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Master of Business Administration General Online

Complete Coursework: as few as 12 months Credit Hours: 30-34 Tuition: $14,000*

Overview

The Master of Business Administration General online program provides an interdisciplinary approach to deepening a broad range of business skills, blending a foundation rooted in real-world experience with a tradition for academic excellence.

All courses are taught by highly qualified professors, with a relevant business curriculum that prepares students to amplify their knowledge of the global, technological and ethical issues in today’s business world. The degree program is accelerated and delivered in an online format that allows working professionals to enhance their management and leadership abilities while balancing career and personal obligations.

Courses

In order to earn the Master of Business Administration General online, students must complete 10 courses (30 credit hours), including 15 credit hours of core courses, 12 credit hours of advanced courses, and a capstone course (3 credit hours). Students without an undergraduate business degree are required to complete an additional 1-4 credit hours of business foundation courses.

To see the full list of Master of Business Administration General online courses, view courses.

Admissions

Applicants for the Master of Business Administration General online degree program must hold a baccalaureate degree from a regionally accredited institution, with transcripts verifying a cumulative undergraduate GPA of at least 3.0. Applicants with a GPA of less than 3.0 must submit a resume (showing three years of post-baccalaureate professional work experience) or acceptable GMAT/GRE scores.

To learn more about the Master of Business Administration General online admission requirements, view admissions.

Tuition

Students in the Master of Business Administration General online degree program can pay for each course as they enroll. There is a $45 application fee, and additional fees may apply. Fees are listed under tuition. Costs are the same for students in South Carolina or from outside the state.

To learn more about our Master of Business Administration General online tuition, view tuition.

Calendar

With multiple start dates each year, the Master of Business Administration General online degree program is convenient and accessible. Before starting, students should consider application date deadlines, turn in all required documentation and fees, register for classes and pay tuition to begin on their desired start date.

To see the full calendar of upcoming start dates for the Master of Business Administration General online, view calendar.

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Courses

For the Master of Business Administration General online, the curriculum is comprised of 10 courses covering 30 credit hours, including 15 credit hours of core courses, 12 credit hours of advanced courses, and a 3-credit hour capstone course.* Students without an undergraduate business degree are required to complete an additional 1-4 credit hours of business foundation courses.

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Students without an undergraduate business degree must take the following courses.

Duration: 1-4 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 0

This course is a self-study and assessment of the student’s knowledge of the foundations of economics and/or statistics. Students take this course depending upon previous successfully completed coursework in economics and/or statistics. Students must successfully complete the assessment(s) as a prerequisite to taking advanced MBA courses.

Duration: 2-8 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 1-4

Foundational topics in management include the overall management process, the environment in which managers function, negotiation, conflict, communication, motivation theory, leadership theory, human resources management laws, delegation and other relevant fundamental management concepts. Foundational topics in marketing include the marketing concept, product analysis, consumer behavior, pricing, promotion and distribution. Foundational topics in accounting include accounting elements, fundamental generally accepted accounting principles (GAAP), and construction of financial statements. Foundational topics in finance include time value of money and capital budgeting. Students take one or more credits depending upon previous successfully completed coursework in business.

Students must take the following courses.

Duration: 7 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 3

This course studies the underlying concepts, theories and frameworks relating to leadership and team development and their application to manage employees effectively in the organization. It also examines various styles, processes, tools and techniques used by managers to communicate effectively. The course covers concepts relating to negotiation, active listening, and conflict resolution as well as their practical application.

Duration: 7 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 3

This course is an introduction to marketing in a customer-driven firm, focusing on essential marketing skills needed by successful managers in all business functions. Advanced topics include how individual and organizational consumers make decisions, segmenting markets, positioning the firm’s offering, effective marketing research, new product development, pricing strategies, communicating with consumers, and managing relationships with sales force and distribution partners. The course also studies how firms must coordinate these different elements of the marketing mix to ensure that all marketing activities collectively forge a coherent strategy.

Duration: 7 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 3

This course is a survey of relevant contemporary topics in financial accounting and reporting to include the fundamentals of the accounting process that provide a business manager the ability to read, analyze and interpret financial accounting data crucial to making informed economic decisions. Topics include transaction analysis, operating profitability, investing and financing activities, forecasting and valuation.

Duration: 7 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 3

A focus on the analysis of the firm’s operating, investing and financing activities and how changes in these activities affect firm value. Specifically, financial analysis techniques and applications, along with other relevant information, are used to make real economic based decisions. It requires one to have a fundamental understanding of elementary algebra, financial accounting, and statistics. Focus will be made on basic financial concepts, problem solving and case analysis.

Duration: 7 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 3

This course covers the application of microeconomic and macroeconomic concepts and marginal analysis to the process of optimal decision making. To help students better prepare for leadership positions in business, the course will cover relevant theoretical and applied economic concepts.

Students must take the following courses.

Duration: 7 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 3

This course provides an analysis of legal and ethical issues as they relate to the business environment. By examining the application of law and ethics to a variety of business and corporate governance issues, it offers students an understanding of how businesses can comply with the law and use an ethical culture as a positive strategy for making successful business decisions.

Duration: 7 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 3

This course is a survey of the economic, political, cultural and legal environment in our global economy, emphasizing how successful companies operate in diverse foreign environments, engage in specialized transactions, and adapt market, financial and managerial strategies for optimal global operations.

Duration: 7 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 3

This course covers some of the most widely used analytical tools necessary for making better management decisions. In order to apprise and evaluate quantitative information, students are introduced to several mathematical techniques that can be applied to business situations. Topics include concepts of descriptive and inferential statistics, sampling techniques, measures of central tendency and variation, probability distributions, estimating means and proportions, hypothesis testing, analysis of variance, regression analysis, nonparametric statistical methods, time series, factor analysis, discriminant analysis, and Bayesian decision making.

Duration: 7 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 3

This course is designed to introduce fundamental processes of managing and controlling a variety of operations, covering both manufacturing and services sectors. Students will learn concepts, techniques, and tools to design, analyze and improve operational capabilities of an organization.

Students must take the following course.

Duration: 7 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 3

This course presents the strategic management process and the formulation and application of functionally integrated business policy by top management. Emphasis is placed upon decision making in the face of changing conditions, to include vision and innovation. The course integrates theory and application from all functional areas of business including economics, marketing, management, accounting and international business. Special topics include firm analysis, vision statements, mission statements, and financial statement analysis.

*The USC Aiken MBA Program will consider transfer of graduate credit from other AACSB accredited MBA programs. The maximum number of graduate credits which can be transferred into USC Aiken is 6 credits.

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Admissions

Let's get started! The admission process is the first step toward earning your online degree. Familiarize yourself with these requirements for the Master of Business Administration General online program, along with information on required documentation.

MBA General Online Requirements

To be considered for the Master of Business Administration General online program, applicants need to have a bachelor’s degree from a U.S. regionally accredited institution or international equivalent and satisfy one of the following requirements:

  • *official transcripts verifying a minimum GPA of 3.0 and three years of professional post-baccalaureate work experience. No GMAT will be required.
  • *official transcripts verifying a minimum GPA of 3.0 and a minimum score of 1,000 using the following formula: (Undergraduate GPA x 200) + GMAT score
  • *official transcripts verifying a minimum GPA of 2.5 (including a 2.75 or higher in all 300 and 400 level courses taken during the last 60 hours) and either (1) seven years of post-baccalaureate professional work experience, or (2) a minimum score of 1,050 using the following formula: (Undergraduate GPA x 200) + GMAT score
  • a master’s or doctoral degree from a U.S. regionally accredited institution/ international equivalent or enrollment in a graduate program that required submission of an acceptable GMAT/GRE score.

Students who have met all admission requirements except for submission of a GMAT/GRE score if required, are granted provisional acceptance, allowing them to take up to eight graduate credit hours before submitting their GMAT/GRE scores for final approval of full admission.

Students without an undergraduate business degree must complete up to 4 credit hours of business foundation courses if they have no prior coursework in economics, statistics, accounting, finance, management, or marketing.

International Students

International students are welcome to apply for the Master of Business Administration programs. However, this program does not issue Form I-20 documentation for students to enter the United States with an F-1 visa. Since the method of delivery is 100% online, students can enroll in the USC Aiken MBA program from their home country anywhere in the world.

Students who have an undergraduate degree awarded from outside of the United States must take either the TOEFL, IELTS or PTE exams to demonstrate English proficiency. There is no provisional admission based upon English proficiency. Students must meet at least one of the requirements and send official test scores in order to be considered for admission:

  • TOEFL paper based test (PBT): 551 or higher
  • TOEFL internet based test (iBT): 80 or higher
  • IELTS: 6.0 or higher band score with no sub score lower than 5
  • PTE Academic (Pearson Test of English): 53 or higher

Required Documentation

To successfully complete the application process, you'll need to submit:

  • online application
  • non-refundable $45 application fee
  • final official transcripts documenting undergraduate and graduate coursework taken from accredited college or university attended. The transcript must document proof of degree(s) earned.
  • current resume, with start and end dates included for each position

If you need to submit official documents by mail, send them to:

Attention: Graduate Office
University of South Carolina Aiken
471 University Parkway, Box 35
Aiken, SC 29801

Or email enroll@usca.edu

Have a question? Call us at 844-878-3634.

* Official transcripts for all universities attended are to be sent directly from your institution to USC Aiken Graduate Admissions in a sealed envelope. Opened copies of transcripts are not official. Electronic transcripts are accepted only when sent directly from the universities to enroll@usca.edu. Electronic copies sent by the student are not considered official.

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Tuition

The following is the tuition breakdown for students pursuing a Master of Business Administration General online. Tuition is the same for in-state and out-of-state students.

Per Credit Hour Per Course Per Program
$466.67 $1,400 $14,000*

*If all foundation courses are required, tuition for the MBA General program would total $15,867. Tuition and fees do not include the cost of course materials/textbooks or any potential proctoring fees.

Fees:

  • Application fee: $45
  • Matriculation fee: $85 (a one-time fee for all newly admitted, degree-seeking students)
  • International application fee: $100
  • International student fee: $300
  • Readmitted student fee: $10
  • Reinstatement fee: $75 per occurrence
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Calendar


Session Program Start Date Application Deadline Document Deadline Registration Deadline Payment Due Last Class Day
Fall 2 October 22, 2018 October 1, 2018 October 8, 2018 October 15, 2018 October 22, 2018 December 2, 2018
Spring 1 January 14, 2019 December 15, 2018 December 20, 2018 January 7, 2019 January 16, 2019 March 6, 2019
Spring 2 March 18, 2019 February 25, 2019 March 4, 2019 March 11, 2019 March 20, 2019 May 8, 2019
Summer 1 May 13, 2019 April 19, 2019 April 26, 2019 May 6, 2019 May 10, 2019 June 28, 2019
Summer 2 July 2, 2019 June 11, 2019 June 18, 2019 June 25, 2019 July 2, 2019 August 20, 2019
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