Course Planning for PAT and Non-Degree Students

There are many reasons students pursue taking non-degree courses in our program.  Whether you’re here to pursue gaining admission to the degree program, have already been admitted and are taking coursework early, or simply taking some continuing education courses, we are here to support you.

You were admitted to one of the following programs: Performance-based Admission Track (PAT) or General Non-Degree Student.  We have included information about both programs so you know where to start with course planning.

Before continuing, we suggest you take a look at the Degree Requirements for your program so you can become familiar with the general requirements before finding information on your specific track.

iMBA Course Planning

Non-Degree Seeking

If you are seeking admission to our degree program, you want to make sure you are making the right decisions on which courses to take as a beginning non-degree student. Please take a look at the following sample plans to give you an idea of how we typically suggest students begin their program:

These are sample plans and may not fit exactly with your goals.

You will notice that in all cases, we suggest students start out in Cores 1 & 2. Our courses are designed so you can take them out of order if you need to, so if you are beginning in the 2nd 8 weeks, you can still hop into Cores 1 & 2 and take the second 8 week course options, without having taken the first 8 week courses beforehand. Keeping academic standards in mind, we highly recommend you only take one course at a time.

Performance-Based Admissions Track (PAT)

As a student in the PAT Program, you will need to complete all 3 courses in Core 2, Managerial Economics and Business Analysis. This includes:

  • ECON 528 — Microeconomics
  • BADM 572 — Statistics
  • ECON 529 — Macroeconomics

You must complete these 3 courses while maintaining a 3.0 cumulative GPA, and must receive a B or better in 2 of the 3 courses above. You should take 1 course at a time. 

Please take a look at the following sample plans to give you an idea of how we typically suggest students complete their PAT program and the rest of their degree:

iMSA Course Planning

Non-Degree Seeking

We suggest new non-degree students start in one or both of the following Core Accountancy Courses:

  • ACCY 501 — Accounting Analysis I
  • ACCY 505 — Federal Taxation (Fall)
  • ACCY 503 — Managerial Accounting (Spring)

ACCY 501 lays a good foundation for the rest of the courses in our program. If you’d like to take two courses, we suggest you take both ACCY 501 and ACCY 505 if you’re beginning in the fall semester, or ACCY 501 and ACCY 503 if you’re beginning in the spring semester.  Taking two accountancy courses may also qualify you for a GMAT Waiver.  If we are past the deadline to sign up for an iMSA Accoutancy course, you may consider taking an iMBA Elective.

You can find more information about courses and planning on the Planning and Advising page.  We have included course plans and resources for you to make course selections. If you’re ready to register for courses, you can move on to the information below.

Performance-Based Admissions Track (PAT)

As a student in the PAT Program, you will need to complete a set of two iMSA courses either concurrently or within two consecutive semesters.

Fall Start (choose 1 of the options below):

  • ACCY 501 and ACCY 505 concurrently
  • ACCY 501 in the fall and ACCY 503 in the following spring

Spring Start (choose 1 of the options below):

  • ACCY 501 and ACCY 503 concurrently
  • ACCY 501 in the spring and ACCY 505 in the following fall

You must complete these courses while maintaining a 3.0 cumulative GPA, and you must receive a B or better in both courses. The completion of these two courses will also qualify you for a GMAT/GRE waiver. The credits earned in those two courses will be transferred toward your MSA degree if you meet the above-mentioned requirements.

iMSM Course Planning

Non-Degree Seeking

If you are seeking admission to our degree program, you want to make sure you are making the right decisions on which courses to take as a beginning non-degree student. Please take a look sample course plans to give you an idea of how we typically suggest students begin their program.

These are sample plans and may not fit exactly with your goals.

Performance-Based Admissions Track (PAT)

As a student in the PAT Program, you will need to complete three core courses. This includes:

  • BADM 567: Process Management
  • BADM 520: Marketing Management
  • ACCY 503: Managerial Accounting

Students admitted to this track have to take the 3 courses, achieve a B or better in at least 2 of the courses as well as a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or above and then they will be admitted to the iMSM degree program.

Please review the sample course plans to get an idea of how we typically suggest students complete their PAT program and the rest of their degree.