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.

ENT 5508Corporate Entrepreneurship and Innovation: Meeting the Management Challenge3
ENT 5550Entrepreneurial Experience3
PUB-ADM 5582Developing the Social Enterprise3
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.

ACCTNG 5557Introduction To Income Taxation3
ACCTNG 5568Data Analytics for Accounting3
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
DSOM 5558Data Visualization3

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


FIN 5550Advanced Financial Management Theory And Policies3
FIN 5552Financial 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


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
MIS 5557Data Management and Data Mining for Business Analytics3
MIS 5559Data Wrangling3


MKT 5520Sales and Business Development3
MKT 5539Social and Mobile Marketing3
MKT 5555International Marketing3
MKT 5560Customer Insights and Communication Strategy3
MKT 5562Marketing Research and Analytics3
MKT 5566Predictive Analytics Using R3
MKT 5575Applied Strategic Marketing3

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, Change and Social Impact3
PUB-ADM 5551Managing 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 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 global influences, issues, trends, and policies in business models.
  • 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.
  • 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 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 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