2009-2010 Master of Business Administration (MBA) Program

Program Requirements | Plan of Study | Course Descriptions

Dean: John Groesbeck
Graduate Faculty Chair: Michael Keene
Graduate Coordinator: Baptiste Prevot
Graduate Faculty: Shannon Bellamy, Gaylen Bunker, Michael Glauser, John Groesbeck, Michael Keene, Melissa Koerner, Aric Krause, Michael Mamo, Alysse Morton, Linda Muir, Rob Patterson, Frank Shaw, Jerry Van Os, Kirk Wessel, Vicki Whiting, Maria Wrotniak

The MBA program prepares students for executive decision making in dynamic business environments. The MBA program is designed with a high degree of flexibility so that graduate students can use electives to prepare themselves to meet their specific career goals and aspirations. Graduate students have an opportunity to broaden personal perspectives and sharpen management skills without interrupting their professional careers. Core requirements of the MBA program are not directed at specialization in one area of business; instead, they develop cross-functional frameworks that stress balance in using managerial skills to achieve effective leadership.

Program Goals

Graduate programs in the Bill and Vieve Gore School of Business prepare students for executive decision making in dynamic business environments. Students build skill in decision making through a combination of coursework, experiential requirements, and skill-building exercises and simulations. Innovative delivery of courses gives students expertise in the functional areas of business.

In addition to building expertise in the functional areas of business, students completing graduate programs in the Bill and Vieve Gore School of Business are required to demonstrate mastery in the following competency areas:

Program Requirements

The program requires 39 credit hours for completion. There are five program requirements: foundations, three modules, and an elective block. All core courses are delivered in a blended format, meaning that courses use a combination of classroom, online, project-based and experiential components. In the classroom, courses may use a combination of learning methods, such as: lecture, case study, or in-class projects.

Students who have not studied business at the undergraduate level, or who completed their undergraduate studies more than five years ago, may be required to complete foundational literacy exams or workshops. Upon meeting with MBA program advisors, the student's educational and professional backgrounds are reviewed to determine what foundational literacy exams may be required. Workshops and seminars may be offered to assist in student preparation. Upon completion of study, a literacy exam is offered. Passing the exam means the requirement is waived. Students who cannot pass the literacy exam after two attempts may be required to take a course in that specific area.

Module 1 contains courses that should be taken at the beginning of the MBA program; courses in this module introduce the model of the entire program. While taking module 1 courses, students and their advisors will work together to complete a program of study and to plan out elective courses and/or graduate certificates to meet the student's individual career goals.

Module 2 and elective courses may be taken as early as desired upon completion of prerequisites. Module 3 should only be taken upon completion of all core required courses as it serves as the capstone for the core program.

MBA/MBATM International Context Tour Policy. The MBA/MBATM International Context Tour is required for graduation and can be taken after the student has completed at least 25 credit hours. Trip participants are required to adhere to the policies and procedures outlined in the MBA/MBATM International Context Tour Handbook.

A maximum of 9 approved graduate hours may be transferred toward the MBA Program from other professionally accredited institutions (AACSB or ACBSP) upon the written permission of the program director. Courses eligible for transfer are only those that contribute to, or build upon, the program goals. Courses completed at other graduate institutions must be awarded a minimum of a B grade to be eligible for credit.

A grade of C is the lowest passing grade for all MBA and graduate certificate courses.

For course prerequisites please refer to the course description.

Requirement Description
Credit Hours
I. Foundational Literacy Requirements 0
. MBA 501 Economics Foundational Literacy (0)
MBA 502 Accounting Foundational Literacy (0)
MBA 506 Quantitative Methods Foundational Literacy (0)
MBA 508 Finance Foundational Literacy (0)

Students without sufficient academic preparation in one or more of these foundation literacy subject areas will be required to complete 500-level short courses and pass a literacy test in the needed subject areas. Students will be notified at the time of admission which of the literacy short courses will be required of them, based upon the review of their transcripts. All of these short courses are typically completed during the first semester of study in addition to selected regular MBA classes. Students must complete a qualifying exam before being allowed to take courses requiring these skills.
II. Module I Courses 8
. MBA 600C The Language of Strategy
MBA 605C Executive Development
MBA 610C Data Analysis for Decision Making
MBA 615C The Ethical Leader
III. Module II Courses 16
. MBA 620C Understanding Market Dynamics
MBA 625C Financial Reporting and Control
MBA 630C Financial Design and Analysis
MBA 635C Executive Financial Decision Making
MBA 640C Managing Processes
MBA 645C Value Creation and Delivery
MBA 650C Leading in Dynamic Organizations
MBA 655C Global Environment of the Firm
IV. Module III Courses 3
. MBA 699C International Context Trip*
MBA 670C Achieving Competitive Advantage Through Applied Strategy**

*The international trip is required and can be taken after the student has completed at least 25 credit hours. See program director for details.
**All courses in modules I and II must be completed before taking this course.
V. Elective Courses 12
. Elective courses are chosen with the student's advisor to meet individual career goals. Students wishing to complete a graduate certificate may use electives to complete the requirements for the graduate certificate.  

Recommended Plan of Study for MBA

  Fall Semester Spring Semester Summer Semester
Year 1
MBA 600C
MBA 605C
MBA 610C
MBA 615C
MBA 620C
MBA 625C
MBA 630C
MBA 645C
MBA 635C
Elective (2 credits)
Year 2 MBA 640C
Elective (2 credits)
Elective (2 credits)
MBA 650C
MBA 655C
Elective (2 credits)
Elective (2 credits)
MBA 699C (1 credit)

MBA 670C
Elective (2 credits)