This is the preliminary (or launch) version of the 2020-21 VCU Bulletin. This edition includes all programs and courses approved by the publication deadline; however we may receive notification of additional program approvals after the launch. The final edition and full PDF version will include these updates and will be available in August prior to the beginning of the fall semester.

Program accreditation
Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business

Program goal

The purpose of the Master of Business Administration program at VCU is to prepare individuals for the responsibilities of management. As students at VCU, individuals will learn the functions and techniques of effective management. The student also will come to understand the environmental and economic factors that affect decision-making in organizations. In short, the student will know what to do as future events unfold that affect his/her firm or organization.

An M.B.A. from VCU benefits students at various points in their careers. Individuals who have recently received their baccalaureate degrees may choose to refine their business skills while their undergraduate training is fresh. Individuals with work experience often find that an M.B.A. is the key to rapid promotion or a career change. Finally, an M.B.A. from VCU meets the needs of students who recognize that the best preparation for an uncertain future is continuous learning.

Student learning outcomes

  1. Leadership and teamwork: Students will develop abilities to influence others and collaborate in teams.
  2. Communication: Students will recognize the importance of and effectively demonstrate strong communication skills.
  3. Analytical thinking: Students will demonstrate the ability to organize and interpret qualitative and quantitative information to make effective decisions.
  4. Strategic thinking: Students will demonstrate the ability to apply appropriate conceptual frameworks to lead the organization in setting and meeting its goals and objectives.

VCU Graduate Bulletin, VCU Graduate School and general academic policies and regulations for all graduate students in all graduate programs

The VCU Graduate Bulletin website documents the official admission and academic rules and regulations that govern graduate education for all graduate programs at the university. These policies are established by the graduate faculty of the university through their elected representatives to the University Graduate Council.

It is the responsibility of all graduate students, both on- and off-campus, to be familiar with the VCU Graduate Bulletin as well as the Graduate School website and academic regulations in individual school and department publications and on program websites. However, in all cases, the official policies and procedures of the University Graduate Council, as published on the VCU Graduate Bulletin and Graduate School websites, take precedence over individual program policies and guidelines.

Visit the academic regulations section for additional information on academic regulations for graduate students.

Degree candidacy requirements

A graduate student admitted to a program or concentration requiring a final research project, work of art, thesis or dissertation, must qualify for continuing master’s or doctoral status according to the degree candidacy requirements of the student’s graduate program. Admission to degree candidacy, if applicable, is a formal statement by the graduate student’s faculty regarding the student’s academic achievements and the student’s readiness to proceed to the final research phase of the degree program.

Graduate students and program directors should refer to the following degree candidacy policy as published in the VCU Graduate Bulletin for complete information and instructions.

Visit the academic regulations section for additional information on degree candidacy requirements.

Graduation requirements

As graduate students approach the end of their academic programs and the final semester of matriculation, they must make formal application to graduate. No degrees will be conferred until the application to graduate has been finalized.

Graduate students and program directors should refer to the following graduation requirements as published in the Graduate Bulletin for a complete list of instructions and a graduation checklist.

Visit the academic regulations section for additional information on graduation requirements.

Other information

School of Business policies and procedures for graduate students are available on the school’s website.

Apply online at graduate.admissions.vcu.edu.

Admission requirements

Admission requirements
Degree:Semester(s) of entry:Deadline dates:Test requirements:
M.B.A.FallJul 1GMAT or GRE*
SpringNov 1
SummerMar 1

In addition to the general admission requirements of the VCU Graduate School, applicants to the master’s program in business administration must submit an up-to-date resume.

*Test requirements may be waived. Waiver request information can be found on the Graduate Studies in Business webpage.

Degree requirements

In addition to the VCU Graduate School graduation requirements, students in the M.B.A. program must complete a minimum of 45 graduate credit hours. In addition, a prerequisite course in precalculus is required. This prerequisite may be waived for students who present satisfactory equivalent preparation. Applicants who have not met this prerequisite may take the course after admission.

Students are expected to enter the program with basic computing proficiency. Specific expectations will be provided by the Graduate Studies in Business Office. Specific means of evaluating and correcting any deficiency also will be identified.

Curriculum requirements

The curriculum for the M.B.A. program is flexible and is designed for students with diverse undergraduate backgrounds. Students may elect an M.B.A. without a concentration or may choose an M.B.A. with a single or double concentration. Students may also pursue a dual degree with one of the school’s specialized master’s degree programs; specific opportunities and shared courses are outlined below the standard curriculum.

Most classes are held in the evening to accommodate working students’ schedules. Classes typically meet one evening a week from 7 to 9:40 p.m. or twice a week in the early evening from 5:30 to 6:45 p.m. For additional information about the program, visit the MBA options section of the School of Business website.

CourseTitleHours
Required courses
ACCT 507Fundamentals of Accounting3
ACCT 608Managerial Accounting Concepts3
ECON 610Managerial Economics3
FIRE 520Financial Concepts of Management3
FIRE 623Financial Management3
INFO 661Information Systems for Managers3
INFO 664Information Systems for Business Intelligence3
MGMT 641Leading People and Organizations3
MGMT 642Business Policy and Strategy3
MKTG 671Marketing Management3
SCMA 524Statistical Fundamentals for Business Management3
SCMA 675Operations Management3
Electives
Select three of the following:9
Econometrics
Financial Markets
Econometric Time-series Analysis
Panel and Nonlinear Methods in Econometrics
Guided Study in Economics
Topics in Environmental Studies
Financial Modeling and Analysis
Cases in Financial Management
Financial Management of Financial Institutions
Risk Management
Real Estate Development
Cases in Real Estate
Investments and Security Analysis
Real Property Investment Law
International Finance
Derivatives
Short-term Financial Management
Real Estate Finance and Investments
Data-centric Re-engineering Analysis/Planning
Analysis and Design of Database Systems
Data Re-engineering
Data Mining
Data Communications
Systems Development
Business Process Re-engineering
Strategic Information Systems Planning
Principles of Computer and Information Systems Security
Securing the Internet of Things
Topics in Information Systems
Guided Study in Information Systems
Negotiations
Entrepreneurship
Topics in Management
Guided Study in Management
International Marketing
Market Planning Project
Influencing Consumer Behavior
Marketing Research
Service Quality Management
Digital Marketing
Marketing Analytics
Brand Strategy
Topics in Marketing
Field Project in Marketing
Guided Study in Marketing
Global Supply Chain Management
SAP ERP and Supply Chain Management
Supply Chain Innovation
Statistical Analysis and Modeling
Applied Multivariate Methods (must have completed SCMA 632)
Advanced Decision Analytics
Business Data Analytics
Developing and Implementing Forecasting Methods for Business
Quality Management and Six Sigma
Total Hours45

The minimum total of graduate credit hours required for this degree is 45.

Dual degree opportunities

Students have the opportunity to combine the M.B.A. as a dual degree with a specialized master’s degree program and have 12 credit hours count toward both degree programs.

Students may apply to the specialized degree program at the same time as the M.B.A. program application or at anytime while pursuing the M.B.A., but no later than the final M.B.A. semester. Pursuing a dual degree allows students to count M.B.A. elective courses, plus one core course, toward both degree programs. Adding a specialized master’s degree provides students with a deep dive into another specialty area, adding to the generalist M.B.A. knowledge.

For students pursuing the M.B.A. dual degree with the Master of Accountancy

CourseTitleHours
ACCT 604Advanced Auditing 13
ACCT 610Forensic Accounting 13
ACCT 662Advanced Topics in Accounting Information Systems 13
INFO 661Information Systems for Managers (fulfills elective requirement in the M.Acc.)3

For students pursuing the M.B.A. dual degree with the Master of Arts in Economics

CourseTitleHours
ECON 604Advanced Microeconomic Theory 13
ECON 607Advanced Macroeconomic Theory 13
ECON 612Econometrics 13
FIRE 623Financial Management (fulfills elective requirement in the M.A.)3

For students pursuing the M.B.A. dual degree with the Master of Decision Analytics

CourseTitleHours
INFO 610Analysis and Design of Database Systems 13
SCMA 632Statistical Analysis and Modeling 13
SCMA 645Advanced Decision Analytics 13
SCMA 675Operations Management (fulfills elective requirement in the M.D.A.)3

For students pursuing the M.B.A. dual degree with the Master of Product Innovation

CourseTitleHours
INNO 501Arts Principles for Product Innovation 13
INNO 590da Vinci Project 13
INNO 600Integrative Design Studio 13
INFO 661Information Systems for Managers (fulfills requirement for INNO 503 in the M.P.I.)3

For students pursuing the M.B.A. dual degree with the Master of Science in Business with a concentration in finance

CourseTitleHours
FIRE 621Cases in Financial Management 13
FIRE 622Financial Management of Financial Institutions 13
FIRE 623Financial Management3
FIRE 625Group Insurance and Pension Planning 13

For students pursuing the M.B.A. dual degree with the Master of Science in Business with a concentration in global marketing management

CourseTitleHours
MGMT 642Business Policy and Strategy3
MKTG 656International Marketing 13
MKTG 657Market Planning Project 13
MKTG 671Marketing Management 13

For students pursuing the M.B.A. dual degree with the Master of Science in Business with a concentration in real estate

CourseTitleHours
FIRE 623Financial Management (fulfills elective requirement in the M.S.)3
FIRE 627Real Estate Development 13
FIRE 629Cases in Real Estate 13
FIRE 638Real Property Investment Law 13

For students pursuing the M.B.A. dual degree with the Master of Supply Chain Management

CourseTitleHours
SCMA 602Global Supply Chain Management 13
SCMA 603SAP ERP and Supply Chain Management 13
SCMA 606Supply Chain Innovation 13
SCMA 675Operations Management3

For students pursuing the M.B.A. dual degree with the Master of Science in Information Systems

CourseTitleHours
INFO 610Analysis and Design of Database Systems 13
INFO 620Data Communications 13
INFO 630Systems Development 13
INFO 661Information Systems for Managers3
Students may not apply both INFO 661 and INFO 640 toward degree requirements.

For students pursuing the M.B.A. dual degree with the Master of Sport Leadership

CourseTitleHours
SPTL 603Research Methods in Sport3
SPTL 630Sociology of Sport 13
SPTL 632Sport Business 13
SPTL 633Marketing of Sport 13
SPTL 603 will also satisfy the M.B.A. SCMA 524 requirement.
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For students pursuing the combined programs mentioned above, these courses fulfill the nine credits of electives for the M.B.A. program. 

Electives and concentrations

Project courses (693), topics courses (691) and guided studies (697) may be available for use toward concentration electives. These courses must be preapproved by the director of graduate studies.

Courses at the 500- or 600-level taken outside of the School of Business may be used with the permission of the director of graduate studies in business. Students must satisfy the necessary prerequisites for all electives.

Contact
Austen Gouldman
gouldmana@vcu.edu
(804) 828-4622

Additional contact
Robert Clarkson
Program manager
rmclarkson@vcu.edu
(804) 828-1597

Additional contact
Graduate Studies in Business
gsib@vcu.edu
(804) 828-4622

Program website: business.vcu.edu/academics/mba-options