Each semester, you will take a STEM Business Honors course worth 1.5 credit hours that meets for 75 minutes per week. The class size is limited to 35 students, and each semester covers a business topic like Marketing, Accounting, or Operations Management, among others. You will engage in several group projects, closing out each semester with a case study based on the semester’s business topic. You are encouraged to stay with the same faculty member for each STEM Business Honors course to develop a mentor-mentee relationship with your professor and a sense of camaraderie with your cohort. Additionally, the STEM Business Honors courses will fulfill your departmental honors credit requirement as a student in the Honors College.
After you are admitted into the MBA Program, you will take one summer semester of three online MBA classes between your junior and senior years. The courses are online to allow you to engage in study abroad, internship, or co-op experiences while staying on track academically. Senior year, you will take another set of 1.5 credit hour STEM Business Honors courses dedicated to your senior project. Between your senior year and MBA year, you will take another semester of three online MBA classes. Finally, you will return to campus and take five courses in the fall and five courses in the spring to complete the MBA.
Starting freshman year, you will be assigned group innovation projects every semester that involve developing business models for new products or businesses. These innovation projects are themed; some past examples include NASA IP, a project focused on creating a marketable application of NASA intellectual property, and SmartCampus, a project focused on integrating modern techniques and technologies into university campuses to solve everyday problems. Typically, there are two innovation projects per semester. Additionally, as a final project, there is a case study focusing on the business topic of the semester. During your senior year, you will work on a year-long group project sourced from companies on the STEM Path to the MBA Advisory Board such as NetScout, Adtran, and Brasfield & Gorrie. Some of our student projects can be viewed on our STEM & CREATE innovation projects website: stem-create-innovate.ua.edu.
- Fall: GBA 171
- Spring: GBA 172
- Fall: GBA 271
- Spring: GBA 272
- Fall: GBA 371
- Spring: GBA 372
- Summer: 3 Online MBA Courses*
- Fall: GBA 571
- Spring: GBA 572
- Summer: 3 Online MBA Courses
- Fall: 5 On-campus MBA Courses
- Spring: 5 On-campus MBA Courses
*Assumes completion of 91 credit hours and admission to Graduate School