BA/BS and MBA Dual degree - Program Overview

Students interested in a career in business who want to obtain a Master's in Business Administration (MBA) must generally complete two to three additional academic years of study after graduating from an undergraduate program. The Canisius College 3/2 program has been developed for the Canisius undergraduate who wants enjoy the benefits and professional status an MBA degree offers.

Distinguishing features of the 3/2 program:

  • Permits students to earn a bachelor’s and Master’s of Business Administration (MBA) degree in just five years
  • Students can save up to $9,500 in graduate tuition through course waivers and ability to take some graduate courses while an undergraduate.
  • The two degrees could be completed in 150 hours. Two separate degrees could take as many as 171 hours.
  • Strong internship program to provide work experience

Students interested in applying to this program can do so following their junior year. Once accepted, students concurrently take remaining undergraduate courses along with introductory MBA courses during their senior year. The advanced portion of the MBA program would be completed in the fifth year. Undergraduate business majors may obtain waivers of introductory MBA courses based on courses taken during their undergraduate experience allowing these majors to significantly accelerate their programs. The same waivers are available to arts students who complete selected business courses (see chart below).

This program also permits liberal arts students to combine an arts major with a more career oriented MBA degree in the five-year time frame.

The Program

  1. The college Core Curriculum is required of all Canisius students. The core of selected arts and sciences courses is designed to provide broad exposure to the liberal arts.
  2. The academic major. Each department determines the courses that constitute a major in that department.
  3. A series of undergraduate courses students may substitute for selected parts of the MBA program. (A grade of B or better is required for a waiver.)

Undergraduate Course


Possible MBA Course Waivers

MIS 201    MBA 520 Computer Skills
LAW 371   MBA 521 Legal Environment
ECO 255-256    MBA 522 Statistics
ECO 101-102   MBA 523 Economics
ACC 201-202   MBA 524 Financial Accounting

No More Than Four Of These Following MBA Courses May Be Waived

Undergraduate Course


Possible MBA Course Waivers

ACC 303 MBA 540 Managerial Accounting Planning
FIN 335   MBA 541 Finance
ECO 205    MBA 542 Economics of Production
MKT 201 MBA 543 Marketing
MGT 364    MBA 545 Human Resources
MGT 335   MBA 546 Management Science 
MGT 336 MBA 547 Operations Planning

Courses in the senior year -- students would complete any elements of their undergraduate curriculum that remained. They would also begin to take the 520 and 540 level MBA courses that were remaining after waivers had been considered. The summer between the fourth and fifth year, students are strongly encouraged to use the facilities available through the School of Business to obtain an internship.

Students would complete the remaining portions of the MBA program. See below for the program course descriptions.

Students interested in this program should contact:

Gregory R. Wood, PhD
Associate Dean
Wehle School of Business
Canisius College
2001 Main Street
Buffalo, NY 14208

MBA Course Descriptions

MBA 520 Computer Skills
Development of computer skills relevant to business management. DOS/windows, spreadsheets software and statistical software, data access from mainframe, CD-ROM, the Internet.

MBA 521 Legal Environment
Provides threshold knowledge of the law in areas of contracts, product liability, corporate and partnership law, employment and environmental law for managers.

MBA 522 Statistics
Statistical concepts and techniques, emphasizing problem solving and interpretation. Descriptive measures, probability distributions, estimation, hypothesis testing, contingency tables, analysis of variance and statistical process control.

MBA 523 Economics
Organization of resources to attain economic goals. Supply and demand, determination of prices and output. Emphasis on consumer behavior, the level and variability of macroeconomic activity. Money, banking, inflation and unemployment.

MBA 524 Financial Accounting
Reporting the financial results of operations and financial position to investors, creditors and managers. Problems that arise in the preparation of analysis and use of accounting data with emphasis on the use of financial reports.

MBA 525 Organizational Behavior
Integrates individual and group and organizational principles within a framework of high functioning and high quality performance. Students learn to describe and analyze critical organizational issues and apply strategies to effectively manage them.

MBA 526 Regression Analysis & Forecasting
Builds on the tools of statistical inference developed in MBA 522 to address issues of estimation and hypothesis testing encountered in regression and time series analysis.

MBA 540 Managerial Accounting Planning
Preparation and analysis of data used by management in planning, budgeting and decision making.

MBA 541 Finance
Decision making in financial management. Sources and uses of funds. Analytical techniques for evaluating financial decisions.

MBA 542 Economics of Production
Building upon the concepts and tools introduced in MBA 523, the course covers the important decision making issues facing all firms, placed the context of the growing global and regional market place.

MBA 543 Marketing
Provides the tools, techniques and framework needed to design an effective marketing plan. Attention is placed on the inter-dynamics and management of product, price, promotion and distribution factors.

MBA 545 Managing Human Resources
Organizations have created many strategies to manage human systems. An effective organization must plan, staff, motivate, train and maintain these systems. Building on behavioral and economic principles, this course examines both effective and ineffective human resource systems.

MBA 546 Management Science
Decision making through optimization of quantitative models, including linear programming, project management and decision trees.

MBA 547 Operations Planning
Inputs, processes and outputs of the production system. Productivity, competitiveness and strategy. Operations facility layout, new technologies, just-in-time manufacturing and total quality management.

MBA 559 Cross Functional Integration
Teams of faculty, business executives and students work on muti-disciplinary problems. Requires integration of the material from the preceding seven modules.

MBA 570 Management Information Systems
Develops and understanding of the role of information systems in modern organizations; explains how the integration of hardware, software, data, procedures and people works to further organizational effectiveness, efficiency and the quality of the work life.

MBA 571 Managerial Accounting Evaluation
Preparation and analysis of data used in product costing, inventory valuation and performance evaluation.

MBA 572 Operations Control
Decision-making, applications and tools in various key areas of production/operations management including inventory management, aggregate planning, quality assurance techniques, materials/resources requirements planning and operations scheduling.

MBA 572 Financial Performance
Develops the formal analysis of the risk dimension associated with financial decision making. Problems of measurement of risk and of quantifying appropriate risk/return tradeoffs and discussed.

MBA 574 Organizational Change
Discusses organizational development, inner group interventions, interpersonal and group process interventions and employee empowerment.

MBA 575 Marketing/Strategic Analysis
Presents the techniques and approaches which are frequently used in implementing and evaluating the marketing component.

MBA 576 National/International Economics
Development of a model to help explain the growth and fluctuations in an open macro-economy. Use and effects of monetary, fiscal and international trade policies.

MBA 990 Integration Module
Provides students with the opportunity to study the relationship between their selected area of concentration and another functional area of business.

MBA 991 Managerial Environment
Relationship of business and society. Emphasis on management and integration of ethics and social issues in daily business practices.

MBA 997 Strategy Management Seminar in Business Analysis
Develop strategies for a successful business operation and hands-on business analysis focusing on problem solving. Student teams work with current business problems using analytical tools and skills developed from other courses.