Master's in Business Administration
You will leave with skills to manage change, manage people and bring creativity and innovation to solve global business problems. More than that, you will gain a competitive edge. We prepare the next generation of business leaders by focusing on the skills that will lead to success. Alfred University's MBA program offers a number of courses through online and hybrid online instruction, while preserving the benefits of classroom instruction and interaction. This combination balances the needs of working adults for home study with the opportunity for peer engagement.
Our MBA curriculum has three components: undergraduate-level foundation courses, graduate business core courses, and graduate electives. The 18-credits of foundation courses introduce the functional areas of business practice. These courses are completed at the undergraduate level prior to starting the program, or as part of the program. Typically, students who have an undergraduate major or minor in a business related field have already completed the foundation requirements and may be able to complete the graduate courses (core and elective) in one year of full-time study. Students without prior foundation courses can be accepted into the MBA program and complete the foundation requirements prior to moving into the graduate coursework.
Foundation Courses (Undergraduate Pre-requisites)
- Organizational Behavior
- Managerial Finance
- Financial Accounting
- Operations Management
The graduate core courses for the MBA-Business Administration consist of the Graduate Core and Electives. The courses focus on professional skills which build a sustainable workforce and which sustain businesses into the future. The MBA capstone course provides an advanced professional experience integrating management skills through team consultation with business clients to produce innovative solutions to business questions. (19 credits)
MBA Graduate Core
- MBA 626 Innovation Management
- MBA 630 Management for Global Leaders
- MBA 651 Economics for Managers
- MBA 652 Negotiation & Persuasion (A Block)
- MBA 661 Creativity & Innovative Thinking (B Block)
- MBA 674 Information Technology & Business Analytics
- MBA 699 Business Consulting Capstone
You can select from among the elective offerings to build a focus area. Faculty-led study trips are among the elective choices. You will need to select four elective courses. (12 credits)
- MBA 681 Business Sustainability
- MBA 654 Business Ethics & Corporate Responsibility
- MBA 660 Social Media Policy
- MBA 614 Corporate Finance
- MBA 618 Gender Equity in Business
- MBA 627 Leading for Change
- MBA 629 Leadership in a Digital Society
- MBA 635 US Healthcare Business & Finance
- MBA 605 German Auto Industry
- MBA 600 Seminars will vary semester to semester
Foundation course requirements can be filled in the following ways:
- Undergraduate business degree (major or minor)
- Undergraduate business courses at Alfred University
- Undergraduate business courses from accredited universities
- Online business foundation courses from the State University of New York Open SUNY
- Approved MOOCs (Stanford, MIT, etc.)
- The student may also test out of the course requirements
The academic standards for graduate students at Alfred University require an overall cumulative average of 3.0 to meet graduation requirements. MBA-Business Administration students are permitted no more than 3 graduate credits below a grade of B.
Assistantships are granted to all full-time students admitted to the program. These take the form of renewable positions that provide for remission of approximately one-half the annual graduate tuition. Graduate assistants (GAs) work 7.5 hours per week with a graduate faculty member in their area of interest.
Graduate assistants typically work on research projects, marketing and recruiting efforts. In the past GAs have helped faculty with on campus presentations and seminars, done research leading towards publication in peer-reviewed journals, attended on and off campus meetings with program stakeholders, etc. These positions not only help with tuition costs but provide valuable experiences that reflect well on the student for future employment. The Business Division is open to working with GAs to determine the best fit within the department, based on student interest.
In addition to its own resources, the University participates in the federal and state aid programs which are applicable to its degree programs. The majority of this funding is in the form of low-interest student loans.