Course Planning

General Information for all MBA students

Refer to the Program Sheet enclosed with your admission letter to determine what courses are required for you. If 5000-level preparatory courses are required, these need to be taken first. If you have one or two preparatory courses remaining, the Graduate Business Program Office may grant permission for you to take a 6000-level class along with the preparatory courses as long as you have fulfilled all of the prerequisites for the 6000-level class.

After completion of at least nine hours of core classes, you should begin to take electives along with the remainder of your required core classes. Please pay close attention to the prerequisites for the elective courses so that you can structure your course schedule accordingly. Refer to the course descriptions for each course’s prerequisite requirements.

NOTE: A concentration is not required to earn an MBA degree. You may take five electives and earn a general MBA.

During registration, some classes will fill up early. Generally closed class permits are issued only in the student’s last semester when the class is required for graduation, there are no other available options, and overbooking will cause no space or academic hardship on students. If your schedule is not flexible, register early!

Progression and Scheduling Suggestions for Concentrations

The following guidelines should help you in planning your schedule as you complete your concentrations in the MBA program. Due to the flexibility of the program, please understand that at times you will have to adjust your plans according to what classes may be available. Core courses will be offered in fall and spring semesters. Elective courses will rotate throughout the year. Please note that course offerings and schedules are subject to change.  For complete information on MBA concentrations, visit link to concentrations page.

Concentrations

Applied Investment Management

The normal progression includes completing MBAD 5131 (if required), MBAD 6131, MBAD 6152 and then the Applied Investment Management coursework. MBAD 5158 is only offered in the Fall and MBAD 5159 is only offered in the Spring. There is limited capacity in this class and there’s typically a waiting list to get into the course. It is recommended that you apply the Fall term prior to the Fall term you wish to participate in this class. MBAD 5158 and MBAD 5159 are sequenced classes and MBAD 5158 must be completed first. MBAD 6153 is a required course and is offered in the Fall and Summer. There are typically two additional electives offered in both Fall and Spring.

Business Analytics
Business Finance

The normal progression is MBAD 5131 (if required), MBAD 6152, and then the finance electives. The required course for the Business Finance concentration, MBAD 6157, is typically offered in the Fall and Summer. At least two finance electives typically are offered each Fall and Spring. There is usually at least one elective in each Summer term.

Energy

The two required courses include EMGT 5961 and MBAD 6962. EMGT 5961 is usually offered in the Fall and Spring while MBAD 6962 is only offered in the Spring. There are additional electives students can choose from offered in Fall and Spring.

Financial Institutions/Commercial Banking

The normal progression is MBAD 5131 (if required), MBAD 6152, and then the finance electives. The required course for the Financial Institutions concentration, MBAD 6156, is typically offered in the Spring. At least two finance electives typically are offered each Fall and Spring. There is usually at least one elective in each Summer term.

Global Business

The normal progression includes completing MBAD 6152 and MBAD 6270 as soon as possible as they are prerequisites for required course MBAD 6197. MBAD 6197 is typically offered in the Spring and there are additional concentration electives offered in the Spring and Summer. Students must also enroll in at least one course (3 credit hours) involving MBA approved international study or travel.

Required courses:

Information and Technology Management

Students should take MBAD 5121 early in your program as it is a prerequisite for all of the elective courses. The required courses are MBAD 6201 and MBAD 6202, and the additional concentration electives can be MBAD 6204, MBAD 6122 or MBAD 6207. MBAD 6201 is typically offered in the Fall, whereas MBAD 6122 and MBAD 6207 are usually offered in the Spring.

Management

The core class MBAD 6161 is offered in Fall and Spring and may be offered in Summer. Please note whether the electives you want to take have prerequisites or not. There are normally at least two electives offered in both Fall and Spring, and there is usually at least one elective offered in Summer.

Choose four of the required courses:

Marketing

MBAD 6270 is a prerequisite for all marketing electives. It is offered in Fall and Spring and sometimes in Summer. After completing MBAD 6270, plan to take electives as they become available. There are typically at least two marketing electives offered in Fall and Spring.

Choose four of the required courses:

Quantitative Methods for Business

The ECON classes are scheduled by the Economics Department. Remember you must get approval from the Department of Economics prior to enrolling in the Economics concentration or before registering for ECON 6000 level courses.

Real Estate Finance and Development

Take MBAD 6152 early in your program so that you will be prepared for the Real Estate electives as they are offered. The required courses for the Real Estate Finance concentration are MBAD 6158 and MBAD 6159, with a choice of a third elective to be chosen from MBAD 6160, MBAD 6258, or MBAD 6259. Typically schedules include MBAD 6158, MBAD 6159, and MBAD 6258 being offered in the Fall and MBAD 6160 and MBAD 6259 being offered in the Spring.

Student Structured

If you are planning to do a self-structured concentration, you will need to obtain approval from the MBA office in advance. You should submit your proposal of courses in writing to the MBA Office before you begin taking concentration courses.

If you plan to take classes that involve classes from other Master’s programs on campus, you must obtain permission from the MBA director first. Then you will need to contact the other program office for an authorization to register.

Students may propose a 12-semester hour concentration in a significant area of interest for approval by the Director of the MBA program. This concentration may include graduate courses from other programs within the University with approval of the related department.

Supply Chain Management

The core class MBAD 6141 is a prerequisite for all Supply Chain Management electives. The electives will usually be scheduled as follows: MBAD 6208 offered in the Fall, with MBAD 6122 available in the Spring.