Online MBA Curriculum

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The Carson College of Business Online MBA consists of 36 credits for those with a bachelor’s degree in business. If your degree is in another field, we offer up to 16 credit hours of foundational business coursework to ensure you have all the tools necessary to be successful in the program. Students with a non-business undergraduate degree who need five or more foundation courses may be eligible to earn a general business administration certificate on their way to earning an MBA.

Once you begin the MBA program, you’ll take seven 3-credit core courses, two 1-credit core courses, and three additional courses from your concentration or a pool of electives. You can opt for the general track or choose from four concentrations to focus your education on the subject matter that best fits your career objectives. The Online MBA experience concludes with a capstone course for an additional four credits. All coursework is entirely online and may be completed in as few as 22-29 months.

Note: The General Business Administration Certificate is comprised of seven courses. Students who have completed coursework equivalent to BA 500 and/or ECONS 555 may be eligible to have these courses waived under certain conditions.

Note: Each concentration is also offered as a nine-credit graduate certificate.


Flexible 100% online format

Flexible 100% online format

Graduation cap

No GMAT required for qualified applicants

No GMAT required for qualified applicants



Four concentrations and a general MBA option

Four concentrations and a general MBA option


Graduate in as few as 22-29 months

Graduate in as few as 22-29 months


Optional international field study


Real learning occurs through applying your newfound skills and perspective. By the time you graduate the Carson College of Business with your MBA, you will be prepared to:

Evaluate and create a business strategy inclusive of all business disciplines, grounded in best practices.

Use data and theory to analyze business problems and opportunities, identify solutions, and justify actions.

Implement organizational goals by building relationships and communicating persuasively.

Apply ethical decision-making frameworks that consider diverse stakeholders.

Apply a global perspective that takes into consideration cultural and international contexts.

Course Descriptions

Foundation Courses


Introduction to Financial and Managerial Accounting

3 Credits

BA 500

Data Analysis for Managers

2 Credits

BA 501

Foundations in Marketing

2 Credits

BA 502

Foundations in Operations Management

2 Credits

BA 503

Foundations in Business Law

2 Credits

BA 504

Foundations in Finance

2 Credits


Managerial Economics for Decision Making

3 Credits

Core Courses: Strategic Planning and Leadership

BA 595

Applying Design Thinking to Career and Life

3 Credits

BA 599

Strategic Planning for Personal and Program Success

1 Credit

BA 600

Beyond the MBA: Applications of Principles, Theory and Practice

1 Credit

MGMT 590

Strategy Formulation and Organizational Design

3 Credits

MGMT 593

Managerial Leadership and Productivity

3 Credits

Core Courses: Functional Business Tools


Accounting, Performance Measurement and Controls

3 Credits

FIN 526

Financial Management

3 Credits

BA 514

Business Analytics: Transforming Data into Decisions

3 Credits

MIS 580

Information Systems Management

3 Credits

MKTG 506

Marketing Strategy

3 Credits

IBUS 600

Special Projects or Independent Study

1 Credit

Concentration Courses

Concentration courses will vary in subject matter and credit hours. Use the links below to learn more about each concentration and the courses available.

International Business
Hospitality Business Management

Capstone Project and Final Presentation

The Capstone (Business Planning) course begins in the third semester of your program and directly prepares you for your final program deliverable—a full business plan. Your business plan will demonstrate your ability to synthesize the information from all your MBA classes and identify how you will use this information to become a more successful manager, business owner, or business executive.

BA 579

MBA Capstone

4 Credits


Please note, curriculum is subject to change.


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