Carson College of Business MBA

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Our face to face MBA program is designed for working professionals who want to pursue a graduate business degree on a part-time basis.

We asked industry leaders what skills they seek in MBA students, and they responded consistently: The ability to use market information to make strategic decisions in a creative and concise manner and communicate those decisions to the customer. You will graduate from WSU Tri-Cities with a skill set that’s highly desired by employers. Faculty at WSU Tri-Cities will lead you through a program of study that will enrich your life, bolster your professional skills, and open doors for you.

When we ask our students where they learned the most from our program they consistently tell us about their capstone projects. These projects range from business plans (many of which turn into successful small businesses) to consulting engagements with local industry. If you choose to consult to one of the Carson College’s corporate partners, you’ll be challenged to solve real-world problems. Not only will you be studying cases of management solutions, you’ll be creating them.

Tim Baker

Meet Dr. Baker

Many of our most successful projects are guided by Tim Baker, Associate Professor of Finance and Management Science, and an internationally known Six-Sigma researcher and consultant. Dr Baker’s students have completed Six Sigma projects for companies such as Areva, Sandvik and Grace Medical Clinic that have generated millions of dollars in savings.

To be admitted to the MBA Program at WSU Tri-Cities you must have the following:

  • Four-year bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university.
  • Minimum Cumulative GPA of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale.
  • Minimum Index Score of 1150 (GPA x 200 + GMAT). The GMAT Score must not be more than five years old at the Program start date.
    • Note: meeting the minimum index does not guarantee admission. Successful candidates typically exceed 550 on the GMAT.
  • Demonstration of English proficiency (International applicants): International applicants should send official TOEFL reports (580 paper-based / 237 computer based / 92-93 IBTS minimum) to the WSU Graduate School (WSU school code 4705).


Note: It is strongly recommended to contact Dr. Paul Skilton, Faculty Director of the WSU Tri-Cities MBA program prior to submitting your application for admission.

You may submit an application to start the MBA program at WSU Tri-Cities either fall or spring semester. The application deadline is May 15 for the fall semester and October 15 for the spring semester.

  • Apply online ($75.00 application fee).
  • Be prepared to supply e-mail addresses for three references. These references will be contacted and asked to fill out an online recommendation form.
  • Be prepared to request:
    • Official transcripts from each College or University you have attended
    • TOEFL scores (international students) (code 4705)
    • GMAT scores (code 09DTL08)

Note: It is strongly recommended to contact Dr. Paul Skilton, Faculty Director of the WSU Tri-Cities MBA program prior to submitting your application for admission.

The foundation curriculum is required for the MBA degree. An AACSB or EQUUS accredited Business degree satisfies the foundation course requirements, provided the GPA is 3.0 or better. If you do not have the foundation courses, you can complete them on campus or online. Contact Dr. Paul Skilton to see if your courses qualify and which path would work best for you.

Face-to-Face Foundation Courses:

  • ACCTG 230 and ACCTG 231 Intro to Financial and Managerial Accounting
  • BLAW 210 Law and Legal Environment of Business
  • ECONS 404 Economics for Managers (or equivalent macro or micro economic courses)
  • MGTOP 215 Statistics
  • MGTOP 340 Operations Management
  • MKTG 360 Principles of Marketing
  • FIN 325 Principles of Finance

Online Foundation Courses:

  • ACCTG 550 Introduction to Financial & Managerial Accounting (3 credits)
  • BA 501 Foundations in Marketing (2 credits)
  • BA 502 Foundations in Operations Management (2 credits)
  • BA 503 Foundations in Business Law (2 credits)
  • BA 504 Foundations in Finance (2 credits)
  • BA 505 Foundation in Statistics (2 credits)
  • ECONS 404 – Economics for Managers (3 credits) This course includes micro, macro and calculus topics.

Applicants who wish to pursue the MBA, and have earned an undergraduate Business degree from an AACSB or EQUUS accredited program begin with the core curriculum.

MGTOP 590: Strategy Formulation & Organizational Design (3 credits)
Catalog Description: Relationship between the formulation of strategy and the selection of effective organizational structures and systems.

ACCTG 533: Accounting, Performance Measurement and Controls (3 credits)
Managerial evaluation of budgeting, cost accounting, and financial analysis techniques; their utilization in control of operations.

FIN 526: Financial Management (3 credits)
Advanced topics in corporate finance, including capital budgeting, cost of capital, capital structure, payout policy, and enterprise valuation.

MKTG 506: Marketing Strategy (3 Credits)
Marketing analyses needed to recommend and implement a marketing strategy. Includes coverage of industry, competitor, and customer analysis as well as decision factors related to segmentation, positioning, and the marketing mix.

MGMT 593: Managerial Leadership and Productivity (3 credits)
Catalog Description: Organizational behavior and human motivation in the workplace; organization and leadership theories, studies, projects and models leading to improved productivity.

BA 514: Business Analytics: Transforming Data into Decisions (3 credits)
Advanced decision-making concepts for utilizing relevant datasets to focus on data-driven problem-solving techniques and formulating decision analyses to evaluate and recommend management action.

BA 579: MBA Assessment Capstone (3 credits) (May be repeated for maximum 9 credits)
Prerequisites: Admission to the MBA program (and permission of MBA director).
Analyze, evaluate and recommend management actions for a specific strategic project (in an existing organization or new venture business plan). Project completion will demonstrate the student’s ability to conduct data-driven analyses and apply leadership concepts to recommend and justify management actions that serve all relevant stakeholders (ethical, global, and societal).

BA 702: Master’s Special Problems (2 credits) (May be repeated for maximum 18 credits)
Course Prerequisite: Admission to the MBA program.
Independent research in special problems, directed study, and/or examination credit for students in a non-thesis master’s degree program. Students must have graduate degree-seeking status and should check with their major advisor/committee chair before enrolling for 702 credits. [S, F grading]


MIS 580: Information System Management (3 credits)
Data processing organization; operations, application development, computer selection, management of computer personnel and systems.

MgtOp 581: Operations Management (3 credits)
Analytical approach to solving problems in production and operations management.

MGMT 589: Seminar in Management: Six Sigma (3 credits)
Special topics in management, organization behavior, organization theory, human resource management and strategic management.

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