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Over 20 months, Full-time MBA students take integrated core coursework during their first year and choose from a wide variety of electives in the second year. The program requirements are:

5 core courses
1 leadership development course
11 elective courses
2 international perspective activities*
3 practical experience activities*

*Practical and international activities may include courses and projects with actual businesses.

Click on the headers below to learn more about year one curriculum, year two curriculum, and electives.

During the first year of your MBA program you will take three intensive core courses (BA 500, 501 and 502), each of which contains several modules of varying lengths in the core topics listed below. In addition, you will take up to eight credits of electives during your spring quarter.

MBA Year One Core
Course Title Details
Autumn Quarter (BA 500) – 16 credits
Financial Reporting and Analysis Financial statement
Accounting concepts and methods
Institutional and regulatory influences
Measurement and reporting issues
Managerial Finance Investments, diversification, portfolio theory
Capital budgeting
Capital structure
Leadership Development Leadership skill development
Fostering individual and group effectiveness
Integrative leadership modeling
Building Effective Teams Insuring adherence to work rules
Establishing shared commitment to a compelling purpose
Building interpersonal trust
Marketing Strategy Market definition
Customer analysis
Competitive analysis
Marketing planning
Micro-Economics of Competition and Strategy Analyzing competitive dynamics
Economics of competition
Strategy analysis for various competitive circumstances
Winter Quarter (BA 501) – 14 Credits
Applied Strategy: Business Consulting Project Defining project scope
Customer relations
Project management
Presentation skills
Statistics for Business Decisions Statistical summaries of data
Forecasting models
Assessment of uncertainty
Inference and predictions
Methods of quality improvement
Leading Teams and Organizations Effective groups
Organization theory
Leadership in organizations
Human resource management
Delegation and empowerment
Implementing change
Competitive & Corporate Strategy Analyzing value creation
Strategic thinking and planning
Strategy implementation
Structure analysis of industries
Spring Quarter (BA 502) – 8 Credits
Information for Decision Making and Performance Evaluation Relevant costs for decision-making
Management accounting systems
Budgeting and performance evaluation
Operations and Supply Chain Management Productivity and competitiveness,
Capacity planning
Just-in-time production systems
Inventory management
Decision Support Models Quantitative modeling
Linear programming
Decision theory
The second year of your MBA program is mostly designed by you. There are two required core classes (BECON 501 and MGMT 504), and you choose the rest of your coursework in the form of electives that meet your personal interests, career goals and development needs. Students must complete a total of 11 4-credit elective courses during the program, which can be taken at any point during the first or second year. A normal load in the second year is three elective classes per quarter.

MBA Year Two Core
Title Topics
Autumn Quarter
Ethical Leadership & Decision Making MGMT 504 (4 credits) Ethical aspects of conducting business
Ethical decision-making
Stakeholder management
Corporate social responsibility
Sustainability and corporate governance
Winter Quarter
Analysis of Global Economic Conditions BECON 501 (4 credits) Interaction of goods, labor and asset markets
International trade
Growth of output, inflation, unemployment
Interest and exchange rates
Monetary and fiscal policies

Listed below are the electives offered by the Full-time MBA program. Check the UW Course Catalog for complete course descriptions.

ACCTG 505 Intensive Analysis of Accounting Principles and Practices (18)
ACCTG 506 Intensive Analysis of Accounting Principles and Practices 1 (6)
ACCTG 507 Intensive Analysis of Accounting Principles and Practices 2 (6)
ACCTG 508 Intensive Analysis of Accounting Principles and Practices 3 (6)
ACCTG 510 Introduction to Financial Statement Analysis (4)
ACCTG 579 Strategy and Operations Through a CFO Lens (2)
ACCTG 600 Independent Study or Research (1-8)

Business Administration
BA 545 Global Business Forum (1)

Business Communications
BCMU 509 Finding Your Voice (2)
BCMU 579 Women at the Top (2)
BCMU 600 Independent Study or Research (1-8)

Business Economics
BECON 520 Financial Markets (4)
BECON 526 Competing in the Global Economy (4)
BECON 527 International Finance (4)
BECON 600 Independent Study or Research (1-8)

ENTRE 509 Foundations of Entrepreneurship (2)
ENTRE 510 Entrepreneurial Strategy (4)
ENTRE 530 Entrepreneurial Decision Making (4)
ENTRE 532 Software Entrepreneurship (4)
ENTRE 540 Business Plan Practicum (2)
ENTRE 541 Technology Commercialization (4)
ENTRE 542 Venture Capital Investment (2)
ENTRE 543 Environmental Innovation Practicum (2)
ENTRE 555/MKTG 555 Entrepreneurial Marketing (4)
ENTRE 557/FIN 557 Entrepreneurial Finance (4)
ENTRE 579 Angel Investing (2)
ENTRE 579 Biomedical Entrepreneurship (4)
ENTRE 600 Independent Study or Research (1-8)

FIN 528 International Financial Management (4)
FIN 552 Problems in Corporate Planning and Financing (4)
FIN 553 Problems in Capital Investment Planning (4)
FIN 555 Financing Decisions, Payout Policy and Corporate Control (4)
FIN 557/ENTRE 557 Entrepreneurial Finance (4)
FIN 558 Acquisitions and Alliances (4)
FIN 560 Investments (4)
FIN 561 Financial Futures and Options Markets (4)
FIN 562 Management of Financial Risk (4)
FIN 579 Asian Capital Markets (2)
FIN 566/579 Alternative Investments: Hedge Funds and Private Equity (4)
FIN 579 Introduction to Real Estate Finance & Investment (4)
FIN 600 Independent Study or Research (1-8)

Information Systems
IS 579 Web 2.0 & The New Economy (4)
IS 600 Independent Study or Research (1-8)

International Business
IBUS 545 Cases in Sustainability (4)
IBUS 570 International Study Tour (2)
IBUS 600 Independent Study or Research (1-8)

MGMT 509 Managing in a Global Environment (2)
MGMT 511 Leadership and Coaching Practicum (2)
MGMT 545 Leading and Managing High-Performance Organizations (4)
MGMT 547 Successful Negotiations (2)
MGMT 548 Deal-Making in High Velocity Ventures (2)
MGMT 579 CEO and Board Governance (4)
MGMT 579 Intersections of Law and Business (4)
MGMT 579 Designing for Demand (4)
MGMT 579 Inclusive Business Models that Address Global Poverty (2)
MGMT 579 Transforming Leadership & Strategic Thinking (4)
MGMT 579 Management Consulting: Innovation and Knowledge Management (4)
MGMT 600 Independent Study or Research (1-8)

MKTG 505 Advanced Marketing Strategy (4)
MKTG 510 New Product Development (4)
MKTG 511 Business-to-Business Marketing (4)
MKTG 512 Consumer Marketing and Brand Management (4)
MKTG 515 Pricing Strategies & Tactics (4)
MKTG 540 Advertising and Promotion Management (4)
MKTG 550 Managing Customer Relationships through Direct Marketing (4)
MKTG 555/ENTRE 555 Entrepreneurial Marketing (4)
MKTG 560 Research for Marketing Decisions (4)
MKTG 565 Data-driven Marketing (4)
MKTG 575 Marketing High-Technology Products & Services (4)
MKTG 600 Independent Study or Research (1-8)

Operations Management
OPMGT 550 Project Management (4)
OPMGT 579 Supply Chain Management (4)
OPMGT 600 Independent Study or Research (1-8)

Quantitative Methods
QMETH 551 Modeling with Spreadsheets (4)
QMETH 600 Independent Study or Research (1-8)