Graduate Business Programs

Master of Business Administration

About the Program

The Master of Business Administration (MBA) program provides a broad understanding of business fundamentals required of business organizations and for entrepreneurial ventures. The curriculum enables students to build upon the foundation of business concepts in the areas of financial reporting, analysis, and markets; domestic and global economic environments of organizations; creation and distribution of goods and services; and human behavior in organizations.

The MBA program contains a combination of in-person and online courses and can be completed at your own pace. This program cannot be completed fully online.

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MBA Program Details

  • 30 Credit Hours
  • Online & In-person Classes
  • Completed at your own pace
  • 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 (GMAT Waived)
  • 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 Foundation Course Undergraduate Courses 
MBA 515: Managerial Accounting/ Finance
  • Managerial Accounting
  • Business Finance
MBA 525: Management Theory/ Business Law
  • Legal Environment of Business
  • Principles of Management
MBA 535: Economics/ Marketing Theory
  • Microeconomics
  • Macroeconomics
  • Principles of Marketing
MBA 545: Statistics/ Information Systems
  • Statistics
  • Microcomputer Applications


Admission with Academic Conditions. An applicant with a minimum undergraduate GPA of less than 2.75 or work experience may be admitted 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.

*Note:  Years of experience should be managerial/supervisory or professional-level work experience.


Total required credit hours: 30 hours

Core MBA Requirements (21 hours**):

Semester Credits Course Description
Fall (online)
Spring (online)
3 ACC 600: Managerial Accounting Analysis and interpretation of financial data; use of accounting information in managerial planning and decision making.
Spring (in-person)
Summer (online)
3 ECO 612: Managerial Economics Application of micro-and macro-economic theory to managerial policy decisions. Use of tools of economic analysis in optimizing the allocation of resources available to a firm.
Fall (in-person) 3 FIN 600: Financial Management Financial principles and cases dealing with decision-making at various levels in the financial line organization.
Fall (in-person)
Summer (online)
3 XXX 601: Survey of Business Analytics* This course provides an introduction to Business Analytics including the application of descriptive, predictive, and prescriptive analytics to support and improve managerial decision making.
Spring (online)
Summer (online)
3 MKT 600: Strategic Marketing Analytical approach to strategy formulation as it relates to marketing
management and decision-making activities of business enterprises. Emphasis on product, price, distribution,
promotional activities, and research approaches to improve marketing practice.
Spring (online)
Summer (online)
3 MGT 605: Human Resource Management A survey course of the technical and legal aspects of human resources management and employment relations. Topics include human resources planning, recruitment, selection, job design, performance evaluation, training and development, compensation, labor relations, occupational safety and health, and evaluation of personnel.
Spring (in-person)
Summer (online)
3 MGT 695: Strategic Project Management** An integrative approach to strategy formulation and decision-making to achieve organizational objectives using case analysis and projects.

*Note:  The 601 course can be taken as CIS, FIN, MGT, or MKT but can only be taken for 3 credit hours.

**MGT 695 is not required for Information Systems Management Concentration

General Business Emphasis with approved business electives (9 hours)  or select one of the other emphasis areas

Any graduate-level business course, not listed as a core MBA requirement or an MBA foundation course, is considered to be an elective. Login to MyDSU to view course options or visit the Graduate Catalog.

Health Care Administration Emphasis (9 hours)

Semester Credits Course Description
Fall (online) 3 MGT 622: Health Care Risk Management Introduces the concepts of health care risk management, including the role/scope of a risk manager and a risk management plan. This course will focus on identifying both
real and potential risk exposures in a health care setting and teach risk management tools to help minimize, avoid, and/or mitigate these exposures by implementing loss prevention and loss control techniques.
Fall (online) 3 MGT 650: Health Care Law and Ethics A study of the legal and regulatory environment related to health care law, including an introduction to the legal system, tort law, and liability of healthcare institutions for administrators or executives. Covers additional reimbursement programs, medical records, and confidentiality relevant topics such as fraud, antitrust, consent, federal reimbursement programs, medical records, and confidentiality with an analysis of relevant case law.
Spring (online) 3 MGT 670: Health Care Management and Policies This course provides students with an
overview of concepts and issues related to healthcare management and policies which impact the health care industry. Through the examination of management topics and healthcare situations, the student will explore the skills and knowledge needed to be successful in a diverse healthcare environment. Topics include healthcare leadership, organizational design as it relates to the uniqueness of healthcare organizations, and the complexity of policy problems and the policy-making process.


Human Resource Management Emphasis (9 hours)

Semester Credits Course Description
Fall (online) 3 MGT 620: Recruitment, Selection, and Performance Appraisal This course examines the characteristics and design of performance appraisal systems and the development of effective systems for selecting, classifying, and placing personnel. Topics include recruitment, job analysis, job design, validation, interviewing, placement, the design of performance appraisal systems, the strengths and weaknesses of different appraisal systems, understanding different appraisal techniques, guidelines for effective practice of performance appraisal in organizations and program administration are covered. Legal impact on selection, placement, testing, appraisal, diversity, equal opportunity, and affirmative action programs, and reporting requirements are examined.
Spring (online) 3 MGT 655: Wage and Salary Administration This course examines the theory and practice of compensation management and the effect of alternative wage and salary systems on employee performance. Topics include job analysis, job evaluation, determination of wage and salary structure, different systems of pay delivery, executive compensation, and the effective administration of compensation.
Fall (in-person) 3 MGT 660: Human Resource Legislation and Current Issues Current legislation and issues in Human Resources Management



Information Systems Management Emphasis (12 hours)**

Semester Credits Course Description
Spring (online) 3 CIS 618: Business Intelligence The concepts, analysis techniques, data cubes, mining of corporate data warehouses, and manipulation of extracted information to enable effective data-driven decision making for the formulation and execution of business strategies
Fall (in-person*) 3 CIS 606: Enterprise Data Warehousing Development of 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.
Spring (in-person) 3 CIS 624: Enterprise Resource Planning Introduction to enterprise resource planning
(ERP) concepts, software, and practices; Data integration and redesign of processes in organizations including managing supply chains and customer relationships.
Fall (in-person*) 3 CIS 630: Information Technology Strategy A study of the decisions that determine the future directions of information technology, intensive organizations, and the effective implementation of managerial choices, organization structure, resources and capabilities, and strategic positioning will be addressed. The management issues of the creation and implementation of the value information technologies and the effect on the structure of competition will be explored. Skills will be developed in understanding how firms gain and sustain competitive advantage, analyzing strategic business situations,
formalities and implementing strategy, and organizing the firm for strategic success.

**MGT 695 is not required for Information Systems Management Concentration

*May switch to online or hybrid, depending on the semester.

General Business (12 hours)

Students choosing the electives option are required to take MGT 695. Exceptions must be approved by the College of Business dean.

Any graduate-level business course, not listed as required, is considered to be an elective. Elective courses must be approved by your advisor.


Human Resource Emphasis

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


Health Care Administration Emphasis

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


Information Systems Management Emphasis

  • 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)

Degree Requirements

Candidates for the MBA are required to meet the following criteria:

  • Fulfill the general requirements for a graduate degree at Delta State University.
  • Complete, secure approval for, and file a Program of Study.
  • Complete a minimum of 30 semester hours of graduate credits consisting of 18 hours in core business courses and 12 hours of approved electives (emphasis area)
  • Include in the program of study a minimum of 24 semester hours of 600-level courses
  • Earn and maintain a G.P.A. of at least 3.0 overall and 3.0 in an emphasis area.

Students who earn grades of three “C’s” or one grade of “D” or “F” will be dismissed from the program.

Students must apply to graduate. To apply, visit:

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,

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,

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MBA/iMBA Office

P: (662) 846-4200

Graduate Program Coordinator

Dr. Lisa Cooley
P: (662) 846-4234

Address and Mailing

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