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Connect with the Graduate Programs Coordinator to start a conversation about your interest in the MBA program.



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Elizabeth advises students in the following programs:

Master's Degree Programs         

  • Master of Business Administration (MBA)
  • MBA in Agribusiness
  • Master of Science in Business Analytics (MSBA)*

Graduate Certificate Programs

  • Business Analytics
  • Digital Marketing and Innovation
  • Leadership and Managerial Skills
  • Organizational Change Management

*co-advisor with MSBA program director

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MBA Curriculum

The MBA program requires 30 total credits for degree completion. 

  • Of that total, 16 credits are satisfied with the eight required 2-credit core courses (MBA 701-708).
  • MBA students are afforded a great deal of flexibility in fulfilling the remaining 14 elective credits.
    • Students can choose from the list of MBA-prefixed elective courses listed below, or can choose to supplement with non-MBA courses.
    • These may be other College of Business graduate-level courses, or even approved courses from other colleges across the University.
  • All courses with an MBA prefix are worth two (2) credits and are delivered in 8-week (half-semester) sessions during the fall or spring semester.
  • Most MBA-prefixed courses are held one evening per week from 6:00-9:30 p.m. in Barry Hall; a select few may be delivered in an online/asynchronous format.


Required Core Courses (16 credits)

MBA 701Strategic Cost Management2Fall I (Aug-Oct)Wed6:00-9:30 p.m. CSTIn-person (synchronous remote options available for distance students)
MBA 702Advanced Financial Management2Spring I (Jan-Mar)Wed6:00-9:30 p.m. CSTIn-person (synchronous remote options available for distance students)
MBA 703Advanced Organizational Behavior2Fall I (Aug-Oct)Tue6:00-9:30 p.m. CSTIn-person (synchronous remote options available for distance students)
MBA 704Supply Chain and Operations Management2Spring I (Jan-Mar)Tue6:00-9:30 p.m. CSTIn-person (synchronous remote options available for distance students)
MBA 705Strategic Marketing Management2Fall II (Oct-Dec)Wed6:00-9:30 p.m. CSTIn-person (synchronous remote options available for distance students)
MBA 706Managing Information Resources2Fall II (Oct-Dec)Tue6:00-9:30 p.m. CSTIn-person (synchronous remote options available for distance students)
MBA 707Microeconomics for Managers2Spring II (Mar-May)Wed6:00-9:30 p.m. CSTIn-person (synchronous remote options available for distance students)
MBA 708Advanced Strategic Management2Spring II (Mar-May)Tue6:00-9:30 p.m. CSTIn-person (synchronous remote options available for distance students)


Elective Course Options (14 Credits)

  • Students may choose from a variety of courses to satisfy the 14 required elective credits.
  • MBA-prefixed elective courses are available from within three specific concentration areas, each of which may also be earned as its own stand-alone graduate certificate:
    • Business Analytics (MBA 751-753; 722)
    • Digital Marketing and Innovation (MBA 721-724)
    • Leadership and Managerial Skills (MBA 731-736)
  • Students may choose to complete all four courses within a particular concentration or take a variety of courses from across concentrations.
  • Additionally, students may typically use any other graduate-level course that is available from within the College of Business toward elective credit requirements.
  • A limited number of approved courses from outside the College of Businses may be used, as well.


MBA-Prefixed Elective Courses

Note: Course information listed below is subject to change. Courses may be offered on a rotating schedule.

MBA 721Creating and Marketing Innovations2Fall I (Aug-Oct)Thu6:00-9:30 p.m. CST

Remote Synchronous

MBA 722Marketing Analytics and Customer Intelligence2Spring II (Mar-May)N/AN/A

Online Asynchronous

MBA 723Digital Marketing2Fall II (Oct-Dec)N/AN/A

Online Asynchronous

MBA 724Integrated Marketing Communications2Spring I (Jan-Mar)N/AN/A

Online Asynchronous

MBA 731Leading and Managing Teams2Spring II (Mar-May)Thu6:00-9:30 p.m. CST

Remote Synchronous

MBA 732Managerial Leadership: Essential Competencies2Fall II (Oct-Dec)Thu6:00-9:30 p.m. CST

Remote Synchronous

MBA 733Management Decision Making2Fall I (Aug-Oct)Thu6:00-9:30 p.m. CST

Remote Synchronous

MBA 734Negotiations2Spring I (Jan-Mar)Thu6:00-9:30 p.m. CST

Remote Synchronous

MBA 736Managing Conflict in Organizations2Spring II (Mar-May)Thu6:00-9:30 p.m. CSTRemote Synchronous
MBA 751Business Analytics Concepts2Fall I (Aug-Oct)Mon6:00-9:30 p.m. CSTIn-person (synchronous remote options available for distance students)
MBA 752Business Analytics Strategy2Spring I (Jan-Mar)Mon6:00-9:30 p.m. CSTIn-person (synchronous remote options available for distance students)
MBA 753Business Analytics Methods2Fall II (Oct-Dec)Mon6:00-9:30 p.m. CSTIn-person (synchronous remote options available for distance students)



Additional Elective Course Options

In general, any graduate-level course that is offered from within the College of Business can be considered as an MBA elective, as long as the student has not taken the equivalent 400-level undergraduate course. These may include graduate courses (600-level or higher) with any of the following prefixes (in addition to the MBA-prefixed elective courses):

  • ACCT (Accounting)
  • BUSN (Business Administration)
  • FIN (Finance)
  • MGMT (Management)
  • MIS (Management Information Systems
  • MRKT (Marketing)
  • SCM (Supply Chain Management)
  • TL (Transportation and Logistics)


A variety of courses from other Colleges across the University have been used as electives, as well, including—but not limited to—the following academic areas:

  • Agribusiness and Applied Economics (AGEC)
  • Communication (COMM)
  • Community Development (CED)
  • Computer Science (CSCI)
  • Construction Management and Engineering (CM&E)
  • Economics (ECON)
  • Health, Nutrition and Exercise Sciences (HNES)
  • Human & Community Education (H&CE)
  • Human Development & Family Science (HDFS)
  • Industrial and Manufacturing Engineering (IME)
  • Pharmacy Practice (PHRM)
  • Public Health (PH)
  • Psychology (PSYC)
  • Statistics (STAT)

*Please note that students may need a course permit and/or permission from the department or course instructor in order to register for courses outside of their home program. Permission is not guaranteed. All courses must be approved for degree audit by the MBA advisor and director, and by the Graduate School, in order to be eligible to count toward MBA degree requirements.



Prerequisite Requirements

Because the MBA degree is structured to serve students from various undergraduate disciplines, a set of foundation course requirements is needed to ensure adequate background preparation. Students should have proficiency in each of the following foundation course areas prior to enrolling in its subsequent MBA core course:

    • Accounting
    • Economics
    • Finance
    • Management
    • Marketing
    • Statistics   
                                                                          Proficiency will be determined based upon academic and professional experience, contingent upon review of the applicant's transcript(s) and resume. If it is determined that the applicant is deficient in one or more course areas, they will be given the option to take an approved undergraduate course in that subject (Option 1) or to complete an online, self-paced instructional module (Option 2). Foundation course completion is not required for admission, but rather should occur before the student enrolls in the subsequent MBA course.


    OPTION 1

    Most Common for Current Undergraduate Students 

    ACCT 200 or 102MBA 701 Strategic Cost Management
    ECON105 or 201 + 202        MBA 707 Microeconomics for Managers
    FIN320MBA 702 Advanced Financial Management
    MGMT320MBA 703 Advanced Organizational Behavior
    MRKT320MBA 705 Strategic Marketing Management
    STAT330MBA 704 Supply Chain Management

    Contact for more information.

    OPTION 2

    Most Common for Bachelor's Degree Holders/Current Working Professionals

    Students wishing to complete an online, self-paced instructional module in order to meet proficiency requirements for one or more of the foundation course areas will be provided with a link to register for the module online. Each module has a fee around $125-150. No course credit is provided for completing these modules.

    Admission Requirements

    Applications are reviewed on a case-by-case basis using a rolling admission format. The review process is holistic and takes into account all applicable factors, such as past/current CGPA, professional experience, GMAT/GRE score, statement of purpose, letters of recommendation, etc.

    An application file must be completed with all required official documents before it can be reviewed for admission. Admission decisions will not be made based upon incomplete application files and/or unofficial documentation.

    In order for an application file to be considered complete, the following items must be received by the Graduate School:

    1. Online Application
    2. Statement of Purpose + Resume
    3. Three (3) Letters of Recommendation
    4. $35 Application Fee
    5. Official Transcripts (from all institutions previously attended)
    6. Official GMAT or GRE score*
    7. Proof of English Proficiency**



    Application Instructions



    * Official GMAT or GRE Score

    Applicants who wish to be considered for a GMAT/GRE exam waiver must make this request with the MBA admission committee.

    GMAT/GRE exam waivers are never guaranteed, but rather are considered on a case-by-case basis. Decisions are made at the sole discretion of the MBA admission committee.

    Examples of criteria that might qualify an individual for consideration of an exam waiver include the following:

    • Applicant has a cumulative post-secondary GPA of 3.5 or higher from accredited or otherwise recognized institutions of higher education
    • Applicant has successfully completed two or more post-secondary degrees (bachelor's level or higher)
    • Applicant has already earned a terminal degree (e.g. PhD, EdD, MD, JD, PharmD, PsyD, DPT, etc.)
    • Applicant has substantial post-baccalaureate professional work experience (typically a minimum of five years) and demonstrated leadership ability




    ** Proof of English Proficiency

    May be met in one or more of three ways:

    • Raised in a country in which English is the only official language
    • Earned a bachelor's degree or higher from a recognized institution within a country in which English is the only official language; or
    • Official English language test score—TOEFL ibt 71 or higher, IELTS academic 6.0 or higher; PTE academic 50 or higher; or Duolingo 100 or higher.




    2023-2024 MBA Tuition & Fee Costs



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    Various resources may be available to help cover program costs.

    Common examples include:

    Employer SupportScholarshipsGraduate AssistantshipsFederal Financial Aid (FAFSA)

    Many companies offer tuition reimbursement or other forms of financial assistance for their employees.

    Check with your supervisor or HR department top find out what educational benefits you may be eligible to use toward your degree.

    This is the most common way that MBA students help cover program costs.

    A very limited number of scholarships may be available to graduate students.

    Applications are open from November 1st to March 1st each year for students to apply for awards that would disburse during the following academic year.

    Graduate assistantship positions are exceptionally limited and awarded on a competitive, case-by-case basis (if available).

    No funding is offered at the time of admission. Current and incoming/admitted MBA students may be notified if a position becomes available and provided with application information at that time.

    Students with a graduate assistantship postition will receive a one- or two-semester contract to provide research and/or teaching assistance for 10, 15, or 20 hours per week in exchange for a waiver of the graduate base tuition rate and a modest stipend.

    Domestic and permanent resident students may be eligible to receive federal financial aid and/or need-based scholarships by completing the FAFSA


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