At the heart of the UALR experience is an innovative, new curriculum that balances the analytical hard skills and theoretical knowledge required of MBAs with the highly sought after behavioral skills needed to tackle challenges, seize opportunities, and lead others.
The MBA program consists of 32-36 credit hours including 14 required courses, three foundation courses (accounting, economics, finance), and one career management course. Â Students may test out of any or all of the three foundation courses through passage of online assessments.Â These assessments are not required and students may choose to attempt any or all of them.Â For those choosing to take the assessments, on-line self-paced study modules are available and there is no limit to the number of times students may attempt them.Â Â However, the deadline for passage of the assessments is one week prior to the start of the semester.
All incoming students must demonstrate competency in the use of Excel spreadsheets through the passage of an online assessment.Â Passage of the Excel assessment is required before registering for ECON 7200.Â Information on all of the assessments and self-paced study modules may be obtained from the Graduate Business office (501-683-7490).Â Costs range from approximately $40 to $60 each.Â Payment is made directly to the vendor at the time of registration for the assessment.
Students with more than three years of professional experience are not required to take the one-hour course on career management; however, any MBA student may elect to take this course.
Leadership Skills Development Boot Camp
At the beginning of your first semester in the MBA program, new students will be required to participate in a one and one half day boot camp focused on developing leadership skills.Â This boot camp is the beginning of a learning odyssey that will help students develop highly sought behavioral skills that will distinguish them from others.Â It is the first of a two course sequence in leadership skills development that emphasizes learning by experience.Â Students will use behavior, feedback, and reflection to improve their ethical reasoning, teamwork skills, oral presentation skills, ability to influence others, and critical thinking as they progress through the MBA program.Â Each student will have a personalized plan of action will to help them tackle performance deficiencies and demonstrate quantifiable evidence of their skill level in each of these areas.
The Spring 2014 Leadership Skills Development Boot Camp will take place on January 31, 12:00 â€“ 5:00 pm and February 1, 9:00 am â€“ 4:00 pm OR February 7, 12:00 – 5:00 pm and February 8, 9:00 am – 4:00 pm.Â Attendance is mandatory for all incoming students. All dates of the event will take place in the Donaghey Student Center.