Business Administration MBA
The MBA Program will attract, admit and graduate students who are committed to BYU's unique mission. The purposes of the program include
- Help each student better understand that faith in the teachings of the restored gospel of Jesus Christ are relevant to professional life.
- Develop in students those management skills that will assist them in becoming influential leaders in their home, their church, their community, and their profession
- Expand our students' vision of their possibilities for their future professional and other endeavors
MBA students are required to complete 64 credit hours during the course of their two years in the MBA Program. The curriculum is designed to provide students with a breadth of business education as well as to allow students to develop a depth of expertise in a chosen field. The areas of expertise (majors) from which students may chose include:
- global supply chain management
- organizational behavior / human resource management
MBA students may broaden their training by completing minor courses of study. Minors require 10 - 12 credit hours and are available in:
- information systems
- international business
- social innovation
On average, over 99% of students complete the program in two years.
Overview of MBA Curriculum
The MBA curriculum consists of
- 24.5 credit hours - required core classes
- 21 to 24 credit hours - required major classes
- 13 to 16 credit hours - elective graduate business classes
The required core classes include - corporate financial reporting, managerial accounting, leadership, business finance, operations management, strategic human resource management, marketing management, strategy, global management, and business ethics.
Students are also strongly encouraged to complete a paid internship during the spring/summer between their first-year and second-year of the MBA Program.
Specific curricula for each major can be obtained through the following links -
Other Curriculum Information
Faith and Professional Accomplishment
Demonstrate the relevance of personal faith to professional development.
Enhance, as a leader or a member, the leadership and collaborative ability of individuals in teams and organizations.
Identify how trends in the global economy influence the strategies of companies.
Translate ethical values into business practice.
Demonstrate proficiency in the subject matter of their major. Additionally, students will gain proficiency in all core disciplines of business including corporate finance, financial accounting, marketing, global supply chain/operations, human resource management, leadership, strategy, global management, managerial accounting, and ethics.
As part of the MBA Career Services Sherpa program, each MBA student is assigned a mentor to assist the student in his/her pursuit of internship and full-time employment opportunities, as well as professional and career mentoring.
Evidence of Learning
Please see the Alignment Table (below)
Learning and Teaching Assessment and Improvement
All students are required to complete faculty evaluations at the end of every class. Faculty are expected to review the student evaluations. Department chairs and the MBA director review the student evaluations. The student evaluations identify areas where faculty excel and lead to commendation of those faculty to reinforce good performance. When the student evaluations indicate an area where improvement should be made, the department chair or the MBA director will work to mentor that faculty member. The reports are then filed in the online student evaluation system.
During the first semester of the MBA Program each student is assigned to a study team consisting of four to five students. Each student team meets with either the Director of the Associate Director to discuss their experience in the program. When consistent patterns emerge from the student teams we determine a plan to improve the program. Suggestions are then discussed by the MBA administration and program changes are made if necessary.
Prior to graduation every student is required to meet with either the Director of the Associate Director to discuss their experience in the MBA Program and to offer any suggestions for program improvement. These suggestions are then reviewed by the MBA Executive Committee to determine what program changes may need to be made. In addition, graduating students complete two surveys - the EBI survey and the MSM exit survey. At the end of every school year, this information is reviewed with the Marriott School Deans and is used in making improvements to the MBA Program.
The MBA Program Curriculum Committee consists of representatives of each MBA major as well as each MBA Minor. These committee members represent their faculty groups within the MBA Program. Suggestions from faculty relating to program or curriculum improvement are discussed in this committee and proposed changes are considered. Policies made by the curriculum committee are implemented by the MBA Operating Committee (consisting of the Program Director, Associate Director, and Assistant Director) who are responsible for the day-to-day operations of the program and who are responsible for the paperwork processing associated with any changes to the program.
In addition, the MBA Program Curriculum Committee establishes learning objectives and reviews evidence of learning in order to better guide decisions made by the committee.
Alumni and Professional Input
Each major within the MBA Program has an advisory board consisting of alumni and professionals in the major field who have committted to assisting the major in staying current with developments in the profession. The members of these advisory boards gather several times a year to share with our faculty changes that are occurring in their fields and then discussions are undertaken as to how the program curriculum might be modified to prepare our students for a changing workplace.