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Business Administration

Department of Business Administration
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Graduate Faculty

Dr. Sanjeev Phukan, Program Director; Dr. Joann Fredrickson, Dr. Dean Frost, Dr. Anthony Iaquinto, Dr. Young Seob Son, Dr. David Smith, Dr. Halbana Tarmizi, Dr. Valerie Wallingford, Dr. Kari Wood


Degree Offered


Master of Business Administration (MBA)

The Master of Business Administration (MBA) is the graduate degree offered by Bemidji State University’s Business Administration Department. It is intended to provide graduates with advanced-level skills and understanding required to function effectively in the dynamic, technologically complex, and rapidly changing business environment of today. Successful graduates of the program will be able to apply analytic thinking methods to business scenarios using multidisciplinary concepts and tools, to communicate effectively in writing and orally in a variety of business environments, to bring required global perspectives to bear when seeking solutions to problems encountered in today’s business environments, and to clearly define the role of corporate social responsibility in seeking these solutions.


Program Learning Outcomes

Successful Candidates of Bemidji State University’s MBA program will demonstrate:

I. Knowledge of Management Concepts, Leadership Qualities, and Skills
a.   Students will demonstrate their competence in using inter-disciplinary and cross-functional
      knowledge and techniques in order to manage projects and operations effectively
b.   Contribute effectively to groups and teams in the achievement of organizational goals

c.   Demonstrate leadership abilities as well as the ability to perform productively under
      effective leadership

II. Critical Thinking

a.   The ability to apply acquired cross-functional knowledge and skills to critically analyze
      problems, prioritize issues and problems, and to develop effective responses.

b.   Deal with uncertainty through the use of acquired cross-functional knowledge and skills in
      unfamiliar or unexpected situations and be able to adapt flexibly and rapidly to respond to a
      changing environment.

III. Effective Communication Skills
a.   The ability to develop complex analyses, recommendations, strategies, and then be able to
      communicate these in ways that lead to clarity of purpose and effective decision-making.

IV. Ethical and Socially Responsible Thinking and Decision Making
a.   Establish a set of ethically valid professional values and a code of corporate governance and
      be able to demonstrate how those values apply to complex situations and trade-offs that
      business managers may confront.

b.   Identify strategic stakeholder issues and frame decision-making within the social, political,
      environmental, and cultural contexts of local and global communities.



Program Admission Requirements

Applicants for admission to the program will be evaluated on the following criteria:

1. A bachelor’s degree from a regionally-accredited university or its equivalent
2. An undergraduate grade point average that is at least 2.50, or its equivalent
3. A GMAT score of at least 500, with the test taken within the last 5 years
4. Three letters of recommendation from qualified individuals
5. A one to two page letter of intent that states why the applicant is seeking this degree
6. TOEFL or IELTS scores for international applicants
7. Relevant professional work experience


University Requirements

See Section IV. Policies and Procedures for degree requirements


Course Work Requirements

I. Core Courses

MBA 6100      Managerial Accounting (3 credits)
MBA 6105      Organizational Behavior (3 credits)                                       
MBA 6110      Statistical and Quantitative Analysis (3 credits)
MBA 6115      Operations Management (3 credits)                           
MBA 6120      Managerial Finance (3 credits)                                   
MBA 6125      Marketing Management (3 credits)                                          
MBA 6130      Corporate Social Responsibility (3 credits)                           
MBA 6135      Information Systems Management (3 credits)                                   
MBA 6140      Global Business (3 credits)                                        
MBA 6145      Strategy and Management (3 credits)

Subtotal 30 Credits

II. Elective Courses

Choose one of the following concentrations for a total of 6 credits

Management Concentration
MBA 6400      Managing Human Resources (3 credits)                                
MBA 6405      Organization Theory (3 credits)                                             

Marketing Concentration
MBA 6600      Promotion Management (3 credits)                                       
MBA 6605      Services Marketing (3 credits)                                                           

Finance Concentration
MBA 6700      Financial Institutions (3 credits)                                            
MBA 6705      Derivatives and Risk Management (3 credits)

Subtotal 6 Credits

Total Semester Credits Required for Degree 36 Credits

III. Capstone Experience

Students pursuing the MBA degree must fulfill the degree’s Capstone Experience Requirement. This is completed by successfully completing MBA 6145: Strategy and Management. Details are provided within the course description and the course syllabus.

Competency Requirement

A working knowledge of applied Statistics. This requirement may be satisfied by successfully completing MBA 6110: Statistical and Quantitative Analysis.

Comprehensive Examination

Upon completion of all required coursework, MBA students will be required to take the Major Field Test (MBA) administered by the Educational Testing Service (ETS) and obtain a score of at least 245 in order to graduate from the program.

 

Recommended Course Sequence

Semester 1
MBA 6100      Managerial Accounting (3 credits)
MBA 6105      Organizational Behavior (3 credits)                                       
MBA 6110      Statistical and Quantitative Analysis (3 credits)

Semester 2
MBA 6115      Operations Management (3 credits)                           
MBA 6120      Managerial Finance (3 credits)                                   
MBA 6125      Marketing Management (3 credits)                        

Semester 3
MBA 6130      Corporate Social Responsibility                     
MBA 6135      Information Systems Management (3 credits)                                   
MBA 6140      Global Business (3 credits)            

Semester 4
Concentration Course 1
Concentration Course 2
MBA 6145      Strategy and Management (3 credits)                    


 


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