Master of Business Administration

Our goal is to provide current and future managers with the knowledge necessary to succeed in an increasingly dynamic and complex environment. MBA students develop a strong mix of leadership, technological, financial, analytical, relational and communication skills. We offer a high-quality program that is immediately relevant to practicing managers.The curriculum develops graduates who can:

  • Develop and articulate the organization's strategic direction
  • Manage people, information, and processes to accomplish organizational goals and objectives
  • Understand organizations as complex, interdependent systems operating in an ever-changing and uncertain environment
  • Demonstrate an understanding of the social, political, economic, ethical, and environmental context of the organization
  • Analyze and diagnose complex organizational problems, design effective solutions, and implement change

Curriculum

The Milgard School of Business MBA program is designed to be completed in two academic years including summer quarter classes, or may be extended to three or more years. In the average quarter, an MBA student will enroll in two courses (8 credits) of study.

The Master of Business Administration (MBA) degree at the Milgard School of Business is a 64-credit graduate degree designed to provide experienced professionals and managers with new tools for responding to the challenges of change. The program encourages managers to develop the integrated base of knowledge and skills needed to lead organizations facing an increasing pace of change. The Milgard School of Business MBA is a comprehensive degree that builds capabilities across the full range of business disciplines.

The degree program consists of 16 four-credit classes, including 12 required courses, 2 Flex core and 2 electives. Classes are offered weekday evenings, Monday through Thursday or on Saturday. September classes require 2-3 full weekdays and Saturdays. Summer classes meet weekday evenings and Saturdays.

Many classes incorporate on-line components. The MBA class schedule is published in advance to current students to allow personal planning. The degree can be completed in two years while working full-time and attending classes year-round on a part-time basis, but may be extended to three or more years.

The 64 quarter-credit MBA degree consists of:

The core curriculum addresses key areas of business knowledge via the core courses, which focus on finance, accounting, marketing, operations, ethics, human behavior, and business strategy. Perspectives on international business are integrated across these courses, which culminate in a capstone course that offers a comprehensive systems perspective on organizations. These courses also emphasize quantitative and qualitative tools for predicting, planning and managing change.

Beyond the core courses, students are required to complete 8-16 elective credits. The choice of electives will depend on the students' career and educational goals. Students can create a profile of elective courses that allows them to gain additional business knowledge. 

Classes incorporate Internet components to take advantage of technology. The use of technological advances provides opportunities for faculty and students to utilize time and resources effectively. Course designs will integrate both conceptual learning and skill building, with emphasis on oral and written communication, analysis, and interpersonal skills. The objective is immediate relevance to practicing managers.