General Management (MBA)

General Management (MBA)
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Plymouth State University offers a Master of Business Administration (MBA) program in General Management for students who hold a baccalaureate degree and would like to gain a strategic, in-depth understanding of business to support their personal and professional goals. The MBA learning experience is a stepping stone to higher levels of intellectual and career growth, and PSU offers the program in two formats. The MBA program can be completed entirely online, or face to face through PSU's 4+1 cohort option which starts in the summer semester of each year. The 4+1 cohort model is designed to be taken full-time and can be completed in one year. The online program can be taken at a full-time or part-time rate, the part-time rate can be completed in 2.5 years. 

The MBA is 36 credits total and 6 of those credits are cornerstone courses. Students possessing an undergraduate degree in business may have the option to waive these Cornerstone courses after an assessment of their undergraduate coursework and grades by the Admissions Review Board. Building on this firm base of business knowledge, the programs extend and refine a student’s business proficiency through a series of theoretical and practical courses. Working with faculty members who have real-world experience in business, industry, and government, students can tailor their program by selecting courses from a variety of business areas and business-related electives.

PSU’s MBA in General Management is accredited by NECHE (New England Commission of Higher Education) and ACBSP (Accreditation Council for Business Schools and Programs).


Teaching Lecturer
Academic Operations Director
Phone: (603) 535-2921
Office: Innovation & Entrepreneurship, Hyde Hall Rm 216, MSC 27, Plymouth, NH 03264

Program Coordinator, General Management (MBA)
Associate Professor
Phone: (603) 535-3241
Office: Innovation & Entrepreneurship, Hyde Hall Rm 207, MSC 27, Plymouth, NH 03264

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MBA Program

Plymouth State has launched a new in-person cohort for the MBA in General Management. It is a one year intensive cohort designed for all students. You do not need a business degree or background.

While this program has been set up for current PSU students who will be completing their bachelor’s degree in May of each year, it is also open to anyone who wishes to complete the MBA program through an intensive face-to-face format on campus.

Most classes will be delivered in-person through small classes on our Plymouth, NH campus. You will travel through the courses together, allowing for a personal and friendly learning environment, where you will work closely with our experienced faculty who offer a wide array of business expertise.

Experiential Learning – You will learn by doing, playing a strategic managerial role in projects with real businesses. Additionally, you will have the opportunity to integrate your own business or start-up ideas into classwork making the program relevant and individualized for your personal career goals.

Non-Business Disciplines – Even if you have no business background, Plymouth’s MBA program will work for you. We offer two preparatory online classes taken before the cohort begins to provide you the necessary foundation and knowledge to be successful.

*International students who are interested in studying in the US, should contact the Graduate Admissions Office for more information about the in-person MBA cohort option. 

PSU Communication and Media Studies students may consider a 3+1 option to complete your bachelor’s degree in an accelerated three year model, then move into the +1 MBA program for your fourth year at Plymouth State. LEARN MORE

Online Option – The MBA program will continue to be offered entirely online for students who prefer a non-cohort option or live a distance from the PSU campus. Coursework in the online program can be completed part-time or full-time, and with rolling admission you can start throughout the year for the next available semester.

Business Partnerships

Plymouth State University and the NH Bureau of Education and Training (NHBET) have partnered to offer an accelerated pathway for those who complete the NH Certified Public Manager Program (NHCPMP) to earn their Master of Business Administration (MBA) degree through PSU.

Successful completion of the NHCPMP will earn nine graduate level credits toward the MBA program - six credits of electives, and three credits for Managing Organizational Behavior (BU 5110). Credits will be applied after completing the application process and being fully matriculated as a graduate student.

Completion of Level 1 CPM (State of NH Supervisory Academy) will earn three graduate business elective credits toward the MBA program upon full admission to the program.


BU 5070 Foundations of Acct/Finance
BU 5075 Foundations of Mgt/Strategy

BU 5110 Managing Org. Behavior *credit from NHCPMP

BU 5120 Financial Analysis

BU 5190 Accounting for Managers

BU 5210 Economic Analysis

BU 5220 Legal Environ. of Business

BU 5510 Operations Management

BU 5700 Marketing Techniques

BU 5720 Seminar in Executive Mgt

BU 5XXX Business Elective *credit from NHCPMP

BU 5XXX Business Elective *credit from NHCPMP

Curriculum & Requirements

Curriculum Requirements

Course Title Credits
Cornerstone Courses 1
BU 5070Foundations of Accounting and Finance3
BU 5075Foundations of Management and Strategy3
Functional Core Courses 2
BU 5110Managing Organizational Behavior3
BU 5120Financial Analysis3
BU 5190Accounting for Managers3
BU 5210Economic Analysis3
BU 5220The Legal Environment of Business3
BU 5510Operations Management3
BU 5700Marketing Techniques3
BU 5720Seminar in Executive Management3
Complete six credits of business electives 36
Total Credits36

The cornerstone courses set the foundation and reference points for the entire MBA program. At the time of admission, these two courses (six credits) may be waived for students possessing an undergraduate degree in business with the recommendation of the Admissions Review Board.


Eight functional courses form the core of the MBA program for a total of 24 credits. These courses cover a common body of knowledge required of all General Management MBA students.


This requirement may be satisfied using traditional coursework, independent studies, Master’s Research Projects or approved partnership programs.

Graduate Certificates

Two graduate certificate programs have been developed for students to focus their studies in a particular area of the business environment. The certificates consist of 12 credits, and can be pursued as a post-baccalaureate certificate, or in addition to an MBA degree.

Accounting Certificate

The Accounting certificate prepares today’s graduate student with a deeper understanding of practical accounting skills valued by management. If you have ever considered a career in accounting or want to supplement your current accounting knowledge or credits toward certification, this is an opportunity to explore this integral area of business. For students interested in earning an MBA, the four Accounting courses plus an additional six graduate business courses can be applied toward a full MBA General Management degree.

Curriculum Requirements

Course Title Credits
BU 5120Financial Analysis3
BU 5190Accounting for Managers3
Complete two of the following:6
BU 5227
Accounting Information Systems
BU 5229
Professional Ethics for Accountants
BU 5590
Budgeting and Fund Accounting
BU 5600
Federal Taxes and Business Decisions
BU 5620
Auditing Perspectives
Total Credits12

Health Care Administration Certificate

Plymouth State University’s Health Care Administration certificate addresses issues that challenge today’s health care professionals. The certificate program consists of four courses designed and taught by leaders in the health care industry.

Curriculum Requirements

Course Title Credits
BU 5410Human Resources in Health Care Administration3
BU 5420Health Care Law and Ethics3
BU 5430Health Care Administration and Financial Management3
BU 5490Capstone: Health Care Topics3
Total Credits12

Accounting Certificate:

  • Understand technical knowledge of accounting profession.
  • Apply accounting to address info needs of organization.
  • Ability to use information for financial reporting.
  • Technology competence relevant to accounting profession.
Health Care Administration Certificate:
  • Analyze financial operations of a healthcare organization.
  • Report and measure financial results based on financial statements.
  • Understand strategic human resources as it relates to a healthcare organization’s mission, goals and direction. 4) Examine methods by which jobs are assessed and the importance of job analysis to workforce planning, recruitment, selection, performance appraisals, training, development and compensation.
  • Understand effective workforce management, competition and hardwiring excellence in healthcare. 6) Summarize key challenges in the healthcare industry and propose solutions within the context of current environmental constraints.

The Accounting Graduate Certificate will prepare you for a rewarding career in industry, public, governmental or non-profit accounting.

The Health Care Administration Graduate Certificate helps students develop their understanding of the nuances in the healthcare environment that differentiate healthcare business decisions from business decisions in other industries. Students are prepared to share with employers a tangible assessment portfolio that highlights their critical insight and recommendations relative to healthcare trends and challenges.
  • The certificate helps students transition into leadership roles in a variety of healthcare contexts including acute care hospitals, pharmaceutical companies, long term care facilities, healthcare corporations, and insurance companies.

Admission Information


The MBA in General Management requires the following materials to be submitted through our online application

  • Recommended 3.0 or better GPA in undergraduate coursework
  • Official transcripts from any/all college level work
  • Three professional recommendations
  • Current Resume
  • Statement of interest
  • NH Residency Verification form (NH residents only)
  • $75 application fee

Requirements for the Graduate Certificate programs only

  • Official transcripts showing conferral of bachelor’s degree
  • Maintain a 3.0 GPA or better in the required courses
  • Completion of application for admission


Students pursuing Business programs can apply for admission to any of the upcoming semesters. Here are the deadlines for 2023-24:

  • Fall 2023 – August 1, 2023
  • Spring 2024 – December 1, 2023
  • Summer 2024 – April 15, 2024

*We suggest submitting your documentation at least two weeks prior to the posted date to ensure your application is complete and can be reviewed by the deadline. 

2023-24 Estimated Graduate Per Credit Tuition and Mandatory Fees

  New Hampshire Resident
Tuition Mandatory Fees Per Credit Total
Master’s Degrees/Certificates $570 $42 $612
CAGS $610 $42 $652
EDD $665 $42 $707
  Out-of-State Resident
Tuition Mandatory Fees Per Credit Total
Master’s Degrees/Certificates $789 $42 $831
CAGS $763 $42 $805
EDD $845 $42 $887

More information is available through the Student Financial Services Office

Graduate students are eligible for financial aid in the form of student loans only. You will need to complete the FAFSA at least 30 days prior to the start of the semester you wish to begin taking classes. International students are not eligible for federal financial aid – please review our international admission requirements to learn more.

More information can be found on the Student Financial Services website.

Each year, Plymouth State offers a limited number of merit-based scholarships to admitted graduate students. Selection criteria include academic and professional achievements, commitment to graduate study, and achievement or pursuit of personal or professional goals. Visit the PSU Scholarship Opportunities webpage for additional information.

Explore Program Details

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    The MBA Cohort Welcome Luncheon offers an opportunity for cohorts to celebrate the launching of their MBA journey and to network our MBA cohort with faculty and staff.

  • A man at the luncheon

    The MBA Cohort Welcome Luncheon offers an opportunity for cohorts to celebrate the launching of their MBA journey and to network our MBA cohort with faculty and staff.

  • A professor speaking at the luncheon

    The MBA Cohort Welcome Luncheon offers an opportunity for cohorts to celebrate the launching of their MBA journey and to network our MBA cohort with faculty and staff.

  • 3 men at the luncheon

    The MBA Cohort Welcome Luncheon offers an opportunity for cohorts to celebrate the launching of their MBA journey and to network our MBA cohort with faculty and staff.

PSU Seniors – if you are a current PSU student who is on track to complete your bachelor’s degree in the spring, you can take up to 6 credits that can count as electives for your bachelor’s degree and as graduate credit toward the MBA program. Tuition would be assessed at the undergraduate rate and you are able to use your UG financial aid.

  • Non-Business majors would take two foundation classes online during Spring 2024.
  • Business majors should talk with their advisor or contact Dr. Chen Wu for possible spring graduate classes to take if you have room for electives in your current program.

For more information, please contact Dr. Chen Wu at

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