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Master of Business Administration (MBA)


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Contact the MBA Director

Kambiz Raffiee
(775) 682-9142


MBA Program Waiver Policy

Individual MBA core course requirements may be waived by permission of the MBA Office if students have completed an equivalent course within the last five years with a grade of at least B at an AACSB-accredited or equivalent institution.

Applications for core course waiver must be completed during a student’s first-year in the program.

The following core courses comprise the MBA common body of knowledge and are required unless waived. Students must complete the core requirements before enrolling in breadth courses. 51 credit hours are required for the completion of the MBA Program if nothing is waived out of core courses and 30 credit hours must be taken at the University to graduate from the MBA Program.

See the University General Course Catalog for more information about Course Descriptions.

The Common Body of Knowledge (Core) (21 credits)

  • BADM 700: Statistics for Decision Making (3 credits)
  • BADM 701: Production/Operation Management (3 credits) (BADM 700 Pre-Requisite)
  • BADM 710: Financial Reporting and Analysis (3 credits)
  • BADM 720: Management and Organizational Science (3 credits)
  • BADM 730: Economics of the Firm (3 credits) (BADM 700 Pre-Requisite)
  • BADM 741: Financial Management (3 credits) (BADM 700 Pre-Requisite)
  • BADM 760: Marketing Management (3 credits)

Breadth Courses (18 credits)

Enrollment in Breadth Courses requires completion of the Core Courses.

  • BADM 750: Information and Communications Technology in Organizations (required) (3 credits)
  • BADM 772: Changing Environments of Business (required) (3 credits)

Select any four of the following three-credit courses (12 credits):

  • BADM 711: Seminar in Managerial Accounting
  • BADM 726: Personal Branding
  • BADM 727: Seminar in Business Ethics and Social Responsibility
  • BADM 728: Managing Organizations in a Global Economy
  • BADM 729: Seminar in Management Issues
  • BADM 740: Seminar in Monetary and Financial Economics
  • BADM 742: Research Methods in Finance
  • BADM 743: Investment Management
  • BADM 744: Securities Analysis and Portfolio Management
  • BADM 745: Commercial Bank Management
  • BADM 746: Corporate Treasury Management
  • BADM 748: Real Estate Finance
  • BADM 749: Seminar in Finance
  • BADM 769: Seminar in Marketing Issues
  • BADM 779: Seminar in Logistics and Supply Chain Management Issues
  • BADM 780: Business and Public Policy Areas of Emphasis (3 credits)
  • BADM 791: Special Topics
  • BADM 794: Value Creation and Measurement

Areas of Emphasis (9 Credits)

In consultation with the MBA director, students may choose nine elective credits that have an industry or functional emphasis. Current areas of emphasis include accounting, entrepreneurship, finance, gaming management and information technology. Additional areas of emphasis may be developed in consultation with the director of MBA.

View more information about the Areas of Emphasis here.

Integration (3 Credits) (Required)

  • BADM 781: Strategic Management for Executives

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Contact the MBA Director

Kambiz Raffiee
(775) 682-9142


Our MBA program offers areas of emphasis in accounting, entrepreneurship, finance, and information technology, and renewable energy. You need a total of 9 credits for either an emphasis or general electives in the MBA Program at the University of Nevada, Reno.  Students who graduated from the College of Business at UNR cannot enroll in 600 level courses if they took them at the 400 level at UNR.

Note that MBA students can also pursue other areas of emphasis by taking graduate courses of their choice outside of the College of Business. For additional information on developing an emphasis in an area other than Business, please contact the MBA Office.

Also note that BADM 793 (independent study) is among the available courses to MBA students as either electives or as courses for an emphasis. For guidelines to do an independent study, click here. For BADM 793, you need to have a faculty advisor from the College of Business. Prior to registering for BADM 793, you should contact the MBA Office to discuss the details of the work involved and to get the contact information of a faculty advisor. Once the scope of the work for BADM 793 is worked out, the MBA Office will provide you with the information on how to register in the course.

Accounting Emphasis

There are two areas of accounting emphasis in the MBA Program: Financial and Tax.

Financial Emphasis

The study of financial accounting concerns the rules, practices, and conventions, referred to as Generally Accepted Accounting Practices (GAAP). GAAP is the standard used by companies who report their financial results to external parties including financial institutions, regulators, and shareholders. A solid understanding of GAAP is helpful for a career in the areas of finance, administration, and accounting. The 3-course financial emphasis will give you a solid understanding of current GAAP.

Advisor: Dr. Sonja Pippin

  • ACC 601 - Financial Reporting I (Prerequisite: BADM 710)
  • ACC 602 - Financial Reporting II (Prerequisite: ACC 601)
  • ACC 603 - Financial Reporting III

Tax Emphasis

The 3-course tax emphasis offers the MBA student both a thorough grounding in the Federal income tax regulations governing individuals and business entities and an analytical framework through which to analyze decisions with tax implications.

Faculty Advisor: Dr. Sonja Pippin

  • ACC 610 - Federal Taxation (Prerequisite: BADM 710)
  • ACC 611 - Taxation of Flow-Through Entities (Prerequisite: ACC 610)
  • ACC 789 - Taxation of Business Entities II (Prerequisite: ACC 610)

Entrepreneurship Emphasis

Entrepreneurship involves turning an idea into profit. This can occur with a startup or within an existing business. To see profit in an idea requires a breadth of business understanding, and to obtain profit from an idea requires the ability to execute. An emphasis in entrepreneurship provides grounding in evaluating business ideas and much detailed exposure to the practical steps necessary to form and execute a business plan.

Faculty Advisors: Professor Mark Pingle and Chris Howard

  • BADM 794 - Value Creation and Measurement
  • BADM 791 - Special Topics (Social Entrepreneurship & Non-Profit Management)
  • ENT 601 - New Venture Creation
  • ENT 602 - Entrepreneurial Finance
  • ENT 603 - Applied Entrepreneurship
  • ENT 693 - Special Topics in Entrepreneurship

Finance Emphasis

The general areas of study in finance are: corporate finance, investments, and financial institutions. The areas, respectively, involve decisions within the firm, analysis of a wide range of securities for inclusion in an individual or institutional portfolio, and an understanding of the types of markets securities trade in and their regulation. The finance emphasis offers courses in each of these areas and specialization in Corporate Finance (BADM 745, BADM 746, BADM 749, BADM 792, BADM 793, and FIN 604) and Investments (BADM 743, BADM 744, and FIN 610).

Faculty Advisor: Professor Sheri Faircloth

  • FIN 604 - Financial Management Theory and Practice (Pre-requisite: BADM 741)
  • FIN 610 - Financial Derivatives (Pre-requisite: BADM 741)
  • FIN 620 - International Finance (Pre-requisite: BADM 741)
  • BADM 742 – Research Methods of Finance (Pre-requisite: BADM 741)
  • BADM 743 - Investment Management (Pre-requisite: BADM 741)
  • BADM 744 - Securities Analysis and Portfolio Management (Pre-requisite: BADM 741)
  • BADM 745 – Commercial bank Management (Pre-requisite: BADM 741)
  • BADM 746 – Corporate Treasury Management (Pre-requisite: BADM 741)
  • BADM 749 - Seminar in Finance (Pre-requisite: BADM 741)
  • BADM 793 - Independent Study in finance (Pre-requisite: Approval of Faculty Advisor and the MBA Office)

Information Technology Emphasis

The Information Technology emphasis helps students learn how innovative information systems help organizations achieve sustainable strategic advantages. In addition, this emphasis explains how organizations can both protect and leverage their existing technology, properly implement new projects, and manage the organizational change that accompanies new systems. Independent study encourages the application of coursework to real world organizational issues.

MBA students who select an emphasis in Information Management can tailor their program to focus on specific interest and work needs. Some suggested three course clusters are:

  • Project Management (IS 645, IS 746, IS 788)
  • Business Intelligence (IS 675, IS 682, IS 752)
  • Management of IT (IS 752, IS 788,  789)

Other clusters are possible, drawing from 600 level and 700 level IS courses, subject to prerequisites and approval by the MBA coordinator and the IS program.

Faculty Advisor: Professor Bill Kuechler

  • IS 645 – Project Management: Principles and Practice (Pre-requisite: BADM 750)
  • IS 670 – Computer Security, Controls, and Information Assurance (Pre-requisite: IS 350)
  • IS 746 – Project Management: Advanced Topics (Pre-requisite: IS 645)
  • IS 752 – Issues in the Current Technical Environmental (Pre-requisite: BADM 750)
  • IS 788 – Issues in Change Management (Pre-requisite: IS 301 or BADM 750)
  • BADM 793 – Independent Study in information systems (Pre-requisite: Approval of Faculty Advisor and the MBA Office)

Renewable Energy Emphasis

Renewable energy development has received increased attention in the last decade as government policymakers and entrepreneurs seek opportunities to profitably reduce reliance on fossil fuel usage both for energy security and environmental reasons.  These online courses address select topics that business managers and entrepreneurs in the renewable energy field must consider when assessing new markets and making the business case for developing new energy capacity. 

MBA students may take three of the renewable energy courses to complete a MBA emphasis in renewable energy.

Faculty Advisor: Jill Wallace
The courses in the Graduate Renewable Energy Certificate program include the following:

  • ENGR 600 - Alternative Energy Fundamentals (recommended pre/co-requisite for other GREC courses) - Offered in Fall, Spring & Summer semesters
  • ENGR 610 - Renewable Energy Policy - Offered in Fall semesters
  • ENGR 620 - Renewable Energy in the Home and Local Community - Offered in Summer semesters
  • ENGR 630 - Wind Energy - Offered in Summer semesters
  • ENGR 640 - Principles of Sustainability for Business Application - Offered in Spring semesters
  • ENGR 650 - Solar and Renewable Energy Utilization - Offered in Fall semesters
  • ENGR 660 - Fundamentals of Biofuels - Offered in Spring semesters
  • ENGR 670 - Geology of Geothermal Energy Resources - Offered in Spring semesters
  • ENGR/JOUR 680 - Communicating Innovation - Offered in Fall semesters
  • CEE 611/PSC 603E/NRES 612 - Environmental Law - Offered in Summer semesters

Contact the MBA Director

Kambiz Raffiee
(775) 682-9142


The exact timeline to finish the MBA program depends on the number of courses waived and the number of courses taken in each semester. Please note that the schedules of study provided below are recommended only and may vary according to work schedule of students.


For students who do not have any MBA Core courses waived, the course requirements of the program can be completed in 3 years.

Under Scenario A, a recommended schedule of study for students admitted to the MBA program in the Fall semester is:


  • FALL: BADM 700 and BADM 710
  • SPRING: BADM 701 and BADM 741
  • SUMMER: BADM 730


  • FALL: BADM 720 and BADM 760
  • SPRING: BADM 750, BADM 772 and an elective
  • SUMMER: Breadth Course


  • FALL: Breadth Course and an Elective
  • SPRING: Two Breadth Courses and BADM 781
  • SUMMER: An Elective

Under Scenario A, a recommended schedule of study for students admitted to the MBA program in the Spring semester is:


  • SPRING: BADM 700 and BADM 720
  • SUMMER: None
  • FALL: BADM 710 and BADM 760


  • SPRING: BADM 701 and BADM 730
  • SUMMER: Breadth Course
  • FALL: BADM 741, BADM 772 and a Breadth Course


  • SPRING: BADM 750, Breadth Course and an Elective
  • SUMMER: An Elective
  • FALL: Breadth Course, an Elective and BADM 781


Students with an undergraduate degree in business who are waived from the MBA course requirements will only have to take a total of 10 courses to complete the program. They should be able to finish the MBA in two years or less.

Under Scenario B, a recommended schedule of study for students admitted to the MBA program in the Fall semester is:


  • FALL: BADM 750 and BADM 772
  • SPRING: Two Breadth Courses
  • SUMMER: Breadth Course


  • FALL: Breadth Course, Elective and BADM 781
  • SPRING: Two Electives
  • SUMMER: None

Under Scenario B, a recommended schedule of study for students admitted to the MBA program in the Spring semester is:


  • SPRING: BADM 750 and BADM 772
  • SUMMER: Breadth Course
  • FALL: Two Breadth Courses


  • SPRING: Breadth Course, an Elective and BADM 781
  • SUMMER: None
  • FALL: Two Electives


Students with a partial waiver from the MBA course requirements will have a schedule of study similar to the one in Scenario A that can be completed in less than 3 years. The details of the schedule of study in Scenario C will be developed in consultation with the MBA advisors.


If students opt to do a thesis, they will (1) sign up for a 3-credit independent study, BADM 793, to develop a thesis proposal and to write one or two Chapters of the thesis, and (2) enroll in a thesis course, BADM 797, for 6 credits. The work done in independent study and thesis will be supervised by College of Business faculty. Prior to starting the thesis, students must contact the MBA advisors.

The recommended schedules of study in Scenarios A, B and C will be revised in consultation with MBA advisors if students choose to go for a thesis option.

Contact the MBA Director

Kambiz Raffiee
(775) 682-9142


Advising for the MBA Program is serviced by the Office of the Director of Graduate Programs, located in the Dean's Office of the College of Business in room 409 in the Ansari Business Building. All graduate students admitted to the program should meet with either the director or the associate director of the graduate programs prior to initial registration to develop their program of study.

Contact Information:

Kambiz RaffieeDr. Kambiz Raffiee

Associate Dean and
Director of MBA Program
College of Business/0024
University of Nevada, Reno
Reno, Nevada 89557

Telephone: (775) 784-4912
Fax: (775) 784-1773

Vicki KrentzVicki Krentz

Associate Director
MBA Program
College of Business/0024
University of Nevada, Reno
Reno, Nevada 89557

Telephone: (775) 682-9140
Fax: (775) 784-1773

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