass BADM 590. Students who do not pass the BADM 590 may retake it no more than one additional time. Students who do not pass BADM 590 either the first or second time may subsequently elect to enroll in BADM 603 Final Project, which will increase the number of credits required to graduate by 2 credits (50 total). Students will be charged for the extra 2 credits. If students fail to pass either BADM 590 (after two attempts) or BADM 603, the MBA degree will not be awarded.
Option II - Research Report
The student conducts a research project and prepares a written report under the direction of a committee of faculty teaching graduate courses. The student can earn a minimum of four and a maximum of eight credits depending upon the extent and depth of research involved. If students elect to conduct a four (4) credit research report, they will select sixteen (16) credits of elective coursework (in consultation with their advisor) from approved elective courses as outlined under Option I. Likewise, if students elect to conduct an eight (8) credit research report, they will select twelve (12) credits of elective coursework. Students choosing Option II must have permission of the MBA Program Director and must pass an oral examination.
Option III- Thesis
This option allows the student to write a thesis under the direction of a committee of faculty teaching graduate courses. The student can earn a minimum of 4 credits and maximum of 8 credits depending upon the extent and depth of research involved. If students elect to write a 4 credit thesis, they will select 16 credits of elective coursework (in consultation with their advisor) from approved elective courses as outlined under Option I. Likewise, if the students elect to write an eight (8) credit thesis, the will select 12 credits of elective coursework. Students choosing Option III must have permission of the MBA Program Director and must pass an oral examination.
Total Credits48

Student Learning Outcomes—students will

  • use relevant theories, concepts, perspectives and facts to analyze business and economic issues and solve related problems;
  • apply appropriate technical and quantitative skills related to business;
  • to demonstrate competency in both written and oral business communication skills;
  • provide leadership and facilitate positive interpersonal business relationships;
  • incorporate ethical and global considerations into business activities.