MBA Curriculum – Online or On Campus

MBA Curriculum – Online or On Campus

Our flexible business administration curriculum within Marylhurst’s traditional  MBA program offers courses online, in the evenings or on the weekends. Classes blend theory and application, mixing case studies, simulations and readings to bring business concepts to life. As a student, you’ll learn to understand and develop cross-functional relationships, possess a digital briefcase of tested management tools and techniques, and develop more specialized skills.

Class participation and collaboration with your peers on group projects are important aspects in our flexible MBA curriculum, whether you take classes on our beautiful campus or as part of our online community. Our MBA will help prepare you to take on leadership roles in corporate, nonprofit and entrepreneurial organizations.

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MBA Curriculum & Degree Requirements: What You Will Study

To earn your MBA from Marylhurst, you complete 48 credits in a series of graduate courses and a capstone project:

Core Courses (36 Quarter Credits)
Core coursework within the MBA program exposes you to the diverse world of business with specific classes in organizational behavior, managerial economics, business law, marketing and communications, strategic planning, statistics, and managerial accounting. Through a capstone project, you will apply your MBA studies and use a wide variety of tools to demonstrate learned competencies within a practical career application.

During this orientation course, students refresh their knowledge of key business subjects while being introduced to new academic concepts and graduate-level expectations. This course introduces the theory and practical application of organizational behavior, the study of how individuals and groups impact behavior within an organization. Topics include decision making, motivation theories, individual and group behaviors, leadership, power and organizational politics, and organizational culture.

This course is a practical survey of business law geared towards providing busy managers with a solid grasp of key legal concepts and principles that they are likely to encounter in their work day. Students learn that the benefits of legal action must be weighed against the risks and costs of litigation. Topics include the legal environment, contracts, commercial transactions and business organizational structures.

This course is designed to help graduate students develop an understanding of the basic concepts of economics. The focus will be on having students apply foundational concepts of microeconomics, including scarcity, ownership and markets, to their personal decision making and professional life. In addition, students will learn the macroeconomics concepts of GDP, unemployment, inflation and interest rates, and how to research these variables and use forecasts to understand the application to their personal and professional life. Finally, students will learn some of the basic concepts of global economics, including international trade and exchange rates.

Effective marketing is a customer-focused process that pervades an organization. Through qualitative and quantitative analysis, students learn how to segment markets and position a firm’s offerings in order to create long-term customer and shareholder value. This course explores marketing opportunities through product and service line development, pricing strategies, customer communications including digital media, and channel management.

In this course, students learn accounting concepts from a decision maker’s perspective. Following an overview of the accounting cycle, financial statements, and financial reporting, special attention will be given to accounting information used to assist management in business operations.

This course is designed to help students understand financial theory and its important applications. With a focus on concepts including the time value of money, risk and return, valuation, investment principles, and the role of financial markets, and through real-world examples and practical exercises, students learn concepts and terms used by financial analysts and strategists.

Managers use statistics to make important decisions in all phases of the business life cycle. This course is an introduction to the benefits of statistical thinking. Students explore how statistics and data analysis can help solve managerial problems, leading to more effective decisions. This course covers basic concepts of distributions, probability, variables, hypothesis testing, inference and experimental design.

In this course, students begin the process of synthesizing, applying and demonstrating the skills and competencies that reflect mastery of the MBA program learning outcomes. After rigorous research, students develop a comprehensive strategic initiative. Using a wide variety of management tools, students explore options, analyze critical information, and develop operational and communication plans.

In the capstone course, students establish links between their MBA program and practical application. Using skills and competencies that demonstrate mastery of the MBA program learning outcomes, students identify an area in which to apply their learning. Using a wide variety of tools, students demonstrate their understanding of theory and practice to create an implementation plan for improved organizational performance.

Business Foundations Course
If you don’t have an undergraduate degree in business or equivalent experience, you will start your MBA program in our foundations course. Topics covered include writing and communication, accounting, economics, finance, math and graphing, statistics and Microsoft Office. All things to prepare you for our MBA program.

Focus your MBA program with elective courses (12 quarter credits)
As part of the graduate major, you will take 12 quarter credits to define your program based on your career goals. You may choose 12 credits of graduate-level coursework within the School of Business, or on the list below:

These are 2-credit courses totaling 12 credits that prepare you to take the certified financial planning exam.

  • Fundamentals of Financial Planning
  • Investment Planning
  • Income Tax Planning
  • Retirement Planning
  • Estate Planning
  • Final Plan


  • Strategic Planning
  • Project Management
  • Leading Organizational Change


  • Ethical Health Care Management: A Systems Approach
  • Contemporary Managed Care
  • Leadership and Ethical Decision Making
  • Want an MBA completely focused in this industry? Consider our MBA in Health Care Management.


  • Real Estate Finance
  • Property Management
  • Real Estate Analysis
  • Want an MBA completely focused in this industry? Consider our MBA in Real Estate.


  • Principles of Sustainability
  • Operations Management
  • Alternative and Renewable Energies

Flexible MBA Program Format

Flexible courses - Marylhurst UniversityThe Marylhurst MBA is offered in a:

  • Traditional, 10-week, on-campus format (most classes are in the evenings or on the weekends).
  • Accelerated online program with five-week condensed courses.

Transfer Credit and Degree Completion

Students admitted into the MBA program may transfer up to 3 classes from other schools to shorten the time required to complete their degree.  At Marylhurst, the average time to complete this master’s degree program is two years.

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