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Graduate Catalog 2015-16


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The Master of Business Administration (MBA) degree is designed to develop the professional capabilities of managers working in business. The central objective of the curriculum is to enhance quality and innovation in the analysis, interpretation, and use of information for formulating, communicating and implementing managerial decisions in business organizations.  The ethical management of resources in a global environment is emphasized through the curriculum.  Students completing the program should be prepared to engage in managerial careers leading to advancement through middle and upper level positions in business and not-for-profit organizations.  Required courses in quantitative analysis, decision making and negotiation will sharpen the ability of students to apply models and skills and integrate knowledge across disciplinary areas.  Students will be exposed to disciplinary knowledge in accounting, information systems, economics, finance, marketing, management, and production.  Students can select a specialization in management information systems, a specialization in business analytics, a specialization in project management, or four elective courses that will fit their specific career objectives.

Courses are offered in eight week formats.  Evening hybrid/blended courses meet once a week for eight weeks.  Online courses are for a period of eight weeks with some face-to-face meetings that are specific to each course.  Students should consult CougarNet to obtain meeting dates and times for each course in which they enroll.


Applicants to the Master of Business Administration program should complete the following steps: apply for admission to the Graduate School, send appropriate support material, (e.g., official transcripts,) and take the Graduate Management Admission Test (GMAT).  Applicants who hold a PhD, MD, or the equivalent in a recognized field from an accredited university need not submit a GMAT score.  Applicants with a 3.5 or better GPA in undergraduate business degrees from AACSB-accredited business programs can waive the GMAT/GRE requirement. International students must also earn a minimum score of 550 on the paper-based TOEFL or 213 on the computer-based TOEFL.

Admission to the MBA program is based on a variety of factors including undergraduate grade point average, overall score on the GMAT and its parts (Verbal, Quantitative, and Analytical Writing), and previous work in other graduate programs. At least two years of work experience is recommended for students entering the MBA program. Students recently admitted to the MBA program have had, on the average, a cumulative undergraduate grade point average (UGPA) of 3.2 (A= 4.0) and an overall GMAT score of approximately 520.

Students who are admitted to and pursuing a PharmD degree at SIUE and who wish to apply to the MBA program at SIUE may submit an application to the Graduate School for review once they have earned the equivalent of 106 semester hours. A currently enrolled SIUE PharmD student, upon approval of the MBA Program Director, will be allowed to enroll in a maximum total of six credits of graduate level business course work until the student has earned the equivalent of 124 semester hours, at which time the student would be allowed to enroll in further courses toward the MBA program. Currently enrolled SIUE PharmD students may submit a recent official PCAT exam result for consideration of waiving the GMAT exam; minimum composite, verbal, and quantitative scores on the PCAT are required for a GMAT waiver to be granted.

Students who were not admitted may appeal. These appeals are handled by the MBA program director. Students seeking an exception are required to provide the program director with evidence supporting the reason such an exception should be granted. The program director's decision regarding the appeal is final.

Unclassified Status

An applicant with an undergraduate grade point average of 2.8 or higher may be permitted to enroll in classes for one term as an unclassified student prior to taking the GMAT. In most cases, no more than 6 credit hours of course work can be taken prior to receipt of the scores by the School of Business Student Services Office.

Entry Competencies

Students are expected to enter the program with competencies in computer software and statistics. Students without a background in statistics will be required to demonstrate proficiency in statistics with either a proficiency exam or by satisfactory completion of MS 251 or an equivalent course of study. Students without background course work in computer software are encouraged to complete the equivalent of CMIS 108. Completion of MS 251 or CMIS 108 will not earn academic credit in the MBA program.


Students must maintain a cumulative GPA of 3.0 in their MBA courses. Students who fall below this minimum will be placed on academic probation and referred to the Associate Dean for Academic Affairs. If the student is permitted to continue in the program, the conditions for continuance will be put in writing and communicated to the student. The full MBA retention policy can be found at; copies are also available through Business Student Services. In addition, students must have a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher in order to receive their degree.


MBA Program Courses

The following ten courses are required for the completion of the MBA program. In addition to the program courses which comprise 30 credit hours, four elective courses or a specified concentration are required for a total of 42 credit hours to complete the MBA degree requirements.

The MBA program courses are:

ACCT 524 - Accounting for MBAs

CMIS 526 - Information Systems and Technology

ECON 528 - Managerial Economics

FIN 527 - Corporate Finance

MBA 521 - Quantitative Analysis

MBA 522 - Decision Making in Organizations

MBA 523 - Negotiation & Interpersonal Skills for Managers

MBA 534 - Strategic Management

MKTG 525 - Marketing Analysis and Applications for Managerial Decision Making

PROD 529 - Operations Management and Process Analysis

Each student must take a total of 12 hours (4 courses) of electives or a specialization. Elective courses can be taken in any of the following departments: accounting, economics and finance, management and marketing, and computer management and information systems. Electives may also be chosen from the courses offered by departments in other schools with the advance approval of the MBA program director. Such courses, however, must be related to the student's career objectives. No more than six hours of 400-level course work may be used to satisfy MBA degree requirements.

A student may elect to write a thesis for not less than 3 nor more than 6 hours of credit. Thesis hours are counted as elective hours. The thesis must be defended before the candidate's advisory committee.


In addition to completing the course work, students must also satisfy a comprehensive examination requirement by earning a grade of B or above in MBA 534. Students who earn a grade below B will be given a second opportunity to complete the course in a satisfactory manner. Performance of individuals who fail to earn a B or above in the second attempt will be reviewed by two additional members of the School of Business Curriculum Committee who may recommend that the student be dropped from the program or, in rare instances, be permitted a third attempt to earn a grade of B or above under another instructor.



Students may choose to pursue an MBA degree with a specialization in project management.  This specialization equips future business leaders with an understanding of the fundamentals of project management and exposes them to areas of key interest to project managers such as project risk, procurement, quality management, and change management.  Course work addresses many of the concepts covered in the project management certification exam that is administered by the Project Management Institute.

The course work in the specialization balances theoretical concepts with applied exercises and cases.  Students have the opportunity to apply project management concepts and processes in a “live” project.  These experiences enable the student that specializes in project management to emerge with a much better understanding of the dynamics and challenges associated with projects, as well as effective practices for managing them.

In addition to the MBA foundation and core requirements, students choosing the project management specialization must complete twelve credit hours.  The following four courses are required:

CMIS 540-3 Project Management Fundamentals and Best Practices

CMIS/MGMT 535-3 Project Management Standard Processes

CMIS/MGMT 536-1.5 Procurement Management in Projects

CMIS/MGMT 537-1.5 Project Risk Management

And, students must complete one of the following courses:

MGMT 551-3 Managing Organizational Change and Innovation or

MGMT 553-3 Seminar in Quality and Performance Management

CMIS 548-3 Program and Project Portfolio Management



Students may choose to pursue an MBA degree with a specialization in management information systems (MIS). The MBA/MIS specialization is an advanced professional degree that combines management skills with the study of information systems analysis and design. The program is designed to develop the student's ability to formulate and

implement management information systems that will promote the achievement of the goals and objectives of the organization. Emphasis is placed upon the theory of information systems analysis and the modeling of the decision-making process in designing effective information systems.

Through the choice of elective courses in the MIS emphasis area, students can combine the study of management information systems with application to a specific discipline. Courses within the program are modified frequently to keep pace with changes in employer expectations and developments in information systems. Students who complete this degree are qualified for positions such as advanced systems analysts, supervisors of computer and data processing centers, and managers of information centers.

Program content balances theory with applications through case studies and projects that emphasize the effectiveness of organizational information systems in achieving the objectives for which the systems are designed. Factors such as the organizational structure and information requirements are studied within the context of ethical, economic, and socio-technical factors that affect the design of systems.

Some of the elective courses assume that students have an appropriate undergraduate computing background or comparable business experience in the computing field. Students are responsible for ensuring that their background is appropriate to the electives selected through consultation with School of Business advisers.

The specialization is comprised of five electives from any CMIS course listed in the graduate catalog. CMIS 526 can be used as one of the electives for MBA students. No more than two of the courses selected may be at the 400-level.



Students may choose a specialization in business analytics as preparation for a career that requires knowledge of business analysis, competitive intelligence, and information security.  To complete the specialization in Business Analytics, MBA students must complete the ten program courses plus the following specialization courses (prerequisites for these courses must be met prior to enrollment in the course):

MBA 521 – Quantitative Methods (3)
CMIS 526 – Information Fundamentals (3)
Two electives selected from MKTG 560, MKTG 562, MKTG 595, ECON 581, FIN 541, CMIS 564, or ACCT 565
CMIS 567 – Business Analytics Capstone (3)

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