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Master of Business Administration (MBA) - Management and Organizational Leadership

Master of Business Administration - Management and Organizational Leadership

Successful organizations need effective leaders who can actively develop their workforce, fill critical needs and ensure company growth. The University of Central Missouri’s Master of Business Administration in Management and Organizational Leadership will teach you to guide companies in implementing change management initiatives and recruiting, training and promoting employees. Discover why UCM ranks among the best schools for MBA students seeking to advance their careers.

An MBA for managers and organizational leaders who rise above their peers

As UCM’s fastest-growing MBA concentration, Management and Organizational Leadership provides a business education of the highest caliber. We’re one of only 10 Missouri universities accredited by the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB), and we’re regularly named among the best schools for MBA degrees. Our students get a top-notch education at some of the region’s most affordable tuition rates.

UCM’s “minimester” schedule lets you begin studies for your Master of Business Administration degree on one of five different dates during the year. Choose from in-person and online classes and enjoy true flexibility on your path to a better career.

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UCM’s fastest-growing MBA concentration

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Rated among the best schools for MBA

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AACSB-accredited for business education

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Most MBA courses limited to 25 students

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No GMAT or GRE required for acceptance

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An applied learning capstone course

 

What you will study

Graduate studies for your Master of Business Administration degree will start with our MBA Business Knowledge Foundations course. This suite of online modules will refresh and strengthen your understanding of business methods that provide insight into an organization’s performance. Once you’ve completed this course, you’ll be ready to begin specialized courses for leading an organization.

MBA coursework for future managers and organizational leaders

Whether you prefer online or on-campus classes in Warrensburg (located 45 minutes from Kansas City), you can explore a range of management and human resource management courses, including:

  • Employment and Development
  • Leading and Guiding Change
  • Strategic Organizational Communication
  • Building Leadership Credibility

UCM’s master’s degree in Business Administration courses use an applied learning strategy that enables you to put your education into practice. UCM faculty and business experts will guide you as you master skills and processes for hiring, onboarding, succession planning and more.

UCM makes it possible for you to balance your studies with the rest of life’s demands. Complete your master’s degree in Business Administration in as few as 12 months or up to several years to kickstart or enhance your career as an organizational leader.

 

National Rankings

  • The University of Central Missouri has had AACSB accreditation since 1995
  • One of only 10 Missouri universities accredited by the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB).
  • A Best Part-Time MBA (U.S. News & World Report, 2022)
  • A Best Part-Time MBA Programs (Fortune, 2022)
  • A Best MBA Programs (Intelligent, 2022)
  • A Best Online MBA Programs (Fortune, 2022)

 

Unique learning opportunities in management and organizational leadership

At the University of Central Missouri, we believe hands-on and real-world experiences promote deeper learning. As you work on your Master of Business Administration degree, develop your analytical, decision-making and communication skills necessary to manage and lead people with these resources and opportunities:

  • Special projects: Apply your learning in projects that will attract employers’ attention and open up further opportunities with the clients you’ll serve as part of your coursework. For example, in Building Leadership Credibility, one MBA student designed an onboarding program for a police department and was offered a job to conduct onboarding for new officers.
  • Internships: Get in-depth experience in your desired career when you intern as part of your master’s degree in Business Administration. You’ll learn more about the day-to-day work of a human resources manager or business executive and enhance your resume in the process.
  • Student associations: Meet other Master of Business Administration students and expand your professional network when you join UCM’s Graduate Student Association. You can also join UCM’s many other student groups on campus based on your interests.

 

What can you do with an MBA in Management and Organizational Leadership from UCM?

The University of Central Missouri is recognized as one of the best schools for MBA degrees in the state and the nation. Our graduates enjoy a 96% job placement rate. Completing your Master of Business Administration in Management and Organizational Leadership at UCM will open up desirable opportunities to work for corporations, nonprofits, government agencies and more. UCM’s alumni for this Master of Business Administration concentration have been recruited by organizations such as:

  • Accenture
  • Cerner Corporation
  • Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation
  • Federal Aviation Administration
  • Haldex
  • SelectQuote
  • U.S. Air Force and U.S. Army
  • Yellow Corporation

Job assistance for Master of Business Administration students

UCM’s Business faculty are committed to helping you make the most of your graduate education and are happy to provide expert career advice. Use the interactive tool below and see what opportunities await you as you consider your future plans.

 

 
 


 

Financial assistance options for your UCM Business Administration degree

Completing a master’s degree in Business Administration at the University of Central Missouri will expand your career horizons and increase your earning potential. UCM offers many options for financing your MBA, including loans, grants, work-study opportunities and scholarships.

Scholarships for UCM’s Business Administration students

As an MBA student at UCM, you may qualify for one of the many scholarships offered by the university, including the following:

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

Use the UCM Scholarship Finder to learn more about the scholarships available for graduate students desiring to become a manager or organizational leader with UCM’s master’s degree in Business Administration.

 

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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.

 

Accreditation

The University of Central Missouri's Master of Business Administration program is accredited by AACSB International.  UCM is one of only six universities in the state of Missouri to have both business and accounting accreditations through AACSB.  When you're evaluating your MBA options, an AACSB accreditation means that the university has met the highest standards in business education.

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