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Graduation Path & Course Scheduling Plans

To aid with course scheduling, The Richmond MBA has adopted a fixed course calendar and publishes a 3-semester look-ahead schedule. 

The current registration memo for Spring 2017 can be downloaded here.

Please contact the MBA office if you have questions about the course schedule or need assistance planning your path toward graduation. 

Current students can use the below recommended sequence of courses to plan course schedules throughout the program. 

Primary Course

Concurrent Recommendation
Opening Residency
501 -- Accounting
506 -- Economics
510 -- Finance
520 -- Marketing
504 -- Statistics 508 -- Social, Ethical, Legal Issues
570 -- International Residency
561/2 -- Communications 530 -- Org. Behavior
540 -- Operations
508 -- Strategy
591 -- Capstone 1
555 -- Analytics
592 -- Capstone 2 593 -- Capstone 3

The curriculum breaks into three distinct segments:

1. First Classes to Take

Accounting, Economics, Finance, Marketing. These are required prior to enrolling in International Residency. If you start the program in the fall and can be on campus two evenings per week, then you should complete all four in the fall and spring and take International Residency your first summer. If you start in January, then you will be able to finish these four by the end of your first fall semester and take International Residency your first spring. 

Statistics is the next core course you should take as it is a pre-requisite for Operations, Analytics, and several electives. It is offered in the first half of the summer and fall. Ethics will be offered in the second half of the summer and fall on the same evening as Statistics. You should take these courses in the same semester.

2. Middle Classes

After completing the five courses listed above, you can begin to schedule electives based on fit with your schedule and interest in the topic(s).

The following electives will be offered regularly:

  • Entrepreneurship
  • Innovation
  • Mergers & Acquisitions
  • Investments
  • Negotiations

Other electives will be offered on an ad hoc basis. Our goal is to offer 10 electives/year. 

International Residency is designed as a mid-program experience. You should take it the first spring or summer after completing the four prerequisites (above). 

Communications will be scheduled together in the first half of the fall and spring. Organizational Behavior will be scheduled in the second half of the fall and spring on the same evening as Communications. You should take these courses in the same semester. 

3. Capstone Project and Program Completion

The Capstone is a single unified project you complete in stages over three courses (591, 592, 593). All MBA students are enrolled in the Capstone course on Blackboard, where you can find all course descriptions and requirements, along with other helpful information. Prior to enrolling in 591, you should talk with Debbie Fisher about selecting a Capstone company (see Blackboard course for requirements for this meeting). 

You should take Strategy prior to 591 (Capstone 1). MBA 591 is offered in the second half of the Fall and Spring. During 591, you will develop a scope document that is approved by your advisor and the client company. This course represents the pre-work or “ramp-up” for your capstone project. A grade will be submitted after your project scope is approved.

You should take Analytics and Operations prior to 592 (Capstone 2). Project analysis, insights and recommendations are developed in MBA 592. This course includes the major work of the Capstone. A grade will be submitted after preliminary recommendations are delivered to the client.

MBA 593 (Capstone 3) is the wrap-up of your Capstone Project. You will develop an implementation plan, implications for the company, and suggest follow-on projects. A grade will be submitted after you complete your written report and present your recommendations to the client. 


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