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Business Administration, MBA


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The Master of Business Administration (MBA) program is devoted to the concepts, analytical tools, and communication skills required for competent and responsible management. The management of an enterprise is viewed in its entirety and within its social, political, and economic environment. The MBA provides a broad curriculum preparing you for a variety of options in launching your career. All majors are welcome - our MBA program is designed to meet the needs of students with or without previous business education.

Two MBA Tracks

The College of Business offers two MBA tracks:

  • MBA with an Emphasis area (36 credit hours): Students may pursue a specialized MBA tailored for a specific career in mind. Those pursuing the MBA with an emphasis will complete 24 credits of core courses and 12 credits of specialized business electives.
  • MBA without emphasis area (30 credit hours): Students pursuing the General MBA program will complete 24 credits of core courses and 6 credits of business electives.

Students wishing to change their MBA track should contact the Graduate School of Business Administration at GSBA@uccs.edu. Students changing from the General MBA track to an emphasis area will take additional coursework to fulfill the requirements of the emphasis area.

Students graduating with a General MBA may later return to UCCS to obtain a Graduate Certificate in a specialized business area. Credits earned from the MBA may be transferable to the Graduate Certificate.

Students admitted to the MBA program may be required to take up to 9 additional credits of foundation coursework to help develop competencies to be successful in the program. Foundation courses may be waived on prior academic work or through passing waiver examinations.

Campus and Online Options

The Graduate School of Business Administration offers an MBA program designed for working professionals that may be completed on campus, online, or through a combination of both methods. The program is designed for students to complete their degree full-time in as little as 18 months or on a part-time basis. Students pursuing the MBA part-time may complete the MBA in five (5) years but may petition for one additional year due to extenuating circumstances (maximum six (6) years). Students structure the pace of completing the program to meet personal and professional goals. Students may begin the program in the fall, spring, or summer semesters. Earn your MBA with ultimate flexibility, around your schedule.

Your MBA, Your Schedule:

Extreme Flexibility: Take classes in the evening, online or both. 

  • The Online MBA (8-week model) is 100% online. Students may take one course at a time. Students may choose from 11 online emphasis areas or pursue the General MBA.
  • The Campus MBA (16-week semester) is available 100% on campus; Campus courses are scheduled from 4:45 pm to 7:20 pm or 7:30 pm to 10:05 pm and meet once a week. Students may pursue the General option or choose from eight (8) campus emphasis areas. Students may also choose an emphasis area that is offered fully online.

MBA Graduate Admission

Admission Criteria
The Graduate School of Business Administration seeks to admit students who show a high likelihood of success in postgraduate business study. The following 3 basic indicators are used to evaluate candidates for admission:

PRIOR ACADEMIC EXPERIENCE: A 4-year Baccalaureate degree from a regionally accredited institution or foreign equivalent is a condition for application. The applicant’s complete academic record from all institutions attended is examined.

ADMISSION TEST: Applicants may submit scores from either the Graduate Management Admission Test (GMAT) or Graduate Record Examination (GRE). In some cases, the GMAT may be waived if the applicant has substantial business and/or military experience or holds an advanced degree (e.g. Master’s or higher). GMAT waiver eligibility options are posted on the website.

ADDITIONAL MBA APPLICATION MATERIALS: In addition to official transcripts from regionally accredited institutions attended, students must submit a goal statement, resume and optional letters of recommendation. International applicants must also demonstrate English language proficiency (i.e. TOEFL or IELTS scores).

Provisional and Undergraduate Senior Admits
At the discretion of the admissions committee, an applicant not meeting the criteria for regular admission may be admitted as a provisional student. Students who are offered provisional admissions to the program will receive a letter from the College of Business Graduate Program outlining the conditions which must be met to become a regular degree student.When the student meets the conditions of their provisional admissions, the College of Business will reclassify the student’s status to be fully admitted to the program and inform the student in writing. Provisional students are subject to the same standards of performance required of regular admitted students.

UCCS seniors who have satisfied the undergraduate residence requirements and who need no more than 9 semester hours to meet their requirements for an undergraduate degree may be contingently admitted to the MBA program. They must meet regular admissions criteria, submit a completed application by the published deadline, and submit the “Undergraduate Senior Admit Eligibility’ form signed by their undergraduate advisor confirming the number of credits needed to complete the bachelor’s degree. Students may request the Undergraduate Senior Admit Eligibility form from the College of Business Advising Office by emailing GSBA@uccs.edu.

Undergraduate senior admits must complete their final undergraduate courses during their first semester as an MBA student. Students may be limited to one or two graduate courses contingent on the number of hours needed to complete the bachelor’s degree.

Application Process and Deadlines
The UCCS online application, official GMAT or GRE scores, one official transcript (not student copies) from each post-secondary institution attended, a resume, a goal statement, and the nonrefundable application fee should be submitted by the priority deadline. Criteria for GMAT waiver is on the UCCS online application. Additional fees may apply.

Visit: www.uccs.edu/mba for the online application and additional information for international applicants.

Expected Software Skills
MBA students are expected to be proficient with word processing, spreadsheet and presentation programs such as Microsoft Word, Excel and PowerPoint. If students are deficient in any of these skills, it is their responsibility to mitigate the deficiency before enrolling in the program.

Academic Policies

Access to Graduate Courses
Students must be officially admitted to the MBA program in order to register for graduate-level courses. Students who are officially admitted to other CU graduate programs may be eligible to register for MBA courses. All course prerequisites must be met. Interested students should contact the Graduate School of Business Administration at gsba@uccs.edu for more information.

Course Load
The typical course load is 3-6 credit hours (1 to 2 classes) for a working graduate student and 9-12 credit hours (3 to 4 classes) for those attending school full-time in the fall and spring semesters. Students are limited to 12 credit hours for the fall and the spring semesters and 6 credit hours for the summer semester. Credit hours over these limits require that an academic petition to be approved. Concurrent enrollment in both campus and online classes is subject to the same credit hour limits.

MBA Completion Time Limits
Although students are normally expected to complete a master’s degree in one to three years, candidates for the MBA degree should complete their requirements within five years. Students with extenuating circumstances may petition the College of Business Graduate Office for an extension of up to one (1) additional year for a maximum completion time of six years.

Leave of Absence
Students who need to take a leave of absence from the MBA program for longer than one semester should discuss their decision with the Graduate School of Business Administration Graduate Office and complete the ‘Request for Leave of Absence Form’. A leave of absence may occur for one year (3 continuous semesters including summer). Students who do not return within a year may need to reapply for admission to the MBA program. A leave of absence does not extend the prescribed time limit to complete the MBA degree requirements (Refer to the MBA Completion Timeframe).

A program may also place a student on an administrative leave of absence if student is not making satisfactory academic progress in the program. An administrative leave of absence cannot be used in place of academic probation, but may be used simultaneously. The program may request that students meet certain conditions prior to returning.

MBA Standards of Performance

Course Repeat Policy
Any grade below C (2.0) is not a passing grade for graduate students. A student may repeat a course once for which they have received a grade below a C. Both the original grade and the grade for the repeated course count in the computation of the grade point average. This policy also applies to all foundation courses.

Cumulative GPA Calculation
As of Fall 2019, the grades for the foundation courses will not be included in the computation of the overall MBA GPA in the student’s degree audit. The MBA GPA will consist of only 6000 level courses.

Grade Point Average
No individual grade below a C will count towards degree requirements. To remain in good academic standing and to receive the MBA degree, a student is required to maintain at least a B (3.0) grade point average, which includes all 6000 level work required for the degree while taken at this University (classified and unclassified) and may differ from the University grade point average.

Academic Probation & Suspension
The academic performance of each student will be reviewed at the end of each semester. Any student who has a cumulative grade point average of less than 3.0 in graduate coursework will be placed on probation.

In general, students will not be placed on probation until a minimum of nine (9) semester hours has been attempted. After a student has been placed on probation, the student has a maximum of one calendar year to raise their grade point average to 3.0. Courses taken to raise the cumulative grade point average must apply to the degree and must be taken in the three semesters (including summer) immediately following the semester in which the cumulative grade point average fell below 3.0. Failure to raise the cumulative grade point average to 3.0 in the time frame outlined will result in immediate suspension. 

While on academic probation, failure to demonstrate satisfactory academic progress, (meaning the cumulative GPA must improve each semester that classes are taken), towards a degree may result in academic suspension. In the event a student attains probationary status more than one time, the same time limits shall apply.

If a student’s cumulative GPA drops below a 2.0, they may be suspended immediately. A suspended graduate student is eligible to petition for readmission after one calendar year.

Transfer Policy
Transfer credits may apply to the MBA program with departmental approval or approval from the MBA Faculty Director. A maximum of six (6) credit hours of appropriate coursework may transfer to the MBA Program. The minimum criteria for transfer:

  • All transfer courses must have a minimum grade of B or above.
  • Courses applied towards another master’s degree (or bachelor’s degree) may not be used towards the MBA. 
  • All work accepted for transfer must have been completed within the approved degree time limit (maximum 6 years).
  • Equivalent courses from AACSB accredited business programs may be eligible to substitute core or elective courses in the curriculum.
  • All other coursework from non-AACSB accredited programs may be approved for transfer toward elective coursework.

Grades Received Before Admission to the MBA Program

Grades from courses transferred from another institution or other CU campuses are not included in the graduate GPA calculation at UCCS. Therefore, they will not be calculated in the MBA GPA.

The University grade point average does not include any courses taken while in unclassified status; however, the MBA grade point average will include all unclassified courses taken in a business Graduate Certificate that is applied to the MBA degree.

Credit Earned through a Business Graduate Certificate at UCCS before Admission to the MBA Program
Credits earned through a College of Business Graduate Certificate at the University of Colorado Colorado Springs may be applied to the MBA degree. Each course must have a grade of B or better. All work must have been completed within the approved degree time limit (maximum six years) for completing the MBA degree. The MBA may accept up to 12 credits from the Graduate Certificate. Students who would like to transfer more than 12 credits may discuss this with the College of Business Graduate Office.

Graduate Internships
At the graduate level, internships are 3 credit hours, pass/fail only, and may be used as business elective credit. Internships are approved through an application process, which can be obtained through the College of Business Career Development Center. Students must apply before beginning their internship duties and should register for credit during the semester in which the internship is being completed. A maximum of 3 credit hours of internship may be applied to a graduate business degree.

Graduate Academic Advising
Each graduate student must meet with an MBA advisor during the student’s first term of attendance to prepare a degree plan. The degree plan will include any required foundation courses and the MBA classes including the student’s emphasis area. Online MBA students will have a degree plan emailed to them, which must be signed and returned to the MBA Office.

Graduation Requirements

Graduation Audit
All students must contact the Graduate School of Business Administration for a complete academic evaluation DURING THE SEMESTER PRIOR TO THEIR FINAL SEMESTER. Failure to request an audit or failure to complete audit documents in a timely manner may delay a student’s graduation.

Commencement
Students seeking to participate in commencement and other academic ceremonies will need to complete ALL academic requirements in advance. Participation in academic ceremonies that recognize or honor students for the completion of an academic program or specific academic accomplishment is based on the understanding that all requirements have been completed. Every effort will be made to determine eligibility in advance, and only students who have met requirements will be permitted to participate.

Foundation Requirements


The Graduate School of Business Administration provides the following series of business foundation courses as required background courses for the graduate study of business. These courses may be waived on a course-by-course basis with prior academic coursework (subject to a certain age and grade requirements) or through successful scores on designated CLEP, DSST or internal exams.

Foundation Course Information


These foundation classes are graduate-level courses that - if required - are taken in addition to the 36 semester hours required for the MBA degree. Graduate students who are interested in waiving one or more of the MBA foundation courses based on related prior coursework must consult with a graduate advisor in the College of Business. Waivers of foundation courses are based on a number of criteria, including the age of the prior coursework, the grade earned, and other considerations determined by the faculty. Prior coursework must have been completed at a regionally accredited institution. Foundation course waivers are made at the discretion of the Graduate School of Business Administration and are recorded on the student’s degree plan.

Students requiring one or more of the foundation courses may also elect to take a waiver examination. Admitted students may request an outline, cost and other information on the internal waivers by emailing gsba@uccs.edu.

Students must earn a C grade or better in the foundation courses. As of Fall 2019, the grades for the foundation courses will not be included in the computation of the overall MBA GPA in the student’s degree audit.

MBA Degree Requirements


Credit Hours

To earn the Masters of Business Administration (MBA) there are two options:

  1. A General MBA (30 credits)
  2. A Specialized MBA (36 credits)

The General MBA without emphasis requires 30 credit hours for completion. The General MBA course work consists of:

  • 24 hours of core competency courses
  • 6 credit hours of business coursework 6000 level or above

The Masters of Business Administration (MBA) with a specialized area of emphasis consists of 36 credit hours of graduate (6000-level) coursework in the College of Business. The specialized MBA course work consists of:

  • 24 hours of core competency courses
  • 12 credit hours of specialized business elective courses (determined by area of emphasis/specialty)

Please note that students may be required to take up to three foundation courses (up to 9 credits) to help develop competencies to be successful in the MBA program.

Choice of Emphasis

Students may choose to complete an area of emphasis in Accounting, Cybersecurity Management, Finance, Health Care Administration, Innovation Management, International Business, Management, Marketing, Operations & Supply Chain Management, Project Management, Service Management or Sport Management.

MBA Launch Course:

STRT 6000 is the launch course for the MBA program. Students are required to register for STRT 6000 in their first semester of study or after the completion of their foundation courses. STRT 6000 may be taken concurrently with other 6000 level courses in the first semester. Students requiring permission to register for this class should contact the College of Business Graduate Advising Office at gsba@uccs.edu.

MBA Core Requirements (24 hours)


Core courses make up the heart of the MBA Program and cover areas that are directly applicable in today’s business world. The concepts in the following courses are critical problem solving and decision-making skills that will define and shape your Master of Business Administration degree. All students complete the 8 core courses as part of their MBA degree.

General MBA (6 credit hours)


The General MBA track is intended for students who need total flexibility in their MBA program.

Students choosing a General MBA will take 24 credit hours of MBA core courses, and 6 hours of 6000-level business courses based on individual educational goals and interests for a total of 30 credits.

A student may choose to enroll in the General MBA initially and then switch to an emphasis area before completing the program.

MBA Areas of Emphasis Requirements (12 credit hours)


Students may choose to pursue an MBA with one or more emphasis areas. An emphasis will provide extensive knowledge in a particular field. Students pursuing an emphasis area will acquire applicable skills toward a specific job or industry that fulfills student’s career-focused goals. 

Students choosing the MBA with an emphasis area will take 24 credit hours of MBA core courses, and 12 hours of 6000-level specialized business elective courses for a total of 36 credits. 

Students may pursue more than one emphasis area. Contact the Graduate School of Business Administration at GSBA@uccs.edu to add additional emphasis areas to your degree plan.

Accounting MBA (On Campus) -12 hours


The accounting area of emphasis prepares students for accounting positions available in various industries and institutions. Students may either seek employment in the corporate or governmental arena or opt to sit for the Certified Public Accountant (CPA) exam if they have an interest in public accounting. Students who intend to earn the CPA certificate should refer to the State of Colorado Board of Accountancy website for detailed information and exam requirements.

Students who choose an emphasis in Accounting will take 24 semester hours of MBA core courses and 12 semester hours of Accounting (ACCT) elective courses. Students who do not have an undergraduate accounting degree take an additional 15 semester hours of undergraduate coursework in accounting. A grade of C or higher must be earned in all coursework including undergraduate prerequisite classes.

Students with a non-accounting undergraduate degree also take:

Cybersecurity Management MBA (Online) - 12 hours


The Cybersecurity Management emphasis provides professionals with foundations in the fundamental business disciplines along with a comprehensive understanding of cybersecurity concepts and technologies. Data breaches and cyber threats create significant risks for organizations dependent on sensitive information. This area of emphasis will enhance students’ understanding of complexities involved with the adoption of security technologies, achieving regulatory compliance, and implementing cybersecurity programs to mitigate risks and secure information assets. Overall, the program will enable professionals to effectively govern cybersecurity in an organization.

Students who choose an emphasis in Cybersecurity Management will take 24 semester hours of MBA core courses and 12 semester hours of Cybersecurity Management elective courses.

Finance MBA (On Campus and Online) - 12 hours


All organizations, large and small, must effectively invest and manage their capital. The finance function is critical in both for-profit and not-for-profit organizations. Job opportunities exist for finance graduates in almost all industries including the financial services industry and positions within the finance area of corporations. Finance graduates manage capital for large organizations and their independent business units as well as small organizations.

Students who choose an emphasis in Finance will take 24 semester hours of MBA core courses, 9 semester hours of Finance (FNCE) elective courses, and 3 semester hours of MBA 6000-level elective courses for a total of 12 combined elective hours.

Health Care Administration MBA (Online) - 12 hours


The many changes in government laws and regulations, technology, societal needs and insurance plans have created a large need for administrative and business education for health care professionals.

Students who choose an emphasis in Health Care Administration will take 24 semester hours of MBA core courses and 12 semester hours of Health Care Administration elective courses.

Innovation Management MBA (On Campus and Online) - 12 hours


Innovation has become a critical driver of business success in today’s economy. Innovation can be defined as successfully implementing a new idea in an organization. An innovation can be based on new technology, but it can also simply be a new way of doing something. Innovation can take place anywhere - in new startup firms, established corporations, or nonprofit organizations. Students completing the Innovation Management emphasis will learn how to manage the process of innovation to create value in their organizations through new products, new processes, or new business models.

Students who choose an emphasis in Innovation Management will take 24 semester hours of MBA core courses, 9 semester hours of Innovation Management elective courses, and 3 hours of MBA 6000-level elective courses for a total of 12 combined elective hours.

International Business MBA (On Campus and Online) - 12 hours


An MBA with emphasis in International Business will prepare students to excel in the emerging field of International Business. This field of study is becoming more relevant and important as the global economy expands. Various opportunities for study abroad exist for MBA students. These are coordinated through the business advising office. Students are encouraged to take a foreign language to strengthen this area of emphasis.

Students who choose an emphasis in International Business will take 24 semester hours of MBA core courses, 9 semester hours of International Business elective courses, and 3 semester hours of MBA 6000-level elective courses for a total of 12 combined elective hours. 

Management MBA (On Campus and Online) - 12 hours


In today’s highly competitive global environment, a premium is placed on skilled managers who know how to motivate and lead people. This area of emphasis addresses these issues and other contemporary issues in management. Additionally, the changing roles of managers and leaders at management levels within the organization are explored. The Management emphasis also focuses on the development and maintenance of effective relationships between employers and employees.

Students who choose an emphasis in Management will take 24 semester hours of MBA core courses, 9 semester hours of Management elective courses, and 3 hours of MBA 6000-level elective courses for a total of 12 combined elective hours.

Marketing MBA (On Campus and Online) - 12 hours


An effective marketing program is necessary to the success of any business organization. Through the marketing efforts of a firm, products and services are designed and delivered that maximize customer satisfaction. Students choosing the marketing area of emphasis may find exciting careers in such diverse fields as product management, professional selling, customer support, advertising and marketing research. The marketing curriculum is designed to give the student hands on marketing experience through applied classes and projects.

Students who choose an emphasis in Marketing will take 24 semester hours of MBA core courses, 9 semester hours of Marketing (MKTG) elective courses, and 3 hours of MBA 6000-level elective courses for a total of 12 combined elective hours.

Operations & Supply Chain Management MBA (Online) - 12 hours


The Operations & Supply Chain Management emphasis area prepares students for managerial positions that design, manage and improve the business processes for manufacturing, services and public organizations. Graduates of the Operation & Supply Chain Management emphasis are equipped with skill sets for such positions as: Business Process Analyst, Strategic Procurement, Supply Chain Manager, Process Manager, Logistics Specialist, Quality Manager.

Students who choose an emphasis in Operations & Supply Chain Management will take 24 semester hours of MBA core courses, 9 semester hours of Operations & Supply Chain Management elective courses, and 3 hours of MBA 6000-level elective courses for a total of 12 combined elective hours.

Project Management MBA (Online) - 12 hours


The Project Management emphasis area prepares students to manage organizations which rely on projects for the achievement of goals. The courses focus on approaches that improve project performance from the perspective of project team members, project managers, or functional managers who rely on projects for implementing new practices and addressing organizational change. Graduates of the Project Management emphasis can pursue opportunities as project managers, project support managers, or traditional management careers as projects touch many aspects of organizational initiatives.

Students who choose an emphasis in Project Management will take 24 semester hours of MBA core courses, 9 semester hours of Project Management (OPTM) elective courses and 3 hours of MBA 6000-level electives courses for a total of 12 combined elective hours.

Service Management MBA (On Campus) - 12 hours


The Service Management emphasis area prepares students for leadership and management careers in hospitality, financial, medical as well as other services areas. This emphasis area takes a multi-disciplinary approach integrating service operations, human resource management, marketing, and strategy. 

Students who choose an emphasis in Service Management will take 24 semester hours of MBA core courses, and 12 semester hours in the required Services Management courses as listed below.

Sport Management MBA (8-Week/Online) - 12 hours


The Sport Management emphasis provides professionals with a strong business core focusing on leadership, strategic management, finance, and accounting together with a critical emphasis core addressing sport governance, sport development, sport marketing, revenue generation in sport, innovative organization behavior, sport law, and the ethical challenges in sport. The emphasis classes have been designed intentionally so that they are directly relevant to professionals who currently work in or have aspirations to work in Olympic and International Sport, professional sport, interscholastic and collegiate athletics, and youth sport and recreation. Ultimately, the aim of the program is to equip professionals with the key managerial tools that will enhance their ability to seek entry into or promotion within the sport industry.

Students who choose an emphasis in Sport Management will take 24 semester hours of MBA core courses and 12 semester hours of Sport Management elective courses including:

  • SPTM 6000 The Global Governance and Development of Sport
  • SPTM 6100 Sport Marketing and Revenue Generation
  • SPTM 6200 Innovation Management in Sport Organization
  • SPTM 6300 Legal and Ethical Challenges in Sport

Graduate Certificates (On Campus and Online) - 12 hours


The world of business is constantly evolving. Individuals frequently find themselves in new positions that require new skills to stay competitive as working professionals. Whether you already have a master’s degree and want to deepen your knowledge to apply to your job today or you are interested in just taking courses in a focused, relevant industry area, the Graduate Certificate program offered by the Graduate School of Business Administration UCCS may be the perfect solution for you.

The Graduate business certificates are available to students who have already completed a bachelor’s degree (not necessarily in a business field) at a regionally accredited institution and have demonstrated their admissibility to the graduate certificate program. Certificates are also available to students with a graduate degree from any field. The application process will vary based on the student’s academic background.

Students in the graduate certificate program are subject to the same Standards of Performance as all admitted Graduate students. The only exception is that certificate students may be placed on academic probation as soon as their cumulative GPA falls below a 3.0 regardless of the number of credit hours completed towards the certificate program. For additional information or an application for the certificate program, please contact the Graduate School of Business Administration or visit the Graduate Certificate website for additional information.

All business certificates are designed to work well as stand-alone programs, with the ability to stack your credits (up to 12 credits) toward the MBA Program (contingent on grades and time limitations). The curriculum can be completed in two years or less. Students may accelerate their completion time by taking a mix of campus and online classes. Online courses are asynchronous, allowing you to ‘attend’ class when it is convenient for you. Graduate business certificate courses are taught by full-time, doctoral qualified faculty at the University of Colorado, Colorado Springs.

Graduate certificates consist of 12 hours of coursework beyond any prerequisites. Certificates are available both on-campus and online, but all certificates may not be available in both formats. Certificates are offered in the following areas:

  • Accounting (Campus)
  • Cybersecurity Management (Online)
  • Finance (Campus and Online)
  • Health Care Administration (Online)
  • Innovation Management (Campus and Online)
  • International Business (Campus and Online)
  • Management (Campus and Online)
  • Marketing (Campus and Online)
  • Operations & Supply Chain Management (Online)
  • Project Management (Online)
  • Service Management (Campus)
  • Sport Management (Online)

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