MBA Curriculum

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 Methods of Inquiry and Analysis (3 cr)
MGMT 584 Advanced Business Communication (3 cr)

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

ACCT 550 Fraud Examination (3 cr)
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 578 Advanced Human Resource Management (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 685 Research Project (4 credits)
MGMT 683 Integrated Case Study (4 credits)
















 MGMT 512: Leadership Skills in Organizations, 3 Cr.  

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 and ethical leadership.


 MGMT 525: Complex Systems Change Strategies (3 credits) 

In today’s business environment, it is important to be able to understand various philosophies related to system analysis, development, and change. During this course, students will examine the critical components of successful organizational change efforts, including critical and creative thinking processes, and change theory. Students will analyze organizational case studies, evaluate causes of failure and factors of success in organizational development projects, and design optimal change interventions. 

ACCT 550– Fraud Examination, 3 Cr.  

Study of fraud prevention, detection, and investigation. Topics include the fraud triangle, procedures that can be implemented to prevent fraud, types of fraud committed against the organization, types of fraud committed on behalf of the organization, techniques for determining the presence of fraud, and methods for investigating fraud.

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.

CISS 602 – Aligning Technology with Organizational Strategy, 3 Cr.  

This course focuses on aligning information systems with organizational goals and leveraging technology to gain or sustain competitive advantage. Students gain executive level understanding of infrastructure and technology pertaining to strategic uses of information. Additional topics include outsourcing, globalization, project management, systems integration, security, and ethics.

 ECON 610 – Global Business Cycles and Economic Policy, 3 Cr.   

How do economic recessions and expansions start? What causes recessions to deepen and expansions to accelerate? What are appropriate and effective government policies to fix economic problems? This course examines answers to these questions in the context of a global economy. Learners consider benefits and costs of creating a more globally integrated economy, discover how business cycles in different countries are related to another, and examine how U.S. economic fluctuations and policy responses depend on changes in the global economy, resulting in a toolkit to make predictions about changes in economic outcomes such as consumer spending, production, unemployment, and inflation.

  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 575 – Entrepreneurship, Intrapreneurship, and Innovation, 3 Cr.   

This course examines the elements of entrepreneurship including: the foundations of entrepreneurship, sources for funding the business, acquisition practices in purchasing an existing business, and understanding the essential components of a business plan. Intrapreneurship foundations will examine how business leaders capture their follower’s initiative in trying new ideas and developing internal markets for their business organization. Restricted to students in the Master of Business Administration program.


MGMT 578 – Advanced Human Resource Management, 3 Cr.   

This course provides an in-depth examination of the issues facing the leader and his or her employees. Through text readings, case studies, experiential exercises, speakers, and research, students will learn to integrate theory and application in managing human resources effectively, lawfully, and ethically in their  organization.


 MGMT 565 Methods of Inquiry and Analysis (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 584: Advanced Business Communication (3 credits)
The need to communicate well is a critical part of a business leader’s professional development. This course helps prospective and practicing leaders assess and develop their communication skills. Students will understand the importance of effective communication in managerial and leadership roles, appreciate the value of strategic organizational communication and enhance their speaking, writing, and other communication skills. 

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.   

MGMT 590: International Business (3 credits)
This course focuses on conducting business on a global level. Students will evaluate the history and dynamics of global industries, global competition, and global strategies and examine topics such as international cooperation among nations, national trade policies, international marketing, technology, as well as the ethical and social responsibility challenges of global businesses. The roles of various stakeholders, including international institutions such as World Trade Organization, will be analyzed. Case studies will be used to analyze the impact of complex global factors on the management of multinational operations.
    In addition to classroom learning, students will have the unique opportunity to experience field research in the country of focus. This 7 to 14 day trip will expose students to culture, geography, and business practices of an emerging market and to a different academic environment. Students will gain an appreciation for both formal business aspects and informal social aspects of conducting business in another country. The course will be taught on campus during the spring semester of 2011 and conclude with approximately two weeks of learning and experience in China.


HMGT 630—Health Care System, 3 Cr.  

This course provides an overview of the healthcare delivery system and the providers, payors, and suppliers that comprise it. Learners will examine management and planning with the system as well as major healthcare policy issues. This course is required for student pursuing the healthcare administration emphasis within the MBA program; it serves as an elective for all other Viterbo University MBA students.


HMGT 640—Legal and Financial Aspects of Health Care, 3 Cr.  

This course addresses legal and financial concepts affecting health care institutions. The first half of the course focuses on legal and regulatory constraints of the health care industry with a practical application of the laws that affect operational decisions within health care. In the second half of the course, students apply financial analysis to examine decisions and situations in the health care industry.


 MGMT 681— Field Study, 4 Cr.  

The MBA field study requires students to apply their business knowledge and organizational skills on a project of importance to a real-world organization. Acting as consultants to an organization, small teams of students investigate an issue (or issues) and make recommendations supported by findings and a review of literature.


MGMT 683— Integrative Case Study, 4 Cr.   

In this course students will start with a real-life organizational case study, and assess, analyze and address the issues the business is facing. In a team setting, students will identify and solve the case’s key concerns through use of prior MBA course work, material, and theories. Students will be asked to work collectively, with a team business report and presentation focused on evaluation and action steps as the culminating product. Students will be rated not only on their ability to appropriately apply their MBA knowledge, but also on their aptitude for working with others.


MGMT 685— Individual Research Project, 4 Cr.   

This course is for students who are considering additional graduate work, or have an interest in expanding their research knowledge and experience. Students will work one-on-one with a research advisor to develop a research question, collect and analyze data, present on the findings, and write an academic research paper.

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