Admission Requirements

Applicants to the P.M.B.A 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 https://bloch.umkc.edu/graduate-program/pmba/admissions/.

Student Learning Outcomes

Students graduating from this program will:

  • Define, analyze, and evaluate business decisions in a global setting through an integrated analysis using tools found in the major business disciplines.
  • Effectively demonstrate critical thinking skills in inference, analysis, and evaluation.
  • Demonstrate the ability to work in teams.
  • Conceptualize a complex issue into a coherent written statement and/or oral presentation.
  • Demonstrate mastery of fundamental quantitative tools by successfully using those tools to interpret and evaluate quantitative information and synthesize that information with relevant non-quantitative information in order to arrive at a business decision.

Program Requirements

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

The Professional M.B.A. Curriculum

The P.M.B.A. degree is a 39 credit hour program.  The curriculum is comprised of two distinct stages: core classes and elective classes. 

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

  1. A 27 credit hour core curriculum that provides an integrative business foundation for decision-making.
  2. A 12 credit hour elective component that allows students the flexibility to design a program that uniquely fits their needs.
  3. Students who have earned a bachelor’s degree in business or accounting and/or have relevant work experience may waive up to six credit hours of the core related to these experiences.  The specific courses waived will be determined in consultation with the managing director of graduate programs.This could reduce the core to 21 credit hours and the M.B.A. degree to a 33 credit hour program.
  4. An M.B.A. program of study must include 39 credit hours with a minimum of 33 hours of that course work completed at UMKC  Students approved for a reduced M.B.A. core must show 33 hours on their program of study; 27 of those hours must be completed at UMKC.  Transfer credit will be considered in accordance with the guidelines in the Master’s Degrees Academic Regulations section of the catalog. 

The M.B.A. Core (27 credit hours)

The MBA degree consists of a 27 credit hour core.  The core must be taken by all students enrolled in the program and is designed to provide graduates with a critical business foundation.  Core courses include the following:

ACCTNG 5503Financial Accounting for Decision Making3
DSOM 5511Global Supply Chain and Operations Management3
ENT 5508Corporate Entrepreneurship and Innovation: Meeting the Management Challenge3
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
PUB-ADM 5507Management in Context3
Total Credits27

Electives (12 hours)

The M.B.A. program allows students the flexibility of using 12 credit hours to meet their unique needs.  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.

Accounting

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.

ACCTNG 5557Introduction To Income Taxation3
ACCTNG 5570Fraud Examination3

Decision Science Operations Management:

DSOM 5540Service Operations Management3
DSOM 5543Project Management3
DSOM 5544Global Supply Chain and Logistics Management3
DSOM 5545Strategic Sourcing & Supplier Relationship Management3

Entrepreneurship and Innovation

ENT 5525Entrepreneurship: Managing Creativity And Innovation3
ENT 5529Entrepreneurship Scholars3
ENT 5531New Product Development3
ENT 5533Technology Management3
ENT 5535Small Business Management And Entrepreneurship3
ENT 5545Entrepreneurship And New Venture Creation3
ENT 5552Entrepreneurial Marketing3
ENT 5563Social Entrepreneurship3
ENT 5585Entrepreneurial Finance and Venture Capital Investment3
ENT 5587Special Topics3

Finance

FIN 5550Advanced Financial Management Theory And Policies3
FIN 5552Global Financial Markets and Institutions3
FIN 5553Investment Analysis3
FIN 5556Management Of Financial Intermediaries3
FIN 5557Derivative Securities3
FIN 5560Financial Modeling3
FIN 5561Financial Statement Analysis3
FIN 5562Fixed Income Analysis3
FIN 5563Valuation/Mergers and Acquisitions3
FIN 5564Portfolio Management3
FIN 5565Alternative Investments3
FIN 5567Payment Systems3
FIN 5576Fundamentals of Fintech3

Health Administration

HLTH-ADM 5571Financial Management Issues of Health and Human Services Organizations3
HLTH-ADM 5572Quality and Safety in Health Care3
HLTH-ADM 5573Health and Social Equity3
HLTH-ADM 5577Leadership and Management in Health Care Organizations3
HLTH-ADM 5578Data Analysis for Health Care Managers3
HLTH-ADM 5580The Economics of Health and Medicine3
HLTH-ADM 5581Health Policy in the United States3

Management

MGT 5516Leading Teams3
MGT 5517Leading Through Influence and Persuasion3
MGT 5518Leadership & Motivation3
MGT 5519Conflict Management and Negotiation Strategies3
MGT 5533Leading and Managing Change3
MGT 5545International Management3
MGT 5552International Study in Business3
MGT 5566Attracting, Retaining, and Developing Human Capital3
MGT 5567Total Rewards Management3

Management of Information Systems

MIS 5529Decision Support Systems3
MIS 5552Data Base Management3

Marketing

MKT 5539Social and Mobile Marketing3
MKT 5555International Marketing3
MKT 5560Customer Insights and Communication Strategy3
MKT 5562Marketing Research & Data Analysis3
MKT 5566Customer Data Analytics3
MKT 5575Advanced Marketing Strategy3

Public Administration

PUB-ADM 5525Financial Accountability And Policy Development3
PUB-ADM 5526The Politics of Administration3
PUB-ADM 5528Supervision, Performance Leadership, & Human Resource Management3
PUB-ADM 5535Urban Policy and Administration3
PUB-ADM 5536Managing Urban Economic Development3
PUB-ADM 5539Urban Planning for Public Administrators3
PUB-ADM 5541Public Policy Development and Analysis3
PUB-ADM 5544Program Evaluation3
PUB-ADM 5548Leadership for Public Service3
PUB-ADM 5551Strategic Management in Nonprofit Organizations3
PUB-ADM 5552Community Organizations and Public Policy3
PUB-ADM 5553Legal Framework & Financial Management of Nonprofit Organizations3
PUB-ADM 5554Seminar on Social Entrepreneurship3
PUB-ADM 5556Innovation in Nonprofit Management and Leadership3
PUB-ADM 5573Health and Social Equity3

Real Estate

RL-EST 5556Entrepreneurial Real Estate Process3
RL-EST 5571Real Estate Finance3
RL-EST 5573Real Estate Feasibility and Market Analysis3
RL-EST 5574Real Estate Construction and Development3
RL-EST 5576Real Estate Property and Portfolio Management3
RL-EST 5577Real Estate Valuation3
RL-EST 5578Legal Context of Real Estate3

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 P.M.B.A. 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 - e.g. marketing, product development/service delivery, finance, operations, and human capital.
  • Demonstrate enhanced understanding of complex public sector systems, processes and leaders, and identify and define the various forces that shape and impact business policy.
  • Demonstrate the skills needed to generate creative solutions that address unmet needs and wants, evaluate the relative attractiveness of competing solutions, and organize to exploit opportunities in the marketplace.
  • Utilize a knowledge framework to 1) critically think about and assess the impact and linkage of global influences, issues, trends, and decisions in business models; and 2) demonstrate insight and agility in operating within a global business environment.
  • Demonstrate the communication and interpersonal skills needed for effective collaboration and creative problem-solving, as well as the versatility to add value in a variety of team roles - leader, expert, facilitator, etc.
  • Demonstrate the ability to 1) diagnose complex business situations, recognizing key issues, tensions and dilemmas; and 2) 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 16 semester-long, graduate-level courses and 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 three days per month (one Friday/ Saturday and one additional Saturday). Classes do not meet in June and July. 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 a minimum of 8 years of 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) 235-6071 or at the program's web site https://bloch3.umkc.edu/emba/.

The Curriculum

Semester 1

  • Leadership Residency introduces students to fundamentals of business, organizational behavior, leadership, and teamwork.
  • Financial Reporting Systems introduces generally accepted accounting principles and concepts along with the preparation and analysis of financial statements.
  • Leadership and Organizations focuses on how organizations work and how leaders can set direction, marshal resources, and build support to move initiatives forward.
  • Negotiation, Conflict Management, and Influence Skills

Semester 2

  • Marketing Management examines the role of marketing in driving profitable revenue growth in companies.
  • Organizational Finance gives students a thorough introduction to financial management that blends appropriate amounts of relevant theory with practical application.
  • Business Analytics for Decision Making investigates the use of detailed sample data for purposes of estimating, predicting, forecasting, and explaining correlations among varied observations.
  • Public Policy and Industry provides intensive exposure to the impact policy has on private sector performance.  The course includes the required 4 day Washington, D.C. Residency to expand student understandings of the role of social leadership in the development of business policies, practices and processes.

Semester 3

  • Product and Service Innovation gives students a grounded understanding of how to identify and evaluate business opportunities. Students engage in a set of business cases assembled to illuminate key concepts in Innovation. 
  • Talent Management
  • Strategic Management examines the principles essential for the formulation and evaluation of strategy including industry analysis, strategic positioning, and the boundaries of the firm. The course also addresses the capacity of executive leadership to innovate and to create new or added values, as well as their responsibility for developing and communicating a clear vision and direction for a company's future.
  • Elective or Advanced Topics in Finance builds on the previous finance course in the program and delves deeper into topics such as valuation, enterprise risk management, securities and investments, regulatory frameworks, and corporate governance.

Semester 4

  • Global Initiatives in Management explores key, contemporary international business issues for leaders and for organizations in today's global economy and includes a required, 11 day, international residency experience in a major business center abroad.
  • Strategy and New Venture Creation is the EMBA capstone experience.  Students must integrate learning from the previous course work to develop a business plan for a new venture.
  • Current issues in Management with Technology examines how technology impacts management, and exposes students to how technological agility is critical to organization success.
  • Elective or Operations Management