Online MBA Curriculum

The global business landscape is changing rapidly, and an MBA will help you stay ahead of the curve. At VSB, we are committed to providing a learning experience that equips students with the skills to innovate, adapt, and lead in a world that is in constant flux. That’s why we redesigned our MBA curriculum based on direct feedback from alumni, current students, corporate leaders, and subject-matter experts. This collaboration resulted in a selection of classes that emphasize a practical, real-world education and promote work across disciplines. So whether you’re considering studying online, at our Center City location, or Villanova's main campus, rest assured that you will receive a world-class business degree taught by our internationally-recognized faculty.

Online MBA Course Map

Students in the Online Track can begin their course of study in the Fall, Spring, or Summer semesters. Below is a list of the 21 courses in the Online Track. Students follow a prescribed matriculation path and take one or two courses per seven or eight week term. 

Fundamentals: 3 Credit Hours
MBA Primer 1.5 credits
Leadership Challenge 1.5 credits
Functional Core: 15 Credit Hours
Analyzing and Leveraging Data 3 credits
Business Operations in the 21st Century 1.5 credits
Corporate Finance 3 credits
Performance Measurement and Reporting Fundamentals 3 credits
Strategic Marketing Management 3 credits
Team Leadership and Group Dynamics 1.5 credits
VSB Pillars: 6 Credit Hours
Ethical Business Practices 1.5 credits
Global Political Economy 1.5 credits
Information Technology as Strategic Lever 1.5 credits
Management for Innovation and Creativity 1.5 credits
Capstones: 9 Credit Hours
Social Enterprise Consulting Practicum 3 credits
Global Practicum 3 credits
Global Strategic Management 3 credits
Electives: 15 Credit Hours

The online track includes a suite of eleven electives – inclusive of nine 3-credit and two 1.5-credit classes from which students can choose.

While not a program requirement, if interested, students can choose to pursue a specialization. Specializations are awarded to students who take a minimum of 7.5 credits within one of the below subject areas:

  • Finance
  • Marketing
  • Analytics
  • Strategic Management

Credits from electives counting toward two or more specializations can be applied toward both specializations.

For those students who choose not to specialize, a general business MBA will be awarded upon successfulcompletion of the program requirements


The Online Track includes two residency experiences. All Students are required to attend the campus-based Leadership Challenge three-day residency within the first or second semester of the program. Focusing on essential team-building skills, this class provides an environment for students to engage in group work and begin to develop a learning community with their classmates

The second, optional residency is an international immersion offered to interested students as part of the final capstone, the Global Practicum. In this course, students incorporate all knowledge gained in the MBA program to explore possible solutions to current market issues that are challenging global organizations or conduct extensive research on various industries. The associated seven-day immersion experience will allow students to directly interact with classmates and faculty while exploring the business and cultural aspects of another country. Those who are not able to travel will complete a domestic equivalent of this course.