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Business Administration (M.B.A.)

A Master of Business Administration (MBA) is a graduate management degree that provides theoretical and practical training to help graduates gain a better understanding of general business management functions. Online or on-campus, part-time or full-time; the 40-credit hour, modular program offers unique opportunities to give you an edge and accelerate your career in an ever-changing and increasingly global business environment on your own terms.

Business Administration (M.B.A.)


Description


What is Business Administration at ODU like?

A Master of Business Administration (MBA) is a graduate management degree that provides theoretical and practical training to help graduates gain a better understanding of general business management functions. Online or on-campus, part-time or full-time; the 40-credit hour, modular program offers unique opportunities to give you an edge and accelerate your career in an ever-changing and increasingly global business environment on your own terms.

Program Highlights


What makes Business Administration at ODU unique?

  • Flexible: complete online, on-campus or as a blend of both in as little as 21 months.

  • Relevant: a contemporary curriculum with global perspective taught by industry-experienced, Ph.D. prepared faculty.

  • Rigorous: AACSB accredited, highly ranked.

  • Customizable: choose from more than 50 graduate certificate specializations and over 80 graduate degree options.

Careers


What are some careers in this field?

Check out these ideas from ODU Career Development Services and the Occupational Information Network (O*NET). A median salary is the midpoint of what people typically earn—half of those surveyed earned above the median salary, and half earned below.

Logistics Managers

$100,740

MEDIAN SALARY


Plan, direct, or coordinate purchasing, warehousing, distribution, forecasting, customer service, or planning services. Manage logistics personnel and logistics systems and direct daily operations.

Computer and Information Systems Managers

$149,730

MEDIAN SALARY


Plan, direct, or coordinate activities in such fields as electronic data processing, information systems, systems analysis, and computer programming.

Financial Managers

$143,530

MEDIAN SALARY


Plan, direct, or coordinate accounting, investing, banking, insurance, securities, and other financial activities of a branch, office, or department of an establishment.

Human Resources Managers

$123,510

MEDIAN SALARY


Plan, direct, or coordinate human resources activities and staff of an organization.

Employers


Graduates from this major have gone to work at

Wells Fargo & Company, Siemens, Ford Motor Company, Virginian-Pilot, Accenture

Courses


What are some courses offered in Business Administration at ODU?

MGMT 621:
Strategic Management


This course introduces students to the discipline of strategic management and discusses concepts/theories/frameworks that are used in the formulation and implementation of strategies. Additionally, students discuss cases, simulation and examples that describe the strategic issues confronting organizations and how they successfully |or unsuccessfully) resolved them. The course should help students develop a disciplined, rigorous, and comprehensive approach to analyzing firm environment and resources and formulating and implementing strategy. In addition, the course should help students understand the challenges and common pitfalls involved in strategy formulation and implementation. Prerequisites: Admission to the MBA Program and completion of 20 hours of core credit hours of the MBA curriculum.

BNAL 610:
Fundamentals of Business Analytics


This course provides students with some common tools and techniques that are deployed in business analytics. Topics include big data and related terminology, data management, working with data, and statistical and quantitative methods used in descriptive, predictive, and prescriptive analytics. Prerequisites: Admission to the MBA Program, MBA 600, MBA 601, MBA 602, MBA 603, and MBA 604. Pre- or corequisite: BNAL 606.

MKTG 617:
Marketing Strategy


This course will build on the fundamentals developed in MKTG 608. It will focus on developing skills to formulate and implement marketing strategies for brands and companies. Marketing mix strategies, segmentation, targeting, and positioning strategies, as well as competitive strategies and contemporary issues in marketing strategy will be discussed. Decision-making skills will be enhanced using case analyses in addition to readings and discussions. Prerequisites: Admission to the MBA Program, MKTG 608, MBA 600, MBA 601, MBA 602, MBA 603, and MBA 604.

Requirements


What are the requirements to apply for Business Administration at ODU?

Students entering the Master of Business Administration program in Business Administration should meet the minimum university admission requirements (Graduate Admission)

Prospective students may apply for entrance into the program for the summer, fall or spring semesters. The MBA Program welcomes applications from men and women who have earned a bachelor's degree with any undergraduate major from a regionally accredited institution. Admission to the program is competitive and is granted only to those who show high ability and likely success in graduate business study. Evidence of ability means that applicants stand well above average on most criteria.

  • Score on the Graduate Management Admission Test (GMAT) preferably or Graduate Record Examinations (GRE). GMAT/GRE can be waived for eligible applicants. View the GRE/GMAT waiver policy and apply if eligible.

  • Undergraduate grade averages and trend of the grades during the undergraduate work.

  • One letter of reference from a professor (if currently a student) or supervisor.

  • A goals statement (approximately 500 words), and work experience (resume).

Cost

Tuition and Fees

Estimated rates for the 2022-23 academic year. Rates are subject to change. Anyone that is not a current Virginia resident will be charged non-resident rates. That includes international students. There's also a $125/credit hour fee for enrolled MBA students.

Virginia Resident


Per Credit:

$ 571

Non-Resident


Per Credit:

$ 1,394

Technology Delivered Courses Outside Virginia and/or the United States


Per Credit:

$ 595

Ways to Save

Here are a few ways for you to save on the cost of attending ODU. For more information visit University Student Financial aid

The Dr. Bruce L. Rubin Endowed MBA Scholarship


The recipient will be a newly-admitted and enrolled part-time student in the MBA program at the Strome College of Business, with an undergraduate GPA of at least 3.2, and a GMAT total score of at least 600 if taken, unless testing requirement is waived by the admissions committee. Preference is given to a student who demonstrates volunteer service to the local business community. Candidates are selected during the admissions application process, so no additional application is required. A competitive admissions portfolio will serve as application for the scholarship.

The James A. Hixon Endowed Scholarship


The recipient will demonstrate need and be enrolled part-time or full-time in the MBA program at the Strome College of Business and Public Administration, with a cumulative GPA of 3.5 or higher. In the event of a larger than normal applicant pool, the student with the highest GPA and demonstrating the greatest financial need will be selected.

Merit-based Scholarships


Newly-admitted and current students in the Strome College of Business MBA program may qualify for merit-based scholarships based on GPAs and GMAT test scores. No additional application is necessary. These scholarships are in addition to University scholarships.

Graduate Assistantships


Graduate assistantships provide a stipend of $7,500 in both the fall and spring semesters. For international and out-of-state students, there is also a tuition waiver for nine (9) credit hours bringing tuition to in-state rates.

Next Steps


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Assistant Program Manager


Name:

Sandi Phillips


Location:

1026 CONSTANT HALL, NORFOLK, VA, 23529



Office:

757-683-3275


For General Inquiries:

mbainfo@odu.edu


Graduate Admissions


Location:

1000 Rollins Hall, Norfolk, VA 23529


Phone Office:

757-683-3685


Fax:

757-683-6512


Email:

gradadmit@odu.edu


International Admissions


Location:

2101 Dragas Hall, Norfolk, VA 23529


Phone Office:

757-683-3701


Fax:

757-683-3651


Email:

intladm@odu.edu

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