Master of Business Administration

Student Learning Outcomes

Students graduating from this program will:

  • 1. Critique business decisions using analytical tools and decision frameworks found in the major business disciplines.
  • 2. Contextualize how a given business decision or problem affects an organization using systematic reasoning and critical thinking.
  • 3. Assemble a diverse and inclusive team to solve a given business problem.
  • 4. Conceptualize a complex business issue into a coherent written statement and/or oral presentation.
  • 5. Interpret and evaluate quantitative information and synthesize that information with relevant non-quantitative information to arrive at a business decision.

Admission Requirements

Applicants to the PMBA program are considered for admission based on their undergraduate cumulative grade point averages, resumes, goal statements, and other criteria established by the faculty. Some candidates may be eligible for admission without the GMAT exam.  For current admission requirements visit

Program Requirements

The Bloch School offers a Professional (part-time) master of business administration (PMBA), and an executive master of business administration (E.M.B.A.).

The Professional M.B.A. Curriculum

The PMBA degree is a 36 credit hour program.  The curriculum is comprised of three distinct stages: foundations; application, integration and innovation; and electives or certificate.

The program has the following unique features that are combined to develop graduates that are broadly educated, socially responsible, and knowledgeable managers.

  1. A 21 credit hour set of courses that provides an integrative business infrastructure for decision-making.
  2. A 3 credit hour application, integration, and innovation course with opportunities to utilize a broad skill set.
  3. A 12 credit hour elective component that allows students the flexibility to design a program that uniquely fits their needs. Students may elect to complete the requirements for one of several graduate-level certificate programs available within the Bloch School.
  4. Students with substantial work experience or a proficiency in an AACSB relevant competency through advanced undergraduate courses or a graduate course, may seek approval to take an additional application, integration, and innovation offering in place of a specific foundation class.
  5. An M.B.A. program of study must include 36 credit hours with a minimum of 30 hours of that course work completed at UMKC.  Transfer credit will be considered in accordance with the guidelines in the Master’s Degrees Academic Regulations section of the catalog. 
  6. UMKC Students enrolled in an undergraduate bachelor's degree program at the School Science and Engineering who meet the PMBA admissions requirements may apply for entrance to the PMBA program at the beginning of their terminal year of their undergraduate program. Accepted students may waive MIS 5507 of the PMBA core, and may apply one three credit hour, in-major, 400-level SCE elective course with a grade of B or higher to the PMBA program for elective credit.
  7. Students in the coordinated Pharm.D. can pursue the PMBA simultaneously.  Admission to the M.B.A. program is a separate process. Because the UMKC M.B.A. can be completed online, Pharm.D. students at any one of the three campus locations (Kansas City, Columbia, Springfield) may apply to the UMKC M.B.A. program. Information is at
  8. Students in the DDS degree can pursue the PMBA simultaneously. Admission to the M.B.A. program is a separate process. Up to 6 hours of DDS Transitions coursework will be applied as elective in the M.B.A. degree program. Information is at
  9. Students in the B.A./M.D. program can pursue the PMBA during a leave of absence after the completion of year four. Up to 6 hours of select School of Medicine coursework will be applied as elective in the M.B.A. degree program.

The M.B.A. Foundation (21 credit hours)

The M.B.A. degree consists of a 21 credit hour set of foundation courses to provide a solid business base. Core courses include the following:

ACCTNG 5503Financial Accounting for Decision Making3
DSOM 5511Global Supply Chain and Operations Management3
FIN 5509Financial Management3
MGT 5512Leading and Managing People, Teams and Organizations3
MGT 5514Strategic Management in the Globalized World3
MIS 5507Business Analytics and Statistics3
MKT 5504Marketing Management3
Total Credits21

Application, Integration, and Innovation (3 credit hours)

The courses in this area will allow students to apply their knowledge through distinctive, experiential learning opportunities. Students with substantial work experience or with a proficiency in an AACSB relevant competency through advanced undergraduate courses or a graduate course, may seek approval to take an additional application, integration, and innovation offering in place of a specific foundation class. Students may also take additional application, integration, and innovation courses to satisfy elective requirements.

Select one from:
Corporate Entrepreneurship and Innovation: Meeting the Management Challenge
Entrepreneurial Experience
Developing the Social Enterprise
Total Credits3

Electives (12 credit hours)

The M.B.A. program allows students the flexibility of selecting 12 credit hours to meet their unique needs. The Bloch School offers a variety of graduate certificates that can be completed with the M.B.A. degree and utilized as electives in the program. Students should ensure that prerequisites are taken in the proper sequence. Not all classes are offered each semester. Students can select from the following elective options, grouped by discipline.

Students with prior preparation in accounting may be eligible to take other courses. Please consult with the M.B.A. program advisor for additional information.
Introduction To Income Taxation
Data Analytics for Accounting
Fraud Examination
Decision Science Operations Management
Project Management
Strategic Sourcing & Supplier Relationship Management
Data Visualization
Entrepreneurship and Innovation
Entrepreneurship: Managing Creativity And Innovation
Entrepreneurship Scholars
New Product Development
Technology Management
Small Business Management And Entrepreneurship
Entrepreneurship And New Venture Creation
Social Entrepreneurship
Entrepreneurial Finance and Venture Capital Investment
Special Topics
Advanced Financial Management Theory And Policies
Financial Markets and Institutions
Investment Analysis
Management Of Financial Intermediaries
Derivative Securities
Financial Modeling
Financial Statement Analysis
Fixed Income Analysis
Valuation/Mergers and Acquisitions
Portfolio Management
Alternative Investments
Payment Systems
Applied Portfolio Management
Fundamentals of Fintech
Health Administration
Financial Management Issues of Health and Human Services Organizations
Quality and Safety in Health Care
Health and Social Equity
Leadership and Management in Health Care Organizations
Data Analysis for Health Care Managers
The Economics of Health and Medicine
Health Policy in the United States
Leading Teams
Leading Through Influence and Persuasion
Leadership & Motivation
Conflict Management and Negotiation Strategies
Leading and Managing Change
International Management
International Study in Business
Attracting, Retaining, and Developing Human Capital
Total Rewards Management
Management Information Systems
Data Base Management
Data Management and Data Mining for Business Analytics
Data Wrangling
Sales and Business Development
Social and Mobile Marketing
International Marketing
Customer Insights and Communication Strategy
Marketing Research and Analytics
Predictive Analytics Using R
Public Administration
Financial Accountability and Policy Development
Foundations of Public Service
Supervision, Performance Leadership, & Human Resource Management
Urban Policy and Administration
Managing Urban Economic Development
Urban Planning for Public Administrators
Public Policy Development and Analysis
Program Evaluation
Leadership, Change and Social Impact
Managing Nonprofit Organizations
Community Organizations and Public Policy
Legal Framework & Financial Management of Nonprofit Organizations
Seminar on Social Entrepreneurship
Innovation in Nonprofit Management and Leadership
Health and Social Equity
Real Estate
Entrepreneurial Real Estate Process
Real Estate Finance
Real Estate Feasibility and Market Analysis
Real Estate Construction and Development
Real Estate Property and Portfolio Management
Real Estate Valuation
Legal Context of Real Estate

Combined J.D./M.B.A. Program

The Bloch School and UMKC School of Law offer the combined J.D. and M.B.A. program. Students must satisfy the admission and degree requirements for the J.D. program as well as for the PMBA. program. For further information, contact the School of Law or consult the Bloch School JD/MBA webpage.

Executive M.B.A. Program

Student Learning Outcomes

Graduates of the Bloch School’s E.M.B.A. program will gain the business knowledge skills needed to excel as executives, entrepreneurs, and leaders. The E.M.B.A. graduate will:

  • Apply strategic frameworks to complex business issues and identify viable options and forward-looking strategies, through the integrated analysis of multiple functional perspectives such as marketing, product development/service delivery, finance, operations, and human capital.
  • Generate creative solutions that address unmet needs and wants, evaluate the relative attractiveness of competing solutions, and organize to exploit opportunities in the marketplace.
  • Assess and critique the impact and linkage of influences, issues, trends, and policies in local, national, and global business models.
  • Determine the communication and interpersonal skills needed for effective collaboration and creative problem-solving in a variety of leadership roles.
  • Articulate decisions and action plans that reflect comprehensive understanding of the human, political and cultural context as well as nuanced ways of building influence and support.

The Bloch Executive M.B.A. (E.M.B.A.) is a highly-selective degree program for experienced professionals. The program offers a comprehensive integrated curriculum, field experiences, and four residencies. It is distinguished by an emphasis on cohort-learning, teamwork, hands-on projects, leadership coaching and development, and learning activities that contribute substantial value to participants, employers, and the broader community.

Students are admitted each year to a new E.M.B.A. cohort through a special application process. Students begin coursework in mid-August, and program completion requires 21 months.

The program is composed of 15 semester-long, graduate-level courses including four week-long immersion residencies that are focused on leadership, innovation, public policy, and the global marketplace. A variety of teaching formats are employed, including case studies, group projects, simulations and role playing, fieldwork, interactive discussions, and renowned guest lecturers. Daylong classes meet on scheduled Saturdays two to three times per month. To ensure that all students are up to speed on academic and business basics, the program starts with required orientation and an introduction to key subject areas, such as finance, accounting, and statistics.

Admissions Requirements

The E.M.B.A. is designed for experienced professionals who possess an undergraduate degree from an accredited university and work experience with growing responsibilities for managing people, projects, and/or budgets. Admissions decisions are based on a combination of a solid academic record, demonstrated professional achievement, and evidence of a strong commitment to learning and to career and professional development. Further information on the Bloch E.M.B.A. program is available at (816) 235-6856 or at the program's web site