Master of Business Administration

MBA Program Curriculum


 Washburn MBA curriculum will enhance your skill in the areas of  communication, quantitative analysis, computer technology and teamwork along with accounting, economics, finance, information systems, management, marketing, legal and ethical issues and production and operations in the context of domestic and global environments of business.

If you don’t have a business degree or related coursework you will

  • Take at most  57 semester hours (19 courses). Of those, 27 semester hours are required foundational courses and 30 semester hours are upper-level required and elective courses.
  • Demonstrate basic competence in business use of spreadsheet software, either through coursework or self-study.
  • Pass college algebra (MA 116 at Washburn). It is a prerequisite for admission to the MBA program.

If you have a bachelor’s degree in a business field

  • Your degree will be recognized as proof of competency in quantitative methods and the core areas of business.
  • You will be required to take 30 semester hours of upper-level required and elective MBA coursework.

All students

If you’re planning to take classes before applying to the MBA program, work with an MBA advisor to make sure those courses will satisfy requirements. An advisor works with all students to determine what foundational course work will be necessary.

Foundation-level Courses (all required)

BU 250 Management Information Systems
BU 922 Quantitative Methods I
BU 923 Quantitative Methods II
AC 924 Accounting Concepts
EC 925 Economics Environment
BU 926 Survey of Finance
BU 927 Marketing Concepts
BU 928 Production and Operations Systems
BU 929 Human Behaviors in Organizations

Required Upper-level Courses

EC 952 Managerial Economics
AC 954 Management Accounting Analysis
BU 955 Financial Strategies
BU 956 Strategic Information Systems
BU 957 Strategic Marketing Management
BU 958 Managerial Skills and Professional Experience
BU 959 Strategic Analysis
Elective in Global Business (BU 974 or BU 977) 

Upper-level Elective Courses (choose two)

BU 971 Legal and Ethical Issues
BU 974 International Business
BU 977 International Financial Strategy
BU 979 Investments
BU 983 Venture Creation
BU 984 Mergers, Acquisitions, and Ethics
BU 985 Business Intelligence Systems
BU996 Research Project in Business
AC 997 Research Project in Accounting
BU 998 Special Topics in Business 
AC 999 Special Topics in Accounting