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MBA Curriculum

The MBA curriculum is designed to provide knowledge and skills through diverse yet complementary avenues:

The core courses establish a well-rounded base of business knowledge in seven areas of accounting, economics, finance, marketing, operations, and strategy & organizational behavior. Throughout these courses (24 credit hours) students will develop and enhance critical analytical, communication, and leadership skills.  Students engage in independent and team learning for course assignments by working with a diverse student body and faculty. 

Students are permitted five elective courses. Four of the courses (12 credits) are targeted electives in analytics and innovation, reflecting our mission to develop analytical and innovative business professionals. Students are permitted to have one free elective course in another business elective or they may use this elective for a directed study or internship for credit.

Professional development opportunities are also available throughout each semester to prepare for your future career goals. The programs accentuate leadership skills, job seeking and career development skills, networking, and additional topic areas that are beneficial to an MBA’s future career path.

Our faculty have the option of using a +/- grading scale for all courses.  The grading scale for each class will be communicated to the students during the first meeting of class.

Core Courses

The following core courses are required for all full-time and professional MBA students.

Course     

Course Title

Overview

Prerequisites

Credit Hours

ACTG 611

Accounting for Decision Making and Control

Emphasis on accounting data used by managers in decision making.  The course uses a textbook and cases.  Among topics covered are relevant cost identification in decision making, contribution margin approach and capital budgeting.

MBA status or permission of the instructor.

3

MGNT 621

Organizational Behavior and Managerial Skills

Studies behaviors of individuals and groups in work organizations from managerial view; applies the concepts, methods, and research findings of the behavioral sciences to the understanding of the causes of human performance, satisfaction and development in work organizations.

MBA status or permission of the instructor.

3

MGNT 624

Operations Management

A problem-solving course designed to help reduce uncertainty in the decision-making environment of operations and production in manufacturing and service firms of private and public sectors of the economy. Emphasis on employment of mathematical models for use and application in decision making in business.

MBA status or permission of the instructor.

3

FINC 631

Financial Management

Examines techniques and concepts used in modern business and the theoretical advances in the areas of asset management and capital structure planning. Topics include capital budgeting, working capital management, valuation, cost of capital, capital structure planning, dividend policy, option pricing, mergers and acquisitions. Problems and short cases used to enhance student skills in financial planning and decision making.

MBA status or permission of the instructor.

3

MKTG 641

Marketing Management

This course teaches students the art and science of selecting target markets and acquiring and maintaining profitable customers in a socially responsible and ethical manner. Case studies, experiential projects, simulations and marketing planning assignments may be used.

MBA status or permission of the instructor.

3

ECON 651

Managerial Economics

Study of selected topics in economic theory and their application to management problems. Topics include demand and supply, revenues, elasticity, production and cost, incremental decision making, market structure and pricing, and investment analysis. Elementary quantitative methods will be developed and utilized

MBA status or permission of the instructor.

3

MGNT 685

Strategic Management

Integrates graduate business courses in a top level strategy development course. Emphasis on environmental analysis and decision making. A capstone course; must be taken during or after the term in which the last required MBA course is taken.

MBA status or permission of the instructor, ACTG611, FINC631, MGNT624, MKTG641 taken prior to or concurrently.

3

Elective Courses

Course Course Title Description Prerequisites
Credit Hours
BLAW 603 Legal Aspects of Enterprise
A study of the legal framework within which business enterprises function with special attention to business government relationships.
MBA status or permission of the instructor 3
ECON 694 Business Forecasting Forecasting involves making the best possible judgment about some future event. Topics coverage includes introduction to forecasting, a review of basic statistical concepts, exploring data patterns and choosing a forecasting technique, moving averages and smoothing models, regression analysis, time series analysis, the Box-Jenkins (ARIMA) methodology, and judgmental elements in forecasting. Students will be trained in using computer-based models, databases, and programs. Admission to the MBA program or graduate status, STAT 205 (or equivalent) and MATH 151 (or equivalent). 3
ECON 695 Current Topics in Econmics This course investigates topics of current and continuing interest which are not covered in regularly scheduled graduate courses. Topics will be announced with each offering of the course. It may be taken twice for a total of six semester hours credit. Graduate Standing 3
ECON 698 Directed Study This course provides the opportunity for semi-autonomous independent research on an economic topic of interest to the student. It will provide the student with an opportunity to develop conceptual sophistication about specific topics. This course provides the opportunity for semi-autonomous independent research on an economic topic of interest to the student. It will provide the student with an opportunity to develop conceptual sophistication about specific topics. 1-4
FINC 635 International Finance Finance 635 deals with the international financial environment and focuses on managerial aspects from a corporate financial perspective. MBA status or permission of the instructor 3
FINC 671 Special Topics in Finance This course gives the students a chance to examine topics of special interest in finance not covered in current course offerings. May be taken more than once for a maximum of four hours credit. Approval of instructor 1-3
FINC 698 Directed Study Semi-autonomous independent research on an finance topic of interest to the student. Designed to provide the student with an opportunity to develop conceptual sophistication on a specific topic. MBA status and approval of the directed study supervisor, advisor, and the Dean of the Graduate School 1-4
MGMT 601 Business Research and Reporting Reviews the scientific method and the reasoning process as philosophical foundations for research; explores the basic methodology for business research design, measurement, data collection, analysis and reporting. Group project used to demonstrate the concepts learned in the course. MBA status or permission of the instructor 3
MGMT 622 Quantitative Methods Provides a study of the quantitative tools used in business production and service organizations. Topics include linear programming, integer programming, network analysis and stochastic programming. MBA status or permission of the instructor 3
MGMT 630 Innovation II Organizations are increasingly aware of the fact that they must create value through continuous innovation if they wish to retain a competitive advantage.  This course focuses on how organizations identify, recruit, retain, and motivate innovative individuals; develop and use innovative processes; manage high-performance innovation teams; and create a culture and climate that encourages innovation. Finally, the course will enhance the skills needed to convert innovations into successful business models.  None 3
MGMT 651 Entrepreneurship This course focuses on starting and managing high growth businesses.  Major topics include:  identifying potential high growth business opportunities, characteristics of entrepreneurs, developing creativity, evaluating market potential, choosing a legal structure, tax planning, financing strategies, preparing a business plan, operating considerations, choosing an exit or succession strategy. Graduate standing or permission of the instructor. 3
MGMT 652 Business Consulting This course will be organized on four levels.  First, it will examine the consulting industry to understand the context and some key factors affecting business consulting, firm strategies, and key events.  Second, it will move to the firm level where we will examine the management issues associated with running a consulting firm.  Third, it will proceed to the project level where we will cover the life cycle of a project and a thorough understanding of all its phases.  Extensive field work is required.  Finally it will wrap up with the individual level and the career implications of landing/creating a consulting job including ethical challenges and lifestyle implications. MBA Status or permission of instructor 3
MGMT 671 Special Topics in Management Provides a means for investigating new and innovative developments in management not included in regularly scheduled courses. Allows for the opportunity to apply experiential learning, team teaching, or cooperative ventures with other universities or organizations. Permits the sharing of special expertise in management, new research findings, and the probing of non-traditional management related topics. Allows for the offering of a new exploratory course on a one-time basis. MBA status or permission of the instructor 3
MGMT 685 Strategic Management Integrates graduate business courses in a top level strategy development course. Emphasis on environmental analysis and decision making. A capstone course; must be taken during or after the term in which the last required MBA course is taken. MBA status or permission of the instructor, ACTG 611, FINC 631, MGNT 624, MKTG 641 3
MGMT 698 Directed Study The Directed Study is a course designed by the student after thorough consultation with the professor who will supervise the study. Topics for the study might be chosen from sub-topics in organizational behavior, quantitative methods, operations management, small business consulting, or other areas of management. MBA status and approval of the directed study supervisor, advisor, and dean of the Graduate College 1-4
MGMT 699 Research and Thesis The thesis demands original research conducted by the student, under the supervision of a faculty member in the Department of Management. The finished thesis must satisfy the supervising faculty member and the other members of the student's committee, as well as various other requirements of the University. Basic guidelines can be obtained from the Graduate College Office. Hours and credits to be arranged with the approval of the student's thesis supervisor, advisor, department chairperson and the dean of the Graduate College. 1-6
MKTG 602 International Business Provides an analysis of international business challenges, strategies and operations; includes readings in contemporary international business perspectives and cases MBA status or permission of the instructor 3
MKTG 612 Global Market Research Provides MBA students an opportunity to participate in international market research.  Students conduct an in-depth analysis of foreign markets to determine market potential and to develop strategies for Virginia firms to enter or expand specific markets.  MBA status or permission of instructor 3
MKTG 625 Business Analytics Foundations This course is an introduction to the field of Business Analytics and its extensive use of exploratory and predictive models in providing fact-based recommendations to assist management in optimizing decisions and actions. MBA Status or permission from instructor 3
MKTG 630 Predictive Analytics & Data Mining This course, the second Business Analytics course taken by MBA students, provides an in-depth understanding and application in Predictive Analytics and Data Mining techniques in order to solve strategic business problems.  MBA Status or permission from instructor and MKTG 625 3
MKTG 671 Special Topics in Marketing MKTG 671 gives the students an opportunity to examine topics of special interest in the marketing area beyond the subjects covered in the current graduate course offerings. MBA status or permission of instructor 1-6
MKTG 673 Globalism, Capitalism, and “Flattened” Marketing Issues of Globalism and marketing in a flattening world: Trade, competition, culture and the effects on nations, organizations, and new business people. None 3
MKTG 698 Directed Study The Directed Study is a course designed by the student after thorough consultation with the professor who will supervise the study. Before registering for a Directed Study, the student must submit a written proposal for approval by the supervising professor, the advisor, the department chairperson, the Dean of the College in which the department is located, and the Dean of the Graduate College. MBA status and approval of the directed study supervisor, advisor, and dean of the graduate college 1-6
MKTG 699 Research and Thesis The thesis demands original research conducted by the student, under the supervision of a faculty member in the Department of Marketing. The finished thesis must satisfy the supervising faculty member and the other members of the student's committee, as well as various other requirements of the University. Basic guidelines can be obtained from the Graduate College Office. Hours and credits to be arranged with the approval of the student's thesis supervisor, advisor, department chairperson and the Dean of the Graduate College. 1-6