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Designed for Working Professionals

Online MBA Curriculum

The MBA You Want, the Flexibility You Need

The St. Thomas Online MBA is for busy working professionals looking for a highly personalized program. Half of the curriculum, or 11 courses (22.5 credits), are core requirements. You’ll join a small cohort of MBA candidates and during the first year, and work through the core curriculum together. The other half of the curriculum—22.5 credits—will be 8 to 15 elective courses of your choice. You can work with your academic advisor to pick electives that fit your professional interests and goals.

You’ll have the flexibility to complete coursework on your own schedule, from home, work, or at the airport. As an Online MBA student, your support team includes your cohort, highly engaged instructors, our Career Services staff, St. Thomas alumni you’ll meet at networking events, and business connections you make in applied learning courses.

Sample Degree Plan

Core Courses
Your first year, you’ll complete your required coursework with a cohort of fellow MBA students, except one 1.5 credit course (either Operations Strategy or Entrepreneurial Thinking) which you'll take the following J term.

First term (7.5 credits):
3-day On-campus Residency
Statistical Methods for Decision-Making
Leading Self & Others
Business Ethics Foundation

Second term (6 credits):
Financial Accounting
Competitive Strategy
Managerial Economics

Core Courses
Your first year, you’ll complete your required coursework with a cohort of fellow MBA students, except one 1.5 credit course (either Operations Strategy or Entrepreneurial Thinking) which you'll take the following J term.

First term (7.5 credits):
3-day On-campus Residency
Statistical Methods for Decision-Making
Leading Self & Others
Business Ethics Foundation

Second term (6 credits):
Financial Accounting
Competitive Strategy
Managerial Economics

Third term (6 credits):
Financial Management
Marketing Frameworks
Legal Strategy

J term (1.5 credits):
Operations Strategy OR Entrepreneurial Thinking
Electives
After you’ve completed your full year of core courses, you can take electives. This sample plan shows how you can complete all of your electives in a single year.
First term (6 credits):
Elective #1
Elective #2

Second term (7.5 credits): 
Elective #3
Elective #4
Elective #5
Third term (6 credits):
Elective #6
Elective #7
Elective #8

J term (3 credits):
Operations Strategy OR Entrepreneurial Thinking
Elective #9

 

Electives
After you’ve completed your full year of core courses, you can take electives. This sample plan shows how you can complete all of your electives in a single year.
First term (6 credits):
Elective #1
Elective #2

Second term (7.5 credits): 
Elective #3
Elective #4
Elective #5
Third term (6 credits):
Elective #6
Elective #7
Elective #8

J term (3 credits):
Operations Strategy OR Entrepreneurial Thinking
Elective #9

 

Electives
After you’ve completed your full year of core courses, you can take electives. This sample plan shows how you can fulfill your elective requirements in two years.
First term (3 credits):
Elective #1

Second term (3 credits):
Elective #2

Third term (3 credits):
Elective #3

J-term (3 credits):
Elective #4
First term (3 credits): 
Elective #5

Second term (3 credits): 
Elective #6

Third term (3 credits): 
Elective #7
Elective #8

J-term (3 credits): 
Operations Strategy OR Entrepreneurial Thinking
Elective #9
Electives
After you’ve completed your full year of core courses, you can take electives. This sample plan shows how you can fulfill your elective requirements in two years.
First term (3 credits):
Elective #1

Second term (3 credits):
Elective #2

Third term (3 credits):
Elective #3

J-term (3 credits):
Elective #4
First term (3 credits): 
Elective #5

Second term (3 credits): 
Elective #6

Third term (3 credits): 
Elective #7
Elective #8

J-term (3 credits): 
Operations Strategy OR Entrepreneurial Thinking
Elective #9

Core Classes

The Online MBA has 11 required courses (22.5 credits). This curriculum is identical to the Part-time Flex MBA, but it’s delivered online.

(MGMT 603) – 3 credits

Explore principled leadership. Gain a framework and skillset for making a meaningful impact within dynamic and complex organizations. You’ll complete half of this course with your cohort during the 3-day on-campus residency at the start of the program.


(OPMT 600) – 3 credits

Understand the role of statistics in gathering data and their use in decision-making. Learn different methods for summarizing data, and for drawing conclusions from sample data. Carry out statistical analyses using software.


(BETH 625) – 1.5 credits

Learn the fundamentals of ethical decision-making in business. Explore the psychology of ethical decision-making, including individual and situational factors influencing the decision process.


(MGMT 625) – 1.5 credits

Learn about the principled leadership and governance of firms. This course focuses on the formulation of business-level strategy to help you gain a practical understanding of how the functions (finance, marketing, accounting, operations, human resources, etc.) align with strategy to support the mission and goals of a company.


(ENTR 625) – 1.5 credits

Learn what it takes to identify and evaluate new opportunities, and to transform innovations into profitable businesses. Begin to develop key skills and knowledge necessary for applying the entrepreneurial process within the corporate context.


(BLAW 625) – 1.5 credits

Discover how the law impacts daily management decisions and business strategies. Learn to use principles of law to minimize risk, create value, attain core business objectives and resolve legal issues. The course uses exercises, simulations and business cases for hands-on skill development and practical application of key legal concepts.


(OPMT 625) – 1.5 credits

An introduction to the management of business operations. Explore the strategic role of operations in the survival and success of manufacturing and service organizations. Prerequisite: OPMT 600.


(ACCT 601) – 3 credits

Learn the fundamental terminology and calculations of financial accounting and reporting, and comprehension and interpretation of financial statements. Explore the ethical aspects of accounting.


(FINC 600) – 3 credits

Explore the financial management of business. This course covers risk, return, evaluation, cost of capital, capital budgeting, long-term financing, capital structure theory, financial analysis and planning, working capital management and international factors. Prerequisite: OPMT600, ACCT601, GBEC600 or GBEC625.


(GBEC 625) – 1.5 credits

Learn about the application of microeconomic tools and concepts to business decision-making. Topics include optimal output volume;, demand analysis and estimation, production and cost, market structure and strategic positioning, and optimal pricing strategies. Prerequisite: OPMT 600.


(MKTG 625) – 1.5 credits

Learn about strategy formulation and the marketing mix (product, price, place, and promotion) tied to a thorough assessment of the marketplace. Develop essential skills to apply marketing research, perform quantitative and qualitative analysis, and make both strategic and tactical marketing decisions.


Featured Electives

You'll earn 22.5 credits with electives from the business school, or other St. Thomas graduate programs.

Innovation & Corporate Entrepreneurship

Explore the creation and reinforcement of entrepreneurial responses within established organizations. Learn how managers can affect the nature and rate of innovation through organizational culture, structure, communication, reward and control systems.

Spreadsheet Modeling & Data Visualization

Develop the technical skills you need to address practical business problems. Learn to analyze and solve management problems using quantitative and analytical methods such as spreadsheet modeling, linear programming, transportation modeling, decision analysis, project management, and simulations.

Brand Management

Learn about strategic planning and decision-making as it applies to the product/brand manager. Develop skills in the formulation, execution and evaluation of the effectiveness of product/brand strategies and tactics. Do applied exercises, case studies, and a consulting project for an external client.
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Enhance Your Online MBA with a Graduate Certificate

Make your Online MBA even more personalized by earning a graduate certificate. Similar to a minor or a concentration, your graduate certificate can be completed with just 4 – 6 courses. Take a deep dive into a professional interest and develop highly specialized credentials.

More about Graduate Certificates

Choose Online, Hybrid or On-campus Electives

In the Online MBA you have the flexibility to choose electives to meet your career goals, with online, hybrid and on-campus options.
Learn more about electives

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Course Waivers

Professional Credentials

You may be eligible to waive at least one course if you are a Certified Public Accountant, (CPA), a Certified Management Accountant (CMA), have completed at least one year of law school or are APICS-CPIM certified.

Prior Business Coursework

If you’ve completed at least four courses in a core discipline/functional area (e.g. a major or minor) or if you’ve completed at least two undergraduate courses OR one graduate-level class in a core course area, you may waive the corresponding core course requirement.

Examination

If you do not meet other waiver criteria, you can take a waiver exam during the first year of the program for certain core courses. For more information about course waivers, please contact us.

You won’t earn academic credit for courses you waive, nor will the course appear on your St. Thomas academic transcript. If you waive a core course, you will take additional elective credits.

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