UConn's required core curriculum (36 credits) consists of integrated coursework and milestone experiences to provide a broad foundation and understanding across functional business areas, and to develop perspectives and capabilities to lead and manage the complexity of business organizations in a dynamic global environment. Its breadth and perspective complements deep functional knowledge gained from concentrations or other graduate degrees. Courses in the required curriculum consist of three broad areas: business foundations, core functional knowledge, and finally business leadership with a focus on self-leadership, ethics and sustainability.
The required curriculum is completed primarily in a student's first academic year, with coursework delivered in both 3 credit courses and 1.5-credit modules from August through May. A portion of required core courses would be taken by students in their second year in the program. Knowledge from these courses is then applied in a required experiential learning milestone prior to graduation.
Business Foundations course modules cover fundamental concepts and skills for dealing with quantitative business information, and key concepts and institutions that construct the environment in which businesses operate. Learn More.
Core Functional Knowledge
Core Functional Knowledge modules address core concepts applicable to the key functional business areas of marketing, operations, IT, accounting, and finance in which much of the "business" of business occurs. Strong business leaders have a solid understanding of all of these areas in order to integrate their functional responsibilities with others in an organization. Course content and sequencing is designed to provide an integrated perspective. Learn More.
Business Leadership core curriculum components focus on concepts, skills and perspectives that are key to playing leadership roles in business organizations. This includes developing strategic, global perspectives in decision-making that build sustainable organizations and take into account the role of business in society. It also focuses on self-leadership: strengthening your personal abilities to understand, communicate with, and motivate yourself and others to perform in ethical and value-creating ways. Learn More.
Experiential Learning Milestone
Experiential learning has been core to the learning model at the UConn School of Business for over fifteen years, and is a key component in the design of the UConn Full-time MBA program. There is a wide range of ways in which students can meet this milestone, and use it to advance their personal and career goals. These include a project in one of UConn's Accelerators, a paid or unpaid internship or co-op, or an individual or group student project course, which can include student start-ups. It is up to the student, with guidance from faculty and staff, to propose to the MBA Program Director how this milestone will be met, to obtain approval, and to complete it prior to graduation. One required milestone; students planning substantial career turns are encouraged to plan for multiple experiential learning projects. Learn More.