Students admitted to the MBA program may not need to take the MBA Essentials if they have previously completed the business prerequisite courses and meet the waiver requirements. Based on an evaluation of undergraduate transcripts, students may need to take some or all of the MBA Essentials.
ACG 2021 Principles of Financial Accounting
ACG 2071 Principles of Managerial Accounting
ECO 2013 Economic Principles-Macro-economics
ECO 2023 Economic Principles-Micro-economics
FIN 3403 Principles of Finance
Management Information Systems
ISM 3011 Information Systems in Organizations
ISM 3431 Operations Management
MAN 3025 Principles of Management
MAR 3023 Basic Marketing
QMB 3200 Business & Economic Statistics II
MBA Essentials are a series of eight modules that are online and self-paced designed to convey basic business concepts and terminology. These modules are equivalent to prerequisites in Economics, Accounting, Finance, Management Information Systems, Operations Management, Marketing, Management, and Statistics.
Each module can comfortably be completed in two weeks. After the Essentials, students who were not undergraduate business majors or those who completed their undergraduate degrees more than seven years ago will be ready to pursue their MBA courses.
Students may begin Essentials as soon as they are accepted into the MBA program. If they have four or fewer modules left to complete before their first semester in the program begins, they may begin for-credit MBA courses. The remaining modules must be completed during their first semester.
Alternatively, students may use the first semester to complete the Essentials and then enroll in for-credit MBA classes in the following semester.
Students’ access to the online learning materials expires one year after first access. Students will need to pay an additional fee for access if needed after one year.
A reduction of the MBA prerequisites may be possible. When an applicant is accepted into the program, the Associate Dean will review coursework completed, and the student will be informed of any waivers granted. The granting of waivers is usually based on transcript analysis. Undergraduate business majors may be eligible to waive some or all MBA prerequisites if their degrees were obtained from an AACSB-accredited institution within the last seven years with a grade of B or higher for each core business class that applies to the module. For modules comprised of two courses, both courses must meet waiver requirements in order to waive the module.
Students who have taken the necessary prerequisite but have a grade lower than a "B" or who have taken it over seven years ago may choose to take a waiver examination. If the waiver examination is passed, the module will be waived. The waiver examination may only be taken once for each subject.