Academics

The MBA@FayState is fully accredited by AACSB International. It has been designed to meet the educational and career goals of:

  1. Business professionals who wish to advance in their careers
  2. Military, veterans, and other professionals interested in transitioning or furthering careers by pursuing an advanced business degree
  3. Individuals who are considering a doctoral degree in business

Flexible programs for you to choose from

We offer a wide range of options for pursuing your education, depending on your needs. Learn more about our 8 MBA degree concentrations and 4 graduate certificate specialties.

Information about your educational experience

The MBA@FayState has been designed with a practical curriculum that combines the expertise of our faculty & staff with the latest in online technology in order to offer you the best classroom experience possible.

Curriculum

The MBA@FayState is designed by Fayetteville State University's College of Business and Economics to deliver a unique curriculum for recent undergraduates, military, and working professionals. The MBA degree is fully accredited by ACCSB International. Our courses prepare students to be exceptional leaders with the ability to effectively analyze problems, think strategically and build strong global organizations.

The MBA@FayState requires students to complete a minimum of 36 credit hours. Students generally take two classes per semester, in order to complete the program in 24 months. However, the flexibility of the program allows students to take classes at their own pace, enabling an MBA to be earned in as little as 12 months or a maximum of 72 months.

Our core courses seek to build an advanced level of knowledge in all major fields of a company's business activities, and our elective courses allow students to tailor their education to their own unique career goals. MBA students at FSU also have the opportunity to take credit-bearing elective coursework from other online MBA programs in the UNC System.

Our foundation courses are designed to provide you with all the basics that you need to succeed in the MBA program if your academic or work background does not include exposure to key business concepts. Starting in Fall 2017, the successful completion of all five of the foundation courses with a GPA of 3.0 or above will earn you a Graduate Certificate in Business.

Explore our courses in the Graduate Catalog.

MBA Concentrations

The core curriculum for the MBA@FaySate consists of 27 credit hours, followed by 9-12 elective credit hours which can be used to acquire a concentration in one of 8 areas described in further detail at the links below.

Here are links of degree plans that can help you visualize what your degree experience may look like:

You can take courses for the degree requirements from a variety of locations both in-person and online. To learn more about prerequisites and tuition, visit the Admissions page.

Concentrations

Business
The general Masters of Business Administration degree is perfect for those wanting a broad knowledge of the field, flexibility in choosing an eclectic mix of courses or preparing for doctoral studies.

Entrepreneurship
The MBA in Entrepreneurship is designed to give students the opportunity to develop innovative business plans and solutions and equip them with the tools to do so for their current business ventures.

Finance
For those focusing specifically on financial related fields, the MBA in Finance offers a comprehensive study of financial theory, mathematics, quantitative finance, investments, markets, financial reporting and analysis, and valuation. The program may also help students prepare for professional certifications such as CPA or CFP.

Healthcare Management
Our MBA in Healthcare Management is an especially popular concentration, given North Carolina's unique access to a variety of world-class healthcare providers, including UNCDukeFayetteville VA, and the local Cape Fear Valley health systems.

International Business
For those wishing to conduct business overseas, or advance their careers in an increasingly multi-cultural, international market, the MBA in International Business offers an excellent, practical option, with the possibility to travel overseas.

Marketing
The MBA in Marketing provides learners with hands-on, real-world projects to increase their communication and promotional business skillsets. The CBE has an especially close relationship with other organizations on campus that operate in IT and cyber, which will help you gain the edge in an increasingly digital, marketing world.

Management
Gain the skills you need to improve your current leadership role or to climb the corporate ladder with the MBA in Management.

Project Management
Our MBA in Project Management is a newer offering that is already making an impact in the field; we were recently named #5 in online project management for our exceptional quality and affordability. Students will be prepared to become part of the vibrant PM community, such as by pursuing a Project Management Professional (PMP) certification.

Classroom Experience

Who will be in class with me?

How are classes delivered?

Classes are offered in either hybrid or online format. Hybrid classes are taught from 6-9pm on-campus for 16 weeks in the Fall and Spring semesters. Teaching occurs in our purpose-built MBA classrooms that enable lectures to be streamed in real time using Zoom video conferencing software. Off-campus students can participate in a class via laptop, desktop, tablet, smartphone, or dial in. Microphones throughout the classroom enable off-campus students to hear and participate in class discussion. These lectures are also recorded and loaded into the cloud so students can watch the video later.

Online classes are typically delivered in one of five eight-week terms throughout the year. All foundation and elective courses are taught as online classes along with some core classes. Foundation courses are taught asynchronously but core and elective classes will always have an interactive option. About 20% of our online student population elect to attend classes in real-time. Professors are required to respond to all student inquiries within 24 hours.

Online students are also required to have at least 25% of their assessment proctored to ensure academic integrity. The MBA@FayState offers multiple proctoring solutions including human proctors (either online or at a physical location) and a software proctor that uses facial recognition, and other artificial intelligence techniques, to detect integrity issues (hosted by NC-based ProctorFree).

When are classes offered?

All core classes are offered in the Fall and Spring semester in hybrid and online formats of 16 weeks' duration. Occasionally, they may be offered in an eight-week format as well. All five foundation classes are offered in every eight-week term (i.e. five times a year).

Technology

Zoom

Zoom

Our students are everywhere, so our classes are, too. We use Zoom video conferences to put you in the classroom in real-time. With broadcast, screen share, and dual screen capabilities, you can focus on seeing what you need. You can ask questions and collaborate with the instructors and fellow classmates, as well as participate in polls and Q&A sessions. Further, all classes are recorded, closed-captioned, and uploaded onto a private YouTube list so that you can review them at your own time and pace.

Canvas

Canvas

Canvas is a learning management system that integrates together all course content, from lessons and forums to assignments and grades. You'll be able to manage your studies easily through its intuitive interface and integrated capabilities. We understand that online environments can be challenging to use, and that's why we selected an LMS that students actually like to use. Some of its highlights include:

  • Ease-of-use, with everything integrated and easy to access
  • Interactive technology and a social-media-like experience
  • Mobile access
  • Dependable
  • Easily adaptable to each class and student's needs
  • Saves time and is quick to learn

Proctoring

Proctoring

FSU requires proctored exams as a way to ensure that you are getting the most that you can from our courses. However, we also realize that it is difficult for distance learners to take exams in-person. As such, we use two different proctoring services, so that you can take your exams without having to go anywhere in-person:

JMP Pro

JMP Pro

In our program, you'll learn how to improve business operations by analyzing data. To do so, we use JMP, a special analytics software tool from SAS. This tool is used by all sorts of customers, from Dow to NASA, for use cases such as:

  • Consumer and Market Research
  • Data Visualization and Exploratory Data Analysis
  • Dashboard Building
  • Design of Experiments
  • Quality Engineering, Reliability, and Six Sigma
  • Statistics, Predictive Modeling, and Data Mining
Capstone Project

What is a Capstone?

In architectural terms, it is the coping stone or copestone, the stone that finishes off a wall. In more general terms, it is a high point or crowning achievement. In academic terms, a Capstone is a culminating experience, a project that demonstrates a student has developed an integrated understanding of their major field of study and can apply the tools and modes of inquiry of that field, thereby generating new knowledge.

Capstone Project

The faculty members collaborate with Small Business and Technology Development Center (SBTDC) at FSU on the Capstone Project. SBTDC provides with a pool of clients for the Capstone. All projects are based on the requirements of participating organization.A capstone project requires MBA students to use the knowledge and research skills they've gained over their entire MBA experience thus far to solve a real-world business problem or draft a business plan for an entrepreneurial effort. Capstone projects require students to draft a detailed set of recommendations for how to solve a specific business problem for an organization selected by the student with the approval of a faculty member. In creating these recommendations, students demonstrate their competency in common MBA areas of study, including finance, accounting, marketing, strategic management, and operations. However, depending on the scope of the project, students may use one skill set more than another. Additionally, students' soft skills are also tested, as they need to manage their client and work together as a team.

UNC Online

UNC Online is a way for MBA students enrolled at FSU to take up to three online courses offered by other campuses in the UNC system (and pay FSU tuition).

The UNC Online site offers additional information on programs, courses, and proctoring:

Programs

Compare online programs by degree level (Masters) and field (Business). You'll find that FSU offers the best value.

Courses

Search for courses in Business & Management offered at other locations by term. Be sure to contact us and submit the Request to pursue Courses for Transfer Form to confirm that a course can meet one of our core or elective requirements before enrolling! Students can transfer up to 9 credits from other institutions in the UNC System.

Proctoring

Learn more about ways in which you can schedule exam proctoring convenient for you. We also offer ProctorFree free of charge for our MBA students.