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2019-2020 UMass Dartmouth Graduate Catalog 
2019-2020 UMass Dartmouth Graduate Catalog [Archived Catalog]

Charlton College of Business

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Graduate Faculty and Fields of Interest

Anderson, Michael H Professor of Finance, PhD 1990 Indiana University. Specializations: Corporate finance, financial institutions.

Braha, Daniel Professor of Operations Management, PhD 1996 Tel-Aviv University. Specialization: Operations research.

Curran, Catharine Associate Professor of Marketing, PhD 2000 New Mexico State University. Specializations: Promotional strategy, advertising.

Forker, Laura Professor of Operations Management, PhD 1993 Arizona State University. Specialization: Operations.

Kowalski, Kellyann B Associate Professor of Management, PhD 1997 University of Rhode Island. Specialization: Management.

Nguyen, Duong Professor of Finance, PhD Florida International University.

Papenhausen, Chris Professor of Management, PhD 2003 University of Minnesota. Specializations: Managerial and decision organization, equity analysis.

Parayitam, Satya Professor of Management, PhD Oklahoma State University.

Rai, Bharatendra Professor of Production and Operations Management, PhD Wayne State University.

Shea, Timothy Associate Professor of Management Information Systems, DBA 1994 Boston University. Specializations: Marketing, management information systems.

Shi, Zhengzhong Associate Professor of Management Information Systems, PhD 2001 University of Toledo. Specializations: Information systems, networking.

Sibdari, Sohiel Associate Professor of Management, PhD 2005 Virginia Technological Institute. Specializations: Stochastic modeling, dynamic pricing, game theory, logistics.

Vasudevan, Gopala Professor of Finance, PhD 1994 New York University. Specializations: Corporate finance, mergers, executive compensation, capital markets.

Wang, Shuhong Professor of Management Information Systems, PhD 1990 McMaster University, Ontario. Specializations: Information systems, systems analysis and design, and artificial intelligence.

White, D Steven Professor of International Business, DBA 1996 Cleveland State University. Specializations: International marketing and international business.

Wu, Jia Associate Professor in Accounting, PhD 2005 Rutgers University. Specialization: Accounting.

Graduate Programs

The Charlton College of Business offers AACSB-accredited Master of Business Administration (MBA), Master of Science degree in Accounting (MSA), Master of Science degree in Finance (MSF), Master of Science degree in Healthcare Management (MSHM), and Master of Science degree in Technology Management (MSTM). The Master of Sciences programs help meet the needs of adult learners particularly in the southcoast Massachusetts business community and beyond in the profession of accounting, financial, healthcare management, and technology management. Please refer to programs in Department of Accounting and Finance for MSA and MSF, and Department of Decision and Information Sciences for MSHM and MSTM.

Master of Business Administration

The UMass Dartmouth MBA program is AACSB-accredited, the highest international accreditation standard for schools of business.

The Master of Business Administration (MBA) program provides students with advanced preparation in Management, enabling them to participate as educated professionals in society and the business environment and compete in a dynamic global economy. The MBA program has the following objectives:

  • To assist students in understanding, critically evaluating, and contributing to a wide range of business issues needed to effectively manage change in a globally interdependent, diverse world.
  • To enhance the interpersonal communication and analysis/synthesis skills of our students so that they may work effectively as managers and leaders.
  • To assist students in developing the necessary knowledge and skills in accounting, finance, marketing, information systems and operations necessary to work effectively as managers and leaders in today’s organizations.
  • To help students recognize and evaluate the ethical implications of their actions and to act as socially responsible business professionals.
  • To encourage and reward students’ willingness and ability to think and analyze issues in ways that cross traditional functional boundaries. 

The MBA curriculum is designed to develop knowledge of the functions and techniques of management and to blend an understanding of the social, technological, economic, and political environments in which organizations operate. It provides the student with both a strong foundation in the key disciplines of business and an integrative view of how those areas interact. A key objective of the program is to provide a rich opportunity to specialize in an area of particular interest to the student. This capability provides the foundation for successful mid- and senior-level management positions.

MBA Learning Outcomes

On completion of the program, students are expected to have mastered each of the following learning goals:

Global Business: Students must demonstrate an understanding of the problems, potential, realities, and constraints of doing business in an interconnected, global world. They also must recognize and critically analyze the role of the economic, as well as the political, and cultural domains in global business. 

Ethics/social responsibility: Students must demonstrate an ability to think critically about ethical issues, to analyze and evaluate situations from opposing ethical perspectives, and to understand social responsibility as an ethical or ideological theory that corporations and organizations have a responsibility to society. 

Written Communications: Students must demonstrate the technical skills and craftsmanship needed to develop professionally written business communication that present useful, accurate information, elicit audience interest, effectively convey the intended message, and demonstrate competence in the use of the English language.

Oral Communications: Students must demonstrate informal speaking skills that effectively transmit their own needs without encouraging defensive response. They must also demonstrate the technical skills and craftsmanship needed to make formal presentations present accurate information, elicit audience interest and understanding of the intended message, and show they have competence in the use of the English language. 

Problem-Solving/Rational, Analytical Thinking: Students must demonstrate the ability to think systematically and logically, to use analysis, interpretation, evaluation, inference, and explanation to examine reasons and evidence for sound objective decisions and in resolving complex, ill-structured problems.

Information Literacy/Technology: Students must demonstrate the ability to search for, analyze, and identify useful and accurate information, and to effectively use such information for an intended purpose. Students must also provide evidence that they understand the effect of technology on business and are competent in the use state-of-the-art business software applications, including web-based applications and programs for business success.

Management of a Business Enterprise: Students must demonstrate their fundamental knowledge of each of the functional domains of the business enterprises, understand the interdependency existing among them, and analyze business strategies that leverage the competencies of each.

The Master of Business Administration program is designed for students with diverse undergraduate backgrounds. It is suitable for students with non-business undergraduate degrees as well as for those with undergraduate degrees in business. Current MBA students have undergraduate degrees in business and other fields such as engineering, computer science, and liberal arts. Depending on background or experience, these students may waive portions of their required foundation courses to permit both program success and timely progress through the program.

The program is designed with the flexibility needed for full-time or part-time students. Students may take as few as one or as many as five courses per semester. Depending on prior preparation and pace of study, the program may be completed in one to five years. Classes are offered in the evening and in the afternoon Monday through Thursday. Part-time and full-time students attend the same classes, resulting in a stimulating mixture of part-time mid-career professionals from the region and full-time students drawn from world wide.

MBA ePortfolio Program

All MBA students will develop and maintain an ePortfolio. The ePortfolio is an electronic space in which students store and assess their work as they complete it. The ePortfolio approach offers students the opportunity to reflect on how course assignments throughout the program contribute to their mastery of Charlton MBA learning goals. It also provides a holistic understanding of the interrelationships among the various functional areas. Students receive feedback from their instructors on the material they have submitted to the ePortfolio, and the complete ePortfolio is assessed by a faculty committee upon completion of the program. The ePortfolio can be shared with potential employers or anyone else the student chooses, and students can continue to maintain their ePortfolio after graduation for their own use. More information regarding the ePortfolio can be found at:

MBA Admission Requirements

Admission to the MBA program is available to qualified candidates who hold a bachelor’s degree from an accredited institution of higher education. Candidates must submit the required application materials and application fee to the Graduate School. Applications are reviewed and judged on the following criteria:

  • Previous College Experience. An official transcript from all institutions of higher education ever attended is required. The transcript must show dates attended, final grades, and credits earned. Applicants who attended a college/university outside the United States must have their official transcripts translated into English, by a credit evaluation service, showing final GPA scores.
  • GMAT exam (or equivalent) . During the last academic year the average GMAT score of our students was 510. LSAT or GRE could be substituted for the GMAT exam. *waiver available see below.
  • Two letters of recommendation, preferably one from a faculty member and one from an employer.
  • An essay of 300 words describing the applicant’s motivation and goals.
  • A Current Resume.
  • Candidates whose Bachelor’s degree was not earned in an approved English language country must submit either the TOEFL exam (minimum score of 72 internet-based or 533 paper-based) or IELTS exam (minimum band score of 6.0).

The GMAT requirement for MBA program admission consideration at UMass Dartmouth is waived if the applicant proves, to UMass Dartmouth’s satisfaction, any of the following:

  • An earned a baccalaureate degree (or the equivalent of a USA baccalaureate degree) in any major/discipline from an accredited college/university with a cumulative GPA of at least 3.00 on a 4.00 scale.
  • An earned terminal graduate degree (PhD, MD, JD, DNP, DBA, etc.) from an accredited institution.
  • Licensure in the United States as a Certified Public Accountant or Certified Financial Planner. Other certification programs may also qualify for this waiver at the discretion of UMass Dartmouth.
  • At least five (5) years of managerial/supervisory work experience. Minimum documentation required:  Letter of recommendation from at least one (1) employer (preferably current employer) and resume which cites months and years of all employment, all employer(s) name(s), all job title(s), and specific description(s) of managerial/supervisory duties.
  • An earned Graduate Certificate from the Charlton College of Business at the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth with a cumulative GPA of at least 3.30.

Three Modes of Delivery

Alternative delivery methods are available for a number of MBA courses.  These include traditional face-to-face format, a hybrid format with face-to-face and online delivery, and a fully online format (for students admitted to the online track).  For more information, please contact the Assistant Dean for Graduate Studies at the Charlton College of Business (508-999-8543).

Graduate Program Alternative Formats

Full-time MBA

Core courses and electives are offered such that students can complete their degree or certificate program on a full-timebasis in as little as 3 semesters, depending on their prior education and experience. Full-time in-residence students may receive teaching, research, or general graduate assistantships. Resident international students are classified as full-time students. 

Part-time MBA 

Students may enroll in the MBA program on a part-time basis if it better meets their professional needs.  Part time students are not eligible for assistantships and they cannot study full-time unless they notify the registrar of their change in status.

Post-Baccalaureate Certificates

The Post-Baccalaureate Business Foundations Certificate

The Post-Baccalaureate Business Foundations Certificate Program is delivered through the University Extension (formerly the Division of Professional and Continuing Education) and students enroll through this program. These students take the MBA foundation and one additional course.

Students complete the following four courses:

  • ACT 500 - Financial Accounting Credits: 3
  • FIN 500 - Economic Concepts Mgrs Credits: 3
  • POM 500 - Statistical Analysis Credits: 3
  • MGT 650- Advanced Organizational Behavior Credits: 3


  • MGT 600 - Corporate Social Responsibility & Business Law Credits: 3

Entrance to the Programs

Applicants apply for acceptance to the Business Foundations Program through the Graduate Studies Office. Applicants follow the procedures as for acceptance into the MBA, but in a curtailed form. They submit a shortened application form and supply an essay and official transcripts of their college and other graduate degrees. However, they are not required to submit GMAT scores or recommendation letters.

The program is compatible with our MBA foundation requirements, enabling certificate recipients to later transition into the MBA program. Certificate recipients who wish to apply for admission to the MBA program must follow the application requirements and process described elsewhere in this Graduate Catalogue. If admitted to the MBA program, the 600-level course (MGT 650 or MGT 600) successfully completed as part of the certificate program within the last five years shall be counted toward the MBA degree with the approval of the Assistant Dean, Graduate Program, CCB.


Dean’s Office
Charlton College of Business
508 999-8423
508 999-8776 (Fax)

Assistant Dean of Graduate Studies
Charlton College of Business
508 999-8543
508 999-8776 (Fax)

University of Massachusetts Dartmouth
285 Old Westport Road
North Dartmouth, MA 02747-2300

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