Cumberland University - Master of Business Administration

2020-2021 Catalog

Master of Business Administration

MBA Program Mission Statement

The Master of Business Administration program at Cumberland University empowers our graduates to become strategic leaders with management skills and knowledge to ensure their professional and personal success as twenty-first century global leaders.

MBA Program Learning Goals

Faculty members are committed to help students accepted into the MBA Program at Cumberland University to meet four learning goals:
1. To demonstrate advanced business and economics knowledge and high ethical awareness;
2. To demonstrate advanced decision making skills;
3. To demonstrate advanced competence in gathering and analyzing organizational information from internal and external sources using technology and literature;
4. To demonstrate advanced competence in the synthesis, evaluation, and communication of information.
The curriculum for the MBA program is designed to achieve the four learning goals above.

Application Requirements


Cumberland University makes no distinction in its admission, policies, or procedures on grounds of age, sex, religion, race, national origin, or physical handicap. In addition to the general admission requirements for graduate students the following is required for students entering the Master of Business Administration program.

  • A bachelor’s degree (regionally accredited university) with a minimum 2.5 GPA
  • Students with a non-business related bachelor’s degree are required to successfully complete an MBA Foundations Survey Course during their first semester in the program; unless they enroll in B term, in which case they must complete Foundations in the next semester before continuing in the program. This course is an additional program requirement beyond the required core and elective courses.
  • Students with less than a 2.5 GPA may complete two courses under provisional acceptance. If the student earns a grade of B or higher in both courses, he or she will earn final acceptance.
  • Once accepted into the MBA Program, the student must maintain good academic standing as described by the Office of Academic Affairs to continue to register for courses.

Degree Requirements

The MBA program requires a minimum of 36 credit hours – typically 12 three credit hour courses. The core requirements consist of ten courses that all MBA students must complete. In addition, students will take at least two elective courses to satisfy the 36-hour requirement. Electives are selected in coordination with the student's academic advisor to satisfy one of the available specializations detailed following the core requirements.

MBA Specializations

MBA students will complete the MBA core requirements and may choose from one of the following specialization options to complete the 36-hour MBA graduation requirement:

Degree Requirements

MBA Core Requirements

MBA 5121Managerial Accounting

3

MBA 5131Corporate Financial Analysis

3

MBA 5141Computer Information Systems

3

MBA 5161Marketing Management

3

MBA 5211Managerial Economics

3

MBA 5253Applied Statistics

3

MBA 5273Organizational Theory & Analysis

3

MBA 5292Business Policy

3

MBA 5316Project Management

3

MBA 5550Principles and Theories of Leadership

3

General Management

Students completing the General Management specialization may choose any two electives (6 credit hours) from the any of the other tracks to meet the minimum graduation requirement. This track is available for students who desire to customize their selection of electives in order to best meet their individual interests and goals.
36 minimum hours required for graduation.

Leadership

This specialization is designed for students who desire to further study leadership, planning, and decision making.
MBA 5060Individual & Organizational Ethics

3

MBA 5325Managerial Planning and Leadership

3

36 minimum hours required for graduation.

Human Resource Management

This specialization is designed for students who desire to further their career in the management of human resources, training, and development.
MBA 5040Human Relations and Resource Issues

3

MBA 5330Employment Law

3

36 minimum hours required for graduation.

Marketing

This specialization is designed for students who are interested in a career in advertising, promotions, or marketing management.
MBA 5460Digital Marketing

3

MBA 5650International Marketing

3

36 minimum hours required for graduation.

International Management

This specialization is designed for students who have a strong interest in international trade and business.
MBA 5530Global Business

3

MBA 5650International Marketing

3

MBA 5680International Field Experiences

3

39 minimum hours required for graduation.

Health Care Administration

This specialization is designed for students who desire to utilize their business and leadership skills in the evolving healthcare industry. Students will complete 33 hours of MBA courses and 4 hours of MSN courses.
MBA 5321Health Care Management

3

And choose two from the following

MSN 5120Health Information Systems and Nursing Technology

2

MSN 5130Professional Leadership and Collaboration

2

MSN 5140Legislation, Policy, Regulations, and Ethics in Health Care

2

37 minimum hours required for graduation.

Education Leadership

This specialization is designed for students who desire to pursue a career in the business aspects of education, for example, academic administrators, school superintendents, and principals.

Choose two courses from the following:

MAE 5040Contemporary Issues

3

MAE 5120School Public Relations/Communications

3

MAT 5080Diverse Populations

3

MAT 5180Education: The Profession & The Professional

3

36 minimum hours required for graduation.

Thesis Option

Students who wish to pursue the thesis option will complete the ten required core MBA course (30 credit hours) but will not be required to complete the two elective courses (6 hours). Instead these students will complete a minimum of 6 credit hours of thesis work. Each student thesis will be directed by a member of the full time MBA faculty and approved by a thesis committee, which consists of at least three appropriately credentialed faculty members.