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Common Professional Components (CPC)

Female student looking at computer screen Students entering the School of Professional Studies MBA program may not have all the necessary prerequisite courses, or Common Professional Components (CPC), to begin taking classes. The solution to this dilemma is a set of self-paced courses that will bring you to the level of knowledge necessary to enter the MBA courses. The School of Professional Studies at the University of the Incarnate Word selected a uniquely-qualified provider, Ivy Software, to deliver the CPC courses online at only $150 per course. This is a fraction of the cost compared to attending the full semester course.

CPC Courses

  • Business Math & Statistics
  • Fundamentals of Economics
  • Understanding Corporate Finance
  • Business Law Essentials
  • Financial Accounting
  • Information Systems
  • International Business
  • Managerial Accounting
  • Principles of Management
  • Principles of Marketing

Course Format

Each course is online and consists of a 5 or 6 chapter text in PDF and interactive software. Students will read a chapter of the text and then turn to the software to go through numerous interactive exercises and problems, tutorial screens, a video lecture and a final exam on the chapter. Each chapter takes approximately 3 to 4 hours to complete. This includes reading the text and completing the interactive software. Student background may determine the completion time of each module.

When the course is completed, the student will need to successfully complete a 40 question randomly generated comprehensive online final exam over the chapters discussed in the CPC course. Students must pass the finale exam with a score of 80% or above, students are given 3 attempts to pass the exam. Students will need to take the course if they are not able to pass the exam.

Course Withdrawals/Refunds

The Personal Development and Continuing Education office reserves the right to cancel any noncredit course, in which case registration fees are fully refunded. If it becomes necessary to cancel the course, you will be notified by email or phone. It is important that we have your current contact information.

If you request to withdraw from a course prior to the course start date, you will receive a refund minus an administrative fee of $35. Requests for withdrawals, refunds or transfers must be in writing. Submit requests via email to or fax to: (210) 832-2135. No refunds will be issued after course start date.