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Course Registration

There are some great perks to being a graduate student at the University of Louisville College of Business, one of which is that you will never have to navigate through a confusing and time-consuming registration process.

Our enrollment coordinator will register you for your classes each semester. As soon as your registration is processed, you will be able to see your first semester courses in ULink.

The first registrations for Fall semester will happen around mid-July. After that point, your registration will be processed once your deposit is received. Just keep an eye on ULink.


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The curriculum is what we call “lock step,” which means that you and your cohort classmates will take your core courses together and in a particular order.  All Professional MBA classes, for all cohorts, take place each Tuesday and Thursday evening from 6:00-9:30 p.m.

Each semester is broken down into three academic mini-terms, and you will take three classes in each mini-term. 

Fall Term Breakdown

  • Term 1: August – Mid-September
  • Term 2: Mid-September – October
  • Term 3: November – December

You will receive additional information about the curriculum and order of courses at Orientation.

Visit the online course catalog for the complete Professional MBA curriculum.

Professional Development Modules

Your MBA program is more than just the classes you take. You will also be building your knowledge, skills, and leadership through our required Professional Development Modules (PDMs). These all-day Saturday sessions are sprinkled throughout the program and are deep dives into special topics that will enhance you as a professional and differentiate you as a leader.

Team Introduction and Contract Day

September 14th, 2024 

  • Master of Science in Accounting Analytics, Master of Business Analytics – 8:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m.
  • Full Time MBA, Innovation MBA and Professional MBA – 1:00 p.m.-5:00 p.m.

Teamwork is an essential component of cohort-style graduate programs. On this day, you will be introduced to your teams and have team-focused training. This team contract will outline the group work expectations as you progress through the program.

PDM Topics

  • Team Building
  • Strategic Communications
  • Inclusive Leadership
  • Crisis Management
  • Negotiation
  • Business Etiquette

Fall 2024 Professional MBA Cohort – Professional Development Modules (PDMs)

Team Introduction and Contract DayN/ASeptember 14, 20241pm-5pm
Teams PDMSteven Von GerlachterSeptember 28, 20249am-5pm
Communication PDMBrandon HardyOctober 12, 20249am-5pm
Negotiations PDMShawn DawleyNovember 16, 20249am-5pm
Crisis Management PDMJeffrey RushtonFebruary 22, 20259am-5pm
Inclusive Leadership PDMRoderick PurdyMarch 1, 20259am-5pm
Business Etiquette PDMChristie Leigh WellsApril 12, 20259:30am-4pm

Electives, Certificates, and International Travel

You may utilize your elective courses to apply toward one of our graduate certificates in Distilled Spirits, Franchise Management, or Managerial Analytics. As long as you complete the certificate requirements while enrolled in your MBA program, there will be no additional charge for the certificate credential. Again, once the Fall semester begins, you will receive all of the information you need to apply for a certification credential.

All students take Foundations of the Global Economy in the Spring semester and can travel on a 10-day global immersion with fellow graduate students and faculty. 

Certificate Programs

Gain unique skills and enhance your experience with specialty certificates from the College of Business.

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MBA/MSAA International Study Trip

Our students are required to enroll in a global learning course that includes study of international business, trade, and culture. This course also provides the option to travel internationally as a class on a 10-day global residency to experience international business environments, and to learn from business leaders and MBA/MSAA students of different cultures.

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