Who takes Business Foundations Courses?
Students who do not have an undergraduate degree in business from an AACSB-accredited institution start Baylor's MBA program by taking a specific set of classes called Business Foundations. Topics in Business Foundations include:
- financial analysis and accounting information
- macroeconomic concepts
- statistical data analysis
- mathematical models
Students take Business Foundations in their first semester, earning 12 hours of academic credit. Classes in Business Foundations include Accounting, Math for Decision Making, Macroeconomics, Finance and Business Law. This coursework prepares students who are not familiar with the business concepts described above to be successful in the core curriculum.
Business Foundations is offered in the summer and fall semesters, so you can choose to enter Baylor's MBA program in either June or August. Healthcare students must take Business Foundations in the summer.
If you already have an undergraduate business degree from an AACSB-accredited institution, you are not required to take Business Foundations. Start your MBA degree by taking the core courses in either the fall or spring semesters. Healthcare students must start in the fall.
No time will be spent in the core courses on reviewing fundamental business concepts. Some MBA candidates with a business degree from an AACSB-accredited school choose to take Business Foundations in order to facilitate a smooth transition into the core curriculum.
Why take Business Foundations Courses?
Impact of Business Foundations on the Degree Plan
Students who take Business Foundations will complete the standard MBA degree in 21 months, which is a traditional two-year, full-time MBA program. Healthcare students complete their degree in 24 months, because of the extended residency requirement. Joint degree students will spend three semesters in the Business School, one semester in Business Foundations courses and two semesters in the MBA core courses.
The two courses, BUS 5601 and BUS 5602, are taken pass/fail and do not count toward the student's grade point average, which is based on the 53 (60 for healthcare specialization) credits in the MBA curriculum. Successful completion of the Business Foundation courses confers 12 graduate credit hours on your transcript.