MBA Research
With a focus on high school and post-secondary educators and administrators
Not-for-profit, research-based support for all Business Administration educators: entrepreneurship, finance, hospitality, management/administration, and marketing.


About High School of Business

High School of Business™ brings college-inspired business administration courses to high schools across the U.S. An accelerated series of six courses challenges students with hands-on marketing, management, finance, and economics courses. Each course is built around industry-validated curriculum standards. The courses are positioned for local and national college credit opportunities, as well as weighted scoring. Teachers receive high-quality professional development and ongoing support. At each participating school, a cross-functional steering team of local business leaders, college faculty, and school personnel manage the program.


Asst. Principal explains why High School of Business™ works for students. Click here to view!





High School of Business™ is designed much like a college business administration program. Students take approximately one course per semester, beginning with an introduction to business.  The program continues with courses in various business functions concluding with the capstone course, Business Strategies, that requires implementation of the principles addressed throughout the High School of Business™ program.

High School of Business™ is designed to be phased in over a four-year period.

  • Year one—Site Steering Team plans and implements the program. Teachers complete training. No High School of Business™ courses are offered in this initial year.
  • Years two–four—Courses are rolled out as scheduled. Teachers complete training for each course they will teach.


The following chart shows the program design by high school year. Click titles for course descriptions. Note: This is a sample plan of study. Click here to view other sample schedules, including alternatives for schools that use block scheduling.


1st Semester 

2nd Semester

      Grade 9


                  Wealth Management

      Grade 10

               Principles of Business

                  Business Economics

      Grade 11 

               Principles of Marketing

                  Principles of Finance

      Grade 12

               Principles of Management

                  Business Strategies

Required courses are in bold.

  • Students incorporate High School of Business™ into a college-preparatory style course of study, resulting in the delivery of a breadth of academic knowledge that is then used in rigorous business-focused projects.
  • Participating schools agree to offer the program in its entirety (at least the six required courses: Principles of Business, Business Economics, Principles of Marketing, Principles of Finance, Principles of Management, and Business Strategies) over a period of four years to ensure that each student has the opportunity to complete the program.
  • Each of the five courses preceding the capstone course includes part of a program-long project.  For example, students nearing the end of the Business Economics course learn how to use a decision matrix and business feasibility study to select a business idea from a list generated in the previous course, Principles of Business.
  • In Business Strategies, senior-level student teams use the knowledge and skills gained in all of the previous courses to implement their new business idea.
  • Each student has the opportunity to see business in action.  Observing a senior-level business executive not only puts coursework into action, it can create a visual career goal for students.

Career Technical Student Organizations
Think of it as a partnership.  High School of Business™ is the curriculum that pairs with the CTSO co-curricular program. High School of Business™ teachers confirm that many of the projects in each High School of Business™ course naturally feed into CTSO competitive events.  In addition, the skills that students use to work on High School of Business™ projects (including teamwork, leadership, and delivering oral presentations) strengthen their use of these skills in CTSO events. 

As a leading researcher and resource developer of marketing and business curricula, MBA Research makes it a priority to keep up-to-date in its industry.  Through daily interaction with educators, administrators and marketing and business professionals, a theme began to emerge.  Many high school students who planned to major in business or marketing in college were not adding high school business and marketing courses to their schedules.  Further research determined that many schools did not have the accelerated curriculum in place to challenge and prepare these college-bound students.  And so an idea began.  How can high schools better prepare the large number of future college business administration and marketing majors that they serve?

In early 2007, five high schools from five different states paved the way for the High School of Business™ program.  As the pilot sites, this special group offers continuous feedback on all aspects of the program, including professional development, curriculum, and program design.  

High School of Business™ continues to grow.  For more information on applying, see Getting Started.


High School of Business™ is a program of MBA Research and Curriculum Center, a national leader in business administration education. MBA Research develops the national standards for business administration education that are adopted by many states. These standards are continually updated and vetted through research with business and industry leaders. They form the backbone of the HSB program, ensuring that what students learn in HSB courses is what they need to be successful in the business world.

Core Program Components

  • Project-based Learning 
  • Rigorous, accelerated content
  • Annually updated course guides, projects, and more
  • Hundreds of online modules aligned to course content
  • Online third-party assessments and pre-tests
  • Digital Badges
  • Positioned for CLEP and A*S*K examinations
  • National and local college-credit agreements



Benefits to Students, School & Community

  • Confidently implement, promote, and maintain a quality program
  • Address national education standards
  • Teach the skills students need to succeed
  • Engage students in real-world projects
  • Give assessments that are fully aligned to course content
  • Gain support and collaboration of local business leaders
  • Network with successful business educators nationwide
  • Establish strong college-credit agreements
  • Help students save time and money with college credit options
  • Attract college-bound students and increase enrollment
  • Give graduates the confidence to excel in college courses
  • Receive promotional benefits of MBA Research’s social media channels and industry newsletters 



Professional Assistance & Support

  • Live assistance and technical support via phone or email 
  • National Peer Network of Teachers
  • Local steering team component
  • Marketing tools to implement & administer program
  • Professional development opportunities


Prepared for Success

  • 77% earn college credit
  • 9 credits (average) via local credit agreements
  • Credits available through national partnerships


Post-Program Outcomes

  • 92% enrolled in college within six months of graduation
    Source: National Student Clearinghouse. (US average is 69%)
  • 88% college persistence rate (Defined as students enrolled in post-secondary for two consecutive fall terms.)



"High School of Business has helped make our program stronger and more attractive to students and parents." -Dr. Jerry Anderson, Principal, Monarch High School (CO)

Click here for High School of Business™ endorsements from teachers and students.


El Segundo High School


Coronado High School
Doherty High School
Fort Lupton High School
Grand Junction High School
Greeley West High School
John F. Kennedy High School
Longmont High School
Monarch High School
Mountain Range High School
NE BOCES/Haxtun High School
NE BOCES/Holyoke High School
NE BOCES/Lone Star High School
NE BOCES/Merino High School
NE BOCES/Wray High School
Odyssey Early College and Career Pathways
Peetz School
Platte Valley High School
Prairie View High School
Riverdale Ridge High School
Rock Canyon High School
University High School

District of Columbia

Girls Global Academy


Riviera Preparatory School


Caldwell High School
Kuna High School
Mountain View High School
Payette River Regional Technical Academy


Saydel High School
Waverly-Shell Rock High School


Arvin Education Center
Eastern High School


Barnstable High School


Affton High School
Camdenton High School
Nevada Regional Technical Center
Ritenour High School
St. Joseph District/Benton High School
St. Joseph District/Central High School
St. Joseph District/Lafayette High School


Benson High School
Fremont High School


Academy of Arts, Careers, and Technology
Advanced Technologies Academy
Green Valley High School
Legacy High School
West Career & Technical Academy 

New Jersey

Cumberland Regional High School


Austintown Fitch High School
Benedictine High School
Bowsher High School
Columbus Grove High School
Harrison High School/Great Oaks
Jones Leadership Academy
Leipsic High School
Mariemont High School/Great Oaks
Princeton High School/Great Oaks
Washington Senior High School/Great Oaks
Withrow University High School


Goose Creek Memorial High School


Beloit Memorial High School
Middleton High School
Oconomowoc High School
West Bend East and West High School

Dana Anderson and Rudy Sumpter from Monarch High School,
Colorado, discuss a project during training.


I had considered retiring this year, but teaching High School of Business™ has re-energized me. I can’t wait to get back to school and work through the projects with the students.
-- Howard Foltz, Columbus Grove High School (OH)

Teachers are the heartbeat of the High School of Business™ program.  MBA Research is committed to providing high-quality professional development to the teachers in this national program.  An extensive training schedule is a key piece of the program.

Project-based learning taught using… Project-based learning

With a heavy emphasis on projects, teamwork, research, and project management, High School of Business™ classrooms don’t look or feel like most high school classrooms.  Learning through standards-infused projects will be new for most students.  Likewise, teaching in this style is new to many teachers.  For others, the manner in which High School of Business™ uses project-based learning will be new.  This new style involves giving students the opportunity to learn through projects that they complete.  Teachers make a conscious decision to move from the front of the classroom to their new role as consultant.  Sound simple?  It isn’t for most of us.  Knowing this can be a difficult transition for any teacher, High School of Business™ professional development is conducted using a primarily project-based learning pedagogy.  Teachers are given projects to accomplish in teams of 4-5.  Online research, time management, discussion, and oral presentations are conducted. In short, the teachers' early training sessions mirror their students' classroom experience.

Teachers collaborate at High School of Business™ training.

Pedagogy Training

Over a two-day period, teachers learn about project and problem based learning as it is used in High School of Business™.  Expect a rigorous hands-on training session that sets the foundation for each teacher’s learning.

Course Content Training

Here’s where training gets specific.  Each teacher participates in 1-2 days of training for each High School of Business™ course that he/she intends to teach.  Teachers experience parts of projects, learn planning and preparation techniques, and collaborate with peers from across the U.S.  These courses are designed to be challenging and fun for students, so learning to teach them will be as well.

High School of Business™ offers two Training Institutes per year (summer and fall).  Teachers should attend training just prior to each High School of Business™ course being introduced at his/her school.  For example, schools preparing to offer High School of Business™ courses for the first time would send teachers to Pedagogy Training and Principles of Business training at the Summer Training Institute and Business Economics at the Fall Training Institute. 

Teachers plan the work before they work the plan at the High School of Business™ Summer Training.

High School of Business is a coordinated, sequenced program of study that leads to a post-secondary credential. The program delivers what students need to be successful in business careers that are necessary across all industries. It also includes:

  • Focused, sustained PD
  • Work-based learning opportunities
  • National and local post-secondary credit agreements
  • Preparation for a workplace credential


Perkins V How HSB delivers

Program of study

6-8 sequenced semester courses that can be delivered in 2-4 years

Focused, sustained PD

PD for course content and pedagogy (project-based learning) is focused on each course and delivered as courses roll out at the school

Measure of CTE program quality: states choose one of three:

  • Post-secondary credential
  • Post-secondary credit
  • Work-based learning

HSB can meet all 3 quality indicators:

  • Program of study leads to a post-secondary credential that can be attained after or during high school
  • National and local college credit agreements are in place for HSB courses, and participating schools can pursue additional local agreements as necessary
  • An observational internship is part of the curriculum. In addition, some schools choose to add an additional hands-on internship opportunity.

In-demand sectors, occupations

  • No matter which industry is identified as “in-demand” in your state, the companies in it will need financial managers, data analysts, project managers, accountants, and marketers. HSB immerses students in knowledge and skills from all areas of business administration.
  • 35% of all U.S. jobs will be in business, marketing, finance, and sales in 2026[1]


[1] U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, 2018