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The Master of Business Administration (MBA) consists of a minimum of thirty-three (33) semester-hours of credit. The 33 hour requirement includes a core curriculum, quasi-core and emphasis electives.

Students who enter the program lacking adequate background in specific areas of business, as determined by our graduate faculty, will be required to take prerequisite courses in those fields and may include as many as five additional courses for students with no business background.


Program Length

The MBA degree can successfully be completed within a two year time frame, being that the student has completed the required prerequisite courses


Online and Classroom Courses

The MBA program is designed with the working professional in mind. Students can take courses in the classroom, online or a combination of both.

Classroom: Residential courses are offered on campus one night a week from 6 -9 p.m., Monday through Thursday. Small class sizes (average of 12 students) ensure individual attention from our experienced professors.

Online: Web-based courses are geared to provide motivated learners greater flexibility as they read and discuss assignments and take online tests and quizzes. Students do not have to be online at a certain time; however, there are deadlines for assignments.

Blended: Blended courses are also an option for certain courses, combining online with residential.

We advise students to take the combination of residential or online courses that best balances their needs for personal attention and flexibility.



For all course descriptions please refer to the academic course catalog.

Prerequisite Courses (varies from 0-15 hours depending on background)

Prerequisite courses may be waived if previously completed with a C or better (Finance, a B or better) in the undergraduate curriculum. If courses exceed 10 years (Finance, 7 years), students are given the option to test out of or retake them. For more information, please contact an enrollment counselor.

Orientation- BUSI 600 01 (0 credits)

Core (21 hours)

The Capstone course, BUSI 650, must be completed within the last two courses of the program.  This course is designed to act as a comprehensive integrative experience, bringing together the breadth of the MBA curriculum. Students must pass this course with a grade of B or higher in order to graduate.

Quasi-Core (3 hours-choose 1)

Emphasis (9 hours)

Choose three electives from the following areas of emphasis: 

  • Accounting (emphasis cannot be completed online) 
  • Finance 
  • Leadership 
  • Management Information Systems 
  • Human Resource Management (emphasis cannot be completed online)
  • Students may choose any combination of electives in order to receive a General Management Emphasis

MBA Exit Assessment - BUSI 699 01 (0 credits)



Accounting (9 hours) 
Choose three: 

Please visit these websites for questions about licensure as a CPA:

National Association of State Boards of Accountancy 
South Carolina requirements

Finance (9 hours)
Choose three: 

Leadership (9 hours)
Choose three: 

Management Information Systems (9 hours)
Choose three: 

Human Resource Management (9 hours) 
Choose three: 

General Management (9 hours) 
Students who do not wish to earn an emphasis in Accounting, Finance, Leadership, Human Resource Management or MIS, may choose any 3 electives except those that count as a required core course and those that count as a prerequisite for our MBA Program to earn a General Management Emphasis. For example, 503, 504, 505, 506 and 508 cannot count as an elective.

Choose three:

Policies Regarding Emphasis Selection

1. Students receiving an emphasis within the MBA will have the emphasis noted on the official transcript. Diplomas do not reflect the emphasis.

2. Students must declare an emphasis by filling out the appropriate form at the Registrar's Office by midterm of the semester prior to graduating from the MBA program. A student who has received an MBA from Charleston Southern University without an emphasis may return to earn an emphasis by completing the necessary course requirements in the chosen emphasis.

MBA Exit Assessment

At the end of their program, all students are required to complete BUSI 699, MBA Exit Assessment (0 credit hours) in their final semester, as a graduation requirement.