MBA/MA Curriculum

The MBA/Master of Arts in Political Science program is a combined program between the Graduate School of Management and the Graduate School. Efficiencies are built into the program to maximize the student’s time and energy while providing thorough coverage in each area. The Graduate School of Management will accept a maximum of 9 approved political science or international affairs credits toward MBA elective requirements. The Graduate School will accept a maximum of 9 MBA credits toward the MA degree. Students work with both programs to meet degree requirements. A maximum of 18 credits is double counted between the two degrees which saves the student about a year of coursework and tuition.

Students seeking admission to the joint program must apply separately to both the Graduate School of Management and the Graduate School. Students will be assigned an advisor in each program, and it is recommended that the student meet with each advisor prior to registration each semester.

Information about the MBA program is listed below. Political science and international affair requirements can be found at for political science and for international affairs.

In the MBA program, we have four categories of courses: foundation, core, elective core, and elective requirements as well as a capstone course. The areas are outlined below:

MBA/MA Curriculum


  • Economics Foundations -- 2 credits
  • Accounting Foundations -- 2 credits
  • Mathematics Foundations -- 2 credits
  • Statistics Foundations -- 2 credits
  • Information Technology Foundations -- 2 credits

**NOTE: Students may be exempted from each Foundation course with the appropriate academic background (i.e., Two appropriate courses in the area for Economics, Accounting and Math; One appropriate course in Statistics and IT; Undergraduate courses must be taken at an accredited institution, within the last 10 years with a grade of C or better.)

Waiver Exam Option for Foundation Courses



Nine of these credit hours will be transferred to the Graduate School.

  • Managerial Economics -- 3 credits
  • Operations & Supply Chain Management -- 3 credits
  • Managerial Accounting -- 3 credits
  • Organizational Behavior -- 3 credits
  • Financial Management -- 3 credits
  • Marketing Management -- 3 credits

Recommended sequencing of the Quantitative courses is:
Managerial Economics, Managerial Accounting then Financial Management

**NOTE: Students may be exempted and/or waived from Core courses in fields in which they hold an undergraduate major only, within the last 10 years. If the waiver or exemption is requested and approved, an elective core or elective requirement.



  • Quantitative Methods -- 3 credits
  • Information Technology -- 3 credits
  • Social, Ethical, Political Environment -- 3 credits

*See below for options within the elective core distribution set.



  • Business Strategy -- 3 Credits



Nine credits of free electives and one credit of "skills" courses are required. Skills courses range from topics such as teams and group performance, conflict management, and presentation skills to SAS, SPSS and GIS courses. Students can take up to 4 credits of skills courses.

MBA/MA students will transfer 9 credits from the political science/ international affairs required core to fulfill the 9 elective credit requirements for the MBA program. A 1-credit skills class is required to be completed in the MBA program.

Approved List of Elective Core Courses

Quantitative Methods (3 credits required) Choose one:

ECON 6560
Applied Econometrics
FINA 6160
Financial Derivatives
FINA 6165
Fixed Income Markets and Securities
MARK 6160
Marketing Research
BUAD 6160
Business Analytics Using Spreadsheets

MANA 6000 and MANA 6001 or equivalent are required prior to registration for all quantitative methods courses.


Information Technology/e-Business (3 credits required) Choose one:

ACCO 5050/6050
Accounting Information Systems
HURE 5050/6050
Human Resources Information Systems
INTE 6150-69xx
(IT electives within the Graduate School of Management)
MARK 6150
e-Marketing Strategy
MARK 6151
Direct Marketing Management
OSCM 6150
e-Business and Supply Chain Management
LAW 7157
Current Issues in Intellectual Property and Technology Law (Computer Law)*
LAW 7236
Internet Law*
MSCS 6340
Component Architecture
MSCS 6350
Distributed Computing
MSCS 6360
Enterprise Architecture
MSCS 6370
Information Representation

*Law classes may have specific prerequisites that must be met. You will also need approval from the Law School prior to registration for Law courses.


Social, Ethical, Political Environment (3 credits required) Choose one:

ACCO 6570
Auditing: Ethical, Legal, Professional, and Reporting Responsibilities
FINA 6170
Investment Management, Ethics and Society
HURE 6170
Ethical Issues, Regulatory, Environment and Human Resource Management
MANA 6170
Global Environment of Business
MARK 6170
Marketing Ethics & Social Responsibility

MBA/MA students may double count a maximum of 18 credits. The Graduate School of Management accepts a maximum of 9 credits from the political science/international affair required core to satisfy its elective requirements, and the Graduate School accepts a maximum of 9 credits from the MBA required core to satisfy its elective requirements. Students must earn a B or better to transfer the courses into the other program.

Tuition and Fees:

Tuition is paid on a per credit basis at the University’s graduate credit rate.