The MBA curriculum

The MBA program allows students to complete the program at their own pace. Taking one course per semester allows you to finish the degree in 33 months, or, if you prefer, take two classes per semester and finish in 21 months. Accommodating the busy schedules of working professionals, the flexible design of the Elon MBA also allows for semesters off. You decide your own timetable. Students may take up to six years to complete the program.

And with the opening of classes in The Solution Center in RTP, students have even greater flexibility about course options and locations.

Accounting and Finance Preparation

The MBA program requires that all students demonstrate adequate preparation in accounting and finance prior to enrolling in the core MBA accounting and finance courses. Satisfaction of this requirement can be demonstrated in one of two ways:

One example could be evidence of prior undergraduate coursework in accounting and/or finance. To be acceptable, such coursework should have been completed within five years of entering the MBA program. Students with prior coursework must also pass qualifying exams in accounting or finance.

Students also can successfully complete foundation classes, usually taken at the undergraduate level, in accounting and/or finance. Such foundation classes can be taken at Elon or at some other approved institution. Approval must be granted by the MBA program.

Graduate Courses

Two Required Non-Credit Workshops:

MBA 501Introduction to the MBA

MBA 502MBA Case Competition

Core Courses: 27 sh

MBA 511Enhancing Managerial Communications

3 sh

MBA 521Economic Policy and the Global Environment

3 sh

MBA 531Accounting for Managerial Decisions

3 sh

MBA 541Marketing Management

3 sh

MBA 551Financial Management

3 sh

MBA 562Management and Organizational Behavior

3 sh

MBA 567Analytics I-Quantitative Methods

3 sh

MBA 581International Business

3 sh

MBA 585Strategic Management

3 sh

Select one course from the following: 3 sh

MBA 561Advanced Operations and Supply Chain

3 sh

MBA 565Project Management

3 sh

Choose three elective courses: 9 sh

Students can choose any three elective courses from the group below OR three elective courses from a specific concentration.


Other classes that can be taken as electives:

Any of the two Organizational Systems classes, MBA 561 or MBA 565 can be taken as electives; the first class a student takes counts toward the core requirement, but the other may be taken for elective credit.

The study abroad, MBA 581-IS can be taken as an elective if it has been taken as the in-class International Business class, MBA 581. A student may also take two study abroad courses, with the first counting as the core requirement and the second for elective credit. Note: A student cannot, however, take the study abroad for the core requirement and then take the in-class option for an elective.

MBA 561Advanced Operations and Supply Chain

3 sh

MBA 565Project Management

3 sh

MBA 581International Business

3 sh

Total Credit Hours: 39

Class Schedule and Course Load

The Martha and Spencer Love School of Business schedules classes to allow MBA students who are working full-time to attend graduate school part-time. All courses are taught year round in the evenings at both Elon and RTP.

During the fall, winter and spring semesters, classes are scheduled Monday – Thursday from 6 – 9 p.m. Each class meets one evening per week for 10 weeks (fall, winter and spring). Each class will include approximately 45 minutes of additional instruction outside of class time (for example, an online component). Many students enroll in two courses each semester and attend classes two nights a week.

Two 5-week semesters are also offered each summer. During these summer semesters, classes are taught two nights per week, Monday and Thursday. Both core and elective classes are offered in the summer.

Elon in Research Triangle Park

Elon MBA and M.S. in Management classes are also offered at the Elon Research Triangle Park (RTP) location. These classes are held at The Solution Center, located off the Page Road exit of Interstate 40 in the RTP. The RTP location offers all Elon MBA and M.S. in Management business courses. Classes will be offered in a face-to-face classroom setting by the same Elon University faculty that teach on the Elon campus. The emphasis remains on small class sizes, engaged learning and focus on the transfer of course content to practical application. The cost is the same as on-campus courses. No separate application is needed to attend classes at The Solution Center. You are not locked into attending classes at either location. For maximum flexibility, students can take classes at either location.

Program Learning Objectives

The goal of the Elon MBA program is to provide instruction and experiences for students so they graduate with the knowledge, skills and character essential for responsible business leadership in the 21st Century.

The Elon MBA program will provide students with the opportunity to:

  • Acquire knowledge and understanding of the concepts that can assist managers effectively and measure and analyze business performance.
  • Acquire an understanding of the ethical implications of business decisions as they impact their organization, their community and the society at large.
  • Acquire the ability to communicate effectively.
  • Acquire knowledge and understanding of the concepts that will enable them to assist their organizations and achieve and maintain competitive positions in the global economy.
  • Acquire knowledge and understanding of leadership concepts that can enable them to become effective leaders in their places of work, their communities and in the development of their careers.

The faculty of the Martha and Spencer Love School of Business have a well-earned reputation for their enthusiasm in bringing their knowledge and experience to the classroom. They have earned postgraduate degrees from some of the finest business schools in the country. They have varied executive experience with large and small, well-established and entrepreneurial firms, and manufacturing, service, scientific and financial organizations. Therefore, they bring to the classroom a mixture of practical and theoretical experience and training, assuring their students an exposure to many viewpoints and many methods of approaching business problems.

The business school faculty are theorists, practitioners and teachers. They are engaged in research and actively consult with business and industrial firms. All, however, put teaching and serving the students first. Research and consulting are pursued to improve effectiveness in the classroom, not as ends in themselves.

Elon’s classes are small and faculty members are accessible. This atmosphere of personal attention, combined with dedication to teaching and reasonable cost, sets the Martha and Spencer Love School of Business MBA program apart from others.


Reasonable cost is one of the major benefits of the Martha and Spencer Love School of Business MBA. Tuition is priced well within the reach of today’s professionals. Many companies, recognizing advanced education as an investment, will pay all or part of an employee’s expense.

In addition, Elon offers a deferred payment plan for fall, winter and spring semesters, and loans are available. (Please see Forms of Financial Assistance for Graduate Students)

Graduate tuition (per credit) $909
Late payment $30
Late registration/re-enrollment during term $25
Payment plan fee $10
Returned check fine $25
Transcripts $8
Auditing (per course) $270

Grades, diplomas and transcripts will be withheld until a student’s financial obligations to the university are settled.

A student cannot register for further coursework until financial obligations to the university are paid.


Fall, winter and spring terms

Tuition and fees are refunded on a pro rata basis during the first six weeks of the semester. Any part of a week will be considered as a full week for all pro rata charges.

1st week pro rata charge 5%
2nd week pro rata charge 20%
3rd week pro rata charge 40%
4th week pro rata charge 60%
5th week pro rata charge 75%
6th week no refund

Summer Sessions

In the summer sessions, enrollment dropped by 4 p.m. on the days listed below will warrant the corresponding refund:

1st day of class 100%
2nd day of class 90%
3rd day of class 50%
4th, 5th, 6th day of class 25%
7th day of class no refund

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