Curriculum Variation in MBA Programs: Executive MBA Programs Magnified


Business schools differentiate by offering prospective students various curriculum and program options. The purpose of this study is to determine differentiation between MBA programs based on their core curriculum. This study compared the curricula for full-time, part-time, and executive programs using discriminant function analysis with program type as the criterion variable and courses as the predictor variables. Course data was partitioned into meaningful subgroups based on shared subject matter that could discriminate between program types. Frequency distributions for course data were also computed and stratified by program type. The results revealed significant differences in the required courses of executive MBA programs, particularly within the course clusters for Finance and Accounting; Marketing, and People and Government. Exploratory research further examined the courses offered most often within these clusters to expand upon the findings.