May 27, 2018  
Graduate Catalog | 2015-2016 
Graduate Catalog | 2015-2016 Previous Edition

Business Administration, MBA

MBA Program

Graduate Program Directors

Dr. Gary Kohut, Director of the MBA
Corey Henderson, Associate Director of Graduate Student Services
Robin Boswell, Director of Graduate Student Career Development
Allison Brinkley, Admissions Counselor for Graduate Business Programs


The primary objective of graduate study in business is to develop candidates for leadership positions in complex organizations. The MBA program focuses on developing the expertise to lead, influence, and persuade others through effective written and spoken communications; the ability to approach complex problems both systematically and imaginatively; the confidence to make decisions in the face of imperfect information, competing objectives, and technological change; the insight to recognize the ethical dimensions of organizational and individual decisions; the sensitivity to recognize that organizational decisions involve teamwork and consensus-building across diverse groups of individuals; and the awareness that business represents an inherently multinational enterprise that exists without geographical or cultural boundaries.

Additional Admission Requirements

In addition to the general requirements for admission to the Graduate School, the following are required for graduate study in Business Administration.

  1. A generally satisfactory undergraduate record from an accredited college or university
  2. A satisfactory score on the Graduate Management Admission Test (GMAT) or Graduate Record Exam (GRE)
  3. A full resume or a description of significant work experience

Degree Requirements

The MBA degree program comprises 37 graduate hours, including a Core Functional Component and an Elective Component. Up to 6 hours of coursework may be transferred from an AACSB-accredited institution or equivalent, based on a recommendation of the relevant academic department, approval of the Director of the MBA program, and approval of the Graduate School. Necessary preparatory work will be determined during the admissions process, and courses to meet the specific need will be available in the Preparatory Component. All students in the program must meet the Graduate School’s requirements for a Master’s Degree.

Preparatory Component

Prerequisites (0-13 credit hours) - These courses may be taken after admission to the MBA in an online, selfstudy format. They are not required prior to admission to the MBA program. Courses in the MBA Preparatory Component must be completed before enrolling in 6000-level courses except by permission of the Director of the MBA program.

II. Concentration and Elective Component (12 + 3 credit hours)

Students complete twelve hours of restricted elective courses specified for a concentration plus an additional three hours as an unrestricted elective course.  Students may enroll in electives as soon as they complete the prerequisites for each course. MBAD 6890 - Directed Individual Study  and MBAD 7090 - Special Topics in Business  may be included in a concentration with permission of the MBA Program Director and the related department.

Concentration and elective requirements include:

Applied Investment Management

Business Analytics

Business Finance


Financial Institutions/Commercial Banking

Global Business

Required courses:

Information and Technology Management



Quantitative Methods for Business

Real Estate Finance and Development

Supply Chain Management

Student Structured Concentration

Students may propose a 12-semester hour concentration in a significant area of interest for approval by the Director of the MBA program. This concentration may include graduate courses from other programs within the University with approval of the related department.

Dual Master's Degree Program

MBA candidates interested in combining their business degree with another graduate degree may pursue this option by applying to and being accepted by each program separately. Students must formally propose their dual degree intentions with the Graduate School . A significant time savings may be yielded as a result of the synergy between combined programs. Popular dual degree options for MBA candidates include the Master of Health Administration , Master of Public Administration , Master of Accountancy , Master of Urban Design , and Master of Architecture . The MBA/JD  is offered in cooperation with the Charlotte School of Law.

Admission to Candidacy

An Application for Admission to Candidacy form listing graduate-level courses that apply to the degree must be submitted to the MBA Office four weeks prior to the start of the semester in which the student plans to complete the coursework for the degree.

Application for Degree

Each student should make application for his/her degree by completing the online Application for Degree through Banner Self Service no later than the filing date specified in the University Academic Calendar .


A limited number of assistantships are available each year. In order to be competitive, applications should be submitted by March 15. Additional information is available in the MBA office and the Graduate School website.


Academic Advising is provided by the Director of Graduate Student Services, Associate Director of Graduate Student Services, and the Director of the MBA Program.

Transfer Credit

Up to six hours of appropriate graduate credit may be accepted for transfer from another AACSB-accredited (or equivalent) MBA program. Only courses where grades of B or above have been earned will be considered. Approval of the Director of the MBA Program or Director of Graduate Student Services and the Graduate School is also required. All other Graduate School policies regarding transfer credit apply.

Program Certifications/Accreditation

The MBA Program and all degree and certificate programs offered by the College of Business  are accredited by the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB-International).