MBA Program Outline

The MBA degree program is comprised of 37 graduate hours: the Core Courses (22 hours) and the Elective/Concentration Component (15 hours).

Each prospective student’s transcripts will be evaluated during the admissions process to determine if any Preparatory Courses will be required before they are permitted to take Core Courses.

Students may transfer up to six hours of course work from an AACSB-accredited institution or equivalent. Approval is required from the relevant academic department, the Director of the MBA program, and the Graduate School.

Preparatory Courses

These courses are not required for admission to the MBA Program. However, students must successfully complete courses in the Preparatory Courses before enrolling in 6000-level courses, except by permission of the MBA Director.

Students who have previously completed academic course work in these subject areas may be waived from taking one or more of the Preparatory Courses. Course waivers will be determined upon application to the MBA Program. Click here for a list of UNC Charlotte undergraduate course equivalencies.

Course Number Course Title Credit Hours
MBAD 5110 Foundations of Economics 3
MBAD 5131 Fundamentals of Financial Accounting and Financial Management 3
MBAD 5141 Business Statistics and Quantitative Analysis 3
MBAD 5121 Business Information Systems 3

Core Courses (22 hours)

Course Number Course Title Credit Hours
MBAD 6100 Leadership, Ethics and the Business Environment Seminar 1
MBAD 6112 The Economics of Business Decisions 3
MBAD 6131 Management Accounting 3
MBAD 6141 Operations Management 3
MBAD 6152 Financial Management 3
MBAD 6161 Human Behavior in Organizations 3
MBAD 6270 Marketing Management 3
MBAD 6194 Global Strategic Management 3

Concentration & Elective Courses (15 hours)

Students complete 15 credit hours of elective courses specified for a concentration or as free electives. Students may enroll in electives as soon as they have completed the prerequisites for each course. MBAD 6890 (Directed Individual Study) and MBAD 7090 (Special Topics in Business) may be included in a concentration with permission of the MBA Director and the related Department.

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.

Entrepreneurship and Corporate Venturing (Available Fall 2017)

Students complete twelve hours of restricted elective courses specified for a concentration plus an additional three hours as an unrestricted elective course.  Students may enroll in electives as soon as they complete the prerequisites for each course. MBAD 6890 - Directed Individual Study and MBAD 7090 - Special Topics in Business may be included in a concentration with permission of the MBA Program Director and the related department.

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.

Innovation and Growth Strategies

Innovation and Growth Strategies Concentration (a minimum of 12 credit hours). Students complete at least twelve hours of elective courses specified for a concentration. Students may enroll in electives as soon as they complete the prerequisite for each course. MBAD 6890 (Directed Individual Study) and MBAD 7090 (Special Topics in Business) may be included in the concentration with permission of the MBA Director and Department Chair.

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:
Marketing Analytics

Students complete at least twelve hours of elective courses specified for a concentration or as free electives. Students may enroll in electives as soon as they complete the prerequisite for each course. MBAD 6890 (Directed Individual Study) and MBAD 7090 (Special Topics in Business) may be included in a concentration with permission of the MBA Director or Department Chair.

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.