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Master of Business Administration

Master of Business Administration

Take your career to a new level: earn your Master of Business Administration with Salem International University. Our MBA degree program provides the industry-current knowledge, management skills, and international outlook you need to excel in the 21st Century marketplace. You can also develop specialized knowledge, thanks to our concentration programs. Choose from:

We offer our MBA in an accelerated course format that makes it possible for you to graduate in as little as 12 months. You can also study in a format that fits your life: choose from on-campus or online study.

Objectives of This Program

The 12-month, 36-credit MBA at Salem International University aims to prepare you to advance beyond mid-level management. After graduation, you should be a confident, competent business problem-solver who can:

  • Integrate skills, concepts, and strategies for effective business leadership and management.
  • Demonstrate cultural, technical, and personal competencies for success in a global business economy.
  • Communicate clearly, persuasively, and professionally through various formats for a range of audiences.
  • Understand and apply essential elements of change management.

Career Opportunities

The MBA prepares you to lay the foundation for a career in upper management or executive roles. The specific occupations you can pursue will vary depending upon your choice of industries and past business experience, but may include:

  • Finance management
  • Operations management
  • Marketing research
  • Business information systems management

Program of Study

Our MBA program consists of twelve courses: seven core classes and five in your concentration of choice. It is available online or on campus in West Virginia.

Core MBA Courses:
  • ACC515 Accounting for Managers
  • BUS500 Applied Business Statistics
  • BUS505 Business Communications
  • BUS699 Enterprise Strategic Planning and Change Management
  • ECO570 Managerial Economics
  • FIN560 Financial Management
  • MKT530 Marketing Management

Please choose a concentration option to learn more about its goals and curriculum:

Course Descriptions

ACC515 – Accounting for Managers (3 Credits)
Students will survey accounting principles and practices to learn the rationale for and implications of important accounting concepts and accounting procedures necessary to analyze and evaluate financial statements. The course examines budgeting, profit planning, budget control processes, tax planning, inventory management, cash forecasting, financial reporting, required financial disclosures, and international monetary transactions. Emphasis is placed on the use and importance of financial statements in the managerial decision-making process and ethical standards in accounting. Case studies and readings in accounting are used for practical application.

BUS500 – Applied Business Statistics (3 Credits)
A study of the statistical models, probability distributions, hypothesis testing, regression, transformation, analysis of variance, chi-square, time series analysis, forecasting, and queuing theory. Emphasis is on the practical application of management science tools to solve business problems and using computer applications of business statistical methods.

BUS505 – Business Communications (3 Credits)
Students are exposed to the importance and implications of clear, correct, and coherent communication in the business environment. Emphasis is placed on the effective use of written and oral communication in management and executive functions, the development of negotiation skills, and presentations to customers, senior management, and executive boards.

BUS699 – Enterprise Strategic Planning and Change Management (3 Credits)
This capstone course is a review of modern strategic thinking and change management for the purpose of integrating three major types of challenges in steering an organization: (1) internal and external analytical assessment, (2) world uncertainty and unexpected events, and (3) human psychology and inertia. In connecting these tangible and intangible issues in the strategies process, the student will learn how internal and external forces do not always align with the human energy, and as a result the strategy that emerges is not always the intended one. Simulation exercises, case analysis, and synthesis of cross-functional practices will be applied in team works and written and oral presentations.

ECO570 – Managerial Economics (3 Credits)
The course is a study of the use of economic theory in managing the organization. Students will develop the ability to apply economic analysis to the solution of problems faced by management and understand the economic basis for business policies and key economic concepts that can serve as a framework for business decisions, linear programming, forecasting, and economic modeling of financial investments. Emphasis is placed on understanding how economic modeling is used to make decisions on price, output, investment, and related matters, and the consequences of economic decisions.

FIN560 – Financial Management (3 Credits)
The course covers major issues facing a manager, including financial statement analysis; discounted cash flow analysis, time value of money; risk-return trade-off, valuation of financial assets, capital budgeting, financial planning, cost of capital; long-term financing through debt and equity, and the analysis of various financial models to improve existing short- and long-term asset management. Emphasis is placed on the importance of resource management in decision making and the role of leverage and its impact on the enterprise.

MKT 530 – Marketing Management (3 Credits)
This course studies the marketplace and the role of marketing in an organization. Students will learn about the influence of the marketplace and the environment, the process of marketing decision-making, design and use of the organization’s marketing.

Overview of Admission Requirements

Applicants to our Master of Business Administration programs must meet the following requirements:

  • Hold a bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university (or an international institution with appropriate credential evaluation).
  • Meet prerequisite coursework requirements (varies by program).

International students will need to provide results of a credential evaluation and proof of English language capability.

Please see the application page for more details.

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