Graduate and Undergraduate Catalog
Year 2006 - 2007
Master of Business Administration
Associated Faculty Feng-shun (Leo) Bin, Jeffrey Blodgett,
Jeffrey Decker, Dyanne Ferk, Joseph Huff, Carol Jessup, Richard
Judd, Ardeshir Lohrasbi, Hao Ma, Paul McDevitt, Ronald McNeil,
Bonnie Moe, Adil Mouhammed, Laurel Newman, David O'Gorman, Donald
O'Neal, Amir Parssian, Mark Puclik, Nancy Scannell, Michael Small,
Contact: (217) 206-7920
Program goals and objectives
The Master of Business Administration (MBA) program is a
professional graduate degree program for individuals who aspire to
positions of significant managerial and leadership responsibilities
in organizations. The goals of the program are 1) to introduce
students to contemporary managerial theory and practice, 2) to
strengthen analysis, problem solving, and leadership skills, and 3)
to provide a basis for lifelong growth and development as
Consistent with the career aspirations of our students, the MBA
curriculum focuses on five objectives. Students shall:
1) Understand key concepts and contemporary management theory and
practice in the functional areas of business, including accounting,
finance, information systems, marketing, operations management,
organizational behavior, and research methods.
2) Understand the importance and demonstrate the use of
cross-functional approaches to solving organizational problems.
3) Demonstrate disciplined managerial skills, including analysis,
planning, and implementation, while considering the impacts of
technology, globalization, emerging markets, and diversity on
4) Strengthen leadership potential, including for example critical
thinking, decision-making, teamwork, and communication skills.
5) Demonstrate an awareness and understanding of the legal
environment and ethical considerations and their relevance to
Program classes are generally offered in the evening in
Springfield and on a Friday/Saturday weekend format in Peoria.
New students must contact the program office for initial
advising to plan a program of study that reflects their interests
and satisfies degree requirements. All students are strongly
encouraged to consult an adviser before enrolling in coursework for
any academic term.
Admission is granted by the program faculty on the basis of an
evaluation of an applicant's complete file. To apply for admission,
an applicant must have the following items sent directly to the
Office of Admissions and a copy of all items sent directly to the
MBA office: 1) official GMAT scores, 2) a complete set of official
undergraduate transcripts indicating that the applicant has earned
an undergraduate degree from an accredited university, 3) reference
forms from three people who are in a position to judge the
applicant's potential for success in graduate work, and 4) a
single-spaced essay of no more than two pages. The essay should
outline the applicant's reasons for considering the degree, how the
M.B.A. degree fits in with his/her personal objectives and short-
and long-term goals, as well as any other information that
demonstrates the applicant's potential for successful completion of
the degree. Admission to the MBA program will be granted to
applicants who have demonstrated potential for success in graduate
business studies at UIS.
Required courses for the M.B.A. degree include completion of
foundation coursework typically covered in undergraduate business
courses and at least 39 hours of core coursework and electives
covering advanced business topics, issues, and applications.
Foundation coursework (20 Hrs.)
ACC 311 Administrative Uses of Accounting 4 Hrs.
ECO 315 Economics for Administration 4 Hrs.
BUS 302 Principles of Financial Management 3 Hrs.
BUS 312 Principles of Marketing 3 Hrs.
BUS 322 Principles of Operations Management 3 Hrs.
MGT 310 Managing Organizational Behavior 3 Hrs.
Total 20 Hrs.
Core coursework 27 Hrs.
*BUS 501 Business Perspectives 3 Hrs.
ACC 509 Management Accounting 3 Hrs.
MIS 525 Information Technology Management 3 Hrs.
BUS 502 Managerial Finance 3 Hrs.
BUS 512 Marketing Management 3 Hrs.
BUS 521 Research Methods and Statistical Analysis 3 Hrs.
BUS 522 Production and Operations Management 3 Hrs.
BUS 541 Organizational Behavior 3 Hrs.
**BUS 583 Business Strategy 3 Hrs.
Elective coursework 12 Hrs.
***Elective courses (3) 12 Hrs.
Total minimum 39 Hrs.
*Must be taken during student's first semester of core
** Must be taken during student's final semester of coursework.
*** At least two electives must be from the College of Business and
Management (ACC/BUS/MIS). One elective may be from another college
but must be graduate-level (500) coursework.
The M.B.A. degree requires completion of BUS 583 with a grade of
B (3.00) or better. (B- is not acceptable in this course.) BUS 583
is the graduate closure course consistent with campus policy on
completion of a master's degree. That policy requires that students
not completing BUS 583 during the first enrollment of three hours
must enroll in BUS 584 (zero credit hours, one hour billable) each
semester (excluding summer terms) until the course requirements are