Business Core Courses and Tracks

Our undergraduate business program's uniqueness is based on our business core courses and tracks.

To see the lists of courses in the business core and track specializations, click on the drop-down menus shown. All eleven core courses listed are required, and each track requires at least six courses. Students select one track to complete.

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  • Core Courses

    The undergraduate business curriculum consists of eleven core business courses. These courses will be taken from freshman year to senior year, but primarily in the junior year.

    • 70-100 Global Business: Principles and Functions 
    • 70-122 Introduction to Accounting
    • 70-311 Organizational Behavior
    • 70-332 Business, Society and Ethics
    • 70-340 Business Communication
    • 70-345 Oral Communications
    • 70-371 Operations Management
    • 70-381 Marketing I
    • 70-391 Finance
    • 70-451 Management Information Systems
    • 70-401 Management Game


  • Business Technology Track

    Technology is rapidly changing business practices in all areas. The Business Technology track seeks to prepare students for careers where business and technology intersect, whether that be in finance, marketing, operations or entrepreneurship. Students pursuing this track benefit from Carnegie Mellon’s reputation as a leader in computing and analytic applications of technology. The business and technology track is regularly ranked as number one in U.S. News & World Report ranking of management information systems.

    Required Courses

    • 70-453 Business Technology for Consulting
    • 70-455 Modern Data Management

    Choose four elective courses:

    • 15-121 Introduction to Data Structures
    • 70-339 Information Technology for Finance
    • 70-443 Digital Marketing and Social Media Strategy
    • 70-449 Social, Economic, and Information Networks
    • 70-465 Strategic Information Technology
    • 70-488 Interactive Marketing
    • 70-643 Publishing on the World Wide Web
    • 88-223 Decision Analysis and Decision Support Systems

    Employers of recent graduates of the Business Technology Track:

    • Apple
    • Freddie Mac
    • J.P. Morgan Chase
    • UBS
    • IBM
  • Entrepreneurship Track

    Entrepreneurship at Carnegie Mellon is characterized by experiential learning geared towards leading change, innovation and growth in start-ups, emerging companies and mature organizations. It seeks to bridge the gap between cutting edge research and the creation of economic value through commercialization of ideas for products and services. 

    Required Courses

    • 70-415 Introduction to Entrepreneurship
      • or 70-414 Intro to Entrepreneurship for Engineers
      • or 70-420 Intro to Entrepreneurship for Scientists
      • or 70-421 Intro to Entrepreneurship for Computer Scientists
    • 70-416 New Venture Creation
    • 70-395 Funding Entrepreneurial Ventures or 70-397 Intro to Entrepreneurial Finance
    • 70-481 Marketing Research

    Choose two elective courses:

    • 70-321 Negotiation and Conflict Resolution
    • 70-342 Managing Across Cultures
    • 70-397 Introduction to Entrepreneurial Finance
    • 70-430 International Management
    • 70-438 Commercialization and Innovation
    • 70-495 Corporate Finance
    • 70-496 Entrepreneurial Finance: Valuation and Deal Structure

    Employers of recent graduates from the Entrepreneurship Track:

    • Sail Through
    • PNC Bank
    • Deutsch Bank
    • Accenture
    • Banker’s Life & Casualty
  • Finance Track

    The Finance Track prepares students to work in a variety of financial institutions, including asset management and commercial and investment banking to supply the analysis necessary to make profitable decisions.

    Required courses

    • 70-492 Investment Analysis
    • 70-495 Corporate Finance

    Choose four elective courses:

    • 21-270 Introduction to Mathematical Finance
    • 21-370 Discrete-Time Finance
    • 21-420 Continuous-Time Finance
    • 70-339 Information Technology for Finance
    • 70-398 International Finance
    • 70-496 Entrepreneurial Finance: Valuation and Deal Structure
    • 70-497 Derivative Securities
    • 73-359 Benefit-Cost Analysis
    • 73-372 International Money and Finance, or 73-458 Money and Banking
    • 73-392 Financial Economics

    Employers of recent graduates of the Finance Track:

    • Citigroup
    • Goldman Sachs
    • Bank of America
    • IBM
    • Deloitte Consulting
  • General Management Track

    General Management is a self-defined track that allows students to create their own area(s) of study. It is appropriate for students who wish to combine two or more areas; design a concentration that is not covered by a formally defined track; or concentrate in international management (in which case the track courses can be chosen to coordinate with study abroad). Students selecting this track should discuss their study plan with the track advisor by the middle of junior year.
  • Graphic Media Management Track

    Information design has emerged as a critical success factor in all forms of communications related to strategy, marketing and operations effectiveness. Big data analytics is an important reason why visualization has become a key element of displaying data effectively. Students in this track learn the principles and techniques that make such meaningful display possible.

    Required course

    • 70-160 Introduction to Graphic Communications: Processes and Materials

    Choose five elective courses:

    • 70-194 Publishing in the Information Age
    • 70-481 Marketing Research
    • 70-637 Interactive Media Design and Management
    • 70-641 Color Reproduction and Management
    • 70-643 Publishing on the World Wide Web
    • 70-650 Independent Study in Graphic Communications

    Employers of recent graduates of the Graphic Media Management Track:

    • Accenture
    • Dupont
    • IBM
    • Ernst & Young
    • BNY Mellon
  • International Management Track

    Students completing this track gain knowledge and understanding of management issues faced by multinational companies in creating and exploiting their global presence. Culture, languages and local customs, and the detailed relationships between these and strategic management decision making and effectiveness, are explored in an integrated international framework.

    Required Courses

    • 70-342 Managing Across Cultures
    • 70-365 International Trade Law
    • 70-430 International Management
    • 70-480 International Marketing
    • 70-508 Independent Study in International Management (three units minimum). This involves cultural preparation for the experience abroad.

    Experience abroad

    At least one semester of study abroad or a substantial internship abroad.

    Language requirement

    Demonstrated conversational proficiency in a language other than English, to the satisfaction of the Track advisor. This may be, but is not necessarily, the same language used during the experience abroad. Proficiency may be demonstrated in several ways, including long-term residence in a country that requires knowledge of the language and language coursework.

    Choose two additional elective courses:

    These track electives may be business or economics courses that cover international themes, as well as history, policy or sociology courses that cover regions of the world outside of the U.S. The following are examples of elective courses that are acceptable:

    • 70-398 International Finance
    • 73-372 International Money and Finance
    • 79-271 Modern China
    • 88-326 Theories of International Relations
    • Other course(s), as approved by the Track advisor

    Employers of recent graduates of the International Management Track:

    • Citigroup
    • Barclays Capital
    • Merck
    • IBM
    • Goldman Sachs
  • Manufacturing Management and Consulting Track

    Students completing this track gain knowledge and understanding of management issues involved in the design, production and distribution of goods and services. Because operations management provides the tools to analyze, improve and position a firm's operations to achieve competitive advantage, marketing and financial success, it is also highly important to consulting firms specializing in these areas.

    Required courses

    • 70-453 Business Technology for Consulting
    • 70-460 Mathematical Models for Consulting
    • 70-471 Supply Chain Management

    Choose at least one course from the following list:

    • 70-374 Forecasting and Data Mining
    • 70-462 Stochastic Modeling and Simulations
    • 70-474 Quality Principles and Techniques
    • 70-476 Service Operations Management

    And choose up to two courses from the following list, totaling three courses from this and the above list:

    • 24-341 Manufacturing Sciences
    • 70-437 Organizational Learning and Strategic Management
    • 70-440 Corporate Strategy
    • 70-449 Social, Economic, and Information Networks
    • 70-455 Modern Data Management

    Employers of recent graduates of the Manufacturing Management and Consulting Track

    • Accenture
    • Dupont
    • IBM
    • Ernst & Young
    • BNY Mellon
  • Marketing Track

    Students pursuing the Marketing track learn how to apply the latest in research and data analytics to problems of creating and sustaining customer engagement through brand development, advertising and marketing communications strategies. Both consumer and industrial marketing are supported through courses emphasizing behavior, data analytics and supply chain issues.

    Required Courses

    • 70-481 Marketing Research

    Choose up to 27 units from the following list:

    • 70-449 Social, Economic and Information Network
    • 70-471 Supply Chain Management
    • 70-480 International Marketing
    • 70-483 Advertising and Marketing Communications
    • 70-485 Product and Brand Management
    • 70-487 Customer Management Using Probability Models
    • 70-488 Interactive Marketing
    • 70-374 Forecasting and Data Mining

    And choose up to 18 units from the following list:

    • 70-160 Graphic Communications Process
    • 70-443 Digital Marketing and Social Media Strategy (six units)
    • 70-637 Interactive Media Design Management
    • 73-365 Firms, Market Structures, and Strategy
    • 85-241 Social Psychology
    • 88-302 Behavioral Decision Making

    Employers of recent graduates of the Marketing Track:

    • General Electric
    • ZS Associates
    • L’Oreal
    • Proctor and Gamble
    • Deloitte Consulting