The master of business administration (MBA) program, offered through the College of Business Administration , is designed to provide professional business education to individuals who wish to pursue a variety of administrative careers in both the private and public sectors. The theme of the curriculum is intrapreneurship which can be defined as an “entrepreneurial attitude and approach to management and problem-solving within any organization, large or small.” Throughout the program, the focus is “what one needs to know to run a business” while developing the ability to analyze all types of business situations and propose appropriate, creative and financially sound solutions. The curriculum combines conceptual, analytical and experiential approaches to learning both in and out of the classroom. Once the foundation of basic problem solving tools and knowledge in each functional area is established, the program deepens the interdisciplinary understanding of problem-solving approaches and their functional, ethical, environmental and international ramifications. The program then culminates with a required capstone practicum. This practicum makes the K-State MBA unique in the area, by providing an interdisciplinary, consulting-type of experience for all students in their last semester of study.
The MBA curriculum is a 45 credit hour program designed to be completed in two years of full-time study or four years of part-time, typically evening study. Four components comprise the curriculum:
- Business core (27 credit hours)
- Integrated Core (6 credit hours)
- Set of Electives (12 credit hours-see below)
On-Campus students may choose to pursue a prespecified, focused Concentration in lieu of the Set of Electives. Students pursuing a masters degree in another field may choose to use 9 credit hours from their other Masters as the Set of Electives in the MBA. Thus, a dual Masters/MBA can be obtained with an additional 39 credit hours.
Both on-campus and online students with more than three years of approved full-time work experience may choose to waive six credit hours of electives.
Online students must have three years of full-time approved work experience and should take GENBA 875 (3 credits) International Business Experience and one three hour elective in place of the Set of Electives.
The Integrated Core will be composed of a three-credit hour theory component with a three credit hour practicum component. The full time program of study can be completed in 22 months.
Before beginning the MBA coursework, students must acquire basic competency in mathematical analysis, statistics and economic theory and analysis. These competencies may be acquired through specific undergraduate course work with the number of courses required depending on the applicant’s prior academic work. This basic competency coursework may be taken after admission to the MBA program during the student’s first semester.
Once admitted, MBA students are responsible for making themselves aware of Graduate School policies and deadlines.
Areas of concentration - Available only to on-campus students
K-State’s MBA offers its students the opportunity to gain general business knowledge as well as develop a focus in a particular area of interest. Concentration areas are available in data analytics, finance, management, and technology entrepreneurship. Students must take 12 credit hours in the concentration area. Specific courses have been carefully developed to complement one another and best meet the needs of our students. Students wishing to complete specific concentrations will be restricted to designated course work. MBA students may not take a concentration in accounting. Students interested in accounting should enroll in the Master of Accountancy (MAcc) program.
Students may pursue courses in data analytics as approved by their graduate committee. For students pursuing this sequence, the international requirement may be waived at the discretion of the graduate committee.
The finance concentration will allow students to combine the broad MBA education with specific skills necessary to be a successful financial analyst or manager. Students will specialize in controlling the resource investments required to support an enterprise’s operating activities, planning and negotiating appropriate financing arrangements to support these investment requirements, and managing the risks inherent in an enterprise’s investment and financing activities.
A concentration in management will allow a student to develop their knowledge in human resource management and/or operations management. Courses are offered in a variety of areas of management such as leadership, entrepreneurship, supply chain management, personnel law, etc.
A concentration in marketing will allow a student to develop their knowledge of marketing strategy, research, analytics and sales management. Courses are offered in a variety of areas in marketing.
The technology entrepreneurship concentration allows graduate students to gain valuable exposure to the innovation and technology commercialization process at Kansas State University through in-class teaching and on-the-job training programs. Students in the concentration focus on the creation and management of innovation in organizations with a particular emphasis on the commercialization of intellectual property. Students with undergraduate degrees in the sciences and engineering are especially encouraged to consider this concentration as part of their programs.