Master of Business Administration Curriculum

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The 4+1 MBA program requires 39 credits. (MBA programs offered by competitors, in contrast, range up to 43 credits.) Seniors are accepted into the program if they meet pre-requisites offered on campus or if they complete a 16-week preparatory course offered by Harvard Business School’s Credential of Readiness (CORe) curriculum.

Three HBX courses are intended to prepare non-business majors for an intense MBA program. Senior students accepted into the program will take three courses or 9 credits. Program pre-requisites include ECON 121, ACCT 207 or 210 and COSC/BSAD 205. 

Both program versions will feature a Leadership Academy wherein student Fellows work with local business Mentors to learn more about, and participate in, decision-making in specific business initiatives and operations, share what they’re learning and develop a career plan.

The 2-year, standalone program meets the needs, experiences and schedules of working adults. As noted above, the curricula in both versions focus on leadership development through coursework and the mentorship model.

Integrative coursework to lay the liberal arts foundation, as well as coursework to reinforce the leadership specialty, are presented below. You can also view full descriptions for each course

Integrative Core: “Holistic Hub”

  • ACCT 607 Managerial Decision Analysis 
  • BSAD 612 Managerial Marketing 
  • COSC 505 Advanced MIS 
  • COSC 515 Advanced Data Analytics 
  • ECON 610 Managing in a Global Economy 

15 credits

Leadership Specialization

  • LEAD 610 Ethical Leadership 
  • LEAD 620 Leadership and Human Capital Development
  • LEAD 630 Leadership and the Legal Environment
  • LEAD 640 Creating and Executing Strategy
  • COMM 655 Strategic Organizational Communication 
  • BSAD 635 Corporate Finance
  • BSAD 442/542 Project Management 
  • LEAD 601, 602 and 603 1-credit Seminars

24 credits

Total credits = 39