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MBA Curriculum

The Millsaps MBA is a general MBA that you can put to practice in ANY industry. We use Harvard Business Case Reviews to evaluate real-world companies and situations, so you can apply your skills immediately.

The master of business administration curriculum consists of three levels of coursework: foundation, core, and electives. The total amount of coursework required of the MBA student varies from 30 to 48 hours of academic credit depending on the amount of foundation coursework that can be waived with prior academic credit.

The MBA program can be completed in 12 months by a full-time student who has all of the foundation courses waived. For the full-time student with no previous academic credit in business, the program can be completed in 20 months. For the part-time student, the time to complete the program varies depending on the number of courses taken each semester.

For a complete listing of courses and descriptions, see our Graduate Catalog.

Foundation Courses: 

The Millsaps MBA curriculum includes 15 hours of prerequisite coursework. The prerequisite coursework prepares the student for advanced study. Completion or waiver of prerequisite work is a prerequisite for advanced study.

A foundation course is **waived ** for an MBA candidate who has completed undergraduate coursework in that foundation subject with a grade of at least B- or who has completed foundation coursework at the graduate level with a grade of C or better at an AACSB-accredited school, provided the student has no more than three Cs in the prior business program. Professional designations, such as the CPA and CFA, may also be accepted to waive the corresponding foundation courses, including statistics with regression.

Graduate credit is not awarded for portfolio-based experiential learning, which occurs prior to matriculation in the graduate programs.

List of Foundation Courses:  


  • ACCT 580 Survey Accounting or equivalent

  • ECON 500 Survey of Economics (includes both micro and macroeconomics) or equivalent

  • MRKT 521 Survey of Marketing or equivalent

  • FINC 562 Survey of Finance or equivalent

  • MGMT 533 Survey of Management or equivalent

  • Students must have completed an undergraduate course in Statistics with Regression

  • Students must have completed an undergraduate course in College Algebra

Students are required to have successfully completed the stated prerequisites for a course prior to beginning that course. For example, accounting should be completed before taking finance. Proficiency in computer software packages for word processing, spreadsheets, and presentations is assumed.


Students with significant work experience, normally at least 3 years, may meet foundation course requirements by successfully completing online courses through the Else School of Management. This option must be approved on a case-by-case basis by the MBA council.


Under this option, students will be allowed to participate in these courses (see Table 1) and take a qualifying examination proctored at the Millsaps College campus. A passing grade of 70% on the associated final exam is required to satisfy the foundations requirement. Students are not required to take all foundation courses in an online format.

Table 1:  List of online course(s) necessary to satisfy MBA foundation requirements:

MBA Foundation

Online Course


Essentials of Accounting


Understanding Corporate Finance


Principles of Marketing


Fundamentals of Economics


Essentials of Management


Business Math and Statistics

Core Courses: 

The MBA Core curriculum consists of 18 hours of academic credit. MBA students must take one course in each of the following Business Domains: 


Principled Leadership - Learn how to build, lead, and motivate your workforce.

  • MGMT 638 Seminar in Leadership (B- or higher)

Financial Performance - Use financial market information to make strategic, organizational, and operational decisions.

  • ACCT 681 Advanced Managerial Accounting (B- or higher)

  • ACCT 679 Financial Statement Analysis (B- or higher)

  • FINC 662 Financial Management (B- or higher)

  • FINC 666 Security Analysis and Portfolio Management (B- or higher)

Data Analysis for Decision Making - Develop or consider analytical tools that are useful for effective decision-making in organizations.

  • QMGT 679 Analytics (B- or higher)

  • ECON 679 Decision Making Under Uncertainty (B- or higher)

  • MRKT 626 Marketing Research (B- or higher)

Navigating a Complex World - Explore the external environment of an organization, such as technologies, societal trends, cultural characteristics, domestic and global markets, and domestic and international governments.

  • MRKT 620 Seminar in Marketing Management (B- or higher)

  • MRKT 622 Buyer Behavior (B- or higher)

  • MRKT 626 Marketing Research (B- or higher)

  • ECON 602 Industrial Organizations (B- or higher)

  • *EACC 600 Study Abroad Topics in Accounting (B- or higher)

  • *EECN 600 Study Abroad Topics in Economics (B- or higher)

  • *EFIN 600 Study Abroad Topics in Finance (B- or higher)

  • *EMAR 600 Study Abroad Topics in Marketing (B- or higher)

  • *EMGT 600 Study Abroad Topics in Management (B- or higher)

  • *EMIS 600 Study Abroad Topics in Management Information Systems (B- or higher)

  • *EPOL 600 Study Abroad Topics in Business (B- or higher)

  • *An international travel course may also complete this requirement. 

Business Communication - Learn how to communicate within their organizations as well as external entities.

  • BUSI 691 Business Communications

Competitive Strategy - Consider problems and issues faced by business organizations from strategic and comprehensive viewpoints.

  • BUSI 605 Strategic Management—Concepts and Applications (B- or higher)

Elective Courses: 

Students must complete 12 hours of elective credits. These credits can be fulfilled through course work, global experiences, and/or internship.  


MBA Areas of Focus

MBA students have the opportunity to concentrate part of their curriculum in a particular area of study. Each focus area is designated as a three-course unit (nine hours) of study that enables in-depth examination of that area of business management. Focus areas may appear on the college transcript if the concentration is declared in the Office of Records. A student is not required to have a focus. A course taken as a core requirement may also count toward an area of focus; however, one course cannot count toward two focus areas. Students may petition the MBA council to include a special topics course a part of a particular focus area.


Data Analytics Graduate Certificate

MBA students can also use electives to earn a Graduate Certificate in Data Analytics.  The graduate certificate in Data Analytics provides foundational knowledge in data analytics, including data management, statistics, and visualization, as well as collecting, storing, and retrieving data.

Global Experiences

The Else School of Management has two long-established international study programs:

  • The European Business Program is a three-week or six-week summer course of study conducted in such business and cultural centers as London, Dublin, Munich, and Florence. 

  • During the semester break, after Christmas and before the summer semester brings, study and stay at Casa Millsaps located in Merida, Mexico. Enjoy two weeks at the Millsaps College mini-campus in the Yucatan visiting Mexican companies and organizations and learning about the culture of Mexico. 


Internships are encouraged and facilitated by the faculty of the Else School of Management. Internships are a cooperative effort involving the student, one or more Else School professors, and the student’s field supervisor. Together this group must agree upon terms of the internship as specified in the official internship registration documents provided by the registrar’s office. Activities of the intern must include legitimate academic inquiry and the student must be amenable to evaluation on that basis. Else School internships require the student to work in a meaningful capacity for at least 10–12 hours per week for the 14–week semester to receive three hours of graduate credit.

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