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MBA Curriculum

The MBA program at LMU is designed for individuals with at least two years of professional or internship experience. (For those with six or more years of professional experience, please visit the Executive MBA program website.)

There are nine core courses that must be completed in the MBA program. Students with recent undergraduate coursework in business (five years or less) with acceptable grades may be able to waive some of these courses. Challenge exams are also available for students interested in testing out of any of these core courses:

  • The Legal Environment of Business*, **
  • Financial and Managerial Accounting**
  • Business Statistics**
  • Business Economics**
  • Management and Organizational Behavior
  • Marketing Management
  • Operations Analysis & Decision Support Systems
  • Financial Management
  • Management Information Systems

* Waived for all JD/MBA students.
** May be waived. Challenge Exams available 


Areas of Emphasis

You will take three courses in your chosen area of emphasis. By adding one elective to your curriculum, you can pursue a second emphasis. Areas of emphasis include:

  • Management and Organizational Behavior
  • Marketing Management
  • Information and Decision Sciences
  • Human Resource Management
  • Financial Decision Systems
  • Accounting Decision Systems
  • International Business Systems
  • Entrepreneurial Organizations


A wide variety of electives are offered each semester to help supplement the core learning experience. You will select electives outside your area of emphasis to provide more general knowledge in a variety of subject areas.


Global Experience


  • Comparative Management Systems (CMS) is one of the most popular international programs for MBA students. CMS requires a year of study and concludes with travel to a number of countries in a specific region of the world to meet with business executives, visit local attractions and learn about the location’s unique business environment, social culture and customs.
  • The Bonn Program gives MBA students the opportunity to earn three credit hours in the heart of the European Union. The course, The Environment of Business in the European Union, takes place over a period of two weeks in August.