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Master of Business Administration

Program Overview

The UW Full-Time MBA Program delivers professional management education that connects principles, concepts, and intense case analysis (classroom) with real world experience (Friday Executive Leadership Program and Summer Experiential Project) as tools for making business decisions.  Students will develop leadership and managerial skills.  UW MBAs will possess the education and training to compete in today's rapidly changing global business world.

Class sizes are small and diverse with respect to age, gender, experience, and nationality.  Courses are taught by a select group of business faculty members.  The total program experience (both inside and outside the classroom) is designed to provide exceptional learning along with life-long relationships.

Admission Requirements

A Faculty Admissions Committee, chaired by the Director of the MBA program, will review all applications. Application to the program is open to students who have a four-year baccalaureate degree from an accredited university or college. Admissions preference will be extended to candidates who are interested in dual-degree programs from other UW schools and colleges, to candidates who have completed a baccalaureate degree in a professional technical field (e.g., engineering) in the preceding semester, and candidates with 2 or more years of post-baccalaureate work experience. Students with a baccalaureate degree in a business discipline or business administration are eligible for the program, but will not be allowed to waive any of the core courses.

Applicants must provide official academic transcripts, GMAT or GRE test results, three letters of recommendation, and a current resume. In the case of dual degree and professional technical field applicants one letter of reference from an active research faculty member is requested.

Students whose native language is not English must submit TOEFL results.  No exceptions for students from other UW colleges and schools seeking dual degrees. Please be advised that our program includes significant class discussion, substantial daily reading, and many written assignments.

Attainment of minimum requirements does not guarantee admission      

  • Bachelor's degree from an accredited university or college
  • Undergraduate GPA greater than 3.0, preferred
  • GMAT or GRE exam scores
  • Letters of recommendation (official recommendation form) sent by the reference to the MBA Program Office
  • Resume
  • Participate in an interview, either on-campus (preferred) or by telephone (the MBA Programs office will call international applicants)
  • Official transcripts from each institution attended. Transcripts should be sent directly to the MBA Program Office.

Additional International Student Admission Requirements:

  • Sufficient financial resources as established by the University of Wyoming.
  • A minimum TOEFL score of 105 on the Internet-based exam. TOEFL scores are valid for two years.

Degree Requirements

  • 44 credit hours of graduate credit (35 hours of required Core MBA courses plus 9 hours of elective tracks at equivalent MBA level), including participation in all MBA program activities (Orientation, MBA Executive Leadership Program, Personal Development, NOLS Leadership Program, and case competitions).
  • This is a cohort based program. The course sequence is highly-structured and all course requirements must be completed in their prescribed manner. Course sequence is subject to change, in extremely rare circumstances, at the discretion of the MBA Director.
  • All students are required to pass a Comprehensive Examination at the conclusion of the Fall 1 semester to continue in the program.

Course of Study

(sequence subject to change only at the direction of the MBA Program Director)

Pre-Term 1

  • Students participate in a 3 day orientation and may receive pre-work from the Fall 1 Core faculty.

Fall 1: MBA Core (15 credit hours)

  • Financial Accounting
  • Business Research Methods
  • Decision Making
  • Organization Behavior/Human Resources
  • Operations Management
  • Professional Development I

Spring 1: MBA Core (17 credit hours)

  • Managerial Accounting
  • Managerial Finance
  • Marketing Management
  • Innovation and Entrepreneurial Management
  • Decision Sciences and Systems Analysis
  • Professional Development II
  • Managerial Economics

Summer: MBA Core (3 credit hours)

  • Experiential Learning Project (May - July)

Pre-Term 2

  • Students will participate in a 4-7 day outdoor program building leadership and team skills.

Fall 2: Core (3 credits)

  • MBA Capstone

Fall 2: Electives (9 credits) - General Management or Energy Management Concentration
General Management Track

  • International Business (includes a one-week global business experience)
  • Employment Law
  • Energy Management Elective (Choose one)

Energy Management Concentration (will be denoted on the student's transcript)-Choose 3

  • Energy Accounting
  • Energy Finance 1: Project Evaluation
  • Energy Supply Chain Management
  • Energy Economics

Dual Degree Programs
The following dual degree programs are available:

  • MS in Engineering / MBA - first year in MBA program; second year MS studies
  • Pharm. D. /MBA - first year in MBA program; four years Pharmacy studies
  • J.D. / MBA - first year in law studies; second year in MBA program; final two years law studies

Students will need to be admitted to both degree programs.  The MBA Core courses are required of all students, including the Capstone course.  At the completion of all graduate studies, students will receive two degrees.
Energy Management Major (59 credit hours) - Designation will appear on MBA Degree

  • MBA Core (35 credit hours) - Fall 1, Spring 1, and Summer Experiential Project
  • Fall 2 (12 credit hours)
     o Energy Accounting
     o Energy Finance 1: Project Evaluation
     o Energy Supply Chain Management
     o Energy Economics
  • Spring 2 (12 credit hours)
     o Energy Regulatory and Policy
     o Energy Finance 2: Energy Trading, Hedging and Securities
     o Energy Marketing
     o Energy Strategy (Capstone)

Additional Information

Tuition & Fees

Tuition and fee charges will include all course materials program events, experiential learning project, outdoor program, international experience, MBA Leadership Program, UW MBA sponsored conferences, and case competitions.  Textbooks are not included.
MBA Executive Leadership Program
Students participate in weekly meetings (primarily on Fridays) with business leaders from a wide variety of industries (for profit and tax exempt) and political leaders.  The program takes place mostly on campus, but does include some travel.  This program supplements the class work (Monday - Thursday), provides discussion and learnings of business challenges (including crisis management), opens the students' horizons on career opportunities, and provides long-term networking opportunities.  Students will have private meetings with over 60 leaders during their MBA studies.

Experiential Learning Project

The required summer experiential learning project will give students the opportunity to address real-world strategic issues for business, government, and non-profit entities.  The project will be administered from the UW campus and students will have access to COB facilities to perform analyses, develop recommendations, and prepare a written and oral presentation to management.  Students will travel to company sites and other locations for data collection and interviews, as appropriate.  College faculty will participate in these projects as mentors.  Students cannot take any other courses during the summer experiential project.

Track Courses

Nine credit hours of graduate-level coursework in the College of Business are required during the final semester of study for the General Management track and Energy Management Concentration track.  Students must receive approval from the MBA Program Director prior to enrolling in other tracks of study.

Executive MBA Program

Students enrolled in the Full-Time MBA Program may not apply credits from the Executive MBA Program (courses with a MBAX prefix) to their degree, and vice versa.

Academic Requirements

Students must maintain a cumulative GPA of 3.0 in the MBA program to remain in "good standing".  If a student's GPA falls below 3.0, he or she is automatically placed on academic probation; the student must raise their cumulative GPA to 3.0 the following semester to avoid dismissal from the program.  Other requirements involving program dismal include:

  • A student who earns a grade lower than a "C" in any course is dismissed from the program
  • A student earning more than one "C" will be dismissed from the program
  • A student earning less than a "B" in the Summer Experiential Project or the Capstone course will be dismissed from the program
  • A student failing the Comprehensive exam will be dismissed from the program

Transfer Credit

A maximum of nine credit hours of MBA graduate course work taken at another institution and not applied toward any other degree may be applied to the Full Time MBA program subject to regulations regarding transfer of credit and the the approval of the MBA Program Director. 

Master of Business Administration (MBAM) Courses

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