The Professional Master of Business Administration program seeks to prepare students to advance to positions of greater responsibility and leadership within their current organizations. Regardless of prior education and industry background, the candidates will find a challenging program designed to meet their specific needs.
The Professional Master of Business Administration program is targeted to high-potential junior to mid-career working professionals in the Northeast Ohio Region. Participants maintain full-time employment during the day and attend courses in the evening. The curriculum is designed to build on participants' prior work experience and current professional challenges. Students in this program typically take two courses per semester and will take about three years to complete the degree. Courses are available weeknights, Monday through Thursday, and meet one night per week. The program offers flexibility and admits students, both in fall and spring semesters.
The student has the option of taking a general M.B.A. with electives from a number of areas or selecting any of the following nine concentrations, which must be a minimum of 9 hours: Accounting; Economics; Fashion Design and Merchandising; Finance; Human Resource Management; Information Systems; International Business; Marketing; and Supply Chain Management. The Master of Business Administration also offers dual degree programs with the Master of Arts in Translation, Master of Science in Nursing and the Master of Library and Information Science.
The required courses provide an opportunity to review and apply knowledge to the various areas of business such as accounting, marketing, human resources and operations management, and provide formal training in the theory and practice of business management.
- Accounting concentration allows students to specialize their degree with courses in managerial and financial accounting, business valuation using financial statements and international accounting. Completion of this concentration is not sufficient to sit for the CPA exam in Ohio unless the student has an undergraduate accounting major.
- Economics concentration allows students to specialize their degree with advanced topics in various areas in economics.
- Fashion Design and Merchandising concentration allows students to specialize their degree with advanced topics in fashion theory, fashion design management and the opportunity to conduct research in the business of fashion.
- Finance concentration allows students to specialize their degree with advanced courses in investments, financial markets and institutions, real estate and other related areas.
- Human Resources concentration allows students to specialize their degree with advanced topics in employee selection and appraisal, organizational analysis and the opportunity for real-world applications.
- Information Systems concentration allows students to specialize their degree with advanced topics in database management systems, emerging hardware and software technology and other related areas.
- International Business concentration allows students to specialize their degree with courses in accounting, marketing, finance and strategy with an international focus. Study abroad options are possible, with no language skills required.
- Marketing allows students to specialize their degree with courses in buyer behavior, promotion management, service marketing and management and other related areas.
- Supply Chain concentration allows student to specialize their degree in vendor-customer relationships and logistic matters, with courses in global supply chain management, supply chain business modes and vendor management strategies
- Dual Degree with the M.A. in Translation is designed for linguists. By combining the practices and language of business, students can pursue language-based careers in the private, public and governmental sectors.
- Dual Degree with the Master of Science in Nursing is designed for experienced nurses whose career goals include assuming middle or executive management positions in health services agencies or in health-related companies, or who are interested in starting their own business. It combines the strengths of advanced nursing preparation with the practical management knowledge needed to develop significant leadership capabilities.
- Dual Degree with the Master of Library and Information Science is designed for managers of large libraries and information centers. Individuals in these positions need knowledge pertaining to planning, organizing, staffing, directing and controlling. Advanced education to obtain knowledge and learn skills related to these management functions enables students to take advantage of career opportunities both in library settings and other information settings, both in the profit and nonprofit sectors.