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Missing prerequisites or outdated prerequisite courses taken many years ago are commonly faced challenges for professionals considering a return to business school to complete their MBA. To remedy this in the most efficient manner possible, the Kate Tiedemann College of Business developed the Online MBA Essentials Modules. These self paced alternatives to traditional undergraduate courses give newly admitted MBA students the opportunity to get caught up on important terminology and concepts quickly (in as little as 2 weeks per module in some cases) so that they can stay on track for a timely graduation with their MBA. Course materials in the MBA Essentials Modules are delivered via Apple iBooks and a complimentary Apple iPad is issued to any new student that requires MBA Essentials Modules.

Effective Fall 2016, there are 9 undergraduate prerequisite courses to the MBA program.  The Kate Tiedemann College of Business reviews every incoming MBA student’s educational background to determine:

  • If a prerequisite is missing from the student’s educational history
  • If a prerequisite was completed but the student received a letter grade below B
  • If a prerequisite was completed more than 7 years prior to admission to the MBA Program

If any of the above bullets are true for a particular prerequisite, then the student will be asked to complete the corresponding MBA Essentials Module.

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.

Below is a list of the 9 undergraduate prerequisite courses, shown with USF System course numbers and titles, and their corresponding MBA Essentials modules.

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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


Students may begin their required Essentials Modules as soon as they are accepted into the MBA program. If they have four or fewer modules left to complete before their first semester in the program begins, they may begin for-credit MBA courses. The remaining modules must be completed during their first semester.  If more than four modules remain, then their acceptance will be deferred to the following semester to allow more time to complete the modules.

As soon as a student receives their official acceptance letter to the MBA, they should contact the USF St. Petersburg MBA Office to discuss which Essentials Modules they will need to complete and begin the process of enrollment.

Each module can be comfortably completed in approximately 2 weeks.


Students are charged $500 per required module but no more than $3000 total.  At the time the student elects to begin their required modules, they are charged a non-refundable deposit (maximum $1000) in order for the course materials to be issued.  The remaining balance for the MBA Essentials will be added to the first semester’s tuition bill.


Students will not be allowed to register for the following classes, if the requisite modules have not been completed:

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

Progress in the MBA Essentials Modules is monitored very closely. Students will not be allowed to register for any upcoming classes, if they have not made enough progress on their required Essentials modules.


Academic Success Center Tutoring Schedule

If the Academic Success Center does not have tutors that fit your schedule, or you are a long-distance student, tutoring services like or may be helpful to you. The USF Libraries also have a great online tutoring resource offering 120 minutes of free tutoring to any USF System student.