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Master of Business Administration Degree
The purpose of the Master of Business Administration program (MBA) is to offer an educational experience in business and management at the graduate level. The program is designed to provide a breadth in exposure to the business disciplines and facilitate integration of knowledge of the various disciplines. It is an interdisciplinary and interdepartmental degree program offered by the Graduate Division and the academic departments of the College of Business. Ethical concerns and international issues are emphasized throughout the curriculum.

The interdisciplinary nature of the program is in consonance with the needs of future administrators. The acquisition of knowledge of many facets of administrative activities, the accumulation and organization of relevant information, and the identification and solving of complex business problems requires such an interdisciplinary approach.

The MBA does not require a concentration, but several are available. Innovation, Information Assurance, Finance, Accounting, and Telecommunications allow students to acquire specialized knowledge and skills to succeed as business managers and leaders. For those business managers and leaders seeking a return to school while remaining in the workplace, there is an Executive MBA. Many students desire a focused concentration in one subject area, and the five primary concentrations in the MBA, (1) Innovation and (2) Information Assurance, (3) Finance, (4) Accounting, and (5) Telecommunications allow students to acquire specialized knowledge and skills to succeed as business managers and leaders. Other concentrations include accounting and finance.

Admission Requirements*
To qualify for admission to the MBA program, applicants must meet the admission requirements of the Graduate School of the University and the admission requirements of the Graduate Division of the College of Business. Any applicant who holds a bachelor's degree, or equivalent, from an accredited college or university will be considered for admission regardless of the undergraduate field of study. An applicant for admission should understand that graduate work is not merely an extension of undergraduate work. Graduate study operates at a significantly higher level of rigor, demands scholarship of a higher order, and places more emphasis on research and student responsibility.

Once the admission requirements of the Graduate School have been met, the MBA Admissions Committee will grant admission only to those individuals who demonstrate significant accomplishment and/or high potential for success. The decision of the Admissions Committee is normally based on a combination of the applicant's previous academic record and the applicant's score on the Graduate Admissions Test (GMAT). For consideration, the GMAT score must be no more than five years old. Also, significant business experience may serve as an indicator of an individual's ability to complete the program, thus may be considered by the Committee.

*NOTE: CURRICULUM HAS BEEN CHANGED. QA 525 Quantitative Approaches for Decision-Making has been replaced with BUSN 501 Global Perspectives in Management as a core course effective Fall 2009. QA525 is now an elective. This curriculum change still requires QA390 Calculus and Linear Algebra or the equivalent (MATH 222) but eliminates QA233 Business Statistics from the foundation courses. Students who begin in the Fall 2009 will be placed under the new curriculum. Current students may choose the new curriculum but must do so by the first day of classes Fall 2009.

Foundation Requirements
Students entering the MBA program may come from areas other than business, but need to demonstrate a knowledge base sufficient to enable them to complete graduate-level work in business. Evidence of such foundation knowledge can consist of the completion of undergraduate courses constituting a business core, recent business experience, and/or satisfactory performance on standardized examinations (GMAT). At a minimum, each student is presumed to be computer literate and to have had recent, college-level course work in economics (Economics 202), and calculus and linear algebra (QA 390). The Associate Dean for Graduate Affairs and Academic Research of the College of Business determines the acceptability of all work submitted in satisfaction of the foundation and prescribes appropriate courses to be taken to remove any deficiencies.

Foundation Courses
  • Course
  • ACCT 201-202 Elementary Accounting I & II (or Accounting 494)
  • ECON 202 Economic Principles and Problems (or ECON 494)
  • Finance 318 Business Finance (or FINC 494)
  • QA 390 Calculus & Linear Algebra or MATH 222 Calculus for Bus. Admin. & Econ.
  • TOTAL
  • For the student who plans to earn a specialty in accounting, Accounting 301,303, 304, 305, 307, 308, 413, 414, Business Law 255 and 410 are required.
  • Hours
  • 6 (3)
  • 3
  • 3
  • 3
  • 15(12)

MBA: Curriculum - With Concentration
Many students desire a focused concentration in one subject area, and the four primary concentrations in the MBA,(1) Innovation and (2) Information Assurance, (3) Finance, and (4) Accounting, allow students to acquire specialized knowledge and skills to succeed as business managers and leaders. Other concentrations include accounting and finance.

MBA: Concentration in Finance
The MBA with a concentration in Finance consists of the Business Core (21 hours), the Business Advanced Analytical Skills (6 hours), and advanced Finance courses (9 hours) comprising the application of Business Analytical Skills.

 

Core Courses
  • Course
  • ACCT 505 Accounting Analysis for Decision Making
  • CIS 510 Information Resource Management
  • ECON 510 Managerial Economics
  • FINC 515 Financial Management
  • MGMT 510 Contemporary Management
  • MKTG 530 Marketing Management
  • BUSN 501 Global Perspectives in Management
  • SUBTOTAL
  • Hours
  • 3
  • 3
  • 3
  • 3
  • 3
  • 3
  • 3
  • 21
Analytical Skills
  • Course
  • Business Advanced Analytical Skills
  • MGMT 595 Administrative Policy
  • BUSN 500 Critical Thinking for Business
  • Business Advanced Analytical Skills Subtotal
  •  
  • Application of Business Analytical Skills
  • Finance Elective
  • Finance Elective
  • Finance Elective
  • Application of Business Analytical Skills Subtotal
  •  
  • SUBTOTAL
  • TOTAL
  • Hours
  •  
  • 3
  • 3
  • 6
  •  
  •  
  • 3
  • 3
  • 3
  • 9
  •  
  • 15
  • 36


MBA: Concentration in Information Assurance (View Printable MBA-IA brochure)
The IA courses may also be used as a concentration for the MBA degree. For this option, you must be admitted to the MBA program. This may be done before or after the IA sequence is completed. Go to www.business.latech.edu/graduate/mba for information on the MBA with an Information Assurance Concentration.

Core Courses
  • Course
  • ACCT 505 Accounting Analysis for Decision Making
  • CIS 510 Information Resource Management
  • ECON 510 Managerial Economics
  • FINC 515 Financial Management
  • MGMT 510 Contemporary Management
  • MKTG 530 Marketing Management
  • BUSN 501 Global Perspectives in Management
  • MGMT 595 Administrative Policy
  • SUBTOTAL
  • Hours
  • 3
  • 3
  • 3
  • 3
  • 3
  • 3
  • 3
  • 3
  • 24
Information Assurance Courses
  • Course
  • CIS 521 Principles of Information Assurance
  • CIS 522 Incident Response and Computer Forensics
  • CIS 523 Disaster Recovery and Business Continuity
  • CIS 524 Information Systems Assurance Risk-Analysis
  • Information Assurance Subtotal
  • TOTAL
  • Hours
  • 3
  • 3
  • 3
  • 3
  • 12
  • 36


MBA: Concentration in Innovation (View Printable MBA Innovation brochure)

The MBA with a concentration in innovation is designed to provide students with the business knowledge and analytical skills to think critically and develop innovative solutions to problems in a business environment.

Core Courses
  • Course
  • ACCT 505 Accounting Analysis for Decision Making
  • CIS 510 Information Resource Management
  • ECON 510 Managerial Economics
  • FINC 515 Financial Management
  • MGMT 510 Contemporary Management
  • MKTG 530 Marketing Management
  • BUSN 501 Global Perspectives in Management
  • SUBTOTAL
  • Hours
  • 3
  • 3
  • 3
  • 3
  • 3
  • 3
  • 3
  • 21
Analytical Skills
  • Course
  • Business Advanced Analytical Skills
  • MGMT 595 Administrative Policy
  • BUSN 500 Critical Thinking for Business
  • Business Advanced Analytical Skills Subtotal
  •  
  • Application of Business Analytical Skills
  • ENTR 510 Entrepreneurship/New Venture Creation
  • ENTR 560 Innovative Venture Research
  • ENTR 501 Introduction to Academic Technology Transfer
  • Application of Business Analytical Skills Subtotal
  •  
  • SUBTOTAL
  • TOTAL
  • Hours
  •  
  • 3
  • 3
  • 6
  •  
  •  
  • 3
  • 3
  • 3
  • 9
  •  
  • 15
  • 36

MBA with Telecommunications Concentration (View Printable MBA Telecommunications flyer)

Students who have successfully completed the Graduate Certificate in Communications Systems through Louisiana Tech may request that up to twelve hours of credit from the certificate program apply toward an MBA with a concentration in Telecommunications. Students who have successfully completed the Graduate Certificate in Communications Systems are NOT required to submit a GMAT score when applying the MBA program.

Students lacking previous course background in business will be required to take up to 12 hours of foundation courses. Nine of these hours may be taken as online, self-paced, "fast-track" courses designated below as ACCT 500, ECON 500, and FINC 500.

Core Courses
  • Course
  • ACCT 505 Accounting Analysis for Decision Making
  • CIS 510 Information Resource Management
  • ECON 510 Managerial Economics
  • FINC 515 Financial Management
  • MGMT 510 Contemporary Management
  • MKTG 530 Marketing Management
  • BUSN 501 Global Perspectives in Management
  • MGMT 595 Administrative Policy
  • SUBTOTAL
  • Hours
  • 3
  • 3
  • 3
  • 3
  • 3
  • 3
  • 3
  • 3
  • 24
Telecommunications Concentration
  • Course
  • CIS 521 Introduction to Information System Assurance
  • CIS 544 Network Design and Implementation
  • Two of the following three courses:
  • ELEN 525 Telecommunication Theory and Application
  • ELEN 526 Modern Wireless and Optical Networking
  • ELEN 527 Optical Communication Systems
  • SUBTOTAL
  • Hours
  • 3
  • 3
  • -
  • 3
  • 3
  • 3
  • 12


MBA: Curriculum - General*
(View Printable General MBA Brochure)
Core Courses
  • Course
  • ACCT 505 Accounting Analysis for Decision Making
  • CIS 510 Information Resource Management
  • ECON 510 Managerial Economics
  • FINC 515 Financial Management
  • MGMT 510 Contemporary Management
  • MGMT 595 Administrative Policy
  • MKTG 530 Marketing Management
  • BUSN 501 Global Perspectives in Management
  • Elective Courses **
  • TOTAL
  • * The student who has recently completed an undergraduate program with a specialization (major or minor) in one of the areas of business may be required to substitute a graduate business elective for the course in that area specified in the curriculum. For example, a student with an undergraduate degree in Accounting will be required to take a graduate Accounting elective in lieu of Accounting 505.
  • ** Regarding the selection of general MBA course electives in a student's plan of study, it is required that all of those elective hours will be taken in the College of Business; however, exceptions may be made at the discretion of the Associate Dean of Graduate Programs and Research.
  • Hours
  • 3
  • 3
  • 3
  • 3
  • 3
  • 3
  • 3
  • 3
  • 6
  • 30


Transfer Credits
A maximum of 6 semester hours of graduate credit required for a masters degree may be transferred from another institution approved by the Graduate Director, provided the grade earned is "B" or above, and the credits are accepted in fulfillment of the stated requirements for the MBA degree by the College of Business. No graduate credits earned by correspondence are applicable toward a masters degree.

For more information, contact:

Associate Dean of Graduate Programs
Dr. Timothy Bisping
318.257.4526
tbisping@latech.edu

 

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