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Business Administration (MBA)

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Business Administration, M.B.A.


Master of Business Administration Program Overview

The MBA program consists of 36 graduate credits offered on Saturdays and online. The MBA program complements the strong group of accounting, management, and international business programs currently offered at the undergraduate and graduate levels. The format of courses allows three credits to be completed over five consecutive weeks.

The professional and educational objectives of the program are to build on the students’ undergraduate work by enhancing their knowledge and understanding of business functions through practice, application and professional development for careers as corporate managers as well as administrators and coordinators at government agencies and non-profit organizations and to move beyond cognitive knowledge toward in-depth analysis and practice in management and related disciplines.

Admission to D’Youville College MBA program is competitive. The selection process attempts to identify qualified applicants who will benefit most from the wide variety of academic and extracurricular programs the college offers.

  1. D’Youville College maintains a “rolling admissions” policy whereby applications are processed continually throughout the year. Decisions under rolling admissions are normally mailed within three weeks after the MBA office receives and recognizes all necessary forms, test scores and transcripts.
  2. Acceptance is conditional until all required documents and final semester/year grades have been submitted and approved.
  3. A non-refundable reservation deposit of $100 must be paid in U.S. funds by the required deadline and/or time indicated on the acceptance letter or acceptance may be withdrawn and offered to another qualified candidate. This deposit will be applied to the first semester’s tuition.
  4. The student will provide documentation or records of immunization as required by New York state law prior to registration. The college reserves the right to refuse a student admission to classes for failure to comply with this policy.

Course Requirements

Business Administration
Degree: MBA

Course Requirements (All courses are three academic credits.)
Course Number Course Name Credits
MBA 604

Human Resources Management

Strategic management of human resources in any organization must be addressed within the larger scope of strategic business planning and leadership. People are often the competitive advantage in an organization, but only when the human-focused policies and practices align with the strategic directions of the organization. This three credit hour, graduate level course will provide students with the ability to formulate and analyze human resources policies and practices in a strategic manner to positively impact the operations of their organizations.

Prerequisites: None

MBA 501

Business Methods Statistics

This course will prepare the graduate student to apply and analyze the descriptive and inferential methods of statistics. The use of computer models will enhance the underlying mathematical concepts that the student will be expected to synthesize. There will be a particular emphasis on research, including design, the collection of data, and an analysis of that data through competent statistical compilation.

Prerequisites: None

MBA 603

Financial & Management Accounting

As an introduction, a basic financial accounting review is provided. U.S. financial accounting is related to global international accounting. Financial accounting is bridged to managerial accounting. Managerial accounting is defined and contrasted with financial accounting. The process of managerial accounting and its use by managers in an organization is described and assessed. Major cost accounting systems and how they work in our modern technological environment are reviewed and analyzed. Planning and control systems in current organizations are examined through budgeting, standard costing and responsible accounting principles. Use of managerial accounting for decision making and financial statement analysis completes the managerial accounting process.

Prerequisites: None

MBA 602

Theories of Economics

This course goes beyond just the principles of macro and microeconomics and teaches business decision making by allowing students to both understand the economic issues involved in and apply economic theories to the analysis of concrete, real world problems. The course attempts to synthesize theoretical principles of economics with functional areas of business as a foundation for higher-level business courses.

Prerequisites: None

MBA 611

Organizational Leadership

An effective manager needs to be able to lead a group of people toward the accomplishment of organizational objectives. A good leader will also be able to analyze the leadership style and methods of other leaders using critical thought and the application of well-researched theories of leadership. Students will also formulate a personal philosophy of leadership to guide future decisions and actions.

Prerequisites: None

MBA 612

Legal Environment in Business

This course is an analysis and application of the U.S. corporate law and practice from the perspectives of practitioners. This legal analysis and application (through case studies) includes corporate governance principles, contracts, and business tort laws. In addition, this course explores the U.S. securities law, evidence of indebtedness, investment contracts, and certificates of interest in profit-sharing agreements.

Prerequisites: None

MBA 615

Marketing Management

This course presents the importance of the marketing function in the strategic management of the organization. Within the framework of the marketing discipline, students will learn how to ascertain customer needs and to strategically plan to fill those needs while serving an increasingly diverse population. Also considered in this course are issues such as electronic marketing, environmentalism, consumerism and consumer life-style. As part of this course, students will identify actual consumer needs and devise a comprehensive strategic marketing plan.

Prerequisites: None

MBA 616

Corporate Finance

This course will prepare the graduate student to apply and analyze sophisticated methods of investment decision making in a corporate environment. This will include the ability to combine the results of different analyses, as well as the discernment of the most appropriate tool in a given circumstance. There will be a particular emphasis on research, including problem solving in a practical business setting.

Prerequisites: MBA-603

MBA 623

Special Topics in Business Management

This course is designed to help students gain in-depth knowledge of current management issues; specific problems and issues related to organizational change; analysis of human resources; operations, and strategic management, finance and investments; or in areas of international trade and global management. Students interested in a particular area of business can enhance their knowledge, skills, and research in this special topics course.

Prerequisites: MBA-501

MBA 624

Global Supply Chain Management

This course examines the increasing importance of transportation and logistics to the movement of goods and services in today’s global economy. Transportation issues related to policy and regulation, carrier operations, and business logistics (from user’s perspective) are explored and analyzed in detail, both on the domestic as well as international levels. Other issues such as supply chain management, export/import operations management and documentation, and management techniques related to logistics and traffic management operations are also discussed.

Prerequisites: None

MBA 655

Strategic Management

This course explores the issues of defining corporate mission, objectives, and goals. Participants focus on the analysis of the firm's external and internal environment to identify and create competitive advantage in a global context. The course emphasizes the cultural, ethical, political, and regulatory issues facing any global business environment, and the need for leadership for a successful management of strategic change. The course serves as a capstone for students to integrate functional areas with the overall strategic issues facing companies in today's business environment.

Prerequisites: None


One elective from MBA

Choose one elective from MBA
Total 36

Academic Regulations

In addition to the general academic regulations, all full-time and part-time students must meet the academic regulations listed below:

  1. A student must maintain a minimum semester/summer and cumulative average of at least 3.0.
  2. Any student who fails to achieve a minimum semester/summer or cumulative 3.0 G.P.A. and/or who has earned more than two grades below “C” at the completion of the term (summer/semester), will be placed on academic probation. Students can be on probation for one term during their graduate portion of the program. Probation is for one full-time term. Dismissal occurs if, within the one term probation period, program requirements are not met (GPA 3.0, and no more than two courses below a grade of “B”)
  3. Students who fail to achieve a minimum grade of B for a course (500- or 600-level courses) will not be permitted to enroll for the subsequent term sequence courses until the course with a grade lower than B has been successfully repeated. If space is available, the course must be repeated the next time it is offered.
  4. Any student who fails to obtain a B in a repeated course will be academically dismissed from the program.

Admissions Requirements

Admission requirements for applicants entering as graduate students in the MBA programs are as follows:

  1. Bachelor’s degree in business from an accredited college or university*
  2. A minimum of 3.0 G.P.A. (4.0 system) at the undergraduate level
  3. Two plus years of full-time employment experience in professional, corporate or business environment**
  4. Personal statement of purpose outlining applicant’s professional goals and objectives
  5. Two letters of recommendation from employers, professional supervisors/ colleagues, or previous professors
  6. A minimum TOEFL score of 550 for international students from non-English speaking countries

*Note: Other majors are welcome to apply. Students possessing undergraduate degrees in non-business majors are required to successfully complete five (5) online modules prior to the start of the program.

**Note: Current full-time students will also be considered for acceptance.

The business department chair will conduct an individual review for discretionary admissions of applicants who do not meet one or more of the above requirements.

Applicant Process

The applicant is asked to return the application and all relevant documents to:

D’Youville College
MBA Program Office
320 Porter Ave.
Buffalo, NY 14201
Telephone: 716.829.8090 or 1.800.777-3921
Facsimile: 716.829.7660

In order for an applicant to be considered for acceptance into the MBA program, the following must be presented:

  1. Submit a completed application form with a $50 non-refundable application fee (U.S. funds).
  2. Attach a one-page statement of intent letter (should be approximately 500 words) addressing your professional goals and objectives for the intended program. The statement should include reference to past work related to the intended field of study and subsequent career objectives.
  3. Forward official academic transcripts for all colleges and universities previously attended at both the undergraduate and graduate levels to the MBA office. (Canadian/international students must also submit a copy of their high school transcript.)
  4. Submit three letters of recommendation: the recommendations should be submitted directly to the D’Youville College MBA office by the recommender. These letters may be from employers, supervisors or other persons familiar with your professional intellectual abilities.
  5. Submit a current resume to the MBA office.
  6. International/foreign students (other than Canadian) whose native language is not English must submit TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language) scores. The program requires a minimum TOEFL score of 500 for international students.
  7. Complete a personal admissions interview (recommended for all applicants).

Business Department

D’Youville College, under the auspices of the department of business, offers bachelor degrees in accounting and business management. An accelerated program, the advance program in business management, is also offered to working adults. In addition, the department offers a combined five-year bachelor’s/master’s degree in international business.

The bachelor’s/master’s degree in international business combines specialized training in international business with a strong foundation in a foreign language, research, communication, ethics and interpersonal skills. Rapid changes in the global economy and the explosive growth in international trade and investment make it necessary that managers be trained in the following:

  • Understanding for business practices,
  • Managing cultural differences, and
  • Communicating in foreign languages.

Top executives of international business confirm the need for managers with international business training, especially at the master’s level. Graduates of this program will be able to pursue worldwide employment with the following:

  • Multinational companies,
  • International financial institution,
  • Government agencies,
  • Management consulting firms,
  • Trading or transportation companies, and
  • Colleges and universities.

The bachelor of science degree in business management provides students with knowledge of the various phases of management. The program creates a total experience in which students develop abilities, knowledge and attitudes which will help them perform as competent and responsible business managers. The curriculum prepares the student by emphasizing a firm basis of liberal arts and a common body of knowledge about management responsibilities.

The bachelor of science degree in accounting prepares the student to work in the fields of public accounting, private corporate accounting and financial management. The student who selects accounting as the field of concentration is trained in advanced principles in various systems, in cost analysis and in auditing and tax procedures. The program qualifies the student to sit for the Certified Public Accountancy examination in the majority of states, including New York.

The business department also offers an advanced master’s program in international business and a master's degree in business administration (MBA). Those interested can refer to the graduate catalog for additional information.