New to business education?
If you do not have an undergraduate degree in business, you start Baylor's MBA program by taking a specific set of courses called the Integrated Management Seminar (IMS). The seminar covers the following topics:
- financial analysis and accounting information
- macroeconomic concepts
- statistical data analysis
- mathematical models
Students take IMS in their first semester, earning 12 hours of academic credit. Subjects in IMS 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.
IMS 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 IMS in the summer.
Already Have a Business Degree?
You are not required to take IMS. Start your MBA degree by taking the core curriculum 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 business foundational concepts. Some MBA candidates with business undergraduate degrees choose to take IMS in order to facilitate a smooth transition into the core curriculum.
Impact of IMS on the Degree Plan
MBA students who take IMS will complete the MBA degree in 21 months, which is a traditional two-year, full-time MBA program. Healthcare students complete their degree in 24 months, while joint degree students finish in 12 months.
If you do not take IMS, your program is one semester shorter - 16 months for the traditional MBA program, or 21 months for the healthcare or 10 months for joint degree programs.