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Frequently Asked Questions about the Bloch MBA

If we are unable to answer your question here, please contact MBA Program Director Dustin Cornwell.


When does the program start?

Courses begin in January (spring semester), June (summer semester) and August (fall semester).

How long is it?

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.

Are there majors?

We offer nine different emphasis areas. Students who wish to pursue an emphasis in a particular functional area do so by taking 12 specified credits in a functional area.

What courses are in the core?

Details about the curriculum can be found on the Degree Requirements web page.

How many courses do I take in a semester?

Most students take 2 courses (6 credit hours) in the fall and spring semesters. You may also take 3 credits in the summer. If you'd like to take more courses, please consult with your advisor.

Can I transfer credits in from another school?

It is possible to 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 approved classes and transfer procedures at your first academic advising appointment.

What about international students?

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.

Can a domestic student take a full-time load?

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.

What if I need to change the number of hours I take each semester?

Please contact your academic advisor to discuss your enrollment options.

How long can I take to finish?

No more than seven years are allowed to elapse between when you take your first courses and when you graduate.

When are the classes?

Most classes are taught on Monday through Thursday evenings. A limited number of courses may have special schedules such as Friday and Saturday meetings. Please contact your advisor if you have any questions about the course schedule.

Can I take classes in the daytime instead of evening?

Since the Professional MBA program is designed for working professionals, courses are offered in the evening.

What if I have to drop a course?

Please talk to your advisor to update your curriculum plan if you need to withdraw from a course.

What if I need to take a lighter load?

Contact your advisor to put together an updated curriculum plan.

Do my electives have to be taken from among the emphasis area courses?

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.

Are core courses prerequisites for the elective courses?

It depends upon the elective. Course pre-requisites are listed on your MBA Advising Worksheet and Emphasis Area PDF.

When do I take a capstone?

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.

Can I take more than one capstone?

Yes. You can take an additional capstone and count it as an elective towards the degree.

Henry W. Bloch School of Management
5110 Cherry Street
Kansas City, MO 64110
816-235-2215

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