MBA Curriculum

MBA FOUNDATIONS

Offered every fall

Prerequisite: Graduate or Senior standing.

Provides students with a basic understanding of accounting and finance theory, concepts and tools to assist in the management of organizations and/or entrepreneurial ventures. The course is designed to allow students to view accounting as an information tool for managers and finance as a discipline to assure fiduciary success. Specific applications include balance sheet and income statement preparation and understanding, cash flow analyses, financing alternatives including cost of funds analysis, and what types of accounting systems best fit certain types of organizations or ventures.

Offered Every summer

Prerequisite: Graduate or Senior standing.

This course covers a variety of technical and business writing styles for effective business communication. Writing fundamentals are emphasized, applied to common forms of communication such as business letters, emails, memoranda, formal reports and proposals. Students will also learn the style and strategy for creating and repurposing content for Web 2.0+ platforms, such as blogs, microblogs and social networking sites.

Offered every fall

Recommended co-requisite BUS 500L

Prerequisite: Graduate or Senior standing.

This course covers fundamental marketing principles with a focus on effective marketing strategies in a digital era characterized by significant transformation from information technology. Markets of today require thinking globally but acting locally. They are also highly connected, participatory, and green, tooled to empower individuals and turn individual actions into massive market forces. In a way, the course re-conceptualizes the role of traditional marketing principles to explain the Course Listings & Descriptions modern marketing actions fueled by the globalization, advanced technology, far-reaching connectivity, and unprecedented social presence.

Offered every fall

Recommended co-requisite BUS 550

Prerequisite: Graduate or Senior standing.

This course takes an experiential learning approach to leveraging social networks, search engine marketing and social media platforms to promote an organization’s brand or objectives. Students will work with real-world tools, scenarios and data. The course helps prepare students for work in marketing, consulting, and brand management in both B2C and B2B commerce. Students interested in entrepreneurship will find the course useful, as new businesses often rely on digital marketing to promote their brand and connect with consumers and investors.

Offered every summer

Prerequisite: Graduate or Senior standing.

This course discusses the complexities of managing an organization from the perspective of the CEO or COO. The course is framed by the strategic management process, which includes goal setting, approaches to resource allocation, competency development toward competitive advantage and strategy execution. Students will learn how to develop a sustainable, values-based strategy based on internal organizational capabilities and external market opportunities in a competitive global marketplace.

Offered every spring

Prerequisite: Graduate or Senior standing. (Recommended Prerequisite – ACCT 501)

This course addresses the theory, methods and concerns of corporate finance from the perspective of management. The main topics include: global financial markets; corporate governance; the time value of money; capital budgeting techniques; uncertainty and the trade-off between risk and return; optimal capital structure; and multi-national financial management. Students develop an understanding of the broad financial issues and choices facing managers and how these choices influence performance, valuation, and risk.

Offered every spring

Prerequisite: Graduate or Senior standing.

This is a graduate level business research course that incorporates and links statistical analysis, related research methods, decision-making and modeling for different assumptions & scenarios. It integrates a number of analytical methods and applies them to a variety of business problems. Topics include hypothesis testing, Analysis of Variance (ANOVA) and topics in regression analysis and forecasting. Students are expected to use Excel, SPSS or STATA and learn how to incorporate statistical results into sample reports.

Offered every summer

Prerequisite: Graduate or Senior standing.

This course provides a basis for understanding one’s professional role and how to follow guidelines for success, taking into consideration questions of conscience, ethics, and values, as well as the tensions between community engagement, advocacy and participatory research, and specialized expertise. It will introduce concepts, tools, and skills needed to perform in diverse professional environments.

Offered every spring

Prerequisite: Graduate or senior standing.

Use and manipulation of data sets needed for data analysis and presentation. Students will build and edit detailed electronic spreadsheets containing advanced features and functions such as financial and statistical formulas, pivot tables and charts, scenarios, and data filters. Proficiency in Microsoft Excel will be developed. Students will have the opportunity to demonstrate proficiency in Excel through Microsoft Office Specialist certification examination. $45 lab fee required.

Offered every fall

Prerequisite: Graduate or Senior standing

The course supports effective planning by presenting a resource framework and relating the use of economic indicators to interpret a community’s economic context at the global, national, regional, local, and project level. Students study the interplay of these economic contexts through a collaborative case study project.

Offered every fall

Prerequisite: Graduate or Senior standing.

The course offers graduate students and qualified upper division students opportunities to reflect on leadership, through readings, presentation, discussion, and drawing on the experiences of guest speakers and students themselves in a variety of contexts. Includes a practice-based research project

MBA ELECTIVES

Prerequisite: Graduate or Senior standing.

This course discusses various approaches and processes of innovation and how it is managed in startups and larger enterprises. Enabling processes and inhibitors for creativity and innovation are identified. Some topics of intellectual property law such as copyrights and patents are discussed. Emerging trends in innovation management will be discussed.

Offered every fall

Prerequisite: Graduate or Senior standing.

Entrepreneurship is an integral part of economic change and growth. The course explains how economic conditions and incentives affect entrepreneurship, and how the actions of entrepreneurs in turn affect the broader economy. Entrepreneurship is viewed as an economic development strategy and entrepreneurs as agents of change and innovation. The course draws from recent theoretical insights and empirical findings to show how economics can contribute to our understanding of entrepreneurship.

Offered every summer

Prerequisite: Graduate or senior standing.

The course provides a framework for analyzing the planning and design issues that a real estate developer will encounter as part of any project. Students will learn to evaluate site for development potential, identify those factors that will influence its design and begin to understand the effect that zoning laws and community stakeholders have on the built environment. The course will include all major real estate product types. The course will teach basic drafting skills such as drawing to scale and the 1-hour lab each week will require a drawing assignment.

Prerequisite: Graduate or Senior standing.

Students will review relevant literature on leadership attributes, organizational behavior, and modern communication techniques. Readings, case studies, and field experiences prepare students to develop a leadership messaging plan to a business or organization. Special emphasis is placed on interviewing leaders in the field and reviewing the most current trends in integrated media campaigns.

Offered every spring

Prerequisite: Graduate or Senior standing.

This course will lead students through the process of identifying potential funders, understanding RFPs, creating strong mission and vision statements, and developing a compelling proposal to seek grant funding.

Offered every spring

Prerequisite: Graduate or Senior standing.

Cross-cultural leadership explores effective leadership across cultures and its impact on international business leadership and management. The impact of culture on concepts of leadership, values, expectations, and patterns of communication will be examined, both to demonstrate the importance of cultural sensitivity in global management and to assist students in developing their own strategies for effectively communicating and negotiating with individuals from other cultures. The course will also examine a variety of ethical and evolving multiethnic workplace issues, and discuss appropriate management styles for multicultural organizations. Students will learn effective ways to research specific cultures and communications styles in order to prepare themselves for cross-cultural encounters and assignments in other cultures.

Offered every spring and fall

Internships 591 (1-12 credits)

Intensive post-baccalaureate practice-based research experience in a community or organizational setting. Requires a post-baccalaureate research plan with Program Chair approval.

Practicum 596 (1-6 credits)

Intensive post-baccalaureate practice-based research experience in an oncampus setting. Requires a post-baccalaureate research plan with Program Chair approval.

One other graduate level course may be considered. Check with Program Advisor.

MBA CAPSTONE

Offered every spring

Prerequisite: Graduate standing and chair approval.

This course integrates all prior course work into a capstone experience in which students will have the opportunity to either 1) create a comprehensive business plan or 2) conduct a research project that proposes a solution to a significant management problem or issue. In the final written report, students will thoroughly explore all relevant background information and present their findings. Additionally, the report will include a discussion of important ethical considerations and global perspectives as they relate to the project. Students will work in groups to peer-review their work throughout the course and deliver a digital presentation summarizing their research and conclusions.

UNIT TOTALS

36 units required for the MBA degree

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Online classes extended through the semester and work-from-home status for employees. Villas remain open.