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Required Courses & Degree Requirements

We have strengthened our internationally ranked UC Davis MBA program with a new, innovative curriculum that further integrates globalization, responsible business ethics and sustainability. The goal: To better prepare you with the real-world practice, analytical and technical skills, and leadership training you need to succeed.

Our curriculum is anchored by IMPACT – a two-part capstone course

In this course, Integrated Management Project and Articulation and Critical Thinking, you’ll sharpen your writing, speaking and critical-thinking abilities and then put those collective business skills and knowledge to work on 10-week team projects for client companies ranging from Fortune 500 firms to ultra-fast-paced Silicon Valley start-ups.

The remaining core courses provide you a foundation in the functional areas of business: accounting, economics, finance, marketing, operations, organizational behavior, statistics and strategy. These management disciplines are examined through case studies, lectures and company analyses that provide illustrations and spark discussion. These courses also introduce you to the broader themes of corporate responsibility, ethics, globalization, innovation and leadership.

Current MBA Degree Requirements

Students must meet the degree requirements in effect at the time of their enrollment in the MBA program.

  • 2 years (6 quarters) in residence
  • 72 units (typically 12 units each quarter)
  • 10 core courses (33 units total)
    • Integrated Management Project
    • Articulation & Critical Thinking
    • Financial Accounting
    • The Individual & Group Dynamics
    • Markets & the Firm
    • Organizational Strategy & Structure
    • Data Analysis for Managers
    • Marketing Management
    • Financial Theory & Policy
    • Managing for Operational Excellence
  • 39 elective units
  • 3.0 cumulative grade point average
  • Leadership & Career Development Program

Core Course Waivers

If you have previously covered the core course material, the faculty strongly encourages you to request a waiver. Passing an exemption examination does not earn course credit. You take an additional elective to fulfill the 72-unit requirement. Waiver exams are offered only in September, and more information about the exams is available in July.

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