Frequently Asked Questions about the Bloch MBA
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Courses begin in January (spring semester), May (summer semester) and August (fall semester).
The Professional MBA program for students without a bachelor's degree in business is 42 credit hours. The Accelerated Professional MBA program for students with a bachelor's degree in business or accounting is 33 credit hours. Most students complete the accelerated program in 2 years or less, while the 42-credit hour program usually takes 2-3 years to complete.
We offer nine different 12-credit-hour emphasis areas. Students who wish to pursue an emphasis in a particular functional area may do so by taking 12 specified credits in a functional area.
The only prerequisite is a bachelor's degree in any major from a regionally accredited college or university (or equivalent accredited bachelor's degree from another country). If you have not previously taken business coursework, it is a good idea to take an undergraduate accounting, statistics, or economics course to prepare for the MBA. There are also free or inexpensive online resources available that provide an overview of business concepts. All incoming students should be familiar with the basic functions of Excel spreadsheets.
It is strongly recommended but not required. By taking courses in a specified order, you are able to get to know your cohort group and build networks with each other. The course sequence also gives faculty the ability to assume prerequisite knowledge and in some cases to integrate content across simultaneous courses. For a document outlining the suggested course order, click here.
Details about the curriculum can be found on the Degree Requirements web page.
We recommend that someone who is employed full time take six credit hours in a regular semester, three credit hours in the summer, plus two immersion courses – one each during the week before classes start in year one and year two. The recommended course sequence shows only three hours in the summer. Students who wish to take courses on a full-time basis may do so.
You may transfer up to 6 credit hours of MBA coursework from another AACSB-accredited program. The credits must have been completed within the past 7 years with grades of C or higher. You should speak to your advisor about any credits you'd like to transfer at your first academic advising appointment.
The U.S. government requires that people on a student visa be enrolled on a full-time basis. UMKC defines full time as nine credit hours or higher. We have alternate course sequences allowing international students to complete the program taking nine credit hours per semester.
The Professional MBA program is designed for professionals who work full time and take courses in the evening. However, some students may choose to take a full-time load if their work circumstances change.
Please see your academic advisor to discuss your enrollment options.
No more than seven years are allowed to elapse between when you take your first courses and when you graduate.
Most classes are taught on Monday through Thursday evenings. A limited number of courses may have special schedules such as Saturday meetings. Please see your advisor if you have any questions about the course schedule.
Since the Professional MBA program is designed for working professionals, almost all courses are offered in the evening.
Please talk to your advisor to update your curriculum plan if you need to withdraw from a course.
Meet with your advisor to put together an updated curriculum plan.
Students in the 33-hour program must choose an emphasis area consisting of 12 credit hours in a single area.
Students in the 42-hour program may choose electives from among courses offered by several different emphasis areas if you feel that is what gives you the most value.
That is, an emphasis is optional for the 42-hour program, but it is mandatory for the 33-hour program.
No. If you are in the joint MBA/J.D. program, certain law courses will be eligible to serve as electives. You may also count 12 hours of graduate-level accounting courses or 12 hours of graduate-level public administration courses towards your degree.
It depends upon the elective. Check the course catalog description to be sure you have the prerequisites you need.
You should enroll in a capstone course near the end of the program, after you have completed all of the required core courses. You may enroll in a capstone course before your final semester in the program, depending on the capstone course topic that interests you most.
Yes. You can take an additional capstone and count it as an elective towards the degree.