Business Administration (MBA)

Master of Business Administration

Walker College of Business

mba.appstate.edu

Sandra Vannoy, Director of the MBA Program and Assistant Dean
vannoysa@appstate.edu


The Walker College of Business, through collaboration among the academic departments of the College, offers the Master of Business Administration (MBA) degree (305*/52.0201) with the following concentrations:

  • Business Analytics (305F)
  • Economics (305E)
  • Interdisciplinary Business (305G)
  • International Business (305C)
  • Leading and Managing Human Resources (305H)
  • Supply Chain Management (305I)
  • Sustainable Business (305D)

Accredited by AACSB since 1976, Appalachian's Walker College of Business offers an accelerated 1 year MBA program with rolling admission so that students can begin their program of study in May, August, or January. The MBA program is open to all undergraduate majors. The program has available online learning modules to help all students quickly and easily meet any required prerequisite knowledge they may need to be successful in our program. These introductory business topics include statistics, accounting, finance, economics, marketing, and management.

The MBA program is also ideal for students wanting to complete two master's degrees simultaneously. With department and Graduate School approval, a double degree graduate student count up to 50% of the credit hours from one program of study on the other program. This reduces the time it takes to complete the second degree. In many cases, by taking advantage of MBA summer courses and enrolling in a few extra classes during the year, students can graduate from both degrees within a semester of their original graduation date. Students have enrolled in the MBA program in combination with programs in Higher Education, Appropriate Technology, Criminal Justice, Physics, Music, and Accounting. The form to request admission to a second master's program may be obtained from the Graduate School (graduate.appstate.edu/about-us/forms#program).

To fulfill the mission of the MBA program extensive resources are dedicated to ensuring the program is well rounded. In addition to a robust curriculum, the MBA program places a heavy emphasis on practical job preparation through practicums, internships, executive skills courses, and international travel. Students also receive one-on-one coaching from the Walker College of Business Graduate Career Services. The program ensures that students are business savvy, internationally experienced, proven leaders, proficient communicators, ethical, and employable.

Location of Program: This program is offered on campus in Boone in the format described in this Bulletin. Off-campus courses follow a part-time extended program format with rolling admission allowing someone to complete the program two years from their start date. For information about the off-campus program, please contact the Office of Distance Education: distance.appstate.edu.

PROGRAM OF STUDY FOR THE MASTER OF BUSINESS ADMINISTRATION

Admission Requirements: Baccalaureate degree from an accredited college or university; complete application to the Graduate School; official general GMAT or GRE exam scores; evidence of knowledge in statistics, financial accounting, economics, corporate finance, marketing, and organizational behavior through course work, work experience or completion of the accelerated prerequisite program before taking graduate course work in those subjects.

To be considered for admission, applicants must meet the criteria for admission to the Graduate School. Meeting this condition does not guarantee admission.

Location: On Campus and Off Campus. Off-Campus cohorts follow a part-time extended format.

 Course Requirements for the Master of Business Administration (Code: 305*)
Total Semester Hours Required (minimum): 36
 
Required Coursework
  • MBA 5020: International Experience (3)
  • MBA 5110: Economics for Decision-Making (3)
  • MBA 5200: Problem Analysis and Quantitative Methods (3)
  • MBA 5220: Operations and Supply Chain Management (3)
  • MBA 5230: Fundamentals of Business Analytics (3)
  • MBA 5320: Managerial Accounting (3)
  • MBA 5420: Marketing Strategy and Applications (3)
  • MBA 5600: Managerial Finance (3)
  • MBA 5750: Strategic Management (3)
  • MBA 5820: Executive Skills (0) – full-time students must enroll each term; part-time students must enroll at least three times; dual-degree students at least twice. All students must enroll in their last semester of coursework.
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Concentration (CHOOSE 1)

Business Analytics (Code: 305F)
CIS 5850: Business Analytics Project (3) AND
Choose 6 s.h. from the list below or from the additional elective options at the end of the program description; electives outside of business require approval of the department offering the course; other electives may be chosen with approval of the program director.

  • CIS 5630. Data Management (3)
  • CIS 5830. Security Privacy and Ethical Issues in Business Analytics (3).
  • MBA 5870: Analytical Models for Supply Chain Management (3)
  • ECO 5740: Forecasting and Time Series Models (3)
  • CS 5710: Data Mining and Knowledge Discovery in Scientific Data (3)
  • BIO 5777: Biostatistics (4)
  • GHY 5812: Advanced GIS (3)

OR
Economics Concentration (Code: 305E)
Choose 9 s.h. from the list below or from the additional elective options at the end of the program description; other electives may be chosen with approval of the program director.

  • ECO 5621: Environmental Economics and Policy (3)
  • ECO 5640: International Economic Policy (3)
  • ECO 5660: Benefit-Cost Analysis (3)
  • ECO 5740: Forecasting and Time Series Models (3)

OR
Interdisciplinary Business (Code: 305G)
(For students concurrently enrolled in MBA and another master's program at Appalachian)
9 s.h. chosen in consultation with the MBA program director; courses will typically be chosen from the other major. In addition, double majors may petition to substitute MBA 5020 International Experience with an additional course from the other major; see the program director for more information. The final programs of study for both majors may not overlap by more than 50%.

OR
International Business Concentration (Code: 305C)
Choose 9 s.h. from the list below or from the additional elective options at the end of the program description; other electives may be chosen with approval of the program director.

  • ACC 5230: International Accounting (3)
  • ECO 5640: International Economic Policy (3)
  • MBA 5020: International Experience (3)
  • MBA 5080: Sustainable Business for a Global Economy (3)
  • MBA 5720: International Seminar (3)
  • MKT 5550: International Marketing (3)

OR
Leading and Managing Human Resources (Code: 305H)
Choose 9 s.h. from the list below or from the additional elective options at the end of the program description; other electives may be chosen with approval of the program director.

  • COM/MBA 5311**: Communication in Conflict Management (3)
  • MGT 5040: Employment Law (3)
  • MGT 5160: Strategic Human Resource Management (3)
  • MGT 5660: Staffing (3)
  • MGT 5661: Performance Management (3)
  • MGT 5671: Training and Development (3)
  • MGT 5672: Advanced Organizational Psychology (3)
  • MGT 5700: Contemporary Issues in Management and Leadership (3)
  • MGT 5770: Business Ethics (3)
  • PSY 5070: Organizational Behavior Management (3)

OR
Supply Chain Management (Code: 305I)
Choose 9 s.h. from the list below or from the additional elective options at the end of the program description; other electives may be chosen with approval of the program director.

  • MBA 5250: Strategic Sourcing and Logistics Management (3)
  • MBA 5680: Six Sigma, Lean and Quality Management (3)
  • MBA 5870: Analytical Models for Supply Chain Management (3)
  • ECO 5740: Forecasting and Time Series Models (3)

OR
Sustainable Business Concentration (Code: 305D)
MBA 5240: Sustainability Performance Assessment (3) AND
Choose 6 s.h. from the list below or from the additional elective options at the end of the program description; other electives may be chosen with approval of the program director.

  • ECO 5621: Advanced Environmental Economics (3)
  • ECO 5660: Benefit-Cost Analysis (3)
  • MBA 5080: Sustainable Business for a Global Economy (3)
  • MGT 5770: Business Ethics (3)
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**Note: MBA students should seek permission from the MBA director before registering for the non-MBA section of these courses.

Other Requirements for the MBA:

  • Thesis: Optional
  • Proficiency: Not required
  • Candidacy: Required
    • Students must demonstrate knowledge and exposure to international business and culture before completion of the degree program, through approved activities such as short term study abroad, completion of a course with an international theme, international internship, practicum with an international theme, or other activities as approved by the program director.
    • Students must document valid work experience before the completion of the degree program, through approved activities such as business practicum, internship, documented previous work experience, or other activities approved by the program director.
  • Comprehensive: Not required
  • Product of Learning: Not required

Additional Elective Options: With approval of the program director, the following courses can count in any concentration provided that the course content fits with the concentration theme.

  • MBA 5020: International Experience (3)
  • MBA 5060: Executive Seminar (1-3)
  • MBA 5500: Independent Study (1-3)
  • MBA 5800: Business Practicum (1-6)
  • MBA 5900: MBA Internship (1-6)
  • MBA 5998: Thesis Preparation (1-3)
  • MBA 5999: Thesis (1-6)

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