Pre-Fall 2009 MBA Core Curriculum

Note: This curriculum is only for students who began their studies prior to Fall 2009. All other students should refer to the current MBA curriculum. If you are a resuming student, please follow the curriculum approved for you by the Office of Graduate Academic Advisement and Student Development.

Core MBA Courses for Pre-Fall 2009 students:

MBA 620 — Organizational Behavior and Leadership Skills
A manager's ability to build constructive relationships is a prerequisite to harnessing a business organization's most valuable resource — its people. This course focuses on the skills necessary to manage individual and group dynamics in the pursuit of a company's business goals. It lays a foundation for much of the MBA curriculum and should be taken in your first semester. With a combination of theory, personal assessment and new cognitive skills, you will develop proficiency for problem-solving. Simulated managerial situations provide a real-world perspective that adds depth and meaning to the theoretical aspects of the course.
Credits: 4
Prerequisite: None

MBA 622 — Marketing and Electronic Business
Marketing is the art of being in the right place at the right time with the right product or service. This course provides you with the fundamentals of marketing, but also deals extensively with the factors likely to affect marketing in decades to come, particularly globalization, changing demographics, new telecommunications technology and electronic commerce. Lectures, case studies and group discussion focus on the application of marketing concepts in real-world situations. Topics include the marketing environment, marketing strategy, marketing ethics and marketing mix.
Credits: 3
Prerequisite: None

MBA 624 — Financial and Managerial Accounting
As a business manager, your ability to interpret accounting information is essential for planning and control, and for measuring the company's performance in many critical areas. In this course you'll learn basic accounting theory and practice, and how to use accounting information in your decision making. Special emphasis is placed on income-determination concepts and preparation of financial position statements. Other topics include transaction analysis; revenue and expense recognition; accounting for merchandising, manufacturing and cost operations; and capital budgeting. International accounting issues are integrated throughout the course.
Credits: 4
Prerequisite: None

MBA 626 — Business Economics
The exploration of micro- and macroeconomics in this course will enable you to analyze pricing and production decisions across a number of variables. Utilizing a practical approach to these complementary topics, the course also offers insight into the basic economic factors affecting a company's market at the consumer level as well as within the larger context of national and international economic policies. Microeconomic topics address the nature of economics, supply and demand, elasticity of demand, production and costs, and market structures. Macroeconomic topics examine the monetary and banking system, inflation, economic fluctuations and growth, and monetary and fiscal policies for maintaining stability and growth.
Credits: 4
Prerequisite: None

MBA 628 — Business Statistics and Modeling
The language of business is numbers. This course develops your expertise in data analysis to help you become proficient in the quantitative aspects of running a business. Coursework is geared toward practical decision making and problem solving through the use of descriptive statistics, probability, statistical inference and regression analysis. You'll also learn how to apply mathematical programming and simulation to create decision modeling with respect to issues surrounding finance, production and marketing.
Credits: 4
Prerequisite: Knowledge of Business Math and Spreadsheet Applications

MBA 630 — Operations and Quality Management
Quality in both operations and product are key to achieving competitiveness in the global marketplace. An examination of those issues forms the heart of this course, where you will learn the principles of Total Quality Management and how it is implemented at all levels of an organization. Other important topics addressed by this course include forecasting, technology management, capacity planning and materials management.
Credits: 3
Prerequisite: MBA 628

MBA 632 — Managerial Finance
Combining theory with sophisticated analytical tools, MBA 632 provides the solid background you need for developing and managing major corporate financial decisions. The course covers a spectrum of topics including financial statement analysis, financial forecasting, time value of money, valuation of financial securities, management of risk and return, and cost of capital. You will also learn how to estimate and analyze cash flows in the capital budgeting process and examine capital structure, dividend policies and long-term financial planning.
Credits: 3
Prerequisite: MBA 624, recommended MBA 628

MBA 688 — Business Strategy and Stakeholder Responsibility
The role and responsibilities of general managers in business organizations are the overall issues addressed in this course. Drawing upon knowledge gained from other courses as well as your own experience, you will learn how to develop practical general management policies. You will examine ways in which corporate objectives and strategy are created, and how they are implemented in a global business environment. In addition, you will discover specific techniques for structuring a firm to create value and maximize performance.
Credits: 3
Prerequisite: Advanced Standing