Most of the students enrolled in the MBA program at Delaware State University’s College of Business choose the program for its “convenient location” and for its attention to the needs of the “working professionals and aspiring managers” who attend here (classes are held exclusively during evening hours and weekends). The school describes its MBA as “an accelerated program geared towards working adults” that can be completed in 18 months by those taking two courses per eight-week term and in just twelve months by those taking three courses per term. Even those shouldering a lighter workload can complete the program in two years by attending at least one summer session.
The DSU MBA program is designed to promote integrative learning in a functional context so that students can build important managerial and organizational skills. The program requires students to complete twenty-one credit hours of core courses, one capstone course, and nine credit hours of electives, which can be used to pursue a concentration in a single subject. Students lacking corresponding undergraduate coursework may be required to take some or all of eighteen credit hours in foundation courses. Foundation courses cover the following subjects: accounting, economics, finance, management information systems, marketing, and quantitative methods. Students may attempt to place out of any of these courses by passing a comprehensive exam, developed by the College of Business faculty, in the subject.
DSU’s required core courses cover advanced economics, marketing management, business law and ethics, financial management, organizational leadership and behavior, operations analysis and management, and information and technology management. The capstone course is entitled Applied Strategic Management. Electives are offered in finance, information systems, and general management; concentrations are available in finance and information systems. Students may also participate in a case project in order to fulfill one of their elective requirements. According to the school’s website, the case project “tests the student’s strategic thinking and analytic skills” by requiring students either to (1) assess a company’s income statement, balance sheet, annual reports, and other such documentation and provide recommendations; (2) manage an investment portfolio; or, (3) analyze “a series of general management cases that cover a broad range of strategic issues facing companies.”
In order to graduate, students must earn a minimum grade point average of 3.0 with no more than six credit hours with a grade of C. Students who receive a grade of D or F during a course will be dismissed from the program; the school has procedures in place for students to appeal dismissal and/or academic probation. Students are required to complete the program in no more than five years.