The Online MBA Program
From the University of Dayton

Become an Ethical Business Leader With the Online MBA From the University of Dayton

The University of Dayton, a top-tier Catholic research university, is dedicated to developing leaders who shape the world around them through service to others.

MBA@Dayton, the online MBA program offered by the UD School of Business Administration, prepares its students to become well-rounded, strategic leaders ready to impact the business environment by leading with integrity.

GMAT/GRE scores optional

An Online MBA for
Every Experience

The University of Dayton online MBA offers the same rigorous degree as our on-campus MBA. You can tailor your online MBA curriculum to your background. If you have relevant undergraduate or professional experience, you may be eligible for our one-year or accelerated program paths.

  • 30–31.5 credits
  • 12 months to complete
  • Students who earned a bachelor’s degree in business within the last seven years
  • 31.5–39 credits
  • 15–18 months
  • Professionals with at least eight years of related work experience and/or a bachelor’s degree in business earned more than seven years ago
  • 36–45 credits
  • 18–24 months to complete
  • Applicants with limited related work experience and a bachelor’s degree in a non-business field

The University of Dayton School of Business Administration is accredited by the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB). AACSB accreditation assures the highest excellence and standards in curriculum, faculty and student body.

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The University of Dayton is looking for ambitious, service-oriented leaders to join our online MBA community. To be considered for admission, applicants must have a bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university.

Application Requirements

To apply to MBA@Dayton, candidates must submit the following:

  • Online application
  • Application fee
  • Essay and optional statement
  • Professional letters of recommendation
  • Official transcripts
  • Resume

Learn more about our application requirements here.

Tuition and Financial Aid

Tuition for the 2023–2024 academic year is $1,460 per credit hour. This rate begins with the July 2023 term. You are also responsible for immersion travel expenses and fees, which are not included in the cost of tuition.

Learn more about tuition and financial aid here.

Admission Deadlines

Admission decisions are made on a rolling basis. Students can begin classes in January, April, July or October. We encourage candidates to submit their applications as early as possible. Additionally, students who apply by the early priority deadline will get their $50 application fee waived.

The final deadline for the April 2024 cohort is February 20, 2024.

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Online MBA Curriculum

The University of Dayton online MBA curriculum will prepare you to navigate the business world. You will gain practical knowledge that you can immediately apply to your organization or community, and study topics including:

  • Fundamental business skills such as finance, economics and integrated strategy
  • Ethical decision-making and how to lead an organization with integrity
  • The role of business in creating a strong community
  • How to integrate your learning and develop holistic strategies to sustain and grow your business

Review the course descriptions below. Course requirements will vary, depending on your program path and choice of concentration.

Foundation Courses

Introduction to Financial Accounting (MBA 500, 1.5 credits)

This course introduces the concepts and procedures underlying financial accounting and the use of financial statements and other financial accounting information for decision-making. 

Introduction to Managerial Accounting (MBA 501, 1.5 credits)

This course introduces the concepts underlying the preparation and use of accounting data by managers as they plan, control and make decisions within the organization.

Prerequisite: MBA 500 

Statistical Analysis for Business Decisions (MBA 511, 1.5 credits)

This course introduces students to descriptive and inferential statistics. Students will develop skills in describing and summarizing sample data sets, using probability descriptions, and drawing conclusions and investigating relationships based on sample information. 

Principles of Operations Management (MBA 512, 1.5 credits)

This course introduces both traditional and modern manufacturing and service systems, including operating philosophies that drive these systems and the important tools and techniques used therein.

Prerequisite: MBA 511 can be taken as a prerequisite or a concurrent course.

Principles of Finance (MBA 520, 3 credits)

This course is an overview of finance to include time value of money, risk and return, valuation concepts, financial statement analysis, capital budgeting, cost of capital and capital structure, and working capital management.
Prerequisite: MBA 500

Principles of Marketing (MBA 530, 1.5 credits)

This course introduces fundamentals of marketing, including macro and micro concepts that affect marketing management. The course provides an overview of marketing terminology, definitions, theories, concepts and practices. There is an emphasis on decision variables used by marketing managers, both at the domestic and global levels.

Principles of Economics (MBA 540, 1.5 credits)

This course introduces basic microeconomic principles and their applications. Topics include consumer behavior, production theory and the interaction of buyers and sellers in various kinds of markets.

Information Technology and Systems (MBA 560, 1.5 credits)

This course introduces the basic technology underlying information systems and the concepts and techniques needed to analyze, design and manage those systems. 

Principles of Organizational Behavior (MBA 570, 1.5 credits)

This course introduces management topics conceptualized at the organizational and subunit levels of analysis, with a primary focus on how organizations generate capacities for change to adapt to their environments.

Core Courses

Managerial Economics (MBA 790, 1.5 credits)

Students will learn to apply economic models to managerial decision-making. Topics include basic estimation, demand analysis and forecasting, production and cost estimation, profit maximization in competitive markets and in markets where firms have market power, and game theory basics focused on strategic decision-making in oligopoly market and duopoly models.

Prerequisite: MBA 540

Business Analytics (MBA 791, 1.5 credits)
This course presents a framework for quantitative analysis in the business context by examining how analytic thinking, models and techniques influence business decisions. Students will apply techniques such as linear programming, integer and nonlinear optimization, and simulation modeling to real-world business scenarios.

Prerequisite: MBA 511 

Performance Measurement and Control Systems Perspective (MBA 792, 1.5 credits)

This course addresses the cost management and measurement issues relevant to organizations. Many organizations face a competitive and rapidly changing environment that has rendered most traditional cost management, accounting control systems and methods of performance measurement and analysis ineffective.

Prerequisites: MBA 500 and MBA 501

Operational Effectiveness (MBA 793, 1.5 credits)

Students will consider the underlying principles that drive operational improvements and use them to develop skills in identifying improvement opportunities. Students will apply analytical tools to quantify the problem and solution set and maintain operational performance through quantitative and policy approaches.

Prerequisite: MBA 512

Information Systems and Business Decisions (MBA 794, 1.5 credits)

This course explores the role of information and technology in maximizing efficiency, effectiveness and adaptability in organizational decision-making. By analyzing case studies, students will learn how general managers make decisions about information systems to achieve organizational goals and fulfill their role in managing information assets in an organization.

Prerequisite: MBA 560

Organizational Behavior (MBA 795, 1.5 credits)

Students in this course will consider what makes a workplace an effective, efficient and positive environment through an interdisciplinary examination of leadership theory. Topics covered include how to maximize productivity through management and how values shape behavior in organizations. By addressing the human side of enterprise, students will learn how to become an effective manager.

Prerequisite: MBA 570 

Corporate Finance (MBA 796, 1.5 credits)

This is an advanced study in corporate finance. Topics include financial analysis, capital budgeting, the cost of capital, valuation and acquisitions, and international corporate finance. Students will solve complex financial problems and use the unifying theme of creating shareholder value to guide analysis and decision-making.

Prerequisite: MBA 520 

Marketing Management (MBA 797, 1.5 credits)

This course emphasizes customer-focused marketing by concentrating on strategic decision-making and exploring marketing opportunities through product development, pricing strategies, customer communications and channel management. Students learn how to assess business opportunities, research a market and position a firm’s offerings to create customer and shareholder value.

Prerequisite: MBA 530

Elective Courses

Business Analytics – Processes and Techniques (MBA 663A, 1.5 credits)

This course presents a survey of the main phases of the life cycle of analytics, including information requirements determination; data acquisition; analysis with descriptive, predictive and prescriptive models; and visualization analysis presentation and delivery. Hands-on practice with creating visualization and dashboards and using data mining tools to analyze data.

Prerequisite: MBA 511

Case Studies in Analytics (MBA 615B, 1.5 credits)

Students in this course will examine selected cases illustrating the use of various analytics methods in descriptive, predictive and prescriptive analytics to solve specific business problems.

Prerequisite: MBA 791

Digital Marketing (MBA 631, 3 credits)

The course provides an examination of internet marketing and other forms of electronic marketing in the context of business strategy in domestic and global marketplaces.

Prerequisite: MBA 530

Marketing Analytics (MBA 632, 3 credits)

This course introduces students to common statistical analytical procedures related to marketing decisions. With a focus on interpreting statistical output, students will work with common marketing analytics procedures to understand what insights data can provide into marketing strategy. Readings and cases demonstrate the relevance of analytics principles in real-world situations.

Prerequisites: MBA 511 and MBA 797

Negotiation (MBA 681, 3 credits)

This course integrates conceptual understanding of negotiation with its practical application. Students will examine cultural and gender differences in negotiation, the influence of personality traits, the negotiation process and ways in which to negotiate. Particular attention will be paid to virtual negotiations.

Project Management (MBA 616, 3 credits)

Project-oriented work is a necessary component of managerial activity in organizations; consequently, knowledge of project management principles is a highly valued skill. This course is an overview of issues in and approaches to professional project management.

Prerequisite: MBA 512

Strategy and Ethics Courses

Principled Organization: Integrating Faith, Ethics and Work (MBA 758, 3 credits)

Drawing on our Catholic social teaching and Marianist heritage, students explore business as a high calling, or critical profession for the good of society. Class discussions focus on the importance of ethical actions and the benefit of integrating these values with current business issues. Students will reflect on the relevance of these ideas to their personal goals and beliefs.

Leadership, Strategy and Stakeholder Management (MBA 798, 3 credits)

This capstone experience course focuses on theories of strategic decision-making and stakeholder management in competitive, economic, political, social, cultural and technological contexts. Through this, students consider how to sustain and grow business in manufacturing and service companies of all sizes.

Prerequisites: MBA 790, MBA 791, MBA 792, MBA 793, MBA 794, MBA 795, MBA 796, MBA 797

Integrative Project (MBA 799, 3 credits)

In this capstone experience course, students work in teams to analyze the strategic environment of a firm and develop a series of recommended actions. Working in a nonacademic setting, students must deliver a high-quality product to company leaders that takes the business’s specific needs into consideration.

Prerequisites: MBA 798 and all eight core courses

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In our online MBA program, you can pursue a concentration to gain specialized skills in a particular field. By adding a concentration to your course of study, you will:

  • Tailor your learning experience to your professional interests
  • Demonstrate expertise in your concentration area to your employers
  • Boost your resume to advance or transition into a new career

Each concentration requires you to take three electives, for a total of 9 credits. You may choose to take additional credits and complete both concentrations.


Discover techniques to enhance branding, sales and value proposition strategies so that you can execute and defend marketing efforts to achieve business goals.

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Business Analytics

Develop an understanding of the analytical tools and quantitative processes commonly used in business analytics, and apply these data insights to improve strategy at your organization.

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These in-person learning experiences are opportunities to apply topics covered in the online classroom to real-world business challenges. During immersions, you will:

  • Engage in collaborative group workshops
  • Experience the connection between leadership and service
  • Learn from industry leaders at panels

Additionally, you will expand on relationships built in the classroom with your peers and UD School of Business Administration faculty. By networking at immersions, you will make invaluable connections with professionals who share your values and experiences in the UD community.

As a student, you will attend at least two immersions, one which will take place on the University of Dayton campus in Dayton, Ohio.

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The same experienced, dedicated professionals who teach in our on-campus programs design and teach in our online MBA program. UD faculty members are business leaders with demonstrated experience and researchers who serve on editorial boards for a number of journals and influence the direction and implications of business research in nearly every discipline.

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An Online MBA With Ohio Connections

For more than 160 years, the University of Dayton has been preparing the next generation of leaders to contribute to the success of their community. As an online MBA student, you’ll gain the insights, experience and professional network you need to conduct business in Ohio and beyond.

MBA@Dayton FAQ

Find answers to the most commonly asked questions about the University of Dayton’s online MBA program.

  • Just like an on-campus MBA, an online MBA teaches practical business theories and principles in areas such as economics, finance and integrated strategy. However, you can complete your online degree from anywhere, often while continuing in your current job.

  • While all companies may have different preferences, employers generally treat online degrees the same as they would campus-based programs. Most employers care far more about the quality and reputation of the school, and the rigor of the program, than the delivery format of the degree.

  • If you’ve earned your bachelor’s degree in any field within the last seven years, you may finish your online MBA in as few as 12 months. Business professionals with eight-plus years of experience who earned their bachelor’s at any point may finish in 15 months, and as few as 18 months for those who have a bachelor’s degree but limited business experience.

  • GMAT or GRE scores are not required to apply for MBA@Dayton. However, you may still submit them as part of your application if you believe your scores warrant consideration.

  • Applicants must have a bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university. Additional requirements include a completed online application, academic transcripts, a current resume, a professional letter of recommendation, a supplemental essay and the application fee. International applicants may have additional requirements, including proof of English proficiency.

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  • Students may select an optional concentration to gain specialized skills in a particular field. MBA@Dayton students may choose from concentrations in marketing or business analytics.

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Interested in an On-Campus Program?

In addition to our online program, the University of Dayton School of Business Administration also offers an on-campus MBA program, which offers the same curriculum. Visit our MBA on-site campus program website for more information.

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