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Graduate Studies Catalog 2013-2014 
Graduate Studies Catalog 2013-2014 [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Business Administration, M.B.A.

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The MBA Program requires completion of 36 credit hours of graduate coursework as follows:

  • Cornerstone course (3 credits): MGT 501 
  • Extending courses (30 credits): any ten courses including at least one with the “International” designation and no more than four within a single focus area
  • Capstone course (3 credits): MGT 509 

The grid below shows the classification of the Extending courses into Core and Advanced courses. With the approval of the mentor, a student with an undergraduate degree in a given area may have the Core course in that area waived as a prerequisite for the Advanced courses in that area. For example, a student with an accounting degree, with proper approval, may have ACC 502  waived and proceed to take the Advanced courses in accounting. (The student would still be required to complete 36 credit hours.)

Focus Areas

Like other high-quality MBA programs, The University of Scranton MBA aims to provide a broad-based business education, offering courses across all functional areas. At the same time, students are afforded a degree of customization and choice of specialization. Students may concentrate in a focus area by completing four extending courses in that area.

The following specializations are available to on-campus students: Accounting, Enterprise Resource Planning, Finance, International Business, Management Information Systems, Marketing, and Operations Management.

The following specializations are available to online students: Enterprise Resource Planning, Healthcare Management and Operations Management.

Students in both programs can broaden their exposure by not focusing narrowly on a single functional area, choosing instead to maximize their flexibility in course selection (the General MBA option). Students who wish to focus on more than one functional area may do so but the same course may not be used to satisfy the requirements of more than one focus area—for example, an International course in finance may be used to fulfill the requirement for a focus in Finance but may not also be used to satisfy the International Business focus.

Foundation Modules

Entering students should possess the requisite background knowledge in the various business functional areas. Students lacking such background will be required to remedy the deficiency by taking up to twelve one-credit qualifying courses (called Foundation Modules). These modules are offered as online courses (in both MBA programs) multiple times a year. Each course is four weeks in duration. The modules may be taken concurrently with the regular courses in the MBA program as long as any specific course prerequisite condition is not violated. A student may elect to take an equivalent undergraduate course rather than taking a module.


Foundation Modules

12 Credits

(Each required unless waived)

MBA 501A 

MBA 501B 

MBA 501C 

MBA 502A 

MBA 502B 

MBA 502C 

MBA 503A  

MBA 503B 

MBA 503C 


MBA 504A 

MBA 504B 

MBA 504C 

Cornerstone Course

3 Credits (required)

MGT 501 - Responsibility, Sustainability & Justice 










Extending Courses


30 Credits


(Each course is 3 credits.
Any 10 courses
may be selected)



ACC 502 - Accounting for Management 

OM 503 - Operations Management 

MIS 504 - Management Information Systems 

MGT 505 - Organizational Behavior 

MKT 506 - Marketing Management 

ECO 507 - Managerial Economics 

FIN 508 - Financial Management 










Accounting focus:

ACC 512 , ACC 514 , ACC 521 , ACC 522 , ACC 525 *, ACC 526 , ACC 527 , ACC 529 , ACC 531 , ACC 532 , ACC 536 , ACC 537 , ACC 538

Enterprise Resource Planning focus:

ERP 511 , ERP 512  , ERP 513 , ERP 515 , ERP 516 , ERP 510 , ERP 514 , MBA 519 

Finance focus:

FIN 581 , FIN 582 , FIN 583 , FIN 584 *, FIN 585 , FIN 586 , FIN 587 , FIN 589 

Healthcare Management focus:

HAD 510 , HAD 517 *, HAD 521 

International Business focus: 

ACC 525 *, ECO 583 *, FIN 584 *,IB 505 *, MGT 556 *, MIS 577 *, MKT 563 *, MKT 596 *, OM 540 *

Management Information Systems focus:

MIS 546 , MIS 548 , MIS 571 , MIS 573 , MIS 574 , MIS 575 , MIS 577 *, MIS 579 

Marketing focus:

MKT 512 , MKT 561 , MKT 562 , MKT 563 *, MKT 564 , MKT 564 MKT 569 , MKT 596 *

Operations Management focus:

OM 540 *, OM 543 , OM 544 , OM 545 , OM 546 , OM 547 , OM 549 

Non-focus courses:

ECO 581 , ECO 582 , ECO 589 , , MGT 553 , MGT 554 , MGT 555 , MGT 559 , MBA 590 

Capstone Course

3 Credits (required)

MGT 509 - Business Policy 


  1. The MBA degree requires the completion of 36 credit hours of coursework exclusive of any Foundation module requirements.
  2. A student is limited to a maximum of four courses in a given focus area. For example, a student may choose to take FIN 508 , FIN 581 , FIN 583  and FIN 584 .
  3. Students are expected to take MGT 501  early in the program, ideally as their FIRST Extending course, but no later than as their THIRD Extending course.
  4. To be eligible to enroll in the Capstone course, a student must have: (i) completed the Cornerstone course, (ii) completed at least 24 credits of Extending courses, and (iii) completed (or received a waiver) for all twelve Foundation modules.
  5. All students must take at least one course that has been designated as an “International course” (indicated by an asterisk in the grid).
  6. The Healthcare Management focus currently is offered exclusively in the Online program. All of the other specializations are available to students in the on-campus program. Please refer to Course Descriptions  section for descriptions of the HAD-prefixed courses.
  7. Many students have acquired “experiential learning” outside a formal college or university classroom in jobs or military service. The MBA program may waive foundation course requirements for such experiences. Students wishing to have this learning assessed for possible course waiver must document relevant experiences and the knowledge gained from them for review by faculty of the program.
  8. In addition to one credit hour modules, campus-based students are limited to two online three credit hour courses. Any departure from this rule will be considered on an individual basis by the CGCE Dean. International students must meet visa and scholarship requirements.


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