The elective component of the UST MBA curriculum is very flexible in order to best support your individual interests and career goals. In consultation with your program adviser, you will construct a degree plan. You may select elective topics from a variety of disciplines, or you may choose to build a focused specialization.

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See a complete list of MBA elective courses

The following specializations are available:


A specialization in accounting can provide even non-accounting undergraduate majors with the courses and credit hours required to sit for the CPA exam, as well as the technical knowledge and business acumen to advance your professional accounting, auditing or management career. 

Core Courses:

  • Financial Accounting (ACCT 601)
  • Managerial Accounting (ACCT 605)
  • Business Law for Accountants (BLAW 620; replaces BLAW 600 in core)

Elective Courses:

  • Intermediate Accounting I (ACCT 701)
  • Intermediate Accounting II (ACCT 702)
  • Business Taxation (ACCT 710)
  • Auditing (ACCT 717)
  • Cost Accounting (ACCT 720)
  • Advanced Accounting (ACCT 730)

All courses listed must be taken to be able to sit for the CPA exam. Upon completion of this degree track you will have the confidence, knowledge, leadership and quantitative ability to be a successful public accountant or financial professional.

You can learn more about all the requirements to become a CPA through the Minnesota Society of Certified Public Accounts

Entrepreneurship/New Venture Management

For students who are interested in:

  • Starting a business
  • Corporate venturing
  • Franchise management
  • Family business management

Financial Management

For students who are interested in:

  • Corporate financial management
  • Investments management
  • Financial institutions management
  • International finance management


For students who are interested in:

  • Organizational leadership and management
  • Human resources management
  • Operations management
  • International management
  • Nonprofit management 


For students who are interested in:

  • Industrial marketing management
  • Service marketing management
  • Brand management
  • International marketing management

Operations and Supply Chain Management

For students who are interested in:

  • Operations management consulting
  • Service operations management
  • Supply chain management
  • Quality management

Real Estate

For students interested in careers as:

  • Appraisers and consultants
  • Brokerage and leasing consultants
  • Corporate and institutional real estate managers
  • Developers
  • Lenders
  • Property and facilities managers
  • Public sector real estate specialists

Elective courses from other UST graduate programs