Dec 07, 2022  
2019-2020 Graduate Catalog 
2019-2020 Graduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Business Administration, M.B.A.

Return to {$returnto_text} Return to: Graduate Majors (A-Z)

Degree Information

Priority Admission Application Deadlines:

Minimum Total Hours: 32
Level: Masters
CIP Code: 52.0201
Dept. Code: DEA
Major/College Codes: BUS/BA
Approved: 1965


Compliance, Risk Management and Anti-Money Laundering (RAM)*
Cyber Security (CYS)*
Data Analytics (DAT)*
Sport Business (SEM)**
Supply Chain Management (SCMG)

*This concentration is currently only available online
**Sport Business is not available to start in Sprin

Also offered as a Concurrent Degree

This major shares core requirements with the Executive M.B.A.

Contact Information

College: Muma College of Business
Contact Information:
Other Resources:

The Master of Business Administration (M.B.A.) is a professional degree designed to prepare graduates for managerial roles in business and not-for-profit organizations. Graduates will develop the necessary skills and problem-solving techniques that will permit them to make an early contribution to management and eventually to move into broad, general management responsibilities at the executive level. This major offers several concentrations in an online format.

Accredited by the AACSB International. (The Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business).

Major Research Areas:
Contact coordinator for department

Admission Information

Must meet University Admission and English Proficiency requirements, as well as requirements for admission to the major, listed below. The USF MBA admission committee uses a portfolio approach: the strength of each applicant is determined based on the entire application. The admission committee will consider the following:

  • Prior college-level academic performance
  • GMAT (preferred), GRE, MCAT, LSAT, and PCAT (submitted scores must be within five (5) years of the term of entry)
  • A statement of purpose or corporate approval form
  • Interview may be required
  • A resume detailing relevant professional work experience
  • Any other information that helps in ensuring the potential success of the applicant in the program (e.g. community/volunteer service, etc.)
  • Applicants may request a waiver of GMAT if they meet one of the following requirements:
    • Have a Bachelor’s degree with a cumulative  GPA of 3.50 or greater from the University of South Florida-Tampa
    • Have a Bachelor’s degree with a cumulative GPA of 3.50 or greater from any State of Florida University that is a Preeminent institution (i.e., University of Florida-Gainesville, or Florida State University-Tallahassee)
    • Have a Bachelor’s degree with a cumulative GPA of 3.50 or greater from Association of American Universities (AAU); or  
    • Have five (5) or more years of managerial or professional experience
    • For applicants with a 3-year Bachelor’s Degree  from a regionally-accredited institution, the following requirements need to be met in addition to those listed above:  Minimum GMAT score of 650 or a minimum GRE score of at least 321 (combined verbal and quantitative), and a minimum of 25th percentile in the verbal portion of the test.  When the 3-year Bachelor’s Degree is less than 120 hours from Non-Bologna Accord Institutions, a transcript evaluation from A NACES member is required to confirm equivalency.

Curriculum Requirements

The full time student will need at least four semesters and can complete all work within a reasonable time—approximately three years. Part time students are encouraged to take two courses per semester and must complete 12 hours per calendar year to remain on active status as a degree-seeking student.  Students entering the major are expected to have sufficient competency in mathematics (college algebra), communication skills (written and verbal), basic computer skills, high-speed internet acccess, and a business foundation.

Total Minimum hours -32 credit hours

Students entering with a bachelor’s in business from a regionally-accredited institution complete a minimum of 32 hours:

Shared Core Requirements – 8 Credit Hours
Additional Required Courses - 6 Credit Hours
Concentration or Electives/Individualized Area of Emphasis– 18 credit hours
Total 32 hours minimum


Students entering without a bachelor’s in business from a regionally-accredited institution complete a minimum of 48 hours:

Business Foundation Courses– 16 credit hours
Shared Core Requirements - 8 Credit Hours
Additional Required Courses - 6 credit hours
Concentration or Electives/Individualized Area of Emphasis – 18 credit hours
Total 48 hours minimum required

Business Foundation (16 Credit Hours)

Students are expected to have a common body of business knowledge as demonstrated with a four-year undergraduate degree in business from a regionally accredited program or completion of business foundation courses, either of them taken within the last 7 years. Students needing to fulfill this requirement may either complete foundation coursework before applying to the MBA degree program or complete them as part of the curriculum requirements. NOTE: Foundation courses may not be counted as electives.

Business Decision Making

Business Measurement

Market Orientation

Additional Required Courses (6 credit hours)

Concentration Requirements (18 credit hours minimum)

Students select either a Concentration or develop an individualized “Area of Emphasis” with MBA Academic Services Administrator Approval – 18 credit hours min

Compliance, Risk Management and Anti-Money Laundering Concentration (RAM) (18 credit hours)

This is an online concentration that prepares graduates for a career in compliance, risk management and anti-money laundering, especially pertinent to the financial services sector. 

Cyber Security Concentration (CYS) (18 Credit Hours)

This is an online concentration that prepares graduates for a career in information security management and business continuity. This concentration is fairly technical, given the nature of cybersecurity.

Data Analytics Concentration (DAT) (18 Credit Hours)

This is an online concentration that prepares graduates with the necessary skill set to draw insights from data for decision making in different functional areas of business. Courses in the concentration will provide hands-on experience with analytical tools and database software.

Sport Business Concentration (SEM) (19 Credit Hours)

This concentration complements the solid grounding in the applied fundamentals of accounting, finance, information systems, management and marketing provided by a recognized, high-quality MBA with coursework focused on the business of sport—human capital, organization resources and development, innovation and technology in sport, culture and business relationships, sport and law and emerging issues in global sport.

Supply Chain Management Concentration (SCMG) (19 Credit Hours)

This concentration focuses on supply chain management which involves the coordination of physical, informational, and financial flows across companies in a supply chain network for the purpose of improving performance for individual companies and the supply chain as a whole.

Elective Options (18 Credit Hours Minimum)

Students may complete electives in a General Pathway or may develop an individualized area of emphasis with MBA Academic Services AdministratorApproval. Examples of individualized areas of emphasis include, but are not limited to Finance, Creativity & Innovation in Business, Marketing Strategy, among others.

The Elective option requires the completion of this capstone course:

Practicum Option (3 Credit Hours)

The practicum option requires investigation of business issues. The project typically occurs in the student’s place of employment and is jointly supervised by a faculty member and a manager in the company. Three credits could be earned by taking one of the following: ACG 6905 , FIN 6906 , ISM 6905 , MAR 6907 , or MAN 6905  as part of the practicum option. The practicum option would count for three hours of MBA electives.

Internship Option

Internships are available with some of the concentrations and specializations. Check with the MBA Academic Services Administrator for options.

Thesis Option (6 Credit Hours)

Students may elect a six (6) hour thesis in any of the areas of the business disciplines subject to departmental approval. Thesis hours serve in lieu of elective hours.

Comprehensive Exam

The successful completion of the capstone course GEB 6895  (4 credits required) or GEB 6898  (3 credits required) serves in lieu of the Comp Exam.

Concurrent Degree

Also available as a Concurrent Degrees  

Return to {$returnto_text} Return to: Graduate Majors (A-Z)