Business Administration

Degree Offered:Master of Business Administration (M.B.A.)
Director:Kenneth L. Miller, MBA. EdD
Phone:(205) 934-8855
Web site:


Prospective students should use this checklist to obtain specific requirements for applying to Graduate School.

Application Deadlines

Fall semester  - July 1st
Spring semester  - November 1st
Summer semester- April 1st

*International applicants should apply at least 6 months in advance of the deadline in order to ensure processing of all Visa paperwork

Required Documents

  • Application form including 2 evaluation forms/letters of reference
  • Current resume detailing work experience
  • Official transcripts from all colleges and universities attended sent directly by the Registrar or responsible head of the institution to the UAB Graduate School, 1720 2nd Ave. S., LHL G03, Birmingham, AL 35294-0013.
  • GMAT score* sent directly from the testing agency. (it is recommended that you repeat the GMAT if score is below 480)

*GMAT requirement is waived for applicants holding terminal degrees.  Applicants holding master degrees from regionally accredited institutions may be considered for a waiver as long as a comparable standardized test was required for entry into their program.  

Additional Documents Required for International Applicants

  • TOEFL IBT score of 80 or IELTS of 6 (international applicants only)
  • General academic credentials evaluation (ECE or WES report) for international applicants

Non-Degree Seeking Admission

Candidates interested in non-degree seeking admission must have an undergraduate cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher. Non-degree seeking students are limited to earning 12 hours credit in this status. The option to enter as non-degree seeking will be offered to candidates who miss the application deadline for applying to the MBA program, but who submit all materials prior to the beginning of the term and meet admission requirements, provided that there are seats available. We will require a resume, copies of transcripts, and GMAT scores along with the application. Permission of the MBA Coordinator is needed in order to register for classes as a non-degree seeking student.

Contact the UAB Collat School of Business, Graduate School of Management with any questions concerning UAB’s MBA program.

Master of Business Administration

The UAB MBA is designed to provide competency in management and to acquaint the student with all aspects of business activity.  In order to deal effectively with increasingly complex and ambiguous problems of business and organizations, managers require training in sophisticated analytical techniques, appreciation for the behavioral facets of management, as well as an ability to anticipate and adapt to changes in an industrial environment. The program stresses critical thinking and is decision oriented, focusing on key aspects of business administration.

The MBA program is suitable not only for students with baccalaureate degrees in business but also for those who have degrees in engineering, the sciences, or liberal arts.

UAB’s MBA program offers evening classes that meet once a week and online courses.   Students may choose to follow either a one or two-year-plan of study to guarantee graduation with a specified timeframe ,or pursue the degree at their own pace.  Students have 5 years from term of entry to complete degree requirements.

Concentrations are available in finance, information technology management, marketing, and health services. Dual Degree options available include MD/MBA, DMD/MBA, OD/MBA, MPH/MBA and MSHA/MBA and require applicants to apply and be accepted to both degree programs.

Quantitative Requirement

Applicants are expected to have completed a pre-calculus class with a grade of "C" or better within the last five years. If an applicant does not meet this requirement, they may be admitted with the contingency of satisfying the requirement before their first term of enrollment.

More information about this can be found on the Collat School of Business website.

MBA Degree Requirements

Total Hours for Degree: 36 (12 courses)

Tools and Perspectives on Business (12 Hours)
MBA 601Accounting and Finance for Managers3
MBA 631Management and Organizations3
MBA 642Economics for Managers3
MBA 662Quantitative Analysis for Business Managers3
Functional Core (15 Hours)
MBA 608Strategic Cost Analysis and Decision Making3
MBA 619Information Technology and Business Strategy3
MBA 621Topics in Corporate Finance3
MBA 637Operations and Supply Chain Management3
MBA 651Marketing Strategy3
Capstone (3 Hours)
MBA 634Strategic Management3
Electives (6 Hours)6
Total Hours36

Degree with Concentration requires additional approved elective in selected area of study:  39 Total Hours (13 Courses). Concentrations are offered in Finance, Health Services, Information Systems, and Marketing.

MBA Plans of Study (Full Time 1-Year-Plan and Part time 2-Year-Plan)


MBA 601. Accounting and Finance for Managers. 3 Hours.

Decision oriented survey course of the principles of both financial accounting and financial management. Broad study of the basic concepts and tools of financial accounting and finance from both the theoretical and practical perspectives. Topics include financial reporting responsibilities of management, analysis and interpretation of financial statements, and the application of time value concepts to the valuation of stocks, bonds, and capital projects.

MBA 608. Strategic Cost Analysis and Decision Making. 3 Hours.

Determination and use of cost data for decision making, control, and evaluation of performance, and formulation of goals and budgets. The strategic context of managerial decision making is emphasized.
Prerequisites: MBA 601 [Min Grade: C]

MBA 612. Corporate Governance. 3 Hours.

This course examines the process by which individuals inside and outside a publicly-traded or other complex organization seek to govern the organization’s activities, including boards of directors, shareholders, management, independent auditors, internal risk managers, and the Securities and Exchange Commission.

MBA 613. Information Security Management. 3 Hours.

Develop an understanding of key information security concepts. Develop an understanding of how people, technology and organizational policies should be developed and managed to safeguard an organization's information resources. Learn how to manage under uncertainty and risk. Develop policies and procedures to make information systems secure. Learn how to aduit and recover from security breaches.

MBA 614. Social Media and Virtual Communities in Business. 3 Hours.

This course focuses on how social media and virtual communities are changing business in fundamental ways. Students gain practical facility in the use of social media tools and learn meta-skills like how to use new social media tools, how to use filters to make sense of social media, and how to curate news and reports in a manner that contributes to business knowledge and intellect.

MBA 616. Web Analytics. 3 Hours.

The Web Analytics course introduces technologies and tools used to realize the full potential of web sites. The course focuses on collection and use of web data such as web traffic and visitor information to design web sites that will enable firms to acquire, convert, and retain customers.
Prerequisites: MBA 611 [Min Grade: C]

MBA 617. Introduction to Business Intelligence. 3 Hours.

Business Intelligence is an umbrella term describing a wide range of events and activities, hardware and software systems, and methods and algorithms that revolve around a central theme-using data to improve business decision making. This course is an introductory level exposition to this exciting new field with the emphasis of providing a descriptive understanding to the folowing major components of business intelligence: data warehousing, business performance management, data mining, and business intelligence implementation.

MBA 618. Technology Based Project Managment. 3 Hours.

Equips students with the fundamental principles of project management required for successfully implementing IT solutions.
Prerequisites: MBA 611 [Min Grade: C]

MBA 619. Information Technology and Business Strategy. 3 Hours.

Designed to improve students' understanding of business strategies and the technology management practices that support them, this course focuses on understanding the basic concepts and terminology of information technology and developing insight into the role of information technology in the strategy and management of organizations.

MBA 621. Topics in Corporate Finance. 3 Hours.

An advanced course in finance with emphasis on special topics such as financial planning, working capital management, leasing, hybrid financing, real options, and international capital budgeting. Case studies are used.
Prerequisites: MBA 601 [Min Grade: C]

MBA 622. Portfolio Theory and Construction. 3 Hours.

Theoretical and practical aspects of investments and portfolio management. Preq: MBA 621.
Prerequisites: MBA 620 [Min Grade: C]

MBA 623. Mergers and Acquisitions. 3 Hours.

In-depth examination, study, and analysis of current issues and problems in selected areas of finance. Preq: MBA 621.
Prerequisites: MBA 620 [Min Grade: C]

MBA 624. Global Financial Management. 3 Hours.

Financial analysis and decision-making in international context. All traditional areas of corporate finance explored. Preq: MBA 621.
Prerequisites: MBA 620 [Min Grade: C]

MBA 625. Real Estate Decision Analysis. 3 Hours.

Master's level course designed to provide students with the tools and analytical framework for making real estate decisions. Preq: MBA 621.
Prerequisites: MBA 620 [Min Grade: C]

MBA 626. Credit Markets and Instruments. 3 Hours.

Detailed coverage of the credit markets (Money and Bond markets) of the U.S. and an introduction to the international aspects of those instruments. Preq: MBA 621.
Prerequisites: MBA 620 [Min Grade: C]

MBA 627. Financial Risk Analysis and Management. 3 Hours.

Exploration of issues in the measurement, analysis, and management of financial risk including interest rate, exchange rate, and commodity price risks. Preq: MBA 621.
Prerequisites: MBA 620 [Min Grade: C]

MBA 628. Valuation Seminar. 3 Hours.

A blend of theory and practice to gain knowledge and skills in the valuation of businesses and interests therein. Preq: MBA 621.
Prerequisites: MBA 620 [Min Grade: C]

MBA 629. Treasury Management. 3 Hours.

Multi-disciplinary approach to analysis of financial statements and working capital management. Financial planning, corporate liquidity, and short-term financial policy issues. Preq: MBA 621.
Prerequisites: MBA 620 [Min Grade: C]

MBA 631. Management and Organizations. 3 Hours.

Course focuses on both the internal organizational environment, specifically organizational behaviors, and externally, the legal, ethical, and social environment both domestically and internationally. Students will be able to identify policy issues externally from the legal, social, and ethical environment. Students will also gain an understanding of internal organizational behavior.

MBA 634. Strategic Management. 3 Hours.

The integration of management, finance, accounting, marketing, economics, production, information technology, and decision making concepts through the study of business policy and strategy. Must be in last term in the MBA program to register.Permission of advisor required.

MBA 635. International Business Policy. 3 Hours.

Problems and strategic considerations of firms engaged in international business.
Prerequisites: MBA 609 [Min Grade: C] and MBA 620 [Min Grade: C] and MBA 640 [Min Grade: C] and MBA 650 [Min Grade: C]

MBA 636. Human Resource Administration. 3 Hours.

Critical management theory as applied to human resource problems such as employment, employee education and training, labor management, health and safety, compensation, and human resources research.
Prerequisites: MBA 632 [Min Grade: C]

MBA 637. Operations and Supply Chain Management. 3 Hours.

Concepts and principles necessary to manage the operations and supply chain function in both service and manufacturing organizations. Topics include planning, controlling, directing , and organizing of people, facilities, and materials involved in operations and supply chain management.Global considerations also presented.
Prerequisites: MBA 660 [Min Grade: C]

MBA 638. Managerial Communication Skills. 3 Hours.

An advanced business communications course for MBA students focusing on the verbal and nonverbal communication skills required of managers in today's business environment.

MBA 641. Macroeconomics Analysis and Decision Making. 3 Hours.

Macroeconomic analysis; modern theory of aggregate demand and supply; forecasting and link between business firm and micro environment. Preq: MBA 662.
Prerequisites: MBA 660 [Min Grade: C]

MBA 642. Economics for Managers. 3 Hours.

Enables students to understand core microeconomic and macroeconomic concepts and how economics theory can be used to direct managers in understanding economic forces and making rational global and domestic economic decisions.
Prerequisites: MBA 640 [Min Grade: C] and MBA 641 [Min Grade: C] and MBA 661 [Min Grade: C]

MBA 645. Game Theory in Industrial Organization. 3 Hours.

Introduces students to the logic of game theory, in the context of selected topics in the theory of industrial organization. Emphasis will be on applying game-theoretic logic to generic business issues, studied as cases. Preq: MBA 642.
Prerequisites: MBA 640 [Min Grade: C]

MBA 651. Marketing Strategy. 3 Hours.

This course focuses on planning, implementing, and controlling strategic marketing activities. The objective is for students to understand the concepts and processes that guide marketing strategy decision making and to be able to apply these concepts and processes to organizations. Marketing strategy is examined in the context of uncertain competitive environments and from a global perspective.
Prerequisites: MBA 650 [Min Grade: C]

MBA 652. Sales Management. 3 Hours.

This course focuses on the strategic role of an effective sales force in the organization's total marketing effort and business strategy. Students learn to formulate, implement, and evaluate a sales program. Topics include developing sales goals, creating a sales organizational structure, building a sales program, leading and motivating the sales force.

MBA 653. Marketing Analysis and Decision Making. 3 Hours.

Fundamentals of market-based management and the impact of marketing decisions on profitability. Core themes include customer value, customer satisfaction and marketing performance metrics. Students acquire an understanding of important marketing tools by applying them to key marketing mix decisions.
Prerequisites: MBA 650 [Min Grade: C]

MBA 654. International Marketing. 3 Hours.

Examination of international marketing activities, including environmental issues, marketing strategy, and tactical considerations in entering foreign markets.
Prerequisites: MBA 650 [Min Grade: C]

MBA 658. Applied Marketing Research. 3 Hours.

This course covers the fundamentals of the marketing research process, including problem definition, research design, research performance, collecting, inputting and analyzing data using IBM SPSS software, interpretation of statistical results into managerial insights, and the presentation of those results to business managers.
Prerequisites: MBA 662 [Min Grade: C]

MBA 662. Quantitative Analysis for Business Managers. 3 Hours.

Covers a wide range of toppics in quantitative analysis for managerial decision making. The goal is to provide students with essential analytical skills needed to make better business decisions with an emphasis on proficiency using Microsoft Excel.
Prerequisites: MBA 661 [Min Grade: C]

MBA 671. Health Care Marketing. 3 Hours.

This class is designed for master level students seeking employment in the healthcare industry. The primary objective of this course is to provide students with a comprehensive overview of the marketing fundamentals in the health care environment. This course also examines health care organizations as customers in a B2B environment.

MBA 673. Planning and Pitching a New Business Concept. 3 Hours.

The business plan is the DNA or genetic map of a technology venture. It is the foundation for the capital raise, as well as the roadmap for operational milestones. Unfortunately, most business plans focus on internal strategy rather than a comprehensive assessment of the competitive landscape. Therefore, particular attention will be paid to market research, competitive analysis, and product/market fit.
Prerequisites: MBA 650 [Min Grade: C] or HA 671 [Min Grade: C]

MBA 676. MBA Internship. 3 Hours.

Offers qualified graduate students the chance to gain first-hand experience in a local business while receiving academic credit.
Prerequisites: MBA 632 [Min Grade: C] and MBA 650 [Min Grade: C]

MBA 681. From Idea to IPO. 3 Hours.

This course is specifically designed to give graduate students in business, medicine, and engineering a deeper understanding of the issues involved in determining how to take the right idea from the laboratory to the marketplace.

MBA 683. Leading Innovation. 3 Hours.

This course exposes students to the nature of innovation, how innovation occurs, barriers to innovation and how to create and sustain an environment that encourages and rewards innovation. Students will also learn how to build, manage and grow a start-up company. Areas such as lean start-up techniques will be covered along with defining mission, vision and values, hiring and staffing and building effective business processes.

MBA 690. Directed Study. 3 Hours.

Selected topics in business:graduate level.

MBA 691. MBA Independent Study. 3 Hours.

Individualized study directed by a faculty member. Requires instructor permission.


Ayers, Douglas J., Associate Professor of Marketing and Industrial Distribution, 1999, B.S., M.B.A. (Tennessee), Ph.D. (Kentucky)
Cowart, Larry, Assistant Professor of Finance, 2007, B.S. (Athens), M.B.A. (Samford), Ph.D. (Georgia)
Crigler, Paul, Instructor of Information Systems, 2004, B.S. (Auburn); B.S., M.S. (UAB)
DasGupta, Manabendra, Associate Professor of Economics, 1990, B.A., M.A. (Calcutta), M.A., Ph.D. (Southern Methodist)
DeCarlo, Thomas E., Professor of Marketing and Industrial Distribution, 2007, B.S. (N. Carolina State), Ph.D. (Georgia)
Dobbs, Joel, Entrepreneur in Residence, 2011, M.Sc. (UAB)
Hadley, Mark, Professor of Surgery; Professor of Marketing and Industrial Distribution; Spinal Surgery and Medical Equipment and Supplies Distribution, 2008, B.A. (Stanford), M.D. (Albany Medical College)
Huang, Xuan, Assistant Professor of Quantitative Methods, 2010, B.E. (Tsinghua University, Beijing), M.Sc., Ph.D. (Massachusetts, Amherst)
Jack, Eric, Associate Professor of Management; Dean, Faculty Development and Research, 2001, B.S. (Georgia Institute of Technology), M.B.A. (Wright State), Ph.D. (Cincinnati)
Kennedy, Karen, Associate Professor of Marketing and Industrial Distribution; Senior Associate Dean, Programs and Outreach, 2001, B.S. (Blue Mountain), M.S. (Florida State), M.B.A. (Georgia State), Ph.D. (South Florida)
Key, Susan, Associate Professor of Management, 1995, B.A., J.D., M.B.A. (Illinois), Ph.D. (Pittsburgh)
Larson, Keri, Assistant Professor (Management, Information Systems and Quantitative Methods), 2012, A.B. (Chicago), Ph.D. (Georgia), Data Management, Intro to Information Systems, and Social Media and Virtual Communities
Menachemi, Nir, Professor, 2008, Ph.D. (UAB), Strategic management and health information
Messina, Frank M., Professor of Accounting, 1993, B.S. (Livingston), M.Acc., Ph.D. (Mississippi State), C.P.A.
Miller, Kenneth, Instructor of Marketing and Industrial Distribution; Executive Director, MBA Programs, 2008, B.S. (Auburn), M.B.A. (Golden Gate), Ed.D. (Vanderbilt)
Motley, Carol, Associate Professor of Marketing, 2011, B.S. (Southern Illinois), M.B.A. (Washington), Ph.D. (Georgia)
Rauterkus, Andreas, Associate Professor of Finance, 2007, Diploma (J. W. Goethe University, Germany), M.B.A. (East Carolina), Ph.D. (Cincinnati)
Rivera, C. Julio, Associate Professor of Information Systems, 1988, B.S., M.S. (Texas A&M), M.B.A. (Southern Mississippi), Ph.D. (Mississippi State)
Robicheaux, Robert A., Chair, Department of Marketing, Idustrial Distribution, and Economics; Professor of Marketing and Industrial Distribution, 2004, B.S., M.B.A., Ph.D. (Louisiana State University)
Savage, Grant, Professor of Management, 2011, B.A. (Connecticut), M.A., Ph.D. (Ohio State)
Van Matre, Joseph G., Professor of Quantitative Methods, 1971, B.E.E., M.B.A. (Auburn), Ph.D. (Alabama)
Wech, Barbara, Associate Professor of Management, 2001, B.S. (Wayne State), M.B.A. (Michigan State), Ph.D. (Louisiana State)
Worrell, James L., Associate Professor of Accounting, 2008, B.S., M.Ac., Ph.D. (Florida State)
Xu, Nuo, Assistant Professor of Quanitative Methods, 2010, B.S. (Shanghai Jiao Tong University), M.S., Ph.D. (Cincinnati)
Yates, Stephanie, Associate Professor of Finance, 2007, B.S., M.A., M.B.A. (Cincinnati), Ph.D. (LSU)
Yoder, Stephen A., Assistant Professor of Legal Studies; Director, School of Business Honors Program, 2008, A.B. (Duke), J.D. (Northwestern University School of Law)