Online Master’s in Business Administration Program Guide

Maryville takes a different approach to the online master’s in business administration degree. Led by an accomplished faculty of active professionals, our instructors use actual examples fueled by current events, not their personal research interests. What’s the result? You gain practical knowledge that can be applied immediately in your workplace.

This is more than a master’s degree. This is an opportunity designed to afford you a career advantage. Complete your degree in as little as one year and stand out from your competition faster.

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At a glance

No GMAT, GRE, or application fee

100% online curriculum

6 start times per year

Graduate in as little as 1 year

Choose from 12 concentrations

No previous experience in business required


You can complete your MBA online in as few as 36-39 credit hours. Start at the time that’s right for you by choosing one of six admission points. Explore the curriculum below for each of our twelve concentrations. You can complete your MBA in as little as one year of full-time or two years of part-time study.

9 Core Courses

Admission Prerequisite: Depending on your background, a foundational course in accounting or statistics may be required. BUS-501, Survey of Business, will be required if your GPA is below a 3.0 and/or if your undergraduate degree was outside the area of business; however, credits earned in foundational courses (such as ACCT 509 and BUS 501) are considered prerequisites to courses required for the graduate degree.

  • ACCT 610 Accounting for Managers
  • BUS 641 Legal Environment of Business
  • BUS 643 Business Ethics
  • BUS 676 Global Business
  • BUS 691 Business Policies
  • ECON 620 Business Economics
  • FIN 630 Corporate Financial Policies
  • MGMT 647 Organizational Behavior and Development
  • MKT 660 Strategic Marketing

Accounting Concentration (12 Credit Hours):

  • ACCT 555 Ethics and Professional Responsibilities for Accounting
  • ACCT 614 Tax Planning and Decision Making
  • ACCT 620 Financial Statement Analysis
  • ACCT 661 Advanced Data Analytics

Data Analytics Certificate (12 Credit Hours):

  • DATA 600 Data Analytics Foundation
  • DATA 610 Data Management
  • DATA 620 Data Mining
  • DATA 630 Data Visualization

Cybersecurity Incident Response Certificate (12 Credit Hours):

  • ISYS 600 Controls for Effective Cyber Defense
  • ISYS 750 Information Technology Management
  • ISYS 686 Cebersecurity Incident Response and Examination
  • ISYS 691 Legal Aspects of Privacy and Compliance

Cybersecurity Penetration Testing Certificate (12 Credit Hours):

  • ISYS 600 Controls for Effective Cyber Defense
  • ISYS 670 Ethical Hacking
  • ISYS 671 Ethical Hacking II
  • ISYS 650 Information Technology Management OR ISYS 675 Mobile Device Hacking and Forensics

Emerging and Digital Media Concentration (12 Credit Hours):

  • COMM 503 Best Practices: Models and Systems
  • COMM 571 Integrated Marketing Campaigns
  • COMM 610 Digital Marketing Metrics & Analytics
  • COMM 673 Social Network & Search Engine Optimization

Finance Concentration (12 Credit Hours):

  • FIN 620 Financial Statement Analysis
  • FIN 621 Investment Alternatives and Portfolio Construction
  • FIN 625 Financial Institutions, Money and the Economy
  • ACCT 661 Advanced Data Analytics

Health Administration Concentration (12 Credit Hours):

  • MHA 610 Healthcare industry and Its Impact on Healthcare Management
  • MHA 615 Healthcare Operations
  • MHA 651 Healthcare Law, Ethics, and Risk Management
  • MHA 656 Population Health Management

Human Resources Management Concentration (12 Credit Hours):

  • HRMG 640 Human Resources Management
  • HRMG 650 Workforce Management
  • HRMG 655 Employment Law and Compliance
  • HRMG 660 Compensation and Benefits

Management Concentration (12 Credit Hours):

  • HRMG 640 Human Resources Management
  • MGMT 687 Leadership

Select two of the following:

  • BUS 614 Supply Chain Management
  • BUS 617 Process and Operations Management
  • BUS 625 Enterprise Planning and Quality Control
  • BUS 640 Project Management
  • ISYS 650 Information Technology Management
  • MGMT 670 Interpersonal Management Skills

Marketing Concentration (12 Credit Hours):

  • MKT 663 Consumer Behavior
  • MKT 673 Social Networking and Search Engine Optimization
  • MKT 680 Branding
  • MKT 681 Integrated Marketing Communications

Project Management Certificate (12 Credit Hours):

  • MGMT 647 Organizational Behavior and Development
  • MGMT 670 Interpersonal Management Skills
  • BUS 617 Process and Operations Management
  • BUS 640 Project Management

Software Development Concentration (12 Credit Hours):

  • SWDV 600 Software Development I
  • SWDV 610 Software Development II
  • SWDV 620 Web Application Development
  • SWDV 650 Software Development Processes, Procedures and Methodologies

General MBA (9 credit hours):

Students may choose any three concentration courses.

To ensure the best possible educational experience for our students, we may update our curriculum to reflect emerging and changing employer and industry demands.

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Admission requirements

  • Bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited institution
    • Minimum GPA of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale for full admission
    • Applicants who do not meet the GPA requirement may be considered for provisional admission
  • No GMAT or GRE required
  • Official transcripts required for all degree granting institutions
  • 500-word-minimum personal statement
  • Resume (optional)
  • International applicants (if applicable): Official Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL with a score of 563, speaking sub-score of 23, writing sub-score of 20, reading and listening scores of 21, and a combined score of 85 or higher)
  • Click to view our transfer credit policy
    • The acceptance of transfer credit is at the discretion of Maryville University and courses for consideration must have been completed within the last 5 years with a grade of B or higher.

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Why Maryville Online?

We’ve been progressively challenging the norms of higher education for nearly 150 years. We started as one of the first universities to educate women. Today, we continue to push the boundaries and prepare students like you for a digital world. At Maryville, we understand what it takes to step beyond your comfort zone.

Maryville University is a nationally ranked private college recognized for comprehensive and innovative education focused on student learning, outcomes, and success — both online and on campus. We’re located just 22 miles from downtown St. Louis.

Enhance your skills. Broaden your career.

Top 5 skills you can develop:

  • Accounting for Managers
  • Business Ethics
  • Corporate Financial Policies
  • Organizational Behavior and Development
  • Strategic Marketing

Top 5 careers you can pursue:

  • Administrative Services Manager
  • Accountants and Auditors
  • Financial Manager
  • HR Manager
  • Marketing Manager

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