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Master of Business Administration

The online Master of Business Administration (MBA) program at VIU enables students to gain knowledge in the core business areas of management, finance, marketing, accounting, and decision-making. The program provides students with high quality, professional education in business administration, thereby qualifying students for more diverse career opportunities. The program aims to provide students with:

  • Affordable tuition with multiple scholarships available
  • An innovative and rigorous MBA curriculum using the Harvard educational approach
  • A world-class faculty with an average of 15+ years of practical business experience
  • A unique cohort model with a focus on strategy, leadership, and teamwork
  • Small classes for an individualized private business education
  • 8 MBA educational tracks to accommodate business professional needs
  • MBA degree with additional professional certification such as:
    • CPA (Certified Professional Accountant)
    • PMP (Project Management Professional)
    • CIO (Chief Information Officer)
    • CFA (Chartered Financial Analyst)
  • Internships while studying within leading US and international companies
  • Strong business connections and working partnerships with top world organizations and business leaders

Degree at Glance

Program Requirements

The program consists of a total of 12 courses (36 credit hours) beyond prerequisite courses. In addition to taking the seven core courses (21 credit hours) essential to the VIU MBA, students will also select three concentration courses (9 credit hours), an elective course from any concentration (3 credit hours), and an MBA integration course (3 credit hours) which will help them transition from the academic to the professional business world. The elective courses provide the opportunity for the students to develop further competencies covered in the core courses, based on their area of interest.

Area # of Courses Credit Hours
Core Courses 7 21
Concentration Courses 3 9
Integration Course 1 3
Elective Course 1 3
Total 12 36

Explore Concentrations

Students must specialize in one of the concentrations listed below during the second year of their study. Students must choose three (3) courses (9 credits) from the concentration courses and also take MBA 627 Advanced Business Project (3 credits) for a total of 12 credits. All concentration courses are CPT eligible.

Program Highlights

VIU established its MBA in Accounting to provide the region's leading companies with accounting experts. Every organization – whether a multinational corporation, a non-profit, or a government agency – needs accounting professionals to maintain its growth and the success of its business. International companies are looking for employees with both accounting skills and a deep understanding of the global financial environment as well as the ethical issues relevant to business practice. Our online MBA in Accounting program at VIU will provide students with current and practical skills which students will apply to be successful and competitive in pursuing careers in accounting and auditing.

Program Objectives

Among many aspects, online MBA in Accounting students will primarily learn:

  • How to apply generally accepted accounting principles to any business, including non-profits, governments, and start-ups.
  • How to conduct, develop, analyze, and make decisions using financial reports, models, and information.
  • How to establish and apply financial controls to business transactions.
  • How to apply regulations, ethics, and professional responsibilities to the practice of accounting and finance.
  • How to apply auditing procedures and standards to business entities

Program Requirements

MBA IN ACCOUNTING - CORE COURSES: (7 Courses - 21 Credit Hours)
*Core courses provide students with the skills and knowledge that all managers need to succeed. Each candidate must complete the following seven core courses.
Course Code Course Name Credit Hours
MBA 500 Managerial Communication 3
MBA 511 Managerial Accounting & Finance 3
MBA 512 Project & Cost Management 3
MBA 513 Organizational Behavior & HR Management 3
MBA 514 Marketing Management 3
MBA 515 Business Statistics 3
MBA 516 Strategic Management & Organizational Leadership 3
Total Credits Required 21
MBA IN ACCOUNTING - CONCENTRATION COURSES: (3 Courses - 9 Credit Hours)
*Students must specialize in one of the concentration during the second year of their study. Students must choose three courses (9 credit hours) from the concentration courses. All concentration courses are CPT eligible. 
Course Code Course Name Credit Hours
MBA 605 Auditing 3
MBA 608 Financial Reporting & Decision Making 3
MBA 610 Taxation of Business Entities 3
MBA 636 Managerial Accounting 3
MBA 654 Accounting Information Systems 3
Total Credits Required 9
MBA IN ACCOUNTING - INTEGRATION COURSE: (1 Course - 3 Credit Hours)
*Students must take a course that integrates and synthesizes the MBA education and facilitates the transition from the academic to the professional business world.
Course Code Course Name Credit Hours
MBA 627 Advanced Business Project 3
Total Credits Required 3
MBA IN ACCOUNTING – ELECTIVE COURSES: (1 Course - 3 Credit Hours)
*Students must take one additional course from any of the concentrations or they may take one of the following courses:
Course Code Course Name Credit Hours
MBA 600 Business Residency 3
MBA 631 Current Topics in Business 3
MBA 633 Business Planning & Development 3
MBA 560 Graduate Internship I 3
MBA 660 Graduate Project Internship II 3
CAR 600 Career Planning & Development 3
Total Credits Required 3

Career Opportunities

The demand for accountants and auditors is not particular to just one industry – everybody wants you! Employment of accountants and auditors is expected to grow 22% or more through 2018, which can translate to high earning potential and job security with great benefits. According to labor statistics, new accountants take home more in their paychecks than other business professionals.

There are many career paths that a person with an accounting degree can choose from. Here are some job titles that former graduates with an accounting degree hold. Use this as an ideas list. Remember that it represents some, but certainly not all, of the careers you might consider.

Actuary Certified Public Accountant Payroll Manager
Auditor Entrepreneur Plant Accountant
Assistant Controller Estate Planner Professor
Bank Examiner FBI Agent Public Accountant
Benefits Administrator Financial Analyst Securities Broker
Budgetary Control Analyst Government Accountant Stockbroker
CIA Agent General Auditor Systems Analyst
Commodities Trader Industrial Accountant Tax Lawyer
Consumer Credit Officer Inventory Control Specialist Tax Specialist
Computer Programmer Industrial Buyer Treasurer
Controller Internal Auditor Treasury Mgmt. Specialist
Claims Adjuster Internal Trade Specialist Trust Accountant
Collection Agent Loan Officer Underwriter
Commercial Banker Loan Administrator  
Chief Cost Accountant Methods/Procedures Specialist  
Credit and Collection Specialist Management Consultant  

Program Highlights

VIU created the groundbreaking online MBA in Global Logistics to meet the growing demand for business leaders who can comfortably navigate our new globalized world. As markets become more competitive, sourcing lower-cost goods and services from different countries is necessary to business growth. The reduced costs come with more risks, and a successful international company is only as strong as its global supply chain. Understanding and learning how to minimize the risks involved is vital to ensure companies' long-term competitiveness. Our world-class instructors are leading industry experts who take a practical teaching approach to ensure students are prepared for a successful career in global logistics.

Program Objectives

Among many aspects, online MBA in Global Logistics students will primarily learn:

  • How to identify the risks of global sourcing: regional politics, customs, local and regional economics, currency issues, and legal proprietary rights.
  • How to deal with government agencies and law enforcement including new legislation.
  • How to manage political risk by selecting an appropriate underwriter or broker, exercising loss control management, and understanding claims procedures.
  • The keys to developing relationships with foreign partners: basic skill sets and guidelines.
  • How to create a 10-step management approach for best practices.
  • How to develop a chain risk supply management strategy.

Program Requirements

MBA IN GLOBAL LOGISTICS: Core Courses: (7 Courses – 21 Credit Hours)
* Core courses provide students with the skills and knowledge that all managers need to succeed. Each candidate must complete the following seven core courses.
Course Code Course Name Credit Hours
MBA 500 Managerial Communication 3
MBA 511 Managerial Accounting & Finance 3
MBA 512 Project & Cost Management 3
MBA 513 Organizational Behavior & HR Management 3
MBA 514 Marketing Management 3
MBA 515 Business Statistics 3
MBA 516 Strategic Management & Organizational Leadership 3
Total Credits Required 21
MBA IN GLOBAL LOGISTICS: Concentration Courses: (3 Courses – 9 Credit Hours)
* Students must specialize in one of the concentrations listed below during the second year of their study. Students must choose three courses (9 credit hours) from the concentration courses. All concentration courses are CPT eligible.
Course Code Course Name Credit Hours
MBA 611 Business Ethics & Law 3
MBA 616 International Marketing 3
MBA 617 Import/Export Management 3
MBA 628 Global Sourcing & Logistics 3
MBA 634 Operations Management 3
Total Credits Required 9
MBA IN GLOBAL LOGISTICS: Integration Course: (1 Course – 3 Credit Hours)
* Students must take a course that integrates and synthesizes the MBA education and facilitates the transition from the academic to the professional business world. :
Course Code Course Name Credit Hours
MBA 627 Advanced Business Project 3
Total Credits Required 3
MBA IN GLOBAL LOGISTICS: Elective Courses: (1 Course – 3 Credit Hours)
* Students must take one additional course from any of the concentrations or they may take one of the following courses:
Course Code Course Name Credit Hours
MBA 600 Business Residency 3
MBA 631 Current Topics in Business 3
MBA 633 Business Planning & Development 3
MBA 560 Graduate Internship I 3
MBA 660 Graduate Project Internship II 3
CAR 600 Career Planning & Development 3
Total Credits Required 3

Career Opportunities

A logistician is responsible for analyzing and coordinating the logistical functions of a firm or organization, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. A logistics/supply chain professional is responsible for the entire life cycle of a product, including acquisition, distribution, inventory, warehousing, and distribution to the customer. Some of the job opportunities in the global logistics field include the following:

Supply Chain Manager Distribution/Logistics
Supply Chain Analyst Logistics Manager
Buyer / Purchasing Agent Warehouse Manager
Warehouse Supervisor Distribution Manager
Distribution Supervisor Traffic Manager
Inventory Manager-Planner Client Services Supervisor
Warehouse Stock Clerk Transportation Manager
Transportation Analyst Transportation Coordinator
Shipping-Receiving Clerk Shipping-Receiving Supervisor
Materials Manager Logistics Planner
Logistics Analyst Customer Service Manager
International Logistics Manager Logistics Engineer
Logistics Services Salesperson Purchasing Manager

Program Highlights

The rapidly changing health care industry is the nation's second largest employer. The manager's role in health care and health care product organizations continues to grow in importance. In response to the demand for skilled managers and policy makers, the health care management major builds upon the established MBA core and provides a series of courses that familiarize the student with unique aspects and issues of the health care industry. Our interdisciplinary faculty members are experts in business, the allied health industry, and area health and science organizations. They share their practical knowledge with our students, enabling them to respond to the many critical problems now faced by hospitals, government agencies, group practices, pharmaceutical and biotechnology firms, insurance and managed care organizations, and consulting firms.

Program Objectives

In online classes, students solve real-world healthcare industry problems and learn:

  • How to improve competencies in planning, managing, communicating, relating to others, and delivering presentations in the healthcare business environment.
  • How to effectively lead and contribute to organizational strategic objectives and ensure goal accomplishment in a team setting.
  • Develop critical thinking with a strategic perspective, utilizing an ethical framework and resulting in sound decision-making skills that support and promote health care trends and market requirements.
  • Develop or improve understanding of current health care business trends locally and globally.
  • Develop an understanding of strategic human resource practices and leadership approaches.
  • Utilize financial statement analysis and other quantitative information to solve problems in health care organizations.
  • Demonstrate understanding of leadership and strategic issues in health care organizations.

Program Requirements

MBA Core Courses (7 Courses - 21 Credit Hours)
* Core courses provide students with the skills and knowledge that all managers need to succeed. Each candidate must complete the following seven core courses.
Course Code Course Name Credit Hours
MBA 500 Managerial Communication 3
MBA 511 Managerial Accounting & Finance 3
MBA 512 Project & Cost Management 3
MBA 513 Organizational Behavior & HR Management 3
MBA 514 Marketing Management 3
MBA 515 Business Statistics 3
MBA 516 Strategic Management & Organizational Leadership 3
Total Credits Required 21
MBA IN HEALTH CARE MANAGEMENT: Concentration Courses: (3 Courses - 9 Credit Hours)
* Students must specialize in one of the concentrations listed below during the second year of their study. Students must choose three courses (9 credit hours) from the concentration courses. All concentration courses are CPT eligible.
Course Code Course Name Credit Hours
MBA 640 The Health Services System 3
MBA 641 Economics of Health Care & Policy 3
MBA 642 Financial Management of Health Institutions 3
MBA 643 Legal Aspects of Health Care 3
Total Credits Required 9
MBA IN HEALTH CARE MANAGEMENT: Integration Course: (1 Course - 3 Credit Hours)
* Students must take a course that integrates and synthesizes the MBA education and facilitates the transition from the academic to the professional business world.
Course Code Course Name Credit Hours
MBA 627 Advanced Business Project 3
Total Credits Required 3
MBA IN HEALTH CARE MANAGEMENT: Elective Courses: (1 Course - 3 Credit Hours)
* Students must take one additional course from any of the concentrations or they may take one of the following courses:
Course Code Course Name Credit Hours
MBA 600 Business Residency 3
MBA 631 Current Topics in Business 3
MBA 633 Business Planning & Development 3
MBA 560 Graduate Internship I 3
MBA 660 Graduate Project Internship II 3
CAR 600 Career Planning and Development 3
Total Credits Required 3

Career Opportunities

Once you earn an online MBA in Healthcare Management degree you can work as a:

  • Healthcare Manager
  • Healthcare Planner
  • Administrator
  • CEO
  • Hospital Manager and Administrator

Program Highlights

The online MBA in Hospitality and Tourism Management program at VIU will prepare students to be leaders in the competitive hospitality and tourism industry which employs over 220 million people worldwide and generates almost 9% of the world's GDP1. The World Tourism Organization and The World Travel & Tourism Council expect to see sustained growth in tourism and an estimated 1.6 billion tourist arrivals by 2020. Research and industry advisers have noted that the industry will need managers who can partner with governments, understand various cultures, address environmental challenges, work with people, and collaborate with private sector businesses, all of which are covered in VIU's multidisciplinary program curriculum. The MBA in Hospitality and Tourism Management will help students succeed in the competitive global marketplace through a combination of academic studies, seminars, tours, practical advice from experienced faculty, and an introduction to internship and job opportunities.

Program Objectives

The online MBA in Hospitality and Tourism Management program provides a quality education through four core learning outcomes:

  • How to manage general operations of areas core to the industry.
  • How to direct and coordinate activities in the restaurant, hotel, meeting, and travel industries.
  • How to manage key areas of the hospitality and tourism industries (HR, housekeeping, purchasing, guest relations, PR, security, maintenance, sales, meetings, and food service).
  • How to transfer conceptual knowledge to practical experience through internships or elective options.

This program is relevant to the competitive global marketplace. VIU will help students be competitive through academic studies, seminars, tours, experienced faculty, and by connecting them to various internship and job opportunities.

Program Requirements

MBA IN HOSPITALITY AND TOURISM MANAGEMENT: Core Courses: (7 Courses – 21 Credit Hours)
* Core courses provide students with the skills and knowledge that all managers need to succeed. Each candidate must complete the following seven core courses.
Course Code Course Name Credit Hours
MBA 500 Managerial Communication 3
MBA 511 Managerial Accounting & Finance 3
MBA 512 Project & Cost Management 3
MBA 513 Organizational Behavior & HR Management 3
MBA 514 Marketing Management 3
MBA 515 Business Statistics 3
MBA 516 Strategic Management & Organizational Leadership 3
Total Credits Required 21
MBA IN HOSPITALITY AND TOURISM MANAGEMENT: Concentration Courses: (3 Courses - 9 Credit Hours)
* Students must specialize in one of the concentrations listed below during the second year of their study. Students must choose three courses (9 credit hours) from the concentration courses. All concentration courses are CPT eligible. 
Course Code Course Name Credit Hours
MBA 552 Hospitality & Tourism Management 3
MBA 553 Event Planning & Management 3
MBA 554 Marketing for Hospitality & Tourism 3
MBA 555 Legal Aspects for Hospitality & Tourism 3
MBA 556 Accounting, Budgeting, & Cost Controls: Hospitality & Tourism 3
MBA 557 Management of Information Technology in Hospitality & Tourism 3
MBA 558 Human Resources Management in the Hospitality & Tourism 3
Total Credits Required 9
MBA IN HOSPITALITY AND TOURISM MANAGEMENT: Integration Course: (1 Course - 3 Credit Hours)
* Students must take a course that integrates and synthesizes the MBA education and facilitates the transition from the academic to the professional business world.
Course Code Course Name Credit Hours
MBA 627 Advanced Business Project 3
Total Credits Required 3
MBA IN HOSPITALITY AND TOURISM MANAGEMENT: Elective Courses: (1 Course - 3 Credit Hours)
* Students must take one additional course from any of the concentrations or they may take one of the following courses:
Course Code Course Name Credit Hours
MBA 600 Business Residency 3
MBA 631 Current Topics in Business 3
MBA 633 Business Planning & Development 3
MBA 560 Graduate Internship I 3
MBA 660 Graduate Project Internship II 3
CAR 600 Career Planning and Development 3
Total Credits Required 3

Job Opportunities

Hospitality and tourism represents a broad range of career opportunities in industries that include:

  • Hotels and resorts
  • Restaurants and commercial food service
  • Meeting and event planning
  • Tourism destinations and attractions
  • Leisure, recreation, and sports management
  • Airlines, cruises, and other transportation
  • Environmentally sustainable and cultural tourism development
  • Spa and wellness management

Program Highlights

The increase in globalization creates a need for HR professionals who can bridge cultural divides to address HR management issues across industries. According to the report by the Society for Human Resources Management (SHRM), HR professionals need key core competencies to be successful. Those competencies include: strategic thinking, talent management, business acumen, technology/technical skills, international/global perspective, finance capability, and innovation and creativity. VIU has developed an online MBA program with a concentration in Human Resources Management to build skills in these competencies and align to the bodies of knowledge recommended for SHRM's Professional in HR (PHR) and Senior Professional in HR (SPHR) certifications.

Program Objectives

Among many aspects, students will learn:

  • How to develop and implement recruitment, hiring, orientation, training, and succession programs to meet organizational goals and objectives.
  • How to develop compensation and benefit strategies to retain a productive workforce.
  • How to assess recruitment and resource needs to ensure the organization is adequately staffed and operating efficiently.
  • How to apply and use employment laws to protect employee rights and address workplace behavior issues.
  • How to participate inn and develop strategies in the collective bargaining process.
  • How to ensure a positive work culture through employee relations programs and conflict resolution activities.

Concentration Courses

MBA IN HUMAN RESOURCES MANAGEMENT: Core Courses: (7 Courses - 21 Credit Hours)
* Core courses provide students with the skills and knowledge that all managers need to succeed. Each candidate must complete the following seven core courses.
Course Code Course Name Credit Hours
MBA 500 Managerial Communication 3
MBA 511 Managerial Accounting & Finance 3
MBA 512 Project & Cost Management 3
MBA 513 Organizational Behavior & HR Management 3
MBA 514 Marketing Management 3
MBA 515 Business Statistics 3
MBA 516 Strategic Management & Organizational Leadership 3
Total Credits Required 21
MBA IN HUMAN RESOURCES MANAGEMENT: Concentration Courses: (3 Courses - 9 Credit Hours)
* Students must specialize in one of the concentrations listed below during the second year of their study. Students must choose three courses (9 credit hours) from the concentration courses. All concentration courses are CPT eligible.
Course Code Course Name Credit Hours
MBA 523 HR Law 3
MBA 536 Labor Relations 3
MBA 538 Compensation & Benefits 3
MBA 551 Conflict Resolution 3
MBA 611 Business Ethics & Law 3
Total Credits Required 9
MBA IN HUMAN RESOURCES MANAGEMENT: Integration Course: (1 Course – 3 Credit Hours)
* Students must take a course that integrates and synthesizes the MBA education and facilitates the transition from the academic to the professional business world.
Course Code Course Name Credit Hours
MBA 627 Advanced Business Project 3
Total Credits Required 3
MBA IN HUMAN RESOURCES MANAGEMENT: Elective Courses: (1 Course - 3 Credit Hours)
* Students must take one additional course from any of the concentrations or they may take one of the following courses:
Course Code Course Name Credit Hours
MBA 600 Business Residency 3
MBA 631 Current Topics in Business 3
MBA 633 Business Planning & Development 3
MBA 560 Graduate Internship I 3
MBA 660 Graduate Project Internship II 3
CAR 600 Career Planning & Development 3
Total Credits Required 3

Career Opportunities

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, employment opportunities for all human resources positions are expected to grow much faster than average in the coming years. HR Management graduates go on to become:

  • A critical part of a training & development team
  • Employment, recruitment, or placement specialists
  • Personnel managers
  • Labor relations managers
  • Arbitrators and mediators

Program Highlights

Globalization has led to a tremendous transformation in the international business environment. In the last decade we have seen the transformation of various emerging markets into international business hubs. The economic dynamism of various Asian, Central European, South American, and Sub-Saharan African markets have paved the way for the emergence of a closely woven network of international business phenomena, eliminating, to a large extent, the isolated business activities limited to industrialized nations. Globalization has, in a nutshell, led to a new type of economic competition and world business scenarios that require adaptation, knowledge of market trends, and requirements. An online MBA in International Business Management from VIU provides students with international managerial capacities, cross-cultural skills, and diverse strategic outlooks to ensure their professional success.

Program Objectives

The online MBA program in International Business Management provides students with an education that is aimed at:

  • Improving understanding of economic and business issues.
  • Providing management tools that link skills to the business environment.
  • Providing techniques to create working solutions in addition to theoretical models.
  • Developing leadership and management skills.
  • Managing a diverse workforce in a globalized economy.

Program Requirements

MBA IN INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS MANAGEMENT: Core Courses: (7 Courses -21 Credit Hours)
* Core courses provide students with the skills and knowledge that all managers need to succeed. Each candidate must complete the following seven core courses.
Course Code Course Name Credit Hours
MBA 500 Managerial Communication 3
MBA 511 Managerial Accounting & Finance 3
MBA 512 Project & Cost Management 3
MBA 513 Organizational Behavior & HR Management 3
MBA 514 Marketing Management 3
MBA 515 Business Statistics 3
MBA 516 Strategic Management & Organizational Leadership 3
Total Credits Required 21
MBA IN INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS MANAGEMENT: Concentration Courses: (3 Courses – 9 Credit Hours)
* Students must specialize in one of the concentrations listed below during the second year of their study. Students must choose three courses (9 credit hours) from the concentration courses. All concentration courses are CPT eligible.
Course Code Course Name Credit Hours
MBA 611 Business Ethics & Law 3
MBA 612 International Management 3
MBA 613 Enterprise Resource Planning 3
MBA 614 International Finance 3
MBA 615 International Strategy 3
MBA 616 International Marketing 3
MBA 617 Import / Export Management 3
MBA 634 Operations Management 3
Total Credits Required 9
MBA IN INTERNAITONAL BUSINESS MANAGEMENT: Integration Course: (1 Course - 3 Credit Hours)
* Students must take a course that integrates and synthesizes the MBA education and facilitates the transition from the academic to the professional business world.
Course Code Course Name Credit Hours
MBA 627 Advanced Business Project 3
Total Credits Required 3
MBA IN INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS MANAGEMENT: Elective Courses: (1 Course - 3 Credit Hours)
* Students must take one additional course from any of the concentrations or they may take one of the following courses.
Course Code Course Name Credit Hours
MBA 600 Business Residency 3
MBA 631 Current Topics in Business 3
MBA 633 Business Planning & Development 3
MBA 560 Graduate Internship I 3
MBA 660 Graduate Project Internship II 3
CAR 600 Career Planning & Development 3
Total Credits Required 3
 

Career Opportunities

A career in international business management can be established in many different industries such as:

  • Imports
  • Exports
  • Operations
  • Marketing
  • Supply Chain Management
  • Direct Investment
  • Licensing
  • Foreign Currency Investment Advisor

This list is just a small part of the whole field of international business.

Program Highlights

The ability to analyze and interpret financial statements is essential for today's managers. The online MBA in International Finance at VIU prepares current and future managers to use financial statement data to make effective business decisions. For practitioners in the financial services industries, this concentration helps refine the skills necessary for career advancement. The program also provides both insight into how financial markets function and the education necessary for students who seek positions in the financial industry or in financial institutions.

Program Objectives

The online MBA in International Finance is the ideal program for individuals who wish to pursue a career in global finance. The program provides insight into how financial markets function. The finance specialization provides the education necessary for students who seek positions in either industry or financial institutions.

In online classes, students will tackle real-world financial problems and learn:

  • How to adjust to changing regulations within the financial services management sector.
  • How to measure and create value.
  • Best practices for investments in both established and emerging markets.
  • Techniques for corporate and personal investment analysis.
  • How to interpret, analyze, and evaluate financial statements in government entities, corporations, and international financial institutions.
  • Long and short term risk management.

Program Requirements

MBA IN INTERNATIONAL FINANCE: Core Courses: (7 Courses - 21 Credit Hours)
* Core courses provide students with the skills and knowledge that all managers need to succeed. Each candidate must complete the following seven core courses.
Course Code Course Name Credit Hours
MBA 500 Managerial Communication 3
MBA 511 Managerial Accounting & Finance 3
MBA 512 Project & Cost Management 3
MBA 513 Organizational Behavior & HR Management 3
MBA 514 Marketing Management 3
MBA 515 Business Statistics 3
MBA 516 Strategic Management & Organizational Leadership 3
Total Credits Required 21
MBA IN INTERNATIONAL FINANCE: Concentration Courses: (3 Courses - 9 Credit Hours)
* Students must specialize in one of the concentrations listed below during the second year of their study. Students must choose three courses (9 credit hours) from the concentration courses. All concentration courses are CPT eligible.
Course Code Course Name Credit Hours
MBA 611 Business Ethics & Law 3
MBA 614 International Finance 3
MBA 618 International Economics & Trade 3
MBA 620 Long-Term Financial Decisions 3
MBA 621 Trading & Risk Management 3
Total Credits Required 9
MBA IN INTERNATIONAL FINANCE: Integration Course: (1 Course - 3 Credit Hours)
* Students must take a course that integrates and synthesizes the MBA education and facilitates the transition from the academic to the professional business world.
Course Code Course Name Credit Hours
MBA 627 Advanced Business Project 3
Total Credits Required 3
MBA IN INTERNATIONAL FINANCE: Elective Courses: (1 Course - 3 Credit Hours)
* Students must take one additional course from any of the concentrations or they may take one of the following courses:
Course Code Course Name Credit Hours
MBA 600 Business Residency 3
MBA 631 Current Topics in Business 3
MBA 633 Business Planning &  Development 3
MBA 560 Graduate Internship I 3
MBA 660 Graduate Project Internship II 3
CAR 600 Career Planning & Development 3
Total Credits Required 3
 

Career Opportunities

This specialization will prepare students for career opportunities such as:

  • Investment Manager, Emerging Markets Investment Fund
  • Financial Analyst, International Bank
  • Environment, Social and Governance (ESG) Risk Officer, International Manufacturing Firm
  • Fund Manager, Socially Responsible Investment Fund

Program Highlights

The online MBA in Marketing Management provides students with an opportunity to study the dynamics of human behavior that affect marketing decisions. Included in this analysis is an examination of effective marketing practices, procedures, and the analytical techniques required prior to basic marketing decisions. Our professors are multidisciplinary experts in the fields of marketing, business, and management who use their practical experience to help our students succeed in and beyond the classroom.

Program Objectives

In class, students will resolve real-world marketing challenges and learn:

  • How to use marketing metrics to reduce uncertainty around managerial decisions and make better, more informed decisions.
  • Methods used in "hearing" the voice of the consumer.
  • Techniques for marketing to a diverse globalized consumer base, including emerging and frontier markets.
  • Tools to make decisions about demand forecasting, pricing, new product design and positioning, measuring and managing customer satisfaction, and segmentation.
  • How to apply marketing analysis techniques and strategies for business growth.

Concentration Courses

MBA IN MARKETING MANAGEMENT: Core Courses: (7 Courses - 21 Credit Hours)
* Core courses provide students with the skills and knowledge that all managers need to succeed. Each candidate must complete the following seven core courses.
  Course Code Course Name Credit Hours
MBA 500 Managerial Communication 3  
MBA 511 Managerial Accounting & Finance 3  
MBA 512 Project & Cost Management 3  
MBA 513 Organizational Behavior & HR Management 3  
MBA 514 Marketing Management 3  
MBA 515 Business Statistics 3  
MBA 516 Strategic Management & Organizational Leadership 3  
Total Credits Required 3
MBA IN MARKETING MANAGEMENT: Concentration Courses: (3 Courses - 9 Credit Hours)
* Students must specialize in one of the concentrations listed below during the second year of their study. Students must choose three courses (9 credit hours) from the concentration courses. All concentration courses are CPT eligible.
Course Code Course Name Credit Hours
MBA 611 Business Ethics & Law 3
MBA 616 International Marketing 3
MBA 622 Marketing Research 3
MBA 623 Sales Management 3
MBA 624 Advertising & Promotion 3
MBA 625 Effective Negotiation 3
MBA 626 Consumer Behavior 3
Total Credits Required 9
MBA IN MARKETING MANAGEMENT: Integration Course: (1 Course - 3 Credit Hours)
* Students must take a course that integrates and synthesizes the MBA education and facilitates the transition from the academic to the professional business world.
Course Code Course Name Credit Hours
MBA 627 Advanced Business Project 3
Total Credits Required 3
MBA IN MARKETING MANAGEMENT: Elective Course: (1 Course - 3 Credit Hours)
* Students must take one additional course from any of the concentrations or they may take one of the following courses:
Course Code Course Name Credit Hours
MBA 600 Business Residency 3
MBA 631 Current Topics in Business 3
MBA 633 Business Planning & Development 3
MBA 560 Graduate Internship I 3
MBA 660 Graduate Project Internship II 3
CAR 600 Career Planning & Development 3
Total 3

Career Opportunities

Some of the top MBA marketing jobs and careers include the following:

  • Public Relations Specialists - The professional in this position is responsible for managing communications between business and customers.
  • Market Research Analysts - In order to influence marketing strategies, the individuals in this position conduct public opinion surveys to maintain a customer base.
  • Advertising Manager - The people in this position oversee various promotional campaigns in order to attract a new customer base. Additional duties include monitoring the marketing methods from other companies in order to stay ahead of the competition.
  • Marketing Manager - Responsibilities for a Marketing Manager position include finding new markets, watching new trends, and recognizing new products and services. In the end, managers in this position help companies gain a better understanding of how customer demand can affect the company's profits. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the average salary for marketing managers is $113,400 as of May 2008

Program Highlights

The goal of the online MBA in Entrepreneurship is to educate students in the skill sets and qualities needed to become a successful entrepreneur and to explain the opportunities of small businesses' development and growth. Within this concentration, students will learn behavioral attributes as well as entrepreneurship theories alongside practical applications in preparation to operate successfully in the entrepreneurship environment.

Program Objectives

  • This program will develop skills needed to realize and analyze risks, challenges, and rewards while creating a new business venture. students will study simulated real-time models and play role-playing games to better comprehend effective practices and decision-making processes. Graduates with an MBA in Entrepreneurship will have a thorough understanding of how to create and implement a business and marketing plan, which includes knowledge of accounting, finance, marketing, strategy, management, and global business. The entrepreneurship concentration will provide all necessary education to become a successful entrepreneur and start a small business.

Program Requirements

In addition to the core courses, students specializing in entrepreneurship choose three (3) of the following concentration courses:
MBA IN ENTREPRENEURSHIP: Core Courses: (7 Courses - 21 Credit Hours)
* Core courses provide students with the skills and knowledge that all managers need to succeed. Each candidate must complete the following seven core courses.  
Course Code Course Name Credit Hours
MBA 500 Managerial Communication 3
MBA 511 Managerial Accounting & Finance 3
MBA 512 Project & Cost Management 3
MBA 513 Organizational Behavior & HR Management 3
MBA 514 Marketing Management 3
MBA 515 Business Statistics 3
MBA 516 Strategic Management & Organizational Leadership 3
Total Credits Required 3
MBA IN ENTREPRENEURSHIP: Concentration Courses: (3 Courses - 9 Credit Hours)
* Students must specialize in one of the concentrations listed below during the second year of their study. Students must choose three courses (9 credit hours) from the concentration courses. All concentration courses are CPT eligible.  
Course Code Course Name Credit Hours
MBA 630 Entrepreneurship 3
MBA 637 Business Innovation 3
MBA 633 Business Planning & Development 3
MBA 634 Operations Management 3
MBA 638 Entrepreneurial Finance & Venture Capital 3
Total Credits Required 9
MBA IN ENTREPRENEURSHIP: Integration Course: (1 Course - 3 Credit Hours)
* Students must take a course that integrates and synthesizes the MBA education and facilitates the transition from the academic to the professional business world.
Course Code Course Name Credit Hours
MBA 627 Advanced Business Project 3
Total Credits Required 3
MBA IN ENTREPRENEURSHIP: Elective Course: (1 Course - 3 Credit Hours)
* Students must take one additional course from any of the concentrations or they may take one of the following courses:  
Course Code Course Name Credit Hours
MBA 600 Business Residency 3
MBA 631 Current Topics in Business 3
MBA 633 Business Planning & Development 3
MBA 560 Graduate Internship I 3
MBA 660 Graduate Project Internship II 3
CAR 600 Career Planning & Development 3
Taotal 3

Career Opportunities

A handful of the exciting career opportunities available to graduates of the MBA in Entrepreneurship program include:
  • Mid-level management
  • Small business owner
  • Business consultant
  • Sales
  • Research and development

Program Highlights

The core competencies and subjects of the MBA in Project Management program include contracts and procurements, project and cost management, risk project management, quality project management and assurance, multiple project management systems, productivity measurement and improvement such as communication project management, human resources management, and other topics related to project management.

Program Objectives

  • The objective of the MBA in Project Management is to provide individuals with the skill set needed to excel in challenging work environments and to meet the industry demand for project managers who can improve business performance both locally and globally.

Program Requirements

In addition to the core courses, students specializing in project management choose three (3) of the following concentration courses:

MBA IN PROJECT MANAGEMENT: Core Courses: (7 Courses - 21 Credit Hours)
* Core courses provide students with the skills and knowledge that all managers need to succeed. Each candidate must complete the following seven core courses.
Course Code Course Name Credit Hours
MBA 500 Managerial Communication 3
MBA 511 Managerial Accounting & Finance 3
MBA 512 Project & Cost Management 3
MBA 513 Organizational Behavior & HR Management 3
MBA 514 Marketing Management 3
MBA 515 Business Statistics 3
MBA 516 Strategic Management & Organizational Leadership 3
Total Credits Required 3
MBA IN PROJECT MANAGEMENT: Concentration Courses: (3 Courses - 9 Credit Hours)
* Students must specialize in one of the concentrations listed below during the second year of their study. Students must choose three courses (9 credit hours) from the concentration courses. All concentration courses are CPT eligible.
Course Code Course Name Credit Hours
PMP 605 ProjectManagement Systems 3
PMP 610 Quality Project Management Practices 3
PMP 615 Risk Project Management 3
PMP 620 Contract & Procurement Management 3
PMP 623 Leading Projects Across Cultural, Corporate, & Global Boundaries 3
Total Credits Required 9
MBA IN PROJECT MANAGEMENT: Integration Course: (1 Course - 3 Credit Hours)
* Students must take a course that integrates and synthesizes the MBA education and facilitates the transition from the academic to the professional business world.
Course Code Course Name Credit Hours
MBA 627 Advanced Business Project 3
Total Credits Required 3
MBA IN PROJECT MANAGEMENT: Elective Course: (1 Course - 3 Credit Hours)
* Students must take one additional course from any of the concentrations or they may take one of the following courses:
Course Code Course Name Credit Hours
MBA 600 Business Residency 3
MBA 631 Current Topics in Business 3
MBA 633 Business Planning & Development 3
MBA 560 Graduate Internship I 3
MBA 660 Graduate Project Internship II 3
CAR 600 Career Planning & Development 3
Total Credits Required 3

Career Opportunities

Career opportunities for graduates of the MBA in Project Management include:
  • Consulting management
  • Construction and housing industries
  • Government (all branches), as well as other interface organizations
  • Information systems and management
  • Healthcare and financial industries
  • Non-governmental organizations (NGOs)
  • Commercial organizations
  • Public relations

Program Highlights

The MBA in Mass Media & Public Relations will prepare journalists, editors, and other professional communicators to serve in culturally diverse and technologically enhanced media environments by empowering them with the skills and attributes associated with scholars, problem solvers, critical thinkers, and strategists.

Program Objectives

  • The program objectives for VIU's MBA in Mass Media & Public Relations program are to enable effective management of mass media news and communications operations or departments within a business enterprise.

Program Requirements

In addition to the core courses, students specializing in mass media and public relations choose three (3) of the following concentration courses:

MBA IN MASS MEDIA AND PUBLIC RELATIONS: Core Courses: (7 Courses - 21 Credit Hours)
* Core courses provide students with the skills and knowledge that all managers need to succeed. Each candidate must complete the following seven core courses.
Course Code Course Name Credit Hours
MBA 500 Managerial Communication 3
MBA 511 Managerial Accounting & Finance 3
MBA 512 Project & Cost Management 3
MBA 513 Organizational Behavior & HR Management 3
MBA 514 Marketing Management 3
MBA 515 Business Statistics 3
MBA 516 Strategic Management & Organizational Leadership 3
Total Credits Required 3
MBA IN MASS MEDIA AND PUBLIC RELATIONS: Concentration Courses: (3 Courses - 9 Credit Hours)
* Students must specialize in one of the concentrations listed below during the second year of their study. Students must choose three courses (9 credit hours) from the concentration courses. All concentration courses are CPT eligible.
Course Code Course Name Credit Hours
COMM 600 Writing & Editing the News (Introduction to News Editorial Journalism) 3
COMM 610 News Editing 3
COMM 605 Media Ethics 3
COMM 620 Politics, Journalism, & Business 3
COMM 625 Media Relations 3
COMM 630 International Journalism 3
COMM 635 Mass Media & Society 3
COMM 641 Media Economics 3
COMM 643 US Press History 3
COMM 645 The Development & Use of New Media Technology 3
COMM 647 The Movies: File & Video Criticism 3
COMM 649 Small Group & Team Communications 3
Total Credits Required 9
MBA IN MASS MEDIA AND PUBLIC RELATIONS: Integration Course: (1 Course - 3 Credit Hours)
* Students must take a course that integrates and synthesizes the MBA education and facilitates the transition from the academic to the professional business world.
Course Code Course Name Credit Hours
MBA 627 Advanced Business Project 3
Total Credits Required 3
MBA IN MASS MEDIA AND PUBLIC RELATIONS: Elective Course: (1 Course - 3 Credit Hours)
* Students must take one additional course from any of the concentrations or they may take one of the following courses::
Course Code Course Name Credit Hours
MBA 600 Business Residency 3
MBA 631 Current Topics in Business 3
MBA 633 Business Planning & Development 3
MBA 560 Graduate Internship I 3
MMBA 660 Graduate Project Internship II 3
CAR 600 Career Planning & Development 3
Total Credits Required 3

Career Opportunities

Graduates of the MBA in Mass Media & Public Relations program may pursue a number of careers, including:
  • Public relations and fundraising manager
  • Public relations specialist
  • Reporter
  • Correspondent
  • Broadcast news analyst
  • Writer/editor
  • Journalist

Program Objectives

The Online MBA program at VIU aims to:

  • Provide a background in the concepts of production, marketing, and business finance;
  • Provide a foundation in the methods for decision-making and information technology;
  • Develop management practitioners who embrace change creatively for the benefit of business, and;
  • Provide individuals the capacity and the discipline necessary for continuous learning.

Emerge as a global business leader: learn to embrace change, be innovative, and stay ahead. The School of Business at VIU develops students' global mindset, instills a strong sense of their value in the business world, and builds foundational business competencies to be successful in any business profession. Several distinctive features make our e-learning MBA programs unique:

From day one, you as an individual, become the epicenter of business education. Because of the small-size classes, you will receive personal attention from VIU online faculty. You will also be a part of our innovative educational group structure that improves your leadership, teamwork, and communication skills while building camaraderie.

Our carefully crafted academic programs accommodate a variety of needs and interests. More importantly, these business programs are focused on current job market demands both in the United States and globally. Our commitment is to enable every student to be competitive, face current and future organizational challenges globally and locally, and excel in top business fields.

VIU's outstanding faculty have numerous years of professional business experience and represent leading US businesses, multinational and international agencies and corporations such as Deloitte, Exxon Mobil, World Bank, IMF, PwC, Bank of America, Booz Allen Hamilton, SAIC, CACI, and MITRE. These business experts will educate and train students by bringing their real-world experience into the class and will help students to achieve their personal and professional goals.

In the online class you will analyze Harvard Business School case studies, utilize business simulation models, and become involved in several projects.

VIU has a synergy unique among US and international universities due to its vibrant community of distinguished business leaders and multinational classmates. Together, students will help to construct and take part in global entrepreneurial projects, and cultivate themselves as global business leaders.

A degree from the VIU School of Business will open doors to job opportunities in the US and abroad in your field of business study.

Tuition

Number of Credits 36
Cost per Credit $                   409.00
Total Tuition $              14,724.00
*The estimated tuition does not include additional fees, supplies, scholarships, or transfer credits. The estimate reflects tuition for the 2014-2015 academic year. For full and current tuition information, please visit the Tuition and Fees page.

Program Prerequisites

MBA Program Prerequisites: 

Applicants seeking admission into the MBA program who have no previous business background and whose bachelor’s degrees are not related to business are required to take VIU's MBA prerequisite courses listed below:

Code Course Title Credit Hours
ECON 101 Principles of Microeconomics 3
STAT 200 Introduction to Statistics 3
ACCT 201 Principles of Financial Accounting 3
BUSS 303* Principles of Finance 3

*Students have to satisfy the ACCT 201 prerequisite before taking this course.

These program prerequisites are co-requisites and may be taken at the same time. Some or all of these prerequisites may be waived at the dean’s discretion. Students also have the option of testing out of these courses or providing other evidence of content knowledge through certifications, successful completion similar courses, or training certificates.

Pre-MBA Program Students who have earned their bachelor’s degree with less than 120 undergraduate credits can be given conditional admission to the online MBA program, provided they enroll in and successfully complete the pre-MBA courses. Successful completion of the pre-MBA courses will allow these students to complete the undergraduate credit requirement of 120 undergraduate credits and enter into the online MBA program. Students have to complete the below listed pre-MBA core courses and choose the remaining ones from the pool of BBA courses offered in a given semester. Students should consult their academic advisor before choosing classes.

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