Parent Category: AIIAS
Program Director: Raimond Luntungan
The MBA program, with emphases in Business Management, Finance, and Information Technology, is a 43-46-semester hour program. It is designed for individuals to develop professional competence, leadership potential, decision making abilities, and interpersonal skills to serve organizations in managerial capacities. The main campus offers a full-time course of study, while DLCs offer scheduling for part-time students. An online MBA is also offered.
When to Begin
Students who plan to take the full-time MBA program on the main campus are advised that there are required course sequences which must be met (particularly in the Finance emphasis). In order to avoid scheduling problems and a delay in the completion of their program, all students should coordinate their arrival on campus with the department.
Hold a four-year baccalaureate degree or its equivalent, with a minimum GPA of 3.00 (four-point scale).
- Demonstrate a solid understanding in each of the following areas:
- Economics (Macro- and Microeconomics)
- Management (Theory and History)
- Statistics (Probability)
Most students will meet these prerequisites by earning undergraduate credits with a minimum grade of B in each of the areas. Students may present other relevant documentation to demonstrate satisfactory knowledge in the area. The department will evaluate each student’s application and make the final determination as to whether a prerequisite has been met.
Applicants should note that AIIAS does not regularly offer most of these prerequisites. However, online self-study modules may be available for some of these prerequisites which students can register for on payment of the required fee and complete the module by fulfilling the requirements and by passing the tests and/or exam. Students applying for admission into the MBA program coming from disciplines other than business should have completed more than 50% of the total number of prerequisites required before they will be considered for admission.
Students who have completed these prerequisites with a grade of less than B from their respective college/s are subject to the following:
a. Enroll in the prerequisite subject in other college/s approved by the Department of Business and receive a minimum grade of B.
b. If the student is able to present evidence of experience related to the prerequisite area for at least three (3) years, he/she may be granted a single opportunity to write a proficiency exam for the prerequisite. If the result is 84% or higher, the prerequisite requirement is considered met.
2. Students who choose the Information Technology emphasis need to demonstrate a solid working knowledge in the area. Those who have no programming knowledge will be expected to acquire limited proficiency during the program.
3. Demonstrated English proficiency.
4. If deemed necessary, undergo an interview. Students must use current information technology such as word processors, spreadsheets, presentation software and the Internet in their coursework. Proficiency in mathematics is expected and prior knowledge through advanced algebra (pre-calculus) is assumed. Those who initially lack these skills should plan to acquire them early in their program to help ensure their success. All Business Department students are expected to bring a portable computer to class for their personal use whenever requested by the faculty member.
To complete the program and be awarded the degree of Master of Business Administration (MBA), the student must satisfactorily meet the following requirements:
- Complete a minimum of 43-46 semester hours according to the curriculum specified below.
- Maintain a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.00.
- All students who have less than one year of full-time work experience must register for and complete BUAD 595 Business Practicum (3 credits) before their second registration.
- Students must gain the approval of the business department faculty to complete a thesis as the culminating phase of their MBA if the thesis option is selected as the culminating module.
The curriculum of the MBA degree is made up of 44 semester hours of coursework as explained below. To be awarded the degree the student must satisfactorily meet the following requirements:
Program Structure Credits
†the thesis (6 credits) and the projects (3 credits) must be in the area of emphasis
Note: BUAD 691 is the capstone course and should be taken at the last opportunity prior to graduation.