Master of Business Administration

Master of Business Administration (MBA) Degree Program Overview

Being an effective business leader is increasingly challenging in the modern world, as organizations must balance economic success with limitless globalization and corporate responsibility. The Master of Business Administration (MBA) program at Fairfax University of America prepares students by teaching them how to manage business fundamentals with ever-changing developments in information and technology. Explore the details of the MBA program at our Virginia campus in the Washington, D.C., area and how it can benefit your career path.

Master of Business Administration Degree Program Objectives

Students who enroll in our business administration degree program acquire analytical, data-driven, and research-based skillsets to thrive in a variety of industries. Some of the specific proficiencies that students gain with an MBA include:

  • Collaboration and effective leadership for making choices and meeting goals that lead to positive social changes in organizations
  • Strong communication skills to share ideas and information with stakeholders
  • Analytic skills to interpret data and incorporate it with business knowledge for devising innovative yet plausible solutions to operational concerns
  • Business ethics to responsibly navigate uncertain circumstances
  • Research skills to assess economic, environmental, international, and social trends and create policies that foster effective and sustainable business models

Before applying for the business administration degree, ensure you fulfill our graduate program admission requirements. Besides the application, students also must meet certain educational qualifications and display a level of readiness for training at our university.

MBA Degree Program Course Work

The MBA program features 36 credits of required coursework, which amounts to 12 classes. Four of these courses discuss core aspects of business administration and leadership development and the remaining eight cover specialized areas. We offer the five following specializations with our MBA program:

Business Analytics: Business leaders need to know how to decipher data to make the most informed decisions. Analyzing statistics and data models enables them to identify and understand complex problems to make realistic financial and social choices.

Social Innovation and Sustainable Businesses: Students learn to leverage marketing strategies to nurture ethical, eco-conscious practices at companies, government agencies, and non-government institutions.

Organizational Development: In these courses, students learn how to spot behavioral and operational challenges at businesses and develop techniques to handle these situations with long-term solutions. This topic also involves industrial-organizational psychology, the study of human behavior in workplace environments.

Human Resource Management: Successful business leaders examine human resources at their organizations to see how well the department functions. This focus area teaches students to analyze human resources and craft strategies to ensure adequate compensation, benefits, recruitment, and professional development.

Business Optimization: Being able to detect inefficiencies in products, services, processes, and resources at a company helps leaders promote better productivity. These classes teach students how to identify these issues and design plans for organizations to optimize assets, build institutional capability, conduct quality control, and achieve leaner operations overall.

Whether core or specialization, each course is taught by an instructor with extensive knowledge in their specific focus area. Additionally, we have a Corporate Advisory Council with senior leaders from local, regional, national, and international organizations. These individuals drive student success at Fairfax University of America.

Career Outlook With A MBA Degree

Since students obtain knowledge in all fields of business development and administration through our MBA program, they can bring their leadership and applied research skills to multiple organizations. The following jobs represent various roles for MBA graduates at the director, executive, and management levels, along with average annual salaries according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS):

  • Marketing managers ($142,170)
  • Financial manager ($134,180)
  • Compensation and benefits manager ($125,130)
  • Training and development specialist ($115,640)
  • Management analyst ($87,660)
  • Financial analyst ($83,660)
  • Logisticians ($76,270)
  • Labor relations specialist ($73,240)
  • Market research analyst ($65,810)
  • Human resource specialist ($63,490)

Earn Your Master of Business Administration Degree

Turn to Fairfax University of America to gain cost-effective, student-centered training in business administration. We give students the flexibility to tailor their studies to their unique educational needs and take a business-focused approach to instruction that helps prepare them to achieve their career goals. Located in Virginia in the Washington, D.C., metropolitan area, our non-profit academic institution places students at the center of diverse industries and numerous employment opportunities.

Request information online to learn more about our MBA degree or complete an application to enroll in the program today.

MBA CURRICULUM OVERVIEW

The MBA program has 36 credits of required coursework where students engage in and learn the skills and knowledge that all managers need.

Program Structure
Area Number of Courses Credits
Core Courses 4 12
Specialization 8 24
Total 12 36
Required Courses

Every MBA student must complete the following 4 courses (12 credits):

Code Course Title Microcredential Certifications Prerequisites Credits
BUSS 501 Descriptive Analysis and Data Visualizations MA : MMS ;DVT CCBA or CBAP 3
BUSS 535 Management and Ethical leadership HRPM:MCPC;HRPM: CAP ESBC 3
BUSS 582 Quantitative Analysis and Decision Making SDC&A: C&ACD CCBA or CBAP 3
BUSS 601 Sustainable Business Metrics and Reporting GCB:SBE CCBA or CBAP 3
Required Courses for each specialization:

Students choose an area and develop specialized knowledge in that area. Additionally, students work toward a project or research paper in their specialization, aimed at developing specific career-skills that they will use as they continue into their professional trajectory. The following are offered as specializations in this program:

Business Analytics Specialization (8 Courses–24 Credits)

All new Business Analytics specialization students need certain basic skills to prepare them for success in this field. This program prepares students to become proficient in practical data analysis and research skills by applying knowledge acquired in classrooms to real-world business problems. This program also intended to produce graduates’ capable of doing applied research on business problems through application of business analytics tools and methodologies.

Code Course Title Microcredentials Certifications Prerequisites Credits
BUSS 502* Business Decision and Predictive Analysis MA MMS CCBA or CBAP None 3
BUSS 503* Business Intelligence Tools and Techniques MA:P&PA;DVT SDC&A:FDC CCBA or CBAP None 3
BUSS 504* Advanced Business Analytics MA:P&PA;SDC&A: DCM&S CCBA or CBAP BUSS 503 3
BUSS 539 Human Resource Analytics MA:PD&S;SDC&A;FDC CCBA or CBAP None 3
BUSS 545 Marketing Analytics MA:MMS;MA:CA&MS;DVT CCBA or CBAP None 3
BUSS 578 Business Risk Analysis and Optimization MA:PD&S;MA:P&PA;MA:CA&MS CCBA or CBAP None 3
BUSS 579 Advanced Data Prediction and Business Optimization MA:CA&MS;MA:PD&S;SDC&A:C&ACD CCBA or CBAP BUSS 504 3
BUSS 582 Quantitative Analysis for Decision Making CCBA or CBAP BUSS 280 3
BUSS 587 Contemporary Issues in Applying Business Analytics None 3
BUSS 588 Ethical Dilemma of Business Analytics None 3
BUSS 604 Internship in Business Analytics None 3
BUSS 605* Capstone in Business Analytics Completion of 4 specialization courses 3

Human Resource Management Specialization (8 Courses–24 Credits)

Human resource management specialization is designed to train students with the management of people within the organization to achieve competitive business operations and leading effective human resource policies and strategies. This specialization will also enable graduated to undertake sound and credible applied research related to human resource management issues.

Code Course Title Micro credentials Certifications Prerequisites Credits
BUSS 535 Management and Ethical Leadership HRPM:RHO;HRPM:CAP None 3
BUSS 537 Talent Acquisition and Development HRPM:MEPC;HRPM:CAP SHRM-CP None 3
BUSS 541 Principle and Practice of Human Resources HRPM:PMP SHRM-CP None 3
BUSS 549 Human Resources Across Organizations HRPM:PMP SHRM-CP None 3
BUSS 543 Finance for HR Professionals HRPM:MEPC None 3
BUSS 545 Human Resource in Global Economy HRPM:CAP None 3
BUSS 548 Organizational Lifecycles and HR Applications HRPM:MEPC None 3
BUSS 649 Organizational Leadership, Team Effectiveness and Communications None 3
BUSS 551 HR Change Management HRPM:RHO None 3
BUSS 600 Consulting and HR Application HRM:CAP SHRM-CP None 3
BUSS 641 Capstone in HR Management Completion of 4 specialization courses 3
BUSS 652 Strategic Human Capital Development HRPM:MEPC SHRM-CP None 3
BUSS 653 Internship in HR Management None 3
BUSS 656 Workplace Ethics None 3
BUSS 670 Theory and Practice of Diversity, Equity & Inclusiveness None 3
MASTER OF BUSINESS ADMINISTRATION PREREQUISITES

Students who do not have previous coursework related to the foundational knowledge required for the program mustfulfill up to three (3) additional courses or nine (9) credits across the following. This would increase the total number of credits that the student would take in additional to the 36 credits.

Code Course Title Prerequisites Credits
BUSS 280 Introduction to Statistics None 3
BUSS 290 Introduction to Data Analytics BUSS 280 3
BUSS 300 Organization Theory & HR Management None 3

Capstone Project

Students complete a capstone project that represents significant work related to the degree and specialization. The exact project is determined in consultation with the professor for the course.

Associated Microcredentials

The following microcredentials are offered as part of the program:

  • Marketing Analytics: Marketing Measurement Strategy (MA: MMS)
  • Market Analytics: Price and Promotion Analytics (MA: P&PA)
  • Marketing Analytics: Competitive Analysis and Market Segmentation (MA:CA&MS)
  • Marketing Analytics: Product, Distribution and Sales (MA: PD&S)
  • Data Visualization with Tableau (DVT)
  • Global Challenge in Business: Sustainable Innovation for Sustainable Business (GCB: SISB)
  • Global Challenge in Business: Sustainable Business Enterprise (GCB: SBE)
  • Global Challenge in Business: Global Strategy (GCB: GS)
  • Globalization, Economic Growth, and Stability (GE&S)
  • Value Chain Management: Managerial Accounting (VCM: MA)
  • Value Chain Management: Operation Management (VCM: OM)
  • Lean Six Sigma (LSS)
  • Change and Business Leadership (C&BL)
  • Business Leadership (BL)
  • Ethical Leadership (EL)
  • Business Development (BD)
  • HR for People Managers: Preparing to Manage People (HRPM: PMP)
  • HR for People Managers: Recruiting, Hiring and Onboarding (HRPM: RHO)
  • HR for People Managers: Managing Employee Performance and Compensation (HRPM: MEPC)
  • HR for People Managers: Capstone (HRPM: CAP)

Associated Certifications

The following certifications can be earned by graduates of the program through the certifying organizations offering them. Among the certifications that students can meet the minimum requirements for include:

  • Certification Competency Business Analyst (CCBA)
  • Certified Business Analysis Professional (CBAP)
  • Entrepreneurship and small business certification (ESBC)
  • Sustainable Business Certification (SBC)
  • Certification Green Business (CGB)
  • Change Management Certification (CMC)
  • Society for Human Resources management Certified Professional (SHRM-CP)
  • Business Process Optimization Certification (BPOC)