Graduate Business Programs

Integrated Master of Business Administration

About the Program

The iMBA is a year-long fully online program that was developed for business professionals, managers, and entrepreneurs seeking to expand their interpersonal, managerial, and leadership skills in preparation for mobility, advancement, and promotional opportunities.

The program consists of three modules leading to a Master of Business Administration degree (Financial Strategy Module, Emphasis Module, and Operational Strategy Module). Modules vary, but generally cover a subject for several weeks before moving on to another subject; at the conclusion of the semester, a project that integrates all of the materials is generally assigned.

You can start the program at the beginning of any semester. In total, the three modules contain 10 courses (30 hours). The fall module is the Financial Strategy Module; it contains 3 courses (9 hours)—ACC 600, FIN 600, & CIS or MGT 601. The spring module is the Emphasis Module. It contains 4 courses (12 hours). These courses vary based on your emphasis (General Business, Human Resource, Healthcare Administration, Information Systems Management, or Entertainment Industry Studies).  The summer module is the Operational Strategy Module; it contains 3 courses (9 hours)—MGT 605, MKT 600, & ECO 612.

To graduate from the program, you must have passed the 10 classes in these modules with a 3.0 or higher GPA. See curriculum page for a detailed list of classes in each module.

Delta State University offers one of the most affordable MBAs in the marketplace. Additionally, we do not charge out-of-state tuition, and international students pay the same tuition rate that a Mississippi resident pays for full-time study. For more information about our tuition, click here.

iMBA Program Details

  • 30 Credit Hours
  • 100% Online
  • 3 Modules
  • Completed in as little as 1 year
  • Competitive Tuition Rates
  • ACBSP Accredited

Admission Requirements

Full admission to the Master of Business Administration (MBA) program may be granted to an applicant who:

  • Has earned a baccalaureate degree which is fully accredited by one of the recognized accrediting agencies, and meets all other requirements for admission to Graduate School.
  • 2.75 GPA or 4 years professional experience (Applicants lacking the 2.75 GPA or work experience are reviewed by the Graduate Business Programs Admissions Committee.  The committee may elect to admit an applicant conditionally with an academic hold.  The applicant must earn at least a “B” in each of the first 3 courses in order to continue in the program.
  • Applicants lacking undergraduate preparation in business courses (with a grade of “C” or higher) will be required to take the MBA Foundation courses below and earn at least a grade of “B”.
    • MBA 515: Managerial Accounting and Finance
    • MBA 525: Management Theory and Business Law
    • MBA 535: Theory of Economics and Marketing
    • MBA 545: Statistics and Information Systems

*Note:  Years of experience should be managerial/supervisory or professional level work experience.  Applicants who have earned less than a grade of “C” in undergraduate Managerial Accounting, Business Finance, Legal Environment of Business (Business Law), Principles of Management, Macroeconomics, Microeconomics, Principles of Marketing, Statistics, or Microcomputer Applications, may be required to take the equivalent MBA Foundation course(s) listed above.

Curriculum

Total required credit hours: 30 hours

To graduate, students must have a minimum GPA of 3.0.

The program consists of 3 modules: Financial Strategy Module, Operational Strategy Module, and Emphasis Module.


Financial Strategy Module (9 hours) – Fall Semester

In this module, students are introduced to various quantitative tools, techniques, and models used in making investments in capital budgeting decisions.

  • ACC 600: Managerial Accounting (3 hours)
  • FIN 600: Financial Management (3 hours)
  • MGT 601 or CIS 601: Applied Decision Science (3 hours)

Operational Strategy Module (9 hours) – Summer Semester

In this module, students develop marketing strategies integrated with critical financial decision-making that emphasize the interrelationship of the firm and society. Students learn how to market their product or service to domestic and international markets and perform the financial analysis necessary to ensure market viability. This module allows students to focus on managing the physical operations of the business, information technology to improve the effectiveness and efficiency of the business.

  • MGT 605: Human Resource Management (3 hours)
  • MKT 600: Strategic Marketing (3 hours)
  • ECO 612: Managerial Economics (3 hours)

Emphasis Module (12 hours) – Spring Semester

Select either General Business, Human Resource Management, Healthcare Administration, Information Systems Management, or Entertainment Industry Studies (see concentration tab for details on each of these concentrations along with a specific list of courses in each module).

Concentrations

General Business

This module integrates the concepts of strategic planning such as visioning and adapting to internal and external environmental changes, managing the physical operations, and the utilization of information technology to improve the effectiveness and efficiency of the business. In an organization setting ranging from a small business to a global corporation, students develop goals, strategies, and timetables to implement a strategic planning process. This module focuses on developing the managerial and leadership skills critical for success in the twenty-first century.

  • MGT 625: Production/Operation Management (3 hours)
  • MGT 640: Managing in a Global Environment (3 hours)
  • MGT 695: Strategic Project Management (3 hours)
  • CIS 600: Managing Information Systems (3 hours)

Human Resource Management

This module integrates human resource concepts through an examination of the characteristics and design of performance appraisal systems and development of effective systems for selecting, classifying, and placing personnel. It covers the theory and practice of compensation management and the effect of alternative wage and salary systems on employee performance. This module includes content on current legislation and issues in human resource management.

  • MGT 620: Recruitment, Selection, and Performance Appraisal (3 hours)
  • MGT 655: Wage and Salary Administration (3 hours)
  • MGT 660: Human Resources Legislation and Current Issues (3 hours)
  • MGT 695: Strategic Project Management (3 hours)

Health Care Administration

This module integrates the concepts of strategic planning such as visioning and adapting to internal and external environmental changes within the health care industry. Core business principles and practices of health care issues are taught to prepare students to effectively manage health care organizations.

  • IRR 622: Risk Management for Health Care Industry (3 hours)
  • MGT 650: Health Care Laws and Ethics (3 hours)
  • MGT 670:  HealthCare Management and Policies (3 hours)
  • MGT 695: Strategic Project Management (3 hours)

Information Systems Management

This module integrates the knowledge and skills in data warehousing and data mining technologies required for solving complex problems of data and information management, information retrieval, and knowledge discovery facing modern organizations. It includes the conceptualization, design, and implementation of supply chains in dynamic global markets that strategically utilize information technologies to improve decision-making regarding resources, logistics, procurement, and supply contracting; product and process design; and revenue management, inventory, risk management, mining of corporate data warehouses, and the concepts of enterprise resource planning (ERP) to provide for effective data-driven decision-making for the formulation and execution of business strategies.

  • CIS 606: Enterprise Data Warehousing (3 hours)
  • CIS 618: Business Intelligence (3 hours)
  • CIS 624: Enterprise Resource Planning (3 hours)
  • CIS 630: Information Technology Strategy and Management (3 hours)

Entertainment Industry Studies

Entertainment Industry Studies encourages exploration and embraces the entrepreneurial spirit. This module integrates a variety of professional areas in the entertainment industry, including tour management and event production, the recording, publishing and film/tv industries, business and legal principles, and marketing of entertainment goods and services.

  • MGT 695: Strategic Project Management (3 hours)
  • MGT/DMI 603: The Business of Entertainment (3 hours)
  • MGT/DMI 635: Managing Live Entertainment (3 hours)
  • MGT/DMI 665: Entertainment Legal Issues (3 hours)

International Students

Non-US citizens that wish to enroll in DSU and require an F1 visa for US entry/study will need to go through the F1 international admissions process, http://www.deltastate.edu/admissions/international/.

If you are a non-US citizen and wish to enroll fully online and/or do not need an F1 visa for US entry/study, you will be eligible to go through the general admissions process and have a link that goes directly to the online application for Grad Studies, https://apply.deltastate.edu/Graduate/Pages/welcome.aspx.

Contact

Graduate Program Coordinator

Dr. Lisa Cooley
P: (662) 846-4234
lcooley@deltastate.edu

Address and Mailing

Graduate Business & Aviation Programs
College of Business and Aviation
DSU Box 3294 Broom 141
Cleveland, MS 38733