The objective of the Metro MBA is to prepare qualified students for assuming impactful leadership roles in business organizations. We achieve this with industry-leading instructors, cutting edge curriculum, real-life management scenarios, and an emphasis on ethical decision-making and sustainable business practices.
The Metro MBA has three instructional formats to accommodate the schedule of busy working professionals: regular classroom-based courses, web-enhanced “hybrid” courses that include some face-to-face discussions, and fully online courses. Courses are scheduled through the year, with fall, winter/spring, and summer offerings. Students can complete their MBA in as little as two years, but our part-time, open enrollment format allows students to complete their studies as and when their busy lives permit.
Outcomes of the Metro MBA include the ability
- To demonstrate an understanding of the organization, as a sum of its parts.
- To evaluate strategic decision making that produces effective outcomes.
- To analyze the ability to lead and manage an organization through change and uncertainty.
- To properly identify, manage, and foster talent.
- To apply the skills and knowledge required to lead within a legal and ethical framework.
Prerequisite courses for admission to the MBA program are Financial Accounting, Statistics (except when MBA Math is selected; see section on Admissions, below), Microeconomics and Macroeconomics. A letter grade of "C-" or above must be received in prerequisite courses.
The Metro MBA program is divided into three phases:
Phase I Covers the core functional disciplines of typical business enterprises and provides a solid grounding in the core theories, processes, and skills required by managers in today's rapidly-changing business environment.
Phase II consists of electives which students may choose to best meet their individual career needs and interests. Electives may focus on one of several disciplines or include courses from different disciplines. The general MBA consists of 8 elective credits (total of 40 program credits). Alternatively, the student may elect an MBA with a concentration by choosing 12-course credits in a selected discipline concentration (total of 44 program credits).
Phase III of the MBA program is the synthesis and capstone phase. The capstone course, MGMT 699 Management Strategy, and Policy, calls for the student to integrate what has been learned in previous courses and life experiences to form a coherent picture of management and organizations. All Phase I courses must be completed in order to register for the capstone course.
MBA with Concentration
The Metro MBA offers 4 subject-specific concentrations which, when earned, are noted in the student’s academic transcript. In addition to completing Phase I and Phase III courses described above, students combine the 8 credits of their Phase II electives with one additional 4 credit course, resulting in an MBA with Concentration of 44 total credits. Current concentrations offered are Project Management, Management Information Systems, Finance and Global Supply Chain Management.
A concentration can be declared at the time of application to the MBA program or after full admission. If the student declares a concentration after admission, a written statement requesting the concentration must be submitted to the College of Management Graduate Program Office. The student can declare up to two concentrations with advisor approval.
Project Management Concentration
Project management is now one of the fastest growing career fields in business. Organizations are increasingly using projects as a means of achieving their strategic objectives. The required courses prepare students for the challenging field of project management by providing them with tools, skills, and knowledge necessary to initiate, plan and implement projects successfully. The college also offers a graduate project management certificate.
Some of the major skills areas covered include:
- project planning, implementation, and control using Microsoft Project;
- request for proposal formulation;
- Earned Value Analysis;
- computer-aided problem solving and decision-making methodologies;
- systematic approaches to risk identification, risk modeling, risk impact assessment, response planning, and documentation;
- simulations using Microsoft Project, Crystal Ball, and Excel;
- techniques in data mining and visual display of quantitative data;
- team building, negotiation and conflict resolution in projects; and
- project management organizational options.
Management Information Systems (MIS) Concentration
Information technology (IT) has been at the forefront of productivity improvements in most organizations for the past 25 years, and will likely continue for the foreseeable future. Adding the MIS Concentration will better prepare a student to manage in any organization in which IT is a major force in the delivery of its goods and services. Metropolitan State is well known for the strength of its offerings in MIS. The approach of the MIS Concentration allows the student to meet the dual goals of a strong business degree with recognized special expertise in IT. Some of the major skill areas covered in the MIS Concentration are:
- IT strategy and Internet strategy;
- electronic commerce;
- Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP);
- knowledge management;
- Customer Relationship Management (CRM);
- managing the IT function;
- project management;
- process analysis and design;
- technology management; and
All major decisions in corporations are influenced by financial analysis. The required Phase I finance course (Finance 601) presents models which are used for such decisions, but it does not go into the depth required for people who work professionally in finance. The Finance Concentration coursework is designed to prepare the student for professional work in the fields of corporate finance, investments, insurance and commercial banking.Some of the major skill areas covered include:
- financial modeling;
- valuation of investment projects, instruments, and firms;
- understanding financial markets;
- risk assessment and risk management; and
- cost of capital.
Global Supply Chain Management Concentration
Supply chain management is one of the fastest growing career fields in business. Specialists in this field have a deep understanding of the structures and rhythms of global supply chains, how to optimize them, manage costs and assure uninterrupted commodity, component, and product supplies, and streamline systems integration. Students undertaking this concentration will master the basics of international trade and regulations, transportation and logistics, customer service, order fulfillment, sales and operations planning, eCommerce/omnichannel, warehousing and inventory management, and, supplier relations, sourcing, and purchasing. As organizations use supply chain management to achieve key strategic objectives, this concentration prepares students with knowledge and skills necessary to initiate, plan and implement supply chain projects, policies and systems successfully--globally. The college also offers a Graduate Global Supply Chain Management Certificate which can be concurrently pursued in addition to this MBA concentration.
Some of the major areas covered are:
- national and international modes of transportation and their characteristics; logistics; reverse logistics;
- supplier relations and contracts;
- strategic sourcing and purchasing;
- order fulfillment;
- warehousing and inventory management;
- distribution channels, eCommerce, omnichannel, and retail operations;
- customer relations and service;
- sales and operations planning;
- financial aspects of supply chains;
- international trade and regulations related to exports, imports, and homeland security;
- international business context and organization building;
- overall supply chain strategy and implementation.
The College of Management MBA Admissions Committee evaluates an application for evidence of undergraduate scholarship, professional experience and demonstrated aptitude for successful graduate business study.
The applicant may choose to take either the official GMAT (www.mba.com) or MBA Math (www.mbamath.com). If you take the GMAT, you must achieve a quantitative score equal to or greater than the 40th percentile to be considered for the MBA program. If you don't reach the 40th percentile, you can retake the GMAT or you can enroll in MBA Math. If you choose MBA Math, you must reach the minimum level of proficiency for each of the lessons (Minimum Proficiency Scores). Moreover, statistics prerequisite is waived if minimum proficiency is met for each statistics lesson.
If all application requirements are met, the applicant may be a candidate for full admission to the program. If one or more prerequisite courses need to be completed and the application otherwise supports the conclusion that the applicant can successfully undertake graduate study, conditional admission to a program may be granted. As a conditionally-admitted student, all prerequisites must be completed prior to starting any graduate course work. A letter grade of C- or better is required for all prerequisite courses. Applicants denied admission may not take graduate level courses in any College of Management graduate program.
Reapplication for Denied Applicants
If an application for admission to the program is denied, the applicant may meet with the MBA Program Director to discuss the application denial, and may reapply for admission only after a minimum of six months has passed after the denial. The applicant will need to demonstrate a substantive difference in the reapplication to be considered for admission.
If an application to the program is denied, the applicant may apply for another College of Management graduate program. A new application form must be accompanied by the application fee, a new goals essay, updated resume, two new references and GMAT scores and/or assessment test scores appropriate to the degree for which the applicant is applying.
English and Quantitative Competence Assessment
All College of Management students are expected to demonstrate English and quantitative competence at a level necessary to ensure success in graduate studies. Applicants whose abilities are assessed to be inadequate for graduate study may be required to enroll in appropriate remedial language or undergraduate courses until their skills have been brought to a level satisfactory for admission. These remedial or undergraduate courses must be successfully completed prior to taking any graduate level courses.
Once admitted to a College of Management graduate program, students are required to attend a graduate student orientation session before or during the first semester of course work. If the student does not attend an orientation session, a hold will be placed on that student's records preventing registration for further graduate classes until attending the orientation.
Applicants should allow 7-10 business days for review by the College of Management MBA Admissions Committee once the applicant’s file is complete and all required materials have been received by the Graduate Admissions Office.
To be considered for admission, the following must be submitted:
- Graduate Application
- Non-refundable application fee (waived for graduates of Metropolitan State University)
- Official transcripts from all universities attended, including any graduate work
- Test scores
- Current resume
- Goals essay
- Two letters of reference from professional or academic sources
See Applying to the Program for details on the requirements, deadlines and International Student application requirements.
Once fully admitted, the student may transfer up to 16 credits into the Metro MBA program, provided, however, that (1) the credits were earned from a U.S. regionally accredited institution; (2) a letter grade of B or better was earned in the course(s); and (3) the course was not taken towards a degree that was already granted by this or any other institution. Graduate courses which do not substantially satisfy learning outcomes in either the core, elective or concentration courses in the Metro MBA program are not eligible for transfer. All courses offered for transfer should be declared and approved within the first semester of the student’s initial enrollment at Metro, or within one year of taking the transfer course at another institution. All transfer courses must be approved by the MBA Program Director or in consultation with discipline coordinators.
Students must remain in satisfactory academic standing to continue in a College of Management master's degree or graduate certificate program. Only courses for which they receive a letter grade of C (2.0) or better count toward degree or certificate requirements. The option of a competence/no competence with a narrative transcript is not available to College of Management graduate students. A cumulative grade point average (GPA) of 3.0 and passing grades (i.e., C or better) for all required courses included in any graduate or certificate programs are required for graduation. Academic standing is calculated at the end of each semester.
Students receiving a letter grade of C+ or below in any graduate course, or who have a cumulative GPA that drops below 3.0, will be placed on academic probation. Students who remain on academic probation for more two semesters after first receiving notice of probation are subject to removal from the program due to unsatisfactory academic standing. Students will be restored to good academic standing when (1) their cumulative GPA rises above 3.0; and (2) they have repeated and passed any required courses for which they received an F.
Required courses for which a student receives an F must be repeated and passed in order to graduate. College of Management master's and graduate certificate students may repeat courses if they receive a grade of C or C+, upon approval of the MBA Program Director. If a course is repeated once, only the higher grade is used in computing the grade point average. If a course is repeated a second time, the grade point average includes grades earned in both of the repeat attempts. No course may be taken more than three times.
Appeal of Removal from the Program Due to Unsatisfactory Academic Standing
Students who are removed from the program due to unsatisfactory academic standing may appeal their removal to the College of Management Dean. The appeal must be made in writing and provide specific grounds for the appeal. The appeal is due to the Dean within 30 days of the date of the letter notifying them of the decision to remove them from the program. The Dean has 30 days to respond in writing to the appeal. Appeals received after 30 days will not be considered.
Readmission after Dismissal
Students who have been dismissed from a graduate program may apply for readmission no sooner than one calendar year after the last semester of study. To reapply, they have to complete the same process that was required for their initial admission and they must meet all the requirements of the Program as of their time of readmission. Readmission decisions are made by the College of Management and are not automatic.
Time to Completion
Students have five years from the first semester of graduate study to complete their degree program requirements. An extension of the time limit may be requested by writing to the MBA Program Director. Such requests must be received prior to the expiration of the time limit. Requests for extensions should include the reason(s) for requesting the extension, a summary of the student's plan to finish graduation requirements, and a specific date for the extension to expire. Extension decisions are made by the College of Management MBA Admissions Committee, are not automatic, and cannot be appealed.
Reactivating into the Program
If a student in good academic standing has not registered for courses for three or more consecutive semesters, that student must apply to reactivate into the degree program. To reactivate, the student must submit an updated resume and a letter to the College of Management MBA Admissions Committee expressing a desire to reactivate into the program. The Admissions Committee reviews the request and responds in writing, specifying degree completion requirements and deadline for completion. The student may be required to satisfy degree requirements in force at the time of reactivation, even if those requirements differ from those in force at the time of original admission to the degree program. Reactivation decisions are made by the College of Management MBA Admissions Committee and are not automatic.
College of Management Outstanding Student Award
During the final semester of course work, a student may be nominated by the faculty for the College of Management Outstanding Graduate Student Award. Nominees are evaluated on the basis of their academic performance in their graduate degree program, as well as achievements in their community and professional contributions. All finalists recognized in a special ceremony held before commencement every semester. The outstanding student will receive a commemorative certificate, and the student's name will be placed on a permanent plaque in the College of Management.
Metropolitan State University is accredited by The Higher Learning Commission.
The College of Management's Baccalaureate and Graduate degrees are candidates for accreditation by ACBSP (Accreditation Council for Business Schools & Programs).
Resident faculty members are primarily:
- Holders of doctoral degrees in their fields
- Authors of applied and refereed publications
- Experienced in their academic fields.
Additionally, the College of Management has a strong community faculty who are fully committed to educational excellence. All community faculty have graduate degrees, either a master's or a doctorate, as well as business expertise in their fields. The College of Management assures the quality of its community faculty through a careful selection process, extensive training through our own Teaching Academy, and regular student evaluations.
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