Prerequisites, Rationale, and Guidelines

Master of Business Administration

Prerequisites for corresponding graduate course(s):

  • MATH 105 (or equivalent) Quantitative Reasoning
    This course must be taken at the first available offering.

  • ACCT 221 Financial Accounting
    must be completed before:
  • BUS 540 Accounting Issues

  • BUS 350 Business Finance
    must be completed before:
  • BUS 550 Issues in Financial Management

  • MKT 240 (or equivalent) Marketing
    must be completed before:
  • BUS 530 Organizational Marketing

  • ECON 201 (or equivalent) Microeconomics
    must be completed before:
  • BUS 520 Managerial Economics

Prerequisites are enhancements to one’s educational experience. It should be understood that prerequisites for an MBA are intended to provide a minimal common base of knowledge concerning topics that permeate and are critical to the pedagogy, graduate course content, and outcomes of this graduate program.

Defiance College believes this common base should include:

  • basic computer skills, quantitative reasoning, microeconomics, basic accounting, and a rudimentary understanding of concepts in finance and marketing.

The Graduate Admission Committee reviews the applicant file to determine what prerequisites have been met by previous undergraduate or graduate course work. Many students will have had all or some of these topics earlier. The committee may waive prerequisites based on interviewing the applicant and evaluating work experience or non-credit training if it can be determined that there is equivalent content.

If prerequisites remain, the following options may be used:

  • Individual undergraduate equivalent courses are available for all prerequisite topics.
  • National CLEP and DANTES tests are available for most topics. This is useful if one has some knowledge of the topic and time and discipline to prepare with some guidance.
  • College-prepared proficiency tests are available for some prerequisites. 

Please note that these are alternatives. Prerequisites should precede most graduate courses so that the base of knowledge is available for use in the graduate course.