Full-Time MBA | Academics

Academics Learn more about the MBA curriculum below.

As a Merage School MBA student, 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 immersions
  • 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 not only on preparing you for your post-MBA job, but for life-long career resiliency
  • 37 for Faculty Rank in the U.S.
  • 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
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

Year 2

See Academic Areas for Faculty & Course Descriptions

MBA Immersions


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

The Merage School curriculum offers you the high-caliber, holistic preparation you will need to become an effective leader 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 and finance to healthcare and retail. Our focus on innovation allows you to prepare now for the career of tomorrow. We offer between 50-60 electives annually across all disciplines. Click here for our current course offerings.

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 explores 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.

You will study 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.

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