The focus of the UCA MBA Program is in helping you succeed. We believe that your education is more than attending class and completing assignments. It is the relationships you build with other classmates and faculty. It is appreciating the intricacies of making difficult decisions. It involves meeting personal challenges in and out of the classroom. Ultimately, it is learning more about yourself and your potential.
Thank you for your interest in the MBA Program at the University of Central Arkansas. The UCA College of Business is dedicated to the success of each student. We recognize that business leaders must have technical knowledge, critical thinking skills and be able to communicate ideas in a collaborative environment.
The focus of the MBA Program is in helping you succeed. We believe that your education is more than attending class and completing assignments. It is the relationships you build with other classmates and faculty. It is appreciating the intricacies of making difficult decisions. It involves meeting personal challenges in and out of the classroom. Ultimately, it is learning more about yourself and your potential.
Paths to Completion
Our MBA program incorporates seven core courses aimed at strengthening managerial skills and three electives to tailor the MBA curriculum to suit specific career goals.
Our MBA program provides several distinct options to earn your degree, providing flexibility while also ensuring the quality of the UCA MBA remains the same – no matter how you choose to personalize it. There are three formats: traditional, online, and blended.
- Traditional, on-campus option: Whether you are a full-time student or part-time
- student balancing your coursework with other responsibilities, our program offers traditional, on-campus classes to meet your needs. Classes are conveniently offered both during the day and in the evening.
- Online option: We understand that coming to campus is not always practical, so you may choose to complete your MBA entirely online. Rest assured that our online classes provide you with the same quality and opportunities for learning and growth as do our traditional classes.
- Blended option: With our blended option, students get the best of both worlds. You can choose any combination of traditional and online classes that works best for you, your work schedule and learning style.
For the online option and the hybrid option, you can finish the degree program within one year.
Our MBA program is conveniently designed with you in mind, and each path to completion will drive students to succeed in the classroom and beyond.
Admission & MBA Requirements
- Baccalaureate degree from an accredited institution or international degree equivalent to U.S. accredited institutions.
- Undergraduate GPA of 2.7, or 3.0 in the last 60 hours.
- GMAT – 500 minimum, the equivalent GRE (Graduate Record Examination) score, or a minimum of 110 on the aptitude portion of the Chinese National Postgraduate Entrance Examination (NPEE) for Management and Economics majors
- English Language Proficiency (only for international applicants)
- TOEFL (Test of English as a Second Language)
- 550 on the paper-based examination
- 79 Internet-based examination
- IELTS (International English Language Testing System) Score of 6.5
- Personal Essay.
- Two letters of recommendation.
- Current resume.
Applicants not meeting all of the admission criteria may be admitted on a conditional basis. Conditional admission will depend on evidence of potential success in the program such as the applicant’s maturity, motivation, employment history, managerial potential, letters of recommendation, personal statement, and other accomplishments. Conditionally admitted students must obtain a 3.00 GPA in the first nine (9) hours of coursework toward the degree. After this point, the conditional status will be removed.
MBA Program Requirements
To receive the MBA degree, the student must complete the 30-hour MBA core courses with a GPA of 3.00 or higher. Students with a non-business undergraduate degree from an accredited institution may be required to take pre-requisite courses prior to enrollment in the MBA core courses. Students who have the equivalent of any pre-requisite course in another program may be exempt from taking that course. Please consult with the MBA Director.
MBA Pre-Requisite Courses
- ACCT 2310 Principles of Accounting I [ACTS: ACCT2003]
- ECON 2321 Microeconomics [ACTS: ECON2203]
- FINA 3330 Managing Finance and Capital
- QMTH 2330 Business Statistics [ACTS: BUSI2103]
An MBA student is required to finish ten classes (30 credit hours). Seven of those classes are required core classes (see below). To fit the career needs of our students, the remaining courses are electives. We are continuously increasing the number of offered electives.
MBA Core Courses (21 credit hours)
- MBA 6301 Decision Modeling in Information Systems
- MBA6302 Accounting for Management Decisions
- MBA6305 Financial Decision Making
- MBA6308 Marketing Strategy
- MBA6320 Strategic Management
- MBA6325 Organizational Behavior
- MBA6330 Operations Management
MBA Elective Courses (9 credit hours)
- MBA 5332 Investments
- MBA 5334 Financial Derivatives
- MBA 5345 Governance of the Sustainable Organization
- MBA 5376 Entrepreneurial and Small Business Finance
- MBA 5380 Business Intelligence
- MBA 6303 Managerial Economics
- MBA 6306 Legal Environment of Business for Managers
- MBA 6307 Entrepreneurship: The Act of Wealth Creation
- MBA 6382 Internship
- MBA 6390 Special Problems
- INSU 5324 Fundamentals of Insurance and Risk Management
- ACCT 6305 Advanced Business Law for Accountants
- ACCT 6309 Tax Research and Planning
- ACCT 6310 Advanced Accounting Theory
- ACCT 6317 Seminar in Auditing
- ACCT 6319 Corporations & Shareholder Taxation
- ACCT 6320 Seminar in Accounting Information Systems
- ACCT 6329 Partnership and S-Corporation Taxation
- ACCT 6339 Estate & Gift Taxation
- ACCT 6340 Seminar in Case Studies in Accounting
- ACCT 6350 Seminar in Accounting Leadership
- Health Care Administration
- Information Management
- International Business Specialization
Starting for applications for Fall 2015 admission, applicants to MBA program are generally required to supply GMAT or GRE scores as part of their application process. The following persons may be exempt from taking the GMAT or GRE:
- Applicants who hold a terminal degree (e.g., Ph.D., M.D., J.D., D.D.S., Ed.D.) from an accredited institution in the United States.
- Applicants who hold a master’s degree from an accredited institution in the United States, having graduated with a cumulative GPA of 3.25 or better.
- Applicants who hold a bachelor’s degree from an accredited institution in the United States, with a cumulative GPA of 3.25 or better and can supply a comparable score on the MCAT/LSAT or equivalent examination as determined by Graduate Dean in consultation with the MBA director. Scores should be no more than five years old.
- Applicants who have completed and passed all parts of the CPA exam (must submit an official copy of license).
- Applicants who hold a Bachelor’s degree in Business from an AACSB accredited undergraduate program (including UCA) with an undergraduate cumulative GPA of 3.25 or higher.
- Applicants who hold a degree outside of business from a regionally accredited school with an undergraduate cumulative GPA of 3.25 or higher and coursework which covered the following: management information systems; accounting principles; microeconomics; macroeconomics; statistics; finance; management; human resource management; and operations management.
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