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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


Each Pre-MBA course has an assessment only version that a student can attempt first if they are confident they know the material.  If a student passes the assessment they have completed the course.  If the assessment is not passed, the regular version of the course must be completed.  A score of 80% or higher is considered passing for both the assessment test and the completed course.   

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 emailed a link to the course(s).  Course information can take up to two business days to receive.   

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