Students will gain knowledge and skills immediately relevant to their work, and as graduates of the MBA program they will be prepared to assume increased responsibilities in their current places of employment and also possess capabilities to move into leadership roles.
The core required courses are those considered vital to the necessary development of the managerial and leadership skills and knowledge of the student. Core courses cover the major functions of marketing, finance, product and service operations, and management. Core courses also introduce significant external factors impacting business decision making: competing in global economies and markets, and sustainability and social responsibility.
Students without an undergraduate degree in business take the following 5 courses, then complete the 7 required capstone courses and 3 electives of the 30-credit program.
MBA 601 Economic Theory (3cr)
MBA 604 Statistics for Managers (3cr)
MBA 608 Accounting (3cr)
MBA 602 Management (3cr)
MBA 606 Marketing (3cr)
capstone course in strategic management addresses integration among business functions and connections between internal operations and developments in the external environment, recognizing that management problems in the real world most often require integrative solutions.
Students with an undergraduate degree in business complete the following 7 required courses in addition to 3 elective courses.
MBA 640 Financial Management and Policies (3cr)
MBA 660 Managing and Leading (3cr)
MBA 650 Competing in Global Economies and Markets (3cr)
MBA 680 Marketing Strategies (3cr)
MBA 662 Sustainability and Social Responsibility (3cr)
MBA 661 Decisions in Operations and Project Management (3cr)
MBA 690 Strategic Management of Organizations (capstone) (3cr)
elective courses recognize the unique needs of the dominant private and public industry clusters in the Berkshires and allows for students from various organizations to customize the program to their interests and needs. The Special Topics in Business course will allow for the incorporation of unique local expertise or interest into the program.
Students choose 3 courses totaling 9 credits.
Non-profit Financial Management (3cr)
Managing for Creativity, Innovation, and Change (3cr)
Managing Information in Organizations (3cr)
Doing Business in China (3cr)
Managing Financial Institutions (3cr)
Health Sector Management (3cr)
Financial Strategy (3cr)
Special Topics in Business (3cr)
A minimum grade point average of "B" must be maintained throughout the life of the program. Students with undergraduate degrees in areas other than business will complete (5) five core courses prior to matriculation unless proficiency can be demonstrated.
The student profile of an MBA graduate will include the following areas of knowledge and skills:
Critical thinking and program solving skills transferable among various contexts;
Recognition and resolution of ethical issues in management decision making and business operations;
Understanding of the social, political, public policy, economic, ecological and multicultural environments of business, and implications for management problems and processes;
Working knowledge and skills in marketing, finance, operations, human resources MIS and accounting; understanding of linkages among these functional areas;
Collaborative teamwork and team leadership skills;
And integrative skills among internal functional areas and forces in the external environments of organizations, including overall planning, budgeting and control processes.
In addition, it is the goal of the program to provide knowledge and skills immediately relevant to their work. Students will gain an all-encompassing business perspective and networking system to advance in a career. Most will complete their coursework within two years.
Bachelor's degree from an accredited institution*
Five years of relevant business or professional experience
GMAT Score (or GRE)
Transfer credits are accepted up to a maximum of six (6) credit hours for core courses with grades of B or better and must be no more than five years old, taken at an accredited institution.
*An undergraduate major in business is not a requirement. The program requires 45 credits of graduate business courses. Credit waivers may be available for those students who already possess an undergraduate business degree.
** Applicants will be considered for admission without GMAT scores provided the applicant possess an advanced degree with quantitative content (e.g. master's, doctorate, etc.) or a minimum undergraduate GPA, combined with at least five years of significant professional experience (typically post-baccalaureate) and a personal interview with the MBA Admission Committee. The committee reserves the rights to require a GMAT score from an applicant even if the basic conditions are met.
Meeting the minimum standards does not guarantee admission into the program.
The certificate consists of five courses that are also required for MBA applicants. Students who complete the certificate will also be eligible to begin the MBA program as long as they meet the admission requirements.
"This certificate is appropriate for working professionals who may not be interested in pursuing the MBA, but for whom graduate certification in business would enhance their career potential," according to Dr. Nancy Ovitsky, MCLA business professor.
The program is designed to offer two classes a semester, but taking one class at a time. Classes will meet in person every other Saturday, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Please contact The Office of Admission at 413-662-5410 for details in regards to registering for the Fall term.
MBA 602 - Management
MBA 601 - Economic Theory
MBA 606 - Statistics for Managers
MBA 604 - Marketing
MBA 608 - Accounting
(5 Courses Totaling 15 Credits)