Curriculum & Class Format

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MBA@Nebraska’s curriculum combines foundational skills in-demand with employers and a flexible set of electives to make your degree fit your career path.

Flexible Curriculum

Curriculum Overview

30

Core Credit Hours

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18

Elective Credit Hours

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48

Credit Hours to Your MBA

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8-week courses

The MBA@Nebraska is a 48-credit hour program, comprised of 10 core courses and six electives. You can complete the program as quickly as 1.5 years, though on average most people finish the program in about three years. If you need to pause your education for any reason, you have up to 10 years to complete your degree.

Customize your MBA

Select your own electives or choose from one of five specializations.

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Add a Certificate

Simultaneously earn your MBA and a certificate in business analytics, supply chain management, human resource management or financial communication.

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Build a Strong Foundation through Core Coursework

MBA@Nebraska’s core courses will provide you with a well-rounded set of foundational business skills employers expect from their leaders.

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MBA@Nebraska Core (30 credit hours)
                              
GRBA 808 Intro to Business Strategy
GRBA 809 Financial Accounting
GRBA 811 Managerial Finance
GRBA 812 Managerial Economics
GRBA 813 Managerial Marketing
GRBA 814 Applied Organizational Behavior
GRBA 815 Supply Chain Management
GRBA 816 Human Resource Management
GRBA 851 Business Analytics
GRBA 853 Strategic Management and Business Policy

This course is to be taken in the last semester of classes

Introduction to Business Strategy

GRBA 808

Within a corporation, there’s a top management team tasked with implementing its corporate strategy. In this course, you explore real cases of organizational structures, evaluate how well they support the top management team's strategic implementation, and assess the impact on overall organizational success.

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An organization’s corporate structure is one of the primary mechanisms through which the management team implements its corporate strategy. Organizations with thoughtful strategic plans may still fail if management does not fully implement those strategies through an effective organizational structure. In this course, we will discuss live cases of organization structures, evaluating how well those structures support the strategies the management team has devised, and understanding their impact on overall organizational success.

Financial Accounting

GRBA 809

The purpose of this course is to provide a broad understanding of financial accounting for managers who will be “customers” of financial information.

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The course focuses on providing an understanding of accounting from a user’s perspective and gaining insight into how economic events such as financing transactions, company investments, and operating activities are recorded in financial statements.

Managerial Finance

GRBA 811

The purpose of this course is to provide students with an operational knowledge of corporate finance by combining theory and application.

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We cover concepts of risk, return, and time-value-of-money as applied to valuation of securities and capital budgeting. The course will also enable students to develop skills in the areas of financial analysis and planning.

Managerial Economics

GRBA 812

This course is an economics course for managers. It is about the great ideas of economics and their applications to business.

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As Charles Wheelan notes, “Economics should not be accessible only to the experts. The ideas are too important and too interesting.” This course will train students in the areas of economic problem solving and decision making, consumer demand, demand elasticity, supply and demand decisions, international economics and foreign exchange rates, economic bubbles, complex pricing decisions, strategic game theory and bargaining, decisions under uncertainty, auctions, adverse selection and moral hazard. Students will also learn to apply these economic theories in a practical way to numerous business-oriented situations.

Managerial Marketing

GRBA 813

In this course, students will be exposed to the theory and practice of marketing management.

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Students will integrate the knowledge from various marketing sub-fields, including consumer behavior, marketing research, and channels of distribution. The course will follow a four-stage learning approach including: 1) comprehensively reviewing and analyzing all aspects of marketing management, 2) learning tools for marketing problem analysis, 3) understanding how to apply core marketing concepts, theories, and frameworks, and 4) developing an original marketing plan for a new product launch.

Organizational Behavior

GRBA 814

In this course, students will develop skills and techniques that promote effective individual and team leadership.

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Specifically, students will learn about major organizational frameworks and how they improve managerial decision making and performance. Students will gain awareness of recent developments in positive psychology and mindfulness that can enable more effective leadership as well as learn to recognize and address multiple perception biases related to leadership. Lastly, students will benefit from learning best practices from companies at the cutting edge of innovation in people-related processes.

Supply Chain Management

GRBA 815

This course will enable students to better develop and sustain a company competitive advantage through effective supply chain management.

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Students will develop an understanding of operations and information systems that support corporate-level strategies and simultaneously coordinate with other functional areas. Students will learn how to create value for customers through supply chains, operations and information systems, as well as understand the relationships between operations, supply chain management and other parts of the organization.

Strategic Human Resource Management

GRBA 816

Most, if not all managers, would agree that managing people effectively is an important ingredient of organizational effectiveness. This course develops your understanding of how human resource decisions contribute to organizational effectiveness and competitive advantage.

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“People are our most important asset.” This phrase can be found, in one form or another, in most annual reports and CEO speeches. Nearly all managers would agree that managing people effectively is an important ingredient of organizational effectiveness. The most important success factor to achieving a long-term, sustainable competitive advantage—acknowledged by the world’s most admired companies—is the effective acquisition and management of human assets. In this course, students develop an understanding of how human resource decisions contribute to organizational effectiveness and a firm’s competitive advantage.

Business Analytics

GRBA 851

In this course, students will gain broad understanding and knowledge of important business analytic topics and how they can be used to support decision making.

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The course emphasizes the technical procedures that are used to describe, predict and prescribe data into information for enhanced decision making. Students will learn how data exploration results in a sequence of descriptive, predictive and prescriptive processes that result in new information on which better—and more informed—decisions can be made.

Strategic Management and Business Policy

GRBA 853

In this course, students will improve their skills in thinking strategically from the perspective of a senior executive.

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Students will improve their skills in thinking strategically from the perspective of a senior executive in the way that she/he identifies strategic challenges, analyzes the competitive and firm environment, formulates alternative courses of action, conveys strategic thinking to others, and justifies recommendations in ways that are firmly grounded in strategic theory and supported by strategic logic. Senior managers have daily responsibilities for examining critical assumptions, discerning hidden values, evaluating evidence, accomplishing actions and assessing conclusions. Importantly, students will practice these skills as an essential component of this course.

Expand Your Expertise through Electives that Fit Your Career

After you’ve built your foundational skills through the Core, you’ll have the opportunity to specialize your coursework to fit your career goals. You can choose from more than 25 elective classes to complete your degree.

Entrepreneurship: Business Plan Development and Decision Making

MNGT 823

This course is designed to support aspiring entrepreneurs who intend to launch and grow a business.

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Recognizing that the founder is the critical success factor in new enterprise formation and building, the course addresses the concepts, skills, information, attitudes, and alternatives that are relevant for start-up entrepreneurs and entrepreneurial managers. In this course, students investigate the characteristics common to entrepreneurs and evaluate how successful entrepreneurs create and build value for themselves and others. They will also evaluate how successful entrepreneurs and investors create and differentiate profitable and durable opportunities from just “other good ideas.” Students will also review the roles that marketing, human resources, and operations play in the organization and operation of a new venture. Finally, students will learn how to evaluate the necessary financial and non-financial resources available for new ventures as well as review the criteria that resource providers use to screen and evaluate the attractiveness and risk of proposals.

Multinational Financial Analysis

FINA 850

This course applies the principles and tools of economics, accounting, and finance to the specific situations of multinational corporations.

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Multinationals are particularly well suited to exploit market imperfections. In this course, students will learn how to identify market imperfections as well as how to exploit them for profit and competitive advantage. Students will also explore how to identify and manage the unique risk factors faced by multinationals.

Talent Acquisition

MNGT 864

This course focuses on the core processes of human resource planning, recruitment and selection.

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Specific topics include the development and administration of internal and external recruitment, HR planning, job analysis and selection systems. In addition, the course will focus on the ways in which talent acquisition can enable a firm to gain a competitive advantage. The course would be of interest not only to those who plan a career in the field of human resource management, but also to those who plan careers in any field where talent recruitment and selection is a part of their core job responsibilities.

Predictive Analytics

SCMA 851

Competitive advantage throughout the supply chain and marketplace is possible with the right strategy. This course focuses on this idea through concepts, techniques, and topics on creating value for customers and understanding relationships within and outside of the organization.

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More and more organizations are turning to predictive analytics to help solve difficult problems and uncover new opportunities. In this course, students will explore the tools and techniques that enable business leaders to use big data to make better decisions. Students will focus on how classification models in data mining can be successfully applied in business. It will also cover the statistical and artificial intelligence-based tools commonly used in data mining work.

Marketing and Globalization

MRKT 855

Market globalization is increasing and competition, both domestic and foreign, is on the rise with it. This course explores how to use the key concepts of international marketing to create a competitive advantage for businesses in today’s market.

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With the increasing globalization of markets, companies find they are unavoidably enmeshed with foreign customers, competitors and suppliers, even within their own borders. They face competition on all fronts—from both domestic and foreign firms. It is imperative that today’s leaders have an understanding of and appreciation for the challenges and issues in doing business in an increasingly globalized business world. This course is designed to enable students to understand key concepts of international marketing and how they can be used to create competitive advantage for businesses.

International Overlay

  • ECON 822 International Finance
  • FINA 850 Multinational Financial Analysis
  • GRBA 852 International Business
  • MRKT 855 Marketing and Globalization
  • MNGT 828 Leadership in a Global Context
  • SCMA 839 Global Supply Chain Management
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MBA Electives

All students are required to take an International Overlay course. Elective offerings are subject to change based on instructor availability. Not all courses are offered every academic year.

Here is the current list of electives:

  • ACCT 858 Advanced Managerial Accounting
  • ACCT 996 Governance, Fraud Risk and Control

  • ECON 817 Introduction to Econometrics *must have completed GRBA 851
  • ECON 822 International Finance

  • ENTR 821 Initiating and Managing Entrepreneurial Growth
  • ENTR 822 Managing Rapid Growth and Change in Organizations
  • ENTR 823 Business Plan Development and Decision Making

You must complete GRBA 811 before taking any FINA electives

  • FINA 801 Quantitative Methods for Finance
  • FINA 802 Fixed Income Analysis
  • FINA 803 Case Studies in Financial Management
  • FINA 804 Portfolio Management II & Ethics **must have completed FINA 863
  • FINA 850 Multinational Financial Analysis
  • FINA 855 Capital Markets and Financial Institution
  • FINA 862 Security Valuation and the Buffett Investment Method
  • FINA 863 Portfolio Management
  • FINA 867 Options, Futures, & Derivative Securities
  • FINA 871 Non-profit Finance

  • GRBA 852 International Business
  • GRBA 898 Non Profit Fundraising
  • GRBA 898 Influential Communications

  • MNGT 811 Leading People and Projects
  • MNGT 817 Positivity for Managers
  • MNGT 818 Organization Designs for Competitive Advantage
  • MNGT 828 Leadership in a Global Context
  • MNGT 863 Compensation Administration
  • MNGT 864 Talent Acquisition
  • MNGT 866 The Regulatory Environment for Employment and Labor
  • MNGT 871 Non-profit Management
  • MNGT 996 Negotiations
  • MNGT 996 Adaptive Leadership (Intensive residential course – requires time on campus)

  • MRKT 826 Services Marketing
  • MRKT 850 Strategic Database Marketing *must have completed GRBA 851
  • MRKT 855 Marketing and Globalization *must have completed GRBA 813

  • SCMA 831 Advanced Enterprise Management Systems
  • SCMA 832 Planning and Controlling Supply Chain Systems *must have completed GRBA 815
  • SCMA 834 Topics in Lean Supply Chain Management *must have completed GRBA 815
  • SCMA 836 Project Management and Implementation
  • SCMA 837 Risk and Simulation Modeling
  • SCMA 839 Global Supply Chain Management *must have completed GRBA 815
  • SCMA 844 Managing Logistics in the Supply Chain
  • SCMA 847 Advanced Supply Chain Technologies *must have completed GRBA 815
  • SCMA 851 Predictive Analytics *must have completed GRBA 851
  • SCMA 852 Database Management *must have completed GRBA 851
  • SCMA 853 Data Mining Applications *must have completed GRBA 851
  • SCMA 854 Advanced Descriptive Analytics *must have completed GRBA 851
  • SCMA 855 Prescriptive Analytics *must have completed GRBA 851

+ International Overlay Course Options

  • ECON 822 International Finance
  • FINA 850 Multinational Finance Analysis
  • GRBA 852 International Business
  • MRKT 855 Marketing and Globalization
  • MNGT 828 Leadership in a Global Context
  • SCMA 839 Global Supply Chain Management

Add a Specialization: Gain a Competitive Edge

The MBA@Nebraska allows you to add a specialization to your degree. A specialization sends a signal to employers that you’ve acquired a solid set of skills, adding to your credibility and giving you a competitive edge in the job market.

Business Analytics

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Business Analytics Specialization Courses
Required
  • GRBA 851 Business Analytics
  • ECON 817 Intro to Econometrics
  • MRKT 850 Strategic Database Marketing
Electives (select one elective)
  • SCMA 837 Risk and Simulation Modeling
  • SCMA 851 Predictive Analytics
  • SCMA 852 Data Management and Organization
  • SCMA 853 Data Mining Applications
  • SCMA 854 Advanced Descriptive Analytics

Finance

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Finance Specialization Courses (select three electives)
  • FINA 801 Quantitative Methods for Finance
  • FINA 802 Fixed Income Analysis
  • FINA 803 Case Studies in Financial Management
  • FINA 804 Portfolio Management II & Ethics
  • FINA 863 Portfolio Management
  • FINA 867 Options, Futures, & Derivative Securities
  • FINA 871 Non-profit Finance
  • FINA 850 Multinational Financial Analysis
  • FINA 855 Capital Markets and Financial Institution
  • FINA 862 Security Valuation and the Buffett Investment Method

International Business

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International Business Specialization Courses (select three electives)
  • ECON 821 International Trade
  • ECON 822 International Finance
  • GRBA 852 International Business
  • MNGT 828 Leadership in a Global Context
  • FINA 850 Multinational Financial Analysis
  • MRKT 855 Marketing and Globalization
  • SCMA 839 Global Supply Chain Management

Marketing

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Marketing Specialization Courses (select three electives)
  • MRKT 826 Services Marketing
  • MRKT 845 Advanced Marketing Analytics
  • MRKT 850 Strategic Database Marketing
  • MRKT 855 Marketing and Globalization

Supply Chain Management

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Supply Chain Management Specialization Courses (select three electives)
  • SCMA 834 Topics in Lean Supply Chain Management
  • SCMA 831 Advanced Enterprise Management Systems
  • SCMA 832 Planning and Controlling Supply Chain Systems
  • SCMA 836 Project Management and Implementation
  • SCMA 839 Global Supply Chain Management
  • SCMA 844 Managing Logistics in the Supply Chain
  • SCMA 847 Advanced Supply Chain Technology
  • SCMA 853 Data Mining and Warehousing

Human Resource Management

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Human Resource Management Specialization Courses (select three electives)
  • MNGT 863 Compensation Administration
  • MNGT 864 Talent Acquisition and Staffing
  • MNGT 866 The Regulatory Environment for Employment and Labor

Joint Programs: More Opportunities

Joint Programs options include Juris Doctor/MBA and Master of Architecture/MBA. Partner your MBA with the College of Law at Nebraska or with the College of Architecture to make yourself more marketable and achieve career goals that allow you to make the most of your potential.

Juris Doctor/MBA

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Our MBA-JD duel degree program integrates the study of law and business and thus expands career opportunities. The joint program is a collaboration between the Nebraska College of Business and the College of Law. Students who complete both degrees often go on to become transactional attorneys, corporate in-house counsel or compliance officers, non-profit directors, management consultants, investment bankers, human resource officers, entrepreneurs or business owners.

During the program, you will take a total of 84 credit hours from the College of Law and complete the 48 credit hours required to receive the MBA degree. Up to 15 hours of the 84 hours of courses taken at the College of Law can be used to satisfy the 48 hours required for the MBA degree. You must meet the application requirements of each college for admittance to the joint degree program.

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Master of Architecture / MBA

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This 73-credit hour, dual degree program focuses on the strengths between the professions of architecture and business administration. In recognizing the reality of these expanding interdisciplinary professional responsibilities and opportunities, this dual degree program provides a means of completing requirements for the Master of Business Administration (MBA) and the Master of Architecture (MArch) degrees in a three-year sequence. Individually, they each require two-year programs. While in the program, you may pursue either of the following: a master’s thesis track or professional project/design studio track.

Intended for those who hold a Bachelor of Science in Architectural Studies (BSAS) degree, you must satisfy all entrance requirements for each of the two master’s degree programs before admittance.

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Earn a Certificate and Your MBA at the Same Time

Nebraska gives you the option to earn a graduate certificate while you complete the MBA@Nebraska program. With an additional credential on your resume, you’ll be able to prove your proficiency in a specialized area of business.

Business Analytics Certificate

The business analytics graduate certificate program will enable you to solve practical business problems using data and analytics. The required courses explore concepts in basic and multivariate statistics with incorporation of hands-on data analysis. Practice developing solutions to specific business problems through data, become familiar with the SAS language and explore past performance and customer behavior to learn how to drive business.

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Supply Chain Management Certificate

The supply chain management graduate certificate program will introduce you to current issues and solutions to management problems regarding planning and forecasting, purchasing, distribution and customer service. You will learn to leverage relevant technology to make supply chains faster and more efficient while sharpening analytical skills.

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Human Resource Management

Enhance your skills and gain a deeper understanding of human resource management by earning a graduate certificate at Nebraska. You’ll find immense value in gaining human resource expertise to apply in your supervisory role, as an entrepreneur building your workforce or if you are a human resource professional with a bachelor’s degree in another area. You learn about recruitment, selection, performance evaluation, compensation and the legal aspects of employment.

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Financial Communications

Become the go-to voice for your organization when financial markets fluctuate and communicate your organization's financial health through this cutting-edge, joint certificate program. This 12-credit-hour, eight-week fully online program gives you the ability to use new, fast paced technology to talk the language of business in real-time.

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Relevant & Interactive Classes

Designed for Balance

All classes last just 8 weeks, so you can take multiple classes per semester and concentrate on one concept at a time. Advance your career while you continue to excel at your current job and keep your family commitments.

Developed by Experts

All of MBA@Nebraska’s classes are designed by expert faculty who are advancing scholarly research and leading the conversation on what’s next in the field of business.

Built with Leading-Edge Learning Technology

MBA@Nebraska is built on the Canvas platform which has been designed from the ground up to be easy to use and save you time.

Guided Video Walkthroughs

We hate flat PowerPoint presentations, too. Your professors will frequently serve as on-camera guides to break down complex concepts.

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Stay in Tune with Your Curriculum

PowerPoint presentations can make even the most interesting topics hard to follow. In this lecture, you’ll see MBA@Nebraska professor Dr. Jake Messersmith walk you through the key elements of talent acquisition.

            

A Classroom in Your Pocket

With our mobile app, you’ll get notifications for course updates and have the opportunity to message faculty or jump into coursework from wherever you are.

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Use the App to Stay on Track

Adding tasks to your to-do list, keeping track of due dates, checking grades, messaging faculty and peers, and even watching lectures can be done from the palm of your hand. The Canvas app is a valuable asset in managing your MBA@Nebraska learning experience.

            

Class Sessions

Participate in optional live group discussions that are recorded for later review, and collaborate with faculty and fellow scholars in real time.

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Learn from Your Professors in Real Time

In this recording of a live session, MBA@Nebraska professor Dr. Richard DeFusco walks through financial theories and works real-life problems with his students via webcam and screen sharing. During a live session, you can ask questions, participate in discussion, and follow along in a virtual classroom. Even if you can’t attend or need a refresher, you can view it on your own time as live sessions are recorded for later access.

            

Consistent Class Structure

All MBA@Nebraska classes are structured the same way. You can easily hop into a new class without tech stress, allowing you to focus on learning what’s really important.

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Skip Stress, Stay on Task

You won’t have to worry or waste time with learning what’s located where with each course you take. Each class is structured with consistency in mind, allowing you to flow from one course to the next.

TECHNOLOGY REQUIREMENTS

Technology Requirements for MBA@Nebraska

Minimum technology requirements include a webcam and microphone, as well as an operating system that is compliant with the online learning platform, Canvas.

Screen Size

Canvas is best viewed at a minimum resolution of 800x600. If you want to view Canvas on a device with a smaller screen, we recommend using the Canvas mobile app.

Operating Systems

  • Windows 7 and newer (users on Windows 10 need to download the 10 Anniversary Update to submit Canvas assignments)
  • Mac OSX 10.6 and newer
  • Linux - chromeOS

Mobile Operating System Native App Support

  • iOS 7 and newer (versions vary by device)
  • Android 4.2 and newer

Computer Speed and Processor

  • Use computer less than 5 years old if possible
  • 1GB of RAM
  • 2GHz processor

Internet Speed

Along with compatibility and web standards, Canvas has been carefully crafted to accommodate low bandwidth environments.

Minimum of 512kbps

Screen Readers

  • Macintosh: VoiceOver (latest version for Safari)
  • PC: JAWS (latest version for Internet Explorer)
  • PC: NVDA (latest version for Firefox)
  • There is no screen reader support for Canvas in Chrome

Additional Requirements

Some courses may require additional technological components. Please review the syllabus and contact the instructor with specific questions about technology required for a given course.

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