Graduate Degrees: MBA

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Why an MBA?

Whether you are developing managerial skills, seeking career advancement, or cultivating an entrepreneurial advantage, a master’s degree in business administration will help put you on the path to success. Combining theory and practice, the graduate business degree will allow you to gain a thorough understanding of best practices in the competitive business environment and prepare you for a position of higher responsibility and leadership.

The University of Mary Washington’s College of Business offers reputable graduate programs that do more than impart knowledge – they transform minds and equip students with skills essential in today’s business environment.  If you are seeking a Master of Business Administration (MBA) you can be assured a program that follows in the tradition of our liberal arts mission – small classes taught by accessible and innovative faculty members (no graduate assistants).

Hear what our graduates are saying.

Career Opportunities

Graduates of the UMW MBA program are well-prepared for a variety of leadership positions in Fortune 500 companies, government agencies, not-for- profits, and entrepreneurial ventures. Our graduates have assumed positions with organizations including:

• Boeing
• Booz Allen Hamilton
• Citibank
• Coca-Cola
• Departments of Army, Navy, Defense, Justice, and Treasury
• Federal Bureau of Investigation
• General Dynamics
• Intuit
• JP Morgan Chase
• Lockheed Martin
• National Geospatial Intelligence
• Northrop Grumman
• Organization of American States
• The Washington Post


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Classes for each course meet one night per week, and most courses are eight weeks long, providing you the speed of an accelerated program and the flexibility you need as a working adult. Faculty teach students face to face but also use up-to-date teaching techniques including online and hybrid course delivery methods.

Prerequisite courses (0-18 credits) ensure that learners have the skills necessary to succeed in a graduate business program. A prerequisite may be waived depending on academic background (such as an undergraduate business major or a grade of “C” or above in a similar course).

• LRSP 201 Accounting for Managers or ACCT 101 and ACCT 102 or equivalent
• LRSP 316 Quantitative Methods and Statistics or MATH 200 or equivalent
• LRSP 344 Financial Management (prerequisite LRSP 201) or FINC 301 or equivalent
• LRSP 308 Management and Marketing Modules or MGMT 301 and MKTG 301 or equivalent
• Econ 201 and 202 or equivalent

Core courses (21 credits) provide the common basis of knowledge that all MBA students need.
• Accounting for Decision Making and Control
• Financial Management
• Leadership and Organizational Behavior
• Management Information Systems
• Marketing Strategy
• Quantitative Business Modeling
• Integrative Capstone Strategy

Professional enhancement courses (9 credits) encourage students to focus on course work they feel will most benefit their careers.  Students can select courses within one area or choose courses across different areas.

Length of Program

Earn a degree at your own pace, with a full-time course load or as little as one course at a time. The typical student finishes a degree in two to three years, but you are allowed six years to complete the degree. Someone with an undergraduate degree in business who has met the prerequisites and who takes two courses each eight-week session could complete the program in four semesters.

To speak with someone please call the Office of Graduate Admissions at 540-286-8000 or email