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MBA Curriculum

The MBA curriculum is designed to provide knowledge and skills through diverse yet complementary avenues:

The core courses establish a well-rounded base of business knowledge in eight areas of accounting, economics, finance, marketing, operations, statistics, strategy and organizational behavior. Throughout these courses (24 credit hours) students will develop and enhance critical analytical, communication and leadership skills.  Students engage in independent and team learning for course assignments by working with a diverse student body and faculty. 

You can use the remaining four elective courses (12 credits) to tailor the RU MBA to meet individual career and academic interests.  Tailoring your MBA provides the opportunity to enhance the core business concepts.  Gain a stronger expertise in concentrated areas by applying knowledge through global elective courses, applied projects, study abroad, and other options.

Professional development opportunities are also available throughout each semester to prepare for your future career goals. The programs accentuate leadership skills, job seeking and career development skills, networking, and additional topic areas that are beneficial to an MBA’s future career path.

Our faculty have the option of using a +/- grading scale for all courses.  The grading scale for each class will be communicated to the students during the first meeting of class.

Core Courses

The following core courses are required for all full-time and professional MBA students.

Course     

Course Title

Overview

Prerequisites

Credit Hours

ACTG 611

Accounting for Decision Making and Control

Emphasis on accounting data used by managers in decision making.  The course uses a textbook and cases.  Among topics covered are relevant cost identification in decision making, contribution margin approach and capital budgeting.

MBA status or permission of the instructor.

3

MGNT 621

Organizational Behavior and Managerial Skills

Studies behaviors of individuals and groups in work organizations from managerial view; applies the concepts, methods, and research findings of the behavioral sciences to the understanding of the causes of human performance, satisfaction and development in work organizations.

MBA status or permission of the instructor.

3

ITEC 623

Management Information Systems

Development and application of management information systems to organizations.  Analysis of critical information flow in the context of an organizational system.

MBA status or permission of the instructor.

3

MGNT 624

Operations Management

A problem-solving course designed to help reduce uncertainty in the decision-making environment of operations and production in manufacturing and service firms of private and public sectors of the economy. Emphasis on employment of mathematical models for use and application in decision making in business.

MBA status or permission of the instructor.

3

FINC 631

Financial Management

Examines techniques and concepts used in modern business and the theoretical advances in the areas of asset management and capital structure planning. Topics include capital budgeting, working capital management, valuation, cost of capital, capital structure planning, dividend policy, option pricing, mergers and acquisitions. Problems and short cases used to enhance student skills in financial planning and decision making.

MBA status or permission of the instructor.

3

MKTG 641

Marketing Management

This course teaches students the art and science of selecting target markets and acquiring and maintaining profitable customers in a socially responsible and ethical manner. Case studies, experiential projects, simulations and marketing planning assignments may be used.

MBA status or permission of the instructor.

3

ECON 651

Managerial Economics

Study of selected topics in economic theory and their application to management problems. Topics include demand and supply, revenues, elasticity, production and cost, incremental decision making, market structure and pricing, and investment analysis. Elementary quantitative methods will be developed and utilized

MBA status or permission of the instructor.

3

MGNT 685

Strategic Management

Integrates graduate business courses in a top level strategy development course. Emphasis on environmental analysis and decision making. A capstone course; must be taken during or after the term in which the last required MBA course is taken.

MBA status or permission of the instructor, ACTG611, FINC631, MGNT624, MKTG641 taken prior to or concurrently.

3