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MBA Degree Requirements

The MBA program has been carefully designed to give you a solid background in the mechanics of business and business ethics. Integrated throughout the courses are topics related to change and innovation, international business, quality, information technology and social responsibility. You will graduate from the program with a competitive advantage in today's challenging business environment.


Degree Prerequisites

Most students admitted to the MBA program satisfy Basic Mathematics and Basic Computer Skills prerequisites based on either previous academic work or job experience. Additional preparatory work may be required to help ensure that you succeed in the program. Our admissions staff will review of your academic record and GMAT scores and will be able to answer any questions you have about any additional requirements.

• Basic Mathematics
Requires mathematical proficiency at the level of college algebra and finite mathematics. Students requiring a course in this area may take BUS 500 Quantitative Business Analysis.

• Basic Computer Skills
Requires computer proficiency to include basic systems operation, word processing, Excel spreadsheet, PowerPoint, and Internet research.

Foundational Work -
Foundation courses are the skill and experience-broadening courses upon which the remaining curriculum is built. They include coursework in accounting, mathematics, legal issues for business and economics. One or more of these courses may be waived based on your previous academic experience. These courses should be taken as early as possible in the program.

  • BUS 501 Financial Accounting
  • BUS 503 Introductory Business Statistics
  • BUS 504 Legal Environments
  • BUS 505 Macro-Economics
  • BUS 506 Micro-Economics


Degree and Program Requirements

Our MBA coursework is separated into the three categories described below. Students must complete a total of 37 graduate credits to receive the degree.

1. Core courses (27 credits) -
The core courses address communications, management, ethics, finance, information and technology, marketing, organizational development, and advanced economics. These nine courses enable you to develop substantive background and abilities in the functional areas of business.

  • BUS 601 Executive Communications
  • BUS 602 Accounting for Managers
  • BUS 603 Organizational Development and Behavior
  • BUS 604 Operations Management
  • BUS 605 Statistics for Managers
  • BUS 606 Strategic Marketing
  • BUS 607 Corporate Finance
  • BUS 616 Business Ethics
  • BUS 618 Managing Information and Technology


2. Emphasis Courses (6 credits) -
The general MBA requires 6 elective credits. Students can choose two courses in the same perspective area to deepen their skills, or electives in multiple areas to tailor their learning to their particular interests and career goals.

               BUS 703 – Intermediate Accounting I (Pre-req BUS 602 or equivalent)
               BUS 705 – Intermediate Cost I (Pre-req BUS 602 or equivalent)

BUS 712 – Investments (Pre-req BUS 607)
               BUS 715 – Financial Planning (Pre-req BUS 607 or equivalent or instructor consent)

          Health Systems Leadership
BUS 785 – Health Policy and Law
               BUS 788 – Principles of Health Insurance

BUS 751 – Market Research  (Pre-req BUS 605 and BUS 606)
               BUS 755 – Consumer Behavior  (Pre-req BUS 606)

          Organizational Development
PSY 735 – Organizational Assessment
               PSY 732 – Individual and Team Interventions

BUS 761 – Quality Improvement Methods (Pre-req BUS 503)
              BUS 762 – Quality as a Business Strategy (Pre-req BUS 761)

BUS 792 – International Study Tour I  (Pre-req – two 600-level business courses)
              BUS 793 – International Study Tour II  (Pre-req – BUS 792)


3. Integrating Capstone (4 credits) -
The integrating capstone experience is a two-course sequence designed to help you integrate and demonstrate your learning at the conclusion of your degree. These courses will teach understanding of complex business issues and problem solving for issues that extend across core course areas with a comprehensive, meaningful, and practical project.

  • BUS 609A Strategic Management I
  • BUS 609B Strategic Management II


View a sample MBA degree completion schedule for a part-time, full-time, or online student.