Master of Business Administration (MBA)

The MBA at Lincoln University is designed to develop broad managerial competence to enable graduates to cope with a wide variety of business situations appropriate to their diverse backgrounds. The program upholds a strong international focus. In order to fulfill the overall mission, emphasis is placed throughout the program on the development of the individual through the concentration on basic disciplines and skills as well as specific subject areas.

The following objectives have been identified as important for business managers:

  1. Use of analytical tools from the quantitative and behavioral sciences;
  2. Coverage of the basic functional areas of business with stress on their inter-relationships;
  3. Building of flexible adaptability to changing environments;
  4. Development of the student’s ability to evaluate social, political, and economic values;
  5. Advancement of skills in group cooperation and decision-making;
  6. Development of communication skills;
  7. Development of a sense of professional responsibility;
  8. Multinational aspects as related to all the subject areas.

Program Composition

The MBA is designed for those who have the motivation to pursue graduate-level work in business administration, regardless of the areas of their previous studies. Students with business undergraduate degrees need to take a minimum of 36 graduate units. The required seven (7) core courses are limited to the traditional “core” areas in order to permit students the widest possible elective choices in concentrations to tailor the program for individual needs. Students who do not have previous post-secondary education in areas important for business studies may be required to complete up to 18 units of courses in the following areas: business foundations, accounting, mathematics, economics, statistics, finance, management, psychology, marketing, or computer science. Foundation courses will be determined based on the assessment by the Provost, Registrar, or an academic advisor. Appropriate adjustments, based on individual background, may lead to somewhat different requirements. All foundation courses should be completed during the first 24 credit units of the study.

Course Content

The Lincoln University MBA is a structured degree program requiring a minimum of 36 graduate credits for the graduation. This includes credits for 7 core courses; 12 elective concentration courses; and a case study or a research project or an internship report or an elective course and the comprehensive examination.

Core Courses

BA 301 Managerial Economics 3
BA 304 Marketing Management 3
BA 307 Operations Management 3
BA 312 Business Research Methodology 3
BA 320 Organization Behavior and Administration 3
BA 340 Managerial Accounting and Financial Control 3
BA 390 Business Strategy and Decision-Making 3
Total MBA Core Courses: 21 Units
* The Provost or President may substitute one or two of these courses to satisfy a specific academic interest of a student.

MBA Concentration

Students should choose a concentration to complete the requirements for the MBA degree. The University offers seven concentrations: International Business (IB), Finance Management and Investments (FMI), General Business (GB), Human Resources Management (HRM), Management Information Systems (MIS), Marketing Management (MM) and Executive (EMBA). A personal concentration may be created for a cohort group of students with the permission of the Provost.

A. International Business (IB)** – 12 units

The International Business concentration is designed to train students in fields most relevant to international managers. Students should choose four (4) of the following courses:

BA 309 Ethics of Business Management 3
BA 310 International Economics 3
BA 313 International Marketing 3
BA 314 International Finance 3
BA 315 International Business and Investment Strategy 3
BA 316 International Management 3
BA 317 Political and Legal Aspects of IB 3
BA 318 Import-Export Management 3
BA 343 International Banking 3
BA 344 International Securities and Foreign Exchange 3
BA 370 Communications in Leadership and Negotiations 3
BA 381 Graduate Internship in IB 3

** BA 311 may substitute core course BA 312 for students in IB concentration by their choice.

B. Finance Management and Investments (FMI) – 12 units

The Finance Management and Investments concentration emphasizes various aspects of American and international finances. Stress is on the use of finance as a management tool. Required is

BA 303 Finance Management 3
and students should select three (3) courses from the following:
BA 314 International Finance 3
BA 315 International Business and Investment Strategy 3
BA 344 International Securities and Foreign Exchange 3
BA 345 Commercial Banking and Lending 3
BA 360 Quantitative Methods for Business and FM 3
BA 363 Investment Science 3
BA 364 Investments (Real Estate) 3
BA 365 Investments (Stock Market) 3
BA 366 Econometrics 3
BA 367 Credit Risk Management 3
BA 382 Graduate Internship in FMI 3

C. General Business (GB)** – 12 units 

The General Business concentration provides courses in small and general business in both human and quantitative aspects, suitable for the future business owners and/or general managers. Required are

BA 302 Principles of Management 3
BA 303 Finance Management 3
and students select two (2) courses from the following:
BA 305 Project Management 3
BA 308 Human Resources Management 3
BA 309 Ethics of Business Management 3
BA 330 Entrepreneurship 3
BA 331 Social Environment of Business 3
BA 360 Quantitative Methods for Business and FM 3
BA 361 Supply Chain Management 3
BA 364 Investments (Real Estate) 3
BA 383 Graduate Internship in GB 3

** BA 311 may substitute core course BA 312 for students in GB concentration by their choice.

D. Human Resources Management (HRM) – 12 units 

The Human Resources Management concentration provides courses in human and psychological aspects, which are important for the future human resource managers.

BA 302 Principles of Management 3
BA 308 Human Resources Management 3
and students select two (2) courses from the following:
BA 309 Ethics of Business Management 3
BA 316 International Management 3
BA 323 Organizational Development 3
BA 324 Leadership Development 3
BA 331 Social Environment of Business 3
BA 336 Human Factors in Small Businesses 3
BA 337 Personnel Law 3
BA 370 Communications in Leadership and Negotiations 3
BA 384 Graduate Internship in HRM 3

E. Management Information Systems (MIS)** – 12 units 

The Management Information Systems concentration emphasizes management, design, development, and operation of information systems. Required is

BA 350 Management Information Systems 3
and students should select three (3) courses from the following:
BA 305 Project Management 3
BA 351 Digital Marketing 3
BA 352 Advanced Systems Analysis and Design 3
BA 353 Information Systems Database Management 3
BA 354 E-Commerce 3
BA 355 Special Topics in MIS 3
BA 385 Graduate Internship in MIS 3

** BA 311 may substitute core course BA 312 for students in MIS concentration by their choice.

F. Marketing Management (MM) – 3 special core and 12 concentration units

The Marketing Management concentration provides marketing courses for different business areas. Also covers consumer behavior, sales and supply chain management, with special attention to marketing research methods. BA 311 is the required special core courses instead of BA 312.

BA 311 Marketing Research 3
and students should select four (4) courses from the following:
BA 313 International Marketing 3
BA 330 Entrepreneurship 3
BA 351 Digital Marketing 3
BA 354 E-Commerce 3
BA 370 Communications in Leadership and Negotiations 3
BA 372 Consumer Research 3
BA 373 Pricing 3
BA 374 Sales Management 3
BA 375 Service Marketing 3
BA 386 Graduate Internship in MM 3

G. Executive (EMBA) – 12 units (Three years of managerial work experience is required)

The Executive concentration provides courses important for leaders in larger companies allowing broad understanding of a business management and development. Required are

BA 303 Finance Management 3
BA 308 Human Resources Management 3
BA 309 Ethics of Business Management 3
and students should select one (1) courses from the following:
BA 305 Project Management 3
BA 315 International Business and Investment Strategy 3
BA 324 Leadership Development 3
BA 330 Entrepreneurship 3
BA 350 Management Information Systems 3
BA 370 Communications in Leadership and Negotiations 3

NOTE: BA 380 “MBA Special Topics in Business Administration” a 3-unit course can substitute a course in any concentration above if the course topic matches the field of the concentration.

MBA Case Study/ Internship Report/ Research Project or Comprehensive Examination

An MBA candidate may complete the program by writing an MBA research project (a minimum GPA of 3.2 or the Provost’s permission is required for this option) or an analytical report of a graduate internship assignment or case study of a previous employment. All, the project and the reports require defenses in form of oral presentations in front of a graduate committee. The project’s topic and the choice of new or previous employment for the reports should be approved by an advisor and the Provost.

Students not qualifying for the research / internship / case study options are required to take an extra three (3) units of elective graduate course and the Comprehensive Examination. The program is completed with one of the following:

BA 397 MBA Case Study Report*** 3
BA 398 MBA Internship Report 3
BA 399 MBA Research Project 3
BA  — Elective Graduate Course and Comprehensive Examination 3
Total (minimum) Required for the MBA Degree: 36 Units
***BA 397 is required for students specializing in EMBA concentration.

Program Chart

Core Courses (21 units) Grade Foundation Courses (up to 18 units) Grade
BA 301 – Managerial Economics 1.
BA 304 – Marketing Management 2.
BA 307 – Operations Management 3.
BA 312 – Business Research Methodology OR BA 311 – Marketing Research 4.
BA 320 – Organization Behavior and Administration 5.
BA 340 – Managerial Accounting and Financial Control 6.
BA 390 – Business Strategy and Decision-Making 7.
Concentration Courses (minimum 12 units) Grade Choose One of the Following (3 units) Grade
1. BA 397 – MBA Case Study
2. BA 398 – MBA Internship Report
3. BA 399 – MBA Research Project
4. BA — Elective Graduate Course and the Comprehensive Examination

Academic Progress Requirements

Students enrolled in the MBA program are expected to maintain their grades corresponding to the policy of satisfactory progress and the following chart. The chart specifies the criteria for achieving satisfactory progress for full-time students (transfers are not included) in the University MBA degree program based on the allowable maximum number of semester credit hours attempted (part-time students are evaluated proportionally to the taken part of a program; foundation courses are not included in SAP; students who changed their program will be evaluated on all courses taken).

Program

Maximum Units Can Be Attempted*

Evaluation
Point

Minimum Credit Units Earned

Minimum  Cumulative GPA

MBA Degree

 

 

18

End of 1st Semester

6

2.7

36

End of 1st Academic Year

12

2.8

54

End of 3rd Semester

18

2.9

54

End of 2nd Academic Year

24

3.0

54

100% of MTDC (3 years)

36

3.0

*    Units attempted means courses’ units for which the students have incurred a financial obligation or for which any university scholarship funds have been disbursed.

Graduation Requirements

To receive the MBA degree, students should satisfy the GPA requirements described in the chart above and course requirements summarized in the program chart. A maximum of 9 graduate credit units may be transferred from other institutions of higher education or working experience. A grade of C or better is required in all courses to fulfill degree requirements for graduate programs. Academic credit received six (6) years or more before the program completion will be deemed “no longer applicable”.

Suggested Course Sequencing

A specific sequence of courses in the MBA program is not required. It is recommended that students take BA 307 (Operations Management) course after taking BA 301 (Managerial Economics) and BA 340 (Managerial Accounting and Financial Control) courses. BA 390 (Business Strategy and Decision-Making) is the capstone course; it should be taken after all Core (may be taken simultaneously with BA 312) and at least two Concentration courses. Courses BA 397, BA 398 and BA 399, or the Comprehensive Examination can be taken after all required courses have been completed, or during the last term of coursework. Courses BA 381 – BA 386, BA 398 and BA 399 can be extended for a second term for one additional unit.

Period of Attendance and Estimated Schedule of Charges

Students must successfully complete 36 graduate units of required coursework to complete the MBA degree program. The estimated time for degree completion (ETDC) for MBA program is 2 (two) years. The estimated tuition and fees for completion of MBA degree program is listed below:

Tuition & Fees Charges
Tuition* $4,680
Registration Fee* $250
Total Charges Upon Enrollment* $4,930
Estimated Total Charges for Entire Educational Program $19,720

*NOTE: A full-time graduate student must take 9 units per semester. The tuition and fees posted above are fall term estimates for new students based on current approved amount and are subject to change. Thus, the final amount may differ from the amounts shown above.