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MBA Curriculum for JD/MBA Program

Students in the Concurrent JD/MBA program follow Boise State’s Professional MBA program curriculum and are part of a cohort along with working business professionals who are pursuing their MBA degree in the part-time program. All Professional MBA courses meet in the evenings, Monday through Thursday. JD/MBA Students are not required to take the Boise State courses on Legal Environment, Information Technology, Opportunity Assessment, or Feasibility and Planning; twelve credits of approved JD Directed Electives from the University of Idaho may be substituted to fill those requirements, here is a list of approved electives.

This table describes the concurrent JD/MBA Program schedule

Course Number and TitleCredits
Year 1: Opportunity Assessment
Fall Semester
MBA 531 Strategic Perspectives – 3
MBA 540 Marketing Strategy – 3
MBA 542 Developing Successful Teams – 1
Spring Semester
MBA 543 Managing Corporate Finance – 3
MBA 544 Global Economics: Policy And Trade – 3
Summer Session (1st 5 weeks-Mid-May through June)
MBA 549 Successful Project Management – 3


Year 2: Feasibility and Planning
Fall Semester
MBA 551 Managerial Accounting’s Role in Decision Management and Control – 2
MBA 554 Managing People in Organizations – 2
MBA 555 Organizational Issues – 2
Spring Semester
MBA 559 Issues In Supply Chain Management – 3
Summer Session (1st 5 weeks-Mid-May through June)
MBA 562 Business Modeling – 3


Year 3: Business Plan Development
Fall Semester
MBA 546 Strategic Management – 3
MBA 567 Business Plan Development – 4
Spring Semester
MBA 568 Managerial Communication – 3



MBA 531 STRATEGIC PERSPECTIVES (3-0-3)(F). Examines the major forces transforming business that enable creativity and innovation, and that drive industry life cycle and evaluation. A novel business plan is developed using collaborative, structured innovation processes. Defines what constitutes a sustainable competitive strategy. PREREQ: ADM/PROG or PERM/INST.

MBA 540 MARKETING STRATEGY (3-0-3)(F). Focuses on revenue-generating opportunities with special emphasis on evaluating opportunities for new products or services. Includes segment analysis, customer choice behavior, branding, marketing tactics, personal selling, and the development of marketing plans. PREREQ: ADM/PROG or PERM/INST.

MBA 542 DEVELOPING SUCCESSFUL TEAMS (1-0-1)(F). Introduces team formation and group dynamics issues and strategies. PREREQ: ADM/PROG.

MBA 543 MANAGING CORPORATE FINANCE (3-0-3)(S). Examines the three major decisions in Corporate Finance affecting value of the firm: Investment, Financing and Cash Distribution. Includes the methods used to measure corporate value and evaluate financial performance. Issues in each of the three decision areas are examined within the context of their impact on the valuation model and financial performance metrics. PREREQ: ADM/PROG.

MBA 544 GLOBAL ECONOMICS: POLICY AND TRADE (3-0-3)(S). Reviews how economies work, the differences between economic systems, factors that influence international trade, exchange rates, and government polices related to trade. Includes a survey on the economies of the world, current topics in global economics, data sources for international economic trends, and an introduction to major international trade agencies/associations. PREREQ: ADM/PROG or PERM/INST.

MBA 549 SUCCESSFUL PROJECT MANAGEMENT (3-0-3)(SU). Introduces and provides experience in the front-end issues of project management such as team formation, communication strategies, conflict management, project constraints, risk analysis, or tools for project planning. Also explores use of the tools of project management including PERT/Critical Path, resource utilization, project monitoring and tracking, and critical chain analysis. PREREQ: ADM/PROG or PERM/INST.

MBA 551 MANAGERIAL ACCOUNTING’S ROLE IN DECISION MANAGEMENT AND CONTROL (2-0-2)(F). Analyzes the nature of costs and how costs can be used to manage and control the activities of firms. Particular emphasis is placed on the uses of accounting numbers to motivate employees and managers. PREREQ: ADM/PROG.

MBA 554 MANAGING PEOPLE IN ORGANIZATIONS (2-0-2)(F). An applied approach to managing people in organizations. Topics include legal constraints, strategic HR planning, recruiting and selecting talent, managing employee performance and rewards, and discipline and organizational exit. PREREQ: ADM/PROG or PERM/INST.

MBA 555 ORGANIZATIONAL ISSUES (2-0-2)(F). The course is geared towards managers and the application of concepts to experience. Application of behavioral science principles and skills in an organizational setting. Emphasis is on an interactionist perspective (individual, group, and organizational dynamics), towards understanding behavior in organizations. Topics include ethical decision making and reasoning, understanding people, negotiation and conflict, and change management. PRE/COREQ: ADM/PROG or PERM/INST.

MBA 559 ISSUES IN SUPPLY CHAIN MANAGEMENT (3-0-3)(S). Introduces product and service movement within the firm and between the firm and its partners up and down the supply chain. Focus on logistics management, supplier relationships, and creating operational excellence within the firm. PREREQ: ADM/PROG or PERM/INST.

MBA 562 BUSINESS MODELING (3-0-3)(SU). Advanced development and interpretation of optimization models using spreadsheets and computer simulation tools. Applications integrate finance, operations, and supply chain issues. PREREQ: ADM/PROG, MBA 543, MBA559 or PERM/INST.

MBA 546 STRATEGIC MANAGEMENT (3-0-3)(F). Analysis, formulation, and implementation of business and corporate strategies. Integrates prior functional area coursework. PREREQ: ADM/PROG, MBA 531, MBA 559.

MBA 567 BUSINESS PLAN DEVELOPMENT (4-0-4)(F). Teams develop full business plans for their chosen IP commercialization project.  PREREQ: ADM/PROG, MBA 565.

MBA 568 MANAGERIAL COMMUNICATION (3-0-3)(S). A hands-on introduction to managerial oral communication including informal exchanges, elevator pitches, meetings, and persuasive formal presentations.  Emphasis placed on team-oriented communication tactics and change communication strategies. PREREQ: ADM/PROG or PERM/INST.