Jul 15, 2024  
2019-2020 Graduate Catalog 
2019-2020 Graduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Master of Business Administration (M.B.A.)

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 concludes with a culminating learning experience.

The MBA curriculum is a 36 credit hour program designed to be completed in one and a half to two years of full-time study or four years of part-time, typically evening study. Three components comprise the curriculum:

  • Business core (24 credit hours)
  • Culminating experience (3 credit hours)
  • Set of Electives (9 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 27 credit hours.

The culminating experience requirement can be accomplished in one of two ways: (1) approved internship (campus students only), or (2) a business capstone course.

Online students must have three years of full-time approved work experience and should take GENBA 875 International Business Experience (3 credits), MANGT 830 - Information Technology Strategy and Application (3 credits), and one three hour elective in place of the Set of Electives.

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 on-campus 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 accounting, data analytics, finance, management, technology entrepreneurship, and international business. 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.


The MBA concentration in accounting allows students to expand their basic knowledge of accounting topics.  It is not intended to be a substitute for a masters degree in accounting, nor to prepare students for the CPA exam.  Students interested in a career in accounting should enroll in the Master of Accountancy (MAcc) program.

Data Analytics

A concentration in data analytics will allow students to analyze large data sets to provide insight for practical problems, and to relate patterns shown in the data to real-world situations and communicate the implications of these patterns to others.


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.

Technology entrepreneurship

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.

International Business

The international business concentration provides graduate students with the knowledge and skills to conduct business in a global context. Students are required to understand the international dimensions of business. Courses are offered in various areas, including accounting, management, marketing, and finance.

Curriculum prerequisite courses

  • Six hours of economics
  • MATH 205 General Calculus and Linear Algebra or evidence of equivalent preparation

Business core

24 credit hours; may waive 6 credit hours if “B” or better is achieved in equivalent courses at the discretion of the program director. Typically waivers are only granted for multiple undergraduate courses taken, and only credits from AACSB accredited institutions are accepted.

Integrated core


9 credit hours of courses offered at the graduate level (600 or above) from any college, with the approval from the student’s advisory committee. Similar courses available at both the upper-division undergraduate (600) and graduate (700-800) level MUST be taken at the graduate level.  A limited number of business concentrations will be available on campus only.

Online students must have the following in lieu of the series of electives

  • Three years of full-time approved work experience
  • One elective offered for graduate credit Credits: (3)