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Degree Options

All current degree options share the same required common core courses, which give our students a comprehensive and in-depth insight in crucial areas for managerial success. *PLEASE NOTE: 9 hours per semester is full time at the graduate level. It is equivalent to 15 hours at the undergraduate level.*

Students who do not have a background in business need to successfully complete (grade of C or above) the following prerequisite MBA courses prior to regular admission to our MBA program. Provisional admission will be granted until the prerequisites are complete. Most students with an undergraduate business degree will have these classes completed.

Students with a bachelor's degree in business or an undergraduate degree with a business minor from an AACSB accredited institution are considered to have met the course prerequisites for this program. For all other students, individual academic and professional experience will determine potential prerequisites needed for the MBA program. A resume will need to accompany your application for professional experience to be considered. Please contact the Graduate Business and Computing Studies office at or 573-651-5116 to determine whether any further preparation and or concurrent coursework is required for you to be successful in the MBA program.

Minimum grade of 'C' required in these courses. Students may CLEP any course that is offered by CLEP for proof of knowledge.
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Common Core Courses

  • BA600 Organizational Behavior in Practice
  • BA620 Quantitative and Qualitative Research Methods
  • BA630 Integrated Decision Information Systems
  • BA650 Strategic Decision Making (capstone, must complete 18 hours first)
  • BA651 Strategic Marketing
  • BA660 Strategic Cost Management (not required by Accounting option)
  • BA668 The Financial Environment

Accelerated MBA Option

For Students with at Least 75 Semester Hours, the accelerated master’s degree program allows certain undergraduate students to take a couple of classes in their senior year that count for both undergraduate credit and graduate credit. Our MBA program was approved for this program. We encourage you to consider this new opportunity.

Degree Options and Course Requirements


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