It should be understood that prerequisites for the graduate degree, Master of Business Administration (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. Prerequisites are really enhancements to one’s educational experience.
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. However, this should be accomplished as efficiently and quickly as possible. The program attempts to do that with several alternative processes designed to provide flexibility and convenience for students.
The Graduate Admission Committee reviews the applicant file to determine what prerequisites have already been met by previous undergraduate or graduate course work. Many students will have had all or many of these topics earlier. The committee may also 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 some prerequisite topics still remain, the following options may be used:
Successful completion of three semester hours of microeconomics.
The college offers an accounting course that meets both the accounting and finance requirement as well as courses specifically designed to meet the requirements for quantitative reasoning and marketing.
Individual undergraduate equivalent courses are available for all prerequisite topics: computer literacy, accounting, microeconomics, statistics, finance, and marketing.
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.
The following is a list of specific prerequisite courses that should be taken before the corresponding graduate course or courses.
Accounting & Financial Management (AC221, AC222, BA350, AC400 or equivalents)
Marketing (MK340, BA495, or equivalent)
Quantitative Reasoning (MA105 or equivalent) - All MBA courses
Microeconomics (EC201or equivalent)
Computer Skills (IT102, IT103, IT104 or equivalent) - All BA500 level courses
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