2013–2014 Master of Business Administration (MBA)

Program Goals | Program Requirements | Foundational Literacy | Course Descriptions

Dean: Jin Wang
Graduate Faculty Chair: Michael Keene
Graduate Business Programs Coordinator: Baptiste Prevot
Graduate Business Programs Assistant Coordinator: Diana Dani
Graduate Faculty:  Shannon Bellamy, Gaylen Bunker, Richard Collins, Michael Keene, Melissa Koerner, Aric Krause, Michael Mamo, Ron Mano, Ken Meland, Alysse Morton, Linda Muir, Rob Patterson, Jerry Van Os, 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.

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 grade of B to be eligible for credit.

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

Foundational Literacy Requirement

Students entering the graduate Master of Business Administration (MBA) and Master of Business Administration in Technology Management (MBATM) programs are required to demonstrate foundational literacy in the following disciplines:  (1) accounting, (2) business finance, (3) macroeconomics, (4) microeconomics, and (5) quantitative analysis and business statistics. Each admitted graduate student will be required to complete each module and achieve a minimum score for each topic (i.e. 75%). If the student fails to achieve a minimum score in a topic, the student is then directed to complete the online module associated with that topic. Students will have two opportunities to complete a post-test, after reviewing the topical areas missed in a particular module.  Students will be required to meet or exceed the minimum score requirement before they will be allowed to take the associated core class or project sequence. Students will have until the end of their first semester to complete all literacy modules. Students will have access to the course materials for up to one year so that they can use the material throughout their graduate program for future reference material. Modules are delivered online via a hyperlink on the Canvas course management system. 

For course prerequisites please refer to the course description.

Program Requirements

Requirement Description
Credit Hours Prerequisites
I. Foundational Literacy Requirement 0  
MBA      501     Economics Foundational Literacy (0)—offered fall, spring, and summer    
MBA      502     Accounting Foundational Literacy (0)—offered fall, spring, and summer    
MBA      506     Quantitative Methods Foundational Literacy (0)—offered fall, spring, and summer    
MBA      508     Finance Foundational Literacy (0—offered fall, spring, and summer )    
See Program Requirements for information about foundational literacy courses.    
II. Module I Courses 8  
MBA      600C   The Language of Strategy (2)—offered fall, spring, and summer    
MBA      605C   Executive Development (2)—offered fall, spring, and summer     MBA 600C
MBA      610C   Data Analysis for Decision Making (2)—offered fall, spring, and summer     
MBA      615C      The Ethical Leader (2)—offered fall, spring, and summer         
III. Module II Courses 16  
MBA      620C   Understanding Market Dynamics (2)—offered fall, spring, and summer       
MBA      625C   Financial Reporting and Control (2)—offered fall, spring, and summer    MBA 502, 508, 610C
MBA      630C   Financial Design and Analysis (2)—offered fall, spring, and summer      MBA 625C
MBA      635C   Executive Financial Decision Making (2)—offered fall, spring, and summer   MBA 625C
MBA      640C   Managing Processes (2)—offered fall, spring, and summer   MBA 506, 610C
MBA      645C   Value Creation and Delivery (2)—offered fall, spring, and summer    
MBA      650C   Leading Dynamic Organizations (2)—offered fall, spring, and summer     MBA 605C
MBA      655C   Global Environment of the Firm (2)—offered fall, spring, and summer   MBA 620C, 635C, 645C
IV. Module III Courses 3  
MBA      699C   International Context Trip* (1)—offered fall and spring   MBA 655C
MBA      670C   Achieving Competitive Advantage Through Applied Strategy** (2)    
*The international trip is required and can be taken after the student has completed at least 25 credit hours. See program coordinator 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)