- Adjunct Professor of Management
About this Program
MBA students are working professionals who know a graduate degree will enhance their marketability and earnings. More importantly, they know they’re getting an exceptional education that will prepare them to lead responsibly, with integrity and vision. Thanks to Hood’s express curriculum delivery, they’re getting it fast.
Hood’s fully online MBA program is geared to students who want to understand their organizations — and their roles — in the larger context of current affairs, the economy, politics and society. In addition to the versatility of a broad business education, the program empowers students to contribute through ethical management decisions that shape the character of the organization and its employees.
Don’t sacrifice quality for affordability: a Hood College MBA is ACBSP accredited and one-third the cost of an average two-year MBA program in the U.S.
In every class, students sit in the driver’s seat looking at real organizations in real time through projects that examine organizational strategies, finances, operations or management. Team projects test team-building, analytical and integrative competencies, as well as collaboration and communication skills. The capstone course in strategy synthesizes knowledge and proficiencies.
The MBA schedule is a fast-track combination of full semesters and summer sessions, allowing students to pursue the degree part time and still complete it in two years or less — without compromising quality. Complement your MBA degree with a business certificate to gain a competitive edge.
Hood’s MBA is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Business Schools and Programs, the premier accreditor of business schools that focus primarily on teaching and learning.
*Active duty Fort Detrick soldiers are eligible for a full tuition waiver for this program or any other graduate certificate and masters program at Hood College per our special Hood/Fort Detrick MOU.
Program Requirements and Course Listings
For students applying to the MBA program, please submit the following to the Graduate School:
- One copy of official transcripts from each institution attended.
- An essay (250 words or less) that includes background experience and future goals.
Applicants who have an undergraduate GPA below 3.0, must also submit the following:
- A résumé.
- Two letters of recommendation (letters can be emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org).
No GRE or GMAT required.
Students entering the program must exempt or complete six foundation courses designed to provide the appropriate prerequisite background for the cross-disciplined major. The program director determines the required foundation courses or exemptions based on a thorough evaluation of transcripts and other supporting documents. The objective is to ensure the student is well prepared and ready to succeed in the program.
Applicants who have not taken calculus and accounting courses in the last five years may be required to take the related foundation courses at the program director’s discretion.
Students can complete the MBA program coursework in approximately two to three years depending on the pace of coursework that they choose.
Students should consult their adviser and the course schedule each semester to determine how they will fulfill the program requirements. The program director contact information is located at the bottom of the MBA homepage and students' academic advisers are indicated on their letters of admission. These faculty members can assist in planning a program of study that is based on a student's professional and career goals. All students must consult with their adviser before signing up for any final research project.
As part of the Graduate School at Hood College, students have the opportunity to work closely with faculty who can assist in the pursuit of academic and professional goals. Students are encouraged to get to know their faculty advisers and course professors to make the most of their graduate school experience.
To see a detailed course schedule for the program, click here
Six foundation courses (18 credit hours) are designed to provide a background for students who did not take courses in business administration at the undergraduate level. Students who have completed appropriate undergraduate coursework may be exempted from foundation courses. It is expected that students meet the foundation requirements before they enroll in core requirements. Any exceptions to this must be approved by the MBA program director. Any foundation courses required are in addition to the 36 credits required for program completion.
|Foundations of Economics
|Quantitative Methods for Managers
|Foundations of Accounting
|Legal Environment of Business
|Statistics for Management
Ten core courses (30 credit hours) provide a common body of knowledge and are required of all students in the MBA program. These courses provide a solid foundation in the functional areas of business, such as finance, marketing and accounting. The program exposes students to the environmental factors affecting business operations. Included in the core is a capstone course, MGMT 590 Strategy and Competitive Advantage, which is taken by MBA students in their final semester of study after all other core courses have been completed. Students must meet the prerequisite requirements before enrolling in a class. Any exceptions to this policy must be approved by the academic adviser.
|Leadership & Organizational Behavior
|Financial & Managerial Accounting
|Production & Operations Management
|Information Management & Technology
|Strategy & Competitive Advantage
Students are required to complete two elective courses. Students may elect to take courses in one area to receive a focus area (accounting, finance, human resource management, information systems, marketing or public management) or may take courses from two different focus areas to receive a general management MBA. No substitutions are allowed with regard to any focus area courses. Courses may count for requirements in two focus areas, but the credits can only count toward one focus area. 6 credits are required for each focus area.
Accounting Focus Area
|Accounting Information Systems
|Strategic Cost Management
|Financial Statement Analysis
Data Analytics Focus Area
|Introduction to Data Analytics and Business Data Mining
Elements of Computer Programming
|Advanced Data Analytics
Finance Focus Area
|Advanced Financial Management
|Portfolio and Investment Management
|ECMG 578/ECMG 478
|International Financial Management
|Financial Statement Analysis
Human Resource Management Focus Area
|Negotiation & Conflict Resolution
|Human Resource Management
Information Systems Focus Area
Students may select courses in Information Systems by selecting two graduate computer science courses with the consent of their adviser and the director of the computer science program.
Marketing Focus Area
|Marketing Analysis for Managers
|Supply Chain Management
Public Management Focus Area
|Human Resource Management
National Institutes of Health's Foundation of Advanced Education in the Sciences (FAES)
Hood accepts credits from the National Institutes of Health's Foundation of Advanced Education in the Sciences (FAES). Upon acceptance to any of the Hood College's programs listed below, students may submit their official FAES transcript for course-transfer review by the program director. Final approval must be issued by program chair for any course transfer.
|PBHL 517: Health Policy and Administration (with work experience)
|MGMT 551: Foundations of Economics
|TECH 521: Tools for Technology Transfer Managers or TECH 525: Legal and Ethical Issues in Public Health and Biomedical Sciences
|MGMT 554: Legal Environ. of Bus.
*An FAES student may count up to 9 FAES credits toward their MBA degree pending approval of the program director.
|*Additional FAES courses, may be approved for transfer if deemed relevant by the MBA program director
The 4PLUS program is designed for highly motivated students who have the desire to build career options into their undergraduate curriculum and earn a master's degree in business administration.
Hood College students from all majors are eligible to participate in a 4PLUS program that allows for a combined, and in some cases accelerated, master’s degree in business administration after the completion of their undergraduate program. The program is especially relevant to business administration and economics majors, but it is also available to students from other disciplines.
Surveys show that more than 80 percent of MBAs land a position within three months of graduating.All Faculty
"The people I have developed relationships with have helped my career and academics over the past year and a half. From professors, coaches and teammates, the relationships I have formed continue to motivate and inspire me to perform to a high level."
"I think the education that I receive here at Hood College will set me up for success in my life and career because of the practical knowledge the program provides and my ability to apply that knowledge to real world scenarios.”
Hood alumna, Jennifer Whitmore, earned her certificate in project management in January 2021, and is currently enrolled in Hood's master's in business administration program (MBA). Jennifer is currently an implementation analyst at Heuristic Solutions, a computer software company based in Arlington, VA.
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