Masters in Business Administration (MBA)

Home Department: Department of Business

Available: Classes may be taken through Distance Learning or On Campus

Program Advisor/Contact: 

Karen Cayo, Department of Business

Program Overview

Kettering University’s Masters of Business Administration (MBA) program provides students with an educational experience that enable students to perform as effective management professionals and leaders in modern organizations. The MBA consists of 9 core courses (36 credit hours). Students pursuing the MBA must select an area of concentration (3 classes, 12 credit hours) that allows them to customize their MBA program to suit their professional needs. Students may start this program in any term. Also, this program does not have a thesis option.

Program Educational Objectives and Outcomes

The Business Faculty have established the following Objectives and Outcomes for the MBA.

Objective 1

  • Graduating students will have an integrated knowledge of business management and demonstrated ability to perform as management professionals. They will be prepared for continued learning through their careers.

Intended Outcome

  • Students graduating from the MBA are academically prepared for a business career.

Objective 2

  • Students will have the position perspective and skills that create productive employees and managerial leaders.

Intended Outcomes

  • Students graduating from the MBA program demonstrate skills required to be productive managerial leaders.

Department of Business Program Policies

Participation in Outcome Assessment

As part of the Department of Business Outcome Assessment, students are required to participate in various measurement activities. These include (but are not limited to) taking the ETS Major Field Test at the conclusion of one’s academic program.

Pursuing a Second Master’s Degree in the Department of Business

The Department of Business encourages interested graduates of Kettering University’s MS and MBA programs to pursue a second master’s degree subject to the following policies (effective July 1, 2010).

  • Students pursue a single master’s degree at a time. Students desiring a second master’s degree must apply online.
  • To earn a second master’s degree, students must complete all degree requirements for the degree. In so doing, students must complete additional credit hours equal to a minimum of 40% of the second degree’s requirements:
    • For MBA (or MS) graduates pursuing a 10 course MS degree – minimum of four additional courses (16 credits).
    • For MS graduates pursuing a 12 course MBA degree – minimum of five additional courses (20 credits).
  • In order to gain maximum advantage from prior course work, graduates must apply for their second master’s degree within three years of graduating from their first degree program. The admission committee will review applicants beyond the three-year time limit to establish the currency of their course work. Students in this case may be required to complete more than 40% of the second degree’s requirements.
  • Students can transfer a maximum of 8 credits to Kettering University for use in their graduate studies. Pursuit of a second master’s degree does not raise this limit.

Co-op Work Experience

Co-op work experience is an optional experience for students in any graduate degree program in the Department of Business, subject to the following policies. Co-op work experiences are not required for graduation in any graduate degree program of the Department of Business. For more information on this program, please contact the Department of Business at 810-762-7966, or

  • First term – Students can register for co-op work for up to one term after admission to the graduate program and prior to enrolling in their first graduate course.
  • Subsequent terms – Students can register for up to two co-op work terms back to back during their graduate studies.
  • Final term – Upon completion of course requirements, students can continue to register as a co-op student for one final term.

Transfer Credits

The Department of Business evaluates transfer credits consistent with other sections in this catalog. In addition, the department adheres to the following policies:

  • Transfer credits cannot be more than two years old.
  • Transfer credits must not have been used for a degree at another institution.

Program Curriculum Requirements

The Curriculum for the MBA involves 12 courses totaling 48 credit hours including:

  • nine core course for 36 credits, plus
  • three concentration or certificate courses for 12 credits.


Students entering this program must have completed courses in specified business areas. Students without this background will either be required to complete some or all of the following courses or demonstrate equivalent knowledge by passing an exam. Course Grades are included in the GPA calculation.

ACCT-518Accounting/Financial Concepts4
ECON-513Microeconomic and Macroeconomic Concepts and Applications4
MGMT-521Statistical and Quantitative Methods for Managerial Decision4
MGMT-550Mgmt Concepts and Applications2
MRKT-570Marketing Concepts and Applications2

Students should review course descriptions for prerequisites and select courses carefully to avoid lacking a prerequisite in future terms. The student is responsible for ensuring prerequisite requirements are satisfied and for completing all courses required for each degree area.  Students are offered the option to test out of these prerequisites.  Each proficiency test is $30.00.  Students may attempt each test one time only.

Required Courses

ACCT-639Managerial Accounting4
BUSN-659International Business4
FINC-619Financial Management4
ISYS-669Enterprise Information System Models4
MGMT-639Managing People & Organization4
MGMT-661Operations Management in Service Organizations4
MRKT-679Marketing Management4
BUSN-779MBA Capstone: Innovation & New Ventures4
Total Credit Hours36

Concentrations & Certificates

General Concentration
(This is a Concentration only.)
BUSN-689Organizational Behavior4
Select two 600-level or above electives from any graduate course in ISYS, IME, MFGO, or MGMT8
Credit Hours Subtotal: 12
Global Leadership Certificate
BUSN-689Organizational Behavior4
MGMT-649Ethics and Leadership4
Credit Hours Subtotal: 12
Supply Chain Management Certificate
IME-652Designing Value in the Supply Chain4
IME-654Enterprise Resource Planning4
MGMT-669Supply Chain Operations4
Credit Hours Subtotal: 12
Operations Management Certificate
IME-676Lean Six Sigma4
MGMT-609Technology Management4
MGMT-619Project and Change Management4
Credit Hours Subtotal: 12

All courses (live and video replay) are available via internet video streaming. Select courses are offered on-campus.

Refer to the Graduate Course Offering Matrices Website (Department of Business) section for information as to which terms courses are offered. This will allow you to plan when you take each course and complete the program.