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Master of Business Administration

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24 Credits
A median of 18 credits accepted
No GMAT required

Move Ahead in Your Career with an Online MBA Program That Builds on What You Already Know.

This flexible, fully online Master of Business Administration program is especially geared for managers in business, government, and nonprofit organizations with ambitions to work in positions such as chief executive officer, chief financial officer, and chief information officer, or in other executive roles such as vice president of human resources or director of digital marketing.

Excelsior’s unique set of core courses starts you off with the high-level collaborative skills and integrated strategic mindset that top employers are looking for in an MBA graduate. You’ll learn with your fellow students from across our programs and disciplines to begin your graduate education building connections and expanding your worldview in a suite of three interdisciplinary courses focusing on ethical leadership, global and strategic talent management, and collaborative data-driven decision making.

Gain practical knowledge you can use right away as you develop your leadership and management skills and develop your professional expertise by completing a concentration that supports your career goals in accounting, health care, human resources, or leadership. You can also create your own personalized course of study by choosing the general business concentration.

Excelsior’s MBA program is accredited by the International Accreditation Council for Business Education (IACBE).

Making your graduate program experience excellent—meet this faculty program director.


Accounting, Cannabis Control, General Business, Health Care Management, Human Resource Management, Leadership

Fast Facts:

The median annual wage for management occupations is $105,660—the highest wage of all the major occupational groups (source: BLS 2019)

Top jobs for MBA holders include financial analyst, marketing manager, and chief financial officer (source: payscale.com)

Nearly 40% of Fortune 500 CEOs have an MBA on their resume (source: Fortune)


credit hours

Online MBA Program Details

Foundation Requirements: 9 Credits

Managerial Economics

Discover how to use game theory and economic tools to make strategic decisions based on market structure, consumer behavior, government regulations, and other aspects of commercial business. Learn how supply and demand adjusts to shifts in managerial decision making. This course teaches you how to analyze markets, competitors, customers, employees, and purchasing decisions, and how to respond to market events and maximize profitability using pricing strategies, demand forecasting, and competitive and market structure analysis.

Organizational Behavior

Take a closer look at organizations from a behavioral science perspective. In this course, you examine the interactive dynamics of formal and informal groups, managerial and decision-making activities, and interpersonal and organizational communication strategies. Topics include: organizational change, stress in the workplace, team conflict and negotiation, employee burnout, motivational leadership, and organizational performance.

Data Driven Decision Making

This course is an interdisciplinary approach to research methods and is designed to provide you with an introduction to statistical theory and practice. Learn how to research a current issue and interpret statistics for the fields of criminal justice, business, health sciences, and public administration, assuming leadership roles in your discipline.

Core Courses: 27 Credits

Ethical Leadership

This interdisciplinary course will develop highly effective transformational leaders in their respective professions who formulate sustainable, ethically sound solutions to practical management problems encountered in a complex global environment. You will learn how to set direction and work with multiple constituencies with divergent needs through an ethical lens that includes social responsibility and the intersections of diversity, culture, and environment, and how these differences affect best practices in management in your discipline.

Strategic Talent Management

This interdisciplinary course will enable you to acquire the skills necessary to strategically lead decisively across all functions in organizations, including recruitment and selection of employees, training and development, performance appraisals, health and safety, labor relations, and change management. You will be introduced to leadership and talent management within and across disciplines and apply strategies to the private, public and not-for-profit sectors. This course will integrate legal, management, and social science research with an action learning-based approach to executive-level leadership education. You will have the opportunity to apply these skills through your own disciplinary lens, and will gain an in-depth understanding of how these skills are applied in other disciplines.

Accounting for Managers

In the comprehensive project for this course, you make a final investment recommendation for a real company that you have researched and evaluated in terms of its financial practice and performance measures. Learn how to review a company’s business activities, research industry averages, analyze financial statements, and compute debt ratio, gross profit margin, free cash flow times interest earned, and accounts receivable and inventory turnover. Topics include: the balance sheet and accounting cycle; inventory cost flow; liability of proprietorships, partnerships, and corporations; cash versus accrual; cost behavior, profitability analysis; budgeting and capital tools planning for profit and cost control; budget variance analysis; and internal controls and ethics.

Information Technology

This course covers the strategic, operational, and ethical uses of information technology (IT). Study managerial, social, legal, regulatory, and ethical issues related to computer technology and data management, and examine global and electronic markets and the ways information technology supports customer and supply chain management. Topics include: disruptive IT and architecture, data governance, cloud computing, computer networking, data analytics and business intelligence, the Internet of Things (IoT), on-demand service, cybersecurity and risk management, search engines and social media platforms, e-commerce and e-business systems, enterprise data visualization, and information security and privacy issues.


Find out how organizations finance investments and manage day-to-day financial activities such as cash collections and payments. This course teaches you how to apply financial theory to real-life situations and make decisions as a financial manager with an incomplete data set. Learn how to work with financial statements and analyze common ratios to develop long- and short-term financial policies. Instruction also covers: the effect of interest rates on managerial decisions, the time value of money, discounted cash flow valuation, bonds and equity financing, stock valuation, present value, capital budgeting and investment, forecasting and cash flow projection, and project risk.


Deepen your understanding of marketing management, strategy, and tactics in practice. Through case studies, you examine ethical, legal, social, and environmental issues that impact marketing decision making in realistic business scenarios. For your final project, you work on a team to create a strategic marketing plan for a fictional national product or service. The course focuses on the planning process in the context of customers, competition, organizational priorities, and the external environment. Learn how to segment markets, set marketing metrics, create branding and integrated marketing communication strategies, track competitor market positions, select marketing channels, and use digital marketing tactics to promote products and services.

Operations Management

Get hands-on experience producing a business case analysis, operations forecasting report, and process improvement plan. This course introduces manufacturing, distribution, and service operations, and their role in the organization and international business environments. Study process flow analysis; inventory management for products of steady, perishable, or frequent demand; capacity planning; logistics resource scheduling; supply chain management; quality management; prioritization; and project management.

Project Management Principles and Applications

Become familiar with methods and tools that enable you to successfully initiate, plan, execute, control, and close a project. This course shows you how to anticipate, mitigate, and avoid project risk, manage resources, use different budgeting methods, resolve conflicts, and choose appropriate communication, reporting, and documentation tools.

Strategy and Policy (MBA Capstone)

In the MBA capstone, you acquire and demonstrate advanced knowledge of how to develop and implement effective business strategies. Gain experience evaluating complex business situations and making strategic decisions under conditions of uncertainty. You’ll explore topics including internal and external environments, business ethics and social responsibility, quantitative analysis, accounting and finance, business models, competitive rivalry, international expansion, cooperative strategy, mergers and acquisitions, corporate structure, change management, leadership, and policy. For your final assignment, you create an integrated business portfolio that showcases your area of expertise.

Concentration: 9 Credits


Master accounting principles and tools and learn how to prepare and evaluate financial statements and reports for corporations, government agencies, and nonprofit organizations. Coursework covers financial statement analysis, corporate disclosure, and nonprofit accounting. This concentration prepares you to sit for the Certified Public Accountant (CPA), Certified Management Accountant (CMA), and Certified Internal Auditor (CIA) examinations.

  • Financial Statements Analysis
  • Financial Reporting and Disclosure
  • Approved accounting elective course

Cannabis Control

The growing cannabis industry is going to impact all aspects of our current societal process. The regulation of cannabis spans from growing, transportation, public health, and city services to new businesses, financing, and supply chains that cross jurisdictional lines. The concentration in Cannabis Control will give you a solid foundation in compliance, risk assessment and cannabis as commerce. Completing all three of these courses will also get you a graduate certificate in Cannabis Control on your way to completing your Master’s Degree.

  • Policy and Compliance
  • Commerce
  • Risk Assessment

General Business

Choose three business electives that connect to your career goals.

Health Care Management

Gain the skills to manage a diverse workforce providing health care for an increasingly heterogeneous population. This concentration also prepares you to analyze and interpret health care funding and delivery trends to provide re commendations for organizational action.

  • Strategic Management of Health Care Organizations
  • Communication Strategy for the Health Care Leader
  • Approved health care management elective

Human Resource Management

Gain the knowledge and skills required of human resource managers. Learn how to analyze legal requirements and apply resource management principles to support organizational objectives in staffing, employee development, labor relations, conflict resolution, compensation, and benefits practices.

Choose one course from each category:

Staffing and Development
  • Employee Staffing and Development
  • Training and Career Development
  • Change Management
Total Rewards
  • Compensation and Benefits
  • International Human Resources
  • Employment Law
Maintaining High Performance
  • Labor Relations and Conflict Resolution
  • Principles and Practices of Performance Improvement
  • Conflict Management and Alternative Dispute Resolutions


Develop your skill at managing organizational changes and applying leadership strategies to manage conflicts in the workplace. This concentration prepares you to design creative solutions and impactful courses of action that support the organization’s employees and mission.

  • Leading Teams
  • Contingency Planning
  • Leadership
  • Design, implement, and evaluate the efficacy of solutions for complex business problems.
  • Engage in lifelong learning for professional, career, and personal development.
  • Lead and work effectively and efficiently in diverse team settings and maintain a high level of performance in a professional business environment.
  • Communicate effectively and efficiently to various audiences in a timely and professional manner.
  • Demonstrate leadership and initiative to ethically advance organizational goals and objectives.
  • Demonstrate adaptability, leadership, mentoring skills, and management in one’s chosen career.

Prepare and deliver effective written and oral communications to shape organizational culture, resolve conflict, and relay information to diverse audiences.

Apply quantitative and qualitative business analysis techniques to solve problems and support management and strategic level decisions.

Apply interdisciplinary leadership practices based on evidence that promotes ethical, and collaborative sustainable change in business.

Develop an action plan to continuously improve and updates one's knowledge and skills in strategic leadership.

Evaluate interdisciplinary approaches to problem solving and opportunities to lead a diverse/global workforce.

Analyze complexity, interdependency, change and opportunities for organizations, including setting direction, aligning and motivating employees.

Appraise risk and develop entrepreneurial solutions for sustainability innovation that delivers economic and social value.

Evaluate how global environments impact changing business practice.

Analyze cultural differences and how these differences affect best practices in managing employees and teams.

Integrate empirical research and management theories for the purpose of strategic planning for profitability, including times of economic recession.

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Common Careers with an
Online MBA


C-Suite Careers (i.e., CEO, CFO, CISO, etc.)

Director of Digital Marketing

Financial Manager

Human Resources VP

Industrial/ Organizational Psychologist

Amanda Alfred
Master of Business Administration, 2017

“My MBA has unlocked many professional doors and has armed me with all the necessary tools needed to succeed in my current role as well as to pursue other executive/managerial roles.”

Recognitions & Accreditations

Society For Human Resource Management (SHRM) Student Chapter

SHRM has acknowledged that Excelsior College’s concentrations in Human Resource Management fully aligns with its HR Curriculum Guidebook and Template. The concentrations have achieved alignment renewal through 2025.

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IACBE Accreditation

The School of Graduate Studies and the School of Undergraduate Studies at Excelsior College have received specialized accreditation for their business programs through the International Accreditation Council for Business Education (IACBE), located at 11374 Strang Line Road in Lenexa, Kansas, USA. Review our IACBE accredited programs.

Review the IACBE Public Disclosure of Student Achievement.
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Institutional Accreditation

Excelsior College is accredited by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education, 3624 Market Street, Philadelphia, PA 19104. (267-284-5000) www.msche.org. The MSCHE is an institutional accrediting agency recognized by the U.S. Secretary of Education and the Council for Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA).

Phase: Accredited
Status: Accreditation Reaffirmed
Accreditation Granted: 1977
Last Reaffirmation: 2017
Next Self-Study Evaluation: 2021-2022

All of Excelsior College’s academic programs are registered (i.e., approved) by the New York State Education Department.