Master of Business Administration (major; M.B.A.)

The 36-semester-hour MBA program consists of five cross-functional required courses (30 credits) and two elective courses (6 credits) and can be completed in five semesters and one summer if students follow the course sequence outlined on the following page. Each cross-functional required course integrates core knowledge areas with skills, values, and attitudes to enable graduates to build relationships that enhance organizational capability, results, and agility. The elective courses offer students the opportunity to focus in greater depth on selected business practices, topics, and issues.

Core knowledge areas representing the disciplinary content traditionally found in separate courses in an MBA program are integrated developmentally across the required courses and include:

  • Accounting/finance
  • Marketing, production, and microeconomics
  • Organizational behavior, human resources, and managing organizational change
  • Macro environment: macroeconomics, regulation and public policy, and global economics
  • Technology and quantitative methods

MBA Program Outcomes

By emphasizing experiential learning in an integrated business curriculum, the Alverno MBA assists students to develop their managerial competence and proficiency in:

Strategic Analysis

The Alverno MBA graduate uses knowledge of proven and emerging business principles and strategies to navigate complexity; recognizes the defining areas of distinctiveness of different enterprises and how to leverage them to advantage in the marketplace.


The Alverno MBA graduate knows how to get the right work done in the right way to get results; takes a disciplined, reality-based, and focused approach to translating strategy into action, using the resources of the organization and the team wisely to produce results.


The Alverno MBA graduate integrates and applies cross-disciplinary business knowledge to create and deliver inventive business solutions to customers and other stakeholders in ways that create and add value to business processes, products, and services.

Global and Cultural Competence

The Alverno MBA graduate uses interdisciplinary knowledge and enhanced cultural competence to interact with, manage, and lead individuals, teams, and business units within a variety of cultural and global contexts to develop relationships, resources, and markets.

Ethical Managing and Leading

The Alverno MBA graduate identifies competing values in business decisions and can act with a commitment to integrity in interactions that lead to the development of trustworthy relationships with customers, colleagues, suppliers, and other key business partners.

For 130 years, Alverno College has been dedicated to the education of women, preparing them for lives of personal and professional distinction and meaningful engagement with the world. Alverno extends this mission to men as well, through graduate and adult classes. We are a Catholic, liberal arts college with a curriculum so unique, educators from around the world come to Alverno to learn how we teach. Alverno’s abilities-based approach to learning ensures our graduates will learn more in class and retain knowledge longer. Students do not receive traditional grades, rather, they are assessed by faculty, community assessors, peers and themselves. Our small class sizes ensure students receive uncommon access to faculty. With an average student to teacher ratio of 10:1, you are guaranteed an individualized learning experience.

MGT-600Integrated Management6
MGT-610Assess Self, Organization& Opertng Envr6
MGT-620Bldg Processes, Relationships& Resource6
MGT-630Acting W/Innovation, Creativity& Imagina6
MGT-640Creating Agility in Dynamic Environments6
Take 6 credits of 600 level MGT electives6