Romain College of Business


Master of Business Administration


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MBA Curriculum

The USI MBA curriculum is designed to provide the educational foundation crucial for success in today's dynamic business world. Courses are taught by doctorally qualified faculty who, through their scholarly work and consulting activities, are at the forefront of their disciplines.

A. Foundation Skills
All candidates for admission to the MBA program must demonstrate proficiency in computer skills. Proficiency may be established by successfully completing college level course work within five years of admission to the MBA program or by passing a proficiency exam provided through the MBA office.

B. Prerequisite Courses - up to 18 credit hours
Students whose undergraduate educational preparation does not include accounting, economics, finance, marketing, operations research or statistics need to take the appropriate prerequisite courses:

ACCT 501 Survey of Accounting
DSCI 351 Intro to Operations Research
ECON 265 Elementary Statistics
ECON 501 Survey of Economics
FIN 305 Business Finance
MKTG 305

Principles of Marketing

All prerequisite courses must be completed prior to taking the corresponding core class and/or more than twelve hours of the graduate core.  

C. Graduate Core - 30 credit hours
The USI MBA curriculum is designed to provide the educational foundation crucial for success in today's dynamic business world.  For most students with undergraduate business degrees our program consists of ten, three-hour courses.  Students with degrees in fields other than business may need to take up to 18 hours of prerequisite courses to prepare them for the rigors of the following core classes:

MNGT 611 Leadership Skills & Organizational Behavior
ACCT 601 Accounting for Decision Making & Control
BLAW 618 Legal and Social Environment of Business
CIS 601 Information Systems and Technology
DSCI 601 Quantitative Methods for Business Decisions
ECON 601 Business Economics and Forecasting
FIN 601 Financial Management and Financial Markets
MKTG 601 Marketing Strategies
MNGT 601 Human Resources Management
MNGT 681

Strategic and International Management

A successful progression of the MBA Program would consist of:

  • Beginning with MGNT 611 (Leadership Skills & Organizational Behavior) is measured as a cornerstone and should be taken as one of the first graduate-level courses.
  • Concluding with MNGT 681 (Strategic & International Management) is considered as the capstone of the MBA program and should be taken as one of the last graduate-level courses.

D.  Retention
No more than two grades below a "B" in graduate core courses will be accepted toward the MBA degree.  Upon receipt of the third grade below a "B" in any three graduate core courses, the student will be academically dismissed from the program.

A student who is academically dismissed may appeal to the College of Business Graduate Committee.