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Master of Business Administration15 MBA concentrations to select from. In-depth exposure to the study and application of business. VIU’s Master of Business Administration (MBA) program enables students to gain knowledge in the core Business areas of Management, Finance, Marketing, Accounting, and decision-making. The program provides students with high quality, professional education in Business Administration, thereby, qualifying students for more diverse career opportunities.

Virginia International University’s MBA program consists of 12 courses (36 Credit Hours) beyond prerequisite courses . In addition to taking the seven core courses (21 Credit Hours) essential to the VIU MBA, students will also select three concentration courses (9 Credit Hours) , an elective course from any concentration (3 Credit Hours), and an MBA integration course (3 Credit Hours) which will help them transition from the academic to the professional business world. Students will also complete an Advanced Business Project, which will allow them to apply knowledge gained in the program to solving real-world complex business problems in local Washington, DC and Northern Virginia companies.

Area # of Courses Credit Hours
Core Courses 7 21
Concentration Courses 3 9
Elective Course 1 3
Integration Course 1 3
Total 12 36

Prerequisite Courses (5 Courses) 15 Credit Hours**

Applicants seeking admission into the MBA Program, who have no previous business background and whose Bachelor degrees are not related to business, are required to take MBA program prerequisites. All MBA applicants must demonstrate academic credit for the prerequisite courses. Applicants who cannot demonstrate academic credit for the prerequisite courses will be required to complete these courses in addition to their 36 hour MBA program of study.

Course Code Course Title Credit Hours
ACCT 201 Principles of Financial Accounting 3
BUSS 303 Principles of Finance 3
ECON 101 Principles of Microeconomics 3
ENGL 120 Academic Writing 3
STAT 200 Introduction to Statistics 3

These program prerequisites are co-requisites and may be taken at the same time. Additionally, the dean has the authority to issue permission or waiver for these courses.

MBA Core Courses (7 Courses) 21 Credit Hours

Core Courses provide students with the skills and knowledge that all managers need to succeed. Each candidate must complete the following seven Core Courses.

Course Code Course Title Credit Hours
MBA 500 Managerial Communication 3
MBA 511 Managerial Accounting & Finance 3
MBA 512 Project & Cost Management 3
MBA 513 Organizational Behavior & HR Management 3
MBA 514 Marketing Management 3
MBA 515 Business Statistics 3
MBA 516 Strategic Management & Organizational Leadership 3

MBA Concentration Courses (3 Courses) 9 Credit Hours

Students must specialize in one of the concentrations listed below during the second year of their study. Students must choose three courses (9 Credit Hours) from the Concentration Courses. All concentration courses are CPT eligible.

Course Code Course Title Credit Hours
Accounting Contract Management Entrepreneurship
Executive MBA Global Logistics Health Care Management
Hospitality and Tourism Management Human Resources Management International Business Management
International Finance Leadership Management Management Consulting
Marketing Management Mass Media & Public Relations Project Management

MBA Integration Course (1 Course) 3 Credit Hours

Course Code Course Title Credit Hours
MBA 627 Advanced Business Project 3

MBA Elective Courses (1 Course) 3 Credit Hours

Students must take one additional course from any of the concentrations or they may take one of the following courses:

Course Code Course Title Credit Hours
MBA 600 Business Residency 3
MBA 631 Current Topics in Business 3
MBA 633 Business Planning and Development 3
MBA 560 Graduate Internship I 3
MBA 660 Graduate Project Internship II 3
CAR 600 Career Planning and Development 3

Accounting

Concentration Highlights

VIU established its MBA in Accounting to provide the region’s leading companies with accounting experts. Every organization, whether a multinational corporation, a non-profit or a government agency, needs accounting professionals to maintain its growth and success.

International companies are looking for employees with both accounting skills and a deep understanding of the global financial environment as well as the ethical issues relevant to business practice. VIU’s MBA in Accounting will provide students with current and practical skills which students will apply to be successful and competitive in pursuing careers in accounting and auditing.

Concentration Courses

Students must choose three courses (9 Credit Hours) from the Concentration Courses. All concentration courses are CPT eligible.

Course Code Course Title Credit Hours
MBA 605 Auditing 3
MBA 608 Financial Reporting and Decision Making 3
MBA 610 Taxation of Business Entities 3
MBA 636 Managerial Accounting 3
MBA 654 Accounting Information Systems 3

Professional Associations

Virginia Certified Public Accountant (CPA®)

Contract Management

Concentration Highlights

The Contract Management concentration provides students with an understanding of the important principles of U.S. Government Acquisition practices, fundamentals of negotiation and conflict management, solicitation planning, and procedures for termination and managing contractor disputes.

Concentration Courses

Students must choose three courses (9 credit hours) from the Concentration Courses. All concentration courses are CPT eligible.

Course Code Course Title Credit Hours
MBA 644 Basic Principles of Contract Management 3
MBA 645 Contract Formation and Performance 3
MBA 646 Contract Administration and Monitoring 3
MBA 647 Contract Administration Process and Negotiation 3
MBA 648 Contracting in the Global Marketplace 3

Entrepreneurship

Concentration Highlights

The Entrepreneurship concentrations provides students with knowledge on how to establish and carry out departmental or organizational goals, policies, and procedures, direct and oversee an organization’s financial and budgetary activities, manage general activities related to making products and providing services, consult with other executives, staff, and board members about general operations, negotiate or approve contracts and agreements, appoint department heads and managers, analyze financial statements, sales reports, and other performance indicators, and identify places to cut costs and to improve performance, policies, and programs.

Concentration Courses

Students must choose three courses (9 credit hours) from the Concentration Courses. All concentration courses are CPT eligible.

Course Code Course Title Credit Hours
MBA 630 Entrepreneurship 3
MBA 633 Project & Cost Management 3
MBA 634 Organizational Behavior & HR Management 3
MBA 637 Business Innovation 3
MBA 638 Entrepreneurial Finance & Venture Capital 3

Executive MBA

Concentration Highlights

The Executive MBA concentration has been developed for mid-career executives who are at a pivotal point in their careers. This program provides students with advanced management practices.

Concentration Courses

Students must choose three courses (9 credit hours) from the Concentration Courses. All concentration courses are CPT eligible.

Course Code Course Title Credit Hours
MBA 615 International Strategy 3
MBA 616 International Marketing 3
MBA 637 Business Innovation 3
MBA 638 Entrepreneurial Finance and Venture 3
PMP 605 Project Management 3

Global Logistics

Concentration Highlights

VIU created the groundbreaking MBA in Global Logistics to meet the growing demand for business leaders who can comfortably navigate our new globalized world. As markets become more competitive, sourcing lower-cost goods and services from different countries is necessary to business growth. The reduced costs come with more risks, and a successful international company is only as strong as its global supply chain.

Understanding and learning to minimize the risks involved is vital to ensure companies’ long-term competitiveness. Our world-class instructors are leading industry experts who take a practical teaching approach to ensure students are prepared for a successful career in global logistics

Concentration Courses

Students must choose three courses (9 credit hours) from the Concentration Courses. All concentration courses are CPT eligible.

Course Code Course Title Credit Hours
MBA 611 Business Ethics & Law 3
MBA 616 International Marketing 3
MBA 617 Import/Export Management 3
MBA 628 Global Sourcing and Logistics 3
MBA 634 Operations Management 3

Professional Associations

Global Logistics Associate (GLA®)

Healthcare Management

Concentration Highlights

In response to the demand for skilled managers and policy makers in the rapidly changing healthcare industry, VIU’s MBA in Healthcare Management builds upon the established MBA core and provides a series of specialized courses that familiarize students with aspects and issues unique to the health care industry.

Our interdisciplinary faculty members are experts in business, the allied health industry and area health and science organizations. They share their practical knowledge with our students, enabling them to respond to the many critical problems now faced by hospitals, government agencies, group practices, pharmaceutical and biotechnology firms, insurance and managed care organizations, and consulting firms.

Concentration Courses

Students must choose three courses (9 credit hours) from the Concentration Courses. All concentration courses are CPT eligible.

Course Code Course Title Credit Hours
MBA 640 The Health Services System 3
MBA 641 Economics of Health Care & Policy 3
MBA 642 Financial Management of Health Institutions 3
MBA 643 Legal Aspects of Health Care 3

Professional Associations

American Association of Healthcare Administrative Management (AAHAM®)

Hospitality and Tourism Management

Concentration Highlights

VIU’s MBA in Hospitality and Tourism Management program will prepare students to be leaders in the competitive hospitality and tourism industry, which employs over 220 million people worldwide and generates almost 9% of the world’s GDP1.

Research and industry advisers have noted that the industry will need managers who can partner with governments, understand various cultures, address environmental challenges, work with people, and collaborate with private sector businesses, all areas covered in VIU’s multidisciplinary program curriculum.

The MBA in Hospitality and Tourism Management will help students succeed in the competitive global marketplace through a combination of academic studies, seminars, tours, practical advice from experienced faculty and introduction to internship and job opportunities.

Concentration Courses

Students must choose three courses (9 credit hours) from the Concentration Courses. All concentration courses are CPT eligible.

Course Code Course Title Credit Hours
MBA 552 Hospitality & Tourism Management 3
MBA 553 Event Planning and Management 3
MBA 554 Marketing for Hospitality & Tourism 3
MBA 555 Legal Aspects for Hospitality & Tourism 3
MBA 556 Accounting, Budgeting and Cost Controls: Hospitality & Tourism 3
MBA 557 Management of Information Technology in Hospitality & Tourism 3
MBA 558 Human Resources Management in the Hospitality & Tourism 3

Professional Associations

Certified Hotel Administrator (CHA®)

Human Resources Management

Concentration Highlights

Globalization has created an urgent need for HR professionals who can bridge the cultural divide to address human resource management issues across industries.
VIU has developed an MBA concentration in Human Resource Management to build skills in strategic thinking, international talent management, business, technology, finance, and creativity, all core competencies that HR professionals need to be successful.

Mastering these competencies is the key to receiving the Society of Human Resource Management’s Professional in HR (PHR) and Senior Professional in HR (SPHR) certifications

Concentration Courses

Students must choose three courses (9 credit hours) from the Concentration Courses. All concentration courses are CPT eligible.

Course Code Course Title Credit Hours
MBA 523 HR Law 3
MBA 536 Labor Relations 3
MBA 538 Compensation and Benefits 3
MBA 551 Conflict Resolution 3
MBA 611 Business Ethics & Law 3

Professional Associations

Professional in Human Resources (PHR®)

International Business Management

Concentration Highlights

The last decade has seen the transformation of various emerging markets into international business hubs. The economic dynamism of various Asian, Central European, South American and African markets has paved the way for the emergence of a closely woven network of international business phenomena, eliminating the isolated business activities limited to industrialized nations.

Globalization has led to a new type of economic competition and world business scenarios that require adaptation, knowledge of market trends and requirements. An MBA in International Business Management from VIU provides students with international managerial capacities, cross-cultural skills and diverse strategic outlooks to ensure their professional success.

Concentration Courses

Students must choose three courses (9 credit hours) from the Concentration Courses. All concentration courses are CPT eligible.

Course Code Course Title Credit Hours
MBA 611 Business Ethics & Law 3
MBA 612 International Management 3
MBA 613 Enterprise Resource Planning 3
MBA 614 International Finance 3
MBA 615 International Strategy 3
MBA 616 International Marketing 3
MBA 617 Import / Export Management 3
MBA 634 Operations Management 3

Professional Associations

Certified Global Business Professional (CGBP®)

International Finance

Concentration Highlights

The ability to analyze and interpret financial statements is essential for today’s managers. VIU’s MBA in International Finance prepares current and future managers to use financial statement data to make effective business decisions. For practitioners in the financial services industries, the Finance Concentration helps refine the skills necessary for career advancement.

The MBA in International Finance provides insight into how financial markets function and the education necessary for students who seek positions in the financial industry or in financial institutions.

Concentration Courses

Students must choose three courses (9 credit hours) from the Concentration Courses. All concentration courses are CPT eligible.

Course Code Course Title Credit Hours
MBA 611 Business Ethics & Law 3
MBA 614 International Finance 3
MBA 618 International Economics and Trade 3
MBA 620 Long-Term Financial Decisions 3
MBA 621 Trading and Risk Management 3

Professional Associations

Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA®)

Leadership Management

Concentration Highlights

This Leadership Management will help students understand the differences between the roles of leaders and managers in today’s global environment.  The course content includes current developments in the fields of leadership and management, leadership strategies, managing organization change, effectively dealing with conflict. Coursework will have an emphasis on strategic business practices.

Concentration Courses

Students must choose three courses (9 credit hours) from the Concentration Courses. All concentration courses are CPT eligible.

Course Code Course Title Credit Hours
MBA 661 Public Relations 3
MBA 662 Business and Society 3
MBA 663 Business Strategies and Proposals 3
MBA 664 Negotiation and Conflict Resolution 3
MBA 665 Managing Organizational Change 3
MBA 666 Leadership Strategies 3

Management Consulting

Concentration Highlights

This Management Consulting concentration is designed to prepare students to become effective management consultants.  They will develop skillsets in strategic thinking and proper communication.  Course content covers consulting in international venues, mergers and acquisitions and leadership and change management.

Concentration Courses

Students must choose three courses (9 credit hours) from the Concentration Courses. All concentration courses are CPT eligible.

Course Code Course Title Credit Hours
MBA 613 Enterprise Research Planning 3
MBA 615 International Strategy 3
MBA 656 Consulting Skills 3
MBA 657 Mergers and Acquisitions 3
MBA 658 Strategic Human Capital Management 3
MBA 659 Leadership and Change Management 3

Marketing Management

Concentration Highlights

VIU’s MBA in Marketing Management provides students with an opportunity to study the dynamics of human behavior that affect marketing decisions. Included in this analysis is an examination of effective marketing practices, procedures and the analytical techniques required prior to basic marketing decisions.

Our professors are multidisciplinary experts in the fields of marketing, business and management who use their practical experience to help our students succeed in and beyond the classroom.

Concentration Courses

Students must choose three courses (9 credit hours) from the Concentration Courses. All concentration courses are CPT eligible.

Course Code Course Title Credit Hours
MBA 611 Business Ethics & Law 3
MBA 616 International Marketing 3
MBA 622 Marketing Research 3
MBA 623 Sales Management 3
MBA 624 Advertising & Promotion 3
MBA 625 Effective Negotiation 3
MBA 626 Consumer Behavior 3

Professional Associations

Mass Media & Public Relations

Concentration Highlights

The MBA in Mass Media & Public Relations program will prepare journalists, editors, and other professional communicators to serve in culturally diverse and technologically enhanced media environments by empowering them with the skills and attributes associated with scholars, problem solvers, critical thinkers, and strategists.

Concentration Courses

Students must choose three courses (9 credit hours) from the Concentration Courses. All concentration courses are CPT eligible.

Course Code Course Title Credit Hours
COMM 600 Writing & Editing the News (Introduction to News Editorial Journalism) 3
COMM 610 News Editing 3
COMM 605 Media Ethics 3
COMM 620 Politics, Journalism, & Business 3
COMM 625 Media Relations 3
COMM 630 International Journalism 3
COMM 635 Mass Media & Society 3
COMM 641 Media Economics 3
COMM 643 US Press History 3
COMM 645 The Development & Use of New Media Technology 3
COMM 647 The Movies: Film & Video Criticism 3
COMM 649 Small Group & Team Communications 3

Project Management

Concentration Highlights

The core competencies and subject are of the MBA in Project Management program include contracts and procurements, project and cost management, risk project management, quality project management and assurance, multiple project management systems, productivity measurement and improvement such as communication project management, human resources management, and other topics related to project management.

Concentration Courses

Students must choose three courses (9 credit hours) from the Concentration Courses. All concentration courses are CPT eligible.

Course Code Course Title Credit Hours
PMP 605 Project Management Systems 3
PMP 610 Quality Project Management Practices 3
PMP 615 Risk Project Management 3
PMP 620 Contract & Procurement Management 3
PMP 623 Leading Projects Across Cultural, Corporate, & Global Boundaries 3

Professional Associations

Project Management Institute (PMI®)
Project Management Professional (PMP®)

Course Code Course Title Credit Hours
First Semester
MBA 500 Managerial Communication 3
MBA 511 Managerial Accounting & Finance 3
MBA 513 Organizational Behavior & HR Management 3
Second Semester
MBA 515 Business Statistics 3
MBA 516 Strategic Management & Organizational Leadership 3
Concentration Course 3
Third Semester
MBA 512 Project & Cost management 3
MBA 514 Marketing Management 3
Concentration Course 3
Fourth Semester
MBA 627 Advanced Business Project 3
Concentration Course 3
Elective 3

* The School of Business at Virginia International University is an Educational Member of the International Assembly for Collegiate Business Education (IACBE), and has affirmed its commitment to excellence in business education.

**Applicants who cannot demonstrate academic credit for the prerequisite courses will be required to complete these courses in addition to their 36 hour MBA