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Master's Degree in Business Administration

Why Earn Your Business Administration Degree at Saint Leo University?

Whether you’re an aspiring business leader or an experienced professional ready to advance to the next level, you’ll thrive in our supportive learning environment that emphasizes real-world experience, professional research and an international approach—in state-of-the-art facilities, including the high-tech, eco-friendly College of Business building at University Campus.

Saint Leo's ACBSP-accredited Donald R. Tapia College of Business is the largest Catholic business college in the U.S., with students and alumni in more than 50 countries.

Saint Leo MBA students come from a range of backgrounds—and contribute great insights in the classroom, drawing from diverse work experiences. Studying key issues facing business managers, you’ll learn how to use marketing, finance, management strategies, ethics, law and human resources to your advantage in any size organization—large or small, public or private, profit or nonprofit.

Saint Leo University offers a Master of Business Administration degree program to meet the needs of graduate students and working professionals. The program encourages students to expand their professional competencies within and beyond the classroom.

Learning Experience:
Campus Education Center Online
Est. Time to Complete:
2 years
Credit Hours:
36 hours

Master's Business Administration Program Details

In the Saint Leo University MBA program, students will gain an in-depth understanding of the key functional areas of business. Courses focus on managing complex interactions while defining and solving real-world business challenges. In addition to mastering analytical tools and technology necessary to solving complex management problems, emphasis is placed on leadership skills and technologies within the rich values and traditions of the University. 

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  • What are the on-campus facilities like?

    Students who pursue their degrees at Saint Leo’s main campus near sunny Tampa Bay, Florida, join a community of enthusiastic learners just like them. 

    Students enjoy plenty of engaging learning opportunities both inside and outside the classroom, as well as exciting departmental events.

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  • What are the benefits of earning your business administration degree online?

    Saint Leo University’s online learning experience provides a well-rounded education with the flexibility to tailor your course of study to meet your individual needs. We know our students have lives outside school, and we seek to meet them where they are. Online students can count on receiving excellent academics as well as opportunities for hands-on learning, such as research projects and opportunities to attend national conferences.

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  • Taking online classes has afforded me the opportunity to learn while maintaining a job. They give me some flexibility to study at times that work more cohesively with my schedule and allow me to utilize resources such as the library 24 hours a day.

    Bentley Streat | Hayes, VA

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Specialization Options

Saint Leo University offers specialization options for business administration students. You can customize your degree to match your passions by choosing one of the following concentrations.

Gain the professional skills and experiences to become a successful business leader with the College of Business' online MBA with a concentration in accounting.

The curriculum provides an understanding of business fundamentals and accounting concepts in today's fast-changing business environment.

In addition to the analytical tools and technologies necessary to solve complex management problems, our MBA program emphasizes leadership skills within Saint Leo University's core values and traditions.

Our online MBA is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Business Schools & Programs (ACBSP).

Expected Program Outcomes

As a result of successfully completing the accounting specialization program of study, the graduate will be expected to:

  • Apply knowledge of relevant professional standards to resolve financial reporting issues of both U.S. and multinational business entities, governmental agencies, and not-for-profit organizations.
  • Apply knowledge of tax laws for planning and compliance purposes.
  • Interpret areas of potential legal concern in the business environment.
  • Analyze relevant professional standards to complex accounting-related issues, and arrive at well-thought-out conclusions.
  • Apply substantive quantitative and analytical techniques to analyze financial statements within the context of firm valuation.
  • Identify ethical issues and decision alternatives by incorporating appropriate professional codes of conduct and social responsibility.
  • Articulate knowledge of the functional areas of accounting into a comprehensive capstone project using financial statement analysis.

Take your career to the next level with Saint Leo’s online Cyber Security Management MBA. Enroll in our program and find the flexibility to balance your home and work life while pursuing your online cyber security degree. Learn how to protect the resources in a company’s information system during this College of Business MBA program with a concentration in Cyber Security Management.

This online cyber security degree ensures graduates have the technical skills and business savvy to lead individuals at the forefront of the war against cyber criminals. In addition to the analytical tools and technologies necessary to solve complex management problems, our online MBA program emphasizes leadership skills within Saint Leo University's core values and traditions.

Our online cyber security MBA is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Business Schools & Programs (ACBSP).

Expected Program Outcomes

As a result of successfully completing the Cybersecurity Management Specialization, the graduate will be expected to:

  • Assess information security needs of an organization.
  • Develop a tactical and strategic information security plan.

Unlike a typical MBA program or MS in data analytics curriculum, the online program combines the core knowledge and concepts of business administration with the technical aspects of data analysis. This unique online curriculum gives graduates of this program the opportunity to become highly-sought-after candidates for exciting positions in a wide variety of industries.

This convenient MBA data analytics online program, which consists of 12 courses, comes with the much-desired flexibility of allowing students to complete their coursework in an environment best suited for their success. As technology has soared to never-before-seen heights in the past decade, data has been collected in countless ways, particularly in the world of business. This is why data analytics has grown into a tremendously important industry.

The MBA healthcare management online program will put you on a path to success in the medical field. You'll gain the professional skills and experiences to become a successful manager in today's fast-changing healthcare business environment.

It starts with The College of Business' online MBA with a concentration in healthcare management. Our online program combines a rich mix of traditional coursework with the most current information and best practices in the rapidly changing field.

Expected Program Outcomes

As a result of successfully completing the Health Care Management Specialization, the graduate will be expected to:

  • Formulate an organizational action plan that exhibits knowledge of and readiness for leadership.
  • Propose health policy recommendations that evidence deep health industry knowledge and erudition.

The MBA human resource management specialization's curriculum is designed to yield an understanding of business, the ability to use decision processes, knowledge of functional operations specifically as they relate to the management of human resources, and the ability to work effectively in today's ever-changing business environment. The main purpose of this concentration is to provide an opportunity for today's dynamic HR professional to study current issues and concerns.

Students will learn/review theories and applications involved with people management. Current topics such as training, selection, compensation, and legal issues will be studied in depth.

Expected Program Outcomes

As a result of successfully completing the Human Resource Management Specialization, the graduate will be expected to:

  • Appraise HR strategy and explain the importance of strategic support for the organization through analysis of current literature and case studies.
  • Justify core Human Resource Management functions and their importance in a practical and ethical manner.
  • Explain the importance of expert knowledge of Employment Laws, particularly as they relate to core Human Resource Functions.

The MBA marketing specialization curriculum is designed to support students who are either working or would like to pursue careers in marketing-related fields such as sales, promotions, brand management, marketing research, and e-marketing. The concentration is designed to provide an understanding of business fundamentals as well as a complete set of marketing concepts and theories used in business.

Expected Program Outcomes

As a result of successfully completing the Marketing Specialization, the graduate will be expected to:

  • Analyze the economic, cultural and legal environment, and select the best product, promotion, price, and distribution decisions as part of the entry strategy onto a new market.
  • Assess the threats and opportunities that originate from competitors, and apply strategies that lead to a sustainable competitive advantage.

Saint Leo University offers a One Year International & Experiential Master of Business Administration degree program to meet the needs of graduate students and working professionals. The program encourages students to expand their professional competencies within and beyond the classroom.

In the Saint Leo University MBA program, students will gain an in-depth understanding of the key functional areas of business. Courses focus on managing complex interactions while defining and solving real-world business challenges. In addition to mastering analytical tools and technology necessary to solving complex management problems, emphasis is placed on leadership skills and technologies within the rich values and traditions of the University.

Expected Program Outcomes

As a result of successfully completing a course of study within Graduate Business Studies, the graduate will be expected to:

  • Apply key knowledge of core business management functions;
  • Exhibit both clear and concise oral and written business communication skills;
  • Demonstrate the ability to serve as an effective team member and leader in work partnerships and cross-functional collaborative efforts;
  • Apply widely used technology to management issues;
  • Analyze complex business problems using critical thinking skill;
  • Demonstrate ethical business decisions within the context of a diverse set of stakeholders and in an economically responsible manner;
  • Analyze global forces that impact organizational success.

Corporations across the globe in industries such as telecommunications, construction, information technology, entertainment, healthcare, and defense are becoming increasingly project-based and project-team oriented. An MBA with a concentration in Project Management provides students with the skills necessary to lead complex projects for mid to large-size corporations.

The program focuses on best practices for selecting, initiating, planning, executing, monitoring/controlling, and closing projects. Students engage in the practical application of project principles through team exercises and the use of current industry software. All project management courses at the MBA level follow the Project Management Body of Knowledge (PMBOK®) Fifth Edition standards set by the Project Management Institute (PMI®). 

Expected Program Outcomes

As a result of successfully completing the Project Management Specialization, the graduate will be expected to:

  • Attain comprehensive knowledge in the principles, practices and procedures of project management that are applicable in any domain and/or industry and will be prepared to successfully complete the Project Management Institute's Project Management Professional (PMP®) Certification Exam.
  • Acquire the knowledge and abilities required to manage the Project Management Body of Knowledge's (PMBOK®s) ten key project management knowledge areas of integration, scope, time, cost, quality, human resources, communications, risk, stakeholders, and procurement while integrating a global perspective throughout the five project management process groups.
  • Develop a solid foundation of project theory and methods and through problem solving, critical and systems thinking, communication and team building. Manage a relevant project management with knowledge, practices, tools and methods to integrate project performance, project risks, change control, quality, and cost, scope, schedule baselines.
  • Demonstrate the knowledge and abilities required to make complex business and project management decisions through Praxis using a real world project scenario and an existing project information system (PMIS) called Microsoft Project.
  • Develop skills based on The Project Management Institute's Project Management Body of Knowledge®.

The Social Media Marketing MBA specialization offers marketing students an opportunity to improve their knowledge in a rapidly emerging field where marketing managers utilize traditional marketing research as well as cutting-edge web analytics techniques to understand their markets and to design marketing strategies. It focuses on how to apply analytical techniques correctly, how to assess the effectiveness of social media and multichannel campaigns, how to optimize success by leveraging experimentation, and how to employ the proper tools and tactics for listening to your customers.

Expected Program Outcomes

As a result of successfully completing the Specialization, the graduate will be expected to:

  • Critique a company's social media and online marketing strategies.
  • Design online marketing strategies, including gamification, social media, and web design decision.
  • Select the appropriate web analytics metrics to measure variables critical to a brand's success.
  • Identify the appropriate web analytics tools and methods to capture online the appropriate metrics for assessing the effectiveness and efficiency of marketing activities.
  • Apply the appropriate traditional marketing research methods to measure variables critical to a brand's success.

The primary mission of the Master in Business Administration with a concentration in sport business is to meet the needs of the active sport business professional. The curriculum is designed to provide core MBA courses supplemented with specialized courses that apply certain business concepts to the sport industry.

Expected Program Outcomes

As a result of successfully completing the Sport Business Specialization, the graduate will be expected to:

  • Exhibit key knowledge of core sport business management functions.
  • Be proficient in analyzing and resolving complex business problems so as to enable a sport organization to thrive in a dynamic marketplace.
  • Demonstrate abilities in oral and written business communication for the sport industry.
  • Serve as an effective team member and leader in work partnerships and cross-functional collaborative efforts.
  • Make ethical business decisions within the context of a diverse set of stakeholders and in an economically responsible manner.
  • Recognize the business implications of the new economy and apply widely used Internet and PC-based computer technologies to sport business management issues.

Saint Leo University's MBA supply chain global integration management online program will prepare you for a successful career in the field. It is designed to examine the best practices for selection, development, alignment, and enhancement of integrated global supply chains with a focus on both effectiveness and efficiency. The learning outcomes are specific to the needs of companies which need the knowledge resources to create a best-in-class supply chain which is flexible, agile, and reliable in order to meet all supply chain stakeholder needs.

As an online supply chain management student at Saint Leo University, you will study:

  • Strategic supply chain integration
  • Dynamic risk modeling and quality initiatives
  • Integrated global systems and sustainable initiatives
  • Competitive advantages through strategic relationships and reverse logistics
  • Best practices in supply chain global integration

Career Outlook

No matter which learning experience you choose, you will receive plenty of professional development opportunities, industry knowledge from expert professors, and support from the Saint Leo community. All this together means that you will be ready for a successful career or continued studies upon graduation.

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  • What skills you will learn?

    • Apply key knowledge of core business management functions.
    • Exhibit clear and concise oral and written business communication skills;
    • Demonstrate the ability to serve as an effective team member and leader in work partnerships and cross-functional
    • collaborative efforts.
    • Apply widely used technology to management issues;
    • Analyze complex business problems using critical thinking skills.
    • Demonstrate ethical business decisions within the context of a diverse set of stakeholders and in an economically responsible manner.
    • Analyze global forces that impact organizational success.

How will you gain real experience?

Conferences

Prepare a research paper under the guidance of a faculty member, and present it at a national conference. Attend Saints Leo’s annual International Business Conference at our Tampa-area University Campus.

Internships

Gain real-world business experience at a company close to home or work. Saint Leo students have interned at AAA, Home Shopping Network, TECO Energy, Quest Corporation of America and all branches of the military.

Professional memberships

Participate in the local chapter of the American Management Association (AMA) or Sigma Beta Delta, the international honor society in business, management and administration.

What can you do with a master's business administraion degree?

The curriculum is designed to yield an understanding of business principles, the ability to use decision processes, knowledge of functional operations, and the ability to work effectively in today's ever-changing business environment.

What are the top business administration degree jobs?

Career Growth Salary
Administrative service manager 9% (As fast as average) $98,890 per year
Promotions manager 10% (As fast as average) $141,490 per year
Sales manager 7% (As fast as average) $132,290 per year

From the Bureau of Labor Statistics, 2020.

Where are Saint Leo business administration graduates now? 

  • Tampa Bay Buccaneers
  • Citigroup Corporation
  • AAA
  • Central Command at MacDill Air Force Base
  • Boy Scouts of America
  • Harvard Law School

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  • Saint Leo University’s Donald R. Tapia College of Business provides a values-centered education that develops tomorrow’s business leaders. Our students create a personal legacy of character and integrity, developing into responsible global citizens ready to contribute to society across numerous fields. As the largest Catholic business College in the U.S., students find flexible degree program options at University Campus, education centers in five states, and online.

    From associate to doctoral offerings, our accredited degree programs infuse student-centered teaching, future-paced research, entrepreneurial leadership, and professional networking opportunities. Students publish papers in esteemed academic journals, present original research at national conferences, and travel around the world to learn about the complexities of overseas markets. Faculty bring decades of practical experience to the coursework, ensuring students are on the cutting edge of their desired field to achieve career success.

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