Foundations courses are required to prepare students for full admission into the graduate business curriculum. Students with a bachelor’s degree in business from an AACSB-accredited institution will be understood to have automatically met the MBA Foundations requirements. In other cases, the Graduate Business Office will evaluate the student’s transcript(s) for prior coursework equivalencies. Applicants who have not met all of the Foundations coursework requirements may be “conditionally admitted” for the purpose of Foundations completion. Upon completion of the Foundations requirements, a student is considered for admission into the graduate business curriculum. Typically, one graduate course may be taken in the same semester as the final Foundations course while still under conditional admission status. The student’s overall Foundations GPA is expected to be at least 3.0 in order to be considered for admission into a graduate business program. Students who do not have at least a 3.0 Foundations GPA will not be permitted to take one graduate course with their last Foundations course while under conditional admission status.
Students may contact the Graduate Business Office about challenging a Foundations course requirement by examination. Only one challenge exam per Foundations course may be taken. Challenge exams are an option only prior to the first entry into the course. No credit by examination will be given for courses contained in the graduate business curriculum.
Students who stop taking classes for at least 2 consecutive regular semesters (Fall or Spring) must file an appeal for reinstatement in the Graduate Business Programs Office. If such reinstatement is granted, the student will be subject to the Bulletin in effect at the time of reinstatement.
|IU Southeast Course||Credits||Undergraduate Equivalents|
|BUSE-F501 Foundations in Accounting||3||BUS-A201 and BUS-A202|
|BUSE-F502 Foundations in Finance||2||BUS-F301|
|BUSE-F503 Foundations in Economics||3||Introductory micro and macro|
|BUSE-F504 Foundations in Marketing||2||BUS-M301|
|BUSE-F505 Foundations in Statistics||2||ECON-E280|
|BUSE-F506 Foundations in Operations Mgmt.||2||BUS-P301|
|BUS-K321 Management Information Systems||3||(same)|
|MATH-M118 Finite Mathematics
MATH-M119 Survey of Calculus
BUS-A311 Intermediate Accounting I
MSSF Curriculum - 30 Graduate Credit Hours
|BUSE||A505||Strategic Cost Management|
|A507||Modeling & Simulation|
|E577||Financial Statement Analysis|
|E597||Fraud Issues in Business|
|E594||Business Analysis & Valuation|
|E595||Advanced Corporate Finance
(Director Permission: typically taken in last year of program completion)
|E554||Human Resource Management|
|E560||Venture Growth Management|
|E562||Special Topics in Business - when topic is relevant to MSSF degree plan|
|E567||Portfolio Management and Investment Analysis|
|E568||International Financial Management|
|E581||Special Topics: Information Technology Management Issues|
|E590||Independent Study - course topic must be approved by Director as relevant to MSSF degree plan|
Analysis of Current Economic and Business Conditions
|E596*||Intermediate Accounting II|
|H546*||Advanced Corporate Taxation|
|A maximum of 3 credit hours from the following list:|
|A508||Organizational Behavior & Leadership|
|B511||Business Communications (1.5 cr hr)|
|B513||International Environmental Analysis (1.5 cr hr)|
|B516||Legal & Ethical Environment of Business|
|C523||Systems Decision Theory & Applications|
*Cross-listed graduate elective courses are available for graduate students who have not previously taken the undergraduate equivalent. Any undergraduate prerequisite requirements must be met.
Community Service Requirement
Graduate Business students must perform at least 20 hours of community service in a project that involves their contribution in the form of business knowledge, leadership, and/or expertise. Some examples include volunteering for Big Brothers/Big Sisters, providing tax assistance for the elderly or disadvantaged, participating in a United Way agency, or serving on a not-for-profit board or advisory council. Activities that serve a narrowly defined population such as being an officer at the local Rotary Club or a church deacon are not appropriate for this requirement.
Furthermore, participation in admirable community service projects such as Habitat for Humanity would not be acceptable unless the service was in the form of contributing business expertise or in a leadership role.
Services in which the student organizes and/or directs the project for a non-profit organization are acceptable. Examples such as directing and/or organizing a community cleanup sponsored by the Rotary Club or chairing a church clothing drive for the needy are acceptable projects because they serve a need of the greater community.
The requirement may be completed at any time during the academic program. It is strongly recommended that the student plan to complete this requirement prior to the last 6 credit hours of coursework in the graduate curriculum. Students must submit a written proposal outlining a plan for satisfying this requirement to the Graduate Director for approval prior to performing the project.
The proposal should contain the following information:
- Name of the community organization or project selected to fulfill this requirement.
- Name and telephone number of a contact person at the organization.
- How your business knowledge, leadership, and expertise will be applied.
- Estimated time frame for completion of the project, including beginning and ending dates, if possible.
Normally, proposals are approved within one week of submission. Proposals that differ from typical projects, however, may require additional time for approval. Any services rendered prior to the approval of a proposal do not satisfy this requirement. Certification by the participating organization is also required. At the conclusion of the Community Service activity, students must submit a one- to two-page typewritten report summarizing the project, project outcomes and student’s contributions to these outcomes to the Director of the Graduate Business Programs for final approval.