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2011-2012 Shepherd University Catalog 
2011-2012 Shepherd University Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

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 and accounting (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, Natural Sciences and Mathematics, and Education and Professional Studies.

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. The accounting concentration is 9 credits in lieu of the elective hours.  See the respective program director for information on the concentration and/or 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)

Accounting Concentration (in lieu of the elective courses)

The accounting concentration will enable students who are preparing to sit for the Certified Public Accounting Examination to make progress towards the 150 academic hours needed to qualify for the taking of the exam. Students moving toward that goal will be able to take three graduate accounting courses in lieu of three elective MBA courses.


Health Administration Concentration Program Director:

Dr. Russell Porter, Ph.D., Ed.D.
George Washington Living Ethics Scholar
Professor of Business Administration
304-876-5313, e-mail

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).

Accounting Concentration Program Director:

Professor Roger Hamood
Chair of Accounting
304-876-5339, email


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. must meet three content area prerequisites:  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 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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