2011-2012 Catalog 
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2011-2012 Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Master of Business Administration (MBA)

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The Master of Business Administration 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. All on-campus graduate level courses are scheduled during the evening hours to accommodate employed students.

 Residence and Distance Options

The Graduate School of Business Administration offers an MBA program delivered via two modes— residence (on-campus) and distance (online). Students may choose to complete their entire MBA program through either of the two modes or take a combination of on-campus and online courses. However, distance tuition differs from on campus tuition. Please contact the MBA Advising Office for more information.

 Evening MBA Program

The on-campus MBA is designed for students to complete their degree as a full-time or part-time student. 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 semester. In the fall or spring semesters, courses are offered from 4:30 to 7:05 p.m. or 7:15 to 9:50 p.m. and meet once a week. 


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 three basic indicators are used to evaluate candidates for admission:

 1. PRIOR ACADEMIC EXPERIENCE. A four-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.

 2. ADMISSION TEST. Applicants may submit scores from either the Graduate Management Admission Test (GMAT) or Graduate Record Examination (GRE). Results of other standardized graduate admission tests may be used with the approval of the MBA advising office. In some cases, the GMAT may be waived if the applicant has substantial business experience or holds an advanced degree (e.g. Master’s or higher).  Please contact the MBA Advising Office for more information

 3. EMPLOYMENT EXPERIENCE.  Of particular interest is the candidate’s progression of work. Recommendations from prior and current colleagues are optional. Though employment experience may be used to evaluate a candidate, it is not required.

Provisional and Senior Admits
Individuals may be admitted on a provisional status at the discretion of the admissions committee. If the terms of the provisional admittance are met, the student will be transferred to regular degree status. Students who do not meet the terms of the provisional admission are not eligible for admittance into the program. Seniors in this university who have satisfied the undergraduate residence requirements and who need no more than 6 semester hours of advanced subjects and 12 credit points to meet their requirements for an undergraduate degree may be admitted to the MBA program. They must meet regular admissions criteria and submit a completed application by the published deadline. They must complete their final undergraduate courses during their first semester as an MBA student.

Application Process and Deadlines
The application, GMAT or other test scores, two official transcripts (not student copies) from each post-secondary institution attended, a resume, a statement of interest, and the nonrefundable application fee should be submitted by April 1 for summer admission, by June 1 for fall admission, and by November 1 for spring admission.

See MBA Web site:  www.uccs.edu/mba for the online application or contact the MBA advising office by phone at 1-800-990-8227, ext. 3408, or by e-mail at mba@uccs.edu. The mailing address for supporting materials is as follows:

UCCS Graduate School of Business and Administration
1420 Austin Bluffs Parkway
Colorado Springs, CO 80918

MBA Academic Policies

Access to MBA 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 MBA advising office for more information.

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

MBA Completion Timeframe
Candidates for the MBA degree are expected to complete the degree within five years. If coursework is completed more than five years before the expected graduation date, the work will not be accepted for the degree unless it is validated by the Graduate School of Business Administration.

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 he or she has received a grade below C. Both the original grade and the grade for the repeated course count in the computation of the grade point average. 

Grade Point Average
No individual grade below a C will count towards MBA requirements. To be in good standing, students must have an overall grade point average of not less than 3.0 for all degree program course work attempted.

Probation and 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 less than 3.0 in MBA course work will be placed on probation immediately. In general, students will not be placed on probation until a minimum of nine semester hours has been completed. After a student has been placed on probation, the student has a maximum of one calendar year to raise his or her grade point average to 3.0. Courses taken to raise the cumulative grade point average must be applicable 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 period 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 an MBA 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 MBA student is eligible to petition for readmission after one calendar year.

Transfer Policy
A maximum of 6 semester hours of appropriate course work from another AACSB accredited graduate program may be considered for transfer to the degree program. Transfer work may be no older than 5 years at the time of graduation from the MBA program.

Graduate Internships
At the graduate level, internships are 1-3 credit hours, pass/fail only and may be used as business elective credit or as area of emphasis credit with prior approval from the department. Internships are approved through an application process, which can be obtained through the Internship and Career & Placement Center. Students must apply prior to beginning their internship duties and should register for credit during the semester in which the internship is being completed. A maximum of 6 credit hours of internship may be applied to a business degree.

MBA Academic Advising
Each graduate student must meet with an MBA advisor during the student’s first term of attendance to prepare a degree plan. Distance MBA students will have a degree plan emailed to them, which must be signed and returned to the MBA advising office.  The foundation courses which the student must complete (if any), and the student’s area of emphasis will be discussed at that time.

MBA Graduation Requirements

Graduation Audit
A graduation audit is required for all students one semester prior to the semester of expected graduation. When the audit is complete, the student will receive a letter of notification in the mail, along with a diploma card, an Application for Admission to Candidacy form, and a survey. The graduation audit is not complete until the diploma card, Application for Candidacy form, and the survey have been completed and returned to the MBA office. Failure to request an audit or failure to return completed audit documents in a timely manner may delay a student’s graduation.

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.


MBA 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, which are open only to admitted MBA degree students, may be waived on a course-by-course basis with prior academic course work or successful scores on designated achievement tests.

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 course work must consult with an MBA advisor. Waivers of foundation courses are based on a number of criteria, including the age of the prior course work, the grade earned, and other considerations determined by the faculty. Prior course work must have been completed at an 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.


MBA Degree Requirements

Credit Hours

In addition to any foundation courses which may be required (see previous section), students must complete a minimum of 36 semester hours of coursework for the MBA degree. This course work consists of 21 hours of core competency courses and 15 hours of elective courses. With the 15 elective hours, students may choose to earn a general MBA or choose to concentrate in a functional or interdisciplinary area of emphasis as listed below.

Choice of Emphasis

Students may choose to complete an area of emphasis through the campus program in Accounting, Finance, International Business, Management, Marketing, Operations Management, Service Management, or Technology Management.  Students may choose to complete an area of emphasis through the distance program in Finance, Health Care Administration, International Business, Management, Marketing, Project Management, Space Systems Management or Technology Management.

MBA Electives (15 hours)

Electives may be selected from any Area of Emphasis, providing any prerequisites have been met.

MBA Areas of Emphasis Requirements

Students may choose to receive a general MBA or decide to specialize in a functional or interdisciplinary area of emphasis as listed below. Note: Health Care Administration, Project Management, and Space Systems Management are only offered through the distance mode.

Accounting MBA—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 area in Accounting will take 21 semester hours of MBA core courses, 12 semester hours of Accounting (ACCT) elective courses, and 3 semester hours of MBA 6000-level elective courses. Students who do not have an undergraduate accounting degree take an additional 15 semester hours of undergraduate course work in accounting.


Those graduate students who are preparing for a career as a CPA should read the legal requirements and recommendations for becoming certified in Colorado and other states as described in the undergraduate section AREA OF EMPHASIS in Accounting for the CPA track in this Catalog.


Finance MBA—9 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 for small organizations.

Students who choose an area in Finance will take 21 semester hours of MBA core courses, 9 semester hours of Finance (FNCE) elective courses, and 6 semester hours of MBA 6000-level elective courses.

General MBA

A General MBA allows the student to select 15 hours of 6000-level business elective courses based on the individual’s particular interests and objectives.


Health Care Administration MBA—12 hours

Health Care Administration is only offered through the distance mode of delivery. Refer to the Distance MBA Program  for course requirements.


International Business MBA—9 hours

An emphasis in International Business will prepare students to excel in the field of international business. This field of study is becoming more relevant and important as the global economy expands. Students are encouraged to take a foreign language to strengthen this area of emphasis.

Students who choose an area in International Business will take 21 semester hours of MBA core courses, 9 semester hours of the required International Business elective courses, and 6 semester hours of MBA 6000-level elective courses.


*INTB 6990 is taken through the Distance MBA Program.


Management MBA—9 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 area in Management will take 21 semester hours of MBA core courses and 9 semester hours of Management (MGMT) elective courses and 6 hours of MBA 6000-level elective courses.

Marketing MBA—9 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 area in Marketing will take 21 semester hours of MBA core courses, 9 semester hours of Marketing (MKTG) elective courses and 6 hours of MBA 6000-level elective courses.

Operations Management MBA– 9 hours

Both tangible products and services require effective process technology management. In the past few decades, changes have revolutionized how products are manufactured. Quality management has become a major focus of most contemporary manufacturing organizations. Students completing this emphasis will be prepared to seek positions in manufacturing in virtually all industries.

Students who choose an area in Operations Management will take 21 semester hours of MBA core courses, 9 semester hours of the allowable Operations Management elective courses, and 6 hours of MBA 6000-level elective courses.

Project Management MBA—12 hours

Project Management is only offered through the distance mode of delivery. Refer to the Distance MBA Program  for course requirements.


Service Management MBA—9 hours

Service industries are expected to continue to grow at a rapid rate in the 21st century. The service management emphasis is taught in an interdisciplinary fashion which allows students to explore several different areas within the firm. This enables students to better understand how to manage a service organization properly.

Students who choose an area in Service Management will take 21 semester hours of MBA core courses, 9 semester hours in the required Services Management courses, and 6 hours of MBA 6000-level elective courses.

Space Systems Management MBA—15 hours

Space Systems Management is only offered through the distance mode of delivery. Refer to the Distance MBA Program  for course requirements.


Innovation Management MBA—9 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 area in Innovation Management will take 21 semester hours of MBA core courses, 9 semester hours of the allowable Innovation Management elective courses, and 6 hours of MBA 6000-level elective courses.

Graduate Certificates

Graduate 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 MBA students. For additional information or an application for the certificate program, please contact the MBA advising office, or see the Web site: www.uccs.edu/mba.

Graduate certificates consist of 12–15 hours of course work beyond any prerequisites. Certificates are offered in accounting, business administration, finance, health care administration, innovation management, international business, management, marketing, operations management, project management, service management, and space systems management. Certificates are available both on campus and online, but all certificates may not be available in both formats.

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