Online MBA Curriculum

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. You’ll earn a Certificate in General Business Administration for completing at least five of the seven foundation courses offered as part of the 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: Each concentration is also offered as a nine-credit graduate certificate.


Flexible 100% online format

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No GMAT required for qualified applicants

Four concentrations and a general MBA option

Graduate in as few as
22-29 months


Real learning occurs through doing — applying your newfound skills and perspective. With the WSU Carson College of Business online MBA curriculum, by the time you graduate, you can expect to be able to:

Conduct business analysis and formulate an actionable business strategy that is grounded in theory and practice from multiple business disciplines.

Identify relevant data sources, use analytical tools and techniques, and conduct data-driven analyses to identify significant business problems, identify a solution, and justify action.

Apply leadership theory to analyze business situations and develop theory-based recommendations.

Identify and evaluate the ethical, global, and societal implications of doing business as an organization.


Foundation Courses:

ACCTG 550 Introduction to Financial and Managerial Accounting
BA 500 Data Analysis for Managers
BA 501 Foundations in Marketing
BA 502 Foundations in Operations Management
BA 503 Foundations in Business Law
BA 504 Foundations in Finance
ECONS 555 Managerial Economics for Decision Making

Core Courses: Strategic Planning and Leadership

BA 595 Applying Design Thinking to Career and Life
BA 599 Strategic Planning for Personal and Program Success
BA 600 Beyond the MBA: Applications of Principles, Theory and Practice
MGMT 590 Strategy Formulation and Organizational Design
MGMT 593 Managerial Leadership and Productivity

Core Courses: Functional Business Tools

ACCTG 533 Accounting, Performance Measurement and Controls
FIN 526 Financial Management
BA 514 Business Analytics: Transforming Data into Decisions
MIS 580 Information Systems Management
MKTG 506 Marketing Strategy
IBUS 600 Special Projects or Independent Study

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

Please note, curriculum is subject to change.

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