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Business Administration, M.B.A.

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The Master of Business Administration (M.B.A.) program is designed to incorporate a curriculum with the scope and sequence of a Master of Business Administration degree that is both professionally challenging and academically rigorous. The program offers students specialized concentrations in its graduate elective offerings, including the health administration concentration (see below). The program will be a collaborative effort among the Business, Accounting, Economics, and Computer Science, Math and Engineering departments within the schools of Business and Social Sciences and Natural Sciences and Mathematics.

The Master of Business Administration is a 36-credit hour program. All students will be required to complete 27 credit hours in the business core and 9 elective credit hours in concentrated areas of study that include accounting, marketing, general management, or information technology. The health administration concentration is 9 credits in lieu of the elective credit hours and also requires a 120-hour internship. See the program director for information on the internship and costs (contact information is listed below).

Curriculum for a Master of Business Administration

Total credit hours, 36 Hours:

Health Administration Concentration (in lieu of the elective courses)


Students in the health administration concentration must take the 120-hour internship either during or subsequent to MBA 511 , but not before. The internship is supervised by the program director below and is administered through the Division of Continuing Education. The cost for the internship is based on clock hours and is currently $114 per 30-hour segment. The internship must be in a health organization and is conducted with a preceptor on site within the health organization (typically a chief executive officer or chief financial officer).

Health Administration Concentration Program Director:
Dr. Russell Porter, Ph.D., Ed.D.
Dean of Graduate Studies and Continuing Education
Professor of Business Administration
Shepherd University
P.O. Box 5000
Shepherdstown, West Virginia 25443-5000
304-876-5313, e-mail

Graduate Foundations

Because some foundational experience in business and economics is crucial to success in the Shepherd M.B.A. program, students admitted to the M.B.A. should meet certain content area prerequisites. These prerequisites can be met by successful completion of the following course work at the undergraduate level (these are recommended prerequisites):

Accounting and Economics
Statistics and Business Law
Introduction to Finance
Management and Marketing
Required foundation courses are: Accounting, Statistics, and Economics.

Applicants who lack this undergraduate course work can fulfill the foundational requirements in one of three ways:

  1. Taking the appropriate graduate foundations course work at the graduate level (online MBA 599  courses: these do not count toward the M.B.A.).
  2. Passing the appropriate CLEP test(s).
  3. Submitting a portfolio of work-related experience or requesting an evaluation of academic course work by the M.B.A. coordinator.
    Applicants may begin the M.B.A. program while completing their prerequisite courses.

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