Last Updated 2016-05-25
Business Administration MBA
Together, the Graduate Student Handbook
and your graduate program handbook should serve as your main guide throughout your graduate career. The Graduate Student Handbook includes university information, policies, requirements and guidance for all graduate students. Your program handbook describes the details about graduate study and requirements in your specific program. While both of these handbooks are wonderful resources, know that you are always welcome to talk with faculty and staff in your program and in the Graduate College.
The central activities and missions of a university rest upon the fundamental assumption that all members of the university community conduct themselves in accordance with a strict adherence to academic and scholarly integrity. As a graduate student and member of the university community, you are expected to display the highest standards of academic and personal integrity.
Here are some resources to help you better understand your responsibilities:
Congratulations on your acceptance into the University of Central Florida’s Executive Masters
of Business Administration (EMBA) Program! At this time, I would like to congratulate and welcome you on behalf of the faculty and staff of the College of Business Administration. We are pleased and excited about both the quality and diversity of the men and women who are joining the EMBA class. We know you will be proud to be a part of such an accomplished and dynamic group. The richness of experience and backgrounds that you and your classmates bring to the College will be a benefit to everyone involved with the EMBA Program. We are here to support you as progress through the program.
Dr. Robert Porter, Executive Director
CurriculumThe UCF Executive MBA (EMBA) is the college’s flagship MBA program. The EMBA program is designed to prepare executives and managers for the challenges they will face as they work and advance in their careers, teaching them skills across all functional areas of business that will make them an increasingly valuable member of their organization. Courses expose participants to new methods, concepts and tools that will enhance their business and leadership skills. The EMBA also incorporates the interactions and backgrounds of the participants as an integral part of the learning experience.
To help prepare you for the start of your MBA program, UCF
offers online learning modules in accounting, economics, finance, and business
statistics. These can be purchased individually or as a set and are designed to
help you build the foundational knowledge needed to succeed in the MBA program
at UCF. They are offered through McGraw-Hill’s Connect online learning
management system and when purchased, are available to you for your entire
tenure in the MBA program as reference material. For information on the initial
assessment, learning modules and how to use McGraw-Hill’s Connect online
learning management system visit http://connect.customer.mheducation.com/student-start/ or
Courses—30 Credit Hours
- ECO 6115 Economic Analysis of the Firm (3
- ACG 6425 Managerial Accounting Analysis (3 credit
- ECO 6416 Applied Business Research Tools (3 credit hours)
- FIN 6406 Strategic Financial Management (3 credit hours)
- MAN 6245
Organizational Behavior and Development (3 credit hours)
- MAR 6816
Strategic Marketing Management (3 credit hours)
- MAR 6466 Strategic
Supply Chain and Operations Management (3 credit hours)
- BUL 6444 Law
and Ethics (3 credit hours)
- GEB 6365 International Business Analysis
(3 credit hours)
- MAN 6721 Applied Strategy and Business Policy (3
Elective Courses—9 Credit Hours
6465 Financial Analysis Seminar (3 credit hours)
- MAN 6448 Conflict
Resolution and Negotiation (3 credit hours)
- MAN 6296 Executive
Leadership (3 credit hours)
part of the GEB 6365, International Business Analysis course, EMBA students
are required to participate in a 10 day international residency. The trip
destination is determined by the students through a series of votes,
and takes place during the 4th semester in the program. Typically the trip
includes 2 countries with visits to local and multinational companies, and
immersion into the countries culture.
The MBA's capstone course, MAN 6721, Applied Strategy and Business
Policy, is required for all MBA students. This capstone course
integrates the various functional disciplines in business
administration. It focuses on the theories and frameworks in the field of
strategic management, and requires a minimum grade of B-.
Any student enrolled in a College of Business
Administration master's degree program who earns more than two final
course grades below a B- will be dismissed from the program and retention
plans will not be supported by the College of Business Administration.
Timeline for CompletionThe EMBA is a 19-month cohort program that meets one Friday and three Saturdays per month from 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. at UCF’s Executive Development Center in downtown Orlando.
Course ScheduleMAN 6721, Applied Strategy and Business Policy requires a grade of B- or better.
UCF has three fundamental responsibilities with regard to graduate student research. They are to (1) support an academic environment that stimulates the spirit of inquiry, (2) develop the intellectual property stemming from research, and (3) disseminate the intellectual property to the general public. Students are responsible for being informed of rules, regulations and policies pertaining to research. Below are some general policies and resources.
Research Policies and Ethics Information: UCF's Office of Research & Commercialization ensures the UCF community complies with local, state and federal regulations that relate to research. For polices including required Institutional Review Board (IRB) approval when conducting research involving human subjects (e.g. surveys), animal research, conflict of interest and general responsible conduct of research, please see their website: www.research.ucf.edu > Compliance.
UCF’s Patent and Invention Policy: In most cases, UCF owns the intellectual property developed using university resources. The graduate student as inventor will according to this policy share in the proceeds of the invention. Please see the current UCF Graduate Catalog for details: www.graduatecatalog.ucf.edu > Policies > General Graduate Policies.
qualifying assistantships or university-wide fellowships will receive financial
packages that include an assistantship or fellowship stipend, tuition
remission, and health insurance. Qualifying fellowships are accompanied by
tuition waivers. Qualifying assistantships include single appointments of at
least .50 FTE (20 hrs/week) or two appointments of at least .25 FTE (10
hrs/week). Tuition remission is in the form of either tuition waivers or
tuition payments that cover in-state (resident) tuition. Non-resident students
with financial packages are not charged out-of-state tuition or the
non-resident financial aid fee.
For additional information please visit funding.graduate.ucf.edu/.
If you are interested in applying for loans or externally funded need-based
awards, visit the Office of Student Financial Assistance website at finaid.ucf.edu and
complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA), which is
available January 1 each year.
Financial Support Requirements
Graduate students must meet certain requirements each term that they receive
fellowships or assistantships. In brief, to receive and maintain these types of
financial support packages, a student must:
- maintain good academic
- be enrolled full time
A more detailed
description of the financial support requirements can be found in the Financial
Information > Financial Support requirements of the current Graduate Catalog
Graduate assistantship appointments offer
opportunities for students to engage in research, teaching, and other projects
during their graduate study. These are paid appointments that promote the
missions of the University. For eligibility, students must be accepted as a
graduate student in a degree program and be enrolled full-time.
information concerning graduate assistantships, see the Financial Information
> Graduate Assistantships section of the current Graduate Catalog at www.graduate.catalog.ucf.edu
or talk to the Graduate Program Director to learn about specific eligibility and
about the types of employment available to international students, and the
requirements and restrictions based on visa type, see the International
Services Center’s website: www.intl.ucf.edu
> Students > Employment.
Graduate Student AssociationsThe Graduate
Student Association (GSA) is UCF's graduate organization committed to enrich
graduate students' personal, educational and professional experience. To learn
more or get involved, please visit www.gsa.ucf.edu. For individual department or
graduate program organizations, please see program advisor.
The College of Business Administration Executive
Development Center offers programs that range from broad-based professional
development to topic-specific workshops. Distinguished UCF faculty and leading
practitioners teach these certificates and non-degree programs that train
participants in the areas of branding, finance, leadership, and strategy. For
additional information, please visit www.business.ucf.edu/executive-education.
Instructor Training and Development
The Faculty Center for Teaching
and Learning (FCTL) promotes excellence in all levels of teaching at the
University of Central Florida. They offer several programs for the professional
development of Graduate Teaching Assistants at UCF.
GTA Training (mandatory for employment as a GTA)
This training provides information and resources for students who will be
instructors in a two-day workshop. The seminars cover a variety of topics,
including course development, learning theories, lecturing, and academic
freedom. Those interested in additional training can also attend an optional
training session that normally follows the mandatory training.
Preparing Tomorrow's Faculty Program
This certificate program
(12-weeks) consists of group and individualized instruction by Faculty Center
staff and experienced UCF professors. Textbooks and materials are provided.
For more information: www.fctl.ucf.edu > Events > GTA
Programs or call 407/823-3544.
Pathways to Success Workshops
Coordinated by the College of Graduate Studies, the Pathways to Success program offers the following free development opportunities for graduate students including workshops in Academic Integrity, Graduate Grantsmanship, Graduate Teaching, Personal Development, Professional Development, and Research. For more information and how to register, please visit www.students.graduate.ucf.edu/pathways/.
Graduate Research Forum
Graduate Research Forum will feature poster displays representing UCF’s diverse
colleges and disciplines. It is an opportunity for students to showcase their
research and creative projects and to receive valuable feedback from faculty
judges. Awards for best poster presentation in each category will be given and
all participants will receive recognition.
The College of Graduate
Studies and the Graduate Student Association invite all UCF students,
community, and employers to attend the Graduate Research Forum. For more
information, contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
Each year, the College of Graduate Studies offers
graduate students who strive for academic and professional excellence the
opportunity to be recognized for their work. The award categories include the
Award for Excellence by a Graduate Teaching
Assistant – This award is for students who provide teaching support
and assistance under the direction of a lead teacher. This award focuses on the
extent and quality of the assistance provided by the student to the lead
instructor and the students in the class. (Not intended for students who are
instructor of record.)
Award for Excellence in Graduate Student
Teaching – This award is for students who serve as instructors of
record and have independent classroom responsibilities. The focus of this award
is on the quality of the student’s teaching and the academic contributions of
Award for the Outstanding Master’s Thesis – It recognizes graduate students for excellence in the master's thesis. The focus of this award is on the quality and contribution of the student's thesis research. Excellence of the master's thesis may be demonstrated by evidence such as, but not limited to: publications in refereed journals, awards and recognition from professional organizations, and praise from faculty members and other colleagues in the field.
For the nomination process and eligibility criteria,
Students should take opportunities to present a poster or a
topic of research at a conference. To obtain financial support to present at a
conference (other than through your program) or to engage in comparable
creative activity at a professional meeting, visit the Graduate Travel
Fellowship section at www.graduate.ucf.edu.
For grant-proposal writing resources: uwc.cah.ucf.edu.
Career Services and Experiential Learning
UCF’s Career Services department offers a wide range of programs and services designed to assist graduate students. These services include evaluation and exploration of career goals, preparation for the job search and job search resources. To learn more, visit their website at www.career.ucf.edu.
- College of Graduate Studies Forms
A listing of general forms and files for graduate students.
- Graduate Petition Form
When unusual situations arise, petitions for exceptions to policy may be requested by the student. Depending on the type of appeal, the student should contact his/her program adviser to begin the petition process.
- Traveling Scholar Form
To request to take advantage of special resources available on another campus but not available on the home campus such as course offerings and research opportunities.