MBA Curriculum

Students in the 4+1 MBA program must fill all requirements for their chosen undergraduate major and complete the 128 credits required for all undergraduates.  To fulfill the MBA program requirements, students must complete 34 total graduate credits. 

Core Courses (21 credits) 

MGMT 525 Complex Systems Change Strategies (3 cr)
MGMT 512 Leading in Organizations (3 cr)
MGMT 550 Business Strategies for Sustainable Change(3 cr)
BLAW 530 Ethical and Legal Decision Making (3 cr)
FINA 510 Socially Responsible Financial Management (3 cr)
MGMT 565 Research Methodology in the Business Setting (3 cr)
MGMT 584 Advanced Business Communication (3 cr)

Electives (9 credits - choose three courses from the following) 

CISS 602 Aligning IT with Organizational Strategy (3 cr)
ECON 610 Global Business Cycles (3 cr)
HMGT 630 Health Care System (3 cr)
HMGT 640 Legal and Financial Aspects of Health Care (3 cr)
MGMT 575 Entrepreneurship, Intrapreneurship, & Innovation (3 cr)
MGMT 546 Special Topics (1 cr; repeatable for credit up to 3 cr)
MGMT 590 International Business (3 cr)
 MGMT 580 Art of Ethical Negotiation (3 cr)
 MGMT 582 Advanced Interpersonal Skills for the Leader (3 cr)
MGMT 675 Sustainable Measurement & Monitoring (3 cr)  

 Capstone Requirement (4 credits - choose one course from the following) 

MGMT 681 Field Study (4 credits)
MGMT 682 Research Project (4 credits)
MGMT 683 Integrated Case Study (4 credits)



MGMT 512 Leadership in Organizations (3 credits)
This course is designed to provide a general foundation of leadership theory and skills to help students better understand themselves, as well as work with others. Students will be exposed to leadership research literature, as well as have the opportunity to self-assess their personal leadership behaviors and traits. This course will focus primarily on the core behaviors and perspectives needed for successful ethical leadership. 

 MGMT 525: Complex Systems Change Strategies (3 credits)
In today’s business environment, it is important to understand and lead change. During this course, students will examine the critical components of successful organizational change efforts.  In addition, students will be introduced to cutting edge, global change methodologies including Theory U, Appreciative Inquiry, and the World Café.

BLAW 550: Legal Aspects of Financial & Commercial Transactions (3 credits)
This course examines legal issues encountered in conducting financial and commercial business transactions. Students will gain knowledge to prepare them to participate in these transactions, particularly with regard to financial and accounting aspects of the transactions. The course will include a study of laws relating to business organizations, sales, commercial paper, secured transactions, documents of title, bankruptcy, securities regulations, and accountants' legal liability. Prerequisite: BLAW 343.

MGMT 675: Sustainable Monitoring and Measurement (3 credits)
A critical step in a sustainability initiative is the measurement of results. MGMT 675 considers sustainability in a practical sense - taking good intentions of responsible businesses and offering solutions for implementation. In this course, students are introduced to a variety of sustainability initiatives, the issues in leading and governing these initiatives, and the identification and measurement of the social, environmental, and economic impacts.  Prerequisite: MGMT 550 and graduate status.

 FINA 510: Socially Responsible Financial Management (3 credits)
This course focuses on financial statement analysis, moving from bottom-line thinking to a “triple-bottom-line” definition of profitability to encompass the organization’s profits and social and environmental impact. This course includes a review of current research related to the long-term financial success of an organization, and how a policy of corporate social responsibility (CSR) can contribute to and enhance firm sustainability. Other topics include ethics and corporate governance in financial management, international financial management—especially as it relates to other countries with strong CSR policies, and managing the financial performance of non-profit organizations. 

MGMT 530:  Business Ethics in Practice (3 credits)
Examines the role of ethics in the business world and ethical dilemmas encountered by managers. Examination of the formation of individual ethos, and the impact that this has on individuals, groups, and organizations. Provides learners a means to develop practical tools to handle moral dilemmas in the workplace and in the world, and develops policies for just relationships with employees and customers.

MGMT 565 Research Methodology in Business (3 credits)
This course provides an overview of several research methodologies useful to organizational leaders in decision making. This course takes an application-oriented approach focusing on the systematic analysis of data to inform decision making. Focusing on qualitative, quantitative, and practical business approaches, learners will be exposed to a variety of methodologies and approaches for data collection and analysis. Learners will build analytical skills to draw conclusions and make inferences based upon sound analysis and interpretation of data to develop recommendations and inform decision making. 

  MGMT 560:  Management Science In Decision Making (3 credits)
This course provides an overview of quantitative techniques in operations research that are an important part of decision making.  Topics include linear programming, transportation models, assignment models, network models, project management, and queuing theory. This course takes an application-oriented approach to business problem solving. Prerequisites:  MGMT 230 or OMGT 305. 

MGMT 600:  Executive Leadership in Practice (2 credits)
This course offers students the opportunity to gain awareness firsthand of the knowledge, skills, and styles of successful executives.  Students will integrate leadership theory and practice through in-depth discussion with top leaders sharing their successes and failures in the public, private, and not-for-profit sectors.  Strategies to successfully guide organizations today and in the future will be explored as students gain insight into the current domestic and global business environment.

MGMT 580:  Art of Ethical Negotiation (3 credits)
Persuasive c
ommunication is an integral skill of every leader. This is an advanced communications course that will prepare students for oral and written communications challenges they will face in their careers, with a specific emphasis placed on ethical negotiation skill development.

MGMT 582:  Advanced Interpersonal Skills for the Leader (4 credits)
The Dahl School of Business partners with Dale Carnegie Training® to bring MBA learners this course in advanced interpersonal skills.  Learners will study and apply tested leadership practices in order to further develop their networking and communication skill sets, manage stress, and handle fast-changing workplace conditions.  Learners will develop a ”take-charge” attitude that enhances their ability to lead initiatives with confidence and enthusiasm.

 MGMT 550 Business Strategies for Susatinable Change (3 credits)
This course equips students to develop and implement business strategies to enhance sustainability and drive organizational change. Through an interdisciplinary approach and foundational knowledge of business sustainability, students will build a comprehensive foundation toward the implementation of sustainability and organizational change in a variety of organizational settings.  Particular emphasis will be on the achievement of sustainable performance through effective analysis, design, and execution.   


For more information, please contact the MBA Coordinator, Tiffany Morey, at or 608-796-3379.