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A Rigorous, Relevant Curriculum

Program Design & Course Schedule

  • 64 credit degree program: 12 core courses, 2 Flex core courses, 2 electives
  • Students may complete in as few as 7 quarters
  • Non-credit degree requirement: pre-enrollment online quantitative skills workshop

Class meets one night per week, plus two Saturdays during the quarter.
*Those following a non-traditional schedule or those entering the program in winter quarter (MBA Gold Cohort) may follow a different schedule that necessitates meeting on multiple nights for some quarters.

The quarterly schedule for a typical MBA student will be:

  • Tuesday night, Class 1 6:15-7:45 PM & Class 2 8:00-9:30 PM
  • Plus two full Saturdays each quarter, Class 1 9:00am-12:20, Class 2 1:00-4:20pm
  • Each class will have required online content between each class session.
  • *September classes require 2-4 full weekdays and Saturdays. Summer classes meet weekday evenings and Saturdays.

The curriculum develops graduates who will:AACSB accreditation logo

  • 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
  • Students have flexible elective options to customize their course of study or they may choose our Healthcare concentration
Year One Autumn Quarter Start-PURPLE COHORT

SEPTEMBER*

AUTUMN QUARTER

WINTER QUARTER

SPRING QUARTER

SUMMER QUARTER***

Business Communication
T MGMT 516 (4 credits)

 

**MBAmath.com must be complete prior to registration for September/Autumn courses

Quantitative Methods in Business
T BUS 500 (4 credits)

Microeconomics for Managers
T BUS 520 (4 credits)

 

Financial Reporting and Analysis
T BUS 503 (4 credits)

Marketing Management
T BUS 504 (4 credits)
 

Financial Theory
T BUS 501 (4 credits)

Individual and Team Dynamics
T BUS 507 (4 credits)
 

Electives
(take 8 credits)

Each summer we will offer at least 8 credits of elective choices in both Term A and Term B.

Year Two Autumn Quarter Start

SEPTEMBER*

AUTUMN QUARTER

WINTER QUARTER

SPRING QUARTER

SUMMER QUARTER

Negotiations FLEX CORE COURSE****
T MGMT 557 (4 credits)

 

Managerial Accounting for Decision Making and Control
T ACCT 513 (4 credits)

Organization Change FLEX CORE COURSE***
T BUS 570 (4 credits)


 

Operations Management 
T BUS 530 (4 credits)

Strategic Management
T BUS 506 (4 credits)
 

Integrated Systems
T BUS 508 (4 credits)

Business Ethics and Social Responsibility
T MGMT 512 (4 credits)
 

Final quarter if 8 credits of elective were complete during summer quarter

 (0-8 credits depending on the number of elective credits earned during first summer and/or Flex Core options)

 

  • Students register for the September course as part of their autumn quarter registration. 
  • Once you are admitted and confirm your intent to enroll in the MBA, then the MBA program will email you an account for MBAmath.com
  • The MBA Program is a 64 credit program. Students must take between 8 to 16 credits of electives to fulfil program requirements. Students are required to take 8 credits of electives from MBA Program Elective offerings—MBA Summer Elective Offerings, Independent Study (please see our independent study policy), Internships (please see our Internship policy), or MSB MBA Study Abroad Programs. The program also has two flex core courses (Negotiations and Organization Change). Students may take one or both of these flex core courses, or substitute flex core course(s) with additional MBA electives, MBA study abroad programs, graduate courses offered outside MSB in other graduate programs within the UW (please seek approval from the MBA program and permission from the program where you seek to take the course also needs to be obtained). Students are also permitted to take one upper division (400 level) undergraduate business elective from the MSB undergraduate business program in lieu of a flex core course.
  • Students utlilzing the flex core option may take up to 8 credits of electives outside the Milgard MBA program. This includes Global Study Tours through the Foster School of Business at UW Seattle; MBA courses from UW Bothell; courses from other graduate programs at UWT; or other graduate level courses in a student’s field of interest with MBA program approval.

Program Design for Winter Quarter Admits

The winter quarter application deadline is November 15th. Classes start in early-January.

Year One Winter Quarter Start-GOLD COHORT

WINTER QUARTER

SPRING QUARTER

SUMMER QUARTER

SEPTEMBER**

AUTUMN QUARTER

*MBAmath.com must be complete prior to registration for Winter quarter

Financial Reporting and Analysis
T BUS 503 (4 credits)

Marketing Management
T BUS 504 (4 credits)

Individual and Team Dynamics
T BUS 507 (4 credits)

Business Ethics and Social Responsibility
T MGMT 512 (4 credits)
 

Electives
(take 8 credits)

Each summer we will offer at least 8 credits of elective choices in both Term A and Term B.***

Business Communication
T MGMT 516 (4 credits)



 

Quantitative Methods in Business
T BUS 500 (4 credits)

Microeconomics for Managers
T BUS 520 (4 credits)

Year Two Winter Quarter Admits

WINTER QUARTER

SPRING QUARTER

SUMMER QUARTER

SEPTEMBER**

AUTUMN QUARTER

Operations Management
T BUS 530 (4 credits)

Strategic Management
T BUS 506 (4 credits)

Integrated Systems
T BUS 508 (4 credits)
Financial Theory
T BUS 501 (4 credits)

 (0-8 credits depending on the number of elective credits earned during first summer and/or Flex Core options) Electives
 

 

Negotiations FLEX CORE COURSE****
T MGMT 557 (4 credits)


 

Managerial Accounting for Decision Making and Control
T ACCT 513 (4 credits)

Organization Change FLEX CORE COURSE****
T BUS 570 (4 credits) 

 

 


  • Once you are admitted and confirm your intent to enroll in the MBA, then the MBA program will email you an account for MBAmath.com
  • Student register for the September course as part of their autumn quarter registration.
  • The MBA Program is a 64 credit program. Students must take between 8 to 16 credits of electives to fulfil program requirements. Students are required to take 8 credits of electives from MBA Program Elective offerings—MBA Summer Elective Offerings, Independent Study (please see our independent study policy), Internships (please see our Internship policy), or MSB MBA Study Abroad Programs. The program also has two flex core courses (Negotiations and Organization Change). Students may take one or both of these flex core courses, or substitute flex core course(s) with additional MBA electives, MBA study abroad programs, graduate courses offered outside MSB in other graduate programs within the UW (please seek approval from the MBA program and permission from the program where you seek to take the course also needs to be obtained). Students are also permitted to take one upper division (400 level) undergraduate business elective from the MSB undergraduate business program in lieu of a flex core course.
  • Students utilizing the flex core option may take up to 8 credits of electives outside the Milgard MBA program. This includes Global Study Tours through the Foster School of Business at UW Seattle; MBA courses from UW Bothell; courses from other graduate programs at UWT; or other graduate level courses in a student’s field of interest with MBA program approval.
  • Classes meet primarily on weekday evenings, Monday through Thursday or occasionally on Saturday. September classes, meeting in a compressed format before Autumn quarter begins, require 2-4 full weekdays and Saturdays. Summer classes meet weekday evenings and Saturdays.

Healthcare Concentration

The core curriculum for the healthcare concentration and the flexible MBA are the same, but summer electives will vary.  Students pursuing the health care option will be required to take specific electives from the Milgard MBA. 

Examples of Health Care Concentration electives:

  • Healthcare Finance
  • Healthcare Economics
  • Healthcare Information Systems
  • Epidemiology
  • Healthcare Marketing
  • Health Policy

FAQ

How long do I have to complete my master's degree?

The Graduate School allows master degree-seeking students a maximum of 6 years to complete their degree.  Most of the MBA students follow our standard degree plan and complete in 8 quarters.  Click here for the degree plan for autumn quarter admits or click here for the degree plan for winter quarter admits.

How often will I attend class?

Beginning Autumn quarter 2017 the MBA program is going to shift our course delivery model. A typical MBA student will enroll in two courses per quarter. These classes will meet on Tuesday nights, class 1 6:15-7:45 PM and class 2 8:00-9:30 PM, plus there will be two required Saturday class sessions, class 1 meeting 9:00am-12:20pm and class 2 meeting 1:00-4:20 pm. Each class will have online content between class sessions.
Compressed September courses will continue to require 2-4 full days in class and summer quarter electives will meet on weeknights and Saturdays.

Are there any online courses?

The Milgard MBA does not offer any 100% online courses. Each course utilizes online tools to some extent. With the course delivery shift beginning in autumn 2017, faculty will be increasing online content in each course. The courses in the Milgard MBA are delivered primarily face to face in an engaging and interactive classroom environment.

I work for the State of Washington. May I use my tuition exemption for the Milgard School of Business MBA Program?

Eligible University and State of Washington employees may enroll for and receive a tuition exemption for up to six credits each quarter, provided they enroll on a space-available basis. Click here for additional details. Click here to access the necessary forms.
The Milgard School of Business MBA Program is a growing program and likely will not be able to offer tuition exemption opportunities as classes may fill with tuition-paying MBAs.

I am a U.S. Military Veteran with Post-9/11 G.I. Bill® funding available. Will this cover MBA tuition?

The Milgard School of Business and UW Tacoma honor the service of our men and women in uniform. We appreciate the valuable experience armed forces members bring into the MBA learning environment. Most of the cost, and in some cases, all of the cost may be met with Post-9/11 GI Bill® funding.  Please contact the Office of Veteran and Military Services to discuss details related to your benefits and eligibility.

My work often requires that I be out of town for extended periods. May I take a quarter off when needed?

A requirement of the UW Graduate School is that all matriculated graduate students must maintain continuous enrollment (excluding summers) in order to maintain their graduate student status.  If you need to take a quarter(s) off consult with the MBA advisor about the On Leave process.

Your MBA Advisor will work closely with you to develop a personal plan that extends beyond two years if you need extra time to complete the MBA degree. It is important to carefully consider the class sequencing when taking a quarter or more off using the On-Leave status.

What is the pre-enrollment math requirement?
All MBA students are required to complete an online quantitative prep and review course MBAmath.com. This course is used by MBA programs all over the United States to help students get acquainted or reacquainted with the most common math concepts students see during their program-statistics, economics, accounting, and finance.  Once a student is admitted to the MBA program and confirms their intent to enroll, then the MBA program will email them MBAmath.com account information.

Where may I learn more about MBA tuition?

Click here to be connected to the UW Tacoma tuition table.  MBA students lock in their tuition for the 2 years of the program, which is why you will see rates for "Incoming Resident" and "Continuing Resident."

I completed the Milgard School of Business Essentials of Management Program (EMP). Does completion of this program exempt me from any MBA coursework?

Anyone admitted to the MBA program autumn quarter 2017 or later will not be able to use EMP towards elective credit in the MBA, you will need to earn 64 credits to complete the degree.


Enabling business professionals to adapt to the evolving realities of the global marketplace, the Milgard School’s MBA curriculum provides a solid foundation, rooted in business fundamentals identified by regional business leaders.

Our program is the most affordable MBA in the UW system and it can be completed in only 7 quarters, with classes meeting one night a week and on two Saturdays per quarter.
    *Milgard's MBA September classes and summer classes may meet on a different schedule. Those following a non-traditional schedule or those entering the program in winter quarter (MBA Gold Cohort) may follow a different schedule that necessitates meeting on multiple nights for some quarters.


GI Bill® is a registered trademark of the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA). More information about education benefits offered by VA is available at the official U.S. government website at https://www.benefits.va.gov/gibill.