Degree Information

Program Admission Deadlines Contact program for starting dates and deadlines.
Minimum Total Hours 39
Program Level Masters
CIP Code 52.0201
Dept. Code SRB
Program (Major/College) BAS BM

Contact Information

College Business
Contact 941-359-4330
Dean Robert Anderson, Ph.D.

Program Information

The USF Sarasota-Manatee Professional MBA is a 39-credit hour program intended for but not limited to working professionals. Classes are held on Saturdays and the program can be completed either on a full or part-time basis. The program offers working or non-working students in the Sarasota and Manatee County area geographical convenience, flexibility, quality, and affordability. A variety of instructional methods are used to engage students, depending upon the nature of the course material. These include case studies, experiential learning, group projects, presentations, and educational technology, as well as the more traditional lecture discussion approach. The focus of our approach to education is to help students develop the insights and skills necessary to reach integrative and innovative solutions to today’s complex business challenges.


The program is accredited through the University of South Florida’s College of Business, which is fully accredited by the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB) International: In addition, the University is regionally accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC). Visit the website for SACSCOC accreditation information.

Assurance of Learning Goals and Objectives

  1. Global Competitive Environment – The ability to perform an environmental scan through an understanding of the global economic, socio-cultural, political, legal, technological, and competitive environments in which business and non-business organizations seek competitive advantage.
    • Global Multicultural Perspective – Ability to effectively recognize and address the relevant international and multicultural business issues when operating in a global business environment.
    • Competitive Environment – Ability to effectively define and analyze the competitive environment.
  2. Ethical and Legal Responsibilities – Understand and incorporate into their decision-making the social, ethical and legal responsibilities of organizations as they pursue economic goals and objectives.
    • Legal and Social Environment – Understand the legal and social environment of business operations.
  3. Strategic Analysis and Planning – The ability to critically analyze an organization from various stakeholder perspectives and to develop strategic plans under conditions of dynamic change and competitive uncertainty.
    • Marketing Planning & Strategy – Understand the role of marketing in the creation of value for internal and external stakeholders through decisions related to the marketing mix, as well as such key concepts as relationship marketing, marketing segmentation and targeting, positioning, and market planning.
    • Economic Foundations – Understand the workings of modern market economies. Know the components of the macro economy and understand the relationships between aggregate economic activity and monetary and fiscal policy. Demonstrate familiarity with basic economic terminology and an understanding of marginal analysis, supply and demand analysis, consumer behavior, production and cost theory, and profit maximization under a variety of market structures.
    • Strategic Integration – The ability to integrate and apply business concepts, tools, and techniques in a problem-solving environment, drawing on both program coursework and business experience.
  4. Leadership and Collaboration – Effective leadership collaboration skills both in classroom settings and in project/team environments.
    • Management Leadership – Understand the basic theories, concepts, and effective behavioral practices that form the foundation of modern management thought and demonstrate the ability to apply key management concepts.
    • Teamwork – Effective collaboration and leadership skills in a team environment.
  5. Operational Business Decision-Making – The ability to effectively use financial, statistical, quantitative, and qualitative data to analyze business problems for managerial decision making, formulate appropriate operating plans, and devise comprehensive evaluation measures.
    • Finance – Understand the processes, decision structures and institutional arrangements related to the use and acquisition of funds by a firm in a competitive environment.
    • Decision Analysis, Operational Management, and Quality Control – Statistics concepts and management decision making tools for operational decision making and quality management.
    • Information Systems – Understand the concepts, structures and process involved in the management of information systems and technologies and the role of information systems in supporting managerial decision-making.
    • Critical Thinking – Ability to interpret data, to apply concepts and ideas, and to analyze data, theories and relationships deductively and inductively.
    • Accounting – Understand the basic concepts and theories underlying general-purpose financial statements, and the structure and interpretation of financial statements. As well as an appreciation for the role of management accounting data and other data for managerial decision making.
  6. Communication – Oral and written communication competencies that support and enhance managerial effectiveness.
    • Oral Communication – Effective presentation skills in content, organization, and delivery.
    • Written Communication – Write business documents with clear focus, organization, and mechanical correctness.


Applicants must meet the University requirements (see Graduate Admissions) as well as the requirements listed below.

Program Admission Requirements

  • Upper-Level GPA of 3.0
  • 500 or higher GMAT score or 1,050 or higher score if GRE taken before August 1, 2011 or 300 or higher if GRE taken after August 1, 2011.
  • International applicants from non-English-speaking countries must also have a TOEFL score of 550 or higher on the written version, a minimum score of 213 on the computer-based test or a 79 on the internet-based test
  • Two years of significant full-time work experience preferred, but not required prior to enrollment.
  • A resume
  • Two letters of recommendation
  • Statement of purpose

Student must be formally admitted into the MBA Program before allowed to take courses.

Total Hours 39

  1. Required Managerial Tool Courses – (24 credit hours): These are the basic skills of the MBA program. The techniques, theories, concepts, and tools learned will provide the student with a foundation for the specific application courses to follow. Applicants with a bachelor’s degree within the last past 5 years from an AACSB accredited College of Business are eligible for up to 6 credits hours (3 courses) waived from the degree for specific tools courses if they meet the criteria. Waivers are considered on a case by case basis. Please see program specialist for details.
    Course Number Title Credit Hours Prerequisites Notes
    ACG 6025 Financial Accounting for Managers 2 None Not available for credit for graduate students in the Master of Accountancy program.
    ACG 6075 Management Accounting & Control 2 ACG 6025 Not available for credit for graduate students in the Master of Accountancy program.
    ECO 6708 Global Economic Environment of Business 2 None  
    ECP 6702 Managerial Economics 2 None  
    FIN 6406 Financial Management 2 ACG 6025 and ECP 6702  
    GEB 6445 Social, Ethical, Legal Systems 2 Graduate standing Student can choose GEB 6445 or BUL 5332
    BUL 5332 Law and the Accountant 2 BUL 3320 or Consent of Instructor Student can choose GEB 6445 or BUL 5332
    ISM 6021 Management Information Systems 2 None  
    MAN 6055 Organizational Behavior & Leadership 2 Graduate standing  
    MAN 6147 Leadership/Management Concepts 2 None  
    MAR 6815 Marketing Management 2 ECO 6114  
    QMB 6305 Managerial Decision Analysis 2 None  
    QMB 6603 Operations Management & Quality Enhancement 2 Graduate standing and college algebra  
  2. Required Application Courses (9 credit hours) : The MBA program allows for 9 credit hours of application courses. Students can opt for a General Business track with 1 course each from traditional tracks of accounting, finance, hospitality, management and marketing or the student can work with the graduate coordinator to develop a program specifically geared towards his or her interests and career goals. Three of the fifth year accounting courses may also be used as a track in the program. Students electing this track must have a bachelor’s degree in accounting from an AACSB accredited program.


  3. Required Integrated Business Application Courses (6 credit hours):

These courses should be taken at the end of the program.

Course Number Title Credit Hours Prerequisites Notes
GEB 6895 Integrated Business Applications I 3 Students should see the program advisors regarding prerequisites.  
GEB 6896 Integrated Business Applications II 3 GEB 6895  

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