MBA curriculum

Charlton's MBA curriculum incorporates:

  • 7 core courses (21 credits)
  • 3 business electives (9 credits)

Some students—especially those with undergraduate degrees not in business—may also need to take the required foundation courses.

Core courses: build on your business foundation

All MBA candidates must take the 7 advanced core courses, which build upon the knowledge you bring into the program. In addition to these 7 required core courses, candidates must take 3 electives totaling 9 credits. These courses build upon the foundation knowledge by presenting interdisciplinary, case-based material that develops the your ability to manage or operate complex business operations.

The minimum credits for the MBA are 30, exclusive of foundation courses such as POM 500, FIN 500, or ACT 500.

Once enrolled in the program, you are expected to take all courses at UMass Dartmouth. However, up to 6 credits may be transferred into this sequence, either at the time of admission or after enrolling in the MBA program, to satisfy elective course requirements.

In extenuating circumstances, students may be allowed to transfer advanced core courses taken at an AACSB-accredited college or university. If you wish to receive credit, you must apply to the Assistant Dean for approval prior to taking a course at another institution. See the graduate catalog for detailed procedures. Only courses with a grade of "B" or better will be considered for credit transfer.

Concentrations: focus on your career goals

Upon completion of the related core courses, you may concentrate in the field that corresponds to your own interests and career goals. Business concentrations provide the foundation for you to enhance your own—and your company’s—performance by strengthening knowledge in specific areas.

Core curriculum

Foundation courses (for non-business majors)

Foundation courses (for non business majors)
ACT 500 Financial Accounting
FIN 500 Economic Concepts for Managers
POM 500 Statistical Analysis

Core courses

Core courses
ACT 650 Accounting for Decision Making
FIN 650 Finance for Decision Making
MGT 650 Advanced Organizational Behavior
MIS 650 Information Technology Management
MKT 650 Marketing Strategy
POM 651 Advanced Operations Analysis
MGT 659 Strategic Management



Enhance your skills and professional credentials to compete in the global business environment. The Accounting concentration broadens and deepens the accounting knowledge of practicing professionals. Choose three of the following.
ACT 670 Financial Statement Analysis
ACT 671 Strategic Cost Management
ACT 672 International Accounting
ACT 690 Special Topics

Business Analytics

Business Analytics
Learn the skills, technologies and concepts needed for managing and analyzing big and small data and creating impactful visualizations. Coursework across the concentration emphasizes hands-on experience. Business Analytics is a STEM-designated course.
MIS 650 Information Technology Management
Three (3) of the following courses are required
MIS 681 Business Intelligence and Knowledge Management
MIS 674 Applied Business Analytics and Information Visualization
POM 681 Business Analytics and Data Mining
MIS 690 / POM 690 Special Topics


Expand your analytical capacities to better understand and develop strategic financial decisions. The Finance concentration provides students with analytical and conceptual models of contemporary financial theory and practice. Choose three of the following.
ACT 670 Financial Statement Analysis
FIN 670 Investment Management
FIN 672 International Financial Management
FIN 698 Financial Institutions Managements
FIN 690 Special Topics

Marketing Option

Marketing Option

The Marketing Option provides a foundation in all facets of marketing. Students acquire the theoretical knowledge and practical skills necessary to bring a product to market and position it strategically in a competitive global business environment. Choose any three graduate level marketing courses at the 600- level (beyond MKT 650, the core class in the MBA program).



Leadership prepares leaders in the art and science of managing strategic change. This concentration is for professionals seeking leadership roles in a variety of settings. Choose three of the following.
MGT 600 Corporate Social Responsibility and Business Law
MGT 671 Management of Organizational Change
MGT 675 Managing Across Cultures
MGT 677 Lead, Motivate and Empower
MGT 673 Organizational Structure and Progress

Supply Chain Management and Information Systems

Supply Chain Management and Information Systems
Supply Chain Management and Information Systems focuses on practical knowledge to: examine various models of supply chain management; troubleshoot issues; and analyze  supply chain efficiency and productivity. Choose three of the following.
MIS 672 Digital Economy and Commerce
POM 675 International Supply Chain
POM 677 Logistics Strategy and Management
MIS 690 Special Topics or POM 690 Special Top

Environmental Policy

Environmental Policy

The Environmental Policy concentration offers advanced study in the formulation and implementation of policies for sustainable operations. The concentration promotes the development of critical analysis skills through the combined study of ecological issues and equitable policy practices.

POL 500 Public Institutions and the Policy Process
POL 562 Environmental Policy
Choose two:
POL 611 Administrative Law
POL 661 Environmental Law
POL 663 Ocean Policy and Law

Health Systems Management

Healthcare Management

The Healthcare Management concentration provides an introduction to one of the fastest growing sectors of the economy – healthcare.  Courses cover operational, behavioral, and policy topics in healthcare that are necessary to understand this complex field.  Choose three of the following:

Choose three:  
POM 684 Lean Healthcare Operations
POM 679 Management of Healthcare Operations
NUR 520 The U.S. Healthcare Delivery System
NUR 508 Healthcare Economics and Managing Healthcare Finances
NUR 515 Organizational Behavior and Leadership in Healthcare Organizations

International Business Option

International Business option
The International Business option enhances your ability to communicate and engage in the international arena with a greater appreciation of diverse commerce, cultural, and social contexts. Choose three of the following.
FIN 672 International Financial Management
MGT 600 Corporate Social Responsibility and Business Law
MGT 675 Managing Across Cultures
MKT 672 International Business and Multinational Enterprises
POM 675 International Supply Chain Management

Public Management

Public Management
In the Public Management concentration, you'll gain knowledge of the policy process, public management, and public finance.
POL 500 Public Institutions and the Policy Process
POL 510 Public Management
Choose two:
POL 512 Performance Management in the Public and Non-Profit Sectors
POL 537 Public Policy in Massachusetts
POL 539 Massachusetts SouthCoast: Problems & Policies

Individualized Option

Students may choose any three 600 level electives in the MBA program (beyond the core courses).

For complete descriptions of all Charlton graduate courses, please refer to the graduate catalog.

Charlton eportfolio program

All MBA students must develop and maintain an eportfolio as a requirement.

An eportfolio is an electronic space in which you'll store and assess the work you've done in courses throughout the MBA program (documents, reports, PowerPoint presentations, etc.). While your assignments are assessed in each course by a professor, the portfolio approach asks you to think about how each of these assignments and each of these courses contribute to the whole—that is, the learning objectives that Charlton has established for MBA students.

More about the eportfolio.