Online MBA Electives

As you complete the core Online MBA courses, you can choose from a growing list of electives. Below you will find some of the elective courses currently available to help you deepen your knowledge and understanding of how to apply your newly acquired skills in various ways. Of the 57 credit hours required in the program, 18 credits are designated for electives.

Note that this list provides you with a look into the range of electives the Online MBA program will feature. Additional class descriptions will continue to be added in the coming months.


ACC Financial Statement Analysis (2.25 credits)  --- This course provides a systematic framework for using financial statements in business analyses. It considers a comprehensive set of tools to analyze the information contained in financial statements and demonstrates how to use the information to evaluate financial performance. It addresses questions such as: (1) how do operating and financial decisions contribute to a firm's return, (2) why does firm performance differ between competitors, (3) has the firm distorted the accounting numbers and how will this influence reported performance, and (4) how does the financial performance today predict future events, such as credit default.


BE Competitive Tactics and Policy (2.25 credits) --- This course focuses on two main questions: How do firms develop and maintain profits in the face of competition, and how do governments use antitrust and competition laws to set limits on the degree to which firms exercise market power? This course applies analytical tools of economics and basic game theory to understand the effects of firm tactics and strategies on the firm's customers and rivals, and their likely reactions, and to see how policies designed to promote competition affect the feasibility of various actions firms might want to take. Antitrust laws have spread globally: this course compares the U.S. approach to antitrust policy with that of other countries, and draws implications for business. The dimensions of competitive strategy covered include horizontal mergers, cooperative pricing, product differentiation, strategies to deter entry, predatory practices, strategic commitment, vertical relationships with suppliers and distributors, and vertical restraints. The concepts in the course will be developed using a mix of lectures, business cases, and antitrust case material.


ES Introduction to Entrepreneurship (2.25 credits)--- Targeted toward graduate students of business as well as those in engineering and scientific disciplines, this elective course is designed to provide students with an introductory overview of the world of venturing - that is, to give students a broad sense of the business fundamentals needed to plan, launch and grow a new startup business. Taught by a veteran entrepreneur and comprised of six (6) weekly, 3-hour evening sessions, this course employs a mix of class discussions, readings, lectures, group exercises, homework assignments and guest speakers to expose students to key models, concepts and terminology that together will provide both business students and technologists/scientists with a conceptual framework to better understand the entrepreneurial world, how it works, and how to navigate it and succeed in it.


FIN Valuation (2.25 credits) --- This course focuses on corporate asset management, in particular, on valuation. Topics include capital budgeting methods, estimating incremental cash flows, estimating cost of capital, valuation of projects, valuation of companies in takeovers, valuation of leveraged buyouts, valuation of private companies and valuation of strategic options. The course also covers working capital management.


MO Bargaining and Influence Skills (2.25 credits) --- Negotiation Strategy in a Global Economy - An MBA without a developed understanding of the social psychology and economics of effective negotiations cannot be an effective leader. In virtually all business decisions, the resources you want to invest and what you expect to receive in return are open to explicit and implicit negotiations. The course introduces a real-world toolkit for a strategic approach from pre-negotiation planning to post-negotiation evaluation. It focuses on joint value creation, profit maximization, and conflict management. Importantly, this course provides a challenging and developmental environment. Intensive simulations with peer review and rapid-feedback, personal journals and coaching are deployed to make you more comfortable and successful as a negotiator. This course is designed to help you develop strategic flexibility in negotiating across a variety of contexts, whether cultural, professional, or personal.


TO Applied Business Analytics and Decisions (2.25 credits) --- Objective: Strategic and tactical decision problems that firms face became too complex to solve by naive intuition and heuristics. Increasingly, making business decisions requires "intelligent" and "data oriented" decisions, aided by decision support tools and analytics. The ability to make such decisions and use available tools is critical for both managers and firms. In recent years, the toolbox of business analytics has grown. These tools provide the ability to make decisions supported by data and models. This course prepares students to model and manage business decisions with data analytics and decision models. Specifically, the course aims to achieve the following goals: A. To develop the ability to identify key drivers in business decisions and develop analytical models for prediction and prescription. B. To learn a variety of tools and techniques for a range of tactical, operational, and strategic business decision problems that apply in a broad range of problems. C. To develop the ability to communicate the results and findings of analytical solutions to different. Specifically, the course will cover descriptive analytics (e.g., data visualization, query, data slicing), predictive analytics (e.g., forecasting, classification, simulation), and prescriptive analytics (e.g., optimization). Examples include decision problems in supply chain and logistics, retail revenue management, finance, and risk management.


MKT Advertising Management (2.25 credits) --- This course covers the management of a firm's advertising effort (with some coverage of related topics like direct marketing, public relations, and sales promotions). It covers the institutions, theoretical principles, and managerial decisions relevant to advertising management, and is designed for managers in marketing positions and in advertising agency account management. The course uses lecturers, cases, and outside speakers.


STRAT Advanced Competitive Analysis (2.25 credits) --- This course seeks to deepen and broaden your understanding of competitive strategy.  As such, it is a natural follow up to the cores strategy class that you have already taken.  The course deepens your understanding of several of the concepts that you were introduced to in the core class, such as industry analysis, by exploring their use,  utility and limitations in different kinds of strategic environments. This course also broadens your strategic analysis abilities by introducing you to new tools and frameworks, not covered earlier.  Additionally, a key instructional objective of the course to help you develop a rigorous approach for addressing complex business problems.


BCOM Communicating in a Virtual World (2.25 credits)

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