An MBA Curriculum for Leaders in the Making
At Olin, we start you in the deep end. With a first semester filled with an intense, comprehensive, and challenging set of courses. You’ll then build on that foundation with elective courses in your area of expertise. You’ll have what it takes to function and excel in today’s business world – and tomorrow’s.
The Masters in Business Administration degree requires completion of 67 credit hours, nearly two-thirds of which are elective courses. This allows you to shape your masters in business administration curriculum to align with your personal and professional goals. Our curriculum is centered on our Career Platforms that prepare you for a career 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.
Explore the format below, and download the MBA course descriptions (PDF)
In the months leading up to the start of the program, you have the opportunity to jump start your learning by completing several optional online preparatory courses available through our partnership with Lynda.com.
A two-week optional (noncredit bearing) on-campus Competitive Communication Skills course for non-native English speakers is also offered just prior to the start of the GO! Program. Our website for new students provides useful information and tips to help you prepare for the program and your career development.
Get to know all that is Olin and WashU so you can jump into the deep end of classes beginning day one. It’s about becoming one with our culture. And it all happens during the Olin GO! Program. This two-week program is designed to immerse you into core coursework, career development, and team-building with your classmates.
MGT 5311, 2 creditsThis course focuses on the job of general managers — their perspectives and skills. You’ll develop the skills needed to identify and analyze past and current strategies — and to formulate and implement new ones. This course serves as an introduction to strategy formulation, resource and capabilities assessment, and industry and competitor analysis.
OB 5620 1.5 creditsThis course focuses on leadership by examining how individuals add value to organizations. You’ll discover your abilities and limitations, and learn techniques for collaborative problem solving through the application of critical thinking. You will also have the chance to practice your skills via team-based projects.
MGT 5314, 2 creditsIn this course, you’ll learn how to better formulate, analyze, and communicate your thoughts on business problems. You’ll develop your skills in these areas: critical thinking, problem formulation, elimination of faulty reasoning, and persuasive and impactful communication. You’ll do this through repeated cycles of practice, feedback, reflection on feedback — and more practice. This course culminates with Integrated Case Experience (ICE) Week, an intense team-based competition focused on solving business problems presented by corporate partners.
MEC 5400, 3 creditsThis course will introduce you to the basic principles of economics and their applications to managerial decision making. Begin by analyzing the decision making of individual consumers and producers; then, examine how the two interact in a variety of settings. Also learn about making strategic decisions in risky situations.
ACCT 5011, 2 creditsIn this course, you’ll study the three fundamental areas of financial accounting: recognition, measurement/valuation, and classification/disclosure. You’ll consider how business transactions are reflected in the four primary financial statements using generally accepted accounting principles.
MKT 5503, 3 creditsThis course will familiarize you with the foundational elements of marketing strategy and execution, with an emphasis on customer focus and competitor analysis to drive revenue growth through marketing tactics.
FIN 5203, 3 creditsIn this course, you’ll examine how the decisions of a company affect shareholder value — and what decisions can increase value. To understand this, you’ll study basic principles of investing: time value of money, valuation of debt and equity securities, capital market efficiency, the relationship between risk and expected return in securities markets, and more.
OMM 5704, 3 creditsThis course provides an overview of the principles and concepts of managing an organization. Topics include overall operations strategy, capacity analysis and organization, queuing theory, quality control, and inventory management. Gain an understanding of how your decisions affect, and are affected by, operational issues.
.5 creditsExplore Olin’s five career platforms. These courses are designed to introduce you to each of our career platforms. Industry experts introduce the job responsibilities, challenges, and rewards of their chosen field. Whether you know where you want to go in the business world or need some guidance, these courses will help you decide which track is right for you and your specific career goals.
ACCT 5012, 2 creditsAn introduction to cost concepts, behavior, and systems, this course will teach you how strategy, technology, and the environment affect a firm’s cost system. You’ll also discuss how cost-system choices influence tactical and strategic managerial decision making. Get introduced to cost-volume-profitability, value chain, cost analysis, and customer profitability.
MEC 5410, 2 creditsThis course introduces you to the statistical methods for analysis of business and economic data. You’ll examine probabilistic concepts — independence, conditional probability, expectation, variance — and models such as Bernoulli, binomial, Poisson, and normal. Emphasis is placed on topics that relate to model formulation and hypothesis testing.
Our broad range of electives provides a wealth of subjects to choose from. Electives begin in the second semester and carry through the rest of the program. If you have chosen to enroll in a platform, you’ll begin taking its foundational courses. Click the bar to the right to learn more about each of our platforms.
Put your knowledge and skills to the test in the real world. By participating in a summer internship — between your first and second year — you gain valuable hands-on experience and develop expertise in your chosen field. Meet working professionals and open the door to full-time positions.
OB 5621, 1.5 creditsA continuation of OB 5620, this course is designed to assess your leadership skills, integrating experiences and lessons learned from your summer internship. You’ll gain an understanding of the advantages and limitations of perspectives on how leaders impact and create value in organizations. Identify an approach that best fits the strategy, structure, and culture of an organization.
Either guided by your career platform or designs of your own, select elective courses that dive deeper into your areas of interest.
MGT 5305, 3 creditsThis course helps to prepare students to be senior leaders in global businesses by developing their understanding of how business interacts with political, social, technological, financial, and other institutions. In particular, we address three questions: How do institutions and government policy affect competitiveness and business opportunities around the globe? How do firms and institutions interact? What is the role of business leaders as stewards of global institutions and resources? We draw upon scholars from Olin, the Brookings Institution, and beyond to address different perspectives on these issues. The course includes a 2-day residency at the Brookings Institution in Washington, DC.
Either guided by your career platform or designed on your own, select elective courses that dive deeper into your areas of interest.
At Olin, we let you drive your curriculum. This is where you take charge. Base your curriculum on your platform. Select classes you're passionate about. Each of our platforms gives you breadth and depth into a career. And our concentrations help put you on the path to becoming an expert in your field.
Gain in-depth insight into how consultants solve problems. Learn how to look for solutions across a range of functional areas.
Specific concentrations within this platform include:
- General Management and Internal Consulting
- Business of Healthcare
- International Management
- Strategy Consulting
- Human Capital Consulting
Corporate Finance & Investments
Get in deep as a specialist in an institution or firm that acts as a provider of capital or as a user of capital. Concentrations within this platform include:
- Financial Management
- Investment Banking - Corporate Finance
- Private Equity and Venture Capital
- Investment Banking - Capital Markets and Trading
- Asset Management
Develop your skills in market research and product development, distribution, pricing, advertising and promotion, and business and sales analysis. Concentrations within this platform include:
- Brand Management
- Product Management
Operations & Supply Chain Management
Learn how to manage the process from sourcing to delivery, assessing risks and taking advantage of opportunities. Concentrations within this platform include:
- Operations/Supply Chain Management
- Supply Chain Consulting
Get the confidence and know-how to start your own venture or take on a leadership role in a startup. Concentrations within this platform include:
- Commercial Entrepreneurship
- Social Entrepreneurship