MBA Core Courses

The MBA program is 43 credit hours that includes 31 hours of core designed to prepare professionals for decision-making in the functional areas of management and 12 hours of concentration coursework to gain an in-depth understanding and expertise of a particular specialized industry, discipline or field.

***Note:  If you have a BBA with a concentration, you may be able to substitute a core course.  Read more about Course Substitutions...

The list of core courses, below, applies to students admitted for the Fall 2019 semester and later.

  • MGMT 600* - Perspectives on Management and Careers (Enrollment in first semester recommended)
  • MGMT 501 - Data Driven Decision Making
  • MGMT 502 - Financial Accounting & Analysis
  • MGMT 504 - Managerial Economics
  • MGMT 506 - Managing People in Organizations
  • MGMT 508 – Business and Society
  • MGMT 511 – Technology, Commercialization, & Global Environment
  • MGMT 520 – Operations Design and Decision Making
  • MGMT 522 – Managerial Marketing
  • MGMT 526 – Financial Decision Making (Prerequisites: MGMT 501 and 502)
  • MGMT 598 – The Strategic Management Process (Prerequisites:  MGMT 504, 506, 520, 522, 600; Pre-/Co-requisite:  MGMT 508, 511)
  • MGMT 601 – MBA Knowledge Exam

Please refer to your concentration’s checklist for specifics on hours and courses.

Students admitted prior to Fall 2019 can request a list of core courses from their Academic Advisor.

Core Substitution

A student may substitute a maximum of 6 hours of MBA core, not including MGMT 598 if the student meets the following criteria:

  • A BBA from an AACSB accredited school or a Bachelor of Economics,
  • Completed within the past 5 years,
  • And a concentration / major in the area covered by the core class.

Students may substitute any other non-core MBA course to fulfill the minimum hour requirements.

Graduates of the following BBA concentrations will be able to substitute the corresponding courses:

ConcentrationCore Course
AccountingMGMT 502
FinanceMGMT 526
General ManagementNone
Human ResourcesNone
Interdisciplinary Film and Digital MediaNone
International Management + in Latin AmericaNone
Management Information SystemsNone
MarketingMGMT 522
Operations ManagementMGMT 520
Organizational LeadershipMGMT 506

Graduates of a Bachelor of Economics will substitute the corresponding course: MGMT 504.