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 5010Introduction to the MBA

0 sh

MBA 5020MBA Case Competition

0 sh

Core Courses: 27 sh

MBA 6110Enhancing Managerial Communications

3 sh

MBA 6250Economic Policy and the Global Environment

3 sh

MBA 7150Accounting for Managerial Decisions

3 sh

MBA 6270Marketing Management

3 sh

MBA 7170Financial Management

3 sh

MBA 6230Management and Organizational Behavior

3 sh

MBA 6430Analytics I-Quantitative Methods

3 sh

MBA 7130International Business

3 sh

MBA 7650Strategic Management

3 sh

Select one course from the following: 3 sh

MBA 6410Advanced Operations and Supply Chain

3 sh

MBA 6450Project 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 6410 or MBA 6450 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 7130-IS can be taken as an elective if it has been taken as the in-class International Business class, MBA 7130. 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.

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.


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