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Foundation Requirements

The MBA Essentials courses are required so that all students enrolled in the MBA program will have the same level of knowledge in basic business competencies such as accounting, economics, finance, quantitative methods, marketing, and management. These courses will be required of admitted students that do not have undergraduate coursework demonstrating successful completion of these courses.
Students admitted to the MBA program that have not demonstrated completion of these courses during undergraduate coursework will be required to satisfy the foundation requirements. All foundation requirements must be completed within the first two semesters of the program.
The Baker School of Business Dean and MBA Director have implemented a significant change in the MBA curriculum, effective Fall 2017. The change is proposed by the faculty in efforts to streamline the program’s foundation course requirements and create a more efficient path towards degree completion for students that do not have an undergraduate degree in business administration.
Beginning Fall 2017, there will be two MBA Essentials courses taught in place of the previously required six foundation courses. The two new MBA Essentials courses will cover all foundation material for students without an undergraduate business degree. This change will decrease the number of credit hours needed to complete the degree from 54 to 42 credit hours. This will provide a significant savings in time and cost.
The MBA Essentials courses will be taught online in a module format and provide the necessary skills for success in later courses of the program. MBA Essentials I will cover baseline qualitative knowledge. This course will address communications, legal, management, and marketing. MBA Essentials II will address baseline quantitative knowledge, including accounting, economics, finance, operations management, and statistics.
In certain circumstances, students may still opt to take undergraduate course equivalents and/or CLEP exams through College Board.
MBA Essentials Courses (Beginning Fall 2017)  Foundation Courses (Prior to Fall 2017) Undergraduate Course Equivalents at The Citadel Available CLEP Exams
MBA Essentials II     BADM 601
Financial Accounting
(BADM 211)
Financial Accounting
BADM 604
Macroeconomics (BADM 201)
Microeconomics (BADM 202)
Principles of Macroeconomics
Principles of Microeconomics
BADM 605
Business Finance
(BADM 321)
No Equivalent
BADM 606
Probability and Statistics
(BADM 205)
Operations Management
(BADM 410)
No Equivalent
MBA Essentials I   BADM 607
Principles of Marketing
(BADM 309)
Principles of Marketing
BADM 609
Management and Organizational Behavior 
(BADM 338)
Principles of Management


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