The new MBA curriculum on this page applies to students admitted for Fall 2021 and after.
See the previous curriculum for students admitted prior to Fall 2021

The Marquette MBA curriculum focuses on business literacy, strategic decision making and leadership. Our Jesuit tradition means all of this is rooted in an ethical and global perspective. We have streamlined the curriculum by integrating courses across the functional areas of business.

All MBA students will take classes in decision making, ethical perspectives, strategy and leadership. Students have 15 credits of electives to build on these areas or to further explore career related issues in depth by completing advanced core and elective courses in areas such as finance, marketing, information systems and more. While a specialization is not required, students have several areas of specialization from which they can choose.

The Graduate School of Management offers maximum flexibility for you to balance work, school and life in general. You choose the mode you want to learn in - we offer face to face classes, both asynchronous and synchronous online classes and a blended version of face to face and online; you choose your course load – go part time or full time or mix and match by term; take summer classes or take a break for half or all of the summer.

Quick facts about the new curriculum

Total credits      31.5 - 42 credits including 15 credits of electives.
Average time to completion 2 years
Delivery format      Classes are taught in a variety of delivery modes: face to face, online or hybrid/blended classes.  Offerings vary by term for maximum flexibility.

  • Curriculum Overview
  • Learning Outcomes
  • Specializations

For a graphical layout of requirements, see the MBA Program Flowchart

Flowchart preview

Business Essentials*
9 credits
Accounting - MBA 6040 1.5 credits
Economics - MBA 6050 1.5 credits
Finance - MBA 6060 1.5 credits
Information Systems - MBA 6070 1.5 credits
Marketing - MBA 6080 1.5 credits
Operations & Supply Chain Management - MBA 6090 1.5 credits
*Business essentials courses as well as the quantitative
analysis course could be waived based on appropriate
coursework within the last 10 years.  Courses waived
reduce the total credits required.
Decision Making Courses 4.5 credits
Quantitative Analysis - MBA 6010*  1.5 credits
Business Analytics - MBA 6100                           3 credits
Strategy 6 credits
Strategic Management Introduction - MBA 6110 3 credits
Enterprise Risk Management - MBA 6200 1.5 credits
Strategic Management Capstone - MBA 6997 1.5 credits
Leadership 4.5 credits
Leading People and Change - MBA 6140 1.5 credits
Leading Innovation and Creativity - MBA 6150 1.5 credits
Leadership Coaching and Development - MBA 6160 1.5 credits
Ethics and Organizations 3 credits
Concepts for Ethical Business Practice - MBA 6120 1.5 credits
Corporate Social Responsibility - MBA 6130 1.5 credits
Electives 15 credits       

Students fulfill their electives by completing advanced core and elective courses in particular functional areas. While a specialization is not required, students have a number of areas of specialization that they can choose.

Course descriptions are available in the Graduate Bulletin.

As one of many methods of assuring that the goals of our educational mission are successfully met, the college regularly and systematically engages in the assessment of a variety of competencies. As part of this assurance of learning, each program defines and collects data on learning outcomes; statements of the knowledge, skills and attitudes that we want our graduates to possess. We use them for continuous improvement and they are the criteria on which organizations such as AACSB evaluate our accreditation. The following is a list of the current Learning Outcomes in our MBA, EMBA and joint MBA programs.

Master of Business Administration (MBA) and Executive MBA (EMBA)

1. Perform the fundamental activities of business.
2. Communicate effectively in a business setting.
3. Navigate the global strategic issues facing a corporation.
4. Apply ethical reasoning to business situations.
5. Understand and apply business analytics in business decision making.

Specializations consist of 12 credits in a designated area of study.

  • The areas of Specialization are: Economics, Finance, Health Systems Leadership, International Business and Marketing.  Specializations in Finance and Health Systems Leadership are availabile within the MBA Online.  JD-MBA students may specialize in Sport Business.
  • A maximum of 3 credits may double count between two specializations.  The remaining 9 credits must be unique to each specialization.
  • All courses applied toward a specialization must be taken at Marquette University.
  • The grades for courses applied toward a specialization must be “B” or better.
  • GSM courses not listed here, do not apply toward a specialization, but may be taken as electives.
  • Students are not required to specialize.

Economics Specialization Courses
ECON 6560, Applied Econometrics
ECON 6561, Applied Time-Series Econometrics and Forecasting
3 skills courses
ECON 6114, R Programming
ECON 6116, SQL
ECON 6118, Python Programming
3 credits of graduate ECON elective chosen with the direction of the MSAE Program Director.

Finance Specialization Courses
Graduate-level courses with the FINA subject code are eligible.

Health Systems Leadership
The Health Systems Leadership specialization may be fulfilled by completing 12 credits from the course options below.
HEAL 6009, Health Care Systems: Managing Populations and Access
HEAL 6007, Ethics, Policy, and Health Care Advocacy
HEAL 6835, Health Care Informatics, Technology and Professional Issues
HEAL 6830, Quality Improvement Science in Health Care
HEAL 6837, Workforce Solutions: Culture, People and Processes

International Specialization Courses
6 credits from
MBA 6110, Strategic Management Introduction
INBU 5951/6951 OR GSM Travel Abroad Experience
6 credits from:
FINA 6140, International Financial Management
MARK 6140, Global Marketing Strategy
One Political Science graduate course may be substituted (as approved by the GSM).

Marketing Specialization Courses
Graduate-level courses with the MARK subject code are eligible.

Sport Business
Restricted to joint program MBA/JD Sports Law students
MBA 6110, Strategic Management Introduction
LAW 7106, Amateur Sports Law
LAW 7303, Professional Sports Law
LAW 7955, Workshop: Adv. Legal Research
And a sports law workshop, i.e. LAW 7842, LAW 7786, LAW 7821

Course descriptions can be found in the Graduate Bulletin.