Master of Business Administration
Planning for a career change or looking to develop your leadership skills? Colorado Technical University’s Master of Business Administration degree is designed to help motivated professionals like you prepare to meet business challenges across industries and business disciplines. The outlook for MBA hiring continues to look bright, with nearly nine in 10 companies planning to hire MBA and business master’s graduates, according to the Graduate Management Admission Council (GMAC).1
Choose from 9 concentrations including accounting, finance, healthcare management, entrepreneurship or a general track. In the Management Capstone, you and your team will have the opportunity to make business decisions based on a scenario of running a $100 million business simulation. In this project, you will also have the opportunity to utilize the critical skills necessary to solve business problems individually and collaboratively.
The Master's in Business Administration concentrations include:
The Online MBA:
- Is programmatically accredited by ACBSP
- Has courses that integrate intellipath®, our proprietary learning application, which you can use to customize coursework to suit your knowledge level
- Is ranked among the Best Online MBA Programs by U.S. News and World Report for the eighth consecutive year*
- Can be completed in as little as 12 months2
We're Flexible So You Can Be Too
At CTU, students come first. Our flexible online course schedule helps you to build a class schedule around your schedule. Our online and mobile-friendly classes run 5 weeks long and you can choose from 9 start dates a year. And with grants and scholarships available for those who qualify, a degree from CTU can be both achievable and affordable. Learn more below or fill out the form to speak with an admissions advisor.
* CTU programs are ranked among U.S. News & World Report’s 2023 Best Online Programs.
Relevant Institutional/Programmatic Accreditation
CTU is institutionally accredited by the Higher Learning Commission www.hlcommission.org
This business degree program at CTU is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Business Schools and Programs (ACBSP)
- January 02, 2024
- February 06, 2024
- March 19, 2024
- Colorado Springs
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Effective August 2023, this program is no longer available for future enrollments at the Aurora Campus.
The Master of Business Administration is a 48-credit-hour program that is offered online and at the Colorado Springs campus. The program consists of 32 credit hours devoted to the business administration core and 16 credit hours for electives or a concentration of the student’s choosing.
CTU’s MBA programs are for students who have met the foundational business requirements and are seeking specialized fields and disciplines of interest. The MBA program is designed to provide students with the opportunity to develop knowledge, skills, and decision-making abilities in the fields of business or management. Core learning includes instruction in accounting , business decision-making, human resources management, leadership, logistics and supply chain, management, marketing, and organization and production. The CTU MBA offers concentration courses in select areas of business and management to help familiarize students with theory and concepts related to their area of interest.
This program does not lead to additional licensure or certification. As such, CTU has made no determination regarding prerequisites for licensure or certification in any state or jurisdiction.
The mission of the College of Business and Management is to offer professional market-driven business degrees that build business competencies transferrable to all industries. The College of Business and Management accomplishes this mission by offering curriculum that aligns to industry standards, remains relevant, and builds practical skills applicable to the competitive global business environment.
Course Title Course Description Credit Hours ACCT615This course focuses on constructing and evaluating financial models to enhance profitability in the manufacturing environment. Students will evaluate the cost structures, pricing, and the role the balanced score card plays in purchasing and manufacturing decisions. Advanced Cost Accounting 4 ECON616
During this course the student will study the practical aspects of both micro- and macroeconomics and how they are applied to the managerial environment. The students investigate the role of economic principles in management analysis and decision making: the study of demand, cost, and supply concepts from a business viewpoint; and the application of national income measures to strategic planning and the future.
Applied Managerial Economics 4 FINC615
Emphasizes management decision making utilizing accounting and finance concepts. The following subjects are addressed in the course: financial reports and metrics, financial analysis and planning, financial forecasting, financial markets, financial leverage, working capital management, capital budgeting processes, cost of capital and long term financing. The student will apply the knowledge learned by completing a financial strategy report and accomplishing a research report summarizing an application of financial analysis from either the academic or professional literature.
Applied Managerial Finance 4 HRMT620
Human capital management creates a paradigm to strategically look at people as the most valuable asset. This course provides a framework for students to integrate human capital management as part of the overall business strategy. By understanding, evaluating and integrating the human capital management model, the student will also be able to apply these approaches both domestically and globally.
Strategic Human Capital Management 4 INTD670The course analyzes the concepts of leadership versus managerial roles and responsibilities relative to societal expectations for ethical behavior and regulatory scrutiny affecting both leaders and managers in an organization setting. This course also differentiates among ethical decision-making processes and decision problems with ethical implications. Students examine a variety of complex ethical issues confronting industry leaders and professionals as they work with various stakeholders of an organization. Additionally, students explore the code of conduct at work, methods to implement a code of conduct, and issues related to managing conflicts of interest within a decision making process. Leadership and Ethical Decision-Making 4 MGMT601This course emphasizes the application of descriptive and inferential business statistics to decisions made in a managerial role. Presented with a scenario, students focus on analyzing published research, databases, and statistics to recommend management strategies based upon business metrics. Business Analytics for Management Decisions 4 MGMT690
Students will master analytical and integrative tools to perform in-depth analyses of industries, firms, and competitors. Course material includes methods to predict competitive behavior and develop and implement strategic plans to achieve and sustain a competitive profile in the emerging global marketplace.
Strategic Management in Dynamic Environments 4 MKTG630
This course emphasizes the application of marketing concepts, tools and decision-making processes middle managers use in developing marketing plans, programs and strategies. Within the marketing strategy framework, it also examines market analysis and measurement, profitability and productivity analysis, product development, promotion and pricing strategies, the logistics systems approach and the marketing plan. The student will apply the knowledge learned by structuring and presenting to the class a practical strategic marketing plan.
Applied Managerial Marketing 4 Total Credit Hours: 32
Course Title Course Description Credit Hours MGMT665This final course allows MBA students to demonstrate competency of integrating applied research by synthesizing ethics, leadership, strategy, critical thinking, and reasoning skills taught throughout the program. MBA Capstone 4 Select 12 credit hours of Business and Management courses from the list below 12 Total Credit Hours: 16
Courses: Concentration ChoicesCredits
Course Title Course Description Credit Hours ACCT628
This class focuses on a comprehensive examination of financial statements and accounting reporting standards. Students will gain an understanding of the information provided in corporate annual reports and how to evaluate the financial performance of an entity.
Financial Reporting 4 ENTR605
This course will present the new media to students of entrepreneurship. The course will offer a practical look at the market in terms of what tools have worked, what tools currently work, and how to use these tools for marketing success. This course will focus heavily on web-based communication, including the social media, wikis, blogs, audio/video, podcasts, viral content, and content rich websites. A key element of the course will be writing an individual digital marketing strategy, and integrating it into the business plan.
Integrated Marketing for Entrepreneurs 4 ENTR610
This course will shape students’ business plans through market analysis, financial analysis, and an analysis of support organizations. This course will address the various sources and uses of funding, including a look at the processes, risks and rewards of working with venture capital, angel investors, private equity groups and various loan origination organizations. At the conclusion of this course, students will have the strategic and financial components of their business plans articulated and included in the framework of their business plans.
Entrepreneurial Strategy, Planning & Leadership 4 FINC600
In this course, students will analyze financial statements and examine methods used to value companies.
Financial Statement Analysis 4 FINC610
Within the context of the multinational firm, the course examines the development of policy, financing options for international business, and the making of standard financial management decisions.
Financial Management for Multinational Enterprises 4 HCM612This course focuses on health care leadership and management practices. Students will examine the current structure, operation, and regulation of the U.S. health care system, and discuss the factors influencing the future direction of healthcare in the United States. Students will apply essential management concepts and professional competencies and behaviors to the unique social, physical and emotional environments of healthcare organizations. Managing the Healthcare Organization 4 HRMT655
Change management and developing the organization is a topic for all managers. This course provides the foundation for managers and human resource professionals to address organizational change, HRM policies and procedures from a process consultation perspective.
Managing Organizational Development and Change 4 IT600
Information Technology Management explores the use of information technology to achieve competitive advantage, efficient operations and effective decision-making. This course also analyzes the functions of information technology and its impact on competitive strategy and organizational operations.
IT Management 4 MGMT607The course analyzes the concepts of organizational behavior and how to integrate socio-technical concepts and tools in organizational settings. As part of the course, students consider the cultural norms and behaviors necessary to help the organization succeed. The course also reviews organizational behavior concepts and infrastructure, which includes people, processes, and the technology inherent in contemporary organizations. Organizational Behavior in a Socio-technical Environment 4 MGMT647
Operations strategy deals with innovative solutions to operational problems. It includes a systematic examination of alternative operating models. The course provides a methodology for evaluating a company’s operations strategy, strategies for improving operating systems, and tools for managing growth. This course will discuss issues related to the creation and delivery of goods and services. Topics include the design of production processes, the layout and location of facilities, forecasting, scheduling, inventory control, queuing, materials planning, and quality control. Analytic techniques such as linear programming are used in studying these problems.
Operations Strategy 4 MKTG628
This course explores how e-business is transforming traditional marketing concepts and functions and examines the advantages and disadvantages of digital age marketing. It focuses on how businesses are capitalizing on the convergence of media in order to increase or create their marketing presence. Products, services and information-based marketing strategies are explored. Topics include e-tailers, brand development, marketing mix for the Internet, advertising, competition and pricing implications, consumer behavior and demographic changes, interactive strategies, intelligent information agents, consumer service, implementation, fulfillment, distribution channels and measuring results. Successful business models will be examined.
Marketing in the Digital Age 4 MKTG638
This course examines issues involving trends, factors and forces (such as institutions, culture, politics, law and the environment) that affect global marketing activities. In this course, students study the decision-making process in marketing products and services across national boundaries and explore the design and modification of marketing strategies for international, multinational, and global markets. This course is designed to provide the background to make marketing decisions at the international level. This course introduces methods of adapting marketing efforts with consideration of product, price, promotion, and distribution decisions within the restraints of particular cultural, economic and political environments.
International Marketing 4 PM600
This course emphasizes the development and integration of project management in organizations. It provides an overview and introduction to the discipline of project management, coupled with an examination of the techniques that project managers use to complete their projects on schedule, within budgeted cost, and according to specified scope and quality. With materials presented by the Project Management Institute (PMI®) in its Guide to the Project Management Body of Knowledge (PMBOK® Guide), students explore the theoretical and operational framework of project management relating to the project life-cycle of project initiating, planning, executing, monitoring and controlling, and closing.
Project Management Processes in Organizations 4
Total Credit Hours: 48
Accreditations and AlignmentsThis program is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Business Schools and Programs (ACBSP).
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MBA Foundation Requirements
The Masters of Business Administration (MBA) is built upon the expectation that students will enter the program with a solid business background to succeed in some of the core MBA courses. Therefore the MBA requires students to have prior foundational knowledge in all core business disciplines to be successful. Students entering in the MBA program without an undergraduate degree in business will be required to successfully complete two MBA foundation courses (MGMT502 and MGMT503) covering the following areas of business: accounting; economics; finance; marketing; statistics; management; business law; ethics; business policy; business strategy; information technology; operations management; and global leadership.
If the student can show evidence of a GMAT score of 500 or above the foundation requirements may be waived. Students continuing from any of CTU’s non-business bachelor programs must complete the MBA Foundation Requirements. The foundation courses are also available to students with an undergraduate business degree who wish to refresh their knowledge in these subject areas. MBA foundation courses must be completed prior to respective MBA required courses that hold MGMT502 or MGMT503 as a prerequisite. Students must successfully complete and pass MGMT502 and MGMT503 prior to the end of the first quarter. Students who do not meet the MBA foundation requirements will be withdrawn, canceled or transferred from the MBA program. Students must be able to exhibit proficiency by successfully completing the foundation course with a minimum 70% passing score. If after 5 attempts (applies to each course separately) students do not pass the foundation course, students are encouraged to work with the Student Advising department if they have questions regarding these foundation courses, timeframes for completion, or for alternative programs of study as needed.
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CTU’s Master of Business Administration (MBA) Degree Program is designed to provide knowledge, skills, and abilities relevant for pursuing potential opportunities in the workforce. With 12 concentrations for students to choose from to elevate their studies, CTU’s MBA programs are for students who have met the foundational business requirements and are seeking specialized fields and disciplines of interest. The MBA degree program is designed to provide students with core competencies in accounting, business decision-making, human resources management, leadership, logistics and supply chain, management, marketing, and organization and production.
As you work to complete your MBA, you will be immersed in courses where you will study these topics and much more: micro- and macroeconomics and how they are applied to the managerial environment; management decision making utilizing accounting and finance concepts; and human capital management as part of an overall business strategy.
Courses for the Master of Business Administration start online and at our Colorado Springs and Denver South campuses approximately every five weeks. Completion of the CTU admissions process will depend on how quickly you complete the steps in the CTU online application process. You may complete the application process over the phone with an advisor or you may go online. Once you’ve completed the online application, you may hear from an advisor within the following 24 hours to discuss the next steps toward starting your degree program. Master’s programs may have additional entrance requirements that take additional processing time.
The Master of Business Administration degree program consists of 48 credits. You may be eligible for transfer credit, which is evaluated on an individual basis. Not all credits are eligible to transfer.
As you study topics in business that are always being evaluated and updated to reflect industry-relevant trends, you will experience a curriculum through classroom learning and hands-on experience that aligns to industry standards and helps you work to develop skills that are applicable to the competitive global business environment.
The Master of Business Administration degree program at CTU is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Business Schools and Programs (ACBSP).
Students entering in the MBA program without an undergraduate degree in business will be required to successfully complete two MBA foundation courses (MGMT502 and MGMT503). The foundation requirements may be waived if the student can show evidence of a GMAT score of 500 or above. Students continuing from any of CTU’s non-business bachelor programs must complete the MBA Foundation Requirements. MBA foundation courses must be completed prior to respective MBA required courses that hold MGMT502 or MGMT503 as a prerequisite. Students must successfully complete and pass MGMT502 and MGMT503 prior to the end of the first quarter.
What Students Are Saying About Their CTU Experience
I was able to apply my lessons in real time to my current role. I could grasp every aspect of business processes and connect the dots to understand how corporations function in the real world. Getting to know various topics such as economical and accounting strategy helped me to visualize the moving parts of a business.
1 Graduate Management Admissions Council, https://www.gmac.com/why-gmac/gmac-news/gmnews/2017/june-2017/companies-plan-to-hire-mba-graduates
2 As a master’s degree program, this program is designed as an 18-month program; however; many factors will impact your time to completion, including course loads, proficiency and/or transfer credits and breaks. Students who take 1-2 classes per session, may complete the program in as little as 12 months.