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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
For a graphical layout of requirements, see the MBA Program Flowchart
|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|
|Ethics and Organizations||3 credits|
|Concepts for Ethical Business Practice||1.5 credits|
|Corporate Social Responsibility||1.5 credits|
|Strategic Management Introduction - MBA 6110||3 credits|
|Enterprise Risk Management - MBA 6200||1.5 credits|
|Strategic Management Capstone - MBA 6997||1.5 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|
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, International Business and Marketing.
- Specializations consist of 12 credits in a designated area of study as indicated below.
- 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.
Course descriptions can be found in the Graduate Bulletin.
For specifics on each of our specializations below, see our specialization list.
- International Business