University of Dayton Online Master of Business Administration

Why University of Dayton?

This Catholic school of moderate size in Dayton, Ohio, offers an online Master of Business Administration degree program. There are no prerequisites specified for this program. Applications are evaluated holistically based on the applicant’s potential for program success, educational background and performance, and work experience.
Applicants may, if they choose, submit GMAT or other standardized test scores to support their applications. There is no minimum undergraduate GPA requirement. The program is administered by the Faculty of Business Administration at the university.

Program Snapshot

University Name University of Dayton
Location Dayton
State OH Grade A-
Name of Degree Foundational MBA
School or Department Administering Program School of Business Administration
Credits 45
Cost per credit 1430
Tuition for Entire Program $64,350.00
Test Requirements optional
Minimum GPA none
Prerequisite Courses and Skills none
Campus Visit Required? yes
Typical Time to Complete 18-24 months
When Can Students Start the Program? January, April, July, October
Program Concentrations
  • Marketing
  • Business Analytics
Synchronous classes yes
Required Courses
  • Introduction to Financial Accounting
  • Introduction to Managerial Accounting
  • Statistical Analysis for Business Decisions
  • Principles of Operations Management
  • Principles of Finance
  • Principles of Marketing
  • Principles of Economics
  • Information Technology and Systems
  • Principles of Organizational Behavior
  • Managerial Economics
  • Information Systems and Business Decisions
  • Business Analytics
  • Performance Measurement and Control Systems Perspective
  • Operational Effectiveness
  • Information Systems and Business Decisions
  • Organizational Behavior
  • Corporate Finance
  • Marketing Management
  • Principled Organization: Integrating Faith, Ethics and Work
  • Leadership, Strategy and Stakeholder Management
  • Integrative Project
Does the Program Include a Capstone? yes
Does the program include a practicum or internship? no
Other Features that Make the Program Unique Catholic worldview; open to applicants with limited professional experience and without academic background in business; immersion opportunities to engage in real-world projects, participate in collaborative group workshops, learn from industry leaders and build relationships with peers
Program Objectives (quoted directly from the program) Fundamental business skills such as finance, economics and integrated strategy Ethical decision-making and how to lead an organization with integrity The role of business in creating a strong community How to integrate your learning and develop holistic strategies to sustain and grow your business
Program Description Focusing both on the functional skills of business and the role of business in the community, this MBA program offers a distinctive Catholic worldview. Sustainability, strategy, ethics and leadership are foundational to the 45-credit curriculum, completed within 18-24 months. Students specialize in either Marketing or Business Analytics. 


What will I Learn?

The University of Dayton’s business program equips graduates with the foundational knowledge necessary to run a firm ethically, including finance, economics, and integrated strategy.

Courses in the program can be divided into three groups. Finance topics are covered in Financial Accounting, Introduction to Managerial Accounting, Principles of Finance, Managerial Economics, Principles of Economics, and Corporate Finance.

The nuts and bolts of operations and decision-making are explored in Statistical Analysis for Business Decisions, Principles of Operations Management, Information Technology and Systems, Information Systems and Business Decisions, Business Analytics, Performance Measurement and Control Systems Perspective, Operational Effectiveness and Information Systems and Business Decisions.

Finally, students discuss the people-oriented aspects of business in Principles of Marketing, Principles of Organizational Behavior, Organizational Behavior, Marketing Management, Principled Organization: Integrating Faith, Ethics and Work, and Leadership, Strategy and Stakeholder Management.

Students bring together their learning and apply it to a real-world problem in an Integrative Project.

Students can choose to specialize in one of the following concentrations: Marketing; Business Analytics

How much will the program cost?

Students finish their degree within 18-24 months and pay $1430 per credit for a total of 45 credits, or just over $64,000.00 for the entire degree.

How does the program fit into my life?

Students complete the program within 18-24 months. Students can start the program in  January, April, July, or October. Most students complete the program on a full-time basis. All classes are synchronous, meaning that students attend live online classes.

All students must attend at least two in-person immersion experiences, one of which will take place in Dayton, Ohio, and the other at another domestic hub. During these in-person experiences, students will participate in group workshops, learn from expert guest speakers, and network with peers and employers. Applicants to the Dayton program should take this obligation into account when considering how this program will fit into their lives.


The University of Dayton MBA will be particularly attractive to applicants who espouse a Catholic worldview, and who would like to attend an MBA program offering small class sizes, relationship-enhancing structure, and in-person immersion learning opportunities. The UD program is higher-cost than some options, but provides greater personalized support and customization, including the distinctive opportunity to complete an applied project under faculty supervision.