Business Administration

Prospective students should use this checklist to obtain specific admissions requirements on how to apply to Graduate School.

Degree Offered:M.B.A.
Director:Kenneth L. Miller, MBA. EdD
Phone:(205) 934-8855

Program Objectives

The objectives of the UAB MBA program are to provide professional, graduate-level education and to maintain a continuing relationship with the business community through service activities. 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 UAB MBA program is designed to provide competency in management and to acquaint the student with all aspects of business activity. The program stresses critical thinking and is decision oriented, focusing on key aspects of business administration. It seeks to prepare graduates for leadership roles in business, industry, government, or social service.

Admission Requirements

Applicants must be holders of baccalaureate degrees from regionally accredited institutions and must present evidence including, but not limited to, admission test scores (see below) and undergraduate records indicating high promise of success in business study at the graduate level. Preference is given to applicants with a minimum of two years of professional work experience after completion of the undergraduate degree.

Applicants must have completed satisfactorily an undergraduate calculus course within the previous five years of application. Students without calculus or students who took calculus more than 5 years prior to entry may prove proficiency by enrolling in a college level business calculus course or by passing 4 proficiency tests offered through the Graduate School of Management. The Graduate School of Management offers a calculus review course in both fall and spring for applicants who need assistance in preparing for the proficiency exams.

All applicants are required to complete a Business Boot Camp the semester before beginning the program. This course is designed to acquaint students from non-business backgrounds with basic terminology and concepts in business, as well as baseline knowledge in accounting, finance and statistics. The course consists of modules covering specific areas of business. This review also allows applicants from business backgrounds to brush up on fundamentals. The course is self-paced and delivered online.

In addition, foreign applicants must have a minimum score of 550 on the TOEFL paper-based test or a minimum of 20 in each section and a minimum of 80 composite score on the internet-based test. IELTS scores of 6 may be accepted in lieu of TOEFL scores.

Waivers for the GMAT may be granted for applicants who meet specific criteria established by the UAB School of Business. This includes applicants with advanced degrees who also have an acceptable score on an equivalent graduate admissions test. Applicants meeting the criteria are not guaranteed a waiver, but rather qualify to be considered for a waiver.

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.

Graduate Certificates

Students who meet the criteria for entering as a non-degree seeking student (see above) may pursue a certificate. Degree-seeking students may pursue a certificate in addition to their degree. Students wishing to pursue only the certificate may apply as a degree-seeking student and choose "certificate" as their program of choice. The application for graduate-level certificate should be used when the requirements for a graduate-level certificate have been completed. This form is different than the application for degree, used when completing and entire program. If completing a certificate and a graduate program, both are required.

The application for certificate must be received in the Graduate School by the deadline date listed on the Graduate School website.

Graduate Certificate in Social Media

This certificate is designed to help students and working professionals advance in their careers by improving understanding of how to use the latest social media technologies to benefit organizational stakeholders, such as managers, organizations, employees, customers and partners. Emphasis is on application of new and emerging social media technologies, to serve those currently working in the IS and marketing related fields, and to prepare individuals from other fields by building the skills needed to succeed in social media careers.

MBA 614Social Media and Virtual Communities in Business3
MBA 616Web Analytics3
MBA 617Introduction to Business Intelligence3
A social media course from any graduate program at UAB with approval of advisor


Certificate in Technology Commercialization and Entrepreneurship

The Graduate Certificate in Technology Commercialization and Entrepreneurship is designed to expose students (MBA and non-MBA) and scientists to the business foundations of entrepreneurship and technology commercialization. The program is designed to blend knowledge and experiential learning to help move scientific discovery and inventions out of the lab and into the marketplace.

Required courses:
Choose 4 courses from the following:
A social media course from any graduate program at UAB with approval of advisor3
MBA 681From Idea to IPO (Fall)3
MBA 673Technology Venture Business Planning (Spring)3
MBA 682The Art of the Deal: Negotiating Technology Agreements3
MBA 690Special Topics (Managing Innovation - Summer)3
MBA 691MBA Internship (Any semester)1-3
Total Hours16-18


For additional information contact:

Doug Ayers, PhD
Associate Professor
(205) 934-8856
Office: BEC 204-B

Program Information

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.

The MBA program is taught in an evening format and is designed for students who work during the day. Most students can complete degree requirements within two years. Students may choose to follow either a one or two year plan of study to guarantee graduation with a specified timeframe or may 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, and health care management. Each concentration consists of nine semester hours. The MBA program is accredited by AACSB - The Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business.

After the student is admitted to the program, the MBA graduate advisor is available to meet with the students, if needed, to help outline a plan of study. Each candidate for the MBA must file a formal application for the degree in the Graduate School of Management Office one term prior to the expected term of graduation.

Additional Information

Admission Terms AvailableFall, Spring, Summer
Deadline for All Application Materials to be in the Graduate School Office:Fall admission - July 1st; Spring admission - Nov. 1st; Summer admission - April 1st
Number of Evaluation Forms Required:Two letters of reference or *recommendation forms *(preferred)
Entrance TestsGMAT (TOEFL and TWE also required for international applicants whose native language is not English.) In certain cases the GRE can be accepted for those applying to dual degree programs.

Contact Information

For detailed information contact Christy Manning, Coordinator of Graduate Programs in Business: School of Business, Room 210 1150 South 10th Avenue, Birmingham, Alabama 35294-4460.
Telephone 205-934-8817 or 205-934-8815


MBA 601. AC and FN 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. Cost Analysis and Dec. 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.

MBA 609. Financial Accounting for Managers. 3 Hours.

Accounting fundamentals--an introduction to accounting and its role in the U.S. economy, emphasizing management's use of financial statements. 999999.

MBA 610. Strategic Cost Management. 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] or MBA 601 [Min Grade: C]

MBA 611. Management Information Systems. 3 Hours.

Applications of information and management sciences to design and use of decision-oriented systems.

MBA 612. Corporate Governance. 3 Hours.

A course examining the governance by boards of directors, shareholders, management and others of publicly-owned corporations, larger privately-held corporations, and other complex organizations. Preq: Graduate standing.

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 615. Technology Based Entre(Intra)prenuership. 3 Hours.

The course provides the foundation for developing technology based venture or business case for organizational deployment. It focuses on analyzing the requirements -- economic, technical, financial, and marketing for successful conception and implementation of projects.

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.

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. Preq: MBA 611.

MBA 619. IT 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 620. Corporate Finance. 3 Hours.

Introduction to financial management of non-financial corporations. Topics include time value of money, bond and stock valuation, cost of capital, capital budgeting, capital structure and divided policy. Cases may be used. Preq: MBA 609 and MBA 660.

MBA 621. Advanced 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] or MBA 601 [Min Grade: C]

MBA 622. Portfolio Theory and Construction. 3 Hours.

Theoretical and practical aspects of investments and portfolio management. Preq: MBA 620.

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 620.

MBA 624. Global Financial Management. 3 Hours.

Financial analysis and decision-making in international context. All traditional areas of corporate finance explored. Preq: MBA 620.

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 620.

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 620.

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 620.

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 620.

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 620.

MBA 630. Social Ethical and Legal Environment. 3 Hours.

Social, ethical, and legal environment in which business enterprise operates domestically and internationally.

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 632. Managerial Processes and Behavior. 3 Hours.

Elements of organizational behavior and their dynamic interaction. Emphasis on individual and small group behavior in organization.

MBA 633. Operations Management. 3 Hours.

Introduction to management planning and control techniques applicable to the operations portion of various enterprises. Preq: MBA 661.

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.

MBA 635. International Business Policy. 3 Hours.

Problems and strategic considerations of firms engaged in international business. Preq: MBA 609, MBA 620, MBA 640 and MBA 650.

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. Preq: MBA 632.

MBA 637. Operations and Supply Chain MG. 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 639. Management Seminar. 3 Hours.

Current issues and problems in selected areas of management. Preq: MBA 632.

MBA 640. Applied Microeconomics Analysis. 3 Hours.

Application of economic theory and methodology to decision making; theoretical and empirical analysis of demand, production, costs, and pricing behavior. Preq: MBA 660.

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 660.

MBA 642. Introduction to Econometrics. 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.

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 640.

MBA 650. Modern Marketing Concepts. 3 Hours.

Analytical approach to business systems directing flow of goods and services from product conception and production to consumption from a marketing manager's point of view.

MBA 651. Marketing Strategy. 3 Hours.

Problems of marketing managers; planning, implementing, evaluating, and controlling marketing activities.

MBA 653. Advanced Topics in Marketing Management. 3 Hours.

Preq: MBA 650.

MBA 654. International Marketing. 3 Hours.

Examination of international marketing activities, including environmental issues, marketing strategy, and tactical considerations in entering foreign markets. Preq: MBA 650.

MBA 660. Business Statistics. 3 Hours.

Selected statistical techniques, including statistical inference, regression, and decision theory. Application to business problems.

MBA 661. Decision Science. 3 Hours.

Introduction to topics in operations research. Preq: MBA 660.

MBA 662. Quant. Analysis for 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.

MBA 663. Applied Regression Analysis. 3 Hours.

Preq: MBA 661.

MBA 664. Topics in Operations Research. 3 Hours.

Preq: MBA 661.

MBA 667. Quantitative Methods for Finance. 3 Hours.

Involves quantitative reasoning and management science methodology, but focuses specifically in finance issues, not business processes in general. Preq: MBA 660.

MBA 669. Foundations of Total Quality Management. 3 Hours.

Reviews essential elements of TQM and emphasizes their inter-relatedness. What thought processes of management must be changed, why, and how is discussed with application to manufacturing and service sectors. Preq: MBA 660.

MBA 671. Health Care Marketing. 3 Hours.

Introductory survey of marketing concepts as applied to health services organizations. Consumer behavior, market segmentation, target marketing, marketing research, management, and control of marketing mix variables. 999999.

MBA 672. Seminar in Advertising and Promotion Strategy. 3 Hours.

Preq: MBA 650 or HA 671.

MBA 673. Technology Venture Business Planning. 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 and competitive analysis. Preq: MBA 650 or HA 671.

MBA 674. Service Marketing. 3 Hours.

An examination of the generic differences between goods and services, with appropriate marketing strategies for services developed. Preq: MBA 650.

MBA 675. E-Commerce Seminar. 3 Hours.

Introduction to E-Commerce business-to-consumer and business-to-business activities. Preq: MBA 650.

MBA 676. Management Internship. 3 Hours.

Offers qualified graduate students the chance to gain first-hand experience in a local business while receiving academic credit. Preq: MBA 632 and MBA 650.

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 682. The Art of the Deal: Negotiating Technology Agreements. 3 Hours.

This course takes an in-depth look at various negotiating strategies and addresses issues such as when to sell or when to license.

MBA 690. Special Topics. 3 Hours.

Selected topics in business:graduate level.

MBA 691. MBA Internship. 1-3 Hour.

Internship in area of interest offering a student practical experience while evaluating career direction.

MBA 698. Directed Studies. 3 Hours.

Readings and independent study in selected areas.


Ayers, Douglas J., Associate Professor of Marketing and Industrial Distribution, 1999, B.S., M.B.A. (Tennessee), Ph.D. (Kentucky)
Bos, Theodore, Professor of Quantitative Methods, 1982, B.Ec. (Queensland), Ph.D. (Illinois)
Burns, Richard M., Professor of Finance, 1987, B.S. (Alabama), M.B.A. (UAB), Ph.D. (Georgia)
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)
Dilworth, James B., Professor Emeritus (Management, Information Systems and Quantitative Methods); Production and Operations Management
Dobbs, Joel, Entrepreneur in Residence, 2011, M.Sc. (UAB)
Duncan, W. Jack, PhD, Professor of Management and University Scholar Emeritus
Edmonds, Thomas P., Alumni and Friends Professor of Accounting, 1986, B.B.A. (Georgia State), M.B.A. (St. Mary’s), Ph.D. (Georgia State)
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)
Holmes, Robert E., Professor (Management); Business Education and Reform, Entrepreneurship, Strategic Management
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; Associate Dean, Faculty Development and Research, 2001, B.S. (Georgia Institute of Technology), M.B.A. (Wright State), Ph.D. (Cincinnati)
Johnston, Allen, Associate Professor of Information Systems, Director of Information Systems Programs, 2007, B.S. (LSU), M.B.A., PhD. (Mississippi)
Kennedy, Karen, Associate Professor of Marketing and Industrial Distribution; 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); Data Management, Intro to Information Systems, and Social Media and Virtual Communities, 2012, A.B. (Chicago), Ph.D. (Georgia)
Lee, Seung-Dong, Professor of Economics, 1979, B.A., M.A. (Korea), M.A., Ph.D. (Southern Methodist)
McGee, Gail W., Professor Emeritus (Management, Information Systems and Quantitative Methods); Organizational Behavior
Menachemi, Nir, PhD, Professor
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, 2008, B.S. (Auburn), M.B.A. (Golden Gate), Ed.D. (Vanderbilt)
Motley, Carol, Assistant Professor of Marketing, 2011, B.S. (Southern Illinois), M.B.A. (Washington), Ph.D. (Georgia)
Munchus III, George M., Professor of Management, 1976, B.S., M.B.A., Ph.D. (North Texas State), A.P.S.
Musa, Phillip F., Associate Professor of Management, 2000, B.S., M.S., M.B.A. (Texas Tech)
Powers, Thomas L., Professor of Marketing and Industrial Distribution, 1985, B.S., M.B.A. (Eastern Michigan), Ph.D. (Michigan State)
Rauterkus, Andreas, Assistant Professor of Finance, 2007, Diploma (J. W. Goethe University, Germany), M.B.A. (East Carolina), Ph.D. (Cincinnati)
Rauterkus, Stephanie, Assistant Professor of Finance, 2007, B.S., M.A., M.B.A. (Cincinnati), Ph.D. (LSU)
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)
Scott, Robert A., Associate Professor Emeritus (Management, Information Systems and Quantitative Methods); Administrative Theory and Practice, Organizational Design and Development
Singh, Sanjay K., Associate Professor (Management, Information Systems and Quantitative Methods); Management Information Systems
Singleton, Tommie, Associate Professor (Accounting and Finance), Forensic Accounting; Information Technology Audits; Fraud
Swan, John E., Professor Emeritus (Marketing, Economics and Industrial Distribution); Marketing
Turpen, Richard, Associate Professor (Accounting and Finance); Financial Accounting and Auditing
Van Matre, Joseph G., Professor of Quantitative Methods, 1971, B.E.E., M.B.A. (Auburn), Ph.D. (Alabama)
Walker, Joe, Associate Professor of Finance, 1987, B.A., B.S. (Baylor), Ph.D. (Texas A&M)
Wasko, Molly McLure, Associate Professor of Management; Chair, Department of Management, Information Systems, and Quantitative Methods, 2010, B.B.A., B.A. (James Madison), M.B.A. (Averett), Ph.D. (Maryland, College Park)
Wech, Barbara, Associate Professor of Management, 2001, B.S. (Wayne State), M.B.A. (Michigan State), Ph.D. (Louisiana State)
Worrell, James L., Assistant 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)
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)