University of Colorado Colorado Springs: College of Business

Master of Business Administration (MBA)

MBA Curriculum

 An MBA is a broad degree, teaching management skills for all types of entities from corporations, to nonprofit organizations, to entrepreneurial ventures. Students may pursue a general MBA or specialize in a particular discipline and earn an Area of Emphasis in that field.

The UCCS MBA program consists of 36 to 48 credit hours of graduate coursework, depending on the student's previous academic background. Required coursework is a mix of foundation, core, and elective courses. Courses may be taken on campus, online or a combination of the two. All MBA courses are 3 semester hours each.

Course Type

Credit Hours

Foundation Courses


Core Courses


Global Perspective Elective Course

Elective Courses


Total MBA Degree


Foundation Courses:
Students complete up to four (4) foundation courses as part of their MBA degree. Foundation courses may be waived based on prior academic work subject to age and grade requirements. In some cases foundation requirements may be satisfied by passing a waiver exam. More information about foundation courses is here.

Core Courses:
Core courses make up the heart of the MBA Program and cover areas that are directly applicable in today's business world. These are the critical problem solving and decision making skills courses that will define and shape your Master of Business Administration degree. All students complete the seven (7) core courses as part of their MBA degree. The list of MBA core courses is here.

MBA Global Perspective Elective Course:
Students choose one(1) global perspective elective to fulfill this requirement. This elective may be applied toward an Area of Emphasis.

Elective Courses/Areas of Emphasis:
The MBA degree requires a minimum of four (4) electives. You may choose to focus on a particular specialization or Area of Emphasis through your electives. In most cases, an Area of Emphasis requires three (3) or four (4) electives, leaving room in the degree plan for electives from other disciplines. More information about available areas of emphasis is here.


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The courses I've taken at UCCS have been valuable to me in my job. The professor's academic plus real world business experience has provided an excellent balance of theory and practicality.

Katrina Larsen
David C. Cook Publishing
MBA 2009

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