Curriculum

The Master of Business Administration consists of a minimum of thirty-three (33) semester-hours of credit. The 33 hour requirement will include a core curriculum, quasi-core, general elective or law and emphasis electives.

In addition, those students who enter the program lacking adequate background in specific areas of business, as determined by our graduate faculty, will be required to take prerequisite courses in those fields and may include as many as six additional courses for students with no business background.

Program Length

The MBA degree can successfully be completed within a two year time frame, being that the student has completed the required prerequisite courses

Online and Classroom Courses

The MBA program is designed with the working professional in mind. Students can take courses in the classroom, online or a combination of both.

Classroom: Residential courses are offered on campus one night a week from 6 -9 p.m., Monday through Thursday. Small class sizes (average of 12 students) ensure individual attention from our experienced professors.

Online: Web-based courses are geared to provide motivated learners greater flexibility as they read and discuss assignments and online tests and quizzes. Students do not have to be online at a certain time; however, there are deadlines for assignments.

Blended: Blended courses are also an option for certain courses, combining online with residential.

We advise that students take the combination of residential or online courses that best balances their needs for personal attention and flexibility.

Curriculum

For all course descriptions please refer to the academic course catalog.

Prerequisite Courses (varies from 0-18 hours depending on background)
BUSI 501 - Fundamentals of Financial Accounting
BUSI 502 - Fundamentals of Managerial Accounting
BUSI 503 - Foundations of Management and Marketing
BUSI 504 - Business Data and Decision Analysis
BUSI 505 - The Market Process and the World Economy
BUSI 506 - Foundations of Finance
Prerequisite courses may be waived if previously completed with a C or better (Finance, a B or better) in the undergraduate curriculum. If courses exceed 10 years (Finance, 7 years), students are given the option to test out of or retake them. For more information, please contact an enrollment counselor.

Orientation- BUSI 600 01 (0 credits)

Core (18 hours)
BUSI 610 - Managing with Excellence and Integrity
BUSI 615 - Advanced Marketing Management
BUSI 623 - Business Ethics from a Christian Worldview
BUSI 625 - Advanced Managerial Accounting
BUSI 635 - Financial Management Practices
BUSI 650 - Strategic Planning and Analysis
The Capstone course, BUSI 650, must be completed by all MBA students near the end of their curriculum after BUSI 610, BUSI 615, BUSI 625 and BUSI 635 have been completed. This course is designed to act as a comprehensive integrative experience, bringing together the breadth of the MBA curriculum. Students must pass this course with a grade of B or better in order to graduate.

Quasi-Core (3 hours-choose 1)
BUSI 522 - Macroeconomic Policy in a Global Economy
BUSI 546 - Advanced Investments
BUSI 552 - Advanced Managerial Economics
BUSI 614 - Information Systems Concepts
BUSI 642 - International Finance and Monetary Policy

General Elective or Law (3 hours)
Students who do not have Business Law in undergraduate will be required to take BUSI 620 Contemporary Business Law and the Legal Environment in their MBA program. Students that have already taken a Law class in undergrad will be able to choose any general elective.

Emphasis (9 hours)
Choose three electives from the following areas of emphasis:
• Accounting (emphasis cannot be completed online)
• Finance
• Leadership
• Management Information Systems

• Human Resource Management (emphasis cannot be completed online)

* Students may choose any combination of electives in order to receive a General Management Emphasis

MBA Exit Assessment - BUSI 699 01 (0 credits)

Electives

Accounting (9 hours)
Choose three:
BUSI 509 - Cost Accounting and Management Control
BUSI 517 - Federal Taxation for individuals
BUSI 518 - Federal Taxation for Corporations and Other Entities
BUSI 525 - Advanced Financial Accounting
BUSI 528 - Auditing and Attestation
BUSI 540 - Government & Not for Profit Accounting
BUSI 560 - International Accounting
BUSI 570 - Accounting Information Systems
BUSI 664 - Financial Statement Analysis

Please visit these websites for questions about licensure as a CPA:
National Association of State Boards of Accountancy
South Carolina requirements

Finance (9 hours)
Choose three:
BUSI 522 - Macroeconomic Policy in a Global Economy
BUSI 537 - Entrepreneurial Finance
BUSI 546 - Advanced Investments
BUSI 641 - International Business and Trade
BUSI 642 - International Finance and Monetary Policy
BUSI 659 - Financial Planning
BUSI 664 - Financial Statement Analysis

Leadership (9 hours)
Choose three:
• BUSI 607 - Fundamentals of Leadership                                                                         
BUSI 611 - Advanced Human Resource Management

BUSI 612 - Advanced Organizational Behavior
BUSI 613 - Executive Communications 
• 
BUSI 624 - Leadership Development 
• BUSI 634 - Organizational Change and Transformation 
 
• BUSI 644 - Leadership Dynamics and Decisions 

BUSI 646 - Entrepreneurship
BUSI 654 - Advanced Labor Relations

Management Information Systems (9 hours)
Choose three:
BUSI 519 - Database Design and Management Concepts
BUSI 595 - Information Systems Analysis and Design
BUSI 614 - Information Systems Concepts
BUSI 629 - Data Security and Emerging Information Technologies

Human Resource Management (9 hours)
Choose three:
• BUSI 541 - Staffing*
• BUSI 542 - Employee Training and Development*
• BUSI 543 - Employee Comp and Benefits*
BUSI 544 - Human Resource Law and Ethics
• BUSI 611 - Advanced Human Resource Management 
*BUSI 611 or permission of the instructor is a prerequisite 

General Management (9 hours)
Students who do not wish to earn an emphasis in Accounting, Finance, Leadership or MIS, may choose any 3 electives except those that count as a required core course and those that count as a prerequisite for our MBA Program to earn a General Management Emphasis. For example, 501, 502, 503, 504, 505 and 506 cannot count as an elective.

Choose three:
BUSI 509 - Cost Accounting and Management Control
BUSI 517 - Federal Taxation for individuals
BUSI 518 - Federal Taxation for Corporations and Other Entities
BUSI 519 - Database Design and Management Concepts
BUSI 522 - Macroeconomic Policy in a Global Economy
• BUSI 525 - Advanced Financial Accounting
BUSI 528 - Auditing and Attestation
BUSI 537 - Entrepreneurial Finance
BUSI 540 - Government & Not for Profit Accounting
BUSI 541 - Staffing*
• BUSI 542 - Employee Training and Development*
• BUSI 543 - Employee Comp and Benefits*
• BUSI 544 - Human Resource Law and Ethics                                                                • BUSI 546 - Advanced Investments

BUSI 552 - Advanced Managerial Economics
BUSI 560 - International Accounting
BUSI 570 - Accounting Information Systems
BUSI 595 - Information Systems Analysis and Design                                            • BUSI 607 - Fundamentals of Leadership
BUSI 611 - Advanced Human Resource Management
BUSI 612 - Advanced Organizational Behavior
BUSI 613 - Executive Communications
BUSI 614 - Information Systems Concepts
BUSI 620 - Contemporary Business Law and the Legal Environment
BUSI 624 - Leadership Development 
BUSI 629 - Data Security and Emerging Information Technologies
BUSI 634 - Organizational Change and Transformation 
BUSI 641 - International Business and Trade
BUSI 642 - International Finance and Monetary Policy                                                • BUSI 644 - Leadership Dynamics and Decision
BUSI 646 - Entrepreneurship
BUSI 654 - Advanced Labor Relations
BUSI 659 - Financial Planning
BUSI 664 - Financial Statement Analysis
* Students are allowed to take multiple Law courses, but if 620 is a required course, then that course cannot count twice. 

 

Policies Regarding Emphasis Selection 

1. Students receiving an emphasis within the MBA will have the emphasis noted on the official transcript. Diplomas do not reflect the emphasis.

2. Students must declare an emphasis by filling out the appropriate form at the Registrar's Office by midterm of the semester prior to graduating from the MBA program. A student who has received an MBA from Charleston Southern University without an emphasis may return to earn an emphasis by completing the necessary course requirements in the chosen emphasis.


MBA Exit Assessment

At the end of their program, all students are required to complete BUSI 699, MBA Exit Assessment (0 credit hours) in their final semester, as a graduation requirement

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Contact

For questions about the admissions process, documents needed/received, or your application status, please contact:
 
Richard German
Graduate Enrollment Counselor
Email: cgerman@csuniv.edu
Phone: 843-863-7534
Fax: 843-863-7070
 
 
For questions about registration, drop/add, or withdrawing from a course, please contact:
 
Janie Cogdill
Graduate Academic Advisor
Email: jcogdill@csuniv.edu
Phone: 843-863-7296
Fax: 843-863-7922
 
 
For questions about financial aid, please contact:
 
Financial Aid 
Email: financialaid@csuniv.edu
Phone: 843-863-4707
Fax: 843-863-7070 
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