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UCF - Graduate Program Handbooks 2017-2018

Program Info

Last Updated 2016-05-25
Business Administration MBA


Together, the Graduate Student Handbook and your graduate program handbook should serve as your main guide throughout your graduate career. The Graduate Student Handbook includes university information, policies, requirements and guidance for all graduate students. Your program handbook describes the details about graduate study and requirements in your specific program. While both of these handbooks are wonderful resources, know that you are always welcome to talk with faculty and staff in your program and in the Graduate College.

The central activities and missions of a university rest upon the fundamental assumption that all members of the university community conduct themselves in accordance with a strict adherence to academic and scholarly integrity. As a graduate student and member of the university community, you are expected to display the highest standards of academic and personal integrity.

Here are some resources to help you better understand your responsibilities:


Grades: Only two grades below "B-" can be used in the Graduate Plan of Study; a third grade below "B-" willl result in the student being dismissed from the MBA program.

Unrestricted electives: any 5000/6000 level business course. Please note that ACG courses are restricted to those student who meet undergraduate course/degree requirements. If you do not meet the requirements, you cannot enroll in the ACG courses.

Restricted electives:  A maximum of 6 hours may be taken outside the College of Business, with permission from the Graduate Programs Office prior to taking the course. 

Certificates: Certain business electives may count as MBA electives and certificate credit; however you must apply to a certificate program for this option.

Internships: An internship must be preapproved by the department Internship Coordinator and the Graduate Business Programs Office. 


The Evening MBA is targeted toward applicants who wish to obtain a MBA degree while continuing in their career path. This program offers evening courses. Students may attend on a part-time basis only, taking 6 credit hours per term. 

Foundation Preparation

To help prepare you for the start of your MBA program, UCF offers online learning modules in accounting, economics, finance, and business statistics.  These can be purchased individually or as a set and are designed to help you build the foundational knowledge needed to succeed in the MBA program at UCF. They are offered through McGraw-Hill’s Connect online learning management system and when purchased, are available to you for your entire tenure in the MBA program as reference material. For information on the initial assessment, learning modules and how to use McGraw-Hill’s Connect online learning management system visit or email

Required Courses—30 Credit Hours

The MBA professional core consists of advanced course work that substantially extends and applies knowledge developed in the student's undergraduate degree and career, with decision-making tools courses and decision-application courses. In addition to the 30 required credit hours, the MBA program also requires the student to take three elective courses (9 credit hours). The MBA program does not require a thesis or comprehensive exam.

MBA Professional Core I: Decision-Making Tools—18 Credit Hours

  • BUL 6444 Law and Ethics* (3 credit hours) Fall only
  • ECO 6416 Applied Business Research Tools (3 credit hours) Fall only
  • MAN 6245 Organizational Behavior and Development (3 credit hours) Fall only
  • ACG 6425 Managerial Accounting Analysis* (3 credit hours) Spring only
  • ECO 6115 Economic Analysis of the Firm (3 credit hours) Spring only
  • MAR 6466 Strategic Supply Chain Management (3 credit hours) Spring only

* Students who wish to sit for the CPA exam may substitute appropriate course work for these courses.

MBA Professional Core II: Decision Applications—12 Credit Hours

Core I is a prerequisite for Core II courses.

  • MAR 6816 Strategic Marketing Management (3 credit hours) Fall only
  • FIN 6406 Strategic Financial Management (3 credit hours) Fall only
  • GEB 6365 International Business Analysis (3 credit hours) Spring only
  • MAN 6721 Applied Strategy and Business Policy (grade of B- or better is required) (3 credit hours) Spring only

MBA Electives—9 Credit Hours

Unrestricted business electives may include any 5000- and 6000-level business courses. Restricted electives include a maximum of two courses or 6 credit hours taken outside the College of Business Administration with permission from the Graduate Business Programs Office prior to taking the course. 

Internships of up to a maximum of 6 credit hours may be used as elective credit, if approved by the Graduate Business Programs Office. All internships must be pre-approved by the academic business department Internship Coordinator and the Graduate Business Programs Office. Certain MBA business elective courses may also count toward Business certificate credit, if the student has been admitted to an appropriate certificate program.

Check all elective course prerequisites in the graduate catalog at

Additional Program Requirements

Any student enrolled in a College of Business Administration master's degree program who earns more than two final course grades below a "B-" (2.75) will be dismissed from the program and retention plans will not be supported by the College of Business Administration.

Part-Time Lockstep MBA Schedule

All Core I courses must be completed prior to Core II courses, and the capstone course for the program (MAN 6721) must be taken in the final semester of Core II courses.

Core I courses in the first and second fall semesters can be interchanged between the two terms. Core I courses in the first and second spring semesters can be interchanged between the two terms.

Fall: ECO 6416 and MAN 6245
Spring: ECO 6115 and ACG 6425
Summer: elective
Fall: BUL 6444 and elective
Spring: MAR 6466 and elective
Fall: MAR 6816 and FIN 6406
Spring: MAN 6721 and GEB 6365

Any variance from this course schedule may delay graduation.

Timeline for Completion

The Evening MBA is a part-time program. Completion of each course is updated on your Graduate Plan of Study (GPS) as you progress through the program. After each semester please check your GPS at myUCF for accuracy, and notify the Graduate Business Programs Office with any discrepancies. You can email us at

The Evening MBA professional core courses are offered in the following terms.  Classes meet 1 evening per week from 6:00 p.m.-8:50 p.m. in the fall and spring terms for 16 weeks; summer classes meet 2 evenings per week for either 3 hours per night for 8 weeks from 6:00 p.m.-8:50 p.m., or 4 hours per night for 6 weeks from 6:00 p.m.-9:50 p.m. 

All Core I courses must be completed prior to Core II courses. The capstone class, MAN 6721, must be taken in the final semester of Core II classes as noted in the course sequence below. Evening MBA students are limited to 6 hours per semester.

Part Time Lockstep MBA Schedule 

  • ECO 6416 (3)
    Core I
  • MAN 6245 (3)
    Core I
  • ECO 6115 (3)
    Core I
  • ACG 6425 (3)
    Core I
  • Elective (3)
Semester Total: 6 credit hoursSemester Total: 6 credit hoursSemester Total: 3 credit hours
  • BUL 6444 (3)
    Core I
  • Elective (3)
  • MAR 6466 (3)
    Core I
  • Elective (3)
Semester Total: 6 credit hoursSemester Total: 6 credit hours
  • MAR 6816 (3)
    Core II
  • FIN 6406 (3)
    Core II
  • GEB 6365 (3)
    Core II
  • MAN 6721 (3)
    Core II, Capstone
Semester Total: 6 credit hoursSemester Total: 6 credit hours

Any variance from this course schedule may delay graduation.

Graduate Research

UCF has three fundamental responsibilities with regard to graduate student research. They are to (1) support an academic environment that stimulates the spirit of inquiry, (2) develop the intellectual property stemming from research, and (3) disseminate the intellectual property to the general public. Students are responsible for being informed of rules, regulations and policies pertaining to research. Below are some general policies and resources.

Research Policies and Ethics Information: UCF's Office of Research & Commercialization ensures the UCF community complies with local, state and federal regulations that relate to research. For polices including required Institutional Review Board (IRB) approval when conducting research involving human subjects (e.g. surveys), animal research, conflict of interest and general responsible conduct of research, please see their website: > Compliance.

UCF’s Patent and Invention Policy: In most cases, UCF owns the intellectual property developed using university resources. The graduate student as inventor will according to this policy share in the proceeds of the invention. Please see the current UCF Graduate Catalog for details: > Policies > General Graduate Policies.

Financial Support

Graduate Financials

Students with qualifying assistantships or university-wide fellowships will receive financial packages that include an assistantship or fellowship stipend, tuition remission, and health insurance. Qualifying fellowships are accompanied by tuition waivers. Qualifying assistantships include single appointments of at least .50 FTE (20 hrs/week) or two appointments of at least .25 FTE (10 hrs/week). Tuition remission is in the form of either tuition waivers or tuition payments that cover in-state (resident) tuition. Non-resident students with financial packages are not charged out-of-state tuition or the non-resident financial aid fee.

For additional information about funding for graduate school, please visit .

If you are interested in applying for loans or externally funded need-based awards, visit the Office of Student Financial Assistance website at and complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA), which is available January 1 each year.

Financial Support Requirements

Graduate students must meet certain requirements each term that they receive fellowships or assistantships. In brief, to receive and maintain these types of financial support packages, a student must:

  • maintain good academic standing
  • be enrolled full time

A more detailed description of the financial support requirements can be found in the Financial Information > Financial Support requirements of the current Graduate Catalog at

College of Business Scholarships - Each January, students have the opportunity to apply for a variety of different scholarships offered through the College of Business Administration Dean's Office.  Information and applications are posted on the website early in the year at

Graduate Assistantships

Graduate assistantship appointments offer opportunities for students to engage in research, teaching, and other projects during their graduate study. These are paid appointments that promote the missions of the University. For eligibility, students must be accepted as a graduate student in a degree program and be enrolled full-time.

For more information concerning graduate assistantships, see the Financial Information > Graduate Assistantships section of the current Graduate Catalog at or talk to the Graduate Program Director to learn about specific eligibility and application guidelines.

International Students

For information about the types of employment available to international students, and the requirements and restrictions based on visa type, see the International Services Center’s website: > Students > Employment.

Graduate Student Associations

The Graduate Student Association (GSA) is UCF's graduate organization committed to enrich graduate students' personal, educational and professional experience. To learn more or get involved, please visit For individual department or graduate program organizations, please see program advisor.

Professional Development

The College of Business Administration Executive Development Center offers programs that range from broad-based professional development to topic-specific workshops. Distinguished UCF faculty and leading practitioners teach these certificates and non-degree programs that train participants in the areas of branding, finance, leadership, and strategy. For additional information, Please visit

Instructor Training and Development

The Faculty Center for Teaching and Learning (FCTL) promotes excellence in all levels of teaching at the University of Central Florida. They offer several programs for the professional development of Graduate Teaching Assistants at UCF.

  • GTA Training (mandatory for employment as a GTA)
    This training provides information and resources for students who will be instructors in a two-day workshop. The seminars cover a variety of topics, including course development, learning theories, lecturing, and academic freedom. Those interested in additional training can also attend an optional training session that normally follows the mandatory training.

  • Preparing Tomorrow's Faculty Program
    This certificate program (12-weeks) consists of group and individualized instruction by Faculty Center staff and experienced UCF professors. Textbooks and materials are provided.

For more information: > Events > GTA Programs or call 407/823-3544.

Pathways to Success Workshops

Coordinated by the College of Graduate Studies, the Pathways to Success program offers the following free development opportunities for graduate students including workshops in Academic Integrity, Graduate Grantsmanship, Graduate Teaching, Personal Development, Professional Development, and Research. For more information and how to register, please visit

Graduate Research Forum

The Graduate Research Forum will feature poster displays representing UCF’s diverse colleges and disciplines. It is an opportunity for students to showcase their research and creative projects and to receive valuable feedback from faculty judges. Awards for best poster presentation in each category will be given and all participants will receive recognition.

The College of Graduate Studies and the Graduate Student Association invite all UCF students, community, and employers to attend the Graduate Research Forum. For more information, contact


Students should take opportunities to present a poster or a topic of research at a conference. To obtain financial support to present at a conference (other than through your program) or to engage in comparable creative activity at a professional meeting, visit the Graduate Travel Fellowship section at

For grant-proposal writing resources:

Job Search

UCF’s Career Services department offers a wide range of programs and services designed to assist graduate students. These services include evaluation and exploration of career goals, preparation for the job search and job search resources. To learn more, visit their website at


  • College of Graduate Studies Forms
    A listing of forms and files for the College of Graduate Studies.
  • Graduate Petition Form
    When unusual situations arise, petitions for exceptions to policy may be requested by the student. Depending on the type of appeal, the student should contact his/her program adviser to begin the petition process.
  • Traveling Scholar Form
    Required form of graduate students who would like to take advantage of resources available on another campus, but not available at UCF; for example, special course offerings, research opportunities, unique laboratories and library collections.


Plagiarism is the act of taking someone else’s work and presenting it as your own. Any ideas, data, text, media or materials taken from another source (either written or verbal) must be fully acknowledged.a) A student must not adopt or reproduce ideas, opinions, theories, formulas, graphics, or pictures of another person without acknowledgment.b) A student must give credit to the originality of others whenever:

  1. Directly quoting another person's actual words, whether oral or written;
  2. Using another person's ideas, opinions, or theories;
  3. Paraphrasing the words, ideas, opinions, or theories of others, whether oral or written;
  4. Borrowing facts, statistics, or illustrative material; or
  5. Offering materials assembled or collected by others in the form of projects or collections without acknowledgment.

When using the ideas, opinions, theories, formulas, graphics, or pictures of another, students must give credit to the original source at the location or place in the document where that source's material is found as well as provide bibliographic information at the end of the document. When students are verbally discussing the ideas, opinions, theories, formulas, graphics, or pictures of another, they must give credit to the original source at the time they speak about that source. In this manner, students must make clear (so there is no doubt) within their written or verbal materials, which parts are gained from other sources, and which are their own original ideas, theories, formulas, graphics, and pictures.The Office of Student Conduct has a set of criteria that determines if students are in violation of plagiarism. This set of criteria may be set to a higher standard in graduate programs. Therefore, a student may not be found in violation of plagiarism by the Office of Student Conduct, but a professor or program requiring higher standards of attribution and citation may find a student in violation of plagiarism and administer program level sanctions. The standard in doctoral programs should be the highest as students earning these degrees are expected to be experts in their fields and producing independent work that contributes knowledge to their discipline.

Example of Material that has been appropriately cited:

Paraphrased Material

Source: Osborne, Richard, ed. How to Grow Annuals. 2nd ed. Menlo Park: Lane, 1974. Print. Page 24: As a recent authority has pointed out, for a dependable long-blooming swatch of soft blue in your garden, ageratum is a fine choice. From early summer until frost, ageratum is continuously covered with clustered heads of fine, silky, fringed flowers in dusty shades of lavender-blue, lavender-pink or white. The popular dwarf varieties grow in mounds six to twelve inches high and twelve inches across; they make fine container plants. Larger types grow up to three feet tall. Ageratum makes an excellent edging.

Use and Adaptation of the Material:

You can depend on ageratum if you want some soft blue in your garden. It blooms through the summer and the flowers, soft, small, and fringed, come in various shades of lavender. The small varieties which grow in mounds are very popular, especially when planted in containers. There are also larger varieties. Ageratum is good as a border plant (Osborne 24).


The writer has done a good job of paraphrasing what could be considered common knowledge (available in a number of sources), but because the structure and progression of detail is someone else’s, the writer has acknowledged the source. This the writer can do at the end of the paragraph since he or she has not used the author’s words.

The above example was provided by Northwestern University.

Northwestern University, Sept. 2016. “Academic Integrity: A Basic Guide.” Accessed 20 September 2017.

For more information about Academic Honesty, Click here.

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