Master's Degree in Business Administration - Online MBA Program

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UMass Lowell's Online Master's Degree in Business Administration effectively prepares students to compete in a rapidly changing global environment. Offered by the University's Robert J. Manning School of Business through the Division of Online and Continuing Education, this AACSB accredited MBA program integrates theory and practice through real-world projects and case studies applicable to commercial, industrial, and not-for-profit settings.

The program consists of 10 to 16 courses (30-42 credits), depending upon the student's educational background. The program is available entirely online, or as a mix of online and on campus courses for those who prefer to come to campus.

Students can either pursue a general program of study by selecting elective courses around their particular areas of interest, or they can pursue one of the three concentration areas in Finance, Accounting, or Information Technology.

UMass Lowell's MBA program has been ranked as a Best Business School by the Princeton Review, and was ranked by GetEducated.com as a Best Buy in Accredited Online MBA Programs.

UMass Lowell's Robert J. Manning School of Business is accredited by the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB) International.

Master's Degree in Business Administration
Curriculum Outline

Number of Courses Required Including the Foundations Courses: 16 (42 credits)

Number of Courses Required If You Have Already Fulfilled the Foundations Courses As Part of Your Undergraduate Studies: 10 (30 credits)

Required Foundations Courses (Six 8wk Online Courses)

Note: If you have taken the equivalent of the following courses in your undergraduate course work and completed those courses with a grade of "B" or better within the past seven years (this must be evidenced on your official transcript which you will submit along with your application into the program), then you are not required to complete the Required Foundations Courses towards your MBA program.

  1. 60.501 Financial Accounting (2cr) - Available Fall 2014!
  2. 61.501 Business Financial Analysis (2cr) - Available Fall 2014!
  3. 62.501 Marketing Fundamentals (2cr) - Available Fall 2014!
  4. 63.501 Operations Fundamentals (2cr) - Available Fall 2014!
  5. 66.501 Organizational Behavior (2cr) - Available Fall 2014!
  6. 66.511 Global Enterprise and Competition (2cr) - Available Fall 2014!

Required MBA Core Courses

Total Required: 7 courses
  1. 60.601 Accounting Information for Management Decisions (3cr) - Available Fall 2014!
  2. 61.601 Corporate Finance (3cr) - Available Fall 2014!
  3. 62.601 Customers and Markets (3cr) - Available Fall 2014!
  4. 63.601 Management Information Systems (3cr) - Available Fall 2014!
  5. 63.671 Operations Management (3cr) - Available Fall 2014!
  6. 66.601 Managing Organizational Change (3cr) - Available Fall 2014!
  7. 66.691 Strategy Formation and Implementation (3cr) - Available Fall 2014!

MBA Electives or Concentration Courses:

Students can choose to either generalize their area of study by selecting any three .600/.700 level College of Management elective courses OR they can pursue one of the concentrations below. A variety of concentration electives (but not all of them) are offered each semester. For assistance in selecting your electives, email onlineMBA@uml.edu or call 978-934-2848.

Accounting Concentration Sample Electives

Required: 3 courses (9 credits)

  1. 60.602 Advanced Management and Sustainability Accounting (3cr)
  2. 60.612 Advanced Cost Management (3cr) - Available Fall 2014!
  3. 60.621 Tax Factors in Business Decisions (3cr)
  4. 60.622 Globalization and Accounting (3cr)
  5. 60.623 Contemporary Accounting Issues (3cr)
  6. 60.630 Taxation of Business Entities (3cr) - Available Fall 2014!
  7. 60.640 Financial Accounting Theory and Research (3cr) - Available Fall 2014!
  8. 60.645 Fraud Exam & Forensic Accounting (3cr) - Available Fall 2014!
  9. 60.688 Special Topics in Accounting (3cr)
Finance Concentration Sample Electives

Required: 3 courses (9 credits)

  1. 61.610 Financial Markets/Policy (3cr)
  2. 61.624 Fixed Income Securities (3cr)
  3. 61.675 Financial Derivatives (3cr)
  4. 61.691 International Finance (3cr)
  5. 61.735 Portfolio Investment and Security Analysis (3cr) - Available Fall 2014!
  6. 61.760 International Financial Management (3cr)
  7. 61.- - - Special Topics in Accounting (3cr)
Information Technology Concentration Sample Electives

Required: 3 courses (9 credits)

  1. 63.610 Information Technology (IT) Infrastructure (3cr)
  2. 63.620 System Design and Software Project Management (3cr)
  3. 63.630 Electronic Business for Managers (3cr) - Available Fall 2014!
  4. 63.640 Enterprise System Management (3cr) - Available Fall 2014!
  5. 63.688 Current Topics in Management Information Systems (3cr)
  6. 63.690 Managerial Quality Control (3cr)
  7. 63.709 Independent Study in Management Information Systems (1cr)
  8. 63.- - - Special Topics in Accounting (3cr)

Admission to the MBA Program

Prior to applying into this graduate-level program, applicants are expected to have completed their Bachelor's Degree, including undergraduate courses in Microeconomics (49.201; 3cr) and Statistics (49.211; 3cr). An aptitude for management decision-making and demonstrated academic ability are the most important qualifications for admission.

 Applicants should complete the Online Graduate Application and submit it to the Office of Graduate Admissions, along with the following:

  • An official transcript of grades mailed directly from your undergraduate institution to the address below.
  • An official Graduate Management Admissions Test (GMAT) score OR Graduate Record Examination (GRE) score OR proof of 8+ years of professional/managerial experience with permission of the MBA director. For GMAT waiver based on work experience, please scan resume and send to Laura_Christianson@uml.edu.
  • Three letters of recommendation from employment-related sources
  • A resume demonstrating a minimum of two years of full-time relevant work experience.
  • A one-page essay, highlighting academic and career goals
  • For citizens of non-English speaking countries who have never earned an academic degree in the United States: A score report for TOEFL with a 600 (paper based), 250 (computer based) or 100 (Internet based) minimum.

Documents that cannot be submitted electronically should be mailed to:
The Office of Graduate Admissions
University of Massachusetts Lowell
820 Broadway Street
Lowell, MA 01854
or
Email: Graduate_Admissions@uml.edu

Note: There is a $50 application fee when you apply into this graduate degree program. Upon acceptance into the program, graduate students are required to pay a "First Year Student Services Fee" of $200. Please see the Student Financial Services website for more information.

Course Descriptions

60.501 Financial Accounting

An introduction to financial accounting within the context of business transactions and business decisions. This course is a broad introduction to using accounting information from the user's perspective with little emphasis on traditional debits, credits, journal entries and ledgers. Emphasis is placed on preparing and understanding financial statements. 2 credits. Special Notes: If not currently registered in a Manning School of Business program, please contact the MBA Coordinator, Kathleen Rourke at 978-934-2848 for permission to take courses.

60.601 Accounting Information for Management Decisions

Prerequisite: Student must be matriculated and must have completed foundation core courses. Focuses on the manager's view as opposed to the accountant's view of the decision process and related quantitative and qualitative information needs. The course material examines accounting information that will achieve faster, better, and cheaper operations. New strategic cost management models, such as ABC and target costing, are explored and contrasted with traditional cost approaches. 3 credits. Prerequisite: MSA students, matriculated MBA students with completed MBA Foundation Core; or permission of MBA Coordinator. Special Notes: If not currently registered in a Manning School of Business program, please contact the MBA Coordinator, Kathleen Rourke at 978-934-2848 for permission to take courses.

60.602 Advanced Management and Sustainability Accounting

In the new environment of change, accountants are increasingly called on to support strategy through increasing efficiencies and reducing costs. This course will examine the different ways that accountants can add value through an understanding of value chain activities, use of technology, and extending value chain activities to develop a sustainability strategy. 3 credits. Prerequisite: MSA student; MBA students who have completed 60.601. Special Notes: If not currently registered in a Manning School of Business program, please contact the MBA Coordinator, Kathleen Rourke at 978-934-2848 for permission to take courses.

60.612 Advanced Cost Management

An examination of cost data in ambiguous situations to assist managers in decision-making and strategy implementation. Emphasis is placed on advanced cost management for strategic planning, management control and, performance evaluation in multinational business entities. 3 credits. Prerequisite: MSA student; MBA students who have completed 60.601. Special Notes: If not currently registered in a Manning School of Business program, please contact the MBA Coordinator, Kathleen Rourke at 978-934-2848 for permission to take courses.

60.621 Tax Factors in Business Decisions

This course is not yet avaliable. 3 credits. Special Notes: If not currently registered in a Manning School of Business program, please contact the MBA Coordinator, Kathleen Rourke at 978-934-2848 for permission to take courses.

60.622 Globalization and Accounting

Managers need to consider global opportunities and threats in their decision-making to manage effectively. This course explores the influence of globalization on accounting, emphasizing global capital markets and financial reporting, global organizational structures and managerial accounting, and tax and auditing implications of globalization, with a managerial emphasis. 3 credits. Prerequisite: MSA student; MBA students who have completed 60.601. Special Notes: If not currently registered in a Manning School of Business program, please contact the MBA Coordinator, Kathleen Rourke at 978-934-2848 for permission to take courses.

60.623 Contemporary Accounting Issues

Significant and rapid changes in accounting rules are impacting the financial reporting and analysis that management uses to make business decisions. This course will explore contemporary accounting topics that accounting professionals will face in the workplace and how the accompanying requirements are changing the way that companies and their business partners use, report, analyze, and interpret financial data. Subjects covered will vary as conditions change but may include International Financial Reporting Standards (IFRS), Fair Value Measurements, Post-Retirement Benefits, Revenue Recognition, or other current accounting topics. 3 credits. Prerequisite: MSA student; MBA students who have completed 60.601. Special Notes: If not currently registered in a Manning School of Business program, please contact the MBA Coordinator, Kathleen Rourke at 978-934-2848 for permission to take courses.

60.630 Taxation of Business Entities

This course provides coverage of gross income and business deductions, and provides a comprehensive overview of the taxation of corporations, partnerships, and sole proprietorships. This course will also cover the history of federal taxation, estate and gift taxes, and how the taxation of business entities fits into the entire tax system. 3 credits.

60.640 Financial Accounting Theory and Research

A comprehensive exposure at an intermediate level to accounting theory and practice. Emphasis is placed on applying underlying accounting theory to complex accounting measurement problems. The effects of alternative methods are considered throughout the entire course. 3 credits. Prerequisite: MSA student; MBA students with permission of MBA coordinator.

60.645 Fraud Exam & Forensic Accounting

Fraud is an extremely costly business problem. Wells, Chairman of the Association of Certified Fraud Examiners, estimates that all forms of corporate dishonesty from cooking the books to embezzling could run as high as $660 billion annually. Business owners, executives, managers and accountants will benefit from understanding the causes, types and scope of fraud, fraud prevention, fraud detection, and fraud investigation. This course will cover management fraud, employee embezzlement and other types of fraud. The principles and methodology of fraud prevention, detection and investigation (e.g., forensic accounting) will be discussed. 3 credits.

60.688 Special Topics in Accounting

Topics of current interest in Accounting. Subject matter to be announced in advance. For a current semester course title, please log on to ISIS, the Inter-Campus Student Information System. 3 credits. Special Notes: If not currently registered in a Manning School of Business program, please contact the MBA Coordinator, Kathleen Rourke at 978-934-2848 for permission to take courses.

61.501 Business Financial Analysis

Introduces students to the finance function in a firm. Students are exposed to a variety of analytical techniques and to theory applied to financial decision making. Study will include effects of major financial decisions such as investment, financing and dividends on the value of a firm, in the light of their risk-return relationship under the assumption that the maximization of shareholder wealth is the goal of management. Pre-requisites: MBA or Certificate Programs or Permission of MBA Director. 2 credits. Prerequisite: 60.501 Financial Accounting Special Notes: If not currently registered in a Manning School of Business program, please contact the MBA Coordinator, Kathleen Rourke at 978-934-2848 for permission to take courses.

61.601 Corporate Finance

Relates working capital strategy, capital investment analysis, long-term financing, and capital structure decisions in a risk-return framework to the dynamics of the firm and the market in which it operates. 3 credits. Special Notes: If not currently registered in a Manning School of Business program, please contact the MBA Coordinator, Kathleen Rourke at 978-934-2848 for permission to take courses.

61.610 Financial Markets/Policy

This course examines the interactions between changing perceptions of macroeconomic conditions and movements in the prices and yields on financial market instruments. The orientation of this course is heavily institutional with emphasis on helping students develop a “Wall Street” perspective on asset choice and the likely impact of macroeconomic conditions and policies on financial market prices. At the same time, the dependence of macroeconomic policy outcomes on global financial markets’ expectations of future real growth in the US and in the world economy, expectations of inflation, sovereign default risk and of interest rates will be stressed. This course should help students understand the macroeconomic and policy determinants of the interest rate environment in which corporate financing decisions occur. 3 credits. Special Notes: If not currently registered in a Manning School of Business program, please contact the MBA Coordinator, Kathleen Rourke at 978-934-2848 for permission to take courses.

61.624 Fixed Income Securities

Financial securities whose valuation depends on interest rates, such as Treasury securities, municipal bonds, and corporate bonds are called Fixed Income Securities. In this course, students will learn how to value and manage the risk of these securities. 3 credits.

61.675 Financial Derivatives

This course is not yet avaliable. 3 credits. Special Notes: If not currently registered in a Manning School of Business program, please contact the MBA Coordinator, Kathleen Rourke at 978-934-2848 for permission to take courses.

61.691 International Finance

The international dimension of the finance function of the firm. Financial constraints of the international environment and their effect on the standard concepts of financial management. The techniques of adapting risk analysis to the international situation. Study of international currency flows, monetary systems, forward cover and international banking policies. 3 credits. Special Notes: If not currently registered in a Manning School of Business program, please contact the MBA Coordinator, Kathleen Rourke at 978-934-2848 for permission to take courses.

61.735 Portfolio Investment and Security Analysis

This course develops investment theory as applicable to portfolio management and securities selection. Topics covered include identification of investor goals, identification of investment opportunities in real and financial assets under volatile capital market conditions as well as analysis and decision making under conditions of certainty and uncertainty. Related concepts include technical analysis and fundamental analysis, pyramid approach to investing, changing risk and return through asset allocation and portfolio formation, valuation of basic securities and rebalancing of portfolios. 3 credits. Prerequisite: Pre-Requisite: MBA Foundation Core or Permission of MBA Coordinator. Special Notes: If not currently registered in a Manning School of Business program, please contact the MBA Coordinator, Kathleen Rourke at 978-934-2848 for permission to take courses.

61.760 International Financial Management

This course is not yet avaliable. 3 credits. Special Notes: If not currently registered in a Manning School of Business program, please contact the MBA Coordinator, Kathleen Rourke at 978-934-2848 for permission to take courses.

62.501 Marketing Fundamentals

Describes how marketing strategies and plans of a competitive enterprise are formulated, implemented, and adjusted over time. Behavioral and quantitative aspects are covered, as well as analysis of the environmental forces affecting marketing decisions. Pre-requisites: MBA or Certificate Programs, or Permission of MBA Director. 2 credits. Special Notes: P: Open to MBA, Business Certificate or Doctor of Engineering students

62.601 Customers and Markets

Prerequisite: Student must be matriculated and have finished foundation core. Pursues the development of comprehensive and integrated marketing plans using industry/competitor analysis, market value chains, and forecasting. An emphasis is given to business-to-business marketing situations which require an in-depth analysis of the firms' complex organizational behavior and evolving buyer-seller relationship. 3 credits. Special Notes: If not currently registered in a Manning School of Business program, please contact the MBA Coordinator, Kathleen Rourke at 978-934-2848 for permission to take courses.

63.501 Operations Fundamentals

Provides students with an introduction to operations management and operations analysis. The latter furnishes the student with a set of quantitative tools which are useful in designing and operating the former. These techniques are also generally applicable to other functional areas/courses within the MBA Program. 2 credits. Prerequisite: MBA or Certificate Programs, or permission of MBA Director. Special Notes: If not currently registered in a Manning School of Business program, please contact the MBA Coordinator, Kathleen Rourke at 978-934-2848 for permission to take courses.

63.601 Management Information Systems

Examines computer technologies, database management, and data communications as vehicle to improve and/or restructure business processes and decision making effectiveness to create competitive advantage. 3 credits. Prerequisite: Microeconomics (49.201) and Statistics (49.211), or equivalent Special Notes: If not currently registered in a Manning School of Business program, please contact the MBA Coordinator, Kathleen Rourke at 978-934-2848 for permission to take courses.

63.610 Information Technology (IT) Infrastructure

This course examines in detail, the two major technologies for establishing the Information Technology (IT) architecture & Infrastructure in an organization Topics include Multi-user Database environments, review of IT architectures, the migration of legacy systems, network (WAN, LAN) design, deployment, and management, and role of the Internet, Extranet, and Intranet. 3 credits. Special Notes: If not currently registered in a Manning School of Business program, please contact the MBA Coordinator, Kathleen Rourke at 978-934-2848 for permission to take courses.

63.620 System Design and Software Project Management

Application and integration of the project management body of knowledge (PMBOK) areas to managing information technology (IT) projects. Focuses on project management tools and techniques for defining and managing the project's goal, scope, schedule, and budget. Other topics include quality management, risk management, change management, and knowledge management as they are related to IT projects. 3 credits. Special Notes: If not currently registered in a Manning School of Business program, please contact the MBA Coordinator, Kathleen Rourke at 978-934-2848 for permission to take courses.

63.630 Electronic Business for Managers

This course provides a foundation on digital commerce and e-business for MBA students. It will cover both technological and managerial aspects of managing e-business operations in either a traditional or pure dot.com organization. Issues covered include interactive marketing and market-spaces, agent-based commerce and intelligent markets, electronic shopping carts, user interface issues, EDI transaction via Extranets, database interfaces, personalization and targeted communications, security, encryption, and payment systems, privacy and intellectual property. 3 credits. Special Notes: If not currently registered in a Manning School of Business program, please contact the MBA Coordinator, Kathleen Rourke at 978-934-2848 for permission to take courses.

63.640 Enterprise System Management

This course, an MBA elective, will focus on Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) systems that integrate information spanning the functional boundaries within an organization. ERP systems include like SAP/R3, PeopleSoft, Oracle, and Customer Relationship Management (CRM) like Seibel, Tariva, etc. The goals of the course are to help students understand ERP systems and their underlying components and technologies, the implications of implementing ERP in organizations. Course will cover management and technical issues during the pre-implementation, installation, and post-installation stages of the ERP and/or CRM software in organizations. This course will cover topics such as: ES planning, business process re-engineering, selection of ES software and vendors, role of outside consultants, budgeting and resource planning, systems conversion, testing, user training, stabilization, role of top management, IT staff, consultants, design teams, and employee, and other topics. 3 credits. Prerequisite: 63.601 or permission of instructor. Special Notes: If not currently registered in a Manning School of Business program, please contact the MBA Coordinator, Kathleen Rourke at 978-934-2848 for permission to take courses.

63.671 Operations Management

Examines the strategic and tactical operations processes of manufacturing and service firms that foster global competitiveness. This course focuses on traditional and newer approaches including just-in-time, total quality management, MRP, flexible manufacturing systems, and capacity and management that lead to an integrated operations strategy. Cost reductions, flexibility, and market responsiveness are also considered. 3 credits. Special Notes: If not currently registered in a Manning School of Business program, please contact the MBA Coordinator, Kathleen Rourke at 978-934-2848 for permission to take courses.

63.688 Current Topics in Management Information Systems

Selected topics having current and future impact in the field of MIS. Subject matter to be announced in advance. 3 credits. Special Notes: If not currently registered in a Manning School of Business program, please contact the MBA Coordinator, Kathleen Rourke at 978-934-2848 for permission to take courses.

63.690 Managerial Quality Control

This course is not yet avaliable. 3 credits. Special Notes: If not currently registered in a Manning School of Business program, please contact the MBA Coordinator, Kathleen Rourke at 978-934-2848 for permission to take courses.

63.709 Independent Study in Management Information Systems

An opportunity for the student to carry out individualized study relating to the field of Management Information Systems under the supervision of a member of the faculty. Pre-requisites: MBA Foundation Core and Permission of MBA Coordinator 1 credits. Special Notes: If not currently registered in a Manning School of Business program, please contact the MBA Coordinator, Kathleen Rourke at 978-934-2848 for permission to take courses.

66.501 Organizational Behavior

Introduces students to management and organizational behavior. Its general purpose is to study and understand the behavior of individuals and groups in organizations. It is directed toward behavioral action components and emphasizes the close relationship between the study of organizational behavior and the practice of management. Pre-requisites: MBA or Certificate Programs, or Permission of MBA Director. 2 credits. Special Notes: P: Open to MBA, Business Certificate or Doctor of Engineering students;

66.511 Global Enterprise and Competition

To be taken as last course in foundation core. Is an integrated investigation of global competitive issues to help students understand the processes of organization and technological innovation which permit businesses to achieve competitive advantages in a global environment. This course also deals with the nature and techniques of industry analysis necessary to the formulation of effective global strategy for the firm. 2 credits. Prerequisite: 60.501, 61.501, 62.501 Special Notes: P: Open to MBA, Business Certificate or Doctor of Engineering students

66.601 Managing Organizational Change

Examines how business enterprises are designed, managed and changed to operate efficiently and perform effectively within their competitive environments. It critically examines organizations that vary in terms of such characteristics as size, complexity, goals, and technology as they operate under different circumstances and at various stages of their life cycles. The role and impact of individual managers receive particular attention. 3 credits. Special Notes: If not currently registered in a Manning School of Business program, please contact the MBA Coordinator, Kathleen Rourke at 978-934-2848 for permission to take courses.

66.691 Strategy Formation and Implementation

Reviews strategies for positioning a firm within its competitive environment. Fundamental concepts in strategic management; role of the CEO, levels and components of strategy, competitive analysis, and formulation and implementation of strategy are explored. Pre-Requisite: MBA Advanced Core. 3 credits. Prerequisite: 60.601, 61.601, 62.601, 63.671, 66.601; MBA matriculated students Special Notes: If not currently registered in a Manning School of Business program, please contact the MBA Coordinator, Kathleen Rourke at 978-934-2848 for permission to take courses.

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