Master in Arts in Business

About the Master of Arts in Business

The Master of Arts in Business is designed specifically for non-business professionals who need to build business knowledge and skills to advance in their careers. Unlike the Master of Business Administration (MBA) degree that is focused on building in-depth business expertise for aspiring business executives, the Master of Arts in Business will provide well-rounded business knowledge for professionals in the fields of healthcare, arts and design, architecture, criminal justice, education, information technology, construction management, food service, and many others. The degree will also be valuable for entrepreneurs who must master the necessary business skills to ensure the success of their ventures. 

  • Learn the language of business in order to excel in your career
  • Advance your career trajectory and attain positions of added responsibility
  • Better comprehend and contribute in a business environment
  • Start a business or pursue a passion

Established in 1922, Walsh College is a not-for-profit private business college dedicated to bringing current business practice directly into the classroom. We are fully accredited and uniquely qualified to offer this degree option. We have the faculty, the facilities, support services, and the expertise to guide you through the Master of Arts in Business.

A graduate degree elevates you in the eyes of employers and places you in elite company; less than nine percent of the U.S. population possesses a graduate degree.** The Walsh College Master of Arts in Business will give you the confidence and practical skills you need to further excel in your current career.

MA in Business coursework
Comprised of 10-11 courses (30-33 semester credit hours), the Master of Arts in Business can be completed online, or in a hybrid 2+2 format that offers on-campus instruction and online study. The flexibility is yours.​

Learning outcomes
The MA in Business is designed to be a well-rounded business degree program at the graduate level. Upon completion of the MA in Business degree program, students will be able to integrate, synthesize, and apply the principles and skills they have acquired during the degree program by:

  • Demonstrating the ability to evaluate financial statements and analyze a firm’s financial performance.
  • Creating and promoting a marketing brand that aligns with the organization’s strategic plans.
  • Demonstrating effective communication practices within an organization.
  • Defending and differentiating among legal decisions and ethical business arguments.
  • Managing the acquisition, application, and security of organizational knowledge.
  • Applying economic theories to domestic and global business ventures.
  • Applying the behaviors necessary to lead resources and affect change.
  • Creating and presenting a formal business plan to an external audience.
Foundations for business success
All students will complete a Graduate Communication Assessment prior to COM 525. You are required to take the online Foundations for Business Success course your first semester. It will prepare you for the rigors of a graduate business degree by providing an acceptable level of knowledge in accounting, business ethics, business law, business policies, economics, finance, global dimensions, information systems, management, marketing, organizational behavior, and quantitative methods.

The course will be taught in segments; you will need to pass each one with a “B” or better to pass the course. The class will be 100 percent online. As with all of our courses, tutors are available throughout the graduate program, if needed.

We're here to help
The MA in Business starts this fall 2017 and applications are being accepted now. Our advising staff is ready to help you every step of the way, from your initial inquiry until you walk the stage at commencement. They will help you decide if this degree option will suit your desired career path, and offer suggestions regarding course selections and financial aid options. You will never feel alone when making these important choices. Email or call 248-823-1600.

Admission requirements
In order to be admitted to the MAB program, an applicant must have:

  • An undergraduate degree or higher from a college or university accredited by the Higher Learning Commission or one of the following regional associations: Middle States, New England, Northwest, Southern or Western.
  • A cumulative grade point average of a 2.750 or better on a 4.000 scale. 
    • Individuals with a cumulative grade point average lower than 2.750, but not below 2.000, will be considered for provisional admission.
  • A recommended minimum of two years professional work experience.

The Master of Arts in Business is regionally accredited by the Higher Learning Commission (HLC) and will be reviewed in 2019 for specialized accreditation by the Accreditation Council for Business Schools and Programs (ACBSP). ACBSP requires new programs to be in place for two years and have graduates from the program before it will  be reviewed for accreditation.

** National Center for Education Statistics.

Updated  July 5, 2017