Business Administration, M.B.A. - Accelerated

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The Master of Business Administration prepares individuals for leadership positions in business, nonprofit, or governmental organizations. The program is multidisciplinary and follows a systems approach to understanding the internal and external forces that influence the development of an organization. The structure of the program is based on particular themes divided across eight (8) foundation courses, six (6) advanced courses, and three (3) additional courses. Observance of order between foundation and advanced courses is required. All foundation courses must be taken before any advanced or optional courses. The program is also designed for students with professional experience who are seeking to enhance their administrative skills and grow within their organizations without interruption to their career. The curriculum emphasizes a hands-on, practical approach to skill development and includes the following objectives:
Assisting profit and nonprofit organizations to compete more effectively in a changing environment
Preparing personnel in organizations for additional managerial responsibility
Preparing individuals seeking administrative positions
Aiding existing employees in gaining needed skills and knowledge for future organizational success


Candidates for admission to the MBA program are required to hold a four-year baccalaureate degree (or equivalent) from an accredited institution. An undergraduate degree in business is not a requirement; qualified students from all backgrounds are encouraged to submit applications. Admission decisions are based on a combination of a student’s undergraduate academic performance, professional accomplishment, letters of recommendation and scores on the Graduate Management Admissions Test (GMAT) or Graduate Record Examinations (GRE). The GMAT and GRE requirement could be waived for any student with an undergraduate grade point average of 3.0 or higher. Applicants with a graduate degree may also be exempted from the GMAT/GRE. Of these, the greatest weight is given to undergraduate academic performance. If applicants are unable to submit a GMAT/GRE score before their desired start date, they may be admitted provisionally (based on prior academic and professional performance) for maximum of one term. Receipt of a GMAT/GRE score is required for full acceptance and continuation in the program.

A complete application package will include

  1. Transcripts from all previously attended colleges
  2. Two letters of recommendation from a supervisor/professor attesting to candidates
    1. Personal integrity
    2. Leadership potential
    3. Ability to work independently and as a member of a team
    4. A 500 word personal statement explaining why the applicant wants to pursue an MBA
    5. GMAT or GRE scores as required 


The School offers a traditional MBA (part-time and full-time), and an accelerated MBA (full-time). Both programs cover the same content and require the same number of credits.

Students accepted in the MBA program will study full-time or part-time in an engaging environment. Those students not employed will be assisted in having an ongoing relationship with an employer who can provide a mentoring role. Additionally, the employer will provide access to educational and research opportunities within the organization.


With the AMBA, students can complete their MBA degree in just 18 months with combined Saturday and online courses. Classes will be taught in Southern's new School of Business located on the New Haven campus.

The program comprises of nine sessions with each session lasting eight weeks. During each eight-week session, students will complete two courses for six (6) credits, for a full-time course load of 12 credits per semester. The last eight-week session will be devoted to the completion of MBA 595 (Special Project.)

Prospective students will meet the same standards for admission as in the traditional MBA program.

Program Sequence

As sequencing changes, it is highly recommended that students meet with their program advisor to finalize a list of requirements for graduation.  

First Term
MBA 500-A1 - Management Process – 3 credits
MBA 501-A1 - Business Economics – 3 credits
MBA 502-A1 - Statistical Decision Making – 3 credits
MBA 504-A1 - Organizational Behavior – 3 credits

Second Term
MBA 503-A1 - Managerial Finance – 3 credits
MBA 505-A1 - Marketing Management – 3 credits
MBA 506-A1 - Financial and Managerial Accounting  – 3 credits                                                     
MBA 507-A1 - Legal Issues in Business and Management – 3 credits

Third Term
MBA 542-A1 - Global Business – 3 credits
MBA 548-A1 - Business Process Excellence – 3 credits
MBA 552-A1 - Strategic Management – 3 credits
MBA 562-A1 - Business Planning – 3 credits

Fourth Term
MBA 519-A1 - Leadership and Organizational Learning – 3 credits
MBA 525-A1 - Business Ethics – 3 credits
MBA 551-A1 - Business Ecology & Sustainability – 3 credits
MBA 565-A1 - Business and Society – 3 credits 

MBA 595-A1 – Research Project Seminar – 3 credits

All courses in a term must be registered for at one time


MBA courses are open only to those students matriculated into the MBA program or by permission of the MBA Director. Maximum full-time enrollment in the MBA program cannot exceed more than four (4) courses or 12 credits per term.