As a professional returning to school, missing prerequisites or outdated prerequisite courses are common challenges. The KTCOB Online MBA Essentials Modules are time efficient, self-paced alternatives to undergraduate courses that can be completed in two weeks or less, enabling you to refresh your business foundation and stay on track for graduation.

The MBA Admissions Committee assigns MBA Essentials as part of the MBA application review process. You will be notified of any assigned MBA Essentials after you receive your admissions decision.

We evaluate:

  • If a prerequisite is missing from your educational history
  • If a prerequisite was completed, but a letter grade below a B was received
  • If a prerequisite was completed more than seven years prior to your admission into the MBA Program

Many students, particularly those that do not have undergraduate degrees in business will complete multiple MBA Essentials Modules prior to starting their graduate level coursework.


Each module is shown with their corresponding prerequisite course(s), shown with USF System course numbers and titles.

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  • ACG 2021 Principles of Financial Accounting
  • ACG 2071 Principles of Managerial Accounting

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  • MAR 3023 Basic Marketing

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  • MAN 3025 Principles of Management

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  • FIN 3403 Principles of Finance

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  • ECO 2013 Principles of Macroeconomics
  • ECO 2023 Principles of Microeconomics

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Information Systems Management

  • ISM 3011 Information Systems in Organizations

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Business Statistics

  • QMB 3200 Business & Economic Statistics II

*Courses taken at institutions that are not AACSB accredited are subject to full syllabus review prior to assuming satisfaction of the prerequisite.

Module Completion Timeline

Newly admitted students may begin working on the MBA Essentials immediately upon payment of the MBA Essentials deposit. Students must have four or fewer Essentials outstanding in order to begin taking for-credit MBA courses. If more than four Essentials are assigned, the student must complete the difference prior to the start of their term of entry. All assigned MBA Essentials modules must be completed by the end of the first term of the MBA Program.

Students must complete the following prerequisites or Online Essentials Modules equivalents before you can register for Core MBA classes:

  • ECO 6419 Managerial Analysis: requires Economics and Statistics
  • FIN 6465 Financial Statement Analysis: requires Accounting and Finance