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2019-2020 Graduate Catalog 
2019-2020 Graduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Department of Business Administration

Business Administration (MBA)

Telephone: (302) 831-2221
Faculty Listing: http://www.lerner.udel.edu/faculty-staff/business

Program Overview

The University of Delaware Master of Business Administration (UD MBA) program provides a select group of students with a relevant, advanced business management education. Coursework integrates the functional areas of business, while preparing graduates for positions of greater responsibility in corporations, small businesses, consulting firms, government, or non-profit organizations. The core of the program provides students with the tools, analytics, and frameworks necessary to drive effective evidence based decision-making.  This set of skills, knowledge, and competencies allows for the successful management and leadership of organizations operating in an environment of scarce resources, rapid change, and global competition.

The UD MBA program is accredited by the AACSB International–The Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business. Students may pursue either a full-time or part-time course of study in the UD MBA program. In some cases, UD MBA students with an undergraduate degree in Business Administration may waive some of the core classes and thereby complete the program with fewer than the 44 credits required of students with no prior academic background in business administration.

Requirements for Admission

Admission to the MBA program is highly selective and is based upon a review of the applicant’s work, volunteer and other related experience, prior academic grades, GMAT or GRE scores, essays, and letters of recommendation. An interview may be required at the program’s discretion. Applicants are required to provide a resume, a statement of objectives, a response to an essay question, and two letters of recommendation. The entire portfolio submitted by the applicant will determine the admission decision - no single factor alone guarantees admission or disqualifies the applicant.

Applicants with three-year degrees are eligible for admission to the MBA program. Applicants with three-year degrees are encouraged, but not required, to contact the admissions office to have their transcript reviewed prior to completing the application. A favorable review is not a guarantee of admission.

Admissions decisions are made on a rolling basis throughout the year. To expedite consideration for admission, applications should be submitted by February 1 for full-time on-campus applicants seeking financial aid, June 1 for applicants seeking fall on-campus admission, and December 1 for applicants seeking spring on-campus admission. Admission decisions may be made after these dates if space is still available; however, students are strongly encouraged to apply early.
Application deadlines for the Online MBA program are approximately three weeks prior to the start of each online academic semester - see here for more details and the specific application deadlines.

Candidates for admission need not have majored in any specific undergraduate field; however, students entering the UD MBA program are assumed to possess basic skills in written and oral communication, mathematics (normally one year at the college level), and computer technology (word processing, spreadsheets, e-mail, and internet). Students deficient in any of these areas are encouraged to enroll in appropriate credit and non-credit courses.

Please refer to Graduate Admissions for more information.  Admission to the graduate program is competitive. Those who meet stated requirements are not guaranteed admission, nor are those who fail to meet all of those requirements necessarily precluded from admission if they offer other appropriate strengths.

MS International Business

Program Overview

As the global economy expands, so does the need for specialists who can understand it, navigate it and drive it forward. The Master of Science in International Business develops the competencies and capabilities of students who work or intend to work in a company that has international operations or a global orientation. The curriculum consists of two complementary sets of coursework: (1) an 18-credit international module that develops your ability to assess, understand, interpret and apply principles and practices of global management, all according to your personal interests and professional ambitions and (2) a business module that consists of 12 credits of student selected coursework in areas such as accounting, economics, finance, marketing, entrepreneurship, healthcare management and analytics.  The MSIB degree can be completed entirely on campus, entirely online, or as a hybrid of online and campus based coursework. 

The 30-credit program may be completed in nine months by a full-time student, admitted in the fall semester, taking courses in the fall semester, winter session, and spring semester.

Requirements for Admission

Admission to the MSIB program is highly selective and is based upon a review of the applicant’s prior academic grades, Graduate Management Admissions Test (GMAT) or Graduate Record Examinations (GRE) scores, essay, and letters of recommendation. Qualified applicants must hold the equivalent of a four-year U.S. bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university. An interview may be required at the program’s discretion. As in all our admission decisions, we look at the entire portfolio submitted by the applicant. No single factor alone guarantees admission or disqualifies the applicant.

Students in the MSIB program are admitted for initial enrollment in either fall (August) or spring (February) semesters. Admissions decisions are made on a rolling basis throughout the year, subject to the following deadlines:

Fall Semester

February-01 To be considered for departmental funding

August-01 Final deadline to apply, International 
August-15Final deadline to apply, Domestic 

Spring Semester

November-01 Priority consideration for admission
January-15 Final deadline to apply

International applicants must demonstrate English language proficiency through one of the following:

  • Submission of a TOEFL score of at least 100 or an IELTS alternative score of 7.5.
  • Transcripts of an earned college degree from an accredited education institution located in a country in which English is the official language.

Applicants lacking English Language proficiency may apply through the English Language Institute’s Conditional Acceptance Program (ELI-CAP). Students entering the program via ELI-CAP will be required to earn the certificate of proficiency in English language as a condition of admission.

Please refer to Graduate Admissions  for more information.

Entrepreneurship & Design (MS) (Graduate Certificate)

Master of Science - Entrepreneurship & Design (ENTD)

Telephone: (302) 831-4393
Faculty Listing: http://lerner.udel.edu/directory/horn-program-entrepreneurship

The ENTD program requires the completion of a minimum of 30 credits, generally in an 11-month period (July - May).   

Entrepreneurship & Technology Innovation Graduate Certificate

The certificate in Entrepreneurship & Technology Innovation (ENTI) empowers students by providing them with knowledge, skills, connections and access to resources needed to launch a startup or drive innovation for an established company. Specific learning objectives include: development of an entrepreneurial mindset; learning how to recognize opportunity, generate ideas, validate innovative business models, influence others, lead an entrepreneurial venture, and launch and grow new ventures, especially technology-based ventures. Students wishing to add the ENTI certificate must complete an application form, which is available at: www.udel.edu/horn. Applications to the certificate program will be accepted on a rolling basis; however, early application is suggested in order to optimally plan courses for degree completion.