Rady MBA Curriculum



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The Rady MBA curriculum is an immersion in innovation designed to provide both the analytical and theoretical frameworks for rigorous business decision making and the applied and practical knowledge needed for success as an entrepreneurially minded leader. Our emphasis is on innovation-driven industry sectors, especially those propelled by discovery in technology and science. The MBA curriculum prepares you to identify and capitalize on new trends, ideas and technologies, providing the skills you need to advance your career and achieve your professional goals. At the Rady School, we believe teamwork and collaboration are essential for successful innovation and that action learning is a critical component of your education as an entrepreneurially minded manager and leader — so you will see these elements integrated into every aspect of our MBA program.

Core Curriculum: A Strong Foundation

Our robust core curriculum delivers a strong foundation that prepares you to make adept decisions in an ever-changing business environment. Beyond business cases and formulas, the Rady MBA core curriculum encourages collaboration, classroom discussion and interaction.

Required of all Rady MBA students, the capstone Lab to Market course sequence helps you utilize the skills you’ve learned in the core curriculum and electives to explore a project of significance to you. In this unique, action-learning based course, you learn to assess which innovations are worth pursuing and to move concepts successfully to the marketplace. Lab to Market takes you out of the more structured academic framework of the core curriculum and puts you in a real-world environment, evaluating and pursuing potential business opportunities in collaboration with a team of classmates.

Electives: Focus Your MBA Experience

Our elective courses are a tool for you to focus your educational experience on your personal and professional goals. More than half of the Rady MBA curriculum is elective and our diverse range of electives deepens and enriches your education. Whether you focus on one of the core functional areas of business – perhaps marketing, finance, or operations – or emphasize electives critical for innovation, like new product development or new venture finance ,or take advantage of Rady’s action learning electives like technology commercialization or venture capital management, Rady’s electives provide you with the knowledge and skills critical for working in innovative industries.