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Master of Business Administration

Master of Business Administration (MBA)

The Washburn University MBA program is designed for working professionals, with each course scheduled once a week from 5:30-8:15 p.m. Small classes are taught by highly qualified, experienced faculty who provide valuable tools to compete in a real world business environment. In addition, students can interact in the classroom with other professionals from top companies in the area.

For the last five years, Washburn MBA students have consistently scored at or above the 80th percentile on the national standardized Major Field Test for Master of Business Administration. The program is accredited by AACSB.

For more information email mba@washburn.edu or contact Dr. Robert Boncella, MBA Director, 785-670-1308.


All Degrees Are Welcome

Whether your undergraduate degree is in the arts, business, economics, nursing, science, or social work, the Washburn MBA program will work for you. Most students have work experience and are working full-time while earning their degree, but neither is required for admission. Your peers typically range in age from their 20s to their 50s, with an average age of about 30. International students constitute about 20 percent of the MBA student body.

Before the start of the fall semester, all students admitted for the previous spring or summer and current fall semesters are required to attend the MBA Program Orientation.  

During orientation you will:

  • Learn what is expected of you and what you can expect of the faculty
  • Interact with other MBA students and faculty members by participating in a set of specially designed exercises
  • Learn the importance of the academic portfolio and how it will be used to assess your performance
  • Understand how the academic portfolio relates to the closure experience
  • Begin building your portfolio by completing the first entry, your written expectations of the MBA program
  • Understand how Washburn School of Business uses the MBA Major Field Test to assess the effectiveness of the program
  • Discover the advantages of participating in the MBA student organization – Washburn MBA Association (WMBAA)

Washburn MBA curriculum will enhance your skill in the areas of communication, quantitative analysis, computer technology and teamwork along with accounting, economics, finance, information systems, management, marketing, legal and ethical issues and production and operations in the context of domestic and global environments of business.

If you don’t have a business degree or related coursework, you will:

  • Take at most 57 semester hours (19 courses). Of those, 27 semester hours are required foundational courses and 30 semester hours are upper-level required and elective courses.
  • Demonstrate basic competence in business use of spreadsheet software, either through coursework or self-study.
  • Pass college algebra (MA 116 at Washburn). It is a prerequisite for admission to the MBA program.

If you have a bachelor’s degree in a business field:

  • Your degree will be recognized as proof of competency in quantitative methods and the core areas of business.
  • You will be required to take 30 semester hours of upper-level required and elective MBA coursework.

All Students

If you’re planning to take classes before applying to the MBA program, work with an MBA advisor to make sure those courses will satisfy requirements. An advisor works with all students to determine what foundational course work will be necessary.


Foundation-Level Courses (all required)

BU 250 Management Information Systems
BU 522 Quantitative Methods I
BU 523 Quantitative Methods II
AC 524 Accounting Concepts
EC 525 Economic Environment
BU 526 Survey of Finance
BU 527 Marketing Concepts
BU 528 Production and Operations Systems
BU 529 Human Behaviors in Organizations


Required Upper-Level Courses

EC 652 Managerial Economics
AC 654 Management Accounting Analysis
BU 655 Financial Strategies
BU 656 Strategic Information Systems
BU 657 Strategic Marketing Management
BU 658 Managerial Skills and Professional Experience
BU 659 Strategic Analysis
Elective in Global Business1 (BU 674 or BU 678) 


Upper-Level Elective Courses (choose two)

BU 616 Commercial Transactions
BU 630 Entrepreneurship and Creativity
BU 653 Product Systems
1BU 674 International Business
1BU 678 International Marketing
BU 679 Investments
BU 683 Venture Creation
BU 685 Business Intelligence Systems
BU 696 Research Project in Business
BU 698 Special Topics in Business 
AC 630 Advanced Accounting Information Solutions

More MBA Course Details

The Washburn MBA closure experience takes place in the capstone course, BU 659 Strategic Analysis.  The course focuses on strategic decision making within a simulated business environment.  Students are required to produce both written and oral presentations utilizing the content of their prior MBA course work to explain the strategic decisions made throughout the simulation.  


Major Field Test for Master of Business Administration (MFT-MBA)

The MFT-MBA exam is a standardized exam taken by over 300 schools that offer the MBA degree.  The exam is used to provide information to both the MBA faculty and students on their level of academic achievement relative to the other MBA degree granting schools that participate in the MFT-MBA exam.


Reflective Essay

The reflective essay is a response to a series of questions in which you’ll be asked to evaluate and explain how well you achieved each of the MBA program’s goals. All students are asked to complete the essay during finals week of the graduating semester.

Use of Reflective Essays

The MBA Director will aggregate the reflective essays and report these results to the MBA faculty.  The director and faculty use these results to assess the effectiveness of the MBA curriculum.

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