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MBA Program Requirements

Effective Fall 2011

Overview of MBA Program Structure

Read the rest of this page to understand more about each type of course and the requirements.

Gateway courses 12
MBA Program Credits
Professional Courses 6
Core Courses 18
Action Learning 0-3
Integrative 3
Concentration 9-12
Required Credits 36-42
With Gateway 48-51

Gateway Courses

MBA Gateway courses provide fundamental business knowledge for students who do not have an undergraduate degree in business. Some students with undergraduate business coursework may be required to take Gateway courses if the courses taken are not comparable; classes were taken more than six years ago; or grades in the courses were below a B.

  • 6200:601 Financial Accounting
  • 6400:602 Managerial Finance
  • 6400:655 Government and Business
  • 3250:600 Foundations of Economic Analysis

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

CBA Graduate Programs advisers can provide you a transcript assessment before you submit the application, so that you can determine what your program will look like. This assessment will involve a review of transcripts or grade reports for all previous universities attended to determine which, if any, of these courses you need to take. Contact an adviser at to arrange a transcript assessment. We also offer waiver exams so that you have the opportunity to prove your knowledge of a particular subject. If you pass the exam the course will be waived, reducing your program requirements. If there is doubt with regard to academic equivalence, we will require the waiver exam.

MBA Proficiencies

A requirement of all MBA Core and Professional courses is that students are proficient in Excel, Writing, and Quantitative/Statistical skills. Upon admission to the MBA program, students will provide evidence of these skills. If students are not yet proficient, recommendations for acquiring the proficiencies will be provided.

During the application process, potential students will be advised of required proficiencies. You will be provided with information on how to demonstrate the proficiencies and suggestions for acquiring the skills prior to, or during, the application process before enrolling in MBA Core and Professional courses.

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

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

Core Courses*

MBA core courses build on the Gateway coursework to provide students with broad exposure to the interrelated functional disciplines of business. These advanced courses in accounting, finance, marketing, operations, managing and international business also prepares students for coursework in their specific concentration.

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

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

Professional Courses

Professional courses expand the student's understanding of essential business skills such as leading, influencing, and negotiating. In addition, focusing on professional integrity and social responsibility help build strong, moral leaders for the future. Analytical skills essential for business performance are also a key component of professional life.

MBA Professional Courses

  • 6700:689 Leading and Influencing (required in Year 1, first semester)
  • 6700:691 Professional Integrity
  • 6700:693 Negotiations in the Workplace
  • 6500:601 Business Analytics and Information Strategy

Action Learning

The action learning component of the MBA exposes students to real-world application of the classroom material through internships, case analysis and projects focused on the local business community. Action Learning Class List.

MBA Action Learning Course


Concentrations consist of 9 to 12 credits in different areas of specialization which permit students to expand their skills beyond the broad understanding of business management provided by the Core and Professional components of the MBA. The concentrations in the MBA program are developed around market needs and faculty expertise. They permit you to seek out further study in one of a number of selected areas. The nature of each concentration differs. For example, a concentration in Management has no required courses and three elective courses which you may select to meet your needs from a menu of over 40 courses in management. This concentration provides you with maximum flexibility in designing your program to fit your needs. Other concentrations are more restrictive and may require a number of specific courses which the faculty have designed to provide you with the background you need to be competitive in today’s market.

MBA Concentration Courses

Integrative Course

The integrative course allows you to use the skills developed in the core to analyze and solve complex business problems and recommend solutions.  The integrative course involves teamwork, presentation building and report writing skills. All are skills which are developed throughout the MBA program.  The integrative course may be taken in the last two semesters of enrollment.  All Gateway and core courses should be completed prior to enrolling in this course.

MBA Integrative Course

  • 6500:695 Organizational Strategy
    (restricted to students graduating within two semesters)