Anne O'Leary-Kelly
Associate Dean for Research and Graduate Programs
328 Walton College of Business
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Executive M.B.A. website

Degrees Conferred:
Ph.D. in Business Administration
M.B.A. 

Graduate Certificates (non-degree):
Graduate Certificate in Business
Graduate Certificate in Entrepreneurship

Master of Business Administration

The Master of Business Administration degree is directed at students preparing for a professional career.  Students may choose one of three concentrations: the full-time M.B.A., the Executive M.B.A., or the Executive Healthcare M.B.A.  The degree is a non-thesis option. The Master of Business Administration program is accredited by the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB International).

Admission to the M.B.A.: Students must be admitted to the Graduate School of Business and to the M.B.A. program by the M.B.A. Admissions Committee. Admission to the M.B.A. program is based upon an acceptable GMAT or GRE score, an acceptable grade-point average, recommendations, essays, and related work experience. For questions regarding admission requirements for the M.B.A. program, please access information online at gsb.uark.edu or contact the Graduate School of Business at gsb@walton.uark.edu.

Prerequisites to Degree Program: Students entering the M.B.A. program are expected to have already mastered basic business concepts or, demonstrated, with an official GMAT or GRE test score, the ability to master business concepts taught in the program. Mastery of the aforementioned topics must be demonstrated before entering the program. Students without academic backgrounds in business may be required to take additional hours or noncredit preparatory classes prior to enrollment in the M.B.A. program. 

Requirements for a Master of Business Administration Degree

Requirements include one or more courses from each of the following core areas: People Management, Ethics, and Leadership; Information Technology and Analytics; Accounting and Financial Capital; Marketing and Supply Chain Management; and Strategic and International Management. In addition, requirements include two to four courses from each concentration’s specialization track. 

Requirements for the M.B.A. are fulfilled through one of the following three concentrations: Full-Time M.B.A., Executive M.B.A., and Executive Healthcare M.B.A.  

Requirements for the Full-Time M.B.A. concentration:

Core Courses
People Management, Ethics and Leadership
MGMT 5223Managing & Leading Organizations (Fa)3
MBAD 5241Ethical Decision Making (Fa)1
Information Technology and Analytics
ISYS 5363Business Analytics (Sp)3
ISYS 5433Enterprise Systems (Sp)3
Accounting and Financial Capital
FINN 5223Financial Markets & Valuation (Sp)3
ACCT 5223Accounting for Supply Chain & Retail Organizations (Fa)3
Marketing and Supply Chain Management
MKTG 5103Retail Consumer Marketing (Sp)3
SCMT 5633Retail and Consumer Products Supply Chain Management (Sp)3
Strategic and International Management
ECON 5243Economics of Supply Chain & Retail (Sp)3
MGMT 5313Strategic Management (Su)3
Tracks12
Full Time M.B.A. concentration students must select from one of the following tracks:
Retail
Retailing Strategy and Processes (Sp)
Consumer and Market Research (Fa)
Shopper, Buyer, and Consumer Behavior (Fa)
Graduate Business Elective (3 hours)
Supply Chain Management
Global Logistics and Supply Management (Irregular)
Transportation Strategies in the Supply Chain (Fa)
Modeling Retail & Consumer Products Logistics (Irregular)
Graduate Business Elective (3 hours)
Financial Management
Advanced Corporate Financial Management (Irregular)
Investment Theory and Management (Fa)
Shollmier Investment Project (Sp, Fa) (students must complete 6 hours)
Innovation/Entrepreneurship
Partnering Project (Irregular)
New Venture Development (Fa)
Innovation & Creativity (Sp)
Consumer and Market Research (Fa)
Total Hours40

Requirements for the Executive M.B.A. Concentration:

Core Courses
People Management, Ethics and Leadership
MGMT 5613Leadership and Organizational Behavior (Su)3
Information Technology and Analytics
SCMT 5133Quantitative Methods and Decision Making (Fa)3
ISYS 5603Analytics and Visualization (Fa)3
Accounting and Financial Capital
FINN 5113Corporate Financial Management (Sp)3
ACCT 5263Financial Statement Analysis for Executives (Su)3
Marketing and Supply Chain Management
MKTG 5223Marketing (Fa)3
SCMT 5663Supply Chain Management (Fa)3
Strategic and International Management
MGMT 5313Strategic Management (Su)3
MGMT 5373Global Business (Su)3
MGMT 5602Introduction to Strategy (Fa)2
ECON 5253Economics of Management and Strategy (Irregular)3
Tracks6
Executive M.B.A. concentration students must select from one of the following tracks:
Retail
Contemporary Topics in Retail (Sp)
Choose one course from either the Supply Chain Management track or Business Analytics track.
Supply Chain Management
Supply Chain Management in Global Business (Sp)
Predictive Supply Chain Analytics (Fa)
Financial Management
Advanced Corporate Financial Management (Irregular)
Investment Theory and Management (Fa)
Innovation/Entrepreneurship
New Venture Development (Fa)
Partnering Project (Irregular)
Business Analytics
Data Management Systems (Sp)
Seminar in Business Intelligence and Knowledge Management (Sp)
Total Hours38

Requirements for the Executive Healthcare M.B.A. Concentration:

Core Courses
People Management, Ethics and Leadership
MGMT 5613Leadership and Organizational Behavior (Su)3
Information Technology and Analytics
SCMT 5133Quantitative Methods and Decision Making (Fa)3
ISYS 5603Analytics and Visualization (Fa)3
Accounting and Financial Capital
FINN 5113Corporate Financial Management (Sp)3
ACCT 5263Financial Statement Analysis for Executives (Su)3
Marketing and Supply Chain Management
MKTG 5223Marketing (Fa)3
SCMT 5663Supply Chain Management (Fa)3
Strategic and International Management
MGMT 5313Strategic Management (Su)3
MGMT 5373Global Business (Su)3
MGMT 5602Introduction to Strategy (Fa)2
ECON 5253Economics of Management and Strategy (Irregular)3
Public Health Courses
Executive Healthcare M.B.A. concentration students must also complete the following courses from UAMS:
PBHL 5123The Health Care System3
PBHL 5293Health Law3
PBHL 5333Advanced Health Systems Financial Management3
PBHL 5533Health Care Quality Management3
Total Hours44

 

M.B.A./J.D. Program

For students interested in obtaining both the M.B.A. and J.D. (law) degrees, the M.B.A./J.D. dual degree program is available. This program allows the student to receive both the M.B.A. degree and the J.D. degree. The program requires separate application and admission to both the School of Law and the Graduate School of Business and the M.B.A. degree program. Students participating in the M.B.A./J.D. program must file a degree plan for both degrees and obtain approval prior to taking elective courses to be used for reciprocal credit. Interested students should obtain bulletins and applications from both the School of Law and the Graduate School of Business. If the student is accepted into both programs, a maximum of six hours of approved upper-level elective law courses may be used as duplicate credit toward the M.B.A. degree and a maximum of six hours of approved graduate courses in business administration may be used as duplicate credit toward the J.D. degree, thus reducing the total time necessary for completion of the degrees.

M.B.A./M.P.S. Concurrent Degrees

Students interested in obtaining both the Master of Business Administration (M.B.A.) and the Clinton School of Public Service Master of Public Service (M.P.S.) degrees may pursue both degrees concurrently. The programs require separate application and admission to both the Clinton School of Public Service and the Graduate School of Business M.B.A. program. Students participating in the M.B.A./M.P.S. programs concurrently must file a degree plan for both degrees and obtain prior approval to take courses to be used for reciprocal credit. Interested students should obtain applications from both the Walton College Graduate School of Business and the Clinton School of Public Service.

Graduate Certificate in Entrepreneurship

The Graduate Certificate in Entrepreneurship is designed to give non-business graduate students a foundation in the core aspects of entrepreneurship they will need to start successful enterprises, to create and promote new products or service offerings in existing organizations, or to engage in social entrepreneurship. The Certificate program is open to all non-business graduate students at the University of Arkansas, and graduate students from all majors are encouraged to participate. Students who complete the Graduate Certificate in Entrepreneurship will have explored the context, tools, and processes of entrepreneurial activity and will have learned how to apply them to commercial and non-commercial enterprises.

Admission Requirements: The Graduate Certificate in Entrepreneurship is open to all non-business graduate students who are in good standing with the graduate school at their campus. Students must apply and be admitted to the Graduate School of Business. Information regarding Graduate School of Business admission requirements can be found earlier in this chapter.

Requirements for the Graduate Certificate in Entrepreneurship: (12 hours)

To receive the Graduate Certificate in Entrepreneurship, students are required to take 9 hours of coursework in the Walton College of Business and 3 hours of electives related to entrepreneurship in either the Walton College or in another college at the University of Arkansas. Elective courses other than those listed below may be approved by the Director of the Certificate program. Some elective courses have prerequisites that are not met by courses in the certificate program. Students are advised to check prerequisites prior to enrolling in a course.

Course List

Required Courses
MGMT 5213Business Foundations for Entrepreneurs (Sp)3
MGMT 5323New Venture Development (Fa)3
MBAD 5413Partnering Project (Irregular)3
Elective Course
Select one of the following:3
Dale Bumpers College of Agricultural, Food, and Life Sciences
Financial Management in Agriculture (Fa)
Agribusiness Strategy (Sp)
Administration and Leadership in the Helping Professions (Fa)
J. William Fulbright College of Arts & Sciences
Fine Arts Gallery Internship (Sp, Su, Fa)
Graphic Design Internship (Sp, Su, Fa)
Organizational Communication Theory (Irregular)
Seminar in Mass Media Cognition (Even years, Sp)
Issues in Advertising and Public Relations (Fa)
Documentary Production I (Fa)
Walton College of Business
Special Problems in Finance (Irregular)
MBA Internship (Su)
Entrepreneurship Practicum (Sp, Su, Fa)
Innovation & Creativity (Sp)
Consumer and Market Research (Fa)
Shopper, Buyer, and Consumer Behavior (Fa)
College of Education and Health Professions
Sports Facilities Management (Su)
Administration in Athletic Training (Su)
Tourism (Sp)
College of Engineering
Systems Engineering and Management (Fa)
Project Management (Irregular)
Analysis of Inventory Systems (Irregular)
Graduate School
Research Commercialization and Product Development (Sp)
Ethics for Scientists and Engineers (Su)
Proposal Writing and Management (Su)

Graduate Certificate in Business

The Graduate Certificate in Business is designed to give non-business graduate students a foundation in the core aspects of business they will need to start successful commercial or non-commercial enterprises or assist in creating new products or service offerings in existing organizations. The certificate program is open to all non-business graduate students throughout the University of Arkansas, and students from all majors are encouraged to participate. Ideally, these students will be well-positioned to create knowledge-based, high-growth start-ups or assist existing companies in developing successful new product and services. Both of these goals will contribute to the economic development of the state of Arkansas.

Admission Requirements: The Graduate Certificate in Business is open to all non-business degree-seeking graduate students who are in good standing with the graduate school and admitted to the graduate school of business. Information on graduate school of business admission requirements can be found in the admissions portion of the graduate school of business section of the graduate catalog.

Requirements for the Graduate Certificate in Business: (15 hours)

To receive the Graduate Certificate in Business, students are required to take 9 hours of coursework in the Walton College of Business and 6 hours of electives related to business in either the Walton College or in another college at the University of Arkansas. Elective  courses other than those listed below may be approved by the Director of the Certificate program. Some elective courses have prerequisites that are not met by courses in the certificate program. Students are advised to check prerequisites prior to enrolling in a course.

To receive the graduate Certificate in Business, students are required to take 15 hours as follows:

Course List

Required Courses (no prerequisites)
MGMT 5213Business Foundations for Entrepreneurs (Sp)3
Choose one of the following classes (one course with prerequisites):
MGMT 5323New Venture Development (Fa)3
MGMT 5223Managing & Leading Organizations (Fa)3
MGMT 5363Innovation & Creativity (Sp)3
MGMT 5313Strategic Management (Su) ( (prerequisite – instructor consent))3
Choose one of the following classes (no prerequisites):
ACCT 5223Accounting for Supply Chain & Retail Organizations (Fa)3
ECON 5243Economics of Supply Chain & Retail (Sp)3
FINN 5223Financial Markets & Valuation (Sp)3
MKTG 5103Retail Consumer Marketing (Sp)3
SCMT 5633Retail and Consumer Products Supply Chain Management (Sp)3
ISYS 5213ERP Fundamentals (Su, Fa)3
Dale Bumpers College of Agricultural, Food, and Life Sciences
AGEC 5303Agricultural Marketing Theory (Fa)3
AGEC 5143Financial Management in Agriculture (Fa)3
AGEC 5413Agribusiness Strategy (Sp)3
AMPD 5033Issues and Trends in Textile Studies (Odd years, Sp)3
AMPD 5043Theories and Practices in Apparel Merchandising (Even years, Sp)3
J. William Fulbright College of Arts & Sciences
COMM 5403Organizational Communication Theory (Irregular)3
COMM 5423Seminar in Mass Media Cognition (Even years, Sp)3
JOUR 5063Issues in Advertising and Public Relations (Fa)3
College of Education and Health Professions
RESM 5463Sports Facilities Management (Su)3
RESM 5843Tourism (Sp)3
College of Engineering
CHEG 5033Technical Administration (Irregular)3
INEG 4443Project Management (Irregular)3
INEG 5623Analysis of Inventory Systems (Irregular)3
Graduate School
MEPH 5383Research Commercialization and Product Development (Sp)3
MEPH 5821Ethics for Scientists and Engineers (Su)1
MEPH 5832Proposal Writing and Management (Su)2

Master of Business Administration Courses

MBAD 5241. Ethical Decision Making (Fa). 1 Hour.

Business Ethics will address business ethics issues from a personal, professional, and organizational perspective. We will cover basic ethical decision-making frameworks to help inform students' personal moral frameworks, ethical issues that are most relevant to managers of modern organizations, and the role of business in society.

MBAD 535V. MBA Internship (Su). 1-3 Hour.

This course allows a student to experience an internship within a business and benefit from the applied experience. The internship may be designed to offer a wide range of business experiences. The internship must be supervised by a faculty member as well as a member of the firm. MBA Director approval required. May be repeated for up to 3 hours of degree credit.

MBAD 536V. Study Abroad-Special Problems (Su). 1-3 Hour.

Provides MBA students with the opportunity to explore a business problem in depth under the guidance of a graduate faculty member. MBA Director approval required. May be repeated for degree credit.

MBAD 5413. Partnering Project (Irregular). 3 Hours.

A large-scale, real world, 10 week project involving hands-on work addressing issues faced by managers in partnering firms. Corequisite: Instructor consent. Prerequisite: MGMT 5323.

MBAD 5433. Capstone Project (Su). 3 Hours.

A large-scale project integrating various business topics. Prerequisite: MGMT 5313.

MBAD 5511. Professional Development -- Special Topics In Business (Sp, Fa). 1 Hour.

A concentrated emphasis on one business topic. Corequisite: MBAD 5212, MBAD 5122 and MBAD 5232. May be repeated for up to 5 hours of degree credit.

MBAD 5613. Financial Accounting (Fa). 3 Hours.

This course covers the preparation and use of financial statements of publicly held corporations in the United States. Topics include the theory and rules used in financial statement preparation, a comparison of United States rules to International Accounting Standards, the analysis of financial statements to provide inter-company and industry comparisons and information about the financial statements of non-profit and governmental organizations.

MBAD 5773. China Business Law, Regulations, and Ethics (Irregular). 3 Hours.

Business law in China that is relevant to managers; Chinese regulations particularly relevant to consumer products and retail; business ethics in China.

MBAD 591V. Capstone Project Definition (Irregular). 1-3 Hour.

Identification of business processes for capstone project, including: estimation of the size of the opportunity, identification of key decisions, and proposal write up.

MBAD 592V. Capstone Project Plan (Irregular). 1-3 Hour.

Second estimation of the size of the project benefit, identification of how the current process operates, assumptions identified, literature investigated, performance metrics, and Gantt chart for project.

MBAD 593V. Capstone Project Management (Irregular). 1-3 Hour.

Management of the project, including frequent updates, milestone accomplishment, strategies to overcome challenges, and creation of an implementation plan.

MBAD 594V. Capstone Project Final Deliverables (Irregular). 1-3 Hour.

Write up of entire capstone project, presentation of project, estimates of value, implementation plan, performance metrics, and change management plan.

Walton College of Business Courses

WCOB 5023. Sustainability in Business (Sp, Fa). 3 Hours.

The course focuses on theoretical and practical bases for pursuing sustainability in business and society.

WCOB 510V. Special Topics in Business (Irregular). 1-3 Hour.

Special business topics of an interdisciplinary nature. May be repeated for up to 6 hours of degree credit.

WCOB 5843. Cross-Sector Collaboration for Sustainability (Irregular). 3 Hours.

This course explores how organizations in the three sectors of society work together in value creation by addressing social and environmental problems. Focusing on business and nonprofit organizations, we investigate the forces that bring about and influence these collaborations from practical and theoretical perspectives, and managerial responses to collaboration challenges. Prerequisite: Graduate Status.

WCOB 6111. Seminar in Business Administration Teaching I (Fa). 1 Hour.

This course in college level teaching is designed for graduate students and new college teachers with specific emphasis on the Business Administration learning and classroom management. The purpose of this course is to introduce graduate students to principles of teaching and learning and to prepare these future teachers to lifelong learners in the classroom as teachers. Prerequisite: Graduate standing.