Accelerated Bachelor of Arts in Organizational Leadership to Master of Business Administration

Program Entry Options

The BAOL program has thee program options:

1. Accelerated Bachelor of Arts in Organizational Leadership to Master of Business Administration

2. Accelerated Bachelor of Arts in Organizational Leadership to Master of Arts In Organizational Leadership

3. Credit-hour Bachelor of Organizational Leadership

The accelerated BAOL to MBA degree program offers students a degree path with up to fifteen fewer credits than the combined traditional BAOL and MBA degree programs.

Mission:

The Accelerated Bachelor of Organizational Leadership to Master of Business Administration (BAOL to MBA) prepares graduates to manage and lead enterprises that create value for stakeholders in a dynamic, global business environment.

Program Learning Outcomes:

Business Functions/Processes: Analyze and evaluate business functions and processes.

Strategic Planning: Evaluate and formulate effective domestic and global business strategies.

Sustainability/Ethics: Integrate ethics, corporate social responsibility and sustainability in decision-making.

Leadership: Identify, evaluate, communicate and implement effective leadership of a diverse workforce.

Innovation: Research, design and apply the innovation process from creativity to solution design and implementation.

Requirements for Admission

Admission requirements include two phases, BAOL admission and MBA admission during the student’s senior year:

Phase 1, BAOL Admission:

Regular undergraduate admission standards apply. See Undergraduate Admission for Degree Seeking Student Applicants in this catalog. Students interested in participating in the Accelerated BAOL to MBA degree program must select this track during their undergraduate admission process so they will be identified as candidates for this degree program and advised accordingly. Formal admission to MBA phase of the Accelerated BAOL to MBA does not occur until the student attains senior status.

Phase 2, MBA Admission:

Accelerated BAOL to MBA candidates apply for formal admission to the MBA at the beginning of their senior year. At this time, candidates for this program must demonstrate readiness to do graduate level work by satisfactorily fulfilling one of the following admission options.

Option One

A 3.0 grade point average (GPA) calculated over the most recent graded 30 semester (45 quarter) credits completed in either a baccalaureate or post baccalaureate program, including credits earned toward a credential. All credits used for GPA calculation must be from a regionally accredited institution.

Option Two

A GPA between 2.5 and 2.99 calculated over the most recent graded 30 semester (45 quarter) credits competed in either a baccalaureate or post baccalaureate program, including credits earned toward a credential. All credits used for GPA calculation must be from a regionally accredited institution. A satisfactory score on an accepted graduate admission exam is required.

• Graduate Record Exam (GRE): Achieve the required minimum scores on two out of three of the subsections of the GRE. (Minimum score for Quantitative: 141, minimum score for      Verbal: 150, minimum score for Analytic Writing: 4.5).

• Millar Analogies Test (MAT): Achieve a minimum scaled score of 400.

• Graduate Management Admissions Test (GMAT): Fulfill the formula GMAT + (GPA X 200) > 1000.

Option Three

An earned master’s degree or higher from a regionally accredited institution.

Option Four

Submission of a portfolio of evidence that shows adequate preparation for graduate studies. The portfolio will contain: Writing samples that show graduate level communications and analytical skills; a detailed resume showing professional development and achievements; awards; professional recognition; letters of reference from persons who can attest to the applicant’s ability to do graduate level work; and a letter of explanation detailing the reasons the student believes he or she is a good candidate for graduate study in the field of Business Administration.

Transfer Credit Policy

Undergraduate Credit Transfer:  See Undergraduate Credit-Hour Based Academic Policies and Procedures Transfer Credit Policies section of this catalog.  Standard university undergraduate transfer credit policies apply.

Graduate Credit Transfer:  See the Graduate Academic Policies and Procedures section of this catalog. A maximum of six credits may be accepted in transfer toward electives in the MBA degree Program. 

In addition to university policies concerning transfer of graduate coursework, the MBA program will accept transfer of military coursework which meets the following requirements:

1. Course requested for transfer must include an official transcript or copy of an ACE evaluation which verifies graduate-level work;

2. Coursework must be letter graded or provide verification of completion at a grade of “B” or higher;

3. Coursework must be comparable to program requirements (if marginal comparability, a written statement of rationale must be provided); and

4. Military coursework will be accepted in transfer as fulfilling elective requirements only. 

Core Course Waiver Policy

The Accelerated BAOL to MBA degree track has three MBA core courses eligible for waiver consideration, which can reduce a student’s degree path by up to nine credits provided that waiver requirements are met. The courses eligible for waiver consideration in the Accelerated BAOL to MBA Degree program of study are: 

Course Waiver Requirements

  • For graduate courses supporting an eligible MBA core waiver course: Produce evidence of equivalent graduate course content by attaching relevant course descriptions.
  • For undergraduate courses supporting an eligible MBA core waiver: Produce transcript evidence of the following courses:
    • Fundamentals of Accounting I and Fundamentals of Accounting II are required for waiver consideration of ACCU 602 Financial Reporting & Analysis (ACCU 201 and ACCU 202 as prescribed electives will satisfy this waiver opportunity).
    • A computer course and a statistics course are required for waiver consideration of BUSU 610 Data Analysis for Decision Making (CSCU 200 and MATU 203 as prescribed electives will satisfy this waiver opportunity).
    • Microeconomics and Macroeconomics are required for waiver consideration of BUSU 620 Economic Analysis for Managers (ECNU 201 and ECNU 202 as prescribed electives will satisfy this waiver opportunity).
  • Only appropriate courses with a grade of “B” (3.0) or higher will be considered.

  • Undergraduate and graduate courses taken within the last seven years may be used toward waivers. A course older than seven years may be authorized via the petition process provided that currency in the field can be verified by matching current student knowledge and experience with the course’s Course Learning Outcomes. Verification of currency in the field requires the submission of a current job description and supervisor’s letter. Currency in the field cannot be self-reported.

  • A course that has been waived may not be taken or used for elective credit for this degree.

  • No tuition and unit-based fees refund or cancellation will be issued for courses taken and subsequently waived.

The Dean has the final decision on all course waivers. This decision may not be appealed. 

Students with professional certification(s) may substitute courses as outlined below provided that their certification(s) are unexpired and currently recognized in the field. Refer to MyBrandman for additional information on certification substitutions listed by catalog year.

Industry Standard Certification Substitution Course
MCSE, CCNP, MCSA: Windows Server CSCU 353; CSCU 453
Oracle DBA, MCDBA, MCSA: SQL Server 2008, MCSA: SQL Server 2012 CSCU 408; CSCU 453
CompTIA A+ CSCU 251
CompTIA Network+ CSCU 353
CompTIA Security+ CSCU 270
CompTIA Cloud Essentials CSCC 475 (approved substitution for CSCU 251)
VCP (VMWare Certified Professional) CSCU 251; CSCU 353
RHCSA (Red Hat Systems Administrator) CSCU 251; CSCU 353
CASP (CompTIA Advanced Security Practitioner) CSCU 270; CSCU 375
CISSP (Certified Information Systems Security Professional) CSCU 270; CSCU 375
CEH (Certified Ethical Hacker) CSCU 270; CSCU 375
CISM (Certified Information Security Manager) CSCU 270; CSCU 375
CISA (Certified Information Systems Auditor) CSCU 270; CSCU 375
PMP (project management professional) CSCU 383; CSCU 385
Six Sigma Green Belt CSCU 383; CSCU 415
CCNA (Cisco Certified Network Associate) CSCU 353
CompTIA IT Fundamentals CSCU 200
Certification Substituted Course Comments
CMA ACCU 640 Current certification at the time of application
CPA ACCU 602 Current certification at the time of application
PHR HRCU 445 or HRCU 600 Certification or recertification within 3 years
SPHR HRCU 445 or HRCU 600 Certification or recertification within 3 years
GPHR HRCU 603 Certification or recertification within 3 years
SHRM-CP HRCU 445 or HRCU 600 Certification or recertification within 3 years
SHRM-SCP HRCU 445 or HRCU 600 Certification or recertification within 3 years

HR Certification Credit Limitations

Students who receive substitution credit as an undergraduate, for HRCU 445 for the PHR, SPHR, SHRM-CP or SHRM-SCP, may only receive waiver credit for HRCU 600 as graduate students. 

BAOL Requirements for the Accelerated BAOL to MBA Degree

In addition to the University General Education requirements, the BAOL portion of the Accelerated BAOL to MBA requires the following Components 48 credits of coursework, of which 18 required elective credits will support waivers in the MBA degree. 

Foundation Courses (12 credits)
OLCU 350Leadership and Professional Ethics3
OLCU 400Theory and Practice of Leadership3
OLCU 425Leadership in Diverse and Multicultural Organizations3
OLCU 380Research and Analytical Thinking3
Competencies (9 credits)
COMU 410Organizational Communication3
OLCU 325Leadership Skills Development Lab3
OLCU 414Team Building3
Required Electives (18 credits)
ACCU 201Principles of Accounting I3
ACCU 202Principles of Accounting II3
ECNU 201Principles of Macroeconomics3
ECNU 202Principles of Microeconomics3
CSCU 200Introduction to Computers and Data Processing3
MATU 203Introduction to Statistics3
Additional Core (6 credits)
Taken at graduate level upon admission to MBA during senior year.
OLCU 613Seminar in Organizational Dynamics3
OLCU 615Leading Organizational Change3
Capstone (3 credits)
OLCU 487Senior Research Project3
Total Credits48

MBA Requirements for the Accelerated BAOL to MBA Degree

Graduate Core (18 to 27 credits depending on waivers)
ACCU 602Financial Reporting & Analysis (waivable)3
BUSU 610Data Analysis for Decision Making (waivable)3
BUSU 620Economic Analysis for Managers (waivable)3
BUSU 630Business Process Analysis and Innovation3
BUSU 650Corporate Responsibility: Ethics and Sustainability3
FINU 607Financial Management3
HRCU 600Human Resource Foundations3
MKTU 605Marketing Management3
OLCU 632Leadership and Innovation3
Graduate Electives (12 credits)
MBA students may select an individualized set of electives from the graduate courses listed in the following areas: Accounting, Business Intelligence and Data Analytics, Entrepreneurship, Finance, Public Administration, Health Administration, Human Resources, International Business, Organizational Leadership, Marketing, and Computer Science.
MBA Emphases
Instead of individualized electives, MBA students may specialize in one of the designated emphases areas below (Contact the Academic Advisor for a full list of MBA Emphasis Areas).
Accounting Emphasis
ACCU 620Contemporary Issues in Accounting3
ACCU 621Accounting Ethics3
ACCU 640Strategic Cost Management3
Select one course from Finance or Accounting
Total Credits12
Business Intelligence and Data Analytics Emphasis
BUSU 670Data Foundations3
BUSU 671Data Visualization and Presentation3
BUSU 672Project Planning and Data Modeling3
BUSU 673Project Implementation and Analysis3
Total Credits12
Entrepreneurship Emphasis
ENTU 610Entrepreneurship3
ENTU 620Entrepreneurial Finance3
MKTU 624Seminar in Marketing Research3
MKTU 630Seminar in New Product Development3
Total Credits12
Finance Emphasis
FINU 615International Finance3
FINU 620Investments3
FINU 630Capital Markets3
Select one course from Accounting3
Total Credits12
Health Administration Emphasis
HAUU 640Foundations of Healthcare Administration3
HAUU 641Law, Ethics and Health Services3
HAUU 642Healthcare Information and Communication Systems3
Select one from the following:
CSCU 683Project Management for Business Majors3
HAUU 645Healthcare Economics3
HAUU 651Quality Management in Healthcare3
HRCU 605Talent Management3
OLCU 601Democracy, Ethics and Leadership3
OLCU 602Self, Systems, and Leadership3
Total Credits12
Human Resources Emphasis
HRCU 604Workforce Planning3
HRCU 605Talent Management3
Select two from the following:
BUSU 510Career Development & Management3
HRCU 602Strategic Business Concepts and Human Resources3
HRCU 607Total Rewards3
HRCU 612Human Resources Management in Public Administration3
HRCU 622Labor Relations and Collective Bargaining3
HRCU 630Conflict and Negotiation3
Total Credits12
International Business Emphasis
FINU 615International Finance3
HRCU 603Globalization and Diversity3
OLCU 618Cultural Dimensions of Global Leadership3
Select one course from the following:
ACCU 621Accounting Ethics3
ACCU 625International Accounting3
Total Credits12
Organizational Leadership Emphasis
OLCU 600Foundations of Organizational Leadership3
OLCU 601Democracy, Ethics and Leadership3
OLCU 602Self, Systems, and Leadership3
Select one course from Organizational Leadership or Human Resources or select one of the following:
BUSU 670Data Foundations3
BUSU 672Project Planning and Data Modeling3
Total Credits12
Marketing Emphasis
MKTU 624Seminar in Marketing Research3
MKTU 630Seminar in New Product Development3
MKTU 635Seminar in Advertising and Promotion3
MKTU 640Seminar in International Marketing3
Total Credits12
e-Business Strategic Management Emphasis
CSCU 615Information Technology Development and Innovation3
CSCU 641Internet Based Systems Analysis and Development3
CSCU 683Project Management for Business Majors3
CSCU 685Risk Management3
Total Credits12
MBA Capstone
BUSU 640Business Strategy and Competitive Advantage Capstone3
Total Credits3
Total Credits 33 to 42