MBA Prerequisites

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Prerequisites for an MBA Degree

All applicants to CCU's online MBA program are required to have fulfilled MBA prerequisite courses in Accounting, Finance, and Statistics.

These prerequisites may be fulfilled in one of the following ways:

  • The completion of undergraduate coursework as demonstrated by the student’s transcript
  • Taking the course at CCU or another accredited undergraduate institution
  • Completing the equivalent CLEP or DSST exams
  • Completing the courses online. See below for details.

Prerequisite course descriptions


An introduction to corporate financial accounting, focusing on the accounting process, balance sheet, and income statement. Emphasizes the accounting cycle, financial statement analysis, and generally accepted accounting principles. Includes an introduction to performance measurements, budgeting, and income tax accounting.


The Finance prerequisite can be met through coursework or testing that involves a practical overview of relevant foundational aspects of business finance such as the role of the finance manager, risk-return, time value of money, ratio analysis, and financing decisions; basic application of these principles to the business environment.


An introduction to probability and statistics with primary focus on collecting, displaying, analyzing, and interpreting sample data. Using probabilities to solve problems. Application of basic probability distributions, methods of statistical inference including parameter estimation and hypothesis testing.

An MBA candidate may start CCU's MBA program before completing the MBA prerequisites, but must complete the appropriate prerequisite prior to registering for the class for which it is required.

Take MBA prerequisite courses online

CCU has partnered with Ivy Software to provide students with a convenient and flexible way to fulfill online prerequisite courses at an affordable cost. The following courses are available for purchase:

  • Business Math and Statistics (fulfills Statistics prerequisite)
  • Financial Accounting: A Management Perspective (fulfills Accounting prerequisite)
  • Understanding Corporate Finance (fulfills Finance prerequisite)

Each program takes on average 20 hours to complete. Students are able to download all course material. The student must pass a final course test with at least an 80% in order for the course to count toward the prerequisite.

Purchase and download prerequisite courses on the Ivy Software website.

Notify your CCU Student Services Advisor (SSA) of any problems you encounter with an Ivy Software program or any time you pass a test. He or she will be able to take the appropriate action to ensure that your degree plan is updated with the completed prerequisite information.

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