Master of Business Administration Concentration in Management


The Master of Business Administration (M.B.A.) with a concentration in Management is structured to equip mid-level managers and business professionals for leadership and management roles. As an MBA student, you learn to link theory with practice, and to recognize the ethical, legal, and multi-disciplinary demands of a business environment that is increasingly global, technology-oriented, and diverse. Framingham State University strives to offer a high quality, cost effective degree taught by seasoned business professionals using a hybrid model.

The Blended MBA program is delivered using a hybrid method that includes both scheduled meetings and online learning. Some courses hold scheduled meetings on campus and others use remote options. Class size is typically small to ensure personalized attention. As you move through the curriculum, this class structure promotes personal development within a team-centric environment. You also benefit from the variety of backgrounds and distinct experiences each individual brings to the program as well as opportunities to expand your networks.

The program has three (3) options for you to choose from that fits your individual circumstances best:

  1. Attending full-time taking three (3) courses per semester over four (4) consecutive semesters (including summer) beginning in the fall semester or spring* semester and completing the program in 16 months.
  2. Attending full-time taking two (2) courses per semester over six (6) consecutive semesters (including summer) beginning in the fall or spring* semester and completing the program two (2) years later.
  3. Attending part-time taking one (1) courses per semester over twelve (12) consecutive semesters (including summer) beginning in the fall or spring* semester and completing the program four (4) years later.

*Students who begin in spring semester must complete some courses as Online accelerated courses to complete the program without interruption.

Note: Students have the flexibility to move between these three options.

After completing this program of study, students will be able to:

  • Integrate theory, economics, and behavioral elements into the strategic goals of an organization.
  • Make decisions using tactical, operational, and strategic business tools in a local and global environment.
  • Explain the importance of the ethical and legal responsibility of business leadership.
  • Utilize sound fiscal management practices in running a business.
  • Demonstrate achievement of business objectives through effective communications.
  • Apply quantitative methods to the analysis of real-world business situations.

Program Requirements

Each Framingham State University course is offered for one (1) course-credit, which is equivalent to four (4) semester hours. The Management concentration consists of 12-13 courses (or 48-52 semester hours), consisting of (8) Core courses, four (4) Concentration courses and one (1) Pre-Core requirement*.

*This may be waived for candidates who meet the proficiency requirements upon admission.

Prior to enrolling in Core or Concentration courses, students are required to demonstrate proficiency in the following areas: financial accounting, managerial accounting, economics, and statistics.

Proficiency may be demonstrated in one of the following ways:

  • Appropriate undergraduate or graduate coursework completed with a grade of B (3.00) or better earned prior to the date of application to the MBA program. The Admissions Committee will evaluate each applicant’s academic record to determine whether undergraduate proficiency requirements have been met.
  • Demonstrated proficiency through professional development and experience as evaluated in the applicant’s professional resume.
  • Students without appropriate prior academic coursework may demonstrate proficiency by taking a College-Level Examination Program (CLEP) test in an appropriate subject area, or may make a written request for a waiver.

*Students who do not meet the proficiency requirements are required to take the Pre-Core Requirement course MGMT 905 Analytical Tools for Managers in their first semester, bringing the course requirements to 13 total (52 semester hours).

Management Concentration (12):

Pre-Core Requirement* (1):

*This may be waived for candidates who meet the proficiency requirements upon admission.

Core Requirements (7):

Capstone Requirement (1):

NOTE: Registration for MGMT 989 Strategic Management requires the prior written permission of the Dean of Graduate Studies. Students will not be permitted to fulfill this requirement with a course transferred from another institution.

Management Concentration Requirements (4)

Admission Requirements

Admission to the MBA degree program is available to qualified individuals who hold an undergraduate degree in any major from an accredited college or university. Admission is based on professional work experience, performance in previous college/ university study,assessment of written essays, and appraisal of letters of recommendation.

Applicants are required to submit the following:

  1. A completed Application for Graduate Admission form.
  2. $50.00 application fee
  3. Official copies of undergraduate and graduate transcripts (if applicable). Students who have transcripts from outside the United States must have their transcripts evaluated by a Credit Evaluation service and translated into English.
  4. Two letters of recommendation sent directly to Graduate Admissions at Framingham State University by the evaluators.
  5. A current professional resume.
  6. TOEFL scores (550 or higher) or IELTS scores (6.5 or higher) are required of applicants seeking admission from non-English speaking countries. The TOEFL or IELTS may be waived if the applicant has successfully completed at least two full academic years in a college/university where the primary instruction is in English.
  7. Applicants may be required to interview with the Program Director and/or Program Advisor after a review by the Admissions Committee.
  8. Two written essays. Each essay should be typed or printed, single spaced and limited to the length indicated. The essay questions are:

What would you like the MBA Admissions Committee to know about you? (450-word limit);

and either

What are your three most substantial achievements and why do you consider them to be substantial achievements? (700-word limit)


What experience in the military, public service, or business do you have? Explain how this experience equips you for the MBA program. (700-word limit).


Additional MBA Admission criteria for International 3-year degree holders

From India: Degree must be a Bachelor in Commerce or Business; otherwise a U.S. 4-year Baccalaureate degree equivalent is required.

  • Official transcripts must be evaluated by a credential evaluation service and sent to Framingham State University.
  • The degree granting institution must be accredited from one of the following institutions: National Assessment and Accreditation Council (NAAC), National Board of Accreditation (NBA), All India Council for Technical Education (AICTE).
  • GPA Minimum must be equivalent to a U.S. 3.00 on a 4.00 scale.
  • Minimum score of 400 on the GMAT or Minimum score of 149 Verbal and 141 Quantitative on the GRE may be required.
  • Must have a grade of B (3.00) or better in each equivalent course from the following areas: Accounting, Economics, Management, and Statistics.
  • Minimum TOEFL score of 550 paper based (or 79-80 computer based), or IELTS scores (6.5 or higher).

Courses before Admission
Students intending to apply for admission to the MBA program are not allowed to enroll in MBA Core or Elective courses prior to official admission into the program.

Transfer Credit
Transfer credit for prior graduate coursework completed at another accredited college or university will be considered at the time of MBA admission based on course descriptions and documentation submitted with the student’s application. Courses accepted in transfer must meet the academic criteria established by Framingham State University. A maximum of two (2) graduate courses may be accepted in transfer and applied toward the MBA degree program.

F-1 Student VISA Status
Students admitted into a graduate program as on an F-1 Student Visa are required to enroll full-time during the fall and spring semesters. Students in the M.B.A program are encouraged to also enroll full-time during the summer terms if the intent is to complete the program in 16 continuous months.

Time Limits for Program Completion
All degree requirements must be met within eight (8) years from the completion date of the first MBA Core or Elective course.


Effective as of the 2020-2021 Graduate Catalog