MBA Curriculum

Whether taken on-campus, blended with online learning, or as a team of cohorts, the WPI MBA is one outstanding degree with a common set of course requirements.

Required Courses (10 courses)

The required portion of the MBA curriculum consists of 10 integrative courses that ensure students have a solid foundation in the major functional areas of business and the tools necessary to successfully recognize and develop business opportunities, analyze business performance, and lead.  Required courses include:

  • ACC 503 Financial Intelligence for Strategic Decision-Making
  • BUS 500 Business Law, Ethics and Social Responsibility
  • ETR 500 Entrepreneurship and Innovation
  • FIN 500 Financial Information and Management
  • FIN 501 Economics for Managers
  • MIS 500 Innovating with Information Systems
  • MKT 500 Marketing Management   
  • OBC 500 Group and Interpersonal Dynamics in Complex Organizations
  • OBC 501 Interpersonal and Leadership Skills
  • OIE 500 Analyzing and Designing Operations to Create Value

Six of the above courses (FIN 500, FIN 501, MIS 500, MKT 500, OBC 500, OIE 500) may be waived based upon acceptable prior undergraduate or graduate coursework.

Required Projects (2 courses) 

BUS 501 Integrating Business Concepts to Lead Innovation (Pre-Capstone Experience)

This course will be help students practice integration of the concepts learned in the required courses in team-based projects. There will be case studies, simulations, and other activities emphasizing different aspects of business problems.

BUS 517 Graduate Qualifying Project (GQP) (Capstone Experience)

All students, singly or in teams, will be required to complete a capstone project that will:

  • be a self-contained project course
  • will include some formal communications skills component
  • integrate management theory and practice
  • incorporate a number of skills and tools acquired in the MBA curriculum
  • be contained in a report, available in the School of Business
  • be formally presented to members of the School of Business, outside sponsors, and other interested parties
  • clearly demonstrate that a number of the desired outcomes, described in the mission statement, are fulfilled.

Sources for topics and/or sites for execution of the project can come from the faculty member managing the project course, other faculty members (in or out of the department), participating students (so long as the activity remains outside the scope of their employment), and representatives from outside organizations.

Elective Courses (4 courses)

Students will be required to take 12 credits of elective work. Elective concentration areas include Entrepreneurship, Information Security Management, Information Technology, Operations Management, Process Design, Supply Chain Management, Technological Innovation, and Technology Marketing.