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The MBA degree assumes a knowledge base in business and economics normally acquired by students who have earned an undergraduate degree in business. Students who have not taken college algebra, economics, accounting, finance, and/or statistics within the past five years are strongly encouraged to take the Pre-MBA Program courses as a refresher, prior to their first core course.

Students admitted without sufficient academic background in one or more business areas may be required to complete Pre-MBA Program courses before enrolling in the MBA core courses. You will be contacted by the Associate Director of the MBA Program regarding which, if any, Pre-MBA Courses you will need to take. The responsibility for demonstrating prior academic coverage of the material at the appropriate level rests with the student, and should be completed prior to the beginning of the first semester of course work.

Students without sufficient academic background in one or more business areas should expect to complete some or all of the following Pre-MBA Program courses online:


  • Business Law Essentials
  • Business Math and Statistics
  • Fundamentals of Economics
  • Financial Accounting
  • Managerial Accounting
  • Principles of Management
  • Principles of Marketing
  • Understanding Corporate Finance

Proficiency exams are offered at no cost and are available for all of the Pre-MBA Program courses. A person may take each proficiency exam only once. Students successfully completing the Proficiency Exam will not be required to take the corresponding Pre-MBA course. Please note, attempting a proficiency exam will waive any future right to request a review of previous coursework for equivalency. If you choose not to take the Proficiency Exam or did not receive a sufficient score on the Proficiency Exam, please click here to register for the appropriate Pre-MBA Course(s). The cost for each Pre-MBA course is $100 USD. Once you have registered, and your payment is received, you will be sent a link to the courses.

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