Master of Business Administration (MBA)

What is Business Administration?

Business administration is the process of organizing resources effectively and efficiently to manage a business or non-profit organization, so that it remains stable and continues to grow. Business administration includes the management and decision-making in such areas as finance, marketing, operations, information systems, and accounting to achieve common goals and objectives.

For Whom is this Program Designed?

The MBA program was fashioned to be an interdisciplinary program in business for practicing administrators, primarily for early and mid-career managers. The typical student has an educational background in business, engineering, or science, but aspires to mid-level and upper-level managerial positions in organizations in technology-driven environments. The curriculum is designed to accommodate students from engineering, science, the liberal arts and other non-business backgrounds. The students in this program are more mature than traditional full-time students. Most have been out of school and employed full-time from five to fifteen years. They aspire to upward career mobility or are seeking to change career paths.
The MBA program emphasizes the development of integrative systems thinking skills in order to build capable, creative managers able to face successfully both external challenges such as rapid technological change and increasing environmental complexities, and internal issues such as changing employee expectations and methods of increasing productivity.

Why a Master of Business Administration Degree?

The Master of Business Administration (MBA) program at UAH is designed as a general management graduate degree offering a unique management of technology theme. The educational emphasis of the program builds upon knowledge and skills in all of the business disciplines to prepare students for careers in organizations that face opportunities and challenges afforded by technological change.
The MBA program orients students to the rigors of holistic thinking about technology-driven problems and opportunities, introduces students to concepts and tools from all the business disciplines to operate in a technological environment, and instills a commitment to teamwork. The curriculum provides instruction in financial reporting, analysis and markets; domestic and global economic environments of organizations; creation and distribution of goods and services; and human behavior in organizations. It provides advanced study in decision science and human aspects of organizational problem-solving. It provides education in managing technological innovations and processes, and integrating technology into the organization's strategic objectives. It addresses such issues as analyzing problems through economic and financial frameworks, developing and using information systems, providing information on accounting costs, marketing, managing the development of technology, reducing new product development time, managing technical professionals, and integrating technology into the overall strategic objectives of the organization.
The MBA program is designed to meet the highest standards of curriculum quality, faculty excellence, and program relevance in accordance with the College of Business Administration's accreditation by AACSB International - The Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business. Program prerequisites are kept to a minimum and the program is designed to meet the needs of students with a wide variety of educational backgrounds.

Program Format: Available in-class, and in some courses on a hybrid format that combines in- class discussion with on-line lectures.

Program Length: 33 credit hours of course work beyond the foundations of business courses. A full-time student with an undergraduate degree can complete the program in one year.

Program Start Dates: A student can begin courses in any semester: spring, summer, or fall.

Courses Taken in the Program

Cost: The cost per credit hour varies depending on the number of hours taken. (

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Jennifer Pettitt, Director of CBA Graduate Programs
Telephone: 256-824-6681

Mailing Address:
Office of Academic Assistance, BAB 102-H
College of Business Administration
University of Alabama in Huntsville
Huntsville, Alabama 35899