Business Administration (M.B.A.)

Welcome to the University of Dayton MBA Program
The UD MBA—the smartest investment for your career! Our AACSB accredited program infuses the best in business practices with integrated classes led by nationally respected faculty and executives-in-residence. Since 1964, our program has enhanced our graduates’ career advancement potential and today includes a network of more than 7,400 alumni worldwide.

The UD MBA program curriculum is designed around four principles essential for superior professional development:

  • Integrated Learning
  • Theory and Practice
  • Effective Leadership
  • Integrity and Ethics

We take an advanced, connected approach to the business disciplines. Our unique program offers:

  • The best in MBA education on a time frame that meets students’ needs. Our split semester format provides flexibility for students to meet their educational goals while pursuing their careers.
  • Flexible, accelerated foundation and core coursesproviding a solid curriculum and a great value while fitting readily into the working professional’s schedule.
  • An executive-in-residence component ensuring the connection between theory and practice.
  • A strong ethics foundation reflecting the University of Dayton’s Marianist roots with our unique course The Principled Organization: Integrating Faith, Ethics and work.
  • Our capstone experience includes an integrated project exploring viable strategies for real world business challenges. Students collaborate with a diverse group of professionals to develop innovative solutions for clients.
  • An engaged and diverse student population with both seasoned business professionals from the United States and international students from around the world reflecting today’s global business market.

The University of Dayton MBA—designed for the best in business to become even better.

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"I particularly value the integrated curriculum, executives-in-residence, cutting-edge classes and emphasis on teamwork." Gail Frantz, Sales Manager, GE Capital Sales Finance.
"An amazing opportunity to collaborate with a diverse group of professionals and develop innovative solutions for our client." David Bowman, Chief Marketing Strategist, Penny/Ohlman/Neiman, Inc.
"The program is as close to real-world business as you'll get.  From students with various backgrounds and all ages...this program teaches you how to think and act strategically in an organizational setting."  Carey Walley, Director of Marketing, TimberTech

Admission Requirements

The School of Business Administration offers a program leading to a Master of Business Administration degree. Concentrations are offered in addition to a general MBA. The most popular concentrations include finance and marketing.

Please note accounting and cyber-security are available for qualified applicants:

  1. A concentration in accounting is by approval from the Accounting Department Chair. An undergraduate degree with an Accounting major or minor focused on U.S. accounting standards is recommended. In lieu of an undergraduate degree focused on U.S. accounting standards, numerous prerequisite undergraduate accounting courses will be required prior to beginning the accounting concentration coursework.
  2. A cyber-security concentration requires the student be eligible for U.S. government Department of Defense security clearance.

Admission requirements:

  1. Undergraduate degree with a GPA of 3.0 of above on a 4.0 scale
  2. Official academic records of all previously attended colleges or universities must be submitted directly from the colleges or universities to the Office of Graduate Admission Processing. Hand-carried transcripts, official copies marked Issued to Student and unofficial copies are not acceptable.
  3. A curriculum vitae or résumé.
  4. Official GMAT scores (expected minimum score of 500 and a 19 on the verbal) or official GRE scores (expected minimum verbal score of 149 and quantitative score of 146).
  5. Letters of recommendation from professor or employers are not required, but will be considered if submitted.
In addition to the five requirements listed above, international students must also submit official scores from the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL), meeting these requirements. Students may not begin classes until all requirements are met.

Academic Requirements

Program requirements can be found in the online Catalog. Simply select the area of study and click "Explore".

Frequently Asked Questions

Is the University of Dayton MBA program accredited? Is accreditation important?
The MBA program is the premier AACSB International-accredited program in the Dayton area and one of approximately 350 nationwide. Only institutions providing the highest quality of business education earn this achievement . This means you get the best educational investment from the University of Dayton and the credentials you need for your career growth. Meeting AACSB standards is a measure of the excellence and standards in MBA program curriculum, faculty, facilities and students.

How flexible is the MBA program at UD?
The MBA program has been developed to meet the needs of working professionals like you. Unlike "lockstep" MBA programs, we offer a flexible schedule that allows you to take courses at your pace. Our courses are typically held after 6 p.m. Monday through Thursday. Our semesters include fall, winter and summer terms. 

How long will the MBA from the University of Dayton take to complete?
Approximately two to three years is the average time to complete the MBA program, depending on your undergraduate major, the number of courses you elect to take each semester and other personal factors. Because working professionals have different needs, we recommend that you complete the MBA program at your own pace.

What is distinctive about the University of Dayton’s MBA program and why is it valuable?
The University of Dayton’s program is team-focused and combines full-time, qualified faculty with business executives to help you analyze today's business problems and practices. Each core course is built upon business themes rather than a single discipline, reflective of true business practices. The integrated core classes stress two vital concepts necessary for success in the workplace: critical thinking and communication skills. The capstone segment provides hands-on strategic experiences and is mentored jointly by a policy professor and an executive in residence.

What concentrations can I choose from at UD for my MBA?
You may choose three electives to complete a program concentration based on your career goals and interest. The most popular concentrations include finance and marketing.

May I apply my professional experience toward my MBA?
The graduate admission committee will review your transcripts and résumé and will determine waivers of foundation course work based on your professional experience, relevant certificates and training, and dates of completion of relevant undergraduate course work. 

My undergraduate degree was not in business so, what courses will I have to take?
The foundation courses in the MBA program are designed to quickly build fundamental knowledge in all business disciplines including accounting, finance, business data analysis, marketing, economics and organizational issues. All foundation courses are accelerated, half-semester courses that will quickly provide a strong basis for completing the program.

What financial aid is available for the MBA program?
Most major employers have tuition policies that cover all, or a portion of the cost of the educational investment of your MBA Please check with your employer regarding your tuition reimbursement plan. A convenient Deferred Tuition Reimbursement Plan is also available for students who do not receive reimbursement from their employers until courses are completed and grades received.


Mandy Schrank

Assistant Director, MBA Program
Phone: 937-229-3733