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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

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.


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