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Program Format and Curriculum

Program Format: Day classes, lock-step cohort. Classes commence each Fall semester.
Program Focus: Teamwork, business skills, project management, real world experience.
Program Length: 2 academic years (22 months)
Academic Terms: 4 semesters with summer internship required between semesters 2 and 3

Curriculum

 Year 1Fall Semester
1st 7 weeksMBA 501 Accounting for Managers
1st 7 weeksMBA 507 Statistical Thinking and Business Analytics
2nd 7 weeksMBA 512 Management and Oral Communications
2nd 7 weeksMBA 508 Corporate Financial Management
 Year 1Spring Semester
1st 7 weeksMBA 509: Data Management and Analytics
1st 7 weeksMBA 502 Fundamentals of Marketing
2nd 7 weeksMBA 510 Operations and Supply Chain Management
2nd 7 weeksMBA 503 Managing Successful Projects
Summer Session
3 CreditsMBA 590 Practicum/Internship
 Year 2Fall Semester
1st 7 weeksMBA 522 Managing Human Resources
1st 7 weeksMBA 505 Strategy for Competitive Advantage
2nd 7 weeksMBA 514 Innovation Driven Advantage
2nd 7 weeksMBA 506 Discipline Integration: Live Cases
 Year 2Spring Semester
1st 7 weeksMBA 526 Business Economics
1st 7 weeksMBA 527 Applied Capstone Start
2nd 7 weeksMBA 511 Business Law and Social Responsibility
2nd 7 weeksMBA 528 Applied Capstone Project

MBA 501 ACCOUNTING FOR MANAGERS (3-0-3)(F)

An in-depth examination of financial statement use in business decision-making. A user’s perspective focuses study on interpreting the output of the accounting system rather than on details of statement preparation. Examines various cost-based accounting concepts and practices. Particular emphasis is directed to the challenges involved in using cost data to evaluate past performance and plan future deployment of firm resources. PREREQ: ADM/PROG.

MBA 502 FUNDAMENTALS OF MARKETING (3-0-3)(S)

Focuses on strategies to generate revenue for the firm. Includes segment analysis, customer choice behavior, branding, marketing tactics, personal selling, and the development of marketing plans. PREREQ: ADM/PROG.

MBA 503 MANAGING SUCCESSFUL PROJECTS (3-0-3)(S)

Introduces the front-end issues of project management including team formation, communication strategies, conflict management, project constraints, risk analysis, and tools for project planning. Hands-on experience with the tools of project management including PERT/Critical Path, resource utilization, project monitoring and tracking, and critical chain analysis. PREREQ: ADM/PROG.

MBA 505 STRATEGY FOR COMPETITIVE ADVANTAGE (3-0-3)(F)

A first exposure to the analyses and processes used to create functional, business level, and corporate-level strategies. Special consideration of organizational design, diversification, mergers and acquisitions, and measures of strategic performance including use of Balanced Scorecards. PREREQ: ADM/PROG.

MBA 506 DISCIPLINE INTEGRATION: LIVE CASES (3-0-3)(F)

Integrates current course topics via application to operating businesses.
PREREQ: ADM/PROG.

MBA 507 STATISTICAL THINKING AND BUSINESS ANALYTICS (3-0-3)(F)

Introduces descriptive business analytics techniques for transforming data into information decision-makers can use including visual techniques and numerical measures tools for presenting statistical data, using probability to measure uncertainty, sampling techniques, statistical inference, and predictive business analytics tools. PREREQ: ADM/PROG.

MBA 508 CORPORATE FINANCIAL MANAGEMENT (3-0-3)(F)

A framework to analyze investment opportunities and identify appropriate
financing strategies. Emphasizes the key techniques of corporate financial
decision- making, including risk and return, capital budgeting, discounted cash flow valuation, capital structure, and payout policy PREREQ: ADM/PROG, MBA 501.

MBA 509 DATA MANAGEMENT AND ANALYTICS (3-0-3)(S)

Explores the development, use and management of databases in an organization. Provides an overview of the analytics process from business and data understanding through modeling and evaluation. Introduces fundamental data BUSINESS ADMINISTRATION Boise State University 2018–2019 Graduate Catalog 85 and text modeling techniques that can be incorporated into the analytics process. PREREQ: ADM/PROG.

MBA 510 OPERATIONS AND SUPPLY CHAIN MANAGEMENT (3-0-3)(S)

Explores the flow of products and services from suppliers, within the firm, and to customers. Topics include forming strategic supplier and customer relationships, developing operations excellence through continuous improvement, lean methodologies, and logistics management. PREREQ: ADM/PROG.

MBA 511 BUSINESS LAW AND SOCIAL RESPONSIBILITY (3-0-3)(S)

Introduces legal concepts that are important for business decision-making,
including agency and business associations, torts, contracts and sales, product liability, and employment law. Addresses current trends in corporate social responsibility and the triple bottom line of social, environmental, and economic responsibility. PREREQ: ADM/PROG.

MBA 512 MANAGEMENT AND ORAL COMMUNICATION (3-0-3)(F)

A hands-on introduction to managerial oral communication including
informal exchanges, elevator pitches, meetings, and persuasive formal
presentations. Addresses OB concepts such as negotiation, leadership, and
team dynamics. PREREQ: ADM/PROG.

MBA 514 INNOVATION DRIVEN ADVANTAGE (3-0-3)(F)

Introduces Design Thinking, a hands-on, technique-based training in the process of creating new, market-viable products and services. Special focus on disruptive technologies, reconstructing market boundaries, ethnographic research, and needs-based product positioning strategies. Examines the start-up phase of business, whether an entirely new entity or within an existing organization. Emphasis on opportunity recognition, commercialization, and business plan development. PREREQ: ADM/PROG.

MBA 522 MANAGING HUMAN RESOURCES (3-0-3)(F)

Examines best practices for managing the employee life-cycle into, through, and out of organizations from a strategic perspective. Includes employee recruitment, selection, performance appraisal, discipline, coaching, compensation, and termination issues. Addresses OB issues of motivation, diversity, and conflict resolution. PREREQ: ADM/PROG.

MBA 526 BUSINESS ECONOMICS (3-0-3)(S).

A structured approach to thinking through trends, cycles, and fluctuations in market prices and quantities, as well as the economic conduct of consumers, suppliers, producers and competitors. Includes consideration of the classical perfectly competitive market and the implications of restricted competition, imperfect information, and externalities on the practical application to production and marketing decisions. Relates government economic and international trade policies to aggregate economic activity such as inflation, unemployment, GDP, exchange rates, and trade balances. Draws managerial implications for demand forecasting, anticipating interest rates, and understanding costs. PREREQ: ADM/PROG.

MBA 527 APPLIED CAPSTONE PROJECT START (3-0-3)(S)

Initiates team capstone project for a client organization. Provides hands-on experience in project planning and design PREREQ: ADM/PROG.

MBA 528 APPLIED CAPSTONE PROJECT FINISH (3-0-3)(S)

Completes execution of capstone project for a client organization. Provides
real-world experience. PREREQ: ADM/PROG. COREQ: MBA 527.