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Take your career to the next level

A Master of Business Administration gives you the competitive edge to prepare for a wide range of career options with more opportunity for advancement and increased earning potential. 

The benefits of an MBA reach far beyond the business world. The program pairs well with careers in health care, government, education and nonprofit. Many students enter the MBA program with non-business degrees.

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Online-optional program

You can join actual MBA classes at SFA without setting foot on campus by using Zoom, or attend all or some of your MBA classes in person. Even individual courses can be taken partially on campus and partially via Zoom. Regardless of the approach you choose, it’s all the same degree.

MBA graduate program requirements

Our MBA program targets the essential business administration areas. A student can complete the program in one year with a carefully planned schedule, provided no leveling classes are required. Students with a non-business background are required to complete undergraduate courses in accounting, economics, finance, management, statistics and marketing.

Students with a non-business background

Entrance into the MBA program is open to all students holding a bachelor’s degree without regard to major. It is not necessary to have any previous business coursework to be admitted, however, leveling courses are required for students with a non-business background.

A complete list of courses and instructions on how to apply are available on the Graduate Bulletin.

All MBA students

  • All MBA students are required to complete 36 semester hours of graduate-level business courses.
    • 30 semester hours of core MBA courses
    • Six semester hours of approved business electives
  • All requirements must be completed within six years of graduate enrollment.
  • To remain in good standing, students must have a 3.0 GPA (B average) in all graduate work.
  • No Ds and no more than two Cs may be counted toward graduate degree requirements.
  • No more than two graduate classes may be repeated to improve the course grade.
    • The GPA may not be improved by retaking a course at another university.
  • When approved by the MBA Director, a student may transfer a maximum of 12 semester credit hours from an AACSB-accredited school.
  • To satisfy the university’s comprehensive exam requirement, a grade of B or better is required in the capstone MGMT 5317 course.

A complete list of courses and instructions on how to apply are available on the Graduate Bulletin.

Mapping out your path to a degree

Below is the listing of the planned course rotation for core MBA courses and business electives approved for the MBA program.

Keep in mind that schedules and offerings may change! Visit the dynamic class schedule to view available course offerings.

Planned course rotation

Core MBA courses

Our core MBA courses are offered either completely online or in a traditional face-to-face class with the option to attend via Zoom.

Course Number Course Name Fall Spring Summer
ACCT 5311 Accounting for Management F2F and Zoom -- --
BCOM 5320 Managerial Communication Online Online Online
BUSI 5350 Executive Leadership Online Online Online
BLAW 5347 Transnational Business Law F2F and Zoom -- --
ECON 5320 Managerial Economics F2F and Zoom -- --
FINC 5314 Advanced Financial Management -- F2F and Zoom --
MGMT 5317 Strategic Management -- F2F and Zoom --
MGMT 5371 Operations Management F2F and Zoom -- --
MGMT 5381 Info. Systems in Organizations -- F2F and Zoom --
MKTG 5313 Marketing Management -- F2F and Zoom --

Business electives approved for MBA program

This is not a comprehensive list of graduate-level electives and only reflects courses currently in the planned rotation.

Course Number Course Name Fall Spring Summer
BUSI 5357 Negotiation and Dispute Resolution -- F2F and Zoom --
FINC 5354 Portfolio Analysis in Capital Markets F2F and Zoom -- F2F and Zoom
MGMT 5373 Seminar in Human Resource Management -- -- F2F and Zoom
MGMT 5377 Organizational Behavior and Theory F2F and Zoom -- --

Graduate-level certifications that count toward an MBA

Beginning in fall 2023, the Rusche College of Business will offer two new certifications:

Each certification requires four courses. If you earn both certificates, you’re two-thirds of the way to an MBA.


Jason Reese, PhD
MBA Director and Associate Dean of Finance and Administration


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