Feb 08, 2023  
2022-2023 Graduate Catalog 
2022-2023 Graduate Catalog

Business Administration, M.B.A.

Common Body of Knowledge Requirement

The common body of knowledge (CBK) represents the minimum core of knowledge which must be attained prior to beginning graduate study in business. The CBK is composed of 27 semester hours of undergraduate course work representing each of the major business disciplines. The required CBK courses are listed below.

  • ACCT 2143 Financial Accounting 3 hrs.
  • ACCT 2243 Managerial Accounting 3 hrs.
  • BUAD 3033 Business and Economic Statistics 3 hrs.
  • ECON 2333 Macroeconomics 3 hrs.
  • ECON 2433 Microeconomics 3 hrs.
  • FINC 3733 Business Finance 3 hrs.
  • MGMT 3013 Organizational Behavior 3 hrs.
  • MIS 3003 Management Information Systems 3 hrs.
  • MKTG 3723 Principles of Marketing 3 hrs.

In most cases, students who have earned a bachelor’s degree in business administration will have satisfied the entire CBK. Students who have had no previous course work in business can have portions of the CBK waived with other previous course work and/or relevant work experience or by equivalency testing. The specific CBK courses required will be determined by the Graduate Coordinator and discussed with each student in an initial meeting. Alternatively, the entire CBK can be satisfied by completing the six-hour graduate course: BUAD 5006-Foundations for the MBA.

MBA Course Work Requirements

The total number of semester hours of course work required to earn the MBA degree depends on the undergraduate background of each MBA student. All students entering the MBA Program must:

  1. Satisfy the Common Body of Knowledge (CBK) requirement before beginning graduate level course work, and
  2. Complete the MBA core course work specified for the MBA program.

Once the CBK requirement has been satisfied, the graduate student may begin taking the graduate level core courses required for the MBA degree.

Approved Graduate Level Electives - 9 hours

These 9 hours can be replaced by choosing one of the concentrations below.

Total - 33 hours


Accounting Concentration

Students wishing to complete the MBA degree with an Accounting Concentration must complete 9 semester hours from the following courses:

Energy Management Concentration

Students wishing to complete the MBA degree with an Energy Management Concentration must complete 9 semester hours from the following courses:


* ACCT 5013  is not part of the CPA exam topic.