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Program Description

Your Lerner MBA equals endless opportunities.

The Lerner MBA is designed to allow you to build a degree that fits your career goals. At the center of the program are the business core courses that give you a rock-solid foundation in business management knowledge and techniques across essential business functions. Then, based on your goals, you choose an elective course option.

Your Career

Maximize your investment in your career by earning a Lerner MBA. Through events and internships, you’ll join Lerner in its partnerships with many top financial institutions – JPMorgan Chase, Bloomberg and KPMG, among others. And as a Lerner MBA graduate, you will be joining a network of 30,000 alumni around the country and across the world.

Our graduates find financial success, too. The average salary of Lerner MBA graduates is $88,632 (2019) and the median salary is $79,500 (2019).

Average Salary


96% of all students rated their overall educational experience within the Lerner Graduate and MBA programs as excellent or good

A Day in the Life of an MBA Student

From a graduate assistantship to working on a group project to attending class, Alex Huey walks us through a day in his life as an MBA student at the University of Delaware.

Explore the Lerner MBA Curriculum

Required Courses (29 credits)

The business core courses and professional development seminars ground you in business knowledge, skills, and techniques.

Business Core Courses

  • ACCT 800 – Financial Reporting and Analysis
  • BUAD 820 – Fundamentals of Analytics
  • BUAD 831 – Operations Management and Management Science
  • BUAD 840 – Ethical Issues in the Business Environment
  • BUAD 870 – Managing People, Teams and Organizations
  • BUAD 880 – Marketing Management
  • BUAD 890 – Corporate Strategy
  • ECON 503 – Economic Analysis for Business Policy
  • FINC 850 – Financial Management

Professional Development Seminars

  • BUEC601 Building Emotional Intelligence and Critical Thinking (1 credit)
  • BUEC603 Communicating, Branding and Career Networking (1 credit)

Electives (15 credits)

Choose your own electives for a custom, broad education in business management, or specialize in a business area by choosing a major or concentration. Your MBA advisor can help you choose the best option for you.

Majors and Concentrations


  • Business Analytics
  • Entrepreneurial Studies
  • Finance
  • Healthcare Management
  • Strategic Leadership


  • Accounting
  • Business Analytics
  • Finance
  • Healthcare Management
  • Hotel, Restaurant, and Institutional Management
  • Information Technology
  • International Business
  • Marketing Analytics
  • Entrepreneurial Studies
  • Museum Leadership
  • Strategic Leadership
  • Sport Management

MBA Format Options


Traditional full-time students take three to four courses per semester and typically finish in two years. Funding opportunities are available for top candidates.


Complete your degree in as little as three years by taking one or two courses per semester. Classes are scheduled in the evenings to accommodate your schedule as a working professional.


Mix and match classroom-based and online courses to fit your work/life schedule and complete your degree faster than you would on the traditional part-time plan.


Complete the entire MBA program online in as few as 16 months, with no need to come to campus. Your instructors are the same top-ranked faculty who teach classroom-based courses.

Alternative Format Options

International Students: Conditional Admission Program (CAP)

The Conditional Admission Program (CAP) gives you the opportunity to improve your English skills at UD’s English Language Institute before beginning the MBA program. Accepted participants are not required to take the TOEFL exam.

Dual Master’s Degrees

The Lerner dual and joint graduate degree programs enable you to combine the strategic business skills of the MBA with a variety of other disciplines.

  • MBA / M.S. in Accounting
  • MBA / M.S. in Finance
  • MBA / M.S. in International Business
  • MBA / M.S. in Business Analytics & Information Management
  • MBA / M.S. in Hospitality, Restaurant and Institutional Management
  • MBA / Master of Chemical Engineering & Biomolecular Engineering
  • MBA / Master of Civil Engineering
  • MBA / M.S. Electrical and Computer Engineering
  • MBA / Master of Materials Science and Engineering
  • MBA / M.S. Mechanical Engineering
  • MBA / Ph.D. in Biological Sciences

Accelerated Degree Programs (4+1)

With an accelerated degree program, you can earn both an undergraduate and graduate degree from UD in less time than it takes to complete them separately.

  • Accounting B.S. and M.S. (4+1)
  • Economics B.S. and M.S. (4+1)
  • Engineering and MBA (4+1)
  • Finance B.S. and M.S. (4+1)
  • Hospitality Business Management B.S. and MBA (4+1)
  • Mathematics & Economics B.S. and Economics M.A./M.S. (4+1)
  • Music and MBA (4+1)
Last updated Jul 2020

About the School

For 100 years, the Alfred Lerner College of Business & Economics has been driving the business forward in Delaware and beyond by creating opportunities, launching and strengthening companies, shap ... Read More

For 100 years, the Alfred Lerner College of Business & Economics has been driving the business forward in Delaware and beyond by creating opportunities, launching and strengthening companies, shaping communities and helping students to reach their full potential, something we call Opportunity, Inc. Read less