University of Vermont

2011-12 Online Catalogue

Business Administration (Master of Business Administration)


Management is the art of applying principles of the mathematical and social sciences to decision making in an organizational environment characterized by uncertainty and limited resources. The program is designed (1) to develop the individual's ability to practice the art and (2) to build a foundation that will facilitate and encourage the continuation of this development beyond a formal university setting. Courses in the program emphasize the understanding and critical evaluation of conceptual and theoretical principles relevant to the decision process in the functional areas of business.

Upon completion of the program, students will have been exposed to each functional area, will have been required to demonstrate an ability to engage in individual and group research projects, and will have demonstrated capacity to present coherently and defend their views orally and in writing.

The MBA program is accredited by AACSB Link out of catalogue site. - The Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business.

Specific Requirements

Requirements for Admission to Graduate Studies and for Advancement to Candidacy for the Degree of Master of Business Administration

The MBA program consists of prerequisite (basic skills), Core, and Advanced (beyond the core) courses. A student can be admitted to the Graduate College before completion of prerequisite courses, but all prerequisites must be completed before the student is admitted to candidacy for the MBA degree.

All applicants must meet the general requirements for admission to the Graduate College. In addition to transcripts of prior undergraduate and graduate work, the applicant is required to submit scores on the GMAT, the Graduate Management Admission Test. Scores from alternative tests, such as the GRE, are also acceptable. Students are selected for admission based on high promise of academic achievement in the MBA program. That promise will be judged by previous academic work, test scores, relevant work experience, writing ability, and recommendations. Accepted students are also expected to be fluent in the Microsoft Office Professional group of applications. They may obtain this through course instruction, work experience or self-instruction.

Minimum Degree Requirements

Students must complete all of the courses listed. Each prerequisite course normally will be satisfied by completion of an appropriate three credit undergraduate level course. Prerequisite courses must be completed before enrollment in Core courses. Enrollment in Advanced courses is restricted to students who have completed the appropriate Core course in that functional area.

Prerequisite Courses
  1. Macroeconomic Principles
  2. Microeconomic Principles
  3. Differential Calculus
  4. Statistics
Core Courses (eighteen credits)
  1. BSAD 305 Fundamentals of Marketing Management
  2. BSAD 306 Fundamentals of Accounting
  3. BSAD 307 Organization and Management Studies
  4. BSAD 308 Corporate Finance
  5. BSAD 309 Fundamentals of Legal Environment of Business
  6. BSAD 340 Production and Operations Management
Advanced Courses (thirty credits)

(Of the thirty credits in this category, at least eighteen must be in 300-level courses.)

  1. Functional Area Courses (one selected from each area):
    1. Accounting and Finance (BSAD 260, BSAD 261, BSAD 262, BSAD 263, BSAD 264, BSAD 266, BSAD 267, BSAD 268, BSAD 282, BSAD 285, BSAD 360, BSAD 365, BSAD 380, Special Topics)
    2. Economic and Political Environment (Special Topics)
    3. Human Resources Management (BSAD 222, BSAD 226, BSAD 331, BSAD 375, BSAD 376, BSAD 379, Special Topics)
    4. Marketing (BSAD 251, BSAD 252, BSAD 258, BSAD 352, Special Topics)
    5. Management Information Systems (BSAD 345, Special Topics)
    6. Production and Operations Management and Quantitative Methods (BSAD 270, BSAD 293, Special Topics)
  2. Electives: Nine credits of graduate business courses
  3. BSAD 396 Business Policy

A normal course load for full-time students is twelve credits per semester. Part-time students typically take six credits per semester. Substantially all Core courses must be completed before enrollment in Advanced courses. Business Policy will be taken during the student's last semester in the MBA program. Successful completion of the BSAD 396 course will be considered as fulfilling the Graduate College requirement that all master's degree students pass a comprehensive examination in their field of specialization.

Students who have received undergraduate degrees in business within the past five years from schools accredited by the AACSB are allowed to waive the Core courses and may complete the program in one year by taking fifteen credits of course work per semester. Other students with academic or career experience covering material in particular Core courses may waive such courses upon successful completion of qualifying examinations.


Course Sequencing

For full-time students needing to complete all Core (eighteen credits) and Advanced (thirty credits) courses, the usual sequencing of courses is as follows:

  • First Year - Fall Semester
  • First Year - Spring Semester
  • Second Year - Fall Semester
    • 2 Functional Area Courses
    • 2 Elective Courses
  • Second Year - Spring Semester
    • 2 Functional Area Courses
    • Elective Course
    • BSAD 396

For full-time students needing to complete only the Advanced (thirty credits) courses, a typical course sequencing is as follows:

  • Fall Semester
    • 3 Functional Area Courses
    • 2 Elective Courses
  • Spring Semester
    • 3 Functional Area Courses
    • Elective Course
    • BSAD 396

As an alternative, some students may choose to complete two Advanced courses during the summer session (if available, since summer offerings are limited) in order to reduce their regular semester program to twelve credits.



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