University of Vermont

School of Business Administration

MBA Program Structure and Core Courses

We have structured the curriculum so that you will have easy access to courses, professors, computers, library services, and other information sources. Most MBA classes are scheduled to begin in the late afternoon or early evening.

A typical semester course load for full time students is four courses, while two courses is the norm for part time professionals.

Innovative, interdisciplinary Summer Session course offerings like Sustainable Business Practices, Collaborative Management and Social Entrepreneurship give students exposure to cutting edge management principles, ideas and theories in a 5-day intensive class structure.

Our MBA program requirements are divided into four areas: Core Courses, Advanced Courses, Electives, and the Strategy and Competition capstone class.

Six core courses

For students without an undergraduate degree in business, the MBA program begins with six Core Courses in Accounting, Organization and Management, Marketing, Production and Operations Management, Corporate Finance and Legal Environment of Business. These courses are designed to provide a strong background in the fundamentals of business.

  • BSAD 305: Fundamentals of Marketing Management: Accelerated course on marketing principles and theory. Analytical approach to study of product pricing strategies; distribution, communication, and promotion; consumer behavior and development of corporate marketing strategy.
  • BSAD 306: Fundamentals of Accounting: Introduction to basic concepts for developing and interpreting financial statements. Introduction to use of accounting information for planning, cost behavior, control, and decision making.
  • BSAD 307: Organization and Management Studies: A course pertaining to the principles of management organization behavior. The fundamentals of planning, organizing, leading, staffing, and controlling are covered. Particular attention is given to organization theory and behavior, including topics such as motivation, group behavior and decision making.
  • BSAD 308: Corporate Finance: An introduction to financial decision making in the firm. Decisions related to acquisition and allocation of funds are examined and practiced through cases and problems.
  • BSAD 309: The Political Environment of Business: Explore the rationale for government interaction with business. Analyze business, and the broader society's, demand for public policy, as well as the political institutions that supply public policy in both domestic and international contexts.
  • BSAD 340: Production and Operations Management: Study of the operations function in manufacturing and service organizations. Design, planning, and control are examined with emphasis on managerial analysis and decision making.

Advanced courses

Upon completion of the core classes, students expand their knowledge through ten Advanced Courses. Advanced courses include one course from each of the following six functional areas:

  • Accounting/Finance
  • Marketing
  • Management Information Systems (MIS)
  • Human Resource Management
  • Production and Operations Management
  • Economic and Political Environment

In addition, three free electives are used to further a concentration interest or to take approved courses from other UVM colleges to enhance your learning experience.

Strategy and competition

The program culminates with the capstone course, Strategy and Competition, which ties the program together. Through business simulation software (Capstone) student teams put their management skills to work directing a company, competing in a virtual marketplace, producing, marketing and selling products to a dynamic consumer base.

Typical course sequencing

Typical course sequencing for full and part-time students
Full-time Part-time Fall Spring
year 1 year 1 Accounting
Organization & Mgmt.
Corporate Finance
Political Environment
-- year 2 Marketing
Production & Operations Mgmt.
Advanced Marketing
Advanced Production
year 2 year 3

Advanced Human Resource Mgmt.


Advanced Economic and Political
Advanced Mgmt. Information Systems

-- year 4 Advanced Accounting/Finance
Strategy and Competition

Last modified September 16 2011 11:00 AM