Curriculum

Welcome to the most productive 21 months of your life

Part of the MS•MBA program’s intensity, and the reason you receive two degrees in just 21 months, is that you’ll take incremental credits beyond the minimum requirements of the traditional MBA program. The MS·MBA curriculum fuses traditional management coursework with expertise about the IT systems that have fundamentally changed organizational strategies and operations, providing the tools for leading businesses in the network era.

The MS·MBA is a 84-credit curriculum with a 34-credit core and internship component. It focuses on contemporary business perspectives and issues, collaboration, teamwork, and entrepreneurial skills. Case studies emphasize making the best decisions for the overall organization, not just for a single department or project. You will learn to solve problems, avoid creating new ones, simplify issues, and optimize results.

The core courses give you a solid grounding in the basic MBA skill set: accounting, finance, information systems, marketing, operations, organizational behavior, and strategy.  From these, you may choose an area in which to specialize. You may select a concentration area from several management disciplines of your choice:

As an MS·MBA student, you’ll take a one-week intensive course during your first winter session, and three additional courses immediately following your first spring semester.
By the time you start your summer internship, you’ll have already begun differentiating yourself from the competition through solid IT exposure.

In the MS·MBA program, an optional summer internship is highly recommended, and some companies actually require it. It serves as an excellent way for an employer and a student to get to know each other and, when the match is good, often leads to a full-time job offer.

Two examples of the Winter Intensives are IT Applications in Management and Emerging Perspectives and Synthesis. In such courses, the class takes an in-depth look at a topic and dissects it thoroughly, sometimes using unusual instructional methods such as role-playing.