Our master's degree programs prepare you for a lifetime of learning. Successful people know that to remain viable in the work place they must train for the future. Each of our graduates is better prepared to take leadership positions because of the knowledge, analytical and critical thinking skills they develop in our program.
We cater to the part-time MBA student by offering a wide variety of courses during the evening hours. We make it possible for you to continue in your present position while attending classes after work. Our program helps you polish and accentuate your existing business skills and develop new ones. A master's degree can help you achieve career advancement in your current field or help prepare you for a new career in the business world.
Most of our students already hold responsible business-management positions. Indeed, the majority of our business graduate students hold full-time jobs while pursuing their master's degree. The typical candidate enters the program because their present or future position requires increased managerial competence.
While there is opportunity for specialization, we emphasize development of the candidate's breadth of focus, imagination and creativity. By selecting students who have demonstrated a potential for assuming increasing responsibilities as managers, and by providing a degree that meets the highest standards of accreditation, the IU South Bend Master of Business Administration program serves the need of regional employers that compete internationally.
Dr. P.N. Saksena
Assistant Dean & Director of Graduate Studies
(574) 520-4456 (O)
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NOTE: We have three concentrations in our MBA program, to choose from: General Business [GBC], Finance [FC], and Marketing [MC].
PROGRAM REQUIREMENTS (36-57 credit hours)
(All courses are 3 cr. hours unless otherwise designated)
Students who have taken specific business classes within the last five years may qualify for automatic exemption from part of Phase I. If the specific business classes were taken over five years ago, or if students did not achieve the minimum grade required for exemption, students may be eligible to take placement test(s), BEFORE the start of their first semester in the program. A passing grade on placement test(s) will exempt students from the corresponding Phase I course(s). Students are not automatically exempt in Statistics. They may be eligible to take a placement exam if they have taken a class in business statistics in their prior education. In addition, each student may be eligible to take a placement test in computer skills IF they have had classes in Excel AND Access in their prior education. If students do not pass the test or are not eligible to take it, they must take K501: Computer Skills for Management (1 cr.).
PHASE I (May be Waived) - Prerequisite Courses (0 - 21 cr.)
NOTE: Several courses in Phase I of our program are offered online.
BUSB A501 Survey of Financial Accounting [P: None]
BUSB A503 Statistical Applications [P: A511]
BUSB A511 Mathematical Tools in Business [P: None]
BUSB A514 Survey of Economics [P: None]
BUSB B502 Organizational Behavior I [P: None]
BUSB D501 Management of Marketing [P: None]
BUSB D502 Financial Management [P: A501, A503, A514]
MBA students must complete prerequisite courses (Phase I) before entering the core curriculum (Phase II). The student must achieve a grade of B (B- does not count) or better in each of these prerequisite courses. A grade of C (C- does not count) or better in each of Phase II, III, and IV classes. The minimum cumulative GPA required for graduation is 2.75 (on a 4.0 scale).
PHASE II - Core Course (21 cr.)
BUSB A502 Managerial Price Theory [P: A503, A514]
BUSB A504 Management Information Systems [P: K501]
BUSB C502 Legal/Ethical Environment of Business [P: Phase I]
BUSB D503 Production Management [P: A503, K501]
BUSB F509 Buyer Behavior [P: D501]
BUSB F542 Strategic Financial Management [P: D502]
International - Choose one of the following (based on concentration selected):
BUSB A545 International Accounting Practice [P: Phase I or A312] [GBC]
BUSB F506 Management of International Operations [P: Phase I] [GBC]
BUSB F530 International Finance [P: D502] [FC]
BUSB M594 Global Marketing Management [P:D501] [MC]
PHASE III - Adv. Management Courses (12 cr.)
BUSB B503 Leadership and Change [P: B502, Phase I, II]
BUSB F503 Management Accounting Concepts [P: A501, Phase I, II]
Electives - choose two* from eligible electives, based on concentration selected
*GBC: Any two 500 level BUSB courses
*FC: BUSB F514 Investment Management & BUSB F517 Financial Markets & Institutions
*MC: BUSB F508 Management of Promotion & BUSB F515 Marketing Research
NOTE: BUSB-X591 Graduate Internships and/or BUSB-X592 Graduate Field Projects may be used as electives
PHASE IV - Capstone Course (3 cr.)
BUSB E510 Business Policy [P: Student is in Phase III]
Each student, as a condition of graduation, must pass a comprehensive exam during his or her final year of study.
The Admissions Committee, under exceptional circumstances, may allow a student to take a MAXIMUM of two classes as a Graduate Non-Degree student. Students need to apply and be admitted to the graduate business program before they can take additional classes. This policy is strictly enforced by the Office of Graduate Business Programs.