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  • Master of Business Administration
    4+1 Format

    The 4+1 Format is designed to enable students to earn a bachelor's degree in any academic discipline and a master's degree in Business Administration in approximately five, full-time, years of study. This format is specifically designed for high-achieving undergraduate students.

    This unique program offers students the advantages of a liberal arts and business education while developing graduates who can think analytically, lead ethically, and communicate effectively.

    Admission Requirements

    Admission policies and procedures for all graduate academic programs of Ohio Dominican University are the responsibility of the Graduate Curriculum and Academic Policies Committee (GCAP). Admission to the program is the decision of the Program Director and the Master of Education Graduate Admissions Committee who review and evaluate all applications. In the case of applicants who do not satisfy the general requirements for admission to the program, the program faculty will decide on the merit of such cases.

    Provisional admission requirements:

    • Earned GPA of 3.0 or higher in a student's required undergraduate business courses - accounting, economics, finance, statistics.
    • Completed graduate school application submitted during a student's sophomore or junior year at ODU. Early application and admission will help ensure a 5-year time to completion. 
    • Official transcripts received directly from all post-secondary institutions attended. Official transcripts from international institutions must be forwarded to World Education Series for evaluation. 
    • International students must submit a TOEFL score of 550 or equivalent electronic score if applicable (if English is a second language). They must also contact the Director, ODU International Office, for other necessary information.

    Conversion from provisional to admitted status

    • Students admitted provisionally during their sophomore or junior year will achieve formal and full program admission following the completion of their junior year assuming that they have earned a GPA of 3.0 or higher in their required undergraduate business courses - accounting, economics, finance, statistics. Formal admission will permit undergraduate senior level students to take the 500 level graduate bridge courses during their senior year.

    Entry into 600-level MBA Core courses

    • Students must have completed the eight undergraduate courses listed below and have earned an undergraduate degree. The courses are already part of the curriculum for most business discipline majors. Non-Business majors must complete the Minor in Business Administration.

    The courses are:  

    ACT 210 Accounting for Financial Decision Making 
    ACT 220 Accounting for Managerial Decision Making
    BUS 220 Principles of Marketing 
    BUS 240 Management & Organizational Behavior 
    BUS 325 Managerial Finance
    ECN 207 Principles of Microeconomics
    ECN 208 Principles of Macroeconomics
    MTH 140 Introduction to Statistics

    Students admitted to the MBA 4+1 Program may take four graduate-level courses (16 credit hours) during their senior year. These 500-level graduate courses will be counted as undergraduate credit and meet undergraduate elective requirements as well as graduate program requirements. To qualify for graduate credit, students must earn a grade of B or better in these courses. Students who successfully complete all undergraduate requirements will graduate with a bachelor's degree at the end of their fourth year.

    Graduation Requirements

    • Students must complete all required courses (36 semester hours).
    • Students must have a Grade Point Average of 3.000 or higher.
    • Students must complete their program within seven (7) years of acceptance.

    Course Progression

    Courses Credits
    Senior Year Courses (Graduate Level - Undergraduate Credit)     

    These are graduate courses to be taken during a student's senior year. These courses are intended to count as hours toward the MBA, but simultaneously may be used as undergraduate elective hours. Additionally, these courses may be taken on an elective basis (up to a total of six semester hours) by other (non-MBA) undergraduate business majors under certain conditions (space available, senior status, required GPA, course prerequisites met, and approval of the Program Director). If taken as an undergraduate, these courses are considered graduate courses; however, the credit will be considered undergraduate credit.  

    MBA 540 Management of Information Systems 
    MBA 550 Global Business and Trade Issues 
    MBA 560 Ethics and Social Responsibility  3
    MBA 570 Quantitative Business Analysis 3
    5th Year Courses (Graduate Level)   
    MBA 610 Organizational Behavior 3
    MBA 620 Marketing Management 3
    MBA 640 Managerial Economics 3
    MBA 690 MBA Capstone Learning Experience 3
    Choose one: 3
    MBA 630 Accounting for Managers  
    MBA 635 Accounting for Governmental & Nonprofit Organization 
                (for those completing concentration in Public Administration)
    Choose one: 3
    MBA 650 Managerial Finance  
    MBA 655 Public Budgeting and Finance 
                (for those completing concentration in Public Administration)
    Complete any TWO additional MBA courses OR one of the following concentrations: 6
    The Leadership Concentration in the MBA Program is designed to enhance the learner’s leadership effectiveness. Students will study leadership concepts, analyze leadership situations, and assess their own skill set to develop a professional development plan in the area of leadership. The concentration is formatted to allow the student to select courses that address contemporary topics in leadership with the focus on building and growing their skill set in the areas of critical thinking, analysis, reasoning, judgment and application of the concepts studied.

    Select six credits from the following courses:
    MBA 622 Conflict Management & Negotiation Strategies for Leaders (3 credit hours)
    MBA 624 Advanced Readings and Practices in Leadership (3 credit hours)
    MBA 725 Leadership and Change Management (3 credit hours)
    The Public Administration Concentration in the MBA Program is designed to support the effective development of aspiring governmental managers and senior governmental leaders. The concentration focuses on strategic management and leadership as well as management issues related to improving organizational performance. The concentration retains the strong MBA core course sequence while substituting four courses specifically designed for those wishing to expand their capacity to practicing public administrators as well as those seeking entry into public administration.

    Complete the following courses:
    MBA 554 Public Administration (3 credit hours)
    MBA 657 Public Policy (3 credit hours)

    Students cannot complete both the MBA with a Public Administration concentration and the Graduate Certificate in Public Administration.
    The Accounting Concentration in the MBA Program can help give students a professional advantage in one of today’s fastest-growing business fields. Whether students are looking for a way to enter the world of accounting or are currently an accounting professional seeking to open doors to new career options and enhance their sill set, the concentration will help make credentials stand out. It focuses on skills and knowledge directly relevant to the workplace and the courses are taught by faculty with demonstrated professional expertise and leadership in accounting. This program was developed for students with an undergraduate degree in accounting, although non-accounting majors could benefit from the concentration.

    Select six credits from the following courses:
    MBA 635 Accounting for Governmental and Nonprofit Organizations (3 credits)
    MBA 636 Financial Statement Analysis (3 credit hours)
    MBA 638 Contemporary Issues in Accounting (3 credit hours)
    Total Credits Required 36