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As a Merage School MBA you will have a unique set of experiences and opportunities that will set you apart and distinguish you as a leader in a digitally driven world. No matter your background, you will learn to thrive as a leader in a technology-intensive global economy through a combination of innovative coursework, real-world experiences and career development.


  • Cultivate your business acumen during the first year of the program
  • Build your expertise in the second year by customizing your MBA through electives and MBA specializations
  • Benefit from a distinct curriculum, delivered by strategic thought-leaders who will teach you to think creatively and anticipate strategic opportunities in the next decade
  • Put your business knowledge and leadership skills to the test through experiential learning opportunities, study abroad, global immersions, competitions, extra-curricular opportunities, internships and more
  • Simultaneously focus on your career through a unique series of workshops  focused on not only preparing your for your post-MBA job, but for life-long career resiliency
  • 37 for Faculty Rank in the US
  • 18-21 Months to Complete
  • 7 Centers of Excellence
Merage School Academics Strategy Professor Margarethe Wiersema on Transforming Curricula

Program Schedule

Year 1

Quarter Courses
Quarter
Fall
Winter
Spring
Summer
Courses
Business Analytics: Decision Making, Financial Reporting for Management, Marketing Principles, Managerial Finance, Career & Professional Development Seminar
Organizational Leadership for Management, Microeconomics for Management, Competing in the Digital Age, Elective, Career & Professional Development ProSeminar
Operational Excellence: Processes, Models & Analytics, Strategy: Foundations & Dynamics, Electives, Career & Professional Development ProSeminar
Internship

Year 2

See Academic Areas for Faculty & Course Descriptions

MBA Specializations

Curriculum

Successful leaders see the world through a global lens. Build your hands-on global perspective with international learning opportunities.  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.

For a more intensive international experience, immerse yourself in the business of another country 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.

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
  • Cybersecurity Risk Management
  • Intro to Data Analytics for Accounting (MPAc)

Finance

  • Bonds and Fixed Income
  • Derivatives
  • FinTech and The Digital Economy
  • Programming and Data Analysis for Business (MFin)
  • Investments
  • Multinational Finance
  • Venture Capital and Private Equity

Information Systems

  • Technologies & Analytics Consulting (MSBA)
  • Business Intelligence
  • Data & Program Analytics
  • Digital Strategies
  • Software Thinking for Managers
  • Advanced Data Analytics (MSBA)
  • Blockchain and Cryptocurrencies
  • Data Architecture (MSBA)
  • Deep Learning Applications (MSBA)
  • Python for Management
  • Big Data Analytics with Hadoop (MSBA)
  • EDGE
  • Big Data Management Systems (MSBA)

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
  • Social Media Marketing
  • Sales Management
  • Digital Marketing for Business Analytics (MSBA)
  • Micromarketing with Digital Footprints

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
  • Media & Entertainment

Sample Course Descriptions for Electives that Prepare You For the Digital Age:

Media & Entertainment

Inter-disciplinary course provides a detailed understanding of the overall ecosystem, the path to monetization and the impact of digital disruption.

Industries examined in the course include gaming, the music industry, publishing, and the film industry. The course will explore the impact of digital distribution, as well as trends in development, and marketing driven by digitization and big data.

Networks, Platforms, and Ecosystems in Business Strategy

This course provides a rigorous, economics-based and real-world-grounded development of the theory of networking effects and standards competition, platform economics, ecosystems management, and regulatory impacts.

Students will learn models, synthesize strategies, and apply the tools to contemporary and historical situations via class discussions, problems and assignments.

Strategy in a Digital Age

This course examines continuing digitization, including: Blockchain transaction control, digital manufacturing, cheap robotics and automation, and the application of artificial neural networks to large data sets.

Students will focus on applying the unchanging basic principles of strategy, economics, and organization to these new developments.

The Merage School is proud to offer our new Analytics in Digital Leadership Concentration available within the FTMBA program. This game-changing addition has been designed for MBA students interested in deepening their knowledge of specific coding languages and analytical tools such as Python, SQL and Tableau.

The concentration prepares you for a wide range of high-demand opportunities in big data and business analytics across a variety of industries. Just like our traditional FTMBA degree, the concentration is also STEM-designated and allows up to 36 months of optional practical training upon graduation.