An undergraduate degree in business is not required for admission in to our program. However, a general background in business is necessary to participate in a graduate level business curriculum. As such, the College of Business offers graduate-level courses that provide an understanding of common topics in business administration. These foundation courses are required for students who have not had sufficient academic background in one or more of the primary business areas. Individual foundation requirements will be determined during an evaluation of transcripts upon admission to the program.
Although an undergraduate degree in business will exempt you from most of these courses you should not expect work experience or certification programs to enable you to meet foundation requirements. Upon your acceptance into the program your transcripts will be reviewed to determine exactly which foundation courses, if any, are needed. From there we will work with you to develop an individual plan of study to graduation.
Most foundation courses are offered once a year, but not during the summer. You are not required to have had any business courses to begin the program.
All MBA students are required to take the same nine courses. These courses improve technical knowledge, analytical abilities and interpersonal skills while establishing a background in business.
Most of the core courses have prerequisites, which are explained in detail in the graduate catalog. They are generally offered each semester, and most are offered during one of the summer sessions.
You may choose to focus on one area of business when choosing your three elective courses, or you may select courses from different areas.
Course electives are available in finance, international business, management, marketing, insurance, human resources, project management, organizational Leadership and product development. We also continue to develop elective options that reflect the professional development needs of business, industry, and other organizations.
A list is always available from the MBA office.
International study is an opportunity to differentiate yourself from the competition when applying for a job. Employers are looking for applicants who have learned about other cultures firsthand, taken their language skills to the next level, and demonstrated the confidence to travel in pursuit of a goal. Our International Business Institute (IBI) was founded specifically to provide and enhance global business learning and connections for College Of Business students.
The College of Business has Summer and semester exchange program agreements with a number of universities in other countries. To explore these opportunities, contact IBI director Dr. Barbara Ribbens.
"I thought, 'This is really cool that ISU is not only engaging me but also my wife. I remember driving home (From the information session) that night and my wife telling me, 'You're doing it. I'm excited for you.' "
- Rob Giganti