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Master of Business Administration

Degree - Master of Business Administration, MBA
Concentration: General Business

Description of Program

The Master of Business Administration in General Business degree program is designed to prepare students for leadership roles in today's competitive global business environment. the program provides the opportunity to obtain advanced training in business administration, contributing to the advancement of knowledge, and, in keeping with the overall mission of Alcorn State University, assists in the preparation of global leaders who will be equipped to play an important role in the future development of the state, nation, and global economics.

Learning Outcomes

  • Students will be able to analyze and develop strategies given the current business environment with a global mindset.
  • Students will be able to develop and implement appropriate managerial techniques for diverse business situations.
  • Students will be able to assess a firm's activities from ethical and socially responsible perspectives.

Admission Requirements:

Students applying for entrance to the Master of Business Administration are required to submit an application for admission, Apply Online (www.alcorn.edu/academics/graduate-studies).

  • Two letters of recommendation (Managerial, Supervisory, or Professional)
  • Resume
  • Official transcript from an accredited school (if a student has attended more than one school, transcripts must be submitted from all schools attended). At least one transcript must document the student has a bachelor’s degree from an accredited school.
  • Applicants who do not have an undergraduate business background must complete business prerequisites and will be admitted on a conditional basis until prerequisites are successfully completed with a 3.00 GPA.
  • Minimum cumulative GPA of 3.20 (on a 4.0 scale) for all undergraduate work.
  • Immunization Record

Decisions are made only after receipt of all credentials by the department’s admission committee. The department uses an admission formula to accept students. The entire application packet, including all supporting materials, must be submitted to the Graduate School. Official test scores must be submitted from Education Testing Service (ETS) and must not be older than five years, official transcripts from the sending school, and Credential Evaluations (International students) from an approved Credential Evaluation Service.

Standardized Test:

Students have the option of submitting test scores for either the Graduate Record Examination (GRE) General Test or Graduate Management Admissions Test (GMAT) as the official standardized test required for admission to the Master of Business Administration. WAIVED

Degree Requirements:

The curriculum for the Master of Business Administration in General Business requires 36 credit hours of coursework and a capstone project for degree completion. Students must enroll in the capstone course MG 690 Business Policy and Strategy and complete a capstone course project that is required for progression to degree completion.

Graduation expectations require the following:

  • A minimum of 30 credit hours of graduate instruction must be completed in residence at Alcorn State University
  • Earn no more than two Cs in coursework
  • Successfully complete the capstone course with a 'B' or higher
  • Write an acceptable project in the capstone course and make an oral presentation of the project
  • Official transcripts on file for all transfer credits accepted by the University

Academic advisors are allowed to accept up to six semester credit hours earned at an accredited university with a grade of “B” or higher for graduate coursework completed. Substitutions of coursework are allowed with the approval of an advisor and department administrators up to nine hours if the substitution(s) meet curriculum requirements.

See Transfer of Credits Policy for additional information.
See the Substitution of Courses Policy for additional information.

Academic Track: Capstone Course Project

The Capstone Course and skills assessment are exit requirement for the Master of Business Administration in General Business. This discipline has specific expectations for selection of topics and the business plan for the type of capstone project. Students pursue independent research on a business of their choice under the guidance of a graduate faculty to produce a business plan that reflects understanding of the topic or need for service or product.

Master Degree Audit:

Before candidacy for graduation can be confirmed, each student progression to degree completion will be evaluated to determine if student has met all academic requirements for course work and other aspects of the student’s course of study and Graduate School requirements. When these requirements are met, the student is cleared for graduation.

Time to Degree Completion

Alcorn’s time to degree completion policy allows 6 years to complete the business administration program. Degree completion depends on the pace a student completes the curriculum. If the time exceeds six years, the student must petition the Graduate School to consider an appeal for more time to degree completion.

See the Student Academic Appeals Policy for Expiration of Timeline for additional requirements

Degree Plan and Course Sequence
Prerequisites Core
AC 580 Survey of Accounting
BA 520 Survey of Economics
BA 540 Survey of Legal Environment and Ethics
FI 530 Survey of Finance
MG 510 Survey of Business Statistics
MG 541 Survey of Management
MG 542 Survey of Management Information Systems
MK 550 Survey of Marketing

Graduate or Professional Required Core (18 Hours)
AC 680 Managerial Accounting Analysis
BA 620 Managerial Economics Analysis
FI 630 Financial Analysis and Management
MG 640 Organizational Behavior and Development
MG 644 Production/Operations Analysis
MK 650 Marketing Analysis

Required Capstone Course (3 Hours)
MG 690 Business Policy and Strategy

Graduate or Professional Electives (15 Hours)
AC 682 Accounting Seminar
AC 685 Tax Planning for Management Decisions
AC 688 Financial Statement Analysis
AC 689 Special Topics in Accounting
BA 648 Business Research Methods
FI 632 Financial Institutions
FI 634 Financial Investment Analysis and Policy
FI 636 International Finance
FI 639 Special Topics in Finance
MG 641 Human Resource Management
MG 644 Production/Operations Analysis
MG 646 International Management
MG 649 Special Topics in Management
MK 654 Consumer Behavior
MK 656 International Marketing
MK 658 Marketing Seminar
MK 659 Special Topics in Marketing

For More Information Contact:
Dr. Charles Richardson ▪ 601.877.6450 ▪ cricharson@alcorn.edu (School of Business)