Degree Requirements

Depending on the student’s previous background, the Flex MBA program will range from 30 to 45 credit hours. Coursework must be completed within a six-year period with at least 2/3 of coursework to be taken while enrolled as an MBA candidate at UMSL.

Effective with the Fall 2016 Semester, all students pursuing an MBA degree must complete an Assurance of Learning Assessment prior to graduation.


As a prerequisite to the program, all prospective MBA students must demonstrate knowledge of business law, microeconomics and macroeconomics, business statistics, and managerial communication skills. If students have completed equivalent undergraduate courses, prerequisites may be waived. If not, we offer the options listed below for students to satisfy the prerequisites.

BA 5900 Law, Ethics and Business (3)
BA 5000 Economics for Managers (3)
BA 5100 Managerial Communication (3)
SCMA 5300 Statistical Analysis for Management Decisions (3)

Business Core (0-18 hours)

The following courses or their equivalents are required of all degree candidates.

ACCTNG 5400 Financial and Managerial Accounting (3)
FINANCE 6500 Financial Management (3)
INFSYS 5800 Management Information Systems (3)
MGMT 5600 Managing People in Organizations (3)
MKTG 5700 Contemporary Marketing Concepts (3)
SCMA 5310 Supply Chain Strategies (3)

Based on a formal review and evaluation by the Graduate Business Programs Office, students may be granted waivers in the Business Core section. Waivers depend on the applicability of, and performance in, prior coursework. Regardless of the number of courses waived, all students must complete at least 30 credit hours to earn the MBA degree.

Advanced Topics (0-18 credits)

MBA candidates must take at least one course in each functional area: Accounting, Finance, Information Systems, Supply Chain Management, Management, Marketing. If ACCTNG 5400 is waived, the student must complete ACCTNG 5401. Students can take no more than a total of 15 credits in any functional area.

ACCTNG 5401 only if ACCTNG 5400 waived
FINANCE Elective only if FINANCE 6500 waived
INFSYS Elective only if INFSYS 5800 waived
MGMT Elective only if MGMT 5600 waived
MKTG Elective only if MKTG 5700 waived
SCMA Elective only if SCMA 5310 waived

Required Electives (9 credits)

Students must complete a minimum of nine credit hours of elective courses that are graduate-level and business-related. Elective classes may be applied to an emphasis.

Strategic Management (3 credit hours)

Take one of the following*:

BUS AD 6990 Strategy Formulation and Implementation (3)
INTL BUS 5289 International Business Strategies (3)
MGMT 4614 Entrepreneurship/Small Business Management (3)

*For students with a non-business undergraduate degree, the Global Management requirement is satisfied only with BA 6990 - Strategy Formulation and Implementation.


MBA students may obtain an emphasis in Accounting, Business Analytics, Finance, Information Systems, International Business, Management, Marketing or Supply Chain Management. Depending on the student’s undergraduate background, courses waived, and emphasis area chosen students might require additional coursework. Learn more.