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Master of Business Administration with a Specialization in Leadership Online

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In the Master of Business Administration with a Specialization in Leadership online program from Youngstown State University, you will learn to identify new opportunities, implement practical strategies, and employ leadership best practices to address real-world business situations.

$13,500* In-State Tuition
As few as 12 months Program Duration
30 Credit Hours
$13,500* In-State Tuition
As few as 12 months Program Duration
30 Credit Hours
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In this 100% online program, you will deepen your knowledge of economics, cost-based decision-making, corporate financial management, operations, marketing strategy, business policy, organizational management, corporate planning, and more.

This program integrates a leadership emphasis into the curriculum, in addition to developing your broad-based business background. Students will learn to apply current best practices of managing organization talent and techniques to make effective decisions that drive business results. You will also hone your abilities to make decisions using analytical methods and think strategically in the evaluation of complex business environments.

As a graduate of this MBA online program, you will be prepared to:

  • Take on increasing levels of managerial and leadership responsibilities
  • Take an integrative view of the firm in order to assess threats and opportunities
  • Apply an understanding of economic factors to assess the different types of strategies (e.g. product differentiation, pricing, advertising, etc.) an organization can employ
  • Develop a systematic working knowledge of operations and supply chain management functions
  • Apply best practices to effectively manage organizational talent in a variety of professional contexts

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The MBA with a Specialization in Leadership online program offers affordable, pay-by-the-course tuition. All fees are included in the total tuition.

$450* Per Credit Hour
$13,500* Total Tuition

*In-state tuition.

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YSU online programs are delivered in an accelerated format ideal for working professionals, conveniently featuring multiple start dates each year.

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YSU's online MBA programs have specific requirements you must meet to be admitted. Please read the admission guidelines to ensure you qualify.

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Admission to the MBA program is based on the applicant’s undergraduate grade point average and professional work experience. You must meet the following requirements for admission to the MBA with a Specialization in Leadership online program.

  • For Regular Admission, applicants meeting one of the following criteria do not need to take the GMAT/GRE:
    • Earned a bachelor’s degree from an accredited university—in business, economics, or S.T.E.M.—with a 3.0+ GPA
    • Earned a bachelor’s degree from an accredited university, with a 2.7+ GPA and a minimum of two years full-time professional work experience
    • Earned a graduate or terminal degree (e.g., Ph.D., MD, or JD) in any field 
    • Earned an active professional certification
  • For Provisional Admission, applicants must meet one of two criteria:
    • Earned a bachelor’s degree from an accredited university (in any field), with a 2.7-2.99 GPA and a GMAT (or GRE equivalent) score of 500 
    • Earned a bachelor’s degree from an accredited university (in any field), with a 2.5-2.7 GPA and a minimum of five years of full-time professional work experience
  • Chronological resume detailing full-time professional/managerial work experience
  • Official transcripts from all colleges/universities attended
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    Professional/managerial experience is determined using an applicant's chronological resume and any requested supporting documents. Professional/managerial experience is not simply a count of the years of employment, but strongly considers the relevance of the full-time experience as it relates to the nature of the program. This is typically demonstrated through a history of full-time positions where an applicant has documentable experience of overseeing people, projects, operations, and/or customer accounts. For strong applicants, the work experience qualification is supported by a career progression evidenced by increased roles, responsibilities, accomplishments and/or formal promotions.

    Please note: the chronological resume should not include non-professional positions, part-time (i.e., less than 40 hours per week) professional positions, volunteerism, or internships. These types of work are not considered in assessing the professional/managerial experience criteria.

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    Professional Certification List:

    • CFA (Charted Financial Analyst)
    • CFP (Certified Financial Planner)
    • CPA (Certified Public Accountant)
    • CSM (Certified ScrumMaster)
    • Lean Black Belt (certified by either ASQ or IISE)
    • PMI PMP (PMI Project Manager Professional)
    • SHRM-CP (SHRM Certified Professional)
    • SHRM-SCP (SHRM Senior Certified Professional)
    • Six Sigma Black Belt (certified by either ASQ or IISE)

Official Transcripts

Official Transcripts must come directly from the institution. These can be sent to electronically via email or mailed to the following address:

Youngstown State University
College of Graduate Studies
Coffelt Hall
One University Plaza
Youngstown, OH 44555

Transcripts issued directly to a student by an institution can only be accepted if they are in a sealed envelope from the college or university.

Official GMAT/GRE Test Scores

Official test scores must be submitted directly from the testing organization. The code for Youngstown State University is 1975. Test scores are good for five years.


After you have submitted your online application, you can then upload your resume to your application from your account.


For the MBA with a Specialization in Leadership online, you are required to complete 30 credit hours, including 18 credit hours of core courses, six credit hours of leadership courses and six credit hours of electives.

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OMBA 6921: Industrial Economics

Duration: 7 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 3

Participants will learn to analyze and understand the impact economic factors (e.g., information, consumer behavior, supply and demand) have on shaping markets and industries. Using this knowledge, participants will be capable of assessing the different types of economic strategies (e.g., product differentiation, pricing, advertising and signaling) an organization can employ to gain market power to realize economic profits.

OMBA 6922: Cost Based Decision-making

Duration: 7 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 3

Insights into a company’s product costs (including those considered direct and indirect), its fixed and variable costs (and ways to identify these) and an understanding of its controllable and non-controllable costs all are necessary to effectively manage an organization. This course focuses on these concepts and how they can be used when making business decisions.

OMBA 6923: Corporate Financial Management

Duration: 7 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 3

Participants will gain an understanding of financial analysis techniques are used when evaluating businesses, projects, budgets, and other related decisions. Participants will develop a set of analytical tools for conducting historical analysis (analysis of the income statement, cash flow statement, balance sheet, interpretation of various financial ratios) as well tools associated with capital budgeting, capital structure, and cost of acquiring capital.

OMBA 6944: Operations & Supply Chain Management

Duration: 7 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 3

Operations and Supply Chain Management (OSCM) examines the functions of sourcing, materials management, operations planning, distribution, logistics, retail, demand forecasting, order fulfillment, and more in a broad area that covers both manufacturing and service industries. In this course, students will learn what functions OSCM performs, why it is important, and how to make business decisions in the field of OSCM. The objective is to help students develop a systematic working knowledge of the concepts and methods related to designing and managing operations in a supply chain.

OMBA 6955: Marketing Strategy

Duration: 7 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 3

Students explore the development of marketing strategy via segmentation, targeting, and positioning, and the support of the marketing strategy through integrated product, price, place, and promotional tactics.

OMBA 6975: Business Policy & Strategy

Duration: 7 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 3

Strategy involves thinking at the enterprise level. Successful strategy design and implementation requires a holistic understanding of the threats and opportunities in the firm’s external environment, and of its internal resources and capabilities. It also requires a synthetic view on how the firm integrates functional activities and cross-functional business processes. This course is designed to develop such an integrative view of the firm and its environment, along with appropriate analytical skills.

OMBA 6941: Managing Organizational Talent

Duration: 7 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 3

The objective of this course is to provide students with an overview of the organizational behavior literature, research findings, and applications. Students are expected to think about, discuss, debate, analyze, and solve issues relating to organizational behavior. Students will be exposed to a broad range of management theories and expected to apply those theories to a variety of organizational contexts and situations.

OMBA 6940: Leadership

Duration: 7 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 3

The purpose of this course is for you to acquire theoretical and practical knowledge about management and leadership so that you can lead and follow more effectively and ethically. It explores management and leadership situations with the intent to extract lessons and insights which can be applied to your own approaches to managing, leadership, and followership.

Students must choose one marketing and one health care course from the following courses.

OMBA 6953: Consumers in a Digital World

Duration: 7 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 3

An examination of consumers and consumer behavior in a digital world. Students study the consumer decision-making process that individuals or businesses engage in during the evaluation, acquisition, use of, and disposition of goods and services. Emphasis is placed on the role that technology plays in developing actionable plans to address consumers’ wants and needs of today and anticipate those of tomorrow.

OMBA 6954: Digital Marketing

Duration: 7 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 3

In-depth investigation into the development and evaluation of interactive and digital marketing strategies and tactics.

HHS 6922: Planning and Fiscal Management

Duration: 7 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 3

Principles and skills to conduct strategic plans, analyze and administer programs, develop budgets, and familiarize students with fiscal matters related to funding sources.

HHS 6962: Health Care Reform

Duration: 7 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 3

The purpose of the course is to give students the skills necessary to understand all aspects of health and health care especially those related to Health Care Reform and recent and previous legislation. It will examine the supply of and demand for health services, and the analysis of health care systems and current, previous and potential future legislation relevant to health care reforms.

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