Contact Us
Call Us Email Us

The Graduate School

Charleston Southern University > The Graduate School > Business > MBA > The Graduate School

CURRICULUM

The Master of Business Administration consists of a minimum of thirty-three (33) semester-hours of credit. The 33 hour requirement will include a core curriculum, quasi-core, general elective or law and emphasis electives.

In addition, those students who enter the program lacking adequate background in specific areas of business, as determined by our graduate faculty, will be required to take prerequisite courses in those fields and may include as many as six additional courses for students with no business background.

Program Length

The MBA degree can successfully be completed within a two year time frame, being that the student has completed the required prerequisite courses

Online and Classroom Courses

The MBA program is designed with the working professional in mind. Students can take courses in the classroom, online or a combination of both.

Classroom: Residential courses are offered on campus one night a week from 6 -9 p.m., Monday through Thursday. Small class sizes (average of 12 students) ensure individual attention from our experienced professors.

Online: Web-based courses are geared to provide motivated learners greater flexibility as they read and discuss assignments and online tests and quizzes. Students do not have to be online at a certain time; however, there are deadlines for assignments.

Blended: Blended courses are also an option for certain courses, combining online with residential.

We advise that students take the combination of residential or online courses that best balances their needs for personal attention and flexibility.

Curriculum

For all course descriptions please refer to the academic course catalog.

Prerequisite Courses (varies from 0-18 hours depending on background)

BUSI 501 - Fundamentals of Financial Accounting 
BUSI 502 - Fundamentals of Managerial Accounting 
BUSI 503 - Foundations of Management and Marketing 
BUSI 504 - Business Data and Decision Analysis 
BUSI 505 - The Market Process and the World Economy 
BUSI 506 - Foundations of Finance

Prerequisite courses may be waived if previously completed with a C or better (Finance, a B or better) in the undergraduate curriculum. If courses exceed 10 years (Finance, 7 years), students are given the option to test out of or retake them. For more information, please contact an enrollment counselor.

Orientation- BUSI 600 01 (0 credits)

Core (18 hours)

BUSI 610 - Managing with Excellence and Integrity 
BUSI 615 - Advanced Marketing Management 
BUSI 623 - Business Ethics from a Christian Worldview 
BUSI 625 - Advanced Managerial Accounting 
BUSI 635 - Financial Management Practices 
BUSI 650 - Strategic Planning and Analysis

The Capstone course, BUSI 650, must be completed by all MBA students near the end of their curriculum after BUSI 610, BUSI 615, BUSI 625 and BUSI 635 have been completed. This course is designed to act as a comprehensive integrative experience, bringing together the breadth of the MBA curriculum. Students must pass this course with a grade of B or better in order to graduate.

Quasi-Core (3 hours-choose 1)

BUSI 522 - Macroeconomic Policy in a Global Economy 
BUSI 546 - Advanced Investments 
BUSI 552 - Advanced Managerial Economics 
BUSI 614 - Information Systems Concepts 
BUSI 642 - International Finance and Monetary Policy

General Elective or Law (3 hours)

Students who do not have Business Law in undergraduate will be required to take BUSI 620 Contemporary Business Law and the Legal Environment in their MBA program. Students that have already taken a Law class in undergrad will be able to choose any general elective.

Emphasis (9 hours)

Choose three electives from the following areas of emphasis: 
Accounting (emphasis cannot be completed online) 
Finance 
Leadership 
Management Information Systems 
Human Resource Management (emphasis cannot be completed online)

* Students may choose any combination of electives in order to receive a General Management Emphasis

MBA Exit Assessment - BUSI 699 01 (0 credits)

Electives

Accounting (9 hours) 
Choose three: 
BUSI 509 - Cost Accounting and Management Control 
BUSI 517 - Federal Taxation for individuals 
BUSI 518 - Federal Taxation for Corporations and Other Entities
BUSI 525 - Advanced Financial Accounting 
BUSI 528 - Auditing and Attestation 
BUSI 540 - Government & Not for Profit Accounting 
BUSI 560 - International Accounting 
BUSI 570 - Accounting Information Systems 
BUSI 664 - Financial Statement Analysis

Please visit these websites for questions about licensure as a CPA:

National Association of State Boards of Accountancy 
South Carolina requirements

Finance (9 hours)

Choose three: 
BUSI 522 - Macroeconomic Policy in a Global Economy 
BUSI 537 - Entrepreneurial Finance 
BUSI 546 - Advanced Investments 
BUSI 641 - International Business and Trade 
BUSI 642 - International Finance and Monetary Policy 
BUSI 659 - Financial Planning 
BUSI 664 - Financial Statement Analysis

Leadership (9 hours)

Choose three: 
BUSI 607 - Fundamentals of Leadership 
BUSI 611 - Advanced Human Resource Management 
BUSI 612 - Advanced Organizational Behavior 
BUSI 613 - Executive Communications 
BUSI 619 - Power and Influence 
BUSI 624 - Leadership Development 
BUSI 634 - Organizational Change and Transformation 
BUSI 644 - Leadership Dynamics and Decisions 
BUSI 646 - Entrepreneurship 
BUSI 654 - Advanced Labor Relations

Management Information Systems (9 hours)

Choose three: 
BUSI 519 - Database Design and Management Concepts 
BUSI 595 - Information Systems Analysis and Design 
BUSI 614 - Information Systems Concepts 
BUSI 629 - Data Security and Emerging Information Technologies

Human Resource Management (9 hours) 
Choose three: 
BUSI 541 - Staffing* 
BUSI 542 - Employee Training and Development* 
BUSI 543 - Employee Comp and Benefits* 
BUSI 544 - Human Resource Law and Ethics 
BUSI 611 - Advanced Human Resource Management 
*BUSI 611 or permission of the instructor is a prerequisite

General Management (9 hours) 
Students who do not wish to earn an emphasis in Accounting, Finance, Leadership or MIS, may choose any 3 electives except those that count as a required core course and those that count as a prerequisite for our MBA Program to earn a General Management Emphasis. For example, 501, 502, 503, 504, 505 and 506 cannot count as an elective.

Choose three:

BUSI 509 - Cost Accounting and Management Control 
BUSI 517 - Federal Taxation for individuals 
BUSI 518 - Federal Taxation for Corporations and Other Entities 
BUSI 519 - Database Design and Management Concepts 
BUSI 522 - Macroeconomic Policy in a Global Economy 
BUSI 525 - Advanced Financial Accounting 
BUSI 528 - Auditing and Attestation 
BUSI 537 - Entrepreneurial Finance 
BUSI 540 - Government & Not for Profit Accounting 
BUSI 541 - Staffing* 
BUSI 542 - Employee Training and Development* 
BUSI 543 - Employee Comp and Benefits* 
BUSI 544 - Human Resource Law and Ethics 
BUSI 546 - Advanced Investments 
BUSI 552 - Advanced Managerial Economics 
BUSI 560 - International Accounting 
BUSI 570 - Accounting Information Systems 
BUSI 595 - Information Systems Analysis and Design 
BUSI 607 - Fundamentals of Leadership 
BUSI 611 - Advanced Human Resource Management 
BUSI 612 - Advanced Organizational Behavior 
BUSI 613 - Executive Communications 
BUSI 614 - Information Systems Concepts 
BUSI 620 - Contemporary Business Law and the Legal Environment 
BUSI 624 - Leadership Development 
BUSI 629 - Data Security and Emerging Information Technologies 
BUSI 634 - Organizational Change and Transformation 
BUSI 641 - International Business and Trade 
BUSI 642 - International Finance and Monetary Policy 
BUSI 644 - Leadership Dynamics and Decisions 
BUSI 646 - Entrepreneurship 
BUSI 654 - Advanced Labor Relations 
BUSI 659 - Financial Planning 
BUSI 664 - Financial Statement Analysis 
* Students are allowed to take multiple Law courses, but if 620 is a required course, then that course cannot count twice.

Policies Regarding Emphasis Selection

1. Students receiving an emphasis within the MBA will have the emphasis noted on the official transcript. Diplomas do not reflect the emphasis.

2. Students must declare an emphasis by filling out the appropriate form at the Registrar's Office by midterm of the semester prior to graduating from the MBA program. A student who has received an MBA from Charleston Southern University without an emphasis may return to earn an emphasis by completing the necessary course requirements in the chosen emphasis.


MBA Exit Assessment

At the end of their program, all students are required to complete BUSI 699, MBA Exit Assessment (0 credit hours) in their final semester, as a graduation requirement.