When is Business Foundations required?
New students WITHOUT an undergraduate degree in business are required to start the MBA program by taking a set of classes called Business Foundations. This coursework prepares students who are not familiar with basic business concepts to be successful in the core curriculum.
Classess in Business Foundations include:
- Math for Decision Making
- Business Law
The courses 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.
Business Foundations is offered in the summer and fall semesters. Healthcare students must take Business Foundations in the summer.
Is Business Foundations optional?
If you already have an undergraduate business degree, you are not required to take Business Foundations, so you start the MBA degree by taking the core courses. No time will be spent in the core courses on reviewing fundamental business concepts.
If you need a refresher on business concepts that were taught in your undergraduate business degree, you can AUDIT Business Foundations in order to facilitate a smooth transition into the core curriculum.
The fee for auditing a course is one-fourth of the current tuition rate of one semester hour. Tuition remission funds may not be used to cover classes that are being audited. Audited courses may not be repeated at a later date for credit, may not be changed in status after the registration period, and are not considered part of the course load.
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.