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Professional MBA Degree Requirements

The Professional MBA program is for students without an undergraduate background in business.


Electives/Emphasis Area (15 Hours)

The MBA program allows students the flexibility of using 15 credit hours to meet their unique needs. Electives may be used to obtain a business emphasis or specialization. An emphasis requires 12 credit hours. To focus your education and develop your expertise in specific areas for your career, the Bloch School offers the following eight emphasis areas (all are 12 credit hours):

  • Entrepreneurship
  • Finance
  • General Management
  • International Business
  • Leading and Managing People
  • Management Information Systems
  • Marketing
  • Real Estate
  • Supply Chain & Operations Management

Students are not required to complete an emphasis area. Each emphasis area is comprised of 12 hours.

Students are strongly encouraged to work closely with an advisor in planning their programs so that the courses they choose will be of interest and benefit to them while fulfilling the requirements of the degree. Not all classes are offered each semester.

For specific coursework requirements for each emphasis area, please visit the MBA Emphasis Areas page.

Capstone Experience (3 Hours)

The capstone course is to be completed in your final year of the program. Completion of or concurrent enrollment in MGT 5509: Strategic Management, is required to enroll in a capstone course. The faculty plan to offer up to three capstone options each fall and spring semester. Although they are intended as a final experience in the program, you may take a capstone earlier than your final semester if that is when the course best for your needs is offered. A capstone course is not offered during the summer semester.

Upcoming capstone course offerings include:

ENT 5572 MBA Capstone Experience-Business Plan for a Startup Company
Class participants will develop a business plan for a startup company. The plan must demonstrate understanding of the product or service, and appropriate analyses including opportunity assessment for the new product/service, specifying the skills of the management team and the organization that the company will need to develop, the business model, the market, the industry including competitors, alternatives and choices for operations, the information systems and reports the management team will need, the milestones that investors should realistically expect the new entity to meet, and the financial requirements of the company in its early phases.
Course offered every fall and spring.

MGT 5570: Global Management Consultancy
An integrative global management consulting experience for a real world organization that applies analytical skills in the areas of finance, marketing, information systems, supply chain management, human resources, leadership, innovation, international and strategy. Course deliverables include written and oral reports for the client organization. The course requires travel to visit client organization’s operations.
There are two versions of the course: International Management, designed to allow students to develop an expertise with non-U.S. management, and U.S. Management, designed to allow international students to develop an expertise with U.S. management. MGT 5570 is offered in connection with a consulting experience involving international travel. Contact Dr. Jae Jung or Dr. Sidne Ward for more information before assuming you are eligible for this course or that it is appropriate for you.
Prerequisite: MBA students must have completed all required core courses AND be in the last year of their program. MSA, MPA, MSF, MSERE, or MSGE program students may enroll with consent of instructor. Special application and selection process.
Course offered every spring (during Spring Break).

MGT 5572: The Capstone Consulting Project
An integrative management consulting experience for a real world organization that requires application of conceptual models and analytical skills in multiple disciplines including areas such as finance, marketing, information systems, supply chain management, human resources, leadership, innovation, international and strategy. Course deliverables include written and oral reports for the client organization. The course requires interaction with senior managers in the client organization with anticipation of in-person or virtual visits to the firm.
Course offered every spring.
*Will be offered fall 2017 and spring 2019*

MGT 5574: Leading and Managing Change
This course challenges students to apply concepts and models of leadership and strategy to timely, real-world issues and problems across business and functional areas in organizations. Using readings, class discussion, field-based leadership projects and peer consulting, the course will emphasize the integrating perspective of the general manager and will explore cross-functional vision, decision-making and execution for leadership effectiveness.
Course offered every fall.
*Will be offered spring 2018 and fall 2018*

Transfer Credit

A maximum of six (6) credit hours of graduate course work completed with distinction at an accredited graduate school and relevant to the individual’s degree program may be accepted toward the MBA You must provide official transcripts to UMKC for this purpose. All transfer credit approval is facilitated by your advisor during your first semester.


Accelerated Professional MBA Degree Requirements

The Accelerated Professional MBA program is for students with an undergraduate business degree.

Core Courses: 6 Credit Hours

All core classes are 1.5 hours. With the exception of the immersion class, all other core courses are offered in an eight-week format.

Electives/Emphasis Area (24 Hours)

The MBA program allows students the flexibility of using 24 credit hours to meet their unique needs. Electives may be used to obtain a business emphasis or specialization. An emphasis requires 12 credit hours. To focus your education and develop your expertise in specific areas for your career, the Bloch School offers the following eight emphasis areas (all are 12 credit hours):

  • Entrepreneurship
  • Finance
  • General Management
  • International Business
  • Leading and Managing People
  • Management Information Systems
  • Marketing
  • Real Estate
  • Supply Chain & Operations Management

Please note that only 24 credit hours from any one emphasis area can be counted toward the degree program. Students are not required to complete an emphasis area. Each emphasis area is comprised of 12 hours.

Students are strongly encouraged to work closely with an advisor in planning their programs so that the courses they choose will be of interest and benefit to them while fulfilling the requirements of the degree. Not all classes are offered each semester.

For specific coursework requirements for each emphasis area, please visit the MBA Emphasis Areas page.

Capstone Experience (3 Hours)

The capstone course is to be completed in your final year of the program. Completion of or concurrent enrollment in MGT 5509: Strategic Management, is required to enroll in a capstone course. The faculty plan to offer up to three capstone options each fall and spring semester. Although they are intended as a final experience in the program, you may take a capstone earlier than your final semester if that is when the course best for your needs is offered. A capstone course is not offered during the summer semester.

Upcoming capstone course offerings include:

ENT 5572 MBA Capstone Experience-Business Plan for a Startup Company
Class participants will develop a business plan for a startup company. The plan must demonstrate understanding of the product or service, and appropriate analyses including opportunity assessment for the new product/service, specifying the skills of the management team and the organization that the company will need to develop, the business model, the market, the industry including competitors, alternatives and choices for operations, the information systems and reports the management team will need, the milestones that investors should realistically expect the new entity to meet, and the financial requirements of the company in its early phases.
Course offered every fall and spring.

MGT 5570: Global Management Consultancy
An integrative global management consulting experience for a real world organization that applies analytical skills in the areas of finance, marketing, information systems, supply chain management, human resources, leadership, innovation, international and strategy. Course deliverables include written and oral reports for the client organization. The course requires travel to visit client organization’s operations.
There are two versions of the course: International Management, designed to allow students to develop an expertise with non-U.S. management, and U.S. Management, designed to allow international students to develop an expertise with U.S. management. MGT 5570 is offered in connection with a consulting experience involving international travel. Contact Dr. Jae Jung or Dr. Sidne Ward for more information before assuming you are eligible for this course or that it is appropriate for you.
Prerequisite: MBA students must have completed all required core courses AND be in the last year of their program. MSA, MPA, MSF, MSERE, or MSGE program students may enroll with consent of instructor. Special application and selection process.
Course offered every spring (during Spring Break).

MGT 5572: The Capstone Consulting Project
An integrative management consulting experience for a real world organization that requires application of conceptual models and analytical skills in multiple disciplines including areas such as finance, marketing, information systems, supply chain management, human resources, leadership, innovation, international and strategy. Course deliverables include written and oral reports for the client organization. The course requires interaction with senior managers in the client organization with anticipation of in-person or virtual visits to the firm.
*Will be offered fall 2017 and spring 2019*

MGT 5574: Leading and Managing Change
This course challenges students to apply concepts and models of leadership and strategy to timely, real-world issues and problems across business and functional areas in organizations. Using readings, class discussion, field-based leadership projects and peer consulting, the course will emphasize the integrating perspective of the general manager and will explore cross-functional vision, decision-making and execution for leadership effectiveness.
*Will be offered spring 2018 and fall 2018*

Transfer Credit

It is possible to transfer up to 6 credit hours of MBA coursework from another AACSB-accredited program. The credits must have been completed within the past 7 years with grades of C or higher. You should speak to your advisor about approved classes and transfer procedures your first academic advising appointment.

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