Curriculum

Professional Program

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.

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:

  1. Integrated knowledge of business functions

  2. Communication skills and teamwork ability

  3. Ethical conduct, social responsibility and professional leadership

  4. Analytical and innovative thinking in business problem solving

  5. Knowledge and application of current trends in information technology

  6. Ability to evaluate implications of operating in the global business environment

Required Core Courses (19 credits)

Autumn Semester Offerings

Course Name Credits Offered  Syllabi
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

Course Name Credits Offered Syllabi
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.