Earn your MBA faster and for less.

You don't need to spend several years and your entire annual salary to get your MBA. The award-winning Master of Business Administration program at University of Maryland University College offers you a respected MBA degree that you can earn entirely online in just 18 months for about $25,000.

Plus, you can complete your MBA without paying for a single textbook or other course material thanks to no-cost electronic resources that are immediately available through your online classroom.

These program requirements are for students who enroll in the 2016–2017 academic year. For prior year academic requirements, visit the catalog archive in the Current Students section.

About the Master of Business Administration

UMUC makes it affordable and convenient to gain the business knowledge, practical skills, and door-opening credential you need to propel your career to new heights. Courses in the MBA curriculum use comprehensive online learning resources and emphasize teamwork, information literacy, technology fluency, systems thinking, ethics, communication, problem solving, and critical thinking. Additionally, the MBA offers you the opportunity to learn from highly qualified experts with significant managerial and leadership experience in emerging areas relevant to your career growth.

What You'll Learn

Through your coursework, you will learn how to

  • Create and implement a personal leadership development plan
  • Foster mutual respect, trust, and high standards of ethics, performance, and teamwork
  • Assess and manage critical knowledge and skill gaps related to core organizational functions and managerial responsibilities
  • Complete a comprehensive analysis of the costs of operations, pricing options, financing, product mix, distribution channels, and supply chain relationships
  • Evaluate your cultural intelligence, ethical values, and skills in decision-making, and implement specific actions to leverage your strengths and further develop areas of relative weakness
  • Evaluate your organization’s policies for managing legal and ethical risks, with a focus on contracts, agency, and tort law
  • Complete an audit of the technology and information systems and processes in your organizations
  • Design and develop a marketing plan for a new product or service in both domestic and international markets
  • Prepare a comprehensive project management plan for an initiative in a new location that presents business, language, cultural, legal, and other challenges for your organization
  • Prepare a personal professional portfolio that includes your key achievements, a brief summary of your strategic leadership skills, and your plan for goal and career advancement

Coursework Examples

In past projects, students have had the opportunity to

  • Analyze costs of operations for an organization using managerial finance techniques
  • Determine optimal prices for goods and services by analyzing costs, revenues, and profitability
  • Evaluate the opportunities and risks involved in an organization’s decision to expand its operations to a global market by assessing issues of culture, business ethics, employment law, contracts, and criminal law in the context of a global business
  • Design and present a marketing plan for a new product or service, including a comprehensive situation analysis, a strong value proposition, an effective marketing mix strategy, and a holistic marketing communications plan

Master of Business Administration Requirements

Our curriculum is designed with input from employers, industry experts, and scholars. You'll learn theories combined with real-world applications and practical skills you can apply on the job right away.

Master's Courses

Core Courses

  • PRO 600
  • MBA 610
  • MBA 620
  • MBA 630
  • MBA 640
  • MBA 670

All courses must be taken in the order listed. 

You must complete each course with a grade of B or better to advance to the next course. The grade of C is not available for these courses. 

The courses in this program will have seven-day and 60-day options for the grade of Incomplete.

If you wish to improve your graduate writing skills, you may take ASC 601.

If you want to brush up on your introductory computing skills, you may take ASC 605. 

Other Requirements

  • You must maintain a GPA of 3.0 or higher at all times.
  • All degree requirements must be fulfilled within five consecutive years.
  • Any transfer credits must have been earned within the five-year time frame to be applied toward a graduate degree.

Student Clubs and Organizations

The Association of Accountants and Financial Professionals in Business (IMA), UMUC Chapter

Type: Student organization
Professional Affiliation:

The Association of Accountants and Financial Professionals in Business

Available To: Undergraduate and Graduate

The UMUC IMA Student Chapter serves as the Association of Accountants and Financial Professionals in Business.

This chapter allows its members to learn more about networking opportunities, information on the certified management accountant program, and other resources. The UMUC Chapter is sponsored by the Nation's Capital Chapter No. 0044.

The IMA Accounting Honor Society recognizes and honors academic achievement in the study of accounting and provides an opportunity for students to differentiate themselves as they begin their career journey. IAHS membership is available to all students who meet the eligibility criteria—membership in the IMA Student Chapter is not required. Membership will be considered for UMUC business students who apply.

Business and Management Club

Type: Academic club
Available To: Undergraduate and Graduate

This club allows students to network and discuss their shared interests with one another and their faculty members, enabling them to learn more about the field.

Society for Human Resource Management, UMUC Chapter

Type: Student organization
Professional Affiliation:

Society for Human Resource Management

Available To: Undergraduate and Graduate

Joining the UMUC Chapter of the Society for Human Resource Management allows you to network with other students, staff, and faculty who are currently working in or are interested in entering the human resource field. Members share information, experiences, and knowledge. The chapter hosts monthly events designed to help students meet local professionals and transition into or advance within the field. In addition, the chapter provides leadership and student development opportunities for members.

Marketing Club

Type: Academic club
Available To: Undergraduate and Graduate

This club provides opportunities for students to learn more about the field of marketing, discuss their shared interests, and network with classmates and faculty members.

Program Accreditation

This program has received specialized accreditation through the International Assembly for Collegiate Business Education, known as IACBE, located at 11374 Strang Line Road in Lenexa, Kansas. IACBE is a specialized accrediting agency recognized by the Council for Higher Education Accreditation. Information about academic quality and student achievement can be found in the annual report to IACBE.

Further information on student achievement is available in the Public Disclosure of Student Learning Assessment Results.