The 23-month Professional MBA is 40-46 credits.
28 core MBA credits
12 credits International Business specialization
Alternative Specializations available including: Finance, Health Administration,
Operations Management, or regular MBA
6 foundation credits
Financial Accounting and Managerial Finance; Foundation accounting and finance courses may
be waived with a previous grade of “B” or better if taken within the last five years.
Alternative specializations are available.
All courses listed below are 3-credits except where indicated.
Professional MBA Core Curriculum
Professional MBA Courses for the International Business Specialization
Four courses with a global component are required for the International Business specialization. The selection of courses will be made by the Executive Graduate Programs Office based on instructor availability, students' preferences, prerequisite requirements, etc. The typical courses are chosen from:
*NOTE: The International Field Study Tour is a 3-credit course which is included in the curriculum and which counts towards the International Business specialization credits.
The MBA course content is continuously revised to incorporate trends in today's business environment and reflect an increasingly global perspective. The classroom experience combines informative lectures, interactive class discussions, presentations and team projects. To view the long-range schedule, please click the "Schedule" link on the left.
Specializations in International Business
An International Business Specialization helps students understand the growing impact of international business and competition -- and how to operate in today's global marketplace. Virtually every business faces challenges from the international market; even small businesses, which in the past only focused on the domestic market, are looking to international opportunities and staying aware of global events to better position themselves in the market.
A specialization in International Business will provide you with an international perspective that expands and deepens your global viewpoint and allows you to gain a broader respect for all countries and cultures; this perspective is invaluable across all functional areas of a business.
Students in the International Business Specialization develop:
- Analytical tools to evaluate a constantly changing business environment.
- Leadership qualities to make decisions when faced with international competition.
- Creativity to solve problems within foreign cultures, markets and business environments
International Field Study Tour
International Business Specialization students can participate in an International Field Study Tour as a 3-credit class; these study tour trips are scheduled in May of each year and last approximately 10-12 days. Past destinations have included:
- Greece and Cyprus - 2007
- Spain (Madrid & Barcelona) - 2008
- China (Beijing, Shanghai & Dalien) - 2009
- Brazil (Rio De Janeiro & Sao Paulo) - 2010
- France (Paris) & Czech Republic (Prague) - 2011
- China - (Beijing & Hong Kong) 2012
- India (New Delhi) and United Arab Emirates (Dubai) - 2013
- Vietnam and Malaysia - 2014
- Munich and Prague - 2015
- Thailand and Singapore - 2016
- Japan - (Osaka & Tokyo) 2017
- South Africa (Johannesburg & Cape Town) - 2018
- China - (Beijing & Shanghai) - 2018
Professional MBA Core Curriculum Course Descriptions
Financial Accounting Concepts (ACG 6027)
Fundamental principles applicable to the accounting cycle, asset valuation, income determination, financial reporting, basic business taxes, and owner's equity.
Communication Skills for Business Professionals (GEB 6217)
Written and verbal communication skills are integrated components in the Executive MBA program. Students must demonstrate communication proficiency appropriate to both the academic and professional environments.
Leadership and Executive Forum (GEB 6931) - 1 credit
This course is comprised of presentations by and seminar-like interaction with entrepreneurs and executives focusing on the practical nature of business development. Students and executives discuss current challenges facing business and industry today and consider alternative ways of meeting these challenges.
Global Environment of Management (MAN 6937)
Topics include regulation and deregulation, technology, ecology, national industrial policy, social responsibility and ethical reasoning, human resource issues, the globalization of economic conditions, security issues, and environmentalism as they affect global managers.
Advanced Analysis of Accounting Data (ACG 6315)
An analysis of financial and managerial accounting. This course includes financial and managerial accounting concepts, with an emphasis on use of accounting information in decision making.
Advanced Financial Management (FIN 6806)
Theory and practice of financial planning and management. It emphasizes the capital structure of business enterprise, its cost of capital and its evaluations. Applications of quantitative methods to capital theory.
Management of Information Systems and Technology (ISM 6026)
A study of evaluation of information systems: Types, development and use. Emphasis is on understanding information systems in the context of managerial use, problems, and opportunities.
Operations Management (MAN 6501)
An introduction to major managerial problems and decision processes of operations management. Includes topics such as: forecasting, design or production systems, simulation, modeling, using decision trees and PERT, analysis of univariate and multiple time series, quality control, just-in-time systems, and decision support systems.
Leadership and Organizations (MAN 6296)
Understanding and practice in the use of behavioral science concepts for analyzing the behavior of individuals and groups in formal organizations. Concepts will be applied to the analysis and discussion of cases.
Global Management Strategy and Policy (MAN 6721)
Strategy, its formulation, articulation, and implementation. Review of current theory and practices and case studies as well as the role and responsibility of the general manager in managing the business enterprise.
Professional MBA Courses for the International Business Specialization
Advanced International Monetary Economics (ECO 6717)
Advanced International Monetary Economics is a course that is intended to expose MBA students to the principle workings of the international monetary economy. The course covers international trade, the balance of payments, the foreign exchange market and exchange rates, and Open economy macroeconomics.
Portfolio Creation/Management (FIN 6906)
Portfolio Management covers the techniques of institutional and individual portfolio management. Topics include: Portfolio theory and capital market theory, equity indexing, equity style management, mortgage backed securities, bond portfolio management strategies and asset allocation.
Global Supply Chain Management (MAN 6596)
Course provides an understanding of key issues, mechanics, and developments in sourcing and supply chain management. The supply chain is the connected network of all of the value activities that plan, control, and supply interim and finished product services to customers.
International Business Operations (MAN 6614)
An introduction to the institutions, activities, and problems involved in conducting international business. The course also addresses international issues in each of the functional areas.
*International Field Study Tour (GEB 6365)
The International Field Study Tour is a 3-credit course which is included in the curriculum and which counts towards the International Business specialization credits. Directed field trip to one or more foreign countries. Research and write report on the area to be visited. Briefings by business firms, universities, and government agencies.
Global Marketing Management (MAR 6158)
Course emphasizes applied research and analysis, the Internet, and economic geography and addresses elements of global marketing strategy such as prices, distribution, and promotion and the implementation of such.
Global Leadership Assessment and Career Development (MAN 6988)
This course provides Executive MBA students with new insights into their leadership strengths and helps uncover areas for potential improvement. Students will learn the factors critical to successful leadership through assessments, individual development planning and executive coaching. Students will be evaluated in several leadership competency areas and coached to create an Individual Development Plan (IDP). Using lectures, assessments and individual feedback, students will acquire critical strategies improve leadership performance and achieve organizational success.