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Core Course Requirements - Online MBA

The Online MBA includes live, interactive classes, self-guided modules, and three residencies completed on the Ann Arbor campus. The Online MBA program requires 57 credit hours including 39 credits of core requirements and 18 credits of electives. Students generally take three to four  years to complete the Online MBA Program and must meet the degree requirements in effect when they entered 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 online 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 the additional core degree requirements. Note that some elective classes can be taken earlier in the program, depending on course prerequisites.  MAP is a required course for Online MBA students.

The curriculum reflects an increased flexibility through modular scheduling.  Courses are seven weeks long.  Residencies last three to four days.  Core and elective degree requirements are summarized below. 

Core Curriculum

Core Requirements Credits Prerequisite
ACC 533: Financial Accounting 2.25  
ACC 534: Managerial Accounting 2.25 ACC 533
BE 533: Applied Microeconomics 2.25  
BL 533: Business Law and Ethics 2.25  
FIN 533: Financial Management & Policy 2.25 ACC 533 & TO 533
MKT 533: Marketing Management 2.25  
MO 533: Leading People & Organizations 2.25  
STRATEGY 533: Corporate Strategy 2.25 ACC 533
STRATEGY 534: Competing in Global Business 2.25  
TO 533: Applied Business Statistics 2.25  
TO 534: Introduction to Operations 2.25 TO 533
TO 535: Technology Management 2.25 TO 534
MAP Credits  
BA 533: MAP 3.00  
Residencies Credits  
BA 534: Leadership Residency 3.00  
BA 535: Innovation Residency 3.00  
BA 536: Transformation Residency 3.00  
Communication Competency Credits  
Communication Requirement -  
  • Because ACC 533 and TO 533 are prerequisites for other core classes, it is strongly recommended to take these early in the program to allow maximum flexibility in choosing courses.


  • All students will complete a minimum of 18 credit hours in elective coursework. Most OMBA electives are 2.25 credit hours, however on-campus courses may be 1.50, 2.25, or 3.00 credit hours.

  • Online students who have the flexibility to do so can register for in-person MBA elective classes with instructor permission. Availability may be limited, with priority given to in-residence MBA students.