Degree Requirements for the MBA Program

The Master of Business Administration (MBA) requires the satisfactory completion of all course work (48 credit hours for students in progress prior to September 2010, 52 credits for students accepted September 2010-May 2012 and 54 credits for students accepted in September 2012 or later). Students must complete 48-54 credit hours of courses, including 40 credit hours of required courses and 8-12 credit hours of electives. 48 credits are required for students in progress before September 2010 and not opting for a concentration. 52 credits are required for all students entering September 2010-May 2012 and 54 credits are required for all students entering September 2012 or later. Grades are awarded on A, A-, B+, B, B-, C and F basis. Students who have not met and completed all degree requirements will be allowed to participate in graduation exercises only under very exceptional circumstances.

Course Requirements-Master of Business Administration

Math Competency Requirement

The SOM requires all students entering the MBA program who scored below the 25th percentile in the quantitative portion of the GMAT to take and pass a math competency test prior to the first full week of classes in the MBA program.

Students have three attempts to pass the math competency exam. If a student does not successfully pass the math competency test with a grade of 80% or higher in each section, and has taken the test three times, the student will be required to slow down her program of study until the test is passed. The student will also be withdrawn by the SOM programs office out of any quantitative course(s).

The student will not be required to withdraw from the MBA program, but she will not be permitted to enroll in any MBA quantitative courses, e.g. GSM 411 Economics, GSM 427 Strategy Decision Making, GSM 420 Financial Accounting, or GSM 415 Quantitative Analysis, until the math competency exam is passed. Passing the math competency is not a contingency in a student's admissions decision. If the program of study is slowed down, it also may delay a student's expected graduation date.

Excel Competency

The SOM requires all students entering the MBA program to take and pass an excel competency test prior to the first full week of classes in the MBA program. This exam is housed within a Harvard Business school spreadsheet course and passing the pre-test is the requirement. Students can enroll in this spreadsheet course at any time after they deposit and they are allowed to study and retake the pre-test as many times as necessary before the first quantitative course begins. Passing the excel competency is not a contingency in a student's admissions decision. If the program of study is slowed down, it also may delay a student's expected graduation date.


Technology Fluencies

Students are expected to possess the technology competencies necessary for success in the MBA Program. These competencies have been defined by the faculty within individual courses and approved by the Curriculum Committee that are necessary for success in the MBA program.

MBA Course Requirements: Prior to Fall 2012-48-52 credits

GSM 403 Foundations of Business-3 sessions will be required during your graduate program. One session when you enter, one session midway through the program and one session at the end of your program  0 cr. 
 
GSM 411 Economic Analysis for Managers 2 cr.
GSM 412 Business, Government and the Global Economy (Prerequisites: GSM 411) 3 cr.
 GSM 415 Quantitative Analysis 3 cr.
 GSM 420 Financial Reporting and Analysis 3 cr.
 GSM 421 Managerial Accounting (Prerequisite: GSM 420) 3 cr.
GSM 425 Marketing Management (Pre/co-requisite: GSM 415, GSM 420, GSM 411) 3 cr.
GSM 426 Strategy 1 1 cr.
GSM 430 Technology and Operations Management 3 cr.
GSM 431 Information Technology (Prerequisite: GSM 430) 2 cr.
GSM 435 Finance (Prerequisites: GSM 411, GSM 415 and GSM 420) 3 cr.
GSM 440 Strategy II (Prerequisites: GSM 421, GSM 425, GSM 430, GSM 435, GSM 460, GSM 465, and pre/co-requisites GSM 426, GSM 412, GSM 431 and GSM 441 3 cr.
GSM 441 Leadership, Governance and Accountability (Prerequisites: GSM 412, GSM 421, GSM 425, GSM 426, GSM 430, GSM 435, GSM 460, GSM 465, and pre/ co-requisites: GSM 440, GSM 412 and 431) 2 cr.
GSM 450 Career Strategies 1 cr.
GSM 455 Leading Individuals and Groups 3 cr.
GSM 460 Communication Strategies 1 cr.
GSM 465 Leading Organizational Change (Prerequisite: GSM 455) 3 cr.
GSM 470 Negotiation and Conflict Management (Prerequisite: GSM 455) 2 cr.
GSM 5XX Electives (8-12 credits in total; many have prerequisites). 3 cr.



MBA Course Requirements- Fall 2012 and after-54 credits

 GSM 411  Economic Analysis for Managers    3 cr.
 GSM 412  Business, Government and the Global Economy (Prerequisites: GSM 411)    3 cr.
 GSM 415  Quantitative Analysis  3 cr.
 GSM 420   Financial Reporting and Analysis   3 cr.
 GSM 421  Managerial Accounting (Prerequisite: GSM 420)  3 cr.
 GSM 425  Marketing Management (Pre/co-requisite: GSM 415, GSM 420, GSM 411)   3 cr.
GSM 427 Strategic Thinking and Analytical Decision Making 3 cr.
GSM 430 Technology and Operations Management  3 cr.
GSM 435  Finance (Prerequisites: GSM 411, GSM 415 and GSM 420)  3 cr.
GSM 440 Strategy II (Prerequisites: GSM 421, GSM 425, GSM 430, GSM 435, GSM 465, and pre/co-requisites GSM 412, GSM 442  3 cr.
GSM 442 New Financial Capstone   3 cr.
GSM 455 Leading Individuals and Groups  3 cr.
GSM 465 Leading Organizational Change (Prerequisite: GSM 455)  3 cr.
GSM 470 Negotiation and Conflict Management (Prerequisite: GSM 455)  3 cr.
GSM 5XX Electives (12 credits in total; many have prerequisites). 3 cr.



Concentrations-MBA

Students need a minimum of 9 credits within a concentration to satisfy the concentration requirements. All concentrations have different requirements within them. Required courses for each concentration are listed below:
Business and Financial Analytics  GSM 520 Strategic Performance Measures OR 
GSM 535 Financial Modeling
 Marketing GSM 526 Research Design and Analysis
Sustainability/CSR GSM 516 Sustainability Analysis and Reporting
GSM 512 Corporate Social Responsibility
Non Profit GSM 561 Non Profit Management
GSM 560 Financial Management in Non Profit Organizations
GSM 563 Philanthropy, Policy and Fundraising in the Non Profit sector
E-Ship GSM 570 Creativity Innovation and Entrepreneurship
GSM 571 Business Plans
GSM 5xx designed with your Eship concentration advisor
Health Care MBAH 480 The Health System (Replaces: GSM 610 Strategic Drivers, Policy and Politics in the Health Sector)
MBAH 410 Health Economics OR
MBAH 436 Health Financial Strategy
GSM 5xx designed with your HC concentration advisor
Organizational Leadership GSM 553 Gender, Diversity and Leadership
GSM 551 Perspectives and Practices: Principled Leadership
GSM 511 Culturally Intelligent Leadership

 

DEGREE REQUIREMENTS-MBA IN HEALTH CARE PROGRAM

The Master of Business Administration in Health Care (MBAHC) requires the satisfactory completion of all course work: 54 credits. Students must complete 48 credit hours of required courses and 6 credit hours of electives. Grades are awarded on A, A-, B+, B, B-, C and F basis. Students who have not met and completed all degree requirements will be allowed to participate in graduation exercises only under very exceptional circumstances.

Course Requirements-Master of Business Administration in Health Care

Math Competency Requirement

The SOM requires all students entering the MBAHC program who scored below the 25th percentile in the quantitative portion of the GMAT to take and pass a math competency test prior to the first full week of classes in the MBAHC program.

Students have three attempts to pass the math competency exam. If a student does not successfully pass the math competency test with a grade of 80% or higher in each section, and has taken the test three times, the student will be required to slow down her program of study until the test is passed. The student will also be withdrawn by the SOM programs office out of any quantitative course(s).

The student will not be required to withdraw from the MBAHC program, but she will not be permitted to enroll in any MBAHC quantitative courses, e.g. MBAH 410 Health Economics, MBAH 427 Strategic Thinking and Analytical Decision Making, MBAH 420 Financial Reporting and Analysis, or MBAH 415 Quantitative Analysis, until the math competency exam is passed. Passing the math competency is not a contingency in a student's admissions decision. If the program of study is slowed down, it also may delay a student's expected graduation date.

Excel Competency

The SOM requires all students entering the MBAHC program to take and pass an excel competency test prior to the first full week of classes in the MBAHC program. This exam is housed within a Harvard Business school spreadsheet course and passing the pre-test is the requirement. Students can enroll in this spreadsheet course at any time after they deposit and they are allowed to study and retake the pre-test as many times as necessary before the first quantitative course begins. Passing the excel competency is not a contingency in a student's admissions decision. If the program of study is slowed down, it also may delay a student's expected graduation date.

Technology Fluencies

Students are expected to possess the technology competencies necessary for success in the MBAHC Program. These competencies have been defined by the faculty within individual courses and approved by the Curriculum Committee that are necessary for success in the MBA program.

MBA in Health Care Course Requirements- 54 credits

MBAH 403

Foundations of Business-3 sessions will be required during your graduate program.

One session when you enter,

one session midway through the program and one session at the end of your program required

0 cr.
MBAH 410 Health Economics 3 cr. 
MBAH 415 Quantitative Analysis 3 cr.
MBAH 420 Financial Reporting and Analysis 3 cr.
MBAH 421 Managerial Accounting (Prerequisite: MBAH 420) 3 cr.
MBAH 424 HC Marketing Management (Prereq's: MBAH 415, MBAH 420, MBAH 410) 3 cr.
MBAH 427 Strategic Thinking and Analytical Decision Making 3 cr.
MBAH 429 HC Quality and Measurement 3 cr.
MBAH 434 HC Finance (Prereq's: MBAH 410, MBAH 415 and MBAH 420) 3 cr.
MBAH 436 HC Financial Strategy (Prerequisite: MBAH434) 3 cr.
MBAH 443 HC Organizational Strategy 3 cr.
MBAH 448 HC Information Technology 3 cr.
MBAH 455  Leading Individuals and Groups 3 cr.
MBAH 466 HC Leadership and Change (Prerequisite: MBAH455) 3 cr.
MBAH 470 Negotiation and Conflict Management (Prerequisite: MBAH 455) 3 cr.
MBAH 480 The Health System 3 cr.
MBAH 481 HC Law and Ethics 3 cr.
MBAH 5XX Elective I 3 cr.
MBAH 5XX Elective 2 3 cr.

DEGREE REQUIREMENTS-MHA PROGRAM

The Master of Healthcare Administration (MHA) requires the satisfactory completion of all course work, 48 credit hours for students. Grades are awarded on A, A-, B+, B, B-, C and F basis. Students who have not met and completed all degree requirements will be allowed to participate in graduation exercises only under very exceptional circumstances. These degree requirements also apply to all offsite MHA programs.

Course Requirements-Masters in Health Administration

HCA 500 Health Care Accounting  2 cr. 
 
HCA 501 Self and Small Group Leadership 2 cr.
HCA 502 Quantitative Analysis for Health Care Administration 2 cr.
HCA 503 Managerial Epidemiology and Health Information 2 cr.
SHS 450 The Health Care System: Interdisciplinary Perspectives 3 cr.
HCA 509 Health Care Finance I 3 cr.
HCA 522 Health Care Law 2 cr.
HCA 545 Ethical Analysis and Social Values 1 cr.
SHS 581 Basic Negotiation 1 cr.
HCA 504 Health Economics 3 cr.
HCA 505 The Nature of Groups and the Nature of Work 2 cr.
HCA 522 Health Information Systems 2 cr.
HCA 545 Health Care Policy and Politics 2 cr.
Elective Elective Credits 2 cr.
HCA 520 Health Care Operations and Quality 3 cr.
HCA 523 Health Care Marketing 2 cr.
HCA 530 Organizational Strategy 3 cr.
HCA 521 Human Resource Management 2 cr.
HCA 531 Research and Survey Methods 1 cr.
HCA 533 Leadership and Change 3 cr.
HCA 534 Health Care Finance II 3 cr.
HCA 540 Fieldwork 2 cr.

The HCA Program at the School of Management requires the following of accepted students prior to enrollment: 

  • An undergraduate statistics course (any type - 1 semester), equivalent to MATH 118 at Simmons College. The course must have been completed with a B or better in the last 10 years.
  • A working knowledge of the Microsoft Office Suite software programs, including Word, PowerPoint and Excel.

Waiving the GRE/GMAT Requirement


Students may waive the GRE/GMAT requirement by enrolling in two back-to-back courses, as non-degree students. This option also allows students to evaluate whether the program is a good fit for them. Individuals who earn a minimum grade of B+ in both courses may then apply for degree status without submitting standardized tests. Due to visa restrictions, this alternative is available for U.S. students and permanent resident aliens only.
Health Care Administration Program-Certificate of Advanced Graduate Study (C.A.G.S.)
The Certificate of Advanced Graduate Study (CAGS) in Health Care is a 15-credit program is individually designed to build on the strengths each student possesses and to cover new material. Required and elective courses are chosen from the M.H.A. curriculum and may include fieldwork or independent research. Two concentrations are available: Finance and Analytical Thinking and Organizational Leadership.

ACADEMIC POLICIES FOR THE ACCELERATED MASTERS IN HEALTH ADMINISTRATION PROGRAM

http://www.simmons.edu/som/amha/docs/AMHA_POLICY_MANUAL_7122011.pdf

The Accelerated Master of Healthcare Administration (AMHA) requires the satisfactory completion of all course work, which is 10 courses and 30 credit hours for students. The AMHA program also has degree pre-requisites which are required as well. Grades are awarded on A, A-, B+, B, B-, C and F basis. Students who have not met and completed all degree requirements will be allowed to participate in graduation exercises only under very exceptional circumstances. These degree requirements also apply to all offsite MHA programs.

Course Requirements-Accelerated Masters in Health Administration

HMP 500  Participant Foundations   3 cr.
HMP 581 Negotiation 3 cr.
HMP 503 Managerial Epidemiology 3 cr.
HMP 523 Strategic Marketing 3 cr.
HMP 522 Health Information Management 3 cr.
HMP 509 Health Care Finance 3 cr.
HMP 520 Healthcare Operations and Quality 3 cr.
HMP 505 Organization Theory 3 cr.
HMP 545 Health Policy 3 cr.
HMP 534 Advanced Financial Strategy and Business Planning (pre-req: HMP 509) 3 cr.
HMP 530 Organizational Strategy (pre-req's: HMP 581, 503, 523, 522, 520,505, 534) 3 cr.

 

DEGREE REQUIREMENTS-MCM PROGRAM

The Master of Science in Communications Management requires a student to complete 36 semester hours, consisting of:

  • Four required courses
  • Four electives
  • An Applied Learning Project

Required Courses-MCM

 MCM 442 Emerging Communications Technologies  4 cr. 
 
 MCM 462  Financial Aspects of Business  4 cr.
 MCM 485  Communicating Across Cultures  4 cr.
 MCM 481  Strategic Communication and Organizational Change  4 cr.
 MCM 500  Applied Learning Project (MCM 500)  4 cr.
MCM 5xx Electives  4 cr.

Applied Learning Project (MCM 500)

Students take a semester-long course during which each student develops an Applied Learning Project (ALP) that demonstrates understanding of the strategic use of communications. Students present their findings at the end of the semester. Examples of past projects range from business and communications plans to audits, marketing campaigns, and research projects on a wide variety of topics.

Grades are awarded on A, A-, B+, B, B-, C and F basis. Students who have not met and completed all degree requirements will be allowed to participate in graduation exercises only under very exceptional circumstances.

DEGREE REQUIREMENTS-DUAL DEGREE MCM PROGRAM and GENDER/CULTURAL STUDIES

 
The Master of Communications Management (MCM) requires the satisfactory completion of all course work -36 credit hours of coursework. The dual-degree will earn the student a Master of Science (M.S.) in Communications Management and a Master of Arts (M.A.) in Gender/Cultural Studies. Coursework includes four required MCM courses, three required GCS courses, five electives, and one combined GCS/MCM capstone or Applied Learning project. SOM grades are awarded on A, A-, B+, B, B-, C and F basis. Students who have not met and completed all degree requirements will be allowed to participate in graduation exercises only under very exceptional circumstances.