The majority of core courses utilize traditional final exams. The MBA Program Office coordinates exam dates and distributes the core course final exam schedule prior to the start of the semester.
The majority of elective courses do not utilize traditional final exams, but rather papers, case write-ups, group projects, etc. If you aren’t sure whether a class has a final exam, check the syllabus or ask the instructor before making any plans that might conflict.
The final exam period is set well in advance (refer to the academic calendar), but the precise schedule of elective exams is not set until the add/drop period has ended and rosters are finalized. The MBA Program Office then schedules exams with three goals in mind: avoiding students having two exams at the same day/time; ensuring students have a day between exams wherever possible; and having the shortest exam period possible.
If you are taking a course that has a final, do not make any plans for the exam period until the exam schedule has been announced.