University of Arkansas

Walton College

The Sam M. Walton College of Business

Walton MBA: Academics

Our 53-credit hour program offers career tracks in retail marketing, supply chain, data analytics, entrepreneurship and finance. We combine the unique strengths of the Walton College, our corporate partners, and our prime location at the nexus of business and adventure in Northwest Arkansas.

MBA Courses and Program Schedule

  • Prerequisite online courses as needed
Fall Intersession – Year One 1 credit hour
Fall Semester – Year One 13 credit hours
Spring Semester – Year One 11 credit hours
Summer Semester – Year One 6 credit hours
  • Global Experience
  • Internship
Fall Semester – Year Two 10 credit hours
Spring Semester – Year Two 12 credit hours



Full-Time MBA

Program Length: 22 months

Program Start Date: Fall

Application Deadlines

Priority Deadline and International Applicants Deadline: February 15

Final Deadline: April 15

Admissions Information
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Required Test: GMAT or GRE

Program Cost
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Four distinct career tracks allow Walton MBA students to customize their academic experience. These career tracks correspond to specific career paths at leading companies within the retail, supply chain, and consumer-packaged goods industries.

Entrepreneurship and Innovation Concentration

Interested in starting a high-growth independent firm, or developing autonomous business unit within a large corporation? The Entrepreneurship and Innovation Career Track is the place to start.

You will analyze growth and profit potential of new venture opportunities by examining intellectual property, the competition, and the allocation of human and financial resources. You will complete the track with a viable business plan in hand, for which you seek funding through state, regional, and national business plan competitions.

Entrepreneurship and Innovation Courses

  • New Venture Development
  • New Venture Development II
  • Entrepreneurship Strategy
  • Consumer and Market Research Methods

Retail Marketing Management Concentration

The Retail Marketing Management Career Track will prepare you for positions with retailers or merchandise suppliers. Whether you work with a retailer or supplier, you must have a solid understanding of the process shoppers use to decide which products to purchase.

In this career track, you will gain valuable insights into channel marketing, category management, branding and promotion. As a graduate, you will be prepared to select, implement, track and analyze the effects of product offerings, prices, and promotions on consumer choices.

Retail Marketing Management Courses

  • Retail Strategy
  • New Product Development
  • Consumer and Market Research Methods
  • Marketing Analytics

Supply Chain Management Concentration

From production to consumption, a company’s success hinges on its supply chain. The Supply Chain Management Career Track prepares you for a leadership position in the fast-growing and fast-moving field.

As a supply chain professional, you may have responsibility for logistics network design, inventory management, forecasting, replenishment, and other processes that integrate supply and demand needs.

Supply Chain Management Courses

  • Special Topics in Logistics
  • Retail and CPC Supply Chain Management
  • Supply Chain Innovation and Technology
  • Supply Chain Management in Global Business

Financial Management Concentration

From building pricing models to launching new consumer financial products, financial managers develop strategies that create value for the consumer and the shareholder, and result in sustainable, long-range financial performance for firms.

With particular emphasis on the retail, supply chain, and consumer products industries, as well as fundamental financial theory and management, the Financial Management Career Track will prepare you for a variety of careers.

Financial Management Courses:

  • Advanced Corporate Financial Management
  • Energy Finance
  • Investment Theory and Management
  • Advanced Investments or Shollmier Investment Project

Other concentrations available by request.

Your professional development is just as important as your academic development.

Each semester, you'll have opportunities to participate in cutting-edge workshops and customize your own program by choosing courses specific to your interests. You can listen to guest speakers from some of the biggest companies in the world, take workshops to improve your technical skills, and work with our image consultant experts to make sure you look your best for that dream job interview.

Topics differ each semester and, although you must participate in a minimum number, you are never limited in how many you can take.

Topics and Skills

Recent Professional Development workshops and Speaker Series have included:


Students learn the value of excellent communication skills to prepare them for the business world.

  • Business Communications
  • Negotiation and Bargaining
  • Reaching Peak Performance – Presentation Skill Training
  • Building Your Personal Brand


Leadership and management are critical to any business. Good leadership skills create a vision for a company's success, while management skills bring success with performance. They are vital to make complex organizations reliable and efficient.
  • Managing Cultural Diversity
  • Project Management
  • Faith, Values, and Authentic Leadership
  • Six Sigma Training


Get the technology knowledge necessary to compete in the business world. Experts teach students advanced skills through customized workshops. With the growing trends in digital marketing and social media, students work to gain a holistic view of emerging technologies relevant for business marketing and operations.
  • Microsoft Office Workshops: Excel. PowerPoint, Access
  • Tableau
  • Nielsen
  • Social Media and Digital Marketing
  • Emerging Technologies

Career Support

The Career Development Center guides students through career discovery and prepares them for success in the global workforce. 
  • Professional Networking and Career Fairs
  • Mock Interviews
  • Resume Building
  • Job and Internship Search Strategies
  • Professional Dress and Business Etiquette

Speaker Series

Students have the opportunity to learn from top business leaders in Arkansas and around the world.
  • Dina Howell, CEO, Saatchi & Saatchi X
  • Henry McLeish, The Future of the EU Economic Union
  • J.K. Symancyk, President and CEO, Academy Sports + Outdoors
  • Dr. Srini Venkatraman, Chief Data Scientist, Boeing Company
  • Condoleezza Rice, Former Secretary of State, US. Distinguished Lecture Series
  • Steve Wozniak, Apple co-founder, Distinguished Lecture Series
  • His Holiness Dalai Lama, Distinguished Lecture Series

Experiential Week

MBA Experiential Learning Week exposes MBA students to ambiguous and unstructured real-world business problems and develops leadership and communication skills through selling solutions to panels of judges from the business, government, education, and non-profit community.

Students are exposed to real social issues and are given the opportunity to work with a number of corporate executives.

The central focus of the week is the collaborations students have with local non-profits, business executives, and government employees, and the solutions developed against difficult problems. Students will gain real world experience in an issue of social importance, with the goal that their proposals will result in innovative initiatives that could be enacted in this community.

Previous topics have included food insecurity, child poverty, and workforce training/job skill development. Students have worked community partners like Walmart Foundation, 7Hills Homeless Center, Magdalene Fayetteville, LifeSource International, TriCycle Farms, Northwest Arkansas Council, and the City of Fayetteville.