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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 management.

Advance your knowledge of decision making, analytics, managerial-level accounting and finance, marketing, information systems and managerial communication. 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. 

The MBA is available full-time or part-time and can be completed online or through one of our in-seat venues, where available.

Why get an MBA?

An MBA can provide a basis for a management position or possible promotion opportunities to allow you to go further. Some use it to launch a career change while others find it a way to become more valuable to an employer. Whatever your reason, the MBA positions you to becoming a strategic thinker, apply conceptual knowledge, and possibly increase your earning potential and employability. It’s a great addition to your portfolio.

Do I need a Business degree to be admitted to the MBA?

Applicants do not need a business degree to get into our MBA program, students just need to complete some pre-requisites. Graduates of any major are welcome to apply. All applicants without the necessary pre-requisite business courses could be considered for post-baccalaureate admission where they would complete courses in management, marketing, accounting and finance prior to being admitted to the MBA (test out options may be available). Please see admission requirements for further details. Applicants intending to pursue the MBA with Accounting emphasis should review additional requirements.

What you’ll study

MBA core courses*

  • Managerial Analytics
  • Marketing Strategy
  • Information Systems for Management
  • Legal and Ethical Environment for Business
  • Managerial Communication
  • Managerial Economics
  • Managerial Accounting
  • Managerial Finance
  • Strategic management


  • MBA Core
  • Elective choices

MBA with Human Resource Management Emphasis

  • MBA Core
  • Strategic Human Resource Management
  • Electives such as Recruitment and Selection, Employment Law, Organizational Training and Development, Compensation and Benefits

MBA with Real Estate Management Emphasis

  • MBA Core
  • Real Estate Finance and Investments
  • Real Estate Law
  • Cases in Real Estate Management

MBA with Accounting Emphasis

  • Required foundation courses including Managerial Analytics, Economics and Finance
  • Information Systems for Management
  • Legal and Ethical Environment for Business
  • Federal Income Tax — Business Entities
  • Intermediate Accounting
  • Fund and Governmental Accounting
  • Advanced Financial Accounting
  • Integrative Accounting Seminar
  • Electives
See requirements

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.

*The emphasis in accounting has different MBA foundation and core courses. If you intend to use the MBA with emphasis in accounting as an educational basis to apply to write the Certified Public Accountant (CPA) licensing test, please seek confirmation from the licensing board in the state in which you intend to be licensed that the program will allow you to meet the educational requirement set by the State. Please see requirements.

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


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Some possible paths include:

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

Want to fast-track your MBA?

Jumpstart your degree with our Accelerated MBA program. Take up to three MBA courses as part of your undergraduate studies at Columbia College to get ahead on your MBA.

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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