Master of Business Administration (MBA)


At Webster, we understand that completing a MBA is challenging. It makes demands on you, your family and your career. That is why, in today's action-oriented business environment, Webster's MBA program offers maximum flexibility. Courses can be taken on campus in Leiden, as well as online in Webster University's World Class Room. All our MBA courses offered on campus are scheduled in the evenings, which are tailored to fit comfortably into your busy schedule. Webster's MBA offers unique networking opportunities with professors and fellow students from around the globe.

Program Description:

The master of business administration (MBA) program provides training in business for students interested in understanding the working nature of business in a competitive environment. Courses in the MBA program integrate information and theories from various disciplines, including accounting, economics, finance, marketing, production operations and strategic management. The objective of this program is to develop students into broadly educated business decision makers who understand the nature of business as a whole, with the tools and techniques applicable to a wide variety of business situations.

The capstone for the MBA program gives students the chance to bring together all of the theories, skills and tools studied during the program and integrate them into a learning experience that highlights the nature of competition and the kind of strategic maneuvering that must be done in order to succeed.

The degree requires satisfactory completion of 9 core courses (27 credit hours) of the MBA curriculum and 3 graduate electives (9 credit hours) for a total of 36 credit hours. If an area of emphasis is selected, total required hours may be greater. Students who require prerequisite courses may have to complete more credit hours to receive the MBA. Electives for the MBA may be selected from any Walker School of Business graduate offering, or with permission, from one of the other four schools or colleges.


The Master of Business Administration at Webster University is ACBSP accredited (Accreditation Council for Business Schools and Programs).

 Walker Joint MBA Program

For any undergraduate degree student at Webster University who is considering the master of business administration degree, the Walker Joint MBA enables completion of the MBA in a shorter amount of time.

Those students who have completed an ACBSP accredited undergraduate program at Webster within the past five years may waive six hours of MBA electives, reducing the number of required courses to 30 credit hours. The degree can then be completed in as little as one calendar year.

Those students who have completed a non-ACBSP accredited undergraduate program at Webster within the past five years may also waive six hours of MBA electives. However, these students may be required to take up to nine graduate hours of program prerequisites. Those students wishing to reduce the number of prerequisites may consider taking the following courses as undergraduate electives:

  • ACCT 2010 Financial Accounting
  • ACCT 2025 Managerial Accounting
  • ECON 2000 Survey of Economics

Alternatively, students may elect to take a waiver exam to attempt to bypass some prerequisite hours.

Learning Outcomes:

The 36 credit hours required for the MBA must include the following courses:

  • Students will demonstrate foundation knowledge in each of the primary functional areas of business.
  • Students will be able to solve semi-structured business problems.
  • Students will be able to solve unstructured business problems

General Requirements

The MBA degree-seeking student should consult the Admission section for policies regarding application, admission, registration and the academic policies of Webster University.

MBA prerequisites - 9 credits/ 3 courses:

  • BUSN 5000 Business
  • BUSN 5600 Accounting Theory and Practice
  • BUSN 5620 Current Economic Analysis

Program prerequisites are for those students who have not completed prerequisite courses (or an appropriate equivalent) within five years of entering the program and having earned a grade of B or better. The prerequisites are to be completed before beginning coursework for the MBA.

If the appropriate prerequisite course content was completed more than five years prior to entering the program, the department will allow a waiver of BUSN 5600 or BUSN 5620, if the student demonstrates command of the content area by successfully completing a waiver examination. Prerequisite courses cover the same 8 weeks scheduling and are offered in our WorldClassRoom online, but they may not count as electives in the 36-credit-hour MBA.

For specific details on a possible waiver for any of the prerequisite MBA courses, please contact admissions. For further information about the Pre MBA courses, please have a look at the Pre-MBA Waiver Form (PDF). This form should be submitted at the time of application and will be evaluated during the admissions process.

Required Courses - 27 credits/ 9 courses:

  • BUSN 5760 Applied Business Statistics
    The student examines the application of statistical analysis, hypothesis testing, and regression analysis in business decision making. The course should focus on the utilization of statistical methods as applied to business problems and operations.
  • MNGT 5590 Organizational Behavior
    This course introduces students to many of the basic principles of human behavior that effective managers use when managing individuals and groups in organizations. These include theories relating to individual differences in abilities and attitudes, attribution, motivation, group dynamics, power and politics, leadership, conflict resolution, organizational culture, and organizational structure and design.
  • MRKT 5000 Marketing
    Students examine the character and importance of the marketing process, its essential functions, and the institutions exercising these functions. Course content focuses on the major policies that underlie the activities of marketing institutions and the social, economic, and political implications of such policies.
  • FINC 5000 Finance                                                                          
  • The student examines the general nature of financial management, the American financial system, taxes, and the major financial decisions of corporations. Specific attention is given to present value and capital budgeting; risk and asset pricing; financial analysis and forecasting; financial decisions and market efficiency; and capital structure. Problem-solving methodology is used to illustrate the theories and tools in financial decision-making. Prerequisites: BUSN 5600 and BUSN 5760. (BUSN 5200 cannot be substituted for FINC 5000.)
  • FINC 5880 Advanced Corporate Finance
    This advanced study of corporate financial analysis and planning includes capital budgeting, cost of funds, and capital structure and valuation. Selected topics that may be covered are leasing, mergers, takeovers, business failure, reorganization, and liquidation. A combination of problem-solving and case study methodologies is used to illustrate theories and techniques helpful in financial analysis and planning. Prerequisite: FINC 5000.
  • BUSN 6110 Operations and Project Management
    This is a course that focuses on the major managerial issues in manufacturing management and the tools that can be used to manage them. Special attention will be given to project management, including PERT, critical path scheduling, and time-cost models, in operations management and other business settings. The major operations management issues are quality management and control, capacity management, plant location, layout and design, production planning and scheduling, supply chain management, and inventory management. The analytical tools covered include queuing theory, statistical quality control, linear programming, and learning curves. Where appropriate, the use of operations management techniques in service and distribution organizations will be demonstrated. Prerequisite: BUSN 5760
  • BUSN 6070 Management Accounting
    The student examines advanced topics in management accounting as these relate to management information needs for planning, control, and decision making. Topics include interpretation of standard cost variances; application of quantitative techniques; evaluation of divisional performance; activity-based costing; and the behavioral impact of accounting systems.Prerequisites: BUSN 5600 and BUSN 5760
  • BUSN 6120 Managerial Economics
  • The student examines the application of microeconomic theory as applied to the managers' responsibilities within the organization. This course should emphasize the quantitative and qualitative application of economic principles to business analysis. Prerequisites: BUSN 5620 and BUSN 5760.
  • Capstone Course - 3 credits/ 1 course:
  • BUSN 6200 Strategy and Competition
    The student examines the conceptual and practical aspects of business policies and policy decision making by utilizing all the concepts, theories, and tools that were presented in the previous courses. The student should be able to analyze and recommend a comprehensive and workable approach to the situation. The course should cover current business issues and developments. Prerequisite: completion of all other required courses in the MBA.

    Elective Courses - 9 credits/ 3 courses:
    MBA students choose 3 elective courses to adapt their MBA to the particular field of interest or the area they are currently employed. Electives can be selected from the programs offered in the School of Business & Technology and can be completed online, on campus in Leiden, or at another Webster campus: (note that not all courses are offered on campus in The Netherlands).

Areas of Emphasis

Requirements for an area of emphasis in the MBA program include the MBA core (27 hours) and additional course requirements as identified below for each individual area of emphasis. A student may be required to complete electives to meet the minimum number of hours required. Prerequisites may be used to meet the emphasis course requirements, depending on program -- students should see an advisor for details.

 MBA with an Emphasis in Cybersecurity

39 Credit Hours

The MBA with an emphasis in cybersecurity must include the following courses:

  • CSSS 5000 Introduction to Cybersecurity (3 hours)
  • CSSS 5120 Cybersecurity Infrastructures (3 hours)
  • CSSS 5210 Cybersecurity Law and Policy (3 hours)
  • CSSS 5220 Cybersecurity Threat Detection (3 hours)

See also:


MBA with an Emphasis in Management and Leadership

45 Credit Hours

The MBA with an emphasis in management and leadership must include the following courses:

  • MNGT 5000 Management (Required Course) (3 hours)
  • HRMG 5000 Managing Human Resources (3 hours)
  • MNGT 5650 Management and Strategy (3 hours)
  • MNGT 5670 Managerial Leadership (3 hours)
  • HRDV 5630 Organization Development and Change (3 hours)
  • MNGT 6000 Integrated Studies in Management (3 hours)


MBA with an Emphasis in Project Management

36 Credit Hours

The MBA with an emphasis in project management must include the following courses:

  • BUSN 5100 Introduction to Project Management (3 hours)
  • BUSN 5300 Project Procurement Management (3 hours)
  • BUSN 5700 Advances in Project Management (3 hours)

 Additional Information

Webster MBA Master of Business Administration Degree Planner

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