Online MBA Program

imgresThe School of Management at The Sage Colleges is proud to offer its long-standing, highly regarded MBA program through Russell Sage Online. The MBA program, in addition to all School of Management programs, is fully accredited by the International Assembly for Collegiate Business Education (IACBE). Sage’s online MBA program is designed to develop leaders who can manage complex organizations and who have the desire and capability to move into high-level positions. Sage MBA graduates have gone on to accept major leadership roles in business, government, health care and nonprofit organizations for nearly three decades.

Sage’s MBA is tailored to professionals currently in the workplace. The contemporary, practitioner-oriented MBA program includes study into the behavioral aspects of management. When combined with business experience, the MBA program offered through Russell Sage Online will develop leaders who are prepared to make effective decisions in any organization.

Sage’s School of Management requires a minimum of 42 semester hours of graduate coursework. Prerequisite coursework may be required if students do not have a background in management or business. To determine whether prerequisite coursework is necessary, prospective students should contact their enrollment counselor.


Students can choose among several specialized courses to fulfill their elective category, or opt to pursue a concentration in Human Resource Management or Marketing. These areas of concentration cover the knowledge and skills central to establishing competencies in the area that the student finds most critical and interesting.

For students who do not wish to pursue an area of concentration, the Russell Sage Online MBA offers a number of traditional MBA electives, or the option to take courses in other graduate programs for a total of 9 credits. Students may complete their 9-credit requirement by choosing from a vast array of complementary graduate courses.


* Students must complete all of the core courses listed below as well three specialization courses (not listed). Students may need to complete some of the elective courses listed below if they did not satisfy those requirements in their undergraduate studies.


This course provides a comprehensive introduction to financial accounting principles including accounting information cycle, the analysis and recording of business transactions, the preparation of working papers, and the resulting creation of financial statement. The course introduces contemporary accounting theory and official pronouncements.

This course provides an understanding of the basic theoretical concepts of economic theory. Examination of microeconomic and macroeconomic principles provides the basis for an explanation of how contemporary mixed capitalism systems function. Attention is directed toward the development of the economic perspective in problem solving and the use of tools of economic analysis.

This course is a graduate-level introduction to data analysis, descriptive statistics, and statistical inference. Data analysis and descriptive statistics include graphical analysis, measures of location and dispersion, an introduction to probability, and a consideration of probability distributions, including the Binomial, Normal, t, Poisson, Chi Square, and F. Statistical inference encompasses procedures for determining whether data fits some distribution, and also procedures such as regression and correlation for estimating values based on some statistical association.

This course introduces the student to the U.S. legal system as it pertains to business and provides an understanding of how various aspects of the law influence and impact the role of a business manager and the decisions made by a business manager. The course focuses on those areas of law which affect virtually every business, highlighting the relationship between law, business and commerce. The rationale behind laws that affect business practice and the application of law to specific business situations are explored.


Optimality conditions and techniques are analyzed in this course within the framework of demand theory, production theory, cost and pricing analysis. Emphasis is on the application of microeconomic theory to firm-level decision making.

This course introduces students to the basic tools of business research. Varied research methods are introduced and evaluated across a wide variety of business needs. Specific attention is paid to the collection, analysis and interpretation of business data from the perspective of design, execution, evaluation and resulting contribution to the research objectives.

This course is one of two introductory classes in the Russell Sage MBA Program. The purpose of this course is to improve critical and creative thinking among students as well as inspire freedom of thought. The course facilitates a learning environment where critical thinking and incisive judgment are developed by students through clear communication of problem analysis. Students will also improve in their ability to develop unique ideas, overcome objections, and persuade others. It will aid the student in thinking outside of the box, and to become more effective writers, speakers and communicators.

This course focuses on the strategies and best practices required to create and sustain competitive advantage in the evolving global environment. Students explore the value chain product, process innovation methods, and other dynamic industry.

The role of the financial manager is examined in context with the legal, operating, and tax environment of contemporary business firms. Attention is focused on financial analysis and planning, the time value of money, risk-return relationships, cash flow and asset/liability management, as well as investment priorities, capital structure, valuation techniques, and capital budgeting applications. Special concerns dealing with mergers, restructuring, and international finance are also addressed. Prerequisite(s): MBA 551 and 553 or permission of program director.

This course addresses how to design and implement the best combination of marketing efforts to carry out a firm’s strategy in its markets. Specifically, this course seeks to develop the student’s understanding of how the firm can benefit by creating and delivering value to its customers and skills in applying the analytical concepts and tools of marketing.

This course entails a comprehensive review and analysis of the complex issues which affect an organization’s utilization of its human resources: improvement of productivity, enhancement of the quality of work life, and legal compliance. In addition, the major objectives of human resource management attracting, retaining, and motivating employees as they relate to specific activities (i.e., recruitment, selection, compensation, and training) are examined.

In this course, students develop an appreciation of the scope and content of managerial work by examining the personal attributes, skills, and behaviors necessary for success. Through class activities and application assignments students will explore their personal strengths and weaknesses and begin development of competency in a range of activities. In addition, we will look at the theoretical and practical understanding of leadership for business practitioners.

This course covers the integration of computer-based technology into the modern organization. Topics include the use of software applications to solve organizational issues and an examination of E-Commerce, IT systems development and information security. Ethical and social issues related to the use of computer technology are considered.

This course provides students with an in-depth understanding of business strategy and the notion that the development of strategy links the organization’s mission with strategic theory, planning, and implementation to create a sustainable competitive advantage. This course introduces the formal strategic planning process and industry standard theory, method, and tools and focuses heavily on the synthesis and application of this process to analyze, address, and solve strategic issues that organizations face in multiple competitive environments.

This multi-disciplinary management capstone course examines how today’s organizations identify, select, foster and implement their competitive strategies. Topics include: developing new corporate paradigms, screening of environmental opportunities, the role of human and technical innovation and building organizational excellence through transformational management. This course is open to MS Organization Management and Health Service Administration students by advisement only. Prerequisite(s): It is expected that all students must have successfully completed a minimum of 90% of their course work. This course is open to MS Organization Management & Health Service Administration students only by advisement.

MBA Concentrations:


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The potential marketing manager must have a thorough understanding of the issues that underlie the purchase decision. This course will develop an understanding of issues such as life style, social class, environmental issues, etc. that critically affect the marketing program. Course will do three things: 1. Provide a comprehensive description of the factors that underlie the process; 2. Demonstrate how the knowledge of these factors can be used by professional marketers; 3. Develop scenarios where the student can apply these concepts.

The objectives of this course are two-fold: first, to subordinate marketing to the overall interests of the firm; and second, to present a practical framework that links corporate objectives and strategies to master marketing objectives and strategies, and then to objectives and programs for individual marketing activities. The ways by which marketing can contribute to the achievement of corporate objectives consistent with corporate strategies and with the strengths and limitations of other functional areas of the business are examined. Prerequisite(s): MBA 576.

Human Resource Management

This course consists of an in-depth review and analysis of all aspects of employee compensation. Contemporary compensation policies and procedures, including those which pertain to employee benefits, are examined. Case analyses and other exercises are utilized to develop student skill in diagnosing and addressing problems involving compensation.

The role of federal and state government regulation of labor relations is examined. Current problems and issues in labor economics including wages, hours, and working conditions are examined within the framework of the system of labor law and the collective bargaining process. The relationship of labor organizations to management decisions and technological and economic change is analyzed.

Current significant topics in the specialization will be presented.


The Russell Sage Online Graduate Schools use a student-managed application procedure. Your application, transcripts and letters of recommendation should be submitted in a single envelope. This will allow Russell Sage Online Graduate Schools to process your application and to make decisions in a timelier manner.

Application Procedures for Admission to Degree Study


  • Apply Online! The application fee ($40) is waived for all online applicants.
  • Download a paper application form.


  • Submit an official transcript from each post-secondary institution attended since high school. To do this, complete and print the Official Transcript Request Form (located on the last page of this document) and fax it to 800-473-2512.

**If you graduated more than seven years ago from one of The Sage Colleges, you will need to request transcripts from all other institutions.


  • Download recommendation form (PDF).
  • Give each person preparing your recommendation a form and an envelope. Request each to enclose the completed recommendation form in the envelope, seal it and mail the envelope to you. DO NOT BREAK THE SEAL. If we receive a recommendation that has been opened, the contents will not be accepted. Two recommendations are required for admission.


  • Write a one- to three-page typed statement of your personal and professional goals as they relate to your graduate studies.


  • Enclose a copy of your current resume.

  • Dayna M. Maniccia, DrPh, MS
    Assistant Professor; Director – Health Services Administration Program; Coordinator – Public Health at The Sage Colleges

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