Full Time MBA Program - Curriculum

The MBA program provides a broad curriculum organized around three principle components: foundation, core, and capstone courses. The program also includes modules on a variety of topics including computer skills, international business principles, and the foundations of ethical leadership. In addition, students take part in a series of co-curricular professional development seminars aimed at providing practical skill development and real-world business exposure.

Up to two Foundation Courses may be waived with prior completion of equivalent course. Students may not waive both MBA 6000 and MBA 6030. For more information on course waivers, please contact our office.

The foundation courses include (15 credit hours):

(3 credit hours)
Emphasizes the application of microeconomic theory to the decision-making process of the firm. Topics include marginal analysis, market structure, competitive strategy, and public policy issues.

(3 credit hours)
Addresses financial accounting concepts and development of financial statements. Emphasizes the effect of business processes on the reported financial statements of an organization and the usage of financial information in the management and analysis of business operations. Prerequisite: MBA students only or with permission of Graduate Programs in Business.

(3 credit hours)
Provides MBA students with the opportunity to develop analytical skills through the application of quantitative models to managerial problems. Students will learn to design analyses in the context of practical business situations and use the results to support managerial decision-making. Prerequisite: MBA students only or with permission of Graduate Programs in Business.

(3 credit hours)
Applies accounting to the decision-making, planning, and control processes of management. Emphasizes the nature, use, and reliability of accounting data for decision-making. Prerequisite: MBA students only or with permission of Graduate Programs in Business.

(3 credit hours)
Provides an in-depth analysis of global business challenges and alternative competitive responses. Examines global markets, international organizations, security and risk, technology, cultural differences, currency markets, and sustainable business practices. MBA, Macc or approval of Graduate and Executive Programs in Business. Approved for Distance Ed.

The core courses include (23 credit hours):

(2 credit hours)
A variety of topics are included that provide future managers with the personal, interpersonal, and organizational skills necessary for a career in management. MBA students only or with permission of Graduate Programs in Business. Graded S/U

(3 credit hours)
Surveys various topics in information systems. The purpose is to develop an understanding of key information technologies and the role of IT in organizations. Focuses on empowering managers with the knowledge of IT necessary to use technology effectively in their organizations. Prerequisite: MBA students only or with permission of Graduate Programs in Business.

(3 credit hours)
Focuses on how supply chains create value for organizations, their suppliers and customers. Explores supply, operations, and logistics processes and how these processes are integrated with other functions within the firm and across organizations. Examines supply chain strategy; product, process, and service design; quality and lean; planning, control, and measurement systems; and ethical and environmental decisions. Prerequisite: MBA students only or with permission of Graduate and Executive Studies in Business.

(3 credit hours)
Relevant theory and practice as related to a planning, analysis and control framework for developing and evaluating general marketing strategy as well as component strategies and tactics. Managerial decision making is stressed and illustrated through case analysis or other experiential exercises. Prerequisite: STAT 601, MBA 603, and MBA students only or with permission of Graduate Programs in Business.

(3 credit hours)
Case method approach to acquisition and allocation of funds for non-financial firms; working capital management; capital budgeting, long-term fund sources, dividend policy; valuation, merger. Executive view stressed. Prerequisite: MBA 600 and MBA students only or with permission of Graduate Programs in Business.

(3 credit hours)
Legal environment and the vital role law plays in all business decisions. Basic law concepts illustrated from viewpoint of the firm. Social responsibility of corporations; topics include white collar crime, social accounting, legal and restructuring of the corporate firm, and government regulation. Prerequisite: MBA students only or with permission of Graduate Programs in Business.

(3 credit hours)
Understanding the effective functioning of individuals, groups and teams in organizations. Emphasizes application of behavioral science knowledge to major organizational issues such as performance, decision making, communication, conflict, and leadership. Employs a cross-cultural perspective. Prerequisite: MBA students only or consent of Graduate Studies in Business. Not open to students with credit for ORGD 608. Approved for Distance Ed.

(3 credit hours)
Fundamental statistical concepts and important statistical techniques will be introduced. Topics to be covered include exploratory data analysis, confidence interval estimation, hypothesis testing, regression analysis, forecasting, analysis of variance, and contingency tables. Credit not applicable toward M.S. in Applied Statistics.

Capstone Course (3 credit hours):

(3 credit hours)
Examines competitive and corporate strategies from the general manager’s perspectives. Topics include analysis of strategic mission and objectives, environmental and industry dynamics, development of internal resources and capabilities, and sources of competitive advantage in a changing global environment. Evaluates appropriate competitive and corporate strategic alternatives. Emphasizes the development of coherent strategies for implementation, including integrating functional areas and mobilizing all aspects of an organization to achieve and sustain competitive advantage. Prerequisites: Completion of MBA Foundation and Core Classes. For MBA students only.

Specializations:

Although students may choose to do a general MBA, they also may pursue a formal specialization in accounting, finance or supply chain management.