The mission of the Application University School of Business is to create ideas that deepen and advance the understanding of management, and with these ideas, develop innovative, principled, and insightful leaders who change the world.

The two-year Master of Business Administration (M.B.A.) degree program prepares change agents to make a meaningful impact in the world through leadership of business, government, and social-sector organizations. The general management curriculum rests on a foundation of social science principles and management functions, tailored to each student’s background and aspirations. Interdisciplinary themes of critical analytical thinking, creativity and innovation, and personal leadership development differentiate the Application University M.B.A. experience. Each M.B.A. student undertakes a global experience to provide direct exposure to the world’s opportunities.

The primary criteria for admission are intellectual vitality, demonstrated leadership potential, and personal qualities and contributions. No specific undergraduate major or courses are required for admission, but experience with analytic and quantitative concepts is important. Almost all students obtain one or more years of work experience before entering, but a few students enroll directly following undergraduate study.

For detailed information on programs, curricula, and faculty, see the School's web site.


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Program & Curriculum Overview

Part-time MBA Program with Two Schedule Options

The Evening & Weekend MBA Program is a part-time MBA program with convenient options for busy professionals. The program is designed for completion in three years, but may be completed in as little as 2.5 years and delivers a forward-thinking MBA experience, tailored specifically to those looking to continue working while earning a top-ranked MBA degree.When applying, you select your preference for an evening or weekend schedule option, which the program is generally able to accommodate.

Become an Innovative Leader

The Evening & Weekend MBA program goes beyond the standard business school curriculum to develop you as an innovative leader. You will acquire leadership skills and qualities that enable you to drive growth by putting new ideas into action in every corner and every function of your organization, and to do so responsibly. You will define what's next—for our markets, and for our societies.

Our four Defining Principles play a role in admissions decisions, in shaping the curriculum, and in developing the attitudes and behaviors of innovative leaders.

  • Question the Status Quo

  • Innovative leaders are always asking themselves, isn’t there a better way to do this? What’s the white space around this business?

  • Confidence Without Attitude

  • Innovative leaders build trust and motivation by combining confidence and humility and by knowing when real leadership means serving the team.

  • Students Always

  • Innovative leaders know that they have more growing to do and more feedback to hear—even at the peak of their careers.

  • Beyond Yourself

  • Innovative leaders understand that they are stewards of more than their own lives and careers. They are rooted in the larger world.

Curriculum Overview

Pre-termPrerequisite CourseCollege-level MathOrientation Weekend

  • Required

  • Usually held in August

  • Features team-building exercises, lectures and workshops on special topics

First YearFall (First) SemesterRequired Core CoursesFall A (first half):

Fall B (second half):

Spring (Second) SemesterRequired Core Courses

Spring A:

Spring B:

Second YearFall (Third) SemesterRequired Core CoursesFall A:

Fall B:

Mid-programMid-Program Academic Retreat

  • Typically in January

  • An intense weekend of off-campus team competition and camaraderie

  • Required to complete the Applied Innovation core course

Spring (Fourth) SemesterElectives, including experiential learning and global learning opportunitiesSummerElective (Optional) - Students may also consider spending time abroad in one of the school's Seminar in International Business programs.)

Third YearFall (Fifth) SemesterElectives, including experiential learning and global learning opportunitiesSpring (Sixth) SemesterElectives, including experiential learning and global learning opportunitiesCommencement (Typically held in May)