Online MBA Curriculum

The Carson College of Business online MBA consists of 36 credits for those with a bachelor’s degree in business. We offer up to 16 credit hours of foundational coursework, which you may need to take, to ensure you have all of the tools necessary to be successful in the program. During the program, you will take seven 3-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 — marketing, finance, international business, or hospitality business management — to focus your education on the subject matter that best fits your career objectives. The online MBA experience closes with three capstone courses for an additional six 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.


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 550Introduction to Financial and Managerial Accounting3 Credits
BA 500Data Analysis for Managers2 Credits
BA 501Foundations in Marketing2 Credits
BA 502Foundations in Operations Management2 Credits
BA 503Foundations of Business Law2 Credits
BA 504Foundations in Finance2 Credits
Econs 555Managerial Economics3 Credits

Core Courses: Strategic Planning and Leadership

BA 599Strategic Planning for Personal and Program Success1 Credit
BA 600Beyond the MBA: Applications of Principles, Theory and Practice1 Credit
Mgmt 590Strategy Formulation and Organizational Design 3 Credits
Mgmt 593Managerial Leadership and Productivity3 Credits

Core Courses: Functional Business Tools

Acctg 533Administrative Control3 Credits
Fin 526Financial Management3 Credits
Mis580Information Systems Analysis3 Credits
Mktg 506Marketing Management3 Credits
BA 514Business Analytics: Transforming Data into Decisions3 Credits

Concentration Courses

Concentration courses will vary in subject matter and credit hours.

Capstone Project and Final Presentation

The Capstone (Business Planning) courses begin in the third semester of your program. Capstone A and Capstone B directly prepare 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. Below is a summary of each portion of the Capstone.


BA 579Business Administration — Capstone A2 Credits
BA 579Business Administration — Capstone B2 Credits

Please note, curriculum is subject to change.

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