Graduate Degrees: MBA

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).

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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


Program Structure

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.

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.

NOTE: MBA course prefixes and numbers are being updated, effective Fall 2019.  Please refer to the MBA Course and Prefix Number Changes page for more information.


Master of Business Administration Program Requirements (36 credits)
GBUS 503 Foundations of Financials Markets
GBUS 521 Leadership and Organizational Behavior (Prerequisite: GBUS 502)
GBUS 523 Marketing Strategy (Prerequisite: GBUS 502)
GBUS 525 Management Information Systems
GBUS 526 Quantitative Business Modeling (Prerequisite: GBUS 501)
GBUS 527 Accounting for Decision Making and Control (Prerequisite: GBUS 501)
GBUS 528 Financial Management (Prerequisites: GBUS 501 and GBUS 503)
GBUS 529 Strategic Management (Prerequisites: GBUS 501, 502, 503, 521, 523, 525,  526, 527, and 528.
Students may complete one of the listed prerequisites with GBUS 529.
Electives (6 credits) 
Elective offering vary each semester and are based on demand and instructor availability.


For more information, about prerequisites, and information about enrolling into UMW’s MBA program, please visit MBA Frequently Asked Questions or sign-up for an information session.

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