Part-Time MBA Academics

Preparing You to Move Forward with Purpose

The Part-Time MBA program curriculum delivers essential business insight from the management perspective, in concert with leadership, technical, interpersonal and communication skills. Gain the business expertise you need to stand out from the crowd and make an immediate impact on your organization.

Part-Time MBA curriculum highlights

  • Core Coursework

    Finance, Marketing, Operations, Management Information Systems, and Accounting allows you to understand how all the areas of an organization contribute to the mission.

  • Organizational Behavior

    Increases understanding of the human and organizational aspect of business. Communication for Managers expands your skills in presenting, speaking, listening and writing effectively for maximum impact with various partners and audiences.

  • Analytical Tools & Models

    Analytical tools and models support organizing and optimizing information for enhanced understanding and decision making.

  • Economics

    Economics courses shed light on macro forces. Our core capstone course, Global Competitive Strategy, allows you to integrate and synthesize your global knowledge.

  • International Immersions

    International immersions each year are an extraordinary opportunity to experience the world of business around the world, for an in-person understanding of how business is done globally.

Lorenzo Sheppard Jr.

Lorenzo Sheppard Jr. '20

"I was intrigued by the disciplines that were available within the PTMBA program, specifically engineering management. I wanted to have some technical element to my MBA experience and I was able to take a lot of electives that aligned with my interest and background in engineering."

Core Curriculum and Electives

Develop your strategic vision and a new way of understanding business throughout the curriculum. Don’t just know the right answers - ask the right questions. See opportunities where others do not, and harness analytical skills for empowered decision making, even with incomplete information. Become a valuable problem solver, focusing on results and multiplying the contributions of others through leadership and strong communication.

Our world-class Part-Time MBA faculty teach across all programs in the Raymond A. Mason School of Business. They are research leaders and active in the field, consulting with leading companies every day, and then bringing their cutting-edge and highly relevant expertise into the classroom for you. The lively Part-Time MBA class environment is enriched by fellow students who are as smart, motivated and engaged as you are. Dive into our curriculum with upwardly mobile professionals who bring significant experience and perspective from a variety of industries and functional areas to classroom discussion.

Core Curriculum

48 Total Credit Hours

core curriculum snapshot
Phase I Phase II Phase III
Foundational Core | 18 credits Professional Core | 15 credits Global Strategy & Electives | 15 credits

Financial Accounting

Operations Management Global Competitive Strategy
Organizational Behavior Finance Electives
Communication for Managers Managerial Accounting
Quantitative Methods Management Information Systems
Marketing National & Global Economics
Managerial Economics
Required Speaker Credits: 3 (during the course of the program)
core courses
Core Curriculum Course Descriptions
core course descriptions
Financial Accounting

BUAD 5103 | 3 credits

Concepts and principles of financial and administrative accounting essential to the interpretation and analysis of accounting information, including financial reports, bankruptcy analysis, budgeting, control, production and costing, stock options, and board governance.

Organizational Behavior

BUAD 5503 | 3 credits

Designed to provide you with the analytic frameworks and tools to diagnose events in and to take effective action in today's changing organizations. The course draws on knowledge from the domains of Organizational Behavior (OB), Organizational Theory (OT), and Human Resource Management (HRM) to provide you with the understanding and skills that you need to be an effective manager of people in these changing organizations. OT, OB, HRM are concerned with developing understanding about how human beings act in organized settings and how organized systems affect human behavior through policies, structures and strategies. In addition to conceptual understanding, ongoing assessments and experiential exercises provide you opportunities to reflect on your own behavior in order to develop new and more effective ways of interacting with others to accomplish work.

Communication for Managers

BUAD 5013 | 3 credits

The need to communicate well is a critical part of a manager's professional development. This course helps prospective and practicing managers assess and develop their communication abilities to be a successful managerial communicator. Through course activities, students will understand the importance of effective communication in managerial and leadership roles, appreciate the value of strategic organizational communication, and enhance their speaking, writing, and other communication abilities. Special topics in the course include: presentation graphics, ethics, intercultural communication, and media relations.

Quantitative Methods

BUAD 5703 | 3 credits

Role and application of statistics in the analysis of business problems including estimation, statistical measures, hypothesis testing, analysis of variance, simple and multiple linear regression and time series analysis.


BUAD 5403 | 3 credits

Examination of marketing from a managerial viewpoint; emphasis on evaluating marketing alternatives and in choosing from these alternatives.

Managerial Economics

BUAD 5723 | 3 credits

This course studies economic analysis applied to managerial decision making. Besides basic topics of demand, cost and production, and market structures, this course also covers demand forecasting, pricing strategies, game theory, and information economics.

Managerial Accounting

BUAD 5113 | 3 credits

This course deals with the use of accounting information for decision-making, planning, and control. The goal is to acquaint the student of management with the fundamentals of internal accounting, better known as management accounting. The emphasis is on using accounting information in managing an organization, rather that product costing and income determination.


BUAD 5303 | 3 credits

The course covers basic principles and theories of financial valuation, risk pricing and risk management. These principles are applied to corporate finance topics such as: how a firm decides to invest its resources in long term assets and growth opportunities; how a firm will manage its sources of capital and raise funds to finance chosen investments; and how the firm will plan and control funds flow.

Operations Management

BUAD 5603 | 3 credits

Study of the design, operation, and control of production and operating systems from a managerial standpoint, with emphasis on quantitative methods of analysis.

Management Information Systems

BUAD 5223 | 3 credits

The focus of Management Information Systems is on the technology that enables its use in the business and organizational setting. Issues such as hardware, software, databases, telecommunications, and the Internet will be discussed. Students will experience hands-on applications in some areas. An understanding of how Information Technology enables fundamental transformations in firms, markets, products, and business processes will be gained. This course addresses the management issues surrounding the impact of information technology in organizations. It is designed with the line and general managers in mind, rather than the managers of the IS function.

National & Global Economics

BUAD 5943 | 3 credits

This course is intended to provide information that can be used to interpret economic events and assess their impact on the economy and an organization. Part of this information concerns not just economics but an understanding of how some political choices are made in various countries. This knowledge is critical for risk assessment and a realistic planning of business operations over the next year. You leave this course with some fundamental "rules of thumb" that allow you to assess potential large scale economic risks to your organization.

Global Competitive Strategy

BUAD 5903 | 3 credits

Pre-req: Complete Phase II courses and two electives. Covers analysis for decision making at industry, firm and business levels, focusing especially on multi-business firms and global industries. Firm resources and competencies, business and environmental demands, and the sources of competitive advantage are the major focus points of this course, which stresses practical applications of theory.


Part-Time MBA students choose 12 credit hours of electives across business disciplines, including analytics, communication, economics, finance, marketing, operations, international immersions, and more. We offer both 3 credit hours and 1.5 credit hours electives to give students the most flexibility in managing their time to degree. Global immersions are an exciting elective choice each year.

elective courses
Recent Elective Offerings
elective course descriptions
Analytics Communication and Visualization Advanced Modeling Techniques Corporate Communications Crisis Communication
Critical Legal Issues Database Management Design Thinking Engineering Economic Analysis
Essentials of Management & Leadership Ethical Accountability Global Immersions Investments
Lean Toolkit Six Sigma Toolkit Lean Six Sigma Project (Green Belt) Management of Emerging Technologies
Marketing Analytics Personal Branding Predictive Analytics Project Management
Real Estate Finance Social Entrepreneurship Strategic Brand Management Supply Chain Management