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, satisfying English proficiency requirements, have already been admitted and are taking coursework early, or simply taking some continuing education courses, we are here to support you.

We currently have two non-degree programs: Performance-based: 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.

Each course takes place on two platforms: Canvas and Coursera. In order to pass your courses, you must pass any associated Coursera MOOCs and obtain a Coursera certificate for each component. Failure to pass the associated Coursera MOOCs will result in a final grade of “F” for your for-credit courses.  

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.

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
  • FIN 571 — Money and Banking

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 review the sample schedules for PAT students and Degree students to understand how you may complete your 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)

In order to complete the iMSA Performance-based Admissions Track (PAT), students must successfully complete a set of two iMSA courses either concurrently or within two consecutive semesters. You must complete:

  • ACCY 501: Accounting Analysis I
  • Either: ACCY 503: Managerial Accounting or ACCY 505: Federal Taxation

You must complete these courses while maintaining a 3.0 cumulative GPA, and you must receive a B or better in both courses. Students should only take the below PAT courses. If you choose to take other courses during your time in the PAT program, they will not be considered toward your admission consideration. These courses will however be counted towards your degree requirements if offered admission.

Nearing the completion of your PAT program, our team will reach out with next steps regarding your degree offer based on the success in your PAT coursework.

Please review the sample schedules for PAT students and Degree students to understand how you may complete your degree:

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 all 3 courses:

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

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 review the sample schedules for PAT students and Degree students to understand how you may complete your degree: