Business Administration

Dean

John A. Elliott

Associate Deans

Sulin Ba, Larry Gramling and Suresh Nair

Director, Storrs M.B.A. Program

Michael J. Deotte

Interim Director, Hartford Full time MBA Program

Meg Warren

Director, Hartford Part time MBA Program

Colleen McGuire

Director, Stamford Part time MBA Program

John Knopf

Director, Waterbury Part time MBA Program

Nakeia Moore

Director, Executive MBA Program

Colleen McGuire

Director, Ph.D. Program

Nancy Crouch

Director, Business Analytics and Project Management

Jose Cruz

Director, Graduate Programs in Human Resource Management

Gregory Reilly

Director, MS in Accounting

Amy Dunbar

Director, Accounting Certificate Program

Amy Dunbar

Professors

Ba, Clapp, Coulter, Folta, Garfinkel, Ghosh, Giaccotto, Gilson, Glascock, Golec, Gopal, Hegde, Hussein, Marsden, Mathieu, Nair, O’brien, Powell, Punj, Ross Jr., Santerre, Simsek, Stallaert, Willenborg

Associate Professors

Bai, Bhattacharjee, Bird, Cao, Cohen, Cruz, Day, Diaby, Dino, Dunbar, Eisdorfer, Knopf, Li, Li, Lurie, Madjar-nanovska, Moore, Nunez, Pancras, Phillips, Plesko, Shankar, Souder, Spiggle, Srinivasan, Thakur, Tung, Weber, Zhang

Assistant Professors

Berger-Walliser, Bergman, Borochin, Cesur, Dong, Gramling, Grosser, Gu, Gunasti, Kaeb, Kang, Kim, Kitwiwattanachai, Kravet, Lin, Liu, Martinez, Misirli, Norton, Park, Park, Reilly, Yang, Zhdanov, Zheng, Zhou

In Residence

Bailey, Bragg, Cansler, Caravella, Deangelis, Dowding, Glotzer, Harris, Hentz, Huang, Hurley, Jackson,  Levesque, Mavlanova, Mcevoy, Michaud, Nelson, Noble, Oaks, Oancea, Pancak, Papandria, Rakotomavo, Ramunni, Roberts, Ryan, Salorio, Schmeiser, Shirole, Spurling, Thompson, Sottile, 

The School of Business offers course work and research leading to the degrees of Master of Business Administration (M.B.A.); Master of Science (M.S.) in the fields of Accounting, Business Analytics and Project Management, Financial Risk Management and Human Resource Management and Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) in Business Administration. Detailed descriptions of these programs (as well as the Executive M.B.A.) can be found on School of Business website at: http://www.business.uconn.edu/graduate/

THE PH.D. PROGRAM

The Ph.D. Program prepares students to conduct state-of-the-art research and to take faculty positions in business schools at leading universities. Students select an area of concentration from the following: accounting, finance, management, marketing, or operations and information management. The program emphasizes: (1) student/faculty interaction; (2) flexibility in designing a program to meet individual needs; and (3) timely completion of the degree.

Degree Requirements

The Ph.D. program has four major components: course work, qualifying research paper, written general qualifying examination, and dissertation. Specific course work varies depending upon the student’s area of concentration. All courses must be at the graduate level and credits in the major area typically are Ph.D. level seminars. Interdisciplinary courses are encouraged in the supporting electives. Completion of the qualifying research paper is required by the end of the second year. The general qualifying examination is administered by the faculty in the student’s area of concentration. The dissertation is the final requirement.

Admission

Admission to the Ph.D. program is based upon the applicant’s potential to conduct research and commitment to a rigorous program of study. Students who have not previously acquired knowledge of the subject matter of the Common Body of Knowledge courses of the AACSB are expected to acquire that knowledge as part of their program. In addition, applicants should have satisfactorily completed one year of calculus. Letters of recommendation also are considered in the admission decision and a campus interview is desirable. Applicants whose native language is not English must submit a Test of Spoken English.

THE M.S. PROGRAM IN ACCOUNTING

The Master of Science Program in the field of Accounting is an online degree which will provide students with the skill set critical to a successful professional career in public and private accounting.  A dynamic online community has been created that supports and nurtures student-centered learning and information literacy, also known as “learning to learn”.  Information literacy is the process of identifying a problem and information sources, evaluating information to make a judgment, and then communicating that judgment. Student-centered learning shifts the focus for learning from the instructor to the student, with the instructor facilitating and guiding the learning experience. Both information literacy and student-centered learning produce individuals who can succeed in challenging work environments.

The online community allows students to readily access other students in the online class as well as pertinent faculty members.  Completion of this program, combined with an undergraduate degree with at least 30 credit hours in business or economics other than accounting, will fulfill the 150-hour educational requirements in preparation for the CPA exam in most U.S. states.

Students can complete the 30-credit degree program in eight months on a full-time basis or part-time over a period of up to six years. Courses are offered summer, fall, and spring in twelve week semesters.

Admission

Admission is highly selective.  General targets for admission are: a GMAT score of 500+ and an undergraduate grade point average of 3.2 on a 4.0 scale. In addition, applicants must have completed at least 24 semester hours of accounting courses and received a baccalaureate degree at a college or university accredited by a regional accounting commission subscribing to established national policies and procedures or of equivalent accreditation as determined by the Connecticut State Board of Accountancy.  Students with fewer than 24 credits in accounting should contact the program director or manager to discuss acquiring the necessary background courses.

Applicants with significant work experience and applicants who add to the cultural and geographic diversity of the student body are encouraged to apply even if they do not possess typical GMAT scores or undergraduate grade-point averages.

It is preferred that students enter the program in May of each year, with an application deadline of March 1. August or January admissions can be accommodated with application deadlines of July 1 and November 1 respectively. Applications and all accompanying materials should be received as early as possible, since admissions decisions are made on a rolling basis until the entering class is filled.

THE M.B.A. PROGRAM

The University’s M.B.A. degree offers a comprehensive state-of-the-art business education that empowers global business leaders to anticipate and effectively manage the challenges within the dynamic and complex world of modern-day business.

The M.B.A. degree is offered in three program formats – full-time, part-time/evening, and executive (E.M.B.A.) – and at multiple campuses. Regardless of format and location, all graduates receive the same M.B.A. degree upon successful completion.

Scholastic Standards

Ordinarily, a student will not be permitted to continue in the MBA program if he or she: receives two or more grades of B- or below with a cumulative average below 3.0 after completing four courses in the program; accumulates four grades of B- or below at any point in the program with a cumulative average below 3.0; or receives an F at any point in the program. Under no circumstances will the MBA degree be conferred if the student has a mark of Incomplete (I) or Absent (X) on his or her record even though the course may not be listed on the plan of study.

Accreditation

The UConn School of Business and MBA degree is accredited by the AACSB International – The Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business – the premiere accrediting body for management education worldwide.

THE FULL-TIME M.B.A. PROGRAM

Located in Hartford, UConn’s flagship Full-time MBA program consists of 57 credits and takes 2 years to complete.  Seasoned professionals looking for smaller career changes can complete the program in 16-months on a 57-credit accelerated path.  The Full-time MBA program features a new curriculum with immediately applicable functional and analytical skills, as well as a global and cross-functional perspective.  Experiential learning across all functional business disciplines is emphasized.

Additional highlights of the rigorous interdisciplinary Full-time MBA curriculum include the blending of traditional academic instruction with unique experiential learning accelerators to significantly close the gap between theory and practice, as well as a comprehensive, integrated, live case challenge with a partner company that draws on the entire first-year curriculum.

In year 1 of the Full-time MBA program all students are required to progress through the core curriculum as a single cohort, taking all the same classes with no exceptions for the core. These core courses will be offered in seven and three-week modules.  Additional coursework in Communications and Sustainability in the Global Business Environment with a global study visit will also be required.  The fall semester consists of core introductory courses in Foundations of Economic Environments; Value Creation and Competition; US Capital Markets and Institutions; Statistics; Spreadsheet Modeling for Business Analysis; Financial Accounting and Reporting; Financial Management; Capital Budgeting and Corporate Financial Policy; Motivating Individuals and Teams; Customer Insights and Marketing Opportunity; Managing and Delivering Customer Value and MIS and Data Analytics.

Students will be required to take Government and the Legal Environment of Business as well as Communicating for Impact-A during the winter term.

The spring semester continues with additional core introductory courses in Communicating for Impact-B; Business Responsibility, Accountability and Ethics; Cost Analysis; Organizational Behavior in Context; Management Information Systems; Introduction to Operations Management and Operations and Supply Chain Management.

Also in the spring of Year 1, students pursue 2 electives in their intended area of concentration to better prepare them for their summer internship.

As part of the Year 1 curriculum, students are grouped into functional teams. These teams undertake a comprehensive project – the UConn MBA Case Challenge – through which students generate and develop ideas for improving an organization’s performance. The Challenge affords students a unique opportunity to synthesize knowledge and skills learned from all first-year courses, as well as their past professional experience and employ them in a real-world context. The Challenge culminates in a case competition judged by the Year 1 faculty and partner company executives. Previous partner organizations include Global Brigades, Aetna, General Electric, Hamilton Sundstrand, ING, Pratt & Whitney, The Hartford, Wiremold and Xerox.

In May, students take Sustainability in the Global Business Environment that will also include a global study visit.

After fulfilling the required summer Internship Milestone, MBA candidates continue with Year 2 and their plan of study consisting of two additional concentration electives (6 credits) and up to three additional electives (9 credits).

Essential to the MBA curriculum is the incorporation of innovative experiential learning accelerators – SS&C Technologies Financial Accelerator, Innovation Accelerator, Student Managed Fund, Stamford Learning Accelerator and Sustainable Community Outreach & Public Engagement (SCOPE). These unique practice-based initiatives integrate traditional teaching and classroom experience with high-profile business partnering to close the gap between theory and practice. By pushing the boundaries of cooperative research and analysis, employing student teams on substantive live projects and providing a creative, collaborative environment, UConn’s experiential learning accelerators redefine the partnership between business and education.

Candidates for the Full-time MBA degree are required to complete 57 credits of graduate study including: 24 mandatory core courses (36 credits) and 7 courses (21 credits) in an area of concentration.

Required M.B.A. Core Courses –

BADM 5170 – Foundations of Economic Environments
MGMT 5181 – Value Creation and Competition
BADM 5151 – US Capital Markets and Institutions
BADM 5180 – Core Statistics
BADM 5181 – Spreadsheet Modeling for Business Analysis
ACCT 5181 – Financial Accounting and Reporting – Fundamentals
ACCT 5182 – Financial Accounting and Reporting – Applications
FNCE 5181 – Fundamentals of Financial Management
FNCE 5182 – Capital Budgeting and Corporate Financial Policy
MGMT 5182 – Motivating Individuals and Teams
MKTG 5181 – Customer Insights and Marketing Opportunity

MKTG 5182 – Managing and Delivering Customer Value
OPIM 5181 – MIS and Data Analytics
BADM 5182 – Communicating for Impact A
BADM 5183 – Communicating for Impact B
BLAW 5181 – Government and the Legal Environment of Business
ACCT 5183 – Cost Analysis
MGMT 5183 – Organizational Behavior in Business
OPIM 5183 – Introduction to Operations Management
BLAW 5182 – Business Responsibility, Accountability and Ethics
OPIM 5182 – Management Information Systems
OPIM 5184 – Operations and Supply Chain Management

BADM 5190 – Sustainability in the Global Business Environment
ACCT 5184 – Managerial Controls
MGMT 5184 – Strategic Fit and Coordination

Admission

All applicants must either take the Graduate Management Admission Test (GMAT) or the GRE Revised General Test (GRE) and meet the general requirements for admission to the Graduate School. Interviews may be requested by the MBA Admissions Review Committee.

Part-Time/Evening M.B.A. Program

The part-time/evening MBA program requires 57 credits of graduate level courses and is offered in downtown Hartford, Stamford and Waterbury. Admission is offered on a rolling basis throughout the year.

Though the program is designed with part-time candidates in mind, accommodating the various obligations of working professionals, individuals may take more than one or two courses during a semester. Ultimately, students move through the program at a pace that is personally comfortable. Some students complete the program in fewer than three years while others take five or more years to finish.

A unique feature of the part-time/evening MBA curriculum is the ability to develop more than one area of concentration. A minimum of two electives comprises an area of concentration; however, some concentrations may require more than two electives or require specific classes in that area of specialization.

Candidates in the part-time/evening MBA program are required to complete 57 credits of graduate study which includes: eleven mandatory core courses (33 credits) – many of the same core course as the full-time MBA program, one international elective (3 credits), and seven electives (21 credits). Students transferring from another institution must earn a minimum of 42 credits of graduate work in the UConn MBA program.

All continuing MBA students not registered for credit courses during the fall or spring semesters must register for GRAD 5998 Special Readings (Master’s) to maintain active student status. In other words, if a student chooses to take the fall or spring semester off, he/she must register for GRAD 5998 to retain their place in the MBA program.

Admission

Taking the Graduate Management Admission Test (GMAT) or the GRE Revised General Test (GRE) is preferred, and applicants must meet the general requirements for admission to the Graduate School. Interviews may be requested by the MBA Admissions Review Committee.

The Executive M.B.A. Program

The Executive MBA program is specifically tailored for experienced managers and other professionals who are seeking leadership positions. Our integrated curriculum leverages local and global perspectives in a cohort-based, holistic program. The Executive MBA program provides participants with the opportunity to build their business acumen and enhance their leadership skills empowering them to have an increased impact on their organizations immediately and into the future. The class format enables participants to retain their current professional positions while pursuing graduate studies. Classes begin each September, and completion time is approximately 20 months. Class size is limited to provide a highly engaging and interactive classroom environment.

Completion of the 48-credit program leads to a Master of Business Administration. The School of Business at the University of Connecticut is accredited by The Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB) International. Classes are held at the Graduate Business Learning Center in Hartford.

Admission

There is a rolling admissions process for the Executive MBA program. Taking the Graduate Management Admission Test (GMAT) or the GRE Revised General Test (GRE) is preferred, and applicants must meet the general requirements for admission to the Graduate School.  Applicants are interviewed as part of the admissions process.

DUAL DEGREE PROGRAMS

DUAL M.B.A. AND J.D. DEGREE PROGRAM

This program offers the student the opportunity to combine academic training in the fields of Business and Law by combining into four years of study the three-year J.D. program offered by the School of Law and the two-year MBA program offered by the Graduate School. Fifteen credits from the J.D. program are used to meet the MBA requirements. Twelve credits from the MBA program are used to satisfy the J.D. requirements. To be admitted to the joint MBA/J.D. program, a student must meet the admission requirements of both schools. For additional information, interested students should review the materials of the regular programs contained in the catalogs of the respective schools.

DUAL M.B.A. AND M.D. DEGREE PROGRAM

Rapid changes in the health care industry as well as the increasing size and complexity of health care organizations have created a demand for physicians who also are effective managers. The Doctor of Medicine program is offered at the University of Connecticut Health Center. Usually, students complete the first two years of study in the School of Medicine, enroll in the full-time MBA program in Storrs for the third year, and then return to the Health Center to take electives in both the School of Medicine and the MBA program in Hartford. M.D./MBA students are required to complete 42 credits in the MBA program. For more information, contact the Director of the Storrs MBA program or the Office of Admissions, School of Medicine.

DUAL M.B.A. AND PHARM.D. DEGREE PROGRAM

This program permits the pursuit of dual M.B.A. and Pharm.D. degrees in which the M.B.A. program waives 15 credits of non-core requirements for the dual Pharm.D./M.B.A. students, and the Pharm.D. program waives 15 credits of 5000-level (P3, P4). Pharm.D. students complete their P1and P2 years in Pharmacy School and then spend the next year at the School of Business in the M.B.A. program taking 12 courses (33 credits) and fulfilling the M.B.A. Internship Milestone during the summer. They return to the Pharmacy School and complete their P3 and P4 years, as well as the M.B.A. degree requirements of three courses (9 credits). For additional information, interested students should review the materials of the regular programs contained in the catalogs of the respective schools.

DUAL M.B.A. AND M.A. IN INTERNATIONAL STUDIES DEGREE PROGRAM

This program is designed for students interested in the management of international organizations in African, Latin American and Caribbean, and European areas. Fifteen credits of course work in area studies in the School of Liberal Arts and Sciences are used to meet both MBA and M.A. degree requirements. More details are available from the Directors of the Storrs MBA Program, the Center for Contemporary African Studies, the Center for Latin American and Caribbean Studies or the Center for European Studies.

DUAL M.B.A. AND M.S.W. DEGREE PROGRAM

This program is designed for students who anticipate careers in the management and administration of social work services in either governmental or private agencies. Application to each school is made independently. Nine credits in the MBA program are used to meet the M.S.W. requirements. Fifteen credits in the M.S.W. program are used to meet the MBA degree requirements. For additional information, interested students should review the materials of the regular programs contained in the catalogs of the respective schools.

DUAL MBA/MS DEGREE PROGRAMS in with MS programs in BUSINESS ANALYTICS, FINANCIAL RISK MANAGEMENT AND HUMAN RESOURCES MANAGEMENT

These programs are expected to be available starting in Fall 2015, subject to their receiving final approval. Our new specialized business MS programs provide an opportunity to the MBA programs to provide deeper specialized skills in a short time.  This is particularly true for people wishing to change careers from one industry or business area to another, which is a key target for UConn’s MBA programs.  At the same time, graduates of specialized MS programs are increasingly expected to have business or industry subject-matter knowledge along with technical skills.  These new dual-degree programs leverage the strengths of both UConn programs to provide deeper knowledge to graduates of both programs, making graduates both more competitive in the marketplace and more successful business leaders over the long run.

CONTINUOUS REGISTRATION FOR DUAL DEGREE CANDIDATES

All continuing MBA students must maintain registration continuously (fall and spring semesters) until all requirements for both degrees are completed. Therefore, continuing MBA students not registered for credit graduate business courses during the fall or spring semester must register for Grad 5998 Special Readings (Master’s) to maintain active MBA student status. (For more information, please see the Graduate School’s policy under “Continuous Registration”).

BUSINESS ANALYTICS AND PROJECT MANAGEMENT

UConn’s MS in Business Analytics and Project Management is designed to meet the growing demand for professionals who can harness advanced business analytics and project management skills. Students get the critical skills to address existing business problems and create new opportunities for small to global enterprises in information-rich environments.

The mission of the Masters in Business Analytics and Project Management (MSBAPM) is to deliver a program of excellence in the study of advanced business analytics and project management.  The program delivers a core set of advanced courses in both business analytics and project management. MSBAPM provides an integrated curriculum and a global perspective using evolving technology platforms to facilitate and support the learning process.  MSBAPM is structured to provide businesses a pipeline of talented and energized professionals who will create immediate value for their organization and the communities they serve.

MSBAPM’s home academic department, the Department of Operations and Information Management (OPIM), is consistently ranked in the top 25 in information systems graduate education (US News) and among the most productive and impactful research departments in the world (OR/MS Today, Communications of the ACM, Communications of the AIS, and AISNET).

Curriculum

The program requires 33 credit hours, including four 3-credit courses in Business Analytics, four 3-credit courses in Project Management, and 9 credit hours in elective courses. Other study options are possible.

Business Analytics (4 courses)
  • Business Process Modeling and Data Management
  • Predictive Modeling
  • Business Decision Modeling
  • Data Mining and Business Intelligence
Project Management (4 courses)
  • Introduction to Project Management
  • Project Leadership and Communications
  • Project Risk and Cost Management
  • Advanced Business Analytics and Project Management
Additional Analytics optional courses
  • Real-time Enterprise Data Integration and Audit
  • Data Analytics with R
  • Analytical consulting for Financial Services
  • Adaptive Business Intelligence
  • Big Data Analytics with Hadoop
  • Gamification
Additional Project Management optional courses
  • Ethical and Legal Issues in Project Management
  • Managing International Development Projects
  • Agile Project Management
  • Graduate Field Study Internship
Electives

Elective courses can be chosen from the wide array of offerings in the School’s professional MBA program and may include experiential learning credits. With the approval of the Program Director, electives may include other University of Connecticut graduate programs.

THE M.S. PROGRAM IN HUMAN RESOURCE MANAGEMENT

The Master of Science in Human Resource Management (MS HRM) is a part time, 33-credit hybrid program that incorporates a unique blend of on-campus and online learning. Each semester’s coursework integrates four Saturday Seminars at the Graduate Business Learning Center in downtown Hartford. Courses are taught in seven-week accelerated sessions, allowing the students to focus on one course at a time throughout the year while completing the program in 22 months.

Students study alongside a talented and diverse cohort of fellow students, building professional networks that extend beyond the classroom.  The set sequence of classes is supplemented by the choice of two electives in management or in other business academic disciplines including marketing, finance, accounting, and operations and information management. The collaborative learning environment, both online and on-campus, creates opportunities to study, practice, and apply key principles in human resource management to business scenarios.

The program’s curriculum focuses on developing strategic human resource management competencies including business acumen, workforce metrics and analytics, capability development, performance management, managing human capital risk, and total rewards. The curriculum culminates in a final capstone course where students use their strategic human resource management skills to identify and analyze a complex real-world business problem of their choosing.

The program offers classes in fall, spring, and summer semesters. Degree participants are required to follow the course sequence with their cohort which includes both summer sessions in the first year and one summer session in the second year. Candidates for the degree must complete 33 credits consisting of 6 required courses, 2 electives in management or other graduate business courses, and the capstone course. With program and advisor permission, internships, independent studies, or transfer credits from other universities may be applied toward the elective requirement. No more than 6 credits taken outside of the program may be accepted for transfer, including courses taken as non-degree student in the School of Business.

Admission

The MS HRM program admits students for only the fall semester. Applications are competitive and are based upon the complete portfolio for each candidate. Applicants are required to take the Graduate Management Admission Test (GMAT) or the Graduate Record Examinations (GRE). The test requirement which may be waived for individuals with a graduate degree in business or a related field. Applicants must meet the general requirement for admission to the Graduate School and are interviewed by the admissions committee as part of the application process.

THE ADVANCED BUSINESS CERTIFICATE PROGRAM IN HUMAN RESOURCE MANAGEMENT

The Advanced Business Certificate in Human Resource Management (ABC HRM) consists of 12 credits of study in human resource management coursework. The graduate certificate is designed for individuals in human resource positions who are looking for additional depth in specific topics, and for a designation with greater significance than industry certifications. Certificate students have the option of completing their coursework in an online or hybrid environment. Similar to the MS HRM degree program, courses are delivered in accelerated seven-week sessions. Because of the nature of the certificate program, no transfer credits or curriculum substitutions may be applied. The program consists of 1 required course and three electives in human resource management and is designed to be completed in two semesters.

Admission

Students are considered for admission to either the fall or the spring semester. Admissions are based upon the complete portfolio for each candidate. No examinations or prerequisite coursework is required; however, students who wish to matriculate to the MS HRM program must meet all of that program’s admission requirements, including the Graduate Management Admission Test (GMAT) or the Graduate Record Examinations (GRE). Applicants must meet the general requirement for admission to the Graduate School.

THE ACCOUNTING CERTIFICATE PROGRAM

The Accounting Certificate Program (ACP), conducted online, combines the material from six undergraduate accounting courses into a four course graduate sequence.  Two ACP courses are offered in the fall and two in the spring allowing students to complete the certificate in two to four semesters.  ACP students interested in continuing on to earn a Master of Science in Accounting degree will be able to transfer in May pending satisfactory academic performance (3.0+) in the ACP courses.  Two ACP courses can be transferred towards the MSA Program degree requirements.

Admission

General targets for admission are: a GMAT score of 500+ and undergraduate grade point average of 3.2 on a 4.0 scale. Applicants who have an undergraduate degree from a college or university accredited by a regional accounting commission subscribing to established national policies and procedures or of equivalent accreditation as determined by the Connecticut State Board of Accountancy who were not accounting majors will be considered for admission.  Introductory Financial Accounting and Introductory Managerial Accounting courses will need to be completed prior to beginning the Accounting Certificate Program.  The two introductory courses are not available online through the University of Connecticut.

Applicants with significant work experience and who add to the cultural and geographic diversity of the student body are encouraged to apply even if they do not possess typical GMAT scores or undergraduate grade point averages.

Admission is for the fall semester with an application deadline of June 15. Applications and all accompanying materials should be received as early as possible, since admissions decisions are made on a rolling basis until the entering class is filled.

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