MBA Core Curriculum

The nine required courses in our MBA program are professionally focused and prepare you to succeed in any business setting, regardless of your concentration.

Core Courses

Leadership Theory

This course explores the major theories and approaches of leadership to prepare individuals to understand, develop, and accept complex leadership roles. This course seeks to bridge leadership concepts to leadership actions by applying leadership theory to case situations.

3 cr

Foundations of International Business

An examination of business opportunities and threats created by the growth of globalization and how companies must operate in diverse foreign environments. The course emphasizes economic, social, cultural, legal, and environmental influences on the formulation and execution of the business policy of firms engaged in multinational business.

3 cr

Managerial Accounting and Control Concepts

This course focuses on concepts, tools, and techniques in financial and managerial accounting and their impact on strategic decision-making and performance improvement. By applying the fundamentals of financial accounting, students understand the significance of the accounting cycle along with internal control best practices. Financial statement review and analysis are emphasized along with the significant role they play in managerial decision-making.  Specific applications in areas of cost estimation and budgeting, job costing, activity-based costing, process costing, and cost-benefit analysis are also covered.  The course emphasizes a cross-functional perspective, integrating the links between internal accounting systems and issues confronting managers across functional areas of an organization.

3 cr

Strategic Marketing Management

Strategic Marketing Management is the art and science of creating customer value and market place exchanges that benefit the organization and its stakeholders. Students will acquire the knowledge and skills required to develop, implement, and control successful marketing strategies. Topics include segmentation, targeting, positioning, and marketing mix (product, price, place, and promotion) strategies. Students will explore how those strategies contribute to the company’s competitive advantage in the marketplace. The strategies and framework presented in this course are applicable to a wide range of organizations, industries, and situations.

3 cr

Business Analytics: Data, Models, and Decisions

The nucleus of this course features a variety of statistical concepts and analytical methods in an interdisciplinary approach to extract information for making critical decisions in businesses. The cohesion of statistics, computer science, and business are paramount for students to develop the core skills necessary to confront the challenging field of data analytics.

3 cr

Human Resource Management

This course focuses on the strategic importance of Human Resource Management, as well as the development and maintenance of effective human resource policies and practices in the modern organization. Topics include methods and techniques of job analysis, manpower planning, recruiting and selection, training and development, compensation, performance management, employment law, and labor relations.

3 cr

Risk and Financial Management

All major business decisions have financial implications. This case-based course builds on prior knowledge of financial management by applying concepts and techniques to a broad array of financial issues faced by firms of all sizes. The course reviews the application of concepts and tools necessary to understand the financial decision-making process.  Specific topics include: valuation of financial instruments, capital budgeting, an introduction to capital markets, the assessment and pricing of risk, capital structure issues, dividend policy, and working capital considerations. Prerequisite: Managerial Accounting and Control Concepts

3 cr

Legal Studies and Ethics

This course focuses on the interdisciplinary study of how legal, regulatory, social, and ethical issues impact businesses. Topics include the Constitution’s commerce clause, Uniform Commercial Code (UCC), restraints on competition, employment, environmental regulation, product quality, and technology. Emphasis is also directed to formulating, negotiating, and implementing business agreements; evaluating the various forms of business ownership; anticipating, neutralizing, and defending against liability; the application of legality to the internet; and successfully functioning within today’s environment of opportunity and constraint.

3 cr

Strategic Management and Leadership

This course introduces students to strategic management and leads them to begin integrating their knowledge from previous learning and experience to better identify and address the strategic concerns of firms in a variety of industries. The goal of this course is to enable students to critically approach issues regarding business and organizations strategically.  The emphasis will be on exerting influence through leadership, strategy, organizational design, organizational culture, and leading change efforts. Prerequisites: Completion of seven courses (21 cr) of the MBA core curriculum.

3 cr