Core Curriculum

The core courses in the MBA Program are designed to treat each of the management functions in depth and broaden student awareness of contemporary issues affecting business enterprises.  MBA students must complete the following seven (7) three-unit courses for the core component. There are eight (8) three-unit core courses available. Students must complete the 500 and 590 courses and may choose three (3) 502 courses to complete the core curriculum.

Students must complete all four of the courses below:

  • FIN 500 - Advanced Topics in Finance. Analysis of decisions in financial management. Includes financial planning, working capital management, capital budgeting, valuation analysis, portfolio management, capital structure, and ethical and multinational concerns. Case analysis with written assignments done individually and in groups.
  • MGT 500 - Human Behavior in Organizations. An experiential course designed to teach management skills such as conflict resolution, motivation, leadership, and communication, as well as the functioning of groups. Case analysis with written assignments done individually and in groups.
  • MKT 500 - Strategic Marketing: Cases and Current Issues. Current topics in strategic marketing: strategic planning, market resource allocation, buying behavior, forecasting, product positioning. Social, legal, ethical and global issues in marketing will be explored. Case analysis with written assignments done individually and in groups.
  • MGT 590 - Strategic Management. Strategy and leadership from middle to top management perspective. Use of cases, readings, simulations to integrate functional fields of business. Requires team activities, strategy formulation/implementation, serving purpose of comprehensive project. Case analysis with written assignments done individually and in groups. Note: This course is a capstone course and should be taken in the last semester of residency.

Students must select three (3) out of the four (4) courses below. In addition to the four courses above, taking three of the four courses below will satisfy your core curriculum requirement.

  • ACC 502 - Advanced Topics in Accounting. Application of functional accounting in contemporary business. Decision making through the integrated use of financial accounting (reporting to outside interests) and relevant income tax consequences. Case/problem analysis on an individual and group basis with written presentation.
  • CIS 502 – Advanced Topics in Information Systems.  Covers issues of concern to managers in areas such as information processing applications and technology, management of the information processing function, impacts of information technology on the firm and on society, global information systems and the information superhighway.
  • FIN 502 - Advanced Topics in International Business. Exploration of issues related to all functional areas within a global business environment. Emphasizes the additional opportunities, risks, uncertainties and difficulties of conducting business across national boundaries. Case analysis with written assignments done individually and in groups.
  • OMG 502 - Advanced Topics in Operations Management. Management of the operations process including production and service aspects. Topics include capacity and location planning, scheduling, facility layout, project and inventory management, and quality improvement. Behavioral, multinational ethical issues will be considered. Case analysis with written assignments done individually and in groups.

Students must complete additional elective credit hours to satisfy the MBA degree requirements. Please click here to view the concentration descriptions.