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Master of Business Administration (MBA) - General Business

MBA in General Business

Elevating your business career requires a higher level of critical thinking and decision-making skills. Expand your knowledge in ways that will qualify you for a wide range of leadership opportunities. At the University of Central Missouri, our Master of Business Administration (MBA) program offers a General Business concentration that explores different business aspects to effectively lead an organization. Get a flexible, affordable and accredited MBA from a highly ranked university.

A Master of Business Administration made for you

Designed for any student, from business professionals to international students to student-athletes, UCM’s MBA in General Business offers you flexible attendance options, including:

  • 100% online from any convenient location
  • A combination of online and in-person classes in Warrensburg

Because our Master of Business Administration program follows a “minimester” schedule, you can begin your MBA at one of five points in the year.

No matter how or when you get your education, our Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB) accreditation means you get a top-notch degree. Our commitment to AACSB’s high standards in business education combined with our affordable tuition rates — some of the region’s lowest — make UCM one of the best schools for MBA degrees.

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Ranked among the best schools for MBA

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96% job placement rate

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No GRE/GMAT required for admission

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AACSB-accredited for business education

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Flexible in-person and online options

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5 start dates per year

What you will study

Studies for UCM’s Master of Business Administration degree begin with the MBA Business Knowledge Foundations course, which encompasses business math and statistics, accounting, finance and economics. Upon successful completion of the foundations course, you’ll engage in coursework for your MBA in General Business in a way that works for you.

The flexibility of your master’s degree in Business 

UCM faculty for your MBA in General Business will share best practices and practical skills for being a leader and an integral team member in these online classes and others:

  • Marketing Strategy: Learn how managers approach organizational marketing and understand the implications of your decisions.
  • Legal Aspects of Business Decisions: Adopt a framework to overcome barriers to making appropriate legal and ethical decisions that protect the organization.

You'll also have your choice of two communications courses. One allows you to explore the role of corporate communications in realizing business goals. The other provides strategies for creating influential presentations and documents that help manage and motivate your team.

In-person and online seats are limited to ensure your personal interaction with expert faculty. As one of the best schools for MBA degrees in the state, UCM helps you develop strategic and fact-based decision-making skills to prepare you for a leadership role on day one after graduation.

Students choose the University of Central Missouri to complete their master’s degree in business for our commitment to excellence and to them. They take pride in our AACSB-accredited education and enjoy our flexible options for enrollment and coursework.


Excellence in Business Administration

UCM is frequently named among the best schools for MBA degrees. Recent rankings include:

  • A Best Business School (U.S. News & World Report, 2022)
  • A Best Part-time MBA (U.S. News & World Report, 2022)
  • #35: Best Online MBA Programs (Fortune, 2023)
  • A Best Part-Time MBA Program (Fortune, 2022-2023)
  • A Best Online MBA Program in the Midwest (Fortune, 2023)
  • A Best Accelerated Online MBA Program (Fortune, 2023)
  • A Most Affordable Online MBA Program (Fortune, 2022-2023)
  • #19: Best MBA Programs  (Intelligent, 2022)
  • A Best Online MBA Program (U.S. News and World Report, 2021)
  • A Best Online MBA Program for Veterans (U.S. News and World Report, 2021)
  • Top 15%: Best Value Colleges for Business, Management & Marketing (College Factual, 2021)
  • Top 15%: Best Value College for Business Administration and Management (College Factual, 2021)


Unique learning opportunities for an MBA in General Business

Business administration degrees should ensure tomorrow’s business leaders have the knowledge and skills to strategize and realize organizational growth. At the University of Central Missouri, we believe experiential learning is key to achieving these goals. It’s one reason we’re ranked among the best schools for MBA degrees. Gain experience when you:

  • Address business challenges: Practice your learning while addressing real business challenges in our classrooms. You can also get a real-world view of your desired career when you choose to complete an internship for organizations such as Nike AIR MI, YouthWorks or UCM’s Alumni Foundation.
  • Take strategic action: Develop your decision-making and critical thinking skills when you apply them to a complex simulation solving an international business challenge. 
  • Join student associations: Join one of UCM’s student associations for networking opportunities and events. Among your choices are the Graduate Student Association and the International Student Association. You can also join associations focused on a specific business aspect, such as finance, management or marketing. Some organizations offer virtual meeting options to make it easier for graduate students to attend.


What can you do with a master’s degree in Business Administration from UCM?

Upon completion of your MBA from UCM, you’ll be qualified to assume a variety of management positions in various settings. These include corporations, nonprofits, small businesses and other types of organizations. UCM alumni with master’s degrees in Business Administration have been recruited by these organizations and others:

  • Burns & McDonnell Architecture & Engineering
  • Cerner Corporation
  • Honeywell International, Inc.
  • Kansas City Royals
  • Lockton Companies, Inc.
  • UMB Financial Corporation
  • Eurofins Viracor

Navigating the job market with your Master of Business Administration degree

UCM’s program director for our master’s degree in Business Administration will work closely with you to help you land the job or the promotion that aligns with your aspirations. Other MBA faculty are also available to provide career guidance. For a look at the kind of business administration opportunities that await you with an MBA, use the interactive tool below.




Financial assistance options for UCM’s Master of Business Administration degree

As you research business administration degrees, you may seek ways to finance your MBA program. At UCM, we know an investment in your Master of Business Administration degree is an investment in your future as a leader. That’s why we make available loans, grants, employment opportunities and scholarships to help fund your graduate degree.

Scholarships for a master’s degree in Business

You may apply for various scholarships offered through UCM, alumni or other gifts, including:

  • Adrian and Margaret Harmon Business Graduate Scholarship
  • Lucas Sterne & Albert G. Spaeth Graduate Business Scholarship
  • Harmon College of Business and Professional Studies Scholarship 

Learn more about these scholarship opportunities and others when you search with the UCM Scholarship Finder.


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Make yourself more marketable.

Build specialized business skills when you choose to complete one of the following UCM graduate certificates alongside your MBA:

  • Customer Relationship Management Graduate Certificate
  • Social Media Marketing Graduate Certificate

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Explore programs related to business administration.

In addition to nine other concentrations in the Master of Business Administration program, UCM offers other master’s degrees you may wish to explore:


Admission Requirements

Applicants for the MBA program must have a completed undergraduate degree (in any discipline) from an accredited institution and have earned a minim undergraduate GPA of 2.5 (on a 4.0 scale).  The GMAT and GRE are no longer an admissions requirement.  However, students must be prepared for the rigor of quantitative analysis (including business math and statistics, accounting, finance, and economics) in order to be successful in the program.


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