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Professional MBA (PMBA) Curriculum

Note: Year 2 and Year 3 PMBA Students (admitted prior to Fall 2018 start) – please review your curriculum here: PMBA Curriculum pre-2018-19.

Professional MBA Curriculum - Schedule of Courses / Degree Plan

Course Number and TitleCredits
Year 1: Opportunity Assessment
Fall Semester
MBA 531 Strategic Perspectives - 3
MBA 532 Organizational Issues and Leadership - 3
MBA 533 Communication Skills for Managers - 1

Spring Semester
MBA 541 Managerial Accounting - 3
MBA 544 Global Economics: Policy And Trade - 3
MBA 548 Opportunity Assessment I - 1

Summer Session - meets from the last week of May through the month of June
MBA 549 Successful Project Management - 3


Year 2: Feasibility and Planning
Fall Semester
MBA 540 Marketing Strategy - 3
MBA 543 Managing Corporate Finance - 3
MBA 556 Feasibility And Planning I - 1

Spring Semester
MBA 557 Managing Human Resources - 3
MBA 559 Operations and Supply Chain Management - 3
MBA 560 Feasibility And Planning II - 1

Summer Session - meets from the last week of May through the month of June
MBA 562 Business Modeling - 3


Year 3: Business Plan Development
Fall Semester
MBA 558 Managers And The Legal Environment Of Business - 3
MBA 567 Business Plan Development - 4

Spring Semester
MBA 546 Strategic Management - 3
MBA 569 Information Technology And Process Management - 3
MBA 570 Business Plan Capstone - 1


Course Descriptions

MBA 531 STRATEGIC PERSPECTIVES (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 532 ORGANIZATIONAL ISSUES AND LEADERSHIP (3) (F).  Geared toward managers and the application of concepts to practical experience. Introduces team formation and group dynamics issues and strategies. Includes leadership, understanding people, ethical decision making and reasoning, negotiation and conflict, and change management. PREREQ: ADM/PROG or PERM/INST.

MBA 533 COMMUNICATION SKILLS FOR MANAGERS (1) (F).  A hands-on introduction to managerial communication including persuasive formal presentations, informal exchanges, elevator pitches, and meetings. Emphasis placed on team-oriented communication tactics. PREREQ: ADM/PROG or PERM/INST.

MBA 540 MARKETING STRATEGY (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 541 MANAGERIAL ACCOUNTING (3) (S). 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 or PERM/INST

MBA 543 MANAGING CORPORATE FINANCE (3) (F). 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) (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 546   STRATEGIC MANAGEMENT   (3) (S).  Analysis, formulation, and implementation of business and corporate strategies. Integrates prior functional area coursework. PREREQ: ADM/PROG, MBA 531.

MBA 548 OPPORTUNITY ASSESSMENT (1-0-1)(S).  Small groups develop a problem statement, value proposition, and initial pre-market estimate of revenue potential for a new commercialization opportunity. PREREQ: ADM/PROG, MBA 532.

MBA 549 SUCCESSFUL PROJECT MANAGEMENT (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 556 FEASIBILITY AND PLANNING I (1) (F).  Teams develop a revenue stream plan for their chosen commercialization opportunity. Includes customer segmentation, pricing, and channel issues. PREREQ: ADM/PROG, MBA 548.

MBA 557 MANAGING HUMAN RESOURCES (3) (S). An applied approach to managing people in organizations. Includes 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 558 MANAGERS AND THE LEGAL ENVIRONMENT OF BUSINESS (3) (S). Introduces future managers to the major legal issues involved in the business environment. Covers legal reasoning and the legal system, agency and business associations, torts, contracts, intellectual property, employment law, sales, and product liability. PREREQ: ADM/PROG.

MBA 559 ISSUES IN SUPPLY CHAIN MANAGEMENT (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 560 FEASIBILITY AND PLANNING II (1-0-1)(S). Teams develop a cost structure plan for their chosen commercialization opportunity.  Includes staffing, production planning, and supply chain issues. PREREQ: ADM/PROG, MBA 556.

MBA 562 BUSINESS MODELING (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 567 BUSINESS PLAN DEVELOPMENT (4) (F). Teams develop full business plans for their chosen IP commercialization project. PREREQ: ADM/PROG, MBA 565.

MBA 569 INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY AND PROCESS MANAGEMENT (3) (S). Explores state of the art approaches to capturing, storing, retrieving, and representing enterprise data. Introduction to management of the IT function. Introduction to process management approaches for enhancing efficiency, insuring compliance, and managing to ISO and certification standards. PREREQ: ADM/PROG or PERM/INST

MBA 570 BUSINESS PLAN CAPSTONE (1) (S).   Teams present their IP commercialization projects to gain seed funding. PREREQ: ADM/PROG, MBA 567.