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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 Coursework

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.

Business Communications

Business Communications aims to improve written, verbal, and presentation skills for students. Students will practice these skills in the context of their current careers and utilize their experiences to create more impactful communication for and with their respective organizations.

Excel Modeling

Excel Modeling is an introductory course to spreadsheet modeling designed to aid business students in using Excel to summarize, report, and analyze data. As the electronic spreadsheet dominates as the primary tool for analyzing and modeling business problems, students will master in this course a core set of skills in using Excel in order to help them solve problems in a wide variety of business skills. 

Professional Experience

To ensure a valuable usage of the time of those with a business background, we offer a “prior learning path.” Using the prior learning path, students who have completed relevant coursework or have extensive experience in topics covered that may apply to take a 1-credit version of the related course and be awarded three credits upon completion.

To earn credit for 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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