Dec 10, 2023  
2019-2020 Evening, Weekend, Online Academic Catalog 
2019-2020 Evening, Weekend, Online Academic Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Business Administration, M.B.A.

Students who have successfully completed the M.B.A. degree from Lakeland University should be able to:

  • Compare and contrast the legal and social system in which business operates.
  • Construct strategic plans, using quantitative analyses and technology, to respond to identified workplace problems.
  • Communicate effectively including the appropriate use of technology.
  • Identify managerial interpersonal skills needed to motivate employees and carry out business objectives.
  • Demonstrate effective ethical, professional, and collaborative behaviors.

Admission Requirements for the M.B.A. in Addition to Those Listed Under General Admission Requirements

General Admission Requirements  

  • Typically a cumulative GPA of at least 2.75 or a minimum score of 500 on the Graduate Management Admission Test (GMAT) is required for admission. However, admissions decisions are made with consideration of the candidate’s application in its entirety.
  • A written statement of purpose is required, indicating how an M.B.A. educational experience would help the applicant meet professional goals and what leadership or managerial skills the applicant would bring to this program. The statement should be limited to 250 words.
  • A current resume must also be submitted.

Foundation Courses: Foundation course work with a “C” or better grade in the areas of economics, statistics, finance and accounting is preferred. If no evidence of completed course work is provided, students have the option to complete two courses at the graduate level focusing on economics/statistics and finance/accounting to meet these requirements. Students also have the option to take undergraduate courses to fulfill these requirements.

Conditional Admission Policy

An applicant may apply for conditional admission to the Master of Business Administration program. To be considered for conditional admission by the program director, applicants typically have a cumulative undergraduate GPA of at least a 2.5 and meet all of the following criteria: 

  • A Statement of Purpose that reflects educational or career experiences that would help the applicant achieve academic success in the program.
  • Submission of three (3) letters of recommendations from supervisors or instructors that provide support and evidence of the student’s ability to achieve success at the graduate level.
  • Evidence of at least one of the following:
    • The student’s GPA is at least a 3.0 during the last two years of the baccalaureate program (calculated on a minimum of 48 semester hours)
    • Completion of six or more semester hours of program-approved post-baccalaureate courses.  These courses must be at the advanced undergraduate or graduate level, taken within the last five years with a grade of B or better.
    • A score of at least 450 on the Graduate Management Admissions Test (GMAT)
    • Completion of the MBA-level foundation courses (BA 600  and BA 610 ) with a grade of B or better.
  • The applicant’s conditional status will be reviewed once he/she completes six (6) semester hours of graduate coursework. An applicant in conditional status who achieves a cumulative GPA of 3.00 or higher may be granted full admission.

Exceptions to the Policy Regarding Enrollment Prior to Admission

A student who is not interested in completing the Lakeland M.B.A. degree, but wishes to enroll in only one or more courses in the CMA or CPA sequence may do so without being admitted to the university. Such a student may enroll in these courses without applying for admission to the M.B.A program provided he/she meets the program and course requirements. Should this student subsequently decide to pursue the Lakeland M.B.A. degree, he/she will need to apply for admission as a degree-seeking applicant. The CPA and/or CMA coursework may then be applied to the M.B.A. degree program requirements.

A non-degree-seeking student is not required to complete BA 700 - Business Research Methodology  within the first nine (9) semester hours of coursework. If he/she subsequently decides to pursue the Lakeland University M.B.A. degree, he/she will need to be formally admitted into the M.B.A. program and will need to complete BA 700 - Business Research Methodology  within the next nine (9) semester hours of coursework.

Master of Business Administration (36 semester hours)

Complete one of the following concentration areas OR

 Complete nine (9) semester hours of any Business Administration (BA) or Leadership & Organizational Development (LO) courses offered:

Hospitality Management Concentration

Nine (9) semester hours of BA 774 - Cooperative Education Experience-Graduate (3-6 semester hours) .

  • Students must enroll in BA 774  in their first semester in the Master’s program (M.B.A. or M.S. in Leadership and Organizational Development) in order to pursue this concentration.

Human Resource Management Concentration

The Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) has acknowledged that the Master of Business Administration or Master of Science in Leadership and Organizational Development with a concentration in Human Resource Management fully aligns with SHRM’s HR Curriculum Guidebook and Templates. Throughout the world, 401 programs in 299 educational institutions have been acknowledged by SHRM as being in alignment with its suggested guides and templates. The HR Curriculum Guidebook and Templates were developed by SHRM to define the minimum HR content areas that should be studied by HR students at the undergraduate and graduate levels. The guidelines – created in 2006 and revalidated in 2010 and 2013 – are part of SHRM’s Academic Initiative to define HR education standards taught in university business schools and help universities develop degree programs that follow these standards.

Student Designed Concentration

Students may propose a nine (9) semester hour concentration in an area of professional interest. Students may fulfill the concentration requirement by completing current M.B.A. or M.S. in Leadership and Organizational Development program elective course(s) and any prerequisites, BA 795 - Special Studies Project  course to pursue subjects or projects of interest Lakeland University may not offer, or a combination of the two. This concentration plan must be approved in advance by the Director of Graduate Business Programs.


  • A course used to satisfy the requirements of one concentration may not be applied to the requirements of another concentration.