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Core Course Requirements - Evening MBA

The Evening MBA program consists of 60 credit hours in residence. Students generally take four years to complete the Evening MBA Program and must meet the degree requirements in effect when they enter the program. If course or curriculum changes take place after a student commences the program, every effort will be made to implement the changes in the student’s best interest, while still maintaining the most current program standards. The core coursework establishes a basic understanding of the functional responsibilities of an organization. After completing the core course requirements, students integrate the concepts learned and take electives in their area(s) of interest while completing additional core requirements 1. Note that some elective classes can be taken earlier in the program, depending on course prerequisites.

The curriculum reflects an increased flexibility through modular scheduling allowing both seven and fourteen week courses as well as courses offered in an intensive style. Core and elective degree requirements are summarized below. View Course Descriptions for details on each class.

Core Requirements with no Prerequisites* Core Requirements with Prerequisites*
ACC 501: Financial Accounting (3.0 cr)  2 ACC 551: Managerial Accounting (3.0 cr)
[ACC 501 prerequisite]
BE 501: Applied Microeconomics (3.0 cr) FIN 551: Financial Management and Policy (3.0 cr)
[ACC 501 and TO 501 prerequisite]
TO 601: Information Systems (3.0 cr) 3 TO 551: Introduction to Operations (3.0 cr) 3
[TO 501 prerequisite]
MBA Communication Requirement 4 STRATEGY 601: Corporate Strategy (3.0 cr)
[ACC 501 prerequisite]
Law/Ethics Requirement 6
[Required for students admitted in Fall 2005 and later]
MKT 501: Marketing Management (3.0 cr)  
MO 501: Human Behavior and Organization (3.0 cr)  
TO 501: Applied Business Statistics (3.0 cr) 2 3  
STRATEGY 503: World Economy (1.5 cr) 5
[Required for students admitted in Fall 2005 and later]


  1. All students will complete a minimum of 25.5 credit hours in elective coursework.  Elective courses may be 1.5, 2.25, or 3 credit hours.
  2. Because ACC 501 and TO 501 are prerequisites for other core classes, we strongly recommend taking these early in the program to allow maximum flexibility in choosing courses.
  3. Effective Winter 2013, BIT 551 has been renamed TO 601, OMS 501 has been renamed TO 501, and OMS 551 has been renamed TO 551. 
  4. Communication Requirement: Students must now complete ONE of the following two options:
    • Complete any one of the following classes: BCOM (LHC) 520, BCOM (LHC) 521, BCOM (LHC) 522, BCOM (LHC) 524, or BCOM (LHC) 560. Note that these classes, formerly in the LHC department, are now in the Business Communication (BCOM) department.
    • Pass the Communication Waiver Exam: Offered online prior to the beginning of the Fall term in July/August.  Students have multiple opportunities to take the communication waiver exam.  Students who have not successfully completed the waiver exam will need to fulfill the communication requirement with course work prior to graduation.
  5. World Economy (STRATEGY 503 – 1.5 crs) is required for any students admitted in Fall 2005 and later.
  6. The Law/Ethics requirement must be met by any students admitted in Fall 2005 and later. To fulfill this requirement, students must  complete one of the following courses during their student career:  BL (LHC/ES) 504, BL (LHC) 506, BL (LHC) 507, BL (LHC) 508, BL (LHC) 509, BL (LHC) 511, BL (LHC) 512, BL (LHC) 513, BL (LHC) 514, BL (LHC) 515, BL (LHC) 516, BL (LHC) 517, BL (LHC) 536, or BL (LHC) 582. Note that these classes, formerly in the LHC department, are now in the Business Law (BL) department.  (See the degree requirements checklist for details.)
  7. At least 50 of the 60 required credits must be made up of Business Administration coursework.