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The Merage School Full-Time MBA curriculum ensures our students are equipped with the knowledge and skills to succeed as adept and agile leaders in the digitally driven world. Woven throughout the program are the key components of business growth – strategic innovation, information technology, analytic decision-making, and collaborative execution – taught through the latest research insights, real world projects and industry case studies. Our program allows you the freedom to customize your MBA; all of the core curriculum is completed in the first year giving you a solid foundation in all of the business disciplines. During the second year, you have the flexibility to pursue your passion by delving deeper into a particular area of study or choosing electives across several different areas. You also have the latitude to work a nearly full-time job or internship during this period. Throughout the two-year program is Career Launch, our unique series focused on preparing you not only for your post-MBA job, but for life-long career resiliency.

  • 0-15 Years

    of Work Experience
  • No. 37

    for Faculty Rank in the US

  • 4

    MBA Specializations

  • 29

    Average Age

  • 21

    Months to Complete
  • 40%

    Female Students

Program Schedule

Orientation

  • Presentation Skills Workshops
  • Career Launch Workshops
  • International Students Orientation
  • MBA Intensive - Responding to Dynamic Times: Thinking Strategically in Business



Fall
  • Statistics for Management
  • Financial Reporting for Management
  • Marketing Management
  • Managerial Finance
  • Career & Professional Development ProSeminar

Winter
  • Organizational Behavior for Management
  • Microeconomics for Management
  • Information Technology for Management
  • Elective
  • Career & Professional Development ProSeminar

Spring
  • Operations Management
  • Strategic Management
  • Electives
  • Career & Professional Development ProSeminar

Summer
  • Internship
Fall
  • Electives
  • Career & Professional Development ProSeminar
  • International Study Abroad (optional)

Winter
  • Electives
  • Career & Professional Development ProSeminar
  • International Residential (optional)

Spring
  • Electives
  • Career & Professional Development ProSeminar
  • International Residential (optional)
 

MBA Specializations

Digital Transformation: The specialization in Digital Transformation prepares students to lead their organizations to success in the digital economy. Digital technologies are appreciating in power at incredible rates and changing the business environment in profound ways. Digital Transformation is the reinvention of businesses to reflect the digital world. The economics of the digital world are fundamentally different from those of the physical world, and imply new rules of competition. They change business strategy, structure and practices in profound ways. Students will learn how to analyze technology-enabled change broadly and how to leverage digital technologies across businesses, from the perspective of both incumbents and startups. Completion of the MBA specialization requires 4+ academic courses and participating in the Center for Digital Transformation’s annual Road to Reinvention conference.

Health Care Management and Policy: The specialization in Health Care Management & Policy prepares students to excel in today’s complex health care business environment. Developed and administered with the Merage School’s Center for Health Care Management & Policy, this specialization builds on the Center’s mission to engage its partners in collaborative education, research and community service programs. Students will develop a deep understanding of not only the underlying economics of health care but also the policies, regulations, and institutions that impact health care markets. Students at the Merage School can earn the MBA specialization in Health Care Management & Policy by successfully completing a set of key electives and participating in the Center’s annual Health Care Forecast Conference.

Innovation and Entrepreneurship: The Beall Center for Innovation & Entrepreneurship provides students with academic and practical training so that they gain a solid understanding of launching and/or growing a business in today’s competitive environment. The specialization in Innovation and Entrepreneurship prepares students who are either planning to or have already embarked on a career as an entrepreneur (innovating to form new companies) or an intrapreneur (innovating within existing companies). Through participation in the Merage School New Venture Competition and completion of key electives focused on Entrepreneurship and Innovation, students earn the MBA specialization in Innovation and Entrepreneurship.

Real Estate and Urban Development: The Center for Real Estate provides world class resources and research to future leaders and entrepreneurs working in real estate. To that end, the Center focuses on the pursuit of emerging best practices in the real estate profession. The MBA specialization in Real Estate and Urban Development provides students the practical skills and theories needed to succeed in an ever-changing marketplace. It takes a holistic approach to real estate, drawing from the lessons of past cycles and current trends in order to best prepare students for their careers. Through successful completion of five academic courses focused on Real Estate, students earn the MBA specialization.

International Opportunities

During your time at Merage, you have several options to gain a competitive edge through hands-on international experience. We offer a fully-immersive quarter-long international exchange program during the Fall quarter of your second year. You will obtain global business perspective from our university partners throughout Asia, Europe and Latin America. Our students have lived and studied in a variety of countries including: Austria, Chile, China, France, Hong Kong, Hungary, Italy, South Korea, Netherlands and Singapore.

Another option for a shorter international experience is through our week-long International Residentials. These are faculty-directed in-country courses where you are immersed in business and cultural experiences with your Merage classmates. Recent Full-Time MBA residentials have taken our students to cities such as Amsterdam, Ho Chi Minh City and Dubai, as well as countries like Japan, Cuba and Colombia.

Curriculum and Electives

Our curriculum at the Merage School offers our MBA students the high-caliber, holistic preparation they need to become effective leaders in a digitally driven world. Core and elective courses now examine how technology is disrupting all aspects of business across a diverse range of industries, from manufacturing to finance to healthcare and retail. Our focus on innovation allows our students to prepare now for the careers of tomorrow. We offer between 50-60 electives annually across all disciplines. Below is the current elective list:

ACCOUNTING
  • Driving Profitability Through Managerial Accounting
  • Financial Statement Analysis and Valuation I
  • Financial Statement Analysis and Valuation II
  • International Accounting
FINANCE
  • Bonds and Fixed Income
  • Derivatives
  • FinTech and The Digital Economy
  • Investments
  • Multinational Finance
  • Venture Capital and Private Equity
INFORMATION SYSTEMS
  • Analytics & Technology Consulting
  • Business Intelligence
  • Data & Program Analytics
  • Digital Strategies and Markets
  • Software Thinking
INTERDISCIPLINARY STUDIES
  • Analyzing Organizations from the Inside
  • Applied Game Theory
  • Business Law
  • EDGE
  • Intrapreneurship
  • Media & Entertainment
  • Merage Consulting Projects
  • Sustainability & Competitive Advantage
MARKETING
  • Consumer Behavior
  • Brand Management Simulation
  • Insight Marketing
  • Marketing on the Internet
  • Marketing Research
  • Micromarketing
  • Social Media Marketing
  • Sales Management
ECONOMICS & PUBLIC POLICY
  • Business of Medicine
  • Macroeconomics
  • Understanding Risk in Health Care
OPERATIONS AND DECISIONS TECHNOLOGIES
  • Analytical Decisions Models
  • Predictive Analytics
  • Supply Chain Management
ORGANIZATION AND MANAGEMENT
  • Global Negotiations
  • Managing Performance in 21st Century
  • Negotiations
  • Organizational Change
  • Strategic Communication
REAL ESTATE
  • Applied Real Estate Security Analysis and Portfolio Management
  • Introduction to the Real Estate Process
  • International Real Estate
  • The Real Estate Development Process
  • Introduction to the Real Estate Process
  • Mixed-Use Community Land Development
  • Real Estate Capital Markets
  • Seminar in Management of the Real Estate Enterprise
STRATEGY
  • Competitive Intelligence
  • Corporate Strategy
  • Entrepreneurship
  • Networks, Platforms, and Ecosystems in Business Strategy
  • Practice of General Management
  • Strategy in a Digital Age

“I really enjoy the flexibility the Merage School MBA program offers. I can pursue elective courses outside of my main area of focus. This gives me a much fuller, more well-rounded education; one that is perfectly suited to my own unique interests and needs.”

Jeannine Psychny