College of Business

MBA Emphases

Traditional

Students pursuing the traditional MBA degree must meet the following requirements:

Electives (6 credit hours).

The traditional MBA degree requires six credit hours of College of Business electives. Courses outside the COB can be used to meet the elective requirements with approval of the Director of Graduate Studies.

MBA I courses cannot be used to meet elective requirements. Courses at the 5500-level cannot be selected if a comparable undergraduate course has already been taken. Elective courses that will be offered on-line or in the evening for the traditional MBA degree are:

Accounting

The MBA with an emphasis in accounting produces graduates with the knowledge and skills for successful professional accounting careers. The goal of the accounting emphasis is to provide graduates with the following characteristics:

The Accounting Emphasis program enhances knowledge and skills for rapid advancement in either managerial or public accounting. MBA graduates should be prepared to pass certification examinations for both the Certified Public Accountant (CPA) and Certified Management Accountant (CMA).

Students are required to take an additional nine elective credit hours of accounting courses. These courses may be any 5500/6600 level accounting courses. Additionally, any pre-requisites for these classes must be met. Courses at the 5500 level cannot be selected if a comparable undergraduate course has already been taken.

Accounting courses are offered in the daytime in Pocatello and in the evening in Idaho Falls.

Business Informatics

The MBA with an emphasis in Informatics program is focused on providing managerial-level knowledge of information technology for MBA students. The informatics emphasis provides general business managers with a curriculum focused on building their knowledge of information systems and the opportunity to develop technical skills in this field.

Electives (nine credit hours). The MBA with an emphasis in informatics requires nine credit hours of 5500/6600-level elective informatics course work.

The emphasis in informatics requires that students take daytime courses in Pocatello.

Finance

The MBA with an Emphasis in Finance is not open to students who have a previous undergraduate major in Finance. The Finance emphasis requires that students must be able to take at least some daytime courses in Pocatello.

Students pursuing the MBA with an Emphasis in Finance are must meet the following requirements:

FIN 5578 Investments (3 credit hours)
Elective 5500/6600-level course work in the field of Finance.(6 credit hours)

Health Care Administration

The MBA with an emphasis in Health Care Administration requires at least 9 credit hours of 5500/6600-level elective work in Health Care Administration (HCA). Students may not repeat classes they have taken as undergraduates at the 4400-level. Students may complete the HCA emphasis online.

Students who take the internship earn a total of 10 credits - 6 from two 3-credit HCA classes and 4 from the internship.

Marketing

The MBA with an Emphasis in Marketing is not open to students who have a previous undergraduate major in Marketing. The Marketing emphasis requires that students must be able to take at least some daytime courses in Pocatello.

Students are required to take nine credit hours of marketing classes. These may be any 5500/6600 marketing courses. Additionally, any pre-requisites for these classes must be met.

Pharm.D and MBA Joint Degree Program

Students enrolled in the PharmD Program at Idaho State University may combine that degree program with an MBA degree with approximately one year of additional effort. The program is essentially the traditional MBA degree program with the use of some PharmD courses to meet MBA requirements. Program requirements include:

During the two years of pre-pharmacy course work, the student should take ECON 2201, ECON 2202, ACCT 2201 and ACCT 2202.

During the third year profession year in the Pharm.D. program and the summer preceding that year, the student should take MBA 6613, MBA 6614 and MBA 6615. These courses will satisfy four hours of electives required in the spring semester of the third professional year of the Pharm.D. curriculum. In addition, the completion of MBA 6612 (Human Behavior in organizations) will substitute for PPRA 9945 (Pharmacy Management) required in the third professional year of the Pharm.D. curriculum.

Six hours of specified experiential courses (PHAR 9981) taken in the fourth professional year of the Pharm.D. program will satisfy six elective hours required in the MBA curriculum.

Throughout and following the professional Pharm.D. program, the student must complete the second year of the MBA curriculum, which includes MBA 6620, MBA 6621, MBA 6622, MBA 6623, MBA 6626, MBA 6628, MBA 6629, and MBA 6637.

Upon completion of all required MBA classes, the student may take the MBA final oral exam. Award of the MBA degree requires successful completion of the Pharm.D. or a bachelorís degree at Idaho State University.

Joint Admission

Admission to the MBA program will normally take place at the end of the second professional year. Pharm.D. students must meet the regular admission requirements of the MBA program except they are required to have completed only the equivalent of an undergraduate degree at the time of admission. Applicants must request the College of Pharmacy to certify to the Graduate School that the student has completed 120 hours and that those 120 hours are equivalent to an undergraduate degree.

Project Management Emphasis

Students pursuing the MBA with an Emphasis in Project Management are required to take the following courses:

MGT 5582 Project Management
MGT 5591 Seminar in Management and Organization
And 1 of the following 2 classes:
MGT 5534 Productivity and Quality Management
MGT 5530 Advanced Operations and Production Management

Students who have taken these courses as undergraduates are not eligible to repeat them as graduate students. Students who have already taken one or more of these classes must have an appropriate alternative course approved by the Director of Graduate Studies or Management Department Chair.

Scholarship for Service (SFS) - Federal Cybercorp Program

The SFS program provides scholarship funding in exchange for service as an information assurance professional at a Federal agency. The National Science foundation and Department of Homeland Security co-sponsor the program.

The National Information Assurance Training and Education Center (NIATEC) administers the program at Idaho State University.

Undergraduate students and graduate students are eligible for this two-year program. All students complete Idaho State University degrees, but there are additional activities that are specially created for the cybercorp students.

For more information about the SFS program, visit the SFS site or contact program manager Greg Ray at raygreg@niatec.isu.edu.


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