Alan Ellstrand
Associate Dean of Programs and Research
Willard J. Walker Hall
aellstrand@walton.uark.edu

Degrees Conferred:
Master of Business Administration (BADMMB) 
Ph.D. in Business Administration (BADMPH)

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

Program Descriptions: The Master of Business Administration degree is offered in three concentrations including the  Full-Time M.B.A. and two concentrations designed for working professionals: the Executive M.B.A. and the Executive Healthcare M.B.A. These two hybrid/online program options allow students to obtain an Executive M.B.A. or an Executive Healthcare M.B.A. in two years by attending classes approximately one Saturday each month. 

The Ph.D. in Business Administration is also offered as concentrations with requirements listed in the various respective departments of Walton College.

The Business Administration program also offers a graduate certificate in entrepreneurship.

Requirements for the Full-Time M.B.A. Concentration

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. Students may be eligible for a GMAT or GRE waiver based on specific program criteria.  Please visit mba.uark.edu or emba.uark.edu for more information. 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 5223Business Leadership and Ethics3
MGMT 53911
Information Technology and Analytics
ISYS 5363Business Analytics3
ISYS 5433Enterprise Systems3
Accounting and Financial Capital
FINN 5223Financial Markets & Valuation3
ACCT 5223MBA Accounting Analysis3
Marketing and Supply Chain Management
MKTG 5103Introduction to Marketing3
SCMT 5633Foundations for New Product Launch and Integrated Demand-Driven Value Networks3
Strategic and International Management
ECON 5243Managerial Economics3
MGMT 53133
ECON 537VGlobal Business1
or MGMT 537V
Departmental 636V Special Topics or Special Problems in Business3
Global Experience/Study Abroad3
MBAD 536V Study Abroad-Special Problems (Su)
Tracks12
Full Time M.B.A. concentration students must select from one of the following tracks:
Retail
Consumer and Market Research
Marketing Analytics
New Product Development and Strategy
Retail Strategy
Supply Chain Management
Technology-enabled Supply Chain Design and Optimization
PLAN: Demand Planning and Inventory Operations
SOURCE: Global Procurement and Supply Management
Supply Chain Performance Management and Analytics
Finance
Energy Finance and Risk Management
Advanced Corporate Financial Management
Advanced Investments
Shollmier Investment Project
Investment Theory and Management
Innovation/Entrepreneurship
MGMT 5323
MGMT 5413
MGMT 5363
Graduate Business Elective
Professional Development and Internship (6 hours)
Students must complete the following 3 hours in New Student Orientation:3
Professional Development -- Special Topics In Business
Students must complete a 3 hour internship:3
MBA Internship
Total Hours53

Requirements for Executive M.B.A. Concentration

Executive M.B.A. Website

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. Students may be eligible for a GMAT or GRE waiver based on specific program criteria.  Please visit mba.uark.edu or emba.uark.edu for more information. 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 Executive M.B.A. Concentration:

Core Courses
People Management, Ethics and Leadership
MGMT 5613Leadership and Organizational Behavior3
Information Technology and Analytics
SCMT 5133Quantitative Methods and Decision Making3
ISYS 5603Analytics and Visualization3
Accounting and Financial Capital
FINN 5113Corporate Financial Management3
ACCT 5263Financial Statement Analysis for Executives3
Marketing and Supply Chain Management
MKTG 5223Marketing3
SCMT 5663PLAN: Demand Planning and Inventory Operations3
Strategic and International Management
MGMT 53133
MGMT 537V3
MGMT 56022
ECON 5253Economics of Management and Strategy3
Tracks6
Executive M.B.A. concentration students must select from one of the following tracks:
Retail
Retail Strategy
Choose one course from either the Supply Chain Management track or Business Analytics track.
Supply Chain Management
SOURCE: Global Procurement and Supply Management
Supply Chain Performance Management and Analytics
Financial Management
Advanced Corporate Financial Management
Investment Theory and Management
Innovation/Entrepreneurship
MGMT 5323
MGMT 5413
Business Analytics
Data Management Systems
Seminar in Business Intelligence and Knowledge Management
Total Hours38

Requirements for Executive Healthcare M.B.A. Concentration

Executive M.B.A. Website

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. Students may be eligible for a GMAT or GRE waiver based on specific program criteria.  Please visit mba.uark.edu or emba.uark.edu for more information. 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 Executive Healthcare M.B.A. Concentration:

Core Courses
People Management, Ethics and Leadership
MGMT 5613Leadership and Organizational Behavior3
Information Technology and Analytics
SCMT 5133Quantitative Methods and Decision Making3
ISYS 5603Analytics and Visualization3
Accounting and Financial Capital
FINN 5113Corporate Financial Management3
ACCT 5263Financial Statement Analysis for Executives3
Marketing and Supply Chain Management
MKTG 5223Marketing3
SCMT 5663PLAN: Demand Planning and Inventory Operations3
Strategic and International Management
MGMT 53133
MGMT 537V3
MGMT 56022
ECON 5253Economics of Management and Strategy3
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

The Sam M. Walton College of Business offers a Ph.D. in Business Administration in seven fields of study:

Graduate Certificate in Entrepreneurship

The Graduate Certificate in Entrepreneurship is designed to give 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 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.

The Graduate Certificate in Entrepreneurship is designed to give 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. 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 is open to individuals with backgrounds in any discipline. Students must apply and be admitted to the Graduate School of Business. Refer to the Graduate School of Business admission requirements.

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.

*Students pursuing the Graduate Certificate in Entrepreneurship while completing a master's degree or Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering are required to choose an elective from Electrical Engineering.  Likewise, students completing a master's degree in Biomedical Engineering must choose an elective from those listed under Public Health or another relevant course with Biomedical Engineering Program Advisory Committee approval.

Required Courses 9
For business students:
Strategic Management
New Venture Development
New Venture Development II
For non-business students:
Business Foundations for Entrepreneurs
New Venture Development
New Venture Development II
Elective Course *3
Select one of the following:
Dale Bumpers College of Agricultural, Food, and Life Sciences
Financial Management in Agriculture
Agribusiness Strategy
J. William Fulbright College of Arts & Sciences
Fine Arts Gallery Internship
Organizational Communication Theory
Multiculturalism in Advertising and Public Relations
Documentary Production I
Walton College of Business
MBA Internship
Innovation & Creativity
Consumer and Market Research
New Product Development and Strategy
Entrepreneurship Practicum
Sustainability in Business
Cross-Sector Collaboration for Sustainability
College of Education and Health Professions
Administration in Athletic Training
Evaluation of Public Health Programs
Theories of Social and Behavioral Determinants of Health
Public Health: Practices and Planning
Sports Facilities Management
College of Engineering
Systems Engineering and Management
Analysis of Inventory Systems
Any 5000 level Electrical Engineering 3 credit course
Graduate School and International Education
Research Commercialization and Product Development
Total Hours12

Master of Business Administration Courses

MBAD 5241. Ethical Decision Making. 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 (Typically offered: Fall)

MBAD 535V. MBA Internship. 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. (Typically offered: Summer) May be repeated for up to 3 hours of degree credit.

MBAD 536V. Study Abroad-Special Problems. 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. (Typically offered: Summer) May be repeated for degree credit.

MBAD 5433. Capstone Project. 3 Hours.

A large-scale project integrating various business topics. Prerequisite: MGMT 5313. (Typically offered: Summer)

MBAD 5511. Professional Development -- Special Topics In Business. 1 Hour.

A concentrated emphasis on one business topic. Corequisite: MGMT 5613, ACCT 5263 and ECON 5253. (Typically offered: Fall and Spring) May be repeated for up to 5 hours of degree credit.

Walton College of Business Courses

WCOB 5023. Sustainability in Business. 3 Hours.

The course focuses on theoretical and practical bases for pursuing sustainability in business and society. (Typically offered: Spring)

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

Special business topics of an interdisciplinary nature. (Typically offered: Irregular) May be repeated for up to 6 hours of degree credit.

WCOB 5843. Cross-Sector Collaboration for Sustainability. 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. (Typically offered: Irregular)

WCOB 6111. Seminar in Business Administration Teaching I. 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. (Typically offered: Fall)