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Our program offerings continue to grow and as we focus on relevant business topics and giving students a competitive edge in the marketplace. All our online degree programs are built on a flexible platform to allow students to complete their classes on their own schedule.

Even our on-site classes are built around a schedule to help accommodate adult students who want to continue their education. University of the Potomac faculty and staff work individually with each of student to choose an academic pathway that best satisfies their career goals.

Master of Business Administration Degree Program Overview

University of the Potomac is devoted to providing high-quality MBA education and learning opportunities to enhance students’ career options and work fulfillment. It is important to note that our online MBA program fulfills all the same requirements and rigor as our on-campus program.

MBA Program Learning Goals

Graduates of the Master of Business Administration program will be able to:

  • Analyze and interpret statistical data and economic models relating to an organization’s activities.
  • Evaluate community responsibilities in organizations and society, and to propose innovative solutions to complex ethical issues faced by organizations.
  • Solve business problems through analysis and decision-making techniques using vehicles such as case studies and consulting.
  • Analyze and evaluate complex issues on the political, economic, legal and regulatory context of business.
  • Communicate ideas and propose solutions to complex issues effectively in both an oral and written context both individually and as part of a team.
  • Demonstrate the capacity to apply knowledge in new and unfamiliar circumstances through a conceptual understanding of the relevant academic disciplines.
  • Analyze and interpret financial data and determine the value of an organization using various techniques.
  • Demonstrate knowledge of the social, ethical, and multicultural issues and trends affecting business.

What You Will Learn

Graduates of the Master of Business Administration program will be competent in the functional areas of business: accounting and finance, management, marketing, and operations. Upon completion of the program, graduates will be able to identify problems related to U.S. and foreign businesses and to artfully respond to these challenges. In addition, graduates will be empowered with the knowledge and skills required to work as managers in U.S. business organizations, non-governmental organizations and international entities.

Core Courses

  • BUS 501 Managerial Accounting
  • BUS 502 Managerial Economics
  • BUS 503 Managerial Finance
  • BUS 510 Strategic Management
  • BUS 520 Human Resources and Organizational Behavior
  • BUS 530 Marketing Management
  • BUS 560 Management and Information Systems
  • BUS 570 Business Ethics

MBA Program Concentrations

Finance Concentration Courses

  • FIN 610 Financial Strategy
  • FIN 620 Financial Risk Management
  • FIN 630 Mergers and Acquisitions
  • FIN 640 Valuation and Value Creation
Career Opportunities

For information on jobs related to this program, as well as the U.S. Department of Labor Standard Occupational Classification (SOC) Codes, please click on the links listed in the following program concentration to access the O*NET website sponsored by the U.S. Department of Labor.

According to The Bureau of Labor Statistics, financial analysts supervise financial reports, guide investment activities and initiate cash management tactics. In addition, the median annual wage for a financial manager in 2011 was $99,330. Projected growth for 2010-2020 is 9%. Those who seek employment in this field may work in a bank, loan, credit, or finance institution. As a top executive, financial managers can plan on having a lot of responsibility and working long hours to earn a high salary.

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Financial Analyst, Securities Analyst, Investment Analyst, Equity Research Analyst, Credit Products Officer, Operational Risk Analyst, Planning Analyst, Research Analyst, Real Estate Analyst

Controller, Treasurer, Business Manager, Finance Director, Chief Financial Officer (CFO)

Healthcare Administration Concentration Courses

  • HLTH 500 Healthcare Systems
  • HLTH 510 Managing Healthcare Organizations
  • HLTH 520 Healthcare Policy, Law, and Ethics
  • HLTH 530 Decision Analysis for Healthcare Managers

Hospitality and Tourism Management Concentration Courses

  • HOTO 610 Hospitality and Tourism Management
  • HOTO 620 Marketing and Advertising in Hospitality and Tourism
  • HOTO 630 Financial Management and Planning in Hospitality and Tourism
  • HOTO 640 Applications of Technology in Hospitality and Tourism
  • Optional additional course for students who are not working in the industry: HOTO 690 MBA Internship in Hospitality and Tourism

Human Resource Management Concentration Courses

  • BUS 670 Foundations of Human Resource Management
  • BUS 680 Human Resource Law MGMT
  • 675 Human Capital Management MGMT
  • 680 Organizational Training and Development

Information Technology Management Concentration Courses

  • MCAP 520 Enterprise Data Management and Administration
  • CBSC 620 Cyber Law and Policy
  • COMP 610 Strategic IT: Best Practices for Executives
  • COMP 630 Technology Entrepreneurship

International Business Concentration Courses

  • BUS 640 International Business Law
  • BUS 650 Global Leadership
  • MGMT 650 Asia-Pacific Rim Management
  • MGMT 660 Global Negotiations

Legal Studies Concentration Courses

  • MLS 610 Planning Law
  • MLS 620 Intergovernmental Relations
  • MSL630 Administrative Law MSL
  • 640 Environmental Law and Regulatory Policy

Management Concentration Courses

  • MGMT 610 Executive Leadership
  • MGMT 620 Legal Aspects of Management
  • MGMT 630 Managing Organizational Diversity
  • MGMT 640 Managing Change
Career Opportunities

For information on jobs related to this program, as well as the U.S. Department of Labor Standard Occupational Classification (SOC) Codes, please click on the links listed in the following program concentration to access the O*NET website sponsored by the U.S. Department of Labor.

Management analysts are being sought to help companies maintain their competitive edge in a challenging economy. Controlling inventory, downsizing and overall strategizing are possible elements of job descriptions for MBA graduates. While highly competitive, this field is growing. The Bureau of Labor Statistics reports the median salary to be $78,490. Projected growth for 2010-2020 is faster than average at 20% to 28%.

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Vice President, Chief Operating Officer (COO),  Executive Director, Executive Vice President (EVP), General Manager, Operations Vice President

Operations Manager, General Manager (GM), Director of Operations, Plant Manager, Store Manager, Facilities Manager, Plant Superintendent, Warehouse Manager, Chief Operating Officer (COO)

Marketing Concentration Courses

  • MRKT 610 Strategic Marketing MRKT
  • 620 Marketing Research MRKT
  • 630 Multinational Marketing MRKT
  • 640 Digital Marketing Strategy
Career Opportunities

For information on jobs related to this program, as well as the U.S. Department of Labor Standard Occupational Classification (SOC) Codes, please click on the links listed in the following program concentration to access the O*NET website sponsored by the U.S. Department of Labor.

The Bureau of Labor Statistics lists the following knowledge, skills and abilities for marketing professionals with an MBA degree: seek and provide information to help companies determine their position in the marketplace; gather data on competitors and analyze their prices, sales and methods of marketing and distribution; monitor industry statistics and follow trends in trade literature; measure the effectiveness of marketing, advertising, and communications programs and strategies; forecast and track marketing and sales trends; analyze collected data. The median wage for marketing professionals in 2011 was $60,250. Projected growth for 2010-2020 is faster than average at 29% or higher.

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Sales Manager, Director of Sales, District Sales Manager, Regional Sales Manager, Sales Supervisor, Sales and Marketing Vice President, Sales Representative, Store Manager

Purchasing Manager, Materials Manager, Director of Purchasing,  Director of Materials, Director of Strategic Sourcing, Procurement Manager, Procurement Officer, Purchasing Director

Project Management Concentration Courses

  • MPM 610 Project Management Structure and Culture
  • MPM 620 Project Management and the Enterprise Communication Plan
  • MPM 630 Project Risk and Management
  • MPM 640 International Project Management

Public Policy Concentration Courses

  • MLS 620 Intergovernmental Relations
  • MPP 610 Governmental Theory
  • MPP 620 Grant Writing and Administration
  • MPP 630 Public Budgeting and Finance

Ready To Apply? Great! Here's What You Need To Do:

General Admissions Requirements

  • Complete an admissions interview conducted in person or via online methods.
  • Sign and submit an attestation of high school (or equivalent) completion. Equivalencies include a GED Certificate. Home schooled students must present a diploma that meets the requirements of the state in which it was issued. (Students with non-US credentials please see International Student Admissions Requirements below).
  • Submit a completed application
  • Arrange for official transcripts from all colleges/universities previously attended to be submitted to the Office of Records and Registration, University of the Potomac.
  • Submit grade reports or scores from any recognized college equivalency examinations (e.g., CLEP, DANTES, and Advanced Placement).
  • Submit certificates from any corporate education training or professional development programs. (Note: An ACE evaluation form may be required to determine appropriate credit for corporate educational training.)
  • Submit military training documents. (Note: An ACE military evaluation form may be required to determine appropriate credit for military training.)

Graduate Admissions Requirements

In addition to the general requirements listed to the left, applicants for a graduate program must provide the following:

  • An undergraduate degree in order to enroll in University of the Potomac master’s programs: four-year bachelor's degree or its equivalent in other countries.
  • International applicants 16 with a 3-year undergraduate degree may be admitted on the recommendation of the Admission Committee which will be based on students’ preparation.
  • Two Letters of recommendation from individuals who may be a direct supervisor or university faculty member. *This requirement may be waived for those students with Master level transfer credits*.
  • One required essay, in MSWord document form, addressing the student’s preparation for the graduate program.

The Graduate Management Admissions Test (GMAT) is not required for admission to the MBA, but is strongly preferred for students who do not have a bachelor’s degree in a business related discipline or lack the pre-requisite courses in business, finance and economics. Similarly, the Graduate Record Examination (GRE) is not required for admission to the MSIT or MHCA, but is recommended.

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