The Curriculum of the Midland MBA

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Tuesday, December 31, 2013

The cohort model and core curriculum offered at Midland are integral parts of the value of the Midland MBA. Students in the Midland MBA build a strong foundation in a variety of core classes, working with their peers to develop their skills throughout the duration of the program. 

Structuring the program with a strong core curriculum and cohort-based classes allows students to succeed and learn together throughout the program. Courses draw on the strengths of each student at different times, and the cohort structure provides opportunities for each student to lead in the classroom. Every student who earns a Midland MBA will graduate with the skills and experience they need to turn in-the-classroom learning into real, tangible success in the business world.

Even as MBA curricula evolve around the country to meet changing demands within the business world, a solid core curriculum remains essential. These courses dictate what students will learn while attaining their MBA, and subsequently how prepared they are to succeed upon graduation. With the curriculum for the Midland MBA, we’ve set students up for success, offering them the opportunity to learn about everything from finance, to management, to strategy. We realize the value of an expanded core, and set up our program to reflect its importance. 

Below, you’ll find some frequently-asked questions about the Midland MBA curriculum:

How is the curriculum organized?
Our curriculum within the Midland MBA is divided into four main parts:

      • Waivable core: 12 credits; 8 waivable. Students who can demonstrate significant accomplishment in Financial Accounting, Managerial Economics, Marketing Management, or Statistical Models may waive two of the three credits in any of these courses, and complete one additional credit at Midland to bring their skills up to the master's level. For more information about prior credit at Midland, please see our blog post about the topic here
      • Required core: 18 credits. The required core is the heart of the Midland MBA. All Midland MBA students will take all of the following three-credit courses: Management & Ethics, Operations Management, Managerial Accounting, Financial Models, Decision Models, and Corporate Strategy.
      • Electives: 6 credits. After students have completed the waivable and required core, they will have the opportunity to take six credits of elective course work. These courses cover topics of interest to the class and are chosen by a bid process within each cohort, but will mostly likely reflect interest in the following areas: Accounting & Financial Services, Leadership & Management, Entrepreneurship, and Strategy. These electives offer students the chance to pursue advanced study in an area of personal interest.
      • Global Consulting & Strategic Communication: 6 credits. In the final term of the Midland MBA, students will have the opportunity to further develop the skills they have acquired in the first six terms through a consulting project within their final course. Students will work with a company that has global operations, based either locally or abroad, to develop a consulting project in partnership with the host company and Midland faculty. This project will not only serve as an in-depth learning experience for the student, but will also serve as a portfolio piece as the student completes their MBA. We encourage students to build out a project that directly connects with their personal career path, but will help develop a group project for those students not currently connected to global companies.

You can see a visual version of our curriculum outline here.

How does the cohort model work?
We designed the Midland MBA as a cohort program. By making the curriculum (and schedule) the same or very similar for all students within the program, students become better connected with their peers, developing a tight-knit network from the outset of the program, and are able to share expertise and experience with one another throughout all courses.

Every student will graduate with highly developed analytic and communications skills, a deep understanding of business tools and concepts, and a strong ethical foundation, and the attainment of those skills and insights is made possible by our tight-knit schedule.

Some schedule flexibility remains for students in the sixth term with the choice of electives, and in their consulting work in the final term. At this point in the MBA program, students will have the foundation of core courses and cohort connections that will allow them to succeed as advanced MBA students and business consultants.

Does Midland University offer any concentrations for the MBA program?
At this time, Midland University offers one concentration within the MBA program: accounting. 

Students may earn a concentration in Accounting by completing both required accounting courses (Financial Accounting and Managerial Accounting) as well as 6 additional credits in accounting during their elective term. While electives are chosen by a bid process, we will offer at least two accounting courses to be taken in this term so as to complete the Accounting concentration. There is no additional time required after the seven terms of the Midland MBA to complete this concentration.

The MBA curriculum here at Midland University will give students the tools they need to succeed, both in the classroom and in the business world.

Starting with our core curriculum, and culminating with the consulting project, students in the Midland MBA program will have the opportunity to form a strong educational and ethical foundation, enabling success in the business world long beyond the completion of their MBA.

If you’d like to learn more about the curriculum within the Midland MBA, or if you have questions about anything else that we mentioned here, feel free to contact us in the comments, via email at, by phone at 402-941-6517, or through Twitter @MidlandMBA. We’re happy to answer any questions you may have.


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