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MBA Curriculum: Preparing to Lead

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Our Full-Time MBA program includes core curriculum and electives, plus a global immersion that includes travel to three destinations on three continents. These global experiences are designed to give you a better understanding of the context in which businesses operate and the impact culture has on organizations. The standard five-semester format includes a summer internship after Spring 1. You graduate in May, after Spring 2.

Curriculum for the 2022-23 academic year will include the content below. Curriculum for the 2023-24 academic year will be posted once that information becomes available.

Year 1 Curriculum

Summer 1 Semester


Fall 1 Semester


Spring 1 Semester

Year 2 Curriculum

Fall 2 Semester


Spring 2 Semester


Potential Program Options

In addition to our traditional two-year program in which you graduate in May, we have other potential program format options. Reach out to our admissions team for more information.

  • December graduation (18 months): graduate early in a four-semester format with summer internship (Summer 1 through Fall 2)
  • Dual degree: earn an MBA and a specialized master’s degree in the same amount of time as the five-semester standard format (Summer 1 through Spring 2)
  • Accelerated (14 months): take courses continuously in a four-semester format with no internship, and graduate in August (Summer 1 through Summer 2)

Core-Required and Elective Courses

The majority of your core classes—40 of the 67 credit hours required to graduate—are completed in your first year. In addition to regular three-credit-hour courses, we offer many electives in compressed one-half- to two-credit-hour courses that we call “minis.” These short-format classes cater to your individual interests and requirements and expose you to a variety of topics.

Two of our most popular electives center on values-based leadership:

  • Most successful leaders are able to point to a handful of defining moments in their careers—instances that defined the trajectory of their careers and their companies. Olin’s graduate-level course Defining Moments: Lessons in Leadership and Character from the Top examines these situations by bringing in notable leaders who exemplify both business excellence and personal character. Past speakers have included Doug Charles, president, Americas, Korn Ferry, and Lal Karsanbhai, president and CEO, Emerson.
  • Women & Leadership, co-taught by Professor Hillary Anger Elfenbein and Maxine Clark, founder of Build-A-Bear Workshop, takes a multifaceted approach to learning about women and leadership that includes a lineup of top executive guest speakers, including Katie Fogertey, CFO, Shake Shack, and Ann Marr, VP and chief HR officer, World Wide Technology.

Read more about leadership courses on the Bauer Leadership Center website.

Degree Requirements

The Master in Business Administration degree requires completion of 67 credit hours, 27 of which are electives. This allows you to shape your MBA curriculum to align with your personal and professional goals. Our career platforms guide your preparation in a specific area. You can select classes that will hone your skills and start you on the path to becoming an expert in your field.