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Coursework & Prerequisites

Master of Business Administration Program

The Midland MBA is a rigorous, fast-paced program that will challenge students as they work through subjects for the first time and/or return to subjects previously introduced for a more in-depth examination to achieve mastery. However, to build a diverse class and professional network for students, prior business coursework or training is not required.

Previous Work


The graduate management admission test (GMAT) is not required for admission to the Midland MBA. If you have already completed this exam and wish to send your scores, we will consider them as part of your application, but find the exam is not the only predictor of success in our application-focused MBA.

Previous Business Courses

Prior undergraduate training in business is not required for admission to the Midland MBA.  A bachelor’s degree in any field is required to start a master’s degree program.

Preparatory Skills

In order for you to be best prepared to start your MBA, Midland will provide and require two non-credit courses at the start of your program. Both courses are entirely online and self-guided, and available to students as soon as they decide to enroll in their MBA. Students may take a pre-test at the beginning of either course to prove their previous knowledge in the course, and count for course completion.


To succeed in many of the MBA Analytical courses, such as Statistics, Cost Management, Managerial Finance, and Forensic Accounting, students need a have proficiency in the use of spreadsheets, including building and using formulas and macros, pivot tables, and charts & graphs. 


Written assignments are a significant element of the MBA program and a key skill for any professional. Students may be directed to the Writing Lab for assistance with business writing.

Credit for Prior Learning

To earn credit for a prior learning path, students must show proof of national or international certification (such as Project Management Professional certification from PMI), complete challenge exams (a Midland administered exam in a specific topic, such as Accounting), or submit a portfolio that provides evidence of knowledge and expertise in a given area, such as Management & Leadership. 

For additional information on the Credit for Prior Learning Path, visit the Credit for Prior Learning page.

Transfer Credit Policy

Have previous graduate-level business credit? Those seeking to transfer in completed graduate-level credit work may request a transfer credit evaluation to determine which courses may transfer into the Midland MBA. All credit must have been earned in the last seven (7) years with a B (3.0) grade or higher for transfer consideration per the Midland University general transfer policy. Students are required to complete, at minimum, 60% of graduate credit through courses at Midland University.

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