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Accelerated BS to MBA


Program Description

The Accelerated Bachelor’s to Master of Business Administration for Cambridge College undergraduate students allows qualified students to earn both a bachelor’s and a master’s degree within a reduced time frame and at a reduced cost. The program is open to students in the B.S. in Management Studies, Managerial Accounting and Health Care Management degree programs.

Students with 90 or more completed undergraduate credits and a GPA of 3.5+ may enroll in up to 12 credits of pre-specified graduate-level core courses in the MBA program. This coursework, if completed with a grade of B or better, is applicable toward both the undergraduate degree requirements and the master’s degree. These graduate courses will be billed at the undergraduate tuition rate when taken by undergraduate students who have been accepted into the accelerated program.

Students will be granted their bachelor’s degree when they complete all of the undergraduate requirements; they are undergraduate students until that point. They will be expected to enroll in the graduate program in the term directly following the completion their undergraduate program. Students will be expected to maintain their strong academic record as they progress through the graduate program.

Curriculum

Cambridge College undergraduate students who wish to apply for the Accelerated MBA should work closely with their program chair to plan their course work, including the accelerated program prerequisites.

 


Acclerated Program Prerequisites
21
Credits
College Writing I
WRT 101 3 credit(s)
Through challenging readings, class discussion, small group col­laboration, and different forms of writing, students learn the skills and process of “thinking on paper.” They learn to construct an argument or discussion that supports a clear thesis and present it effectively in a well-organized essay that observes the conventions of written English. They write academic papers that analyze and synthesize the issues suggested in two or more readings. Critical reading, critical thinking, research skills, and forms of documentation are also introduced.
College Writing II
WRT 102 3 credit(s)
WRT102 acquaints students with the academic research paper as both process and product. The course begins with an intensive review of the strategies and techniques for writing an academic essay that are covered in WRT101 and then moves to selecting and narrowing a topic, preliminary research, and establishing a focus for a 12-15 page argument research paper. The final paper includes an abstract, an introduction, discussion, conclusion, and references. Students learn how to write an annotated bibliography and use APA documentation for in-text citations and references.
Foundations of Critical Thinking
CTH 225 3 credit(s)
We learn to engage in reasoned thinking. We learn to formulate hypotheses; conceive and state definitions, and understand logical consistency and inconsistency. We explore the differences between claims of fact, value, and policy; what constitutes credible evidence; the nature of assumptions. We learn what constitutes a persuasive argument as opposed to an emotive and propagandistic one, and critically examine them. Students learn to present clear, well thought out critical arguments in writing and oral presentations. We look at the relationships among thinking, writing, speaking and listening, laying a strong foundation for improving our capacity to write, speak, and listen well.
Introduction to Business
BSM 200 3 credit(s)
Students learn how American business operates. The course begins with a study of business in its broader perspective, looking at the context within which American business fits, and the investment markets which provide the capital needed to grow. The external factors influencing business development and the role business plays in the world economy are examined. The course then focuses on the internal organization and the operations of American business, highlighting major issues associated with managing functional areas of a business, such as marketing, production, technology, and supply chain management. In the later part of the course, financial management, both personal and business, and financial institutions are studied.
Economics for Managers
BSM 300 3 credit(s)
This course provides an overview of economics and establishes a foundation and vocabulary for future courses. It gives an applied, practical introduction to macroeconomics and microeconomics. At the macro-economic level the course helps the learner understand how the American economy functions, and what impact changes in the economy may have on the individual and the organization, as well as the impact of the global economy. At the microeconomic level the course examines how individuals and firms make economic decisions. This knowledge becomes the basis of understanding key concepts of supply, demand and pricing, as well as average and marginal costs and breakeven analysis.
Financial Accounting
BSM 330 3 credit(s)
This course introduces the principles that govern financial accounting systems and the income statement and balance sheet that are the principal end products. Students learn how accounting information is used to evaluate the performance and financial status of private, non-profit and public organizations. The course emphasizes the use of accounting information by managers within the organization and by shareholders, lenders, and other outside parties. Basic accounting terms and concepts, and the language of financial management are presented as well as the essentials of the accounting process. The course also builds an awareness of the ethical, information and regulatory environment of accounting.
Introduction to Statistics
MAT 201 3 credit(s)
Statistics is the branch of mathematics that focuses on the colle ction of data, data analysis, probability, and statistical inference. In this course students will learn the principles of using data to identify patterns, ascertain distributions, conduct accurate group comparisons, and make data-based inferences and predictions. Concepts of spread, normal distribution , multi-modal distribution, standard deviation, statistical skewing, graphing, statistical significance, variance, validity, and probability will be covered.
MBA Core Courses
12
Credits

Taken within the bachelor's degree after applying and being accepted into the Accelerated MBA program.

For standard MBA: take MMG740.
For MBA/Health Care: take MHC720

Organizational Environment
MMG 512 3 credit(s)
This course provides an overview of the external and internal environment of organizations. It helps students understand the resource, market, technological, economic, and socio-political context of the organization, and the impact of multiple stakeholders on its goals and decision-making processes. It examines organizational architecture and dynamics from the structural, human resource, political and symbolic perspectives. The course draws on theories and research on organizations, including topics such as motivation, leadership, and organizational change and development. The intent of the course is to provide students with the theoretical base to better understand organizational behavior, and to equip them with tools to analyze and improve upon their own managerial practice.
Information Systems in the Organization
MMG 522 3 credit(s)
This course provides an overview of computer information systems. Students will be presented with the core information systems principles, offered an overview of the information systems discipline and will learn about the changing role of the information systems professional. This course will enable students, regardless of their field, to understand and use fundamental information systems principles so that they can function more efficiently and effectively as workers, managers, decision makers and organizational leaders.
Statistical Decision Techniques for Managers
MMG 525 3 credit(s)
Prerequisite: MMG506 Quantitative Analysis for Managers or equivalent. This course provides students with the knowledge and appropriate use of descriptive and inferential statistical techniques used in management decision making and develops their ability to characterize management problems that can be solved by such techniques. Topics include descriptive statistics, probability distributions, sampling, estimation, hypothesis testing, simple and multiple regression and correlation, chi square testing, analysis of variance, and decision theory. spreadsheet and statistical computer programs are used in the class.
Human Resource Management
MMG 740 3 credit(s)
Changes in the social and legal environment, and the workforce, make it increasingly difficult for organizations to manage relations with employees. The Human Resources Manager needs to be able to formulate organization-wide human resource policies which result in competitive strategy, efficiency and effectiveness, and which are consistent with the organization’s culture and environment. The interests of many stakeholders have to be reflected in such policies — employees, unions, communities and government. The course helps students identify and understand Human Resources Management issues, develop skills in diagnosing situations, discuss effective approaches to problems and assess the comparative effects of immediate action and long-term policies.
The U.S. Health Care System
MHC 720 3 credit(s)
The course will review the evolution of health care in the U. S., explore the structure of the current system, and consider the impact of emerging trends on the provision of health in the future. Various components and stakeholders will be identified, with special attention on the diversity of care options and evolving roles of government as a funding source and regulator. Developments in national health care policy, the cost-quality-access conundrum, and the expansion of health care reimbursement options will be examined. The course also examines health care systems in other countries as a means to access alternative approaches to health care delivery issues.
Master of Business Administration
33
Credits

Upon matriculating into the graduate program, students will be assigned a graduate advisor who will monitor their progress and work with them to design a program of study that will permit them to complete the remaining credits for the MBA within three terms/one year. A typical program may follow this outline:

TERM 1
MMG691 Leadership Seminar I
Three MBA courses

TERM 2
MMG692 Leadership Seminar II
MMG693 Leadership Seminar III: Pre-Capstone Seminar (directed study)
Three MBA courses

TERM 3
MMG694 Graduate Management Capstone Seminar
Two MBA courses

See MBA programs for full program requirements.

Leadership Seminar I: Self-Diagnosis and Goal Setting
MMG 691 2 credit(s)
The Leadership Seminar serves as a learning laboratory for students to develop, integrate and demonstrate competencies in personal, professional and academic development. It provides an opportunity for students to test and apply learning in a practical and experiential context and to integrate experience and theory. In the first semester students self-diagnose their academic and managerial skills and develop academic and professional goals and plans. They also develop skills at being effective members of a learning community.
Leadership Seminar II: The Manager as Team Developer and Leader
MMG 692 2 credit(s)
This seminar focuses on the manager as a leader and developer of people and teams. Students develop important cognitive and affective skills: developing people, peer relationships, working with others, and resolving conflict. The seminar also helps the student learn how to leverage the diversity in teams and how utilize team resources effectively.
Leadership Seminar III: the Manager as Strategic Leader
MMG 693 2 credit(s)
Strategic leadership provides the scope and direction to help drive success for the organization. This seminar explores the skills and tools necessary for strategy formulation and execution and the ability to effectively manage change. Managing in an environment of change and uncertainty requires strategic leaders to craft and communicate organizational vision and consistently maintain a sense of direction, while simultaneously building ownership of goals and objectives for action within the units they are responsible for leading. Participants explore how strategic leaders make decisions based on values, invest in innovation, human capital, and create and maintain an effective culture to ensure long-term viability.
Graduate Management Capstone Seminar
MMG 694 3 credit(s)
The Graduate Management Capstone Seminar is designed to support students in designing, implementing, and presenting their capstone project. The capstone provides a culminating opportunity for students to apply and demonstrate the knowledge, skills and behaviors developed during their program through a designed action-learning experience, using the stated program outcomes and competencies as an assessment reference. Students will develop a business report/case analysis that demonstrates and documents their learning. Prerequisites: Students must have completed at least 75% of their total program credits, seminars MMG691-693, as well as specific program core courses detailed in the program charts.

Core Faculty

Senior Instructor

Admissions

  • Admission Test:

    No standardized graduate school tests required.

  • Admissions Office:
    1-800-829-4723
  • Application Form:
  • Application Fee:
    $50, nonrefundable ($100 for international students)

Program Requirements

Cambridge College undergraduate students who have completed a minimum of 90 undergraduate credits as follows, with an undergraduate GPA of 3.5 or higher, based on a full-record transcript.

  • All general education courses
  • 21 credits of the undergraduate management major courses
  • Accelerated program prerequisites

Written recommendations are required from the student's undergraduate advisor and program chair. 

Students must also meet all admission requirements of the MBA program/specialization to which they are applying.

School Requirements

See Admissions Requirements for the School of Management

 

State Health Requirements

The Massachusetts Health Department and Cambridge College require the following of students in Massachusetts:

Immunizations – All students in Massachusetts are required to get certain immunizations before you can register for your first term. See form

Health Insurance – In Massachusetts, undergraduate students taking nine or more credits/term and graduate students taking six or more credits/term must enroll in the College’s health insurance plan. Students who have insurance with comparable coverage may request a waiver. See information and enroll or waive.

International Students 

International students are accepted at Massachusetts location only, and need to provide supplemental documentation:

  • Official demonstration of English language proficiency
  • Supplemental documentation for issuance of I-20
  • International transcripts, evaluated by an accepted evaluation service

Transfer Credit 

Graduate program applicants, please complete the transfer credit request form if you wish to have prior course work evaluated for transfer. Learn more.

Undergraduate program applicants, once you are accepted, your official transcripts are evaluated for transfer credit.

Tuition

  • Cost per credit hour:
    $636
  • Application Fee:
    $50, nonrefundable ($100 for international students)
  • Health Insurance Fee:
    $3,415 - Required for Massachusetts students only. See waiver details on Tuition & Fees page.

Note: Rates are as of September 2018, and are subject to change without notice. Rates apply to all students, unless otherwise noted.

Financial Aid

Cambridge College offers financial aid to students in our degree programs who are enrolled at least half time. Undergraduate students must be enrolled in at least 6 credits each term. Graduate and doctoral students must be enrolled in at least 4 credits each term. Learn more

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