The Master of Business Administration program offers two tracks. The General Business track of the Master of Business Administration (MBA) is an on-campus, part-time, evening program. Each class meets one night per week. Students can begin the General Business track of the MBA program any semester. The program offers four 3-hour MBA courses in Fall and Spring Semesters and at least two 3-hour MBA courses in Summer Semester. The program can be completed in three to four semesters; however, students may choose to take up to seven years to complete the program.

The Healthcare Administration track of the MBA is an online, part-time, program designed for students interested in a career in the area of healthcare.

Admission Deadlines

  • Fall Deadline: July 15
  • Spring Deadline: November 15

Go to the Graduate School website and click on Our Programs, then click on MBA Program for information on:

  • Specific MBA Program Admission Requirements
  • MBA Program Retention, Dismissal, and Readmission Policies
  • MBA Program Graduation Requirements

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MBA Learning Goals

MBA students will be:

  • Competent in the business disciplines, using appropriate accounting, marketing, economics, quantitative methods, organizational behavior, finance, or production knowledge and tools to make a business decision in that functional area.
  • Critical thinkers, using concepts from strategic management to integrate relevant information, decision-making techniques, and concepts from multiple business functions to make decisions in new or unpredictable environments.
  • Effective communicators, using information technology and oral and written skills to enhance decision making through better communication.
  • Proficient in making ethical and legal decisions, recognizing cultural differences in the legal and ethical implications of business decisions.
  • Globally cognizant, identifying management issues in a global environment with disparate business views and culturally diverse customers and employees.
  • Team players and leaders, demonstrating team and leadership skills needed to make a business decision.

Examples of Goal Assessments

  1. Students complete knowledge tests related to relevant learning objectives for each course.
  2. Students complete class exercises and group projects and present cases in oral and written form.
  3. Faculty observe and rate students on teamwork and leadership skills.

Accelerated Undergraduate-to-Graduate Track

Contingent upon acceptance in to the Accelerated Undergraduate-to-Graduate Track, students wishing to pursue a Master of Business Administration (M.B.A.) or a Master of Accountancy (M.Acc.) at Valdosta State University may take up to 9 semester hours of graduate-level coursework (courses numbered 5000 or above) that will count toward Business electives for their major (Accounting, Economics, Finance, Healthcare Administration, International Business, Management, and/or Marketing) or toward general electives for the undergraduate degree.

Acceptance in to the Accelerated track requires:

1.  written notification by an LCOBA professional advisor from the Student Engagement Center to the LCOBA Director of Graduate Programs of her/his willingness to serve as the student's Accelerated Undergraduate-to-Graduate Track advisor.

2.  completion of 75 credit hours of undergraduate coursework: 

a.  at least 15 hours must be LCOBA courses, with at least a 3.0 GPA for those LCOBA credits; and

b.  a grade of “C” or better must be earned in each of those LCOBA courses.

3.  an overall GPA in undergraduate course work of at least 3.0.

Once accepted, a specific course of study will be developed with the student's advisor.

Students interested in continuing their graduate education may apply for admission to the graduate program in LCOBA in their senior year or upon completion of their undergraduate degree. Full admission to the Graduate School requires completion of the bachelor's degree. Students in the Accelerated Undergraduate-to-Graduate Track will not be required to take admission tests but must meet all other graduate admission requirements. See the Graduate School website for admission requirements. Students who have completed 9 hours of graduate level course work to complete their bachelor's degree will be required to complete the remaining requirements of the graduate degree they choose to pursue.

General Business Track

Course Requirements

MBA-General Business Track Core 21
MBA 7030Managerial Accounting3
MBA 7050Strategic Marketing3
MBA 7350Managerial Finance3
MBA 7660Advanced Quantitative Methods3
MBA 7630Leadership and Motivation3
MBA 7500Managerial Economics3
MBA 7900Strategic Management3
Choose any three electives from MBA or MAcc programs
Total Hours Required for the Degree30

Course Load

MBA students normally enroll for either three or six semester hours in Fall and Spring Semesters and three hours in Summer Semesters.

Enrollment by Undergraduates

Graduate School policy permits senior undergraduate students with an overall GPA of 3.0 to take a maximum of 9 semester hours of graduate courses for graduate credit. Undergraduates wishing to take an MBA course must also present a GMAT test score of at least 400.

Program Costs

See the Financial Information and Business Regulations in the Graduate Catalog.

Healthcare Administration Track

Course Requirements

MBA-Healthcare Track Core 21
MBA 7030Managerial Accounting3
MBA 7050Strategic Marketing3
MBA 7630Leadership and Motivation3
MBA 7660Advanced Quantitative Methods3
MBA 7810Healthcare Economics3
MBA 7830Financial Management in Healthcare3
MBA 7900Strategic Management3
Required Healthcare Courses 9
MBA 7800Introduction to Healthcare Systems and Policies3
MBA 7840Legal Aspects of Healthcare3
MBA 7898Healthcare Directed Research3
or MBA 7899 Healthcare Administration Practicum
Elective Healthcare Courses6
Select two from the following:
Strategic Human Resources Management
Insurance and Risk Management
Healthcare Information Systems
Healthcare Operations Management
Total Hours Required for the Degree36