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Executive Master's in Business Administration Degree Requirements

At University of the Cumberlands, students can earn the MBA in a hybrid format combining online and on-site study. This program requires attendance at weekend residency classes in Williamsburg, Kentucky, and Florence, Kentucky.

Further, the Executive MBA Program meets the needs of international graduate business students. This program provides both in-seat and online coursework. Graduate students joining the Executive MBA program will be employed in business-related positions while attending University of the Cumberlands.

Core Courses – 21 Credit Hours Required

* All candidates completing the Master of Business Administration degree will complete a written Comprehensive Examination at or near the completion of BADM/BUOL 638, Strategic Decision-Making. Degree candidates must pass all sections of the comprehensive examination to complete the program. 

Business Electives – 9 Credit Hours Required


Elective Requirement (9 hours). Nine hours are earned through the completion of any available 500-or 600-level business electives or as approved by MBA Program Director.

Example courses: 

Applied Learning Practicum – 1 Credit Hour Each Semester of Enrollment*

Applied Learning Practicum (1 Credit Hour Each Semester of Enrollment)*

The Applied Learning Practicum can be either (1) an alternative work/study, internship, cooperative education, (2) employment in an area directly related to the student’s course of study, or (3) a project conducted in collaboration with program faculty applying coursework to a professional setting. Through this course, the University will have a Collaborative/Cooperative Agreement with all practicum or internship sites before the student is permitted to begin the field placement work. Department approval is required to determine if the placement aligns with the program of study. The course will be repeated in each semester of student enrollment. As an integral part of the executive formatted programs, this course is required every semester in which a student is taking courses. 

* For international students within the U.S. for the first time on an F1 student visa and/or have not completed a year-long residency on an F1 student visa in the U.S., this is a required course for applied learning opportunities and success in this highly challenging program necessitates/requires immediate participation.