The Marriott School MBA provides a comprehensive management education that prepares students for professional managerial and leadership positions in a changing world. The program offers a curriculum that exposes students to the underlying disciplines and then reinforces those principles with practical field-study projects--an interactive approach to management education that binds knowledge to experience.
One unique strength of the Marriott School MBA is the intimate class setting. Small class size becomes a considerable advantage in a program that takes a team-oriented approach to solving business problems. This team emphasis begins immediately. New students are introduced to each other and to the program through participation in a series of outdoor activities in the beautiful Wasatch Mountains. They develop a sense of cooperation and trust by solving problems and achieving personal and group goals. The bonding and support established in this experience continues to grow as students pursue their course work together, helping each other achieve success.
All entering MBA students are required to be enrolled in the management core classes during the first year (two 15-week semesters) of study. The Marriott School MBA follows a strict lockstep format wherein first-year students enter the program in the fall, then take all their classes together during the first year. Because of the intensity of the courses and the number of hours spent in group work outside the class room, students cannot work during the first year of the MBA Program.
The required courses, though challenging for most first-year students, provide vital tools, concepts, and techniques for analysis in the basic functional areas of business.
Instruction in the management core enables students to apply the tools learned in one course to the solution of problems encountered in another. Often, a case discussion will be led by a group of faculty members from several of the functional areas, providing an environment that encourages students to analyze issues from multiple perspectives.
Entering MBA students are divided into three sections of approximately 50-55 students each. A section is then organized into smaller study teams of approximately five students. Group assignments are made according to such factors as undergraduate major, academic background, language background, and previous work experience.
In a lockstep format, the team experience is critical. Much of the students’ learning takes place in their groups and outside the classroom as they learn to work together to deal with the pressures and uncertainties of management positions.
First-year Course Work
In order to establish a solid background in the essential business disciplines, all students take the required core classes. Following is the list of core classes for the fall and winter semesters:
First Year - Fall Semester Core
First Year - Winter Semester Core
Following the second semester of the program, students are strongly encouraged to spend the summer in independent work experiences or internships that further their professional interests. As students return for their second year, they bring back professional experiences that enrich their academic work.
Second-year Course Work
During their second year, students are free to choose from a variety of elective courses to fulfill their chosen major within the MBA Program.