Creating Your Plan of Study
The Professional MBA Program advising staff welcomes your questions and encourages you to consult with an advisor at any time during your studies to discuss a personalized plan of study.
However, we know there are times when meeting with an advisor just isn't possible. To get you started, we have compiled a list of resources online for you to utilize at your convenience.
To develop a plan of study, there are five major components to consider:
- Degree Requirements
You must complete 15 courses—9 core and 6 electives—for a total of 45 credit hours to meet the Professional MBA Program requirements.
- Previous Studies
Transfer Credits and Waivers—You may be able to obtain course waivers if you have recently completed academic work in some subjects.
- Course Offerings
Be aware of course prerequisites (we expect that you will follow those listed) and be aware of the sequence of courses. For example, Corporate Financial Reporting is a prerequisite for Managerial Finance, and Managerial Finance is the prerequisite for all finance electives. Alert an advisor if you have a particular area of interest, so that we may suggest the most efficient path.
Balance quantitative work with less quantitative courses each semester. For example, Data and Decisions works well with Marketing Management or Management in Organizations. Similar courses serve as a complement to Corporate Financial Reporting.
Professional MBA Course Flow Chart—This chart illustrates the progression of courses in the order which courses should be taken to satisfy prerequisites.
Find out when the required core courses are offered in your area, then use the Plan of Study to help in considering the sequence to follow in completing core courses and the time frame to complete the program.
The Professional MBA Program provides students with the opportunity to select electives to fit their professional goals and objectives. Professional MBA students are not required to have a concentration.
Option to Focus—Some Professional MBA students select their electives in one particular area to develop a "concentration." Concentrations are not declared, nor are they listed on diplomas or transcripts. Twelve hours (not including the core course) from one department constitutes an informal concentration. Concentrations may be reflected on your resume.
Option to Diversify—Professional MBA students may choose to develop a diversified portfolio of knowledge and skills by choosing electives from several different areas of study.
- Sample Plan of Study
Sample Three-Year Plan of Study Academic Year Courses 1st year Data and Decisions
Corporate Financial Reporting
Management in Organizations
Summer Elective 2nd year Managerial Economics
Summer Elective 3rd year Global Business Strategy
Strategic Management & Policy
Note: The Professional MBA program of study may be completed in 30 months to 10 years.
Students who have significant undergraduate course work in a specific business area may be waived from one or more core courses. Consult with an advisor to see if you qualify.