Creating your plan

Step one: meet with your advisor.

Our academic advisors (you may know them as program directors; they are people of many talents) are experts in helping you create a personalized plan of study. It's important to collaborate with your academic advisor so you can graduate on the timeline you want. Until then, we've compiled some resources to get you started thinking about what your plan of study will look like.

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Degree requirements

The Professional MBA and Online MBA programs both require 15 courses (45 semester hours) to graduate. These 15 courses are a well-balanced mix of nine core and six elective courses.

Many courses have prerequisites, and accordingly, there's a sequence of courses you should keep in mind. For example, Corporate Financial Reporting is a prerequisite for Managerial Finance, and Managerial Finance is the prerequisite for all finance electives. Sometimes you'll be able to transfer credits or obtain a course waiver if you've recently completed academic work in some subjects.

We suggest a balance of quantitative and nonquantitative courses each semester.

Planning guides

Both the Professional MBA and Online MBA are flexible programs designed to accommodate the changing schedules of working professionals. The programs can be completed in anywhere from 24 months to 10 years. That's why planning is so important. We've created planning guides that you can use to map out your path to the MBA. Select your location below to get started.


For even more guidance you can also check out sample two-year plans and three-year plans.

Next Steps