MBA/Master of Science in Negotiation and Dispute Resolution (MS-NDR)


Students wishing to obtain the MBA/MS-NDR degree must complete 47 credit hours across the two programs. The 33 hour MBA degree may be obtained by combining nine hours of MBA courses already required in the MS-NDR program with an additional 24 hours of MBA course work. As part of these 24 hours, students may count up to nine additional hours of MS-NDR courses toward their MBA degree.

Eligibility for Admission

Applicants for admission to the MBA/MS-NDR program must have a baccalaureate degree in business from an accredited institution of higher learning, or, if the degree is in a field other than business, significant work experience in the field of finance. Applicants must also show evidence that they have completed at least one statistics course in their undergraduate degree. Students without such a class may complete instead a non-credit statistics tutorial offered by the college for a fee.

MBA Core Course

Students will complete the MS-NDR degree requirements with a concentration in Organizational/Transactional Negotiation and Dispute Resolution. This option requires that a student take the following nine hours of MBA course work, along with the required NDR courses:

  • MBA 741 Economic Analysis for Managers
  • MBA 771 Leadership and Organizational Behavior
  • MBA 776 Business, Ethics, and Society

Students will also take MBA 775 Business Policy and Managerial Action as either their final class in the joint degree program or within six hours of completion of the MBA program.

MBA Plan of Study

All MBA/MS-NDR students will work with the Graduate Business Programs office to develop a plan of study reflecting the students’ academic and work backgrounds, business competencies, and career goals. Plans of Study will and/or from an extensive list of Concentration courses. The relative emphasis of a student’s plan of study on each of these areas will depend on each student’s academic and business background. consist of courses from the

Functional Core and/or from an extensive list of Concentration courses. The relative emphasis of a student’s plan of study on each of these areas will depend on each student’s academic and business background.

Functional Core

Students who are new to the study of business because they hold neither an undergraduate degree in business nor have extensive business work experience may be required to take some or all of the following functional core classes:

  • MBA 701 Financial Reporting for MBA’s
  • MBA 711 Managerial Finance
  • MBA 761 Marketing Management
  • ITM 731 Information Systems Management

After completing the above 12 hours, the remaining nine hours in the MBA program may be completed with advanced courses from the MS-NDR program.


Students who hold undergraduate business degrees or have extensive business experience may elect to move directly to concentration courses and not take the functional core courses listed above. Concentration courses cover advanced topics in accounting, economics, information technology, marketing, and management. To ensure appropriate breadth and depth:

  1. Students must take one course in each of two of four functional areas (accounting, economics, information technology,and marketing);
  2. Students may take a maximum of 9 hours beyond MBA 771 in the management area; and
  3. Students may count a maximum of 9 hours from the MS-NDR curriculum toward their MBA degree requirements, provided a grade of “B” or better is earned in each class.

Concentration Courses

Tier 2 courses are advanced courses in each functional area of business. They include, but are not limited to:

  • MBA 702 Managerial Decision Making Using Quantitative and Qualitative Data
  • MBA 712 Advanced Managerial Finance
  • MBA 742 Seminar in Applied Managerial Economics
  • MBA 765 Marketing Information for Executives
  • ITM 736 Managing Information Resources
  • ITM 788 Business Information Analysis and Process Design

Depending on the number of credit hours to be completed with concentration courses, students may wish to focus on particular business areas by taking multiple courses in a single area. Lists of courses included in each functional area are posted on the college web site and available from the Graduate Business Program's office.

For information on the NDR program, go to