Courses listed below are the core courses required for every MBA.
For full course descriptions for all MBA concentrations, download the Graduate Catalog on the Downloads page.
MBA Core Courses
MBA 600 Management and Organizational Behavior
This course focuses on the leader’s roles, behaviors, and skills that are needed to operate effectively in an organization. Students will learn when and how to challenge the status quo, share the vision, create systems to meet organizational objectives, and model principled leadership. Theories and practical application for group and intergroup behavior, culture, organizational structure, change management, succession planning, and quality will be covered. 3.00 semester credit hours. Prerequisites/Corequisites: None.
MBA 606 Research and Decision Making
This course focuses on skills in research and decision making for the academic and business environment. Topics include the development of research and writing skills, development of decision-making skills, and reflection and review of research activities. Students research and write academic and business papers, specify decisions, characterize alternatives, apply judgment, manage peer pressure, and implement ethical decisions. 3.00 semester credit hours. Prerequisite: MBA 530 Economic and Statistical Analysis (or equivalent prior coursework). Corequisite: None.
MBA 615 Marketing
This course focuses on the role of marketing and the marketing department in adding value to the organization. Major elements of the marketing process to be covered include domestic and global market assessment, strategic marketing planning, the development of an effective marketing mix (product, price, promotion, and distribution) to create customer value, consumer/business buying behavior, and market research. 3.00 semester credit hours. Prerequisite: MBA 540 Management and Marketing (or equivalent prior coursework). orequisite: None.
MBA 621 Financial and Managerial Accounting
This course covers both financial and managerial accounting as they apply to decision making in the organization. Students will explore the similarities and differences between financial accounting information and managerial accounting information with a focus on selecting the appropriate information based on internal and external needs. Students will learn how to identify and collect the appropriate accounting information to assist them in making decisions and reporting information. 3.00 semester credit hours. Prerequisite: MBA 520 Finance and Accounting for Managers (or equivalent prior coursework). Corequisite: None.
MBA 626 Information Systems and Technology
This course focuses on the information requirements for an organization, including the different kinds of information needed at operational, administrative, and strategic levels. Topics include uses of technology, information technology planning, implementation management, project and vendor management, and assessments of system effectiveness. Issues of data security in today’s evolving business environments and the impacts of the Sarbanes-Oxley Act (SOX) and the Health Information Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) on technology are addressed. 3.00 semester credit hours. Prerequisites/Corequisites: None.
MBA 631 Operations and Project Management
This course provides students with the tools needed to manage operations and projects within an organization. Topics include demand forecasting and management, capacity planning and scheduling, inventory control, purchasing and materials management, facilities management, project management strategies and tactics, defining user needs and project scope, scheduling and budgeting, and performance objectives. Control methods, such as PERT/CPM, Gantt charts, project management software, and project audits, will also be covered. 3.00 semester credit hours. Prerequisites/Corequisites: None.
MBA 639 Managerial Economics
This course focuses on the application of economic concepts and economic analysis to solve managerial challenges. Students will explore competitive markets and market failure, demand estimation and forecasting, decision making under risk and uncertainty, consumer and producer choices, cost-benefit analysis, and the impact of individual behavior and market forces on decision making. 3.00 semester credit hours. Prerequisite: MBA 530 Economic and Statistical Analysis (or equivalent prior coursework). Corequisite: None.
MBA 645 Finance
This course will prepare students to use financial information to inform decisions and to achieve organizational goals. Topics include financial statement analysis, forecast techniques, time value of money, capital budgeting, capital management, debt and equity financing, and risk analysis. 3.00 semester credit hours. Prerequisite: MBA 520 Finance and Accounting for Managers (or equivalent prior coursework). Corequisite: None.
MBA 690 Strategic Planning
This course focuses on how mission, vision, and values come together to inform the strategic planning process in an organization. The dynamic global environment that modern businesses operate in requires managers to master the art of thinking globally and to utilize frameworks for acting locally. Students will analyze the environment at a number of levels in order to develop a concise strategic plan. 3.00 semester credit hours. Prerequisites: MBA 520 Finance and Accounting for Managers (or equivalent prior coursework), MBA 530 Economic and Statistical Analysis (or equivalent prior coursework, and MBA 540 Management and Marketing (or equivalent prior coursework). Corequisite: None.
MBA 691 Graduate Capstone Project
This course is designed as the final capstone project, where students will demonstrate application, analysis, integration, and evaluation in a real-world project or simulation. The capstone experience gives each student the opportunity to demonstrate his/her ability to utilize what he/she has learned in the program. 3.00 semester credit hours. Prerequisite: Final semester. Corequisite: None.