The MBA program is a 32 credit-hour professional curriculum that requires 19 credits of core courses and 13 credits of electives. Depending on previous undergraduate coursework, students may be required to take an additional 15 credits of foundation courses. There is no thesis requirement for the MBA program; instead, students must complete an integrated project course that is part of the core course requirements.
Full-time students with a previous undergraduate degree in business can complete the accelerated program in one year. Part-time students can earn their degree in two to five years. For those who do not have an undergraduate degree in business, UM provides the required prerequisites in five online courses. Please visit our foundation courses link if you do not have an undergrad in business.
If you have completed an undergraduate degree in Business and a Program Coordinator has completed a transcript evaluation, you will be eligible to begin taking the core courses of the MBA program.
Students who complete our curriculum graduate with a general MBA, but are encouraged to specialize through electives such as sustainability or digital marketing. You also can earn a certificate in entertainment management or entrepreneurship along with your diploma.
MBA Assessment and Assurance of Learning Goals
As part of our assessment process and assurance-of-learning standards, the MBA Curriculum and Assessment Committee has adopted six learning goals for MBA students. MBA students will have an understanding of:
Integrated knowledge of business functions
Communication skills and teamwork ability
Ethical conduct, social responsibility and professional leadership
Analytical and innovative thinking in business problem solving
Knowledge and application of current trends in information technology
Ability to evaluate implications of operating in the global business environment
Required Core Courses (19 credits)
Autumn Semester Offerings
|ACTG 605||Administrative Controls||2||Wk. 1-10||Syllabi|
|BMGT 640||Organizational Behavior||2||Wk. 1-10||Syllabi|
|BMGT 650||Business Ethics||1||Wk. 11-15||Syllabi|
|BMGT 604||Competitive Strategy||1||Wk. 1-5||Syllabi|
|BMIS 674||Mgmt of Information Systems||2||Wk. 6-15||Syllabi|
|BFIN 681||Financial Management||2||Wk. 6-15||Syllabi|
Spring Semester Offerings
|BMKT 660||Marketing Management||2||Wk. 1-10||Syllabi|
|BMIS 650||Quantitative Analysis||2||Wk. 1-10||Syllabi|
|BMGT 685||International Business||2||Wk. 6-15||Syllabi|
|MBA 603||Integrated Project||1||Wk. 11-15||Syllabi|
|BMGT 665||Strategic Management||2||Wk. 1-10||Syllabi|
Elective Courses (13 credits required)
Offered fall, spring, and summer terms.
Masters of Business Administration students can choose from a wide selection of electives. Most elective courses are offered as one credit weekend classes in Missoula. In addition, we offer several daytime on-campus and flex delivery electives. Students can receive credit for independent study and internships that help them gain practical experience in their field of interest. Finally, students have the option of completing a study abroad and / or participate in an exchange program to enhance their global training. Also acceptable, per approval, are up to 6 credits of 400-level courses taken for graduate credit.