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Master of Business Administration Requirements

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Advance your business skills at Columbia College

The Master of Business Administration program prepares you for advanced management positions. Students benefit from a mixture of business theory and practice and gain a deeper understanding of skills and methodologies used in strategic business planning.

Advance your knowledge of decision making, managerial-level accounting and finance, marketing, analytics, information systems and organizational structures. You’ll also explore legal and ethical issues in business.

Students may select from the traditional MBA program with optional electives or choose an emphasis in either accounting, human resources management, or real estate management. 

What you’ll study


  • Decision science for business
  • Managerial economics
  • Managerial accounting
  • Managerial finance
  • Information systems for management
  • Business communication theory and practice
  • Legal and ethical environment for business
  • Organizational theory and practice
  • Human resource management
  • International business
  • Marketing strategy
  • Strategic management

Accounting Emphasis

  • Federal income tax – business entities
  • Intermediate accounting
  • Fund and governmental accounting
  • Advanced financial accounting

HR Management Emphasis

  • Human resource management and theory
  • Employment law

Real Estate Management Emphasis

  • Finance and investments
  • Real estate law
  • Cases in real estate management
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Please note this degree program may not be able to be completed fully in-seat. A combination of in-seat and online coursework may be required.

Prepare to advance your career

The MBA may increase opportunities for advancement into management positions. Graduates are prepare to use expert knowledge of management, organizational structures and business practices in leadership roles.


Employment growth


New jobs

Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook, 2018-19 Edition,

Some possible paths include:

  • Business administration
  • Development & fundraising
  • Financial management
  • Human resource management
  • Marketing management
  • Non-profit leadership
  • Project management
  • Sales management

Pride points

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The Robert W. Plaster School of Business is an educational member of the Accreditation Council for Business Schools and Programs. As part of the ACBSP’s global network, the school enjoys exclusive access to training, awards programs and more.

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NAR Academy is an exclusive partnership between the National Association of REALTORS® and Columbia College.

Small classes

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Columbia College students benefit from small, personalized classes. Our professors and instructors are leaders in their respective industries and communities.


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Built in 2019, New Hall houses the Robert W. Plaster School of Business. The first floor includes six classrooms with the latest educational technology and mobile furniture to allow for flexible seating. The first floor also includes event space, study areas and faculty offices. The top three floors house 150 students in suite-style rooms.

New Hall also has an outdoor terrace extending from the entrance of the building to the border of R. Marvin Owens field.

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Alumni: Where are they now?

Our graduates work in a variety of industries.

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"I would tell others who are thinking about coming to Columbia College for graduate school that it’s an excellent program. The support network that is available is fantastic.”
— Rachael Fehl ’19, Master of Business Administration

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