austin hall business research suite

The Research Thesis option is intended to offer students and College of Business faculty with joint research interests an opportunity to engage in research as part of the student’s MBA program. Students can design, execute and report on business research problems and their solutions. These may include an analysis of existing academic literature and the formulation of research questions and research plans. Students may also collect and analyze data and report on research findings in both an oral and written formats.

Learning Outcomes
Graduates of the MBA in Research Thesis will be able to:

  • Inventory the existing academic literature regarding a specific research topic
  • Formulate research questions
  • Formulate a research plan for investigating the research question
  • Execute the research plan; i.e., collect and analyze the data
  • Report on the research findings, both in oral and written formats
  • Conduct scholarly activities in an ethical manner

The Research Thesis option requires 60 credit-hours of coursework, including:

Core-1 coursework (15 credits)
BA 513 Business Legal Environment (3)
BA 514 Operations Management (3)
BA 515 Managerial Decision Tools (3)
BA 516 Creating Value in Exchange (3)
BA 517 Markets and Valuation (3)

Note: Core-1 requirements may be waived if a candidate has a recent undergraduate major in business, or has completed equivalent coursework within an undergraduate business minor. 

Core-2 coursework (27 credits)
BA 528 Financial and Cost Analysis (3)
BA 540 Corporate Finance (3)
BA 550 Organization Leadership and Management (3)
BA 555 Practical Business Analysis (3)
BA 561 Supply Chain Management (3)
BA 569 Advanced Strategic Management (3)
BA 572 Advanced Information Systems (3)
BA 590 Marketing Management (3)
MGMT 559 Managing Ethics and Corporate Social Responsibility (3)

Research Thesis Coursework (12 credits)
BA 503 Thesis (6)
BA 505 Reading & Conference (3)
MRKT 596 Marketing Research Design and Methods (3) 

Elective Coursework (6 credits)
Advisor-approved graduate business courses (6)