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2021 Graduate Catalog 1.2 (SUMMER-FALL) 
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Management (M.B.A.)

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The Utica College blended MBA is designed for mid-career professionals who are looking to further their education and advance their career while managing issues of work/life balance. Offered in a “blended” or “hybrid” model, this program allows students to choose the method of access which best suits their personal and educational preferences. All coursework for the program may be accessed in a classroom, online, or through a combination of both classroom and online learning. The program offers a contemporary and integrated core business education and the opportunity to pursue a unique, applied concentration tied to specific career outcomes.

The blended MBA provides students who have completed their undergraduate education and obtained 2 years of professional experience contemporary, integrated skills in general business management and the ability to choose 12 credits of electives designed to fit their professional and educational interests. This 30 credit hour program requires the student to complete 15 credit hours (ten (1.5) credit courses)  in the business core before finishing their program with 12 credit hours (four 3credit courses) in an area(s) of their choosing and a 3 credit masters research project. The program is designed so it can be completed in two and one-half years of part-time study.

Graduates from this program will be able to:

• Integrate concepts from various business disciplines to identify and formulate business strategies and solve business problems.

• Analyze and evaluate business problems using a variety of techniques and devise data-driven solutions.

• Examine business situations and problems from a global perspective and assess how cultural differences impact businesses.

• Appraise leadership attributes in business and other social/public and forums and interpret its impact on business and/or personal outcomes. ​

The faculty have identified several advising specializations, groups of courses within the elective offerings that provide students with a focused path of study. Elective specializations are not formal parts of the curriculum but options within the elective section of the program. Students do not have to focus on a specialization but can with the consent of their advisor, simply elect to take courses that meet their needs or interests. The specializations identified by the faculty are:

  • Business Analytics
  • Cybersecurity
  • Entrepreneurship
  • Finance/Accounting
  • Health Care Management
  • Insurance and Risk Management
  • Social Science Analytics 
  • General

Academic Requirements (30 Credit Hours)

Elective Classes (12 credit hours)

After completing the business core, students choose four 3-credit graduate-level elective courses. Students may opt for a general selection of business courses, may fashion their own elective specialization, or may follow Utica College developed advising specializations.

Business Analytics

The business analytics specialization focus on two aspects of the data science field: using theoretical models in the collection, design, and analysis of quantitative and qualitative data, and the real-world process of creating and implementing solutions based on that data.  Students will learn to be data thinkers by understanding the power of data, the limits of data analysis, and apply their learning to projects.  Projects encompass the whole data analysis process from data acquisition and wrangling, analysis, and conclude by communicating identified findings and solutions.

Take 4 of the 5 courses


The Cybersecurity specialization provides an advanced understanding of the history and evolution of cyber intelligence, as well as the impact cybersecurity networks, protocols and associated systems have on institutions, privacy, business, and government applications. Upon completion, students will be able to: 

  • Analyze and assess cybersecurity issues faced by modern business, national critical infrastructure, and governmental organizations.
  • Demonstrate cyber intelligence and investigative techniques for solving cybersecurity problems.  


The specialization is customized for strategic early-career or mid-career professionals who are motivated to bring a communication, information, or media business idea to fruition. Students will be introduced to fundamental concepts supporting contemporary media business models and learn the necessary steps to launch a media product or organization. The specialization includes concepts such as audience/market analysis, the importance of diverse revenue streams, user engagement and experience, and prototype development. Upon completion students will be able to:

  • Analyze the necessary decision-making processes in entrepreneurship and intrapreneurship.
  • Plan, design, and create strategic and innovative business models.  
  • Assess and evaluate fundamental tasks associated with entrepreneurship and intrapreneurship that involve human capital, logistics, and technology.  

Finance and Accounting

The Finance specialization prepares you to understand economic forces and how they relate to profitability and growth, as well as introduces you to managerial accounting and contemporary issues in cost management. Upon completion students will be able to:

  • Analyze and apply accounting information to facilitate strategic decision making.
  • Employ financial decision models to select appropriate projects for a business enterprise and manage firm growth through strategies such as mergers, acquisitions, international expansion, and new venture development  

Health Care Management

The Health Care Management specialization prepares you for the challenges of patient-centered care, with an understanding of the complex ethical and legal issues involved from an organizational level. With an MBA in Health Care Management, you’ll gain the ability to assess, plan, and implement information technology projects within a health organization. Upon completion students will be able to:

  • Interpret systems thinking application in personal, team, and health care organization settings.
  • Identify and discern stakeholder interests in competitive and collaborative healthcare initiatives.

You must take 4 from the following courses:

Insurance and Risk Management

The Insurance and Risk Management specialization prepares you to understand non-speculative risks faced by businesses and individuals, as well as how to mitigate those risks. Upon completion, you will have demonstrable expertise in risk management and insurance issues like life and health insurance, disability income, retirement, investment and financial planning. Upon completion students will be able to:

  • Apply a variety of risk analysis techniques to evaluate risk/loss exposures and design appropriate risk management solutions in personal/individual and commercial settings. 
  • Apply a variety of risk analysis techniques to evaluate risk/loss exposures and design appropriate risk management solutions to manage risk across the business enterprise. 

Social Science Analysis

This specialization is for those interested in macroscopic theories and practices of where we live and work. This emphasis on social data encourages you to understand the impact of your analyses in an organizational and societal context.

Disaster Fraud Management

The specialization prepares fraud management professionals to confront the global financial threat of disaster fraud.  While the countries of the world are dealing with disasters including earthquakes, hurricanes, and pandemics, fraudsters implement new and innovative fraud schemes that prey on citizens, financial services and government entities. Upon completion of the Disaster Fraud specialization, you will have demonstrable expertise in identifying, investigating and mitigating disaster fraud.  

An MBA with a specialization in Disaster Fraud Management can prepare you for careers in the private and public sector, including but not limited to:

  • Fraud and Compliance Investigations 
  • Office of the Inspector Generals on state and federal levels
  • Agencies Administering Disaster Relief Programs such as FEMA

General Management

The General specialization is perfect for business professionals who need more than one area of focus, as it offers a broad knowledge base tailored to the needs of your career. You will have the opportunity to select any four graduate level courses available to design your expertise to your current and future needs.

Additional Requirements

After completing the above requirements, students must complete both of the following:

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