Defense-Focused MBA Program

Brief Overview

To prepare graduates for public service in management and leadership roles in the defense establishments of the United States or allied nations. The program prepares graduates to manage organizations, resources, people, and programs in complex environments.

The MBA degree program has been designed to meet four objectives:

  • To provide a defense-focused graduate management education program of specific relevance to U.S. military officers and DoD civilians.
  • To satisfy educational requirements for military subspecialties or occupational and functional areas.
  • To meet the accreditation standards of Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business International (AACSB) and the Network of Schools of Public Policy, Affairs, and Administration (NASPAA).
  • To allow officers to complete JPME requirements, if desired. 

To satisfy these objectives, the MBA program consists of three parts:

  • Defense Management Core (52 credit hours)
  • Curricular Concentration (24+ credit hours)
  • Master's Application Project or Thesis

MBA Management Fundamentals Educational Skill Requirement:

The graduate will have the ability to apply state-of-the art concepts, tools, and methodologies from public management and business to manage DoN/DoD organizations.  This ability will be developed in course work that includes economic, statistical, mathematical, operational, organizational, strategic, communication, auditability, and financial theories and techniques.

Core Competencies:

Our graduates will be:

  1. Critical thinkers
  2. Ethical leaders and persons of integrity.
  3. Effective problem solvers in complex environments.
  4. Effective and efficient managers of resources.
  5. Effective communicators.
  • Our students will write effective documents for diverse audiences
  • Our students will deliver effective oral briefings for diverse audiences

Requirements for Entry

A baccalaureate degree with above-average grades is required. Completion of at least two semesters of college algebra or trigonometry is considered to be the minimum mathematical preparation. An APC of 345 is required for entry. International students should refer to the Admissions section for current TOEFL and entrance requirements.

Entry Dates

January and/or July, depending on curriculum.

Degree

Requirements for the degree of Master of Business Administration are met by:

  1. Completion of all required courses in the MBA core.
  2. Completion of an approved sequence of courses in a concentration area with a minimum of 24 graduate-level credit hours.
  3. Completion (excluding by validation) of a minimum of 58 credit hours of graduate-level courses, at least 22 of which are at the 4000 level.
  4. Completion of an acceptable application project or thesis.
  5. Approval of the candidate's program by the Dean, Graduate School of Defense Management.

Typical Course of Study

Quarter 1

Course NumberTitleCreditsLecture HoursLab Hours
GB3010Managing for Organizational Effectiveness

4

0

GB3070Economics of the Global Defense Environment

4

0

GB1000Quantitative Skills for Graduate Management Studies

0

3

GB3056Financial and Managerial Accounting

4

0

Quarter 2

Course NumberTitleCreditsLecture HoursLab Hours
GB3040Managerial Statistics

4

0

GB4011/GC4011Ethical Leadership in Public Organizations

3

2

GB3031: May be replaced by appropriate concentration course (MN3301, MN3331) within a curriculum.

Quarter 3

Course NumberTitleCreditsLecture HoursLab Hours
GB3042Process Analytics

4

0

GB4053Defense Budget Policy and Financial Management Systems

4

0

MN4110Multivariate Manpower Data Analysis I

4

1

ELECTGB/MN Subspecialty Curriculum Course

0

X

Quarter 4

Course NumberTitleCreditsLecture HoursLab Hours
GB4014Strategic Management

4

0

MN3301Acquisition of Defense Systems

4

0

ELECTGB/MN Subspecialty Curriculum Course

0

X

ELECTGB/MN Subspecialty Curriculum Course

0

X

Quarter 5

Course NumberTitleCreditsLecture HoursLab Hours
NW3230Strategy & War

4

2

ELECTGB/MN Subspecialty Curriculum Course

0

X

ELECTGB/MN Subspecialty Curriculum Course

0

X

GB4090MBA Project

0

6

NW3230: Not required for International students. International students take American Life and Institutions (IT1500) and Communication Skills for International Officers (IT1600) in quarters 1 and 2.

Quarter 6

Course NumberTitleCreditsLecture HoursLab Hours
ELECTGB/MN Subspecialty Curriculum Course

0

X

ELECTGB/MN Subspecialty Curriculum Course

0

X

GB4090MBA Project

0

6

ELECTGB/MN Elective

0

X

GB4090: Students may elect to complete a thesis.

Curricular Areas and Curricula

Students in the MBA program complete a specialization curriculum in one of the following areas of particular importance to DoD:

Logistics Management
814 Transportation Management
819 Supply Chain Management
827 Materiel Logistics Support Management
Acquisition Management
815 Acquisition and Contract Management
815 Strategic Purchasing
816 Systems Acquisition Management
Financial Management
837 Financial Management
838 Financial Management - Energy
Information Management
870 Information Systems Management
Defense Management
809 Defense Business Management
818 Defense Systems Management - International
820 Resource Planning and Management for International Defense