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Are you a business-minded individual ready to take the next step professionally? Are you looking for a rigorous yet flexible academic program?

The ECU MBA program is for both business and non-business undergraduates. We customize the program to fit each student based on past academic experience and performance. The degree is completely self-contained, requiring no prerequisite business experience or course work. The program is divided into the foundation and common body of knowledge. The foundation component quickly gives a non-business undergraduate student the same academic knowledge base as that of an undergraduate business student.

You can pursue the MBA program on campus, completely online, or as a combination of the two delivery methods. The requirements and structure of the program are the same regardless of face-to-face or online delivery. You can set your own pace throughout the program - taking between one to five classes each semester. You can even take a semester or more off if needed.

ECU Advantage

ECU's College of Business has been AACSB accredited since 1967, and our MBA program consistently ranks as a Best Buy for online education. This cost and quality combination makes our program a smart choice for a wide variety of students.

A master of business administration (MBA) program provides valuable training in the theory and practice of business management—exposing students to a range of subjects, including economics, marketing, accounting, finance, strategy, operations management, information technology management, and supply chain management. We provide unparalleled quality, flexibility, and customization—plus personalized support to allow our students to achieve educational and professional goals.

What You Will Study

Program Coordinator: Paul Russell (3203 Bate Building; 252-328-6970; russellp@ecu.edu)

The MBA degree program offers professional training to qualified applicants who aspire to careers as efficient and responsible managers. The program emphasizes the development of analytical skills in problem solving and decision making.

The MBA degree program requires between a minimum of 33 s.h. and a maximum of 54 s.h. and consists of two major components; the business foundation and the business common body of knowledge.

Courses required to fulfill the business foundation requirement are
  • ACCT 6241 - Financial and Managerial Accounting
  • FINA 6144 - Financial Management I
  • FINA 6204 - Analysis of the Business Economic Environment
  • FINA 6214 - Government Regulation of Business
  • MGMT 6102 - Comparative Management
  • MKTG 6162 - Marketing Management
  • OMGT 6123 - Quantitative Methods
  • Note:

    Some or all of the business foundation courses may be waived if equivalent recent work of sufficient depth has been completed at a high performance level.

    Courses required to fulfill the business common body of knowledge requirement are
    • ACCT 6521 - Accounting for Decision Making
    • FINA 6604 - Financial Management II
    • MGMT 6722 - Strategic Management
    • MGMT 6802 - Organizational Behavior
    • MIS 6713 - Delivering Business Value through Information Systems
    • MKTG 6822 - Marketing Strategy
    • OMGT 6213 - Operations and Supply Chain Management
    • OMGT 6613 - Management Science
    • and sufficient electives as approved by the director of graduate programs
    • Note:

      Electives are divided into analytical and behavioral subgroups and each student is usually required to take at least one elective from each subgroup, although a student judged weak in one of the subgroups may be required to take all three electives from that subgroup. Upon approval by the director of graduate programs, certain 5000-level courses may be substituted for business electives. Students may choose to use their electives to complete one of the graduate certificate programs as approved by the director of graduate programs.

      For more information about this degree visit the university's academic catalogs.

      Careers With This Degree

      Graduates with this degree are successful in many fields and careers, including the following:

      • Business Administration/Management
      • Social and Community Service Managers
      • Cost Estimators
      • Management Analysts
      • Postsecondary Teachers
      • Business and Administrative Services
      • Retail and Wholesale Trade, Real Estate and Personal Service
      • Manufacturing, Installation and Repair
      • Transportation, Distribution, and Logistics
      • Government and Public Administration
      • Education and Training
      • Business Administration/Management
      • Business Administration/Management

      Career Opportunities

      ECU has developed resources to help you learn more about career opportunities and job market outlook. In addition, the websites below provide specific information on careers in the various majors from which students may choose:

      NC Tower

      This website provides graphs and tables of in-depth information on employment rates, wages and ongoing higher education enrollment of graduates from the North Carolina Community College System and from the University of North Carolina system schools. NC Tower includes data on former UNC students who are working in roughly 90% of all jobs in North Carolina. This database excludes information for graduates who are:

      • Self-employed;
      • Work for the federal government, including the military: or
      • Work outside of North Carolina.

      US Bureau of Labor Statistics Occupational Outlook Handbook

      This website also provides in-depth information regarding pay, projected new jobs, required education, growth rate and on-the-job training information on various occupations.

      Degree-specific internships

      For information on internship information for specific majors, go to the home page of the department in which the major is located and, as available, find the link to the information on internships in that major.

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