Program accreditation
Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business

Program goal

Executive M.B.A.

VCU’s School of Business Executive M.B.A. program provides experienced managers in Virginia and surrounding states with the knowledge and skills needed to solve real-world business problems in today’s complex global environment. The Executive M.B.A. program accomplishes this purpose by using a curriculum with an integrated, modular, team-oriented, interdisciplinary approach that constantly challenges students to apply knowledge and skills to new and unfamiliar situations by using a conceptual understanding of relevant business disciplines.

M.S. in Information Systems

The Master of Science in Information Systems program is designed to prepare students for specialized roles in information systems. The program is intended to provide a graduate-level, technically oriented curriculum that focuses on the design and development of information systems to solve real-world problems. The department’s curriculum is focused on the rapidly emerging area known as enterprise information systems. Graduates of the program are expected to be able to take significant roles in planning, organizing, managing, designing, configuring and implementing EIS using state-of-the-art technologies within organizations.

Student learning outcomes

Executive M.B.A.

  1. Demonstrate the capacity from an executive perspective to integrate knowledge-specific information to different business disciplines in helping teams to solve business problems in new and unfamiliar circumstances
  2. Demonstrate communication knowledge and skills in both technical and interpersonal areas
  3. Demonstrate an understanding of the ethical and social responsibility of business organizations in the U.S. and in other parts of the world
  4. Demonstrate analytic skills using new and unfamiliar data sets

M.S. in Information Systems

Graduates should be able to:

  1. Communicate and network effectively within their professions and organizations; serve the profession by applying this knowledge broadly; and maintain key technical expertise in order to sustain required levels of competitiveness
  2. Understand information technology as it applies to business contexts and effectively apply this technology in specific circumstances
  3. Develop efficient and effective IS solutions using appropriate technologies that can deliver competitive advantages to organizations
  4. Develop and incorporate changes in the planning and management of IS resources based on an increased understanding of the dynamic changes in the organization, IS and global environments

VCU Graduate Bulletin, VCU Graduate School and general academic policies and regulations for all graduate students in all graduate programs

The VCU Graduate Bulletin website documents the official admission and academic rules and regulations that govern graduate education for all graduate programs at the university. These policies are established by the graduate faculty of the university through their elected representatives to the University Graduate Council.

It is the responsibility of all graduate students, both on- and off-campus, to be familiar with the VCU Graduate Bulletin as well as the Graduate School website and academic regulations in individual school and department publications and on program websites. However, in all cases, the official policies and procedures of the University Graduate Council, as published on the VCU Graduate Bulletin and Graduate School websites, take precedence over individual program policies and guidelines.

Visit the Graduate study section for additional information on academic regulations for graduate students.

Degree candidacy requirements

A graduate student admitted to a program or concentration requiring a final research project, work of art, thesis or dissertation, must qualify for continuing master’s or doctoral status according to the degree candidacy requirements of the student’s graduate program. Admission to degree candidacy, if applicable, is a formal statement by the graduate student’s faculty regarding the student’s academic achievements and the student’s readiness to proceed to the final research phase of the degree program.

Graduate students and program directors should refer to the following degree candidacy policy as published in the VCU Graduate Bulletin for complete information and instructions.

Visit the Graduate study section for additional information on degree candidacy requirements.

Graduation requirements

As graduate students approach the end of their academic programs and the final semester of matriculation, they must make formal application to graduate. No degrees will be conferred until the application to graduate has been finalized.

Graduate students and program directors should refer to the following graduation requirements as published in the Graduate Bulletin for a complete list of instructions and a graduation checklist.

Visit the Graduate study section for additional information on graduation requirements.

Other information

School of Business policies and procedures for graduate master’s degree students are available on the school’s website at business.vcu.edu/graduate-studies/current-graduate-students.

Apply online at graduate.admissions.vcu.edu.

Admission requirements

Degree: Semester(s) of entry: Deadline dates: Test requirements:
M.B.A./M.S. Fall Feb 15 (for early decision)
Apr 22 (final decision)
Spring Feb 1

Admission notes regarding deadline: Students in the Executive M.B.A. program have the option to continue with the Executive M.S. in Information Systems with a concentration in information technology management program after having completed the requirements for the Executive M.B.A. to earn both degrees.

Applicants must meet all general admission requirements of the VCU Graduate School.

Degree requirements

In addition to VCU Graduate School graduation requirements, students must complete a minimum of 60 hours of graduate course work. Students pursuing this dual-degree option will have four courses in the Executive M.S. program waived. These four courses cover the information systems content of the Executive M.B.A. program.

Curriculum requirements

Module 1
FMBA 601Team Building and Leadership (course 1)3
FMBA 602Team Building and Leadership (course 2)3
Module 2
FMBA 603Business Foundations (course 1)3
Module 3
FMBA 604Analysis and Decisions (course 1)3
FMBA 605Analysis and Decisions (course 2)3
FMBA 606Analysis and Decisions (course 3)3
Module 4
FMBA 607Global Challenges (course 1)3
Module 5
FMBA 608Organizational Culture (course 1)3
Module 6
FMBA 609Productivity and Innovation (course 1)3
FMBA 610Productivity and Innovation (course 2)3
Module 7
FMBA 611Strategic Management (course 1)3
FMBA 612Strategic Management (course 2)3
FMBA 613Strategic Management (course 3)3
Information systems courses
ISTM 674Emerging Technologies3
ISTM 675IS Planning and Project Management3
ISTM 676Information Systems Assurance and Security Management3
ISTM 677Structuring Information for Decision Making3
ISTM 678IS in the Digital Economy3
ISTM 679Enterprise Information Systems3
ISTM 691Topics in IT Management3
Total Hours60

Total graduate credit hours required (minimum) 60

Graduate program director
Stacey A. Friedl
Director, E.M.B.A. program
Email: safriedl@vcu.edu
Phone: (804) 828-6684

Additional contact
William J. Miller
Executive director, business development
Email: wjmille1@vcu.edu
Phone: (804) 828-3491

Program website: business.vcu.edu/graduate.html