Professional MBA

PROFESSIONAL MASTER OF BUSINESS ADMINISTRATION with IT Track (PMBA)

PROGRAM GOALS

The Professional MBA with IT Track requires students to have previous work experience, be working currently in a full-time or part-time position, completing an internship, or job shadowing.

Additional purposes of this program are:

• To assist and encourage the development of a high level of professional competence in the respective field of
   specialization.
• To encourage a broad range of scholarship within the field of specialization.
• To provide supportive courses that broadens the range of professional competence beyond the respective
   field of specialization.
• To emphasize contemporary concepts of management practice.
• To prepare students to contribute to the advancements of their respective fields.

This degree is primarily intended for practicing professional persons who possess a bachelor's degree in business or a bachelor's or advanced degree in some other area of specialization and who feel the need for additional study in order to maximize and enhance their ability to contribute to their career, their company, and society. The degree will assist students who have a bachelor's degree to prepare for further study in doctoral programs.


Admission Requirements

• A bachelor's degree with an acceptable grade point average (2.5 overall or 2.6 last 60 hours) from a
   regionally accredited four-year college or university.
• An acceptable score on the GMAT or GRE, taken within the last five years. This requirement will be waived
   if the student has earned a bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited college or university with a
   minimum cumulative grade point average of 3.0, or if the student has earned a Master’s degree from a
   regionally accredited college or university.
• An official transcript with the baccalaureate degree posted and mailed directly by the registrar from the
   college or university that granted the undergraduate degree must be sent to the Office of Graduate
   Admissions. Official transcripts must be submitted from all institutions that the student has received credit
   for work completed toward the undergraduate degree.
• A completed application for Admission form with a $50 check for the nonrefundable application fee made
   payable to Campbellsville University.
• Three letters of reference must be sent to the Office of Graduate Admissions. One must be a professional
   reference.
• International applicants whose primary language is not English and who are not a graduate of a college or
   university in the U.S. must submit a score of 79-80 (internet-based) on the TOEFL exam; IELTS of 6.0;
   Pearson score of at least 53; or earn at least a 3.0 cumulative grade point average from a regionally accredited
   college or university in the U.S. with a minimum of 6 hours. An official certified independent evaluation by
   WES of work done at foreign institutions must be sent to the Office of Graduate Admissions prior to
   acceptance into the program.
• International students who do not hold a permanent resident visa in the United States must submit evidence
   of financial support before an I-20 form can be processed.
• A completed resume and an essay that includes a statement of professional goals must be sent to the School
   of Business and Economics. 

The School of Business and Economics will inform the applicant of the status of the application, but it is the
applicant's responsibility to be certain that all necessary documents are on file by published deadlines for admission.  Under exceptional circumstances, students may be accepted to the program on a provisional basis and allowed to enroll for a maximum of six credit hours of coursework prior to full completion of the application file. A letter from the academic dean must confirm admission. A student will not be allowed to register for a second session until the application file is complete.

 

Program Format

The PMBA with IT track program is available in a hybrid format at the Louisville Education Center (LEC).

PMBA courses will be offered using the existing eight-week term dates. In addition, we will have hybrid courses offered on selected Fridays or Saturdays over 15 weeks. Courses are scheduled as follows:

Grad Term 1.......................................................................... early July - early September
Grad Term 2.....................................................................early September - late October
Grad Term 3........................................................................late October - late December
Grad Term 4........................................................................... early January - early March
Grad Term 5..................................................................................early March - late April
Grad Term 6.......................................................................................late April - late June

Hybrid LEC courses will be taught in 15 weeks as the following:

Graduate Hybrid Terms for Business
Graduate Terms 1 and 2 .......................................................... early July to Mid October
Graduate Terms 2 and 3 ...................................................late August to Mid December
Graduate Terms 3 and 4 .......................................................late October to Mid March
Graduate Terms 4 and 5 ........................................................... mid January to Mid May
Graduate Terms 5 and 6 ............................................................ late March to Early July
Graduate Terms 6 and 1 ............................................................ mid May to Late August

International students are required to be enrolled full-time and register for the appropriate course when applying for Curricular Practical Training (CPT) authorization.

STANDARDS AND EVALUATION ACHIEVEMENT

Each course in the MBA program has its own method for evaluating student performance. The particular methods of assessment will be explained to students and included in the written syllabus for the course at the beginning of each course. A student must maintain a cumulative grade point average of 3.0 throughout the program. All course grades assigned in the program are entered on the student's official transcript and counted toward the cumulative grade point average. A student who earns a grade lower than C will be subject to academic dismissal. A student who earns more than two grades of C or lower will be subject to academic dismissal. A student may repeat a course in which a grade of C was earned; however, a course may be repeated only once. In cases where a course was repeated, both grades remain on the transcript, but only the last grade will count toward the grade point average. Student academic transcripts are reviewed at the end of each term of work. A student who fails to maintain a cumulative grade point average of 3.0 will be placed on academic probation and will have one academic session to remove the probationary status or be dismissed from the program. A student will have six years from the date of entry into the program in which to complete all of the requirements for graduation.  

In addition to the course/program requirements listed above, the PMBA hybrid courses must include verification and documents related to the work experience, which will be an integral component of the course grade.

FOUNDATIONAL REQUIREMENTS

All applicants who have not completed undergraduate courses in any one or all of the following areas:

Accounting, Finance, Economics, and/or Statistics, are to take undergraduate courses in these areas as prerequisites or take subject MBA/PMBA Primer pretests BEFORE admission to the program. The MBA/PMBA Primer pretests are free of charge and may be taken only one time. If students do not score 70% or higher on the pretests, they must complete the corresponding preparatory modules. After completion of the modules, students must score 70% or higher on the post-tests to satisfy the prerequisite requirements.

The MBA/PMBA Primer includes individual courses and a comprehensive course which includes all of the courses combined. Students may take as much time as necessary to be successful in the MBA/PMBA Primer courses. Expect to spend between 20 and 30 hours total on the four modules and post-tests. Individual study time will vary. The entire course is web based. There is no textbook involved. The pretest or post-test scores will not appear on a student’s transcript at Campbellsville University. Students will not be admitted to the program until all prerequisite requirements have been met.

 

Course Requirements for the PMBA with IT Track

In addition to listed criteria for admission to the PMBA with IT Track program, a student must demonstrate the knowledge, skills, and experience necessary to compete successfully in the program. Students possessing a bachelor's degree in business administration and at least two years of work experience will be considered to possess the necessary knowledge, skills, and experience to compete successfully in the PMBA program. For students who do not possess a bachelor's degree in business administration, it may be necessary for the student to acquire background knowledge in selected business areas before enrolling in specific courses. See Foundational Requirements for the MBA/PMBA.

Students will take 36 hours of 500 to 600 level coursework to complete the PMBA with IT Track. A student will take a total of 27 hours of core course work (each course is a three credit hour course) and 9 hours of IT track courses. 

Core Requirements - 27 credit hours

Each course below is 3 credit hours

ACC 601 Managerial Accounting
BA 601 Marketing Management
BA 611 Organization Theory
BA 602 Management Information Systems
BA 614 Human Resource Management
BA 616 Business Ethics
BA 620 Managerial Finance 
BA 690 Business Strategy
ECO 610 Managerial Economics 

Track Requirements - 9 credit hours

Each course below is 3 credit hours

BA 631 Project Management
BA 632 Information Systems Security 
BA 633 Information Systems Infrastructure 

Course Descriptions

ACC 601 Managerial Accounting - 3 credit hours
A study of accounting systems as effective tools for coordinating and organizing management activities including activity based accounting, life cycle accounting, just in time accounting and inventory systems, variance analysis, and capital investment decisions.

BA 601 Marketing Management - 3 credit hours
A study of strategic and tactical issues in marketing management including, resource allocation, market
segmentation, development of marketing strategy, market planning and implementation of marketing strategies
and plans through development of the marketing mix, the product mix, the promotion mix, the distribution
strategy and the pricing strategy, and integration of the marketing function within the organization.

BA 602 Management Information Systems - 3 credit hours
The design of computer based information systems to increase organizational effectiveness and efficiency in the development and implementation of organizational strategy and the control and evaluation of organizational
activities. Attention is devoted to decision support systems that support empowerment of individuals in agile
organizations.

BA 611 Organization Theory - 3 credit hours
An organic systems approach to organization design for effective performance in light of organization mission and strategy including a study of organizational structure, culture, policy, procedure, learning, and agility as they relate to competitiveness in an increasingly global environment.

BA 614 Human Resource Management - 3 credit hours
This course deals with the complex issues associated with the employment of individuals in organizations
including management practices, labor relations, compensation and benefits, training and development, and the
legal environment.

BA 616 Business Ethics - 3 credit hours
Principles of ethical thought as they apply to the nature of the organization, work, corporate culture and the role
of the individual and the organization in society.

BA 620 Managerial Finance - 3 credit hours
This course will explore sources and costs of capital, tax strategies, financial and capital structure, capital
budgeting, valuation, portfolio analysis, dividend policy, ratio analysis, internal rates of return, and cost volume
profit analysis

BA 631 Project Management - 3 credit hours
This course address the application of knowledge, skills, tools, and techniques to project activities in order to
meet project requirements by covering the key areas encapsulated in the Project Management Body of
Knowledge (PBOK) with an emphasis on issues that differentiate information technology project. Students will
also demonstrate competency in the use of project management software tools.

BA 632 Information Systems Security - 3 credit hours
This course covers the common body of knowledge, skills, techniques, and tools in the domain of information
technology security. Topics include threat management, risk diagnosis, accountability, security frameworks,
enterprise security policy, encryption, wireless security, legal and ethical issues.

BA 633 Information Systems Infrastructure - 3 credit hours
This is an advanced course covering information systems infrastructure. The areas covered include architecture,
operating platforms, database systems, data storage, networking, wired and wireless transmission, e-commerce,
cloud computing, virtual servers, and mobile computing. Prerequisite: BA 602 Management Information Systems.

BA 690 Business Strategy - 3 credit hours
Examines the role of executive leadership in the organization focusing upon the dynamic interaction of strategy, structure, principles, and values. It involves critical thinking and the ability to integrate concepts, alternative competitive strategies, organizational attributes and culture into strategic concepts of differential advantage.  Capstone course. Should be taken as one of the final core courses.

ECO 610 Managerial Economics - 3 credit hours
A study of the application of economic theories relating to consumer and producer behavior in competitive and
monopolistic markets and monetary and fiscal policy in both domestic and international economies as they relate to development of corporate policy.