The MBA Curriculum
The 45-credit program has four levels and is designed to be completed over two years.
Core Coursework: Foundational skill-building
Engaged in the Marlboro core, students solidify the essential skills of good business management. To sharpen their analytical capacities, they learn project management, systems thinking, and financial decision-making. To hone their collaborative skills and deepen their emotional intelligence, they engage in team-building, enlarge their leadership capacity, and learn to be better communicators.
Concentration Coursework: Specialization
Building from the strong foundation in cross-sector analytical and interpersonal skills, each student selects a concentration area: conscious business, collaborative leadership, mission-driven organizations, social innovation, project management or sustainable food systems. Students take 14 credits in the concentration area, allowing for a deep dive into more specialized skills and content areas. Learn more about the management concentrations.
Executive-level Coursework: Cross-sector leadership development
Across the second year of the program, MBA students engage in three rigorous, highly-engaging seminars team-taught by leading faculty-practitioners. Through disciplines such as business analytics, design thinking and systems mapping, as well as real-world scenarios and field visits, students hone their ability to solve complex problems in organizations, communities and the world.
Capstone: Synthesis and thought leadership
The culmination of our business degree is a capstone project in which each student designs an innovative response to a real-world problem or opportunity. The capstone has three elements:
- Problem definition with root cause analysis
- Project design and implementation
- Public presentation and personal reflection
MBA students work with a faculty advisor and industry or community mentor to develop a strong project that creates new social and business value. At the end of their Marlboro journey, students share their capstone project with a broad audience in a TED-style presentation, reflect in writing on their most significant personal and professional insights, and engage in an hour-long retrospective conversation with the degree chair, faculty advisor and capstone coordinator.