Business Management, Master of Business Administration


Admission to this program is selective. This program enrolls new students in the fall, spring and summer terms. In addition to completing the graduate application, this 36-credit hour program requires the completion of a bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited institution and builds upon foundational requirements in statistics (3 credits), macroeconomics/microeconomics (3-6 credits) and accounting (3 credits). These foundation requirements can be met by either undergraduate or graduate coursework with similar content completed prior to entering the program or by completing the following Empire State University foundation courses (3-9 credits) as part of the degree:

MGMT 6000Applied Business Statistics3
MGMT 6010Financial Accounting3
MGMT 6015Principles of Economics3
Total Credits9

The foundation requirements must be completed in order to continue in the program beyond the first year.


Please see the Graduate Admissions pages of this catalog for a complete listing of materials required to complete a graduate application.

The M.B.A. in Business Management program gives students the opportunity to specialize their degree by choosing from seven concentrations: General Business, Finance, Human Resource Management*, Healthcare Management, Nonprofit Management, Business Analytics, or Project Management. In addition to their master’s degree, students in the General Business concentration can incorporate an advanced graduate certificate into their degree program and earn a second credential.

Program Curriculum

The M.B.A. in Business Management's curriculum consists of eight core courses (24 credits), three concentration courses (9 credits), and a capstone course (3 credits) as outlined below.

Prerequisite Requirements1 (0-9 credits)
MGMT 6000Applied Business Statistics3
MGMT 6010Financial Accounting3
MGMT 6015Principles of Economics3
Core Courses (24 credits)
MGMT 6020Leadership & Executive Development3
MGMT 6025Strategic Perspectives of Global Management3
MGMT 6030Management Information Systems & Data Visualization3
MGMT 6040High Performance Management3
MGMT 6016Financial Management3
or MGMT 6075 International Financial Management
MGMT 6050Operations and Supply Chain Management3
MGMT 6122Corporate Communication and Marketing Strategy3
or MGMT 7005 Global Marketing Strategies
MGMT 6060Managerial Economics3
or MGMT 6065 Economics for Global Managers

General Business Concentration (9 credits)

select 3 open electives

Finance Concentration (9 credits)

select 3 from the following courses:
FSMA 6010Quantitative Methods in Finance3
FSMA 6020Investment Analysis3
FSMA 7015Strategies of Financial Management3
FSMA 6080International Accounting3
FSMA 6095International Financial Law & Regulation3
FSMA 7020Global Financial Strategy3

Healthcare Management Concentration (9 credits)

select 3 from the following courses:
HCLM 6075Managing Healthcare Systems3
HCLM 6080Health Policy & Management3
HCLM 7005Healthcare Strategic Communication3
HCLM 6065High Performance Leadership3

Business Analytics Concentration (9 credits)

select 3 from the following courses:
INFT 6015Database Design and Management3
APAN 6020Data Mining & Machine Learning for AI3
APAN 6015Data Models and Structured Analysis3
MGMT 6155Strategies for Marketing Research3
MGMT 6095E-Commerce Marketing Strategies3

Nonprofit Management Concentration (9 Credits)

MGMT 6160Strategic Planning for Public & Nonprofit Organizations3
MGMT 7055Strategic Marketing for Nonprofit Organizations3
MGMT 6022Grant Writing for Public and Nonprofit Organizations3

Human Resource Management Concentration (9 credits)

MGMT 6125Managing Human Capital3
MGMT 6135Performance Management & Total Rewards3
MGMT 7045Strategic Human Resource Management3

Project Management Concentration (9 credits)

MGMT 6115Tools & Processes in Project Management3
MGMT 6120Managerial Perspectives of Project Management3
MGMT 7070Strategy & Tactics in Project Management3
Capstone (3 credits)
MGMT 7080Strategic Business Applications3

1This program builds upon foundation requirements in statistics (3 credits), macroeconomics/microeconomics (3-6 credits), and accounting (3 credits). These requirements can be met by either undergraduate or graduate coursework with similar content completed prior to entering the program or by incorporating the following foundation courses (0-9 credits) into your degree. If all prerequisites have been completed prior to admission, the MBA degree will consist of 36 credits. If prerequisites have not been met prior to admission, the degree will consist of 39-45 credits, depending on the number of prerequisites, which must be completed.

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The Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) Alignment

SHRM has acknowledged that Empire State University’s MBA in Business Management with a specialization in Human Resource Management has received renewal of its alignment with SHRM’s HR Curriculum Guidebook and Templates until December, 2025. Throughout the world, 451 programs in 341 educational institutions have been acknowledged by SHRM as being in alignment with its suggested guides and templates. The HR Curriculum Guidebook and Templates were developed by SHRM to define the minimum HR content areas that should be studied by HR students at the undergraduate and graduate levels.

Upon successful completion of the program, students will be able to:

  • Disciplinary Knowledge: Integrate core functional knowledge to facilitate sound managerial decision-making;
  • Critical Thinking and Problem Solving: Integrate theory and practice to analyze business problems through inference and evaluation;
  • Strategic Thinking: Demonstrate knowledge of theory and application of qualitative and quantitative methods to facilitate problem solving;
  • Leadership: Manage organizational processes and transformational change effectively;
  • Ethical Reasoning: Apply theory and tools necessary for sound ethical reasoning;
  • Global Understanding: Assess the challenges associated with managing in a global environment;
  • Managerial Communication: Communicate effectively orally and in writing across managerial contexts and with diverse stakeholders; and
  • Teamwork: Contribute effectively to the achievement of organizational goals in a team environment.