Business Administration

 

Master | Business Administration

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Entrance Exam: GRE, GMAT, MAT

Our AACSB International-accredited program is a powerful, affordable investment in your future that can be tailored to fit your lifestyle. Login to classes when and where you like and complete the entire program online, with the option to take face-to-face courses in Raleigh or Research Triangle Park (RTP) if you’d prefer the best of both worlds.

The Jenkins Professional Online MBA Experience 

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Taught by our same award-winning faculty as our on-site classes, our Top-ranked Professional Online MBA is one of the best values in management education today. And, we have built in optimal flexibility:

  • Students can select from an Accelerated or Flexible program to earn their degree in as little as 21 months or up to six years.
  • Our online program can be started in either the fall or spring semester depending on what best fits your academic goals and schedule.
  • Online courses can be completed at a location and time convenient to you within the deadlines set by each professor.
  • Two required 3-day residencies on NC State’s main campus in Raleigh, NC. Active duty military may waive this residency requirement and replace with other elective courses.

Our Professional Online MBA offers only the best, proven technologies to help connect you with your professors, guest speakers and fellow students. Primarily asynchronous, online courses are taught through podcasts, video and online presentations, and you will work with virtual teams for discussions and group projects. Professors keep office hours through a virtual collaborative space, phone, email and online chat.

ADMISSIONS REQUIREMENTS

Admission to the MBA program is highly competitive. Successful applicants demonstrate:

  • Strong intellectual performance and academic promise, evidenced by previous undergraduate and graduate work as well as GMAT or GRE scores;
  • An employment history demonstrating management potential through full-time work, volunteer, or military experiences;
  • Leadership skills, maturity, creativity, initiative and teamwork orientation;
  • A desire and willingness to learn about technology and the management challenges it creates.
  • Please be aware that admissions decisions are based on a combination of the factors outlined above. Although GPA and GMAT/GRE are important factors, high scores in either or both of these areas does not guarantee admission.

Prerequisites for Admission:

  • A bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited college or university;
  • One course in statistics prior to matriculation with a grade of C or higher;
  • Two years of full-time, post-baccalaureate professional employment.

Students are admitted to the program twice a year, for Fall and Spring semesters. An application check of required materials, upcoming admission deadlines and events, as well as information about GMAT/GRE waivers is available on the MBA Admissions webpage (https://mba.ncsu.edu/admissions/qualifications/). 

 

PLAN OF STUDY

Our 40-credit hour Professional Online MBA program offers the utmost flexibility in an MBA program. You may earn a top-ranked MBA on your own time from anywhere in the world.

Top-ranked Online MBA

Students take an integrated core curriculum, with a focus on technology, business processes, and practical applications in a collaborative online learning environment.

Through a mix of coursework, virtual simulations and team-based projects, students connect with a supportive community of peers and faculty, forming a network with lifelong benefits.

The NC State Jenkins Professional Online MBA program is taught using mainly asynchronous methods with some synchronous methods. This means that students can complete the course requirements at a time and location convenient to them, within the deadlines set by each professor.

Students access courses through WolfWare, NC State’s online learning management system featuring educational tools such as Moodle and Blackboard Collaborate, streaming video files, and discussion boards.

Students have access to the same resources as our on-campus students, including the Jenkins Career Management Center and excellent technical support through the NC State DELTA Department.

For every hour spent in the virtual classroom, students typically spend two to three hours outside of class studying and working in teams.

The Jenkins MBA announced significant academic updates for students entering the program for the fall 2016 or thereafter. You can review the updates here.

Areas of Emphasis

Want your MBA to elevate your marketing management skills? Interested in pairing your current background in technology with business?

Professional Online MBA students do not declare a concentration but do complete a Depth Requirement, comprised of 6 credit hours of study in a particular business area. These mirror our concentration areas for Full-time MBA students.

Students have ample opportunity to customize their MBA through 9 hours of elective courses– above and beyond the depth, practicum and analytical requirements — in the 40-credit hour program.

Accelerated Path

Students can select from an Accelerated or Flexible program to earn their degree in as little as 21 months or up to six years.

The accelerated path (21 months to graduation) was developed specifically for Professional Online MBA students who value time to degree completion above all other factors.

Students on the accelerated path are not typically able to complete an area of emphasis, and it is likely that you will have to complete an international course or a course outside of your home campus (RTP, Main Campus or online) in order to complete graduation requirements in 21 months.

CAREER PROSPECTS

The NC State Jenkins MBA Career Resources staff is committed to helping you take a proactive approach to launching your career. On your behalf, we are continually building relationships with companies seeking graduates in the areas of expertise that correspond to your education.

Whether you attend MBA classes in the Evening or Online, the Jenkins Career Management Center (CMC) understands career management needs for working professionals are unique and varied. Our flexible format, customized approach and commitment to all Jenkins MBA students are directly tied to your career success.

Core Courses

MBA 501 - Financial Accounting for Decision Makers

Units: 1

Methods used by accountants record to economic events such as operating, investing, and financing activities, in the income statement, balance sheet, and statement of cash flows. Analysis of financial statements and disclosures. Impact of accounting standards and managerial incentives on the financial reporting process. Restricted to MBA students.

Offered in Fall Spring Summer

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MBA 502 - Managerial Accounting for Decision Makers

Units: 1

Foundational knowledge in managerial accounting for decision making. Internal uses of accounting information for decision making within the organization. Identification of revenue and cost information to conduct break-even analyses, assign product costs, complete operational budgets, assess performance, and complete other management decision-making processes. Restricted to MBA students.

Offered in Fall Spring Summer

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MBA 505 - Essential Economics for Managers

Units: 2

Survey of economic concepts applied to management decisions. Competition. Market power. The firm, production, and cost. Pricing practices. Output. Market success. Market failure. Restricted to MBA students.

Offered in Fall and Spring

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MBA 506 - Data-Driven Managerial Decisions 1

Units: 1

Business cases and problems where data analysis is part of the decision-making process. Applications to finance, management, marketing, and operations. Proficiency in Excel methods commonly used in management. Completion of a project where students follow a business problem from formulation to solution using data analysis. Restricted to MBA students.

Offered in Fall Spring Summer

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MBA 507 - Data-Driven Managerial Decisions 2

Units: 1

Continuation of a series of business cases and problems where data analysis is part of the decision making process. Estimation of linear relationships among variables, with applications to finance, management, marketing, and operations. Proficiency with Excel methods commonly used for estimation. Completion of a project where students follow a business problem from formulation to solution using the methods covered the course. Restricted to MBA students.

Offered in Fall Spring Summer

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MBA 510 - Critical Thinking for Managers

Units: 1

Structure for critically analyzing and evaluating an issue, claim, text, or speech from a management perspective. Systematic analysis and evaluation of information, concepts, and ideas in order to identify underlying assumptions, purposes, and questions. Synthesis of this knowledge to logically form conclusions and recognize implications. Communication of arguments and beliefs and recognition of common language barriers in the written and spoken word. For online sections, must be enrolled in MBA program.

Offered in Fall Spring Summer

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MBA 520 - Financial Management of Corporations

Units: 2

Financial decision making at profit-motivated businesses: decisions about what to produce and how and decisions about how to finance the assets needed for production. Cash as the basis of asset valuation. Capital budgeting decisions under certainty and uncertainty. Capital market theory. Cost of capital. Bond and stock valuation. Restricted to MBA students.

Offered in Fall Spring Summer

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MBA 530 - People Management

Units: 3

Fundamental principles of organizational behavior and leadership. Individuals, teams and organizations. Staffing, performance management, and incentives. Leadership and influence. Organizational culture. Ethical issues in organizations. Restricted to MBA students.

MBA 540 - Principles of Operations and Supply Chain Management

Units: 2

Design and management of operations and supply chains. Analysis of strategies, processes, planning and control, and advanced techniques using a variety of managerial frameworks and quantitative tools. Restricted to MBA students.

Offered in Fall and Spring

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MBA 560 - Marketing Management and Strategy

Units: 2

Market segmentation, targeting, and positioning. Channels of distribution, promotion strategy, product development strategy, and pricing strategy. Relationship marketing and marketing strategy. Applications in high-tech environments. Restricted to MBA students.

Offered in Fall Spring Summer

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MBA 580 - Creating Value in Organizations

Units: 3

Process-based approach to creating high value in existing organizations by understanding strategy formulation and implementation. The approach also will reapplied to entrepreneurs in new venture startups as well as organizations managing innovation and technology changes. Emphasis is placed on learning by applying these processes to existing organizations through strategic management and to new business startups through entrepreneurship. Restricted to MBA students.

Offered in Fall Spring Summer

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MBA 610 - Special Topics in Business Administration

Units: 1 - 6

Special topics course dealing with issues not covered in regularly scheduled courses. Restricted to MBA students.

Elective Courses

MBA 511 - Data Security and Privacy

Units: 3

Data security and privacy necessary for today?s business environment. Common vulnerabilities, securing data, encryption, policies, privacy management, standards, and compliance.

Offered in Fall and Spring

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MBA 515 - Enterprise Resource Planning Systems

Units: 3

Market and evolution of enterprise resource planning [ERP] systems and ERP technology. Business process reengineering in sales, purchasing, human capital, accounting, plant maintenance and warehousing using SAP Security issues. Course can lead to SAP University Alliance Recognition.

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MBA 516 - Ethics and Fraud Examination

Units: 3

Examination of business ethics and occupational fraud cases, including asset misappropriation, corruption, and fraudulent financial reporting. Theories about fraud, prevalence of and effects of fraud, in the US and globally. Fraud examination skills including investigation, data analysis, and interviewing. Identification of common schemes and development of internal controls to prevent and detect fraud. Business ethics and socio-political responses to occupational fraud.

Offered in Spring and Summer

MBA 518 - Enterprise Risk Management

Units: 3

Integrated approach to managing the risks that can prevent an organization from achieving its objectives, both financial and non-financial. Core elements of an effective enterprise risk management process. Links to management strategy. Risk assessment methodologies.

Offered in Fall and Spring

MBA 521 - Advanced Corporate Finance

Units: 3

Overview of financial management. Evaluation of projects and valuation of real assets using traditional discounted cash flow analysis and real options. Role of financial leverage; optimal capital structure. Conflicts between security holders and management; stockholder-bondholder conflicts; financial distress, bankruptcy and reorganization; corporate control and restructuring; corporate governance issues.

Offered in Fall and Spring

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MBA 523 - Investment Theory and Practice

Units: 3

Advanced topics in investments with a focus on underlying theory and practical application using real world data. Stock valuation models, bond valuation, derivatives, portfolio performance evaluation, investment strategies, efficient market theory and other current issues in investment finance.

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MBA 525 - Taxes and Business Strategy

Units: 3

Importance of tax consideratoins in business decisions. Framework for understanding how taxes affect business strategy and financing decisions in a wide variety of settings.

Offered in Spring Only

MBA 526 - International Finance

Units: 3

Theory and practice of financial management in the international arena, including spot and forward markets for foreign exchange, currency futures and options contracts, international arbitrage conditions, foreign exchange exposure, foreign trade financing instruments, direct and portfolio investment abroad, and the role of country risk in determining investments.

Offered in Fall Only

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MBA 536 - Experience Innovation and Strategic Design

Units: 3

Successful innovation involves creating more valuable experiences for users and customers. The course covers key concepts and methodologies for experience-based innovation, drawing on design and creativity frameworks to fully understand customer experiences. Course activities include exercises and a project to practice innovation and "design-thinking" tools and techniques in a business context. Relevant strategic perspectives for designing innovative products and services are addressed through case studies and other managerial readings with practical business application. The importance of a multi-disciplinary approach to experience innovation is emphasized, such that the course is suitable for students in all disciplines with an interest in innovation.

Offered in Spring Only

MBA 541 - Supply Management

Units: 3

Major themes and strategies of supply management relationships. The focus is on establishing a basis for collaborative relationships with suppliers through focused market intelligence research, relationship assessment and management, negotiation, collaborative contracting, and on-going management of relationships in global supply chains. Emphasis on the importance of collaboration through the application of practical tools and approaches that drive mutually beneficial outcomes. Core processes around initial exploration and assessment of supply chain relationships, establishing metrics/expectations for the relationship, crafting and managing contracts, and sustaining continuous performance improvement in sourcing, logistics and operations. Every student will participate in a team-based supply chain project with an organization and will learn the team-based, deadline-driven nature of supply chain initiatives in a real-company setting.

Offered in Fall and Spring

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MBA 543 - Planning and Control Systems

Units: 3

Design and management of planning and control systems within the organization and across the supply chain. Business planning, master production scheduling, material requirements planning, just-in-time and theory of constraints. Enterprise resourceplanning [ERP] and business-to-business [B2B] systems. Impact of information technologies on planning and control systems. Major project using state-of-the-art ERP system.

Offered in Spring Only

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MBA 545 - Decision Making under Uncertainty

Units: 3

Structured framework for modeling and analyzing business decisions in the presence of uncertainty and complex interactions among decision parameters. Topics include decision models, value of information and control, risk attitude, spreadsheet applications, and decision analysis cycle. Interactive case study.

Offered in Fall and Spring

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MBA 550 - Management of Technology and Innovation

Units: 3

Overview of the management of innovation and technology for value creation in increasingly complex and changing business environments. Management of strategic innovation and new product/service development processes within organizations. Implementation issues in innovation strategy. Restricted to MBA students.

MBA 553 - Business Process Design and Analysis

Units: 3

Identification, development, analysis, improvement and management of business processes. Strategic and executional issues critical to high-performance processes. Lean tools. Six sigma. Process redesign. Outsourcing. Service oriented architecture. Examples from different industries and functional areas within firms, to identify similarities and differences of well run processes.

Offered in Fall and Spring

MBA 554 - Project Management

Units: 3

Life cycle view of organizing and managing technical projects, including project selection, planning, and execution. Methods for managing and controlling project costs, schedules, and scope. Techniques for assessing project risk. Use of popular project management software tools. Application of project management tools and methods to product development, software, and process reengineering projects.

Offered in Spring and Summer

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MBA 561 - Consumer Behavior

Units: 3

Consumer perception of products and brands, including the role of product design and development of consumer attitudes. Analysis of how consumers make decisions and how those decisions can be influenced by messaging, pricing, and emotions.

Offered in Fall and Spring

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MBA 562 - Research Methods In Marketing

Units: 3

A systematic approach to structure, implementation and analysis of marketing research for decision making. Models of consumer demand and firm behavior analyzed in a marketing context.

Offered in Fall Only

MBA 563 - Product and Brand Management

Units: 3

Marketing planning and product management. New product concept evaluation and selection. Managing products over the life cycle. Developing and implementing a brand strategy. Repositioning and revitalizing brands Brand extension. Managing globalbrands.

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MBA 564 - Business Relationship Management

Units: 3

Strategic, successful management of the multitude of business relationships that contemporary managers face. Universal and idiosyncratic business relationship skills to allow technically-oriented managers such as engineers and scientists to interact with a variety of constituents. Integrated perspective of marketing communications as a process of successfully interacting with each constituency with the goal of fostering long-term satisfaction and loyalty, which ultimately translates to sustainable competitive advantage.

Offered in Fall and Spring

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MBA 570 - Opportunity Evaluation and Value Creation

Units: 3

First course in a two-course entrepreneurship sequence focusing on opportunities outside the technology arena. Management of the innovative activities of a firm [new and/or existing] to facilitate entrepreneurship-the discovery, evaluation, and exploitation of opportunities to create value. Generation and screening of new product/process ideas or concepts. Transformation of such ideas into products, processes, or services that satisfies stakeholders [e.g., customers, employees]. Topics include self-assessment of personal aspirations, skills, and competencies, as well as opportunity identification/evaluation, business model design, and launching and scaling ventures.

Offered in Fall and Spring

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MBA 576 - Technology Entrepreneurship and Commercialization I

Units: 3

First course in a two-course entrepreneurship sequence focusing on opportunities for technology commercialization. Evaluation of commercialization of technologies in the context of new business startups. Emphasis is placed on creating value through technology portfolio evaluation and fundamentals of technology-based new business startups. This includes development of value propositions and strong technology-product-market linkages. The process based approach is appropriate for new business startup as well as entrepreneurship in existing organizations through spinoffs, licensing, or new product development. Credit not allowed for MBA 576 if the student has already taken MBA 570 or MBA 571.

Offered in Fall and Spring

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MBA 585 - Current Topics in BioSciences Management

Units: 3

Business processes and strategies across the global BioSciences value chain, including the R&D realities, product life cycles, key elements of product discovery and development, intellectual property, regulatory trials, government approval, production, sourcing, logistics, sales, marketing and customer service. The complete value chain of a new biotechnology-based product.

Offered in Spring Only

MBA 586 - Legal and Marketing Dynamics in Pharmaceutical and Biotechnology

Units: 3

Exploration of unique environment in which biotechnology research is conducted and resultant drugs and products are sold. Legal restraints affecting pharmaceutical marketing and reimbursement options; regulatory issues; pre-clinical research. Laws limiting or affecting pharmaceutical and biomedical marketing Ethical issues in the research and marketing processes.

Offered in Fall Only

Practicum Courses

MBA 519 - Enterprise Risk Management Practicum

Units: 3

Applied approach to managing the risks that can prevent an organization from achieving its objectives, both financial and nonfinancial, by working in teams to address real problems in real organizations.

Offered in Fall and Spring

MBA 524 - Equity Valuation

Units: 3

Advanced quantitative course on applied equity valuation. Students conduct stock valuation analysis which is then used to select stocks for the student-managed SunTrust MBA fund. Topics include the investment decision making process, empirical evidence on securities returns, forecasting financial statements, industry and macro-economic analysis, valuation models, portfolio performance evaluation and performance attribution. Students will also learn how to write computer programs using SAS software in order to generate statistical tests of investment strategies using "big financial data."

Offered in Fall and Spring

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MBA 549 - Supply Chain Management Practicum

Units: 3

Research project examining supply chain management issues at an organization, usually a member of the Supply Chain Resource Cooperative. Projects will typically focus on procurement, logistics, materials management, operations, or integrated supply chain issues.

Offered in Fall Spring Summer

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MBA 555 - Product Design and Development

Units: 4

Total product realization process, including customer needs analysis, product design and engineering, manufacturability assessment and marketing plan development. Definition of relevant market, design and engineering principles, financial considerations and manufacturing aspects of product development process. Application and integration of business, design and engineering methodologies, concepts and tools on actual product design and development project.

Offered in Fall Only

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MBA 569 - Consumer Innovation Practicum

Units: 3

Research project resolving specific consumer behavior issue impacting product use and demand with a corporate member of the Consumer Innovation Consortium. Projects will generate a specific and narrowly focused set of tangible deliverables.

Offered in Fall and Spring

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MBA 577 - Technology Evaluation and Strategy

Units: 4

Theoretical and practical team-based application of systematic evaluation techniques for assessing commercial potential of technologies, products and processes. Prioritization and selection based on technology strategy.

Offered in Fall and Spring

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MBA 590 - Special Topics In Business Management

Units: 1 - 6

Presentation of material not normally available in regular courses offerings or offering of new courses on a trial basis.

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2017 Fall Term 2018 Spring Term 2018 Summer Term 1 2018 Summer Term 2

MBA 590 Special Topics practicums include: Consumer Behavior; Decision Analytics

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