Curriculum

The Fast and Flex programs both follow a 48-credit curriculum.

If students joined the program prior to August 2009, they are considered an Original Curriculum student and must follow the 56-credit curriculum.

Fast Track students must follow the course sequence designated in their course progression sheets. All Flex Track students must follow the below course sequence to complete the program. A sample of the course progression can be seen in the sample below. 

Course Sequence

MBA Fundamentals
MBA 8050 Online Primer must be completed in the student’s first semester.

MBA 8100 Leadership Challenge I must be completed before functional core course MBA 8550 Team Leadership and Group Dynamics.

MBA 8200 Leadership Challenge II must be completed before taking elective courses.

Functional Core
Functional core courses must be completed before students register for electives OR students may take electives in the semester they are completing their functional core course if the elective course is not in the same subject area as the functional core course.

MBA 8150 Performance Management and Reporting; A Global Accounting Perspective and MBA 8350 Analyzing and Leveraging Data must be completed before MBA 8450 Corporate Finance.

VSB Pillars
VSB Pillars may be taken with functional core and elective courses, but must be completed before taking capstone courses.

Capstones
Capstone courses should be taken at the end of the program. MBA 8910 Non-Profit Practicum must be completed prior to MBA 8920 Global Practicum and MBA 8930 Global Strategic Management.

MBA 8930 Global Strategic Management must be completed prior to or taken concurrently with MBA 8920 Global Practicum.

Seminars
Current topics seminars can be completed at any time during the program. All students are required to attend four current topic seminars over the course of the MBA program. Seminars are offered 10 times per year. The seminars are held during designated Seminar Week, a time period set aside between Session A and Session B in the fall and spring semesters in which regularly scheduled classes do not meet. Four seminars are typically offered during the fFall and sSpring semesters and two are offered during the summer. In the summer, seminars are held on two selected days when classes do not meet. Similar to the fluid environment in which we all live, the topics and focus of these seminars change from one semester to the next, continually fostering new opportunities for students to gain exposure to an even wider array of important, current issues. 

Specializations 
While not a program requirement, students can choose to pursue a specialization, if interested. Specializations are not listed on your diploma but can be found on your final transcript. Specializations are awarded to students who take a minimum of 7.5 credits* within one of the below subject areas:

  • Finance 
  • Healthcare 
  • International Business 
  • Marketing 
  • Management Information Systems 
  • Real Estate 
  • Strategic Management 

*Original curriculum students are required to take 9 credits for a specialization or 12 for international business. 

Students are required to complete 15 credits of electives by taking 1.5-credit or 3-credit courses. Of these 15 credits, 6 must be earned in multidisciplinary electives, defined as those courses counting toward 2 or more specializations.

Independent Study

For students looking to expand their knowledge in an area not covered in a VSB elective, the opportunity exists to create and execute an independent study within this unique area of interest. For more information, please see Proposals for Independent Study.