Interdisciplinary MBA Concentration Overview – For Students in Academic Disciplines Other than Business

The Interdisciplinary concentration, intended for students with specific interdisciplinary career interests, offers a way for students in other disciplines to obtain their MBA. Students already pursuing a Master’s degree can apply for admission and transfer up to nine (9) credits from their current program into the MBA Interdisciplinary concentration. Students select graduate courses from the CBA and other graduate programs or School of Law classes. For example, students in the JD/MBA joint degree program can transfer any nine law credits to satisfy their Interdisciplinary Concentration requirements, or a student in the Master’s of Science in Chemical Engineering program could transfer up to 9 engineering credits into the MBA. Courses may even be from another university.

This self-designed concentration must be planned and approved by the CBA Director of Graduate Programs before beginning the Interdisciplinary Concentration by submitting the Interdisciplinary Concentration Approval Petition. Grades of “B” or better are required for transferred courses.

MBA Requirements

It's important to become familiar with all the requirements to complete your MBA. Contact a Graduate Adviser with your questions.

Interdisciplinary Program Requirements

You can customize the concentration to meet your needs by selecting any nine (9) graduate credits to use toward the concentration, as long as the classes are approved by the Director of Graduate Programs.

Your course selection within this concentration also may satisfy the MBA Action Learning Course (0-3 credits) requirement of the MBA Requirements. Contact a Graduate Adviser for more information.

Additional MBA Requirements

MBA Gateway Courses (0-12 credits)

  • 6200:601 Financial Accounting (3 credits)
  • 6400:602 Managerial Finance (3 credits)
  • 6400:655 Government and Business (3 credits)
  • 3250:600 Foundations of Economic Analysis (3 credits)
  • 6700:695 Gateway Internship* (3 credits)

(*Required for students with no work experience; taken for credit but not applied toward graduation requirements.)

Gateway courses may be waived based on recent comparable coursework or waiver exams.

MBA Proficiencies

Students must show proficiency in the following areas critical to success in the MBA:

  • Microsoft Excel/Spreadsheets
  • Writing
  • Quantitative Skills/Statistics

There are many ways to show proficiency, including testing.

MBA Professional Courses* (6 credits)

  • 6700:696 Leading and influencing (required in year 1, first semester) (1 credit)
  • 6700:696 Professional Integrity and Social Responsibility (1 credit)
  • 6700:696 Negotiation (1 credit)
  • 6500:601 Business Analytics and Information Strategy (3 credits)

MBA Core Courses* (18 credits)

  • 6200:610 Process Analysis and Cost Management (3 credits)
  • 6400:674 Strategic Financial Decision Making (3 credits)
  • 6500:670 Management of Supply Chain and Operations (3 credits)
  • 6500:652 Managing People in Organizations (3 credits)
  • 6600:620 Strategic Marketing (3 credits)
  • 6800:605 International Business Environments (3 credits)

*All core and Professional courses require Excel, writing and statistics proficiency prior to enrollment.

MBA Action Learning Course (0-3 credits)

The Action learning course CAN be satisfied within the concentration. Review the full list of approved Action Learning courses.

Integrative Course

  • 6500:695 Organizational Strategy (3 credits)

(Restricted to students graduating within two semesters.)

Students currently admitted to this program may have different course requirements than those listed here. Refer to your official Program Checklist and DARS in My Akron for your program requirements.