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The Gateway Experience

The MBA Gateway Experience

Kick-Off The Graduate Core

The MBA505 Gateway Experience course is designed to be the first 500-level class MBA students take, as it provides an introductory experience to "kick off" the graduate core. This 1 credit hour course introduces experiential learning, integrates business concepts and tools, and sets expectations for the graduate program. The Gateway Experience has proven to be a hands-on, fun, bonding experience for new students. 

This one-time experience takes place over a three-day period and includes a Thursday evening welcome dinner, an all-day Friday research session, and an evening or Saturday library session. Attendance at all three days is required.

When Can I Take Gateway?

MBA505 Gateway Experience can only be taken once you have completed all prerequisite Business Foundations Courses, with the one exception of MPRIM440 Statistical Analysis.

MPRIM410, 420, 425, 430 and 435 are required to be completed—and the competency exams passed—in order to enroll in MBA505. 

When is Gateway offered?

Gateway is offered three times a year, either before or during the first week of classes each semester.  

It is possible to enroll in other 500-level courses the same semester you complete MBA505 Gateway Experience. If there is a time conflict with another one of your courses, email to ask that your enrollment in MBA505 be granted.

Summer 2021

NOTE: Students will NOT be able to take MBA540 along with Gateway in Summer 2021 due to a time conflict. 

Friday, June 18, 2021 | 5:30–9:30 PM
Thursday, June 24, 2021 | 5:30–10:00 PM
Friday, June 25, 2021 | 7:30 AM–8:00 PM

Registration for Summer 2021 MBA505 closes on June 1, 2021.  Registration is first-come, first-serve and is capped at 25 students.

Fall 2021

Thursday, August 12, 2021 | 5:30–9:30 PM
Thursday, August 19, 2021 | 5:30–10:00 PM
Friday, August 20, 2021 | 7:30 AM–8:00 PM

Registration for Fall 2021 MBA505 closes at 5pm on Monday, August 9, 2021.  Registration is first-come, first-serve and is capped at 25 students.

Spring 2022 (TENTATIVE)

Saturday, January 8, 2022 | 1:00–5:00 PM
Thursday, January 13, 2022 | 5:30–10:00 PM
Friday, January 14, 2022 | 7:30 AM–8:00 PM

Registration for Spring 20222 MBA505 closes at 5pm on Monday, December 20, 2021.  Registration is first-come, first-serve and is capped at 25 students.

Yes, It's Required.

MBA505 Gateway Experience is a mandatory course for completion of the MBA program, and is designed to be taken prior to any other 500-level courses. If necessary, a student may take MBA510 or MBA515 before taking MBA505, but only with the permission of the MBA Director. These are the only exceptions allowed.

Students must complete MBA505 Gateway by the end of the second semester in order to continue the MBA program.

Attendance is mandatory at all three dates and for the full duration of time period noted.