Degree Type: M.B.A.
CIP Code 52.0201
Major Code BAS
Department Code SRB
Minimum Total Hours 40
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Program Information

The USF Sarasota-Manatee Professional Masters of Business Administration (MBA) is a 40-credit hour program intended for but not limited to working professionals. Classes are held on Saturdays and the program can be completed either on a full or part-time basis. The program offers working or non-working students in the Sarasota and Manatee County area geographical convenience, flexibility, quality, and affordability. A variety of instructional methods are used to engage students, depending upon the nature of the course material. These include case studies, experiential learning, group projects, presentations, and educational technology, as well as the more traditional lecture discussion approach. The focus of our approach to education is to help students develop the insights and skills necessary to reach integrative and innovative solutions to today’s complex business challenges.


The program is accredited through the University of South Florida’s College of Business, which is accredited by the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB) International: In addition, the University is regionally accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC).

Assurance of Learning Goals and Objectives

  1. Global Competitive Environment – The ability to perform an environmental scan through an understanding of the global economic, socio-cultural, political, legal, technological, and competitive environments in which business and non-business organizations seek competitive advantage.
    • Global Multicultural Perspective – Ability to effectively recognize and address the relevant international and multicultural business issues when operating in a global business environment.
    • Competitive Environment – Ability to effectively define and analyze the competitive environment.
  2. Ethical and Legal Responsibilities – Understand and incorporate into their decision-making the social, ethical and legal responsibilities of organizations as they pursue economic goals and objectives.
    • Legal and Social Environment – Understand the legal and social environment of business operations.
  3. Strategic Analysis and Planning – The ability to critically analyze an organization from various stakeholder perspectives and to develop strategic plans under conditions of dynamic change and competitive uncertainty.
    • Marketing Planning & Strategy – Understand the role of marketing in the creation of value for internal and external stakeholders through decisions related to the marketing mix, as well as such key concepts as relationship marketing, marketing segmentation and targeting, positioning, and market planning.
    • Economic Foundations – Understand the workings of modern market economies. Know the components of the macro economy and understand the relationships between aggregate economic activity and monetary and fiscal policy. Demonstrate familiarity with basic economic terminology and an understanding of marginal analysis, supply and demand analysis, consumer behavior, production and cost theory, and profit maximization under a variety of market structures.
    • Strategic Integration – The ability to integrate and apply business concepts, tools, and techniques in a problem-solving environment, drawing on both program coursework and business experience.
  4. Leadership and Collaboration – Effective leadership collaboration skills both in classroom settings and in project/team environments.
    • Management Leadership – Understand the basic theories, concepts, and effective behavioral practices that form the foundation of modern management thought and demonstrate the ability to apply key management concepts.
    • Teamwork – Effective collaboration and leadership skills in a team environment.
  5. Operational Business Decision-Making – The ability to effectively use financial, statistical, quantitative, and qualitative data to analyze business problems for managerial decision making, formulate appropriate operating plans, and devise comprehensive evaluation measures.
    • Finance – Understand the processes, decision structures and institutional arrangements related to the use and acquisition of funds by a firm in a competitive environment.
    • Decision Analysis, Operational Management, and Quality Control – Statistics concepts and management decision making tools for operational decision making and quality management.
    • Information Systems – Understand the concepts, structures and process involved in the management of information systems and technologies and the role of information systems in supporting managerial decision-making.
    • Critical Thinking – Ability to interpret data, to apply concepts and ideas, and to analyze data, theories and relationships deductively and inductively.
    • Accounting – Understand the basic concepts and theories underlying general-purpose financial statements, and the structure and interpretation of financial statements. As well as an appreciation for the role of management accounting data and other data for managerial decision making.
  6. Communication – Oral and written communication competencies that support and enhance managerial effectiveness.
    • Oral Communication – Effective presentation skills in content, organization, and delivery.
    • Written Communication – Write business documents with clear focus, organization, and mechanical correctness.


Applicants must meet the University requirements (see Graduate Admissions) as well as the requirements listed below.

Program Admission Requirements

  • Upper-Level GPA of 3.00
  • 500 or higher GMAT score or 1,050 or higher score if GRE taken before August 1, 2011 or 300 or higher if GRE taken after August 1, 2011.
  • International applicants from non-English-speaking countries must also have a TOEFL score of 550 or higher on the written version, a minimum score of 213 on the computer-based test or a 79 on the internet-based test
  • Two years of full-time work experience preferred, but not required prior to enrollment.
  • A resume
  • Two letters of recommendation
  • Statement of purpose

Student must be formally admitted or conditionally admitted into the MBA Program before being allowed to take courses.

Conditional Admission Requirements

An applicant who has not taken the GMAT/GRE may be conditionally admitted provided that s/he has
1) at least one year of full-time work experience,
2) an undergraduate upper-level GPA of 3.00 and above, and
3) an undergraduate degree from an institution having an AACSB-accredited business school (EQUIS accreditation also accepted for international applicants).

Conditionally admitted applicants who earn a GPA of 3.20 or above in three of the following courses within a year shall be admitted to the MBA program.

• 4 hours from any of the following 2 credit hour courses: ACG 6025, ACG 6075, ECO 6708, ECP 6702, QMB 6305
• 2 hours from the following 2 credit hour courses: GEB6445, MAN 6055, MAR 6815, MAN 6147

Total Hours 40

  1. Required Managerial Tool Courses  – (24 credit hours): Students are required to take 12 managerial tool courses (2 credit hours each). These courses provide the basic skills in business administration. The techniques, theories, concepts, and tools learned in these courses provide the student with a strong foundation for the more advanced application courses to follow. Students who graduated with an undergraduate degree in Accounting from an AACSB accredited program within the last 5 years may apply to waive the two managerial tool accounting courses (ACG 6025 & ACG 6075).  In place of these waived courses, students will take a 3 credit hour application course in an accounting related area and a 1 credit hour directed study course under the supervision of a professor, to earn the minimum 40 hours credit in the MBA program.
    Course Number Title Credit Hours Requisites (KEY) Notes
    ACG 6025 Financial Accounting for Managers 2 None
    ACG 6075 Management Accounting & Control 2 ACG 6025
    ECO 6708 Global Economic Environment of Business 2 None
    ECP 6702 Managerial Economics 2 None
    FIN 6406 Financial Management 2 ACG 6025 and ECP 6702
    GEB 6445 Social, Ethical, Legal Systems 2 Graduate standing
    ISM 6021 Management Information Systems 2 None
    MAN 6055 Organizational Behavior & Leadership 2 Graduate standing
    MAN 6147 Leadership/Management Concepts 2 None
    MAR 6815 Marketing Management 2 None
    QMB 6305 Managerial Decision Analysis 2 None
    QMB 6603 Operations Management & Quality Enhancement 2 Graduate standing and college algebra
  2. Required Application Courses (12 credit hours):  In addition to the tool courses, students are required to take four application courses (3 credit hours each) for a total of 12 credit hours.  Students can pursue either a General Business track or an Accounting track.  The requirements for the two tracks are as follows:
    General Business Track Accounting Track
    One 3 credit hour Finance application course (FIN6XXX) and three other 3 credit hour application courses from any of these courses: FIN6XXX, MAN6XXX, ISM6XXX, MAR6XXX, MB6XXX, ACG5XXX, BUL5XXX, TAX5XXX Four 3 credit hour application courses in Accounting, Law or Tax (ACG5XXX, BUL5XXX, TAX5XXX).If a student is waived out of the two accounting tool courses, they will take a 5th 3 credit hour application course from ACG5XXX, BUL5XXX or TAX5XXX and a one-hour directed study course
  3. Required Integrated Business Application Courses (4 credit hours): In the final semester, students must take the 4 hour capstone course.
    Course Number Title Credit Hours Requisites (KEY) Notes
    GEB 6895 Integrated Business Applications 4 Students should see the program advisors regarding prerequisites.