The goal of each MBA concentration is to equip managers with the ability to engage effectively with specialists in a particular domain (e.g., accounting, human resources, data analytics, healthcare administration, etc.). Concentrations do not seek to make an individual a specialist in the domain itself, as there are entire masters programs dedicated to that.
You MUST declare your concentration, it is not automatic.
Can I get more than one concentration?
Yes. MBA students may obtain more than one concentration as long as there are a minimum of two courses (i.e,. six credit hours) which are unique to each concentration. Please indicate when adding an additional concentration, rather than a change in concentration, next to the term and email Graduate.Studies@usi.edu to verify. All concentrations will appear on the student transcript.
If obtaining multiple concentrations, either save one core course to take last after all concentration courses are complete or complete the first concentration before taking the courses for the second concentration. Or, if you are taking multiple courses in the same term, you can take the last course in both concentrations at the same time your last term. Trying to do them simultaneously any other way will cause problems with your program completion.
If you do not complete multiple concentrations simultaneously, you will have to complete your additional concentration(s) as a non-degree seeking student. Once complete, the concentration will be added to your transcript.
How do I check if courses from another MBA program will transfer to USI?
All transfer courses must be 3 credit hours each for a maximum of 12 credit hours, no more than seven years old upon completion of USI MBA, be a grade of “B” or better, and align with the USI MBA curriculum. The MBA director and graduate faculty will review course transfer requests to verify curriculum alignment.
Up to 6 credit hours of core classes can be transferred from programs with accreditation other than AACSB. Up to 12 credit hours of core classes can be transferred from AACSB accredited programs. Up to 9 credit hours of electives can be transferred from programs with accreditation other than AACSB.
Courses which are cross-listed between the undergraduate and graduate level can be transferred only from AACSB programs. As the courses are considered graduate level at the peer AACSB institution, the course can be considered for transfer equivalency if the curriculum of the graduate course aligns with a USI MBA course.
Modules – a module in Blackboard refers to a topic area. Faculty determine the amount of time allocated to modules within each course.
Assignments – any work associated with a module within a course.
Once grades are official, a student can request an official transcript online (electronic transcripts are usually processed same day, if no holds exist) or print an unofficial transcript from their myUSI (if an unofficial will be accepted). An employer can verify with the Registrar's office the grading time frame and availability of grades.
Faculty cannot communicate grade information via email. Inquiries regarding grades should be directed to the Registrar’s office. If an employer needs the grade for tuition reimbursement before the registrar’s office releases final grades, they can consider accepting the student's grade from blackboard.
Students should only communicate to faculty with their USI issued email address to comply with FERPA, and because our firewall sometimes blocks emails from non-USI accounts.
Course Evaluations are completed during each MBA course, before the last day of the course.
While we had great intentions to create community among our students, some students are misusing it and creating legal and ethical issues. Thus, the Facebook group has been closed.
Classes and Textbooks
Use Degree Works (graduation cap icon in MyUSI) to view your plan of study. This is alphabetical and courses do not need to be taken in this order.
All students will have to take at least 2 concentration courses in the online 8 week format.
Prioritize concentration courses as they are only offered once a year and most are offered only in the summer.
Textbooks are not included in the tuition price and can be purchased in the USI bookstore or online.
All materials used in MBA courses such as word documents, excel documents, videos, slides, and assignments are protected intellectual property and should not be redistributed in any manner.
Students with no experience in Finance courses are advised to take Accounting 601 and Economics 601 before Finance 601.
All students will take an end of program assessment. MBA Assessments are required for degree completion and are administered during each student's last term in the program.
Assessment results are used for the AACSB accrediting process for the USI MBA. Faculty members may also use the results to make curriculum changes.
Adequate performance on these assessments is required for successful completion of your MBA degree, but does not impact your GPA.
There are two versions of the assessment with students being randomly assigned. One version is proctored and one is not.
Please have a financial calculator accessible in case it is needed.
Meeting graduation requirements and formally applying for graduation is each student's responsibility.
Degrees are posted to the transcript about one month after the end of your last semester. If you finish in the first half of a semester, it will be posted after the end of the full semester.
Diplomas for graduates who completed all program requirements and had the Formal Application and Diploma Form on file by October 1 for fall (or March 1 for spring/summer) will be available approximately two months after the end of the term in which degree requirements are completed.
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