MBA Prerequisite and Core Courses
MBA Core (Required) Courses:
- ACC 604: Accounting for Decision Making: An in-depth study of management accounting techniques and methods needed for effective management of business enterprises. The trade-offs management makes in acquiring and using accounting information for decision-making and control are discussed. Specific topics include cost behavior and estimation, short-term decision making, budgeting, performance evaluation, cost allocation, and product costing. [Prerequisite: Financial Accounting prep course with at least an 80%.]
- CIS 623: Introduction to Business Analytics: Business analytics refers to the techniques and practices of statistical data analysis useful to business organizations. This course covers the fundamental concepts of data analysis and intermediary concepts such as descriptive, predictive, and prescriptive analysis. The analytical techniques covered include visualization, regression, forecasting, simulation, optimization, and risk analysis. Students get to learn and use advanced spreadsheet functions as well as visualization tools to analyze business data.
- ECO 625: Managerial Economics: Application of economic models and rationale to business decision-making with special emphasis on case studies. Topics include supply and demand, elasticity, production and costs, market structure, strategic interaction, pricing strategies and government intervention. [Prerequisites: Microeconomics/Calculus prep course with at least an 80%.]
- FIN 602: Corporate Finance: Practical application of the finance function in a company with specific emphasis on maximizing the value of the firm for its shareholders. Financial decision-making integrated with the theory of capital markets. Particular attention is given to the areas of investment, capital structure, short-term financing, and working capital management.
- MGT 651: Seminar in Organizational Behavior: Defines organizations and managers’ roles in those organizations, with special emphasis upon behavioral issues. Examines individual, group and organizational processes in light of the environment within which the organization functions. Special attention is given to managing in non-U.S. settings and the ethical problems faced in the managerial job.
- MGT 656: Seminar in Strategic Management: This is the MBA capstone course in which the students must integrate all of the functional areas of business administration and analyze their impact on management policy and strategy decisions. Even though each student will bring knowledge of his or her area of specialization into the classroom, it is expected that the student will perform as a generalist rather than a specialist and as a practicing manager rather than an impartial researcher. [Prerequisites: FIN 602 (Corporate Finance) and 18 hours of completed MBA coursework.]
- MKT 667: Marketing Planning and Application: This course is a study of marketing as the firm's strategic link with its customers in a global competitive environment. Major topics include (1) the development of marketing strategy, (2) the formulation of marketing plans, (3) the selection and implementation of marketing tactics, and (4) ethical considerations in marketing.
MBA Prep Courses
All MBA students upon admission, regardless of work experience or bachelor's degree field, will be placed into two internal prep courses that cover calculus/microeconomics and financial accounting. These two prep courses are free and are administered through our course management system (Canvas).
The accounting prep course needs to be completed (with an 80% in the course) before a student may enroll in ACC 604, and the calculus/microeconomics prep course needs to be completed (with an 80% in the course) before a student may enroll in ECO 625. While you are working on these prep courses, you certainly may take other MBA-level courses as well. If you do know the material well already, there is a way to go directly to the assessment at the end of the course.