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Based on the highly ranked Foster MBA, the Hybrid MBA curriculum builds a strong foundation in business essentials, while giving students the opportunity to enhance their degree with Hybrid MBA elective courses. This work-compatible MBA emphasizes evidence-based challenges, so students can learn a concept one day and apply it at work the next. Taught by Foster’s world-class MBA faculty, course content is grounded in executive management, strategy and leadership principles, theories, and frameworks. Hands-on case analysis allows students to examine real-world business problems and learn how to best evaluate a situation by applying concepts and strategies acquired throughout the program. Visit the Student Experience page to learn more about the online and in-person Hybrid MBA experience.

95% Online

Combination of guided independent work supplemented with virtual team work, Foster Live sessions (a 60-90 minute interactive session with Foster faculty and Hybrid classmates every Tuesday evening), and optional Thursday evening online review sessions.

5% In-person

Students meet on campus once a quarter for 3-5 days.

Curriculum for this two-year program will comprise of 52 credits of core courses and 10 credits of Hybrid MBA electives. Due to the unique online and in-person format, Hybrid MBA electives are exclusive to the Hybrid MBA program. Year One and Year Two are outlined below*:

Hone your business acumen by mastering the fundamentals.

Quarter 1—Autumn 2018

Leading Teams & Organizations (4)

This course takes a strategic view of how organization behavior can enhance organizational effectiveness, and will give you an overview of the fundamental principles underlying leading teams and organizations.

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Data Analysis (2)

This course covers statistics and probability relevant to the collection, analysis, and interpretation of data, and deals with uncertainty in the decision-making process. Important for future business leaders it teaches students to use descriptive statistics, probability, and investigate ways to deal with uncertainty by assigning likelihood to certain events.

Financial reporting and Analysis (4)

Provides students with an understanding of the numbers side of business. Students will learn how to use financial information in real-life management situations to impact business decisions.


Quarter 2—Winter 2019

Microeconomics for Managers (4)

A manager’s goal is to maximize profits, and to do so, he must answer a series of “how much” questions: how much to produce, how much of each raw material to use, and how much to charge his/her customers.  The course explores a cost-benefit framework used to make each of these decisions under different types of market conditions. It will also reinforce an “economic way of thinking” for situations that arise in your everyday life.

Strategic Marketing Management (4)

Marketing is the core of an operating business. It is an organizational philosophy and a set of guiding principles for interfacing with customers, competitors, collaborators, and the environment. Marketing entails planning and executing the conception, pricing, promotion, and distribution of ideas, goods, and services.

Global Strategy (2)

In an ever-growing global economy, managers need to develop a broad vision and an organization that can operate and compete effectively worldwide. This requires an appreciation of international markets. It means being willing to really think about the differences (and similarities) that exist among national markets and national business practices.


Quarter 3—Spring 2019

Operations Management (4)

As goods and services are produced and distributed, they move through a set of inter-related operations or processes in order to match supply with demand. The design of these operations for strategic advantage, investment in improving their efficiency and effectiveness, and controlling these operations to meet performance objectives is essential in making sound business decisions.

Corporate Finance (4)

This course covers the foundations of finance with an emphasis on applications that are vital for corporate managers and investors. Topics include criteria for making investment decisions, valuation of financial assets and liabilities, relationships between risk and return, market efficiency, and capital structure choice.

Decision Modeling (2)

This course introduces the concepts and methods of management science, which applies mathematical modeling and analysis to management problems. It teaches the skills necessary to build and evaluate models and to understand the reasoning behind model-based analysis.

In the final year you will finish the core courses and enhance your degree by choosing five Hybrid MBA elective courses.

Quarter 4—Autumn 2019

International Study Tour-optional (2)

The optional international study tour is an opportunity of a lifetime and highly recommended. See the Student Experience page for more information.

Managerial Accounting (4)

This course involves providing detailed and disaggregated information about products, individual activities, divisions, plants, operations and tasks.  The frameworks and tools students gain from such a course allow them to forecast and plan, perform variance analysis, review and monitor costs.

Domestic & International Economic Conditions (4)

This course covers both the domestic and global aspects of macroeconomics, and provides tools to understand the key elements of economic growth, inflation, unemployment, business cycles, fiscal policy, monetary policy, trade policy, and current economic developments.

Professional Development (1)


Hybrid MBA Elective (2)


Quarter 5—Winter 2020

Competitive Strategy (4)

Competitive strategy provides students with the frameworks to think about business strategies that will outperform the competition and lead to business success in an ever-growing competitive and global marketplace. This course leverages learning from other courses in the curriculum including, marketing, microeconomics, and finance.

Marketing Strategy (2)

Provides tools and methods targeting data available to marketers deciding on issues such as pricing, online advertising, or other data-driven marketing strategies. Explores how to leverage data correctly to achieve goals of firms.

Hybrid MBA Elective (2)


Hybrid MBA Elective (2)


Quarter 6—Spring 2020

Program Capstone (2)


Professional Development (2)


Ethical Leadership (2)

Explores ethical aspects of business. This course provides students with frameworks to recognize and address ethical issues in management, provide ethical leadership within the organization, and conduct business responsibly.

Hybrid MBA Elective (2)


Hybrid MBA Elective (2)

*NOTE: The curriculum is not yet finalized. Changes are pending.

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