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Master of Business Administration

  • Accounting B.S.B.
  • Business Administration B.S.B.
  • Finance B.S.B.
  • Information Systems B.S.B.
  • Supply Chain Management B.S.B.
  • Management & Leadership B.S.B.
  • Marketing B.S.B.
  • Minor in Business
  • Master of Accounting
  • Master of Business Administration
  • Master of Business Administration for Working Professionals
  • Business PHD
  • MSB Supply Chain Management & Logistics
  • Business Ph.D.
  • Masters of Business Administration
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Curriculum

Designed as the foundation of the program, the core curriculum is a structured set of classes. All core classes are offered in an eight-week block with a variety of instructional formats. These courses lay a vital framework for your management education. They enhance critical thinking, creative problem solving and professional interpersonal skills.

To complete the program in two and a half years, you need to complete one semester of 10 credit hours. Students may choose to complete 10 hours in Semester 4 or Semester 5 by taking 3 certificate courses in either semester.

The course outline below gives you an idea of the program structure. You can also visit the KU Graduate Catalog to view courses and descriptions. View the summer 2014 course grid or fall 2014 course grid.

Visualize Your Path

Use the timeline below to see how curriculum is organized

 

Core Courses

Take each of these core courses to lay a foundation for MBA.

ACCT 701 Financial Accounting
Financial accounting provides information to decision-makers external to the business, such as investors and lenders. The course describes the process through which economic information is captured, validated, and distributed externally in the form of financial statements. It also covers the contents of the major financial statements, focusing on how the various accounts are defined and measured and how the information can be used by external decision-makers. Enrollment restricted. LEC.
Fall 2014
Type Time/Place and Instructor Credit Hours Class #
LEC Crabb,Kelvie Ann
T 06:00-09:40 PM REGN 163 - EDWARDS
2 11045
LEC Mason,Paul
APPT- KS-ST FTLV - OFF CAMPUS
2 19080
DSCI 701 Statistical Decision Making
This course provides an introduction to data gathering and analysis with an emphasis on problem solving for decision making and process improvement in a business setting. The role of numerical data in the understanding of business problems and in the evaluation of planned improvements is studied, along with the study of variation commonly occurring in business processes and methods of reducing this variation. Statistical software is used to supplement data analysis and aid in the problem solving. Topics covered may include statistical methods such as exploratory data analysis, graphical analysis, Pareto analysis, stratification analysis, confidence intervals, correlation, linear regression, and control charts. Enrollment restricted. LEC.
Fall 2014
Type Time/Place and Instructor Credit Hours Class #
LEC Hillmer,Steve
M 06:00-09:40 PM BEST 120 - EDWARDS
APPT- ONLNE KUEC - EDWARDS
2 11046
LEC Hillmer,Steve
APPT- KS-ST FTLV - OFF CAMPUS
APPT- ONLNEOFCP - OFF CAMPUS
2 19082
MGMT 701 Organizational Behavior
This course focuses on human behavior in organizations. It helps the student learn to think systemically and critically about organizations, to appreciate knowledge building in the organization sciences, and to apply that knowledge in the work setting. Topics covered may include: individual differences and motivation, work and group design, leading and decision making, organization design and culture, and organization change and development. LEC.
Fall 2014
Type Time/Place and Instructor Credit Hours Class #
LEC Schwoerer,Catherine
W 06:00-09:40 PM BEST 125 - EDWARDS
2 11043
FIN 701 Financial Management
This course provides an overview of the problems associated with the financial management of business firms. The focus is on the practices followed by managers in raising and investing capital so as to maximize value. Prerequisite: ACCT 701. LEC.
Fall 2014
Type Time/Place and Instructor Credit Hours Class #
LEC Chappel,Julia
R 06:00-09:40 PM BEST 120 - EDWARDS
2 11048
BLAW 701 Introduction to the Legal Environment of Business
A course focused on understanding legal rights and duties and ethical responsibilities in the business environment and identifying and addressing legal risks in business decision making. This is an introductory course which includes an overview of several foundational areas of law that are highly relevant to business. LEC.
Fall 2014
Type Time/Place and Instructor Credit Hours Class #
LEC Whitman,Douglas F.
R 05:00-08:40 PM BEST 230 - EDWARDS
2 11047
IST 701 Managerial Information Systems
This course provides a broad, managerial level introduction to fundamental information technology concepts and terminology and the application of those concepts in business organizations. It addresses a variety of topics including: the Internet, intranets, and extranets; relational database theory; hardware, software, and networking concepts; the system development life cycle, project management; eBusiness/eCommerce; knowledge management; enterprise resource planning; ethical considerations related to information technology advances; and organizational considerations related to information systems. The course focuses on the knowledge and expertise required for managers to successfully leverage information systems assets in a business setting. LEC.
Fall 2014
Type Time/Place and Instructor Credit Hours Class #
LEC Williams,Michael
T 06:00-09:40 PM BEST 125 - EDWARDS
2 23749
MKTG 701 Marketing Management
This course examines the marketing function of the firm, primarily from a managerial perspective. The topics examined include: marketing concepts, segmentation, and decisions related to positioning, products, pricing, distribution, and promotion. LEC.
Fall 2014
Type Time/Place and Instructor Credit Hours Class #
LEC Rossier,Douglas Michel
M 06:00-09:40 PM REGN 253 - EDWARDS
2 11049
BE 701 Business Economics
This course uses economic theory and methodology to understand and improve managerial decision making. The focus is on the role of markets in determining business and individual opportunities to create value, the behavior of individual markets reacting to supply and demand forces, and the consequences of alternative market structures and business policies. Course content includes demand, production, cost analysis, supply and demand analysis, price and non-price modes of competition, market structure, and economic efficiency. Enrollment restricted. LEC.
Fall 2014
Type Time/Place and Instructor Credit Hours Class #
LEC Hall,Arthur P
W 06:00-09:40 PM REGN 163 - EDWARDS
2 11044
LEC Hall,Arthur P
APPT- KS-ST FTLV - OFF CAMPUS
2 19081
SCM 701 Introduction to Supply Chain Management
This overview course covers a wide set of topics to develop a strategic view of supply chain management and to illustrate its interdisciplinary nature. The course has the following principal objectives: to introduce the strategic and operating issues and decisions involved in managing the operational and supply chain processes within and across firms; to understand the global and interdisciplinary nature of supply chain management; to understand the concept of supply chain coordination by managing information and inventory. Topics covered in the class include supply chain functions, forecasting and demand management, inventory management, managing information flows in supply chains, globalization and outsourcing, and supply chain technologies. Prerequisite/Corequisite: DSCI 701. Enrollment restricted. LEC.
Fall 2014
Type Time/Place and Instructor Credit Hours Class #
LEC Wu,Diana
R 06:00-09:40 PM BEST 165 - EDWARDS
R 06:00-09:40 PM BEST 160 - EDWARDS
2 23733
LEC Wu,Diana
T APPT- KS-ST FTLV - OFF CAMPUS
2 19083
IBUS 701 International Business
This course aims to provide an understanding of the basic concepts, institutions, and practices of international business, and their implications for business decision making. Topics include the causes and consequences of globalization, the political, economic, legal and socio-cultural differences across countries, and the institutional arrangements governing cross-border flows of trade, investment and intellectual property. Enrollment restricted. LEC.
Fall 2014
Type Time/Place and Instructor Credit Hours Class #
LEC Birch,Melissa H.
T 06:00-09:40 PM BEST 125 - EDWARDS
2 16658
MGMT 704 Strategic Management
Strategic Management has as its primary objective the development of an understanding of the role of general management from both a conceptual and operating standpoint. The course is based on the strategic management framework emphasizing the evaluation of an organization's strategic situation and the formulation of viable alternative strategies required to deal with the challenges facing the organization. Attention is focused on the development of organizational objectives and the formulation of strategies at the business and operating levels. Prerequisite: MGMT 701, FIN 701, and MKTG 701. Enrollment restricted. LEC.
Fall 2014
Type Time/Place and Instructor Credit Hours Class #
LEC Zhao,Zheng
M 06:00-09:40 PM REGN 253 - EDWARDS
2 11050
MGMT 705 Ethical Decision Making in Business
This course is designed to provide students with: (a) a grounding in the psychological and philosophical foundations of business ethics; (b) the ability to recognize ethical problems; (c) an exposure to many of the ethically sensitive issues facing corporations and managers today in each of the functional areas of business (management, accounting, finance, information systems, and marketing); and (d) the tools for analyzing and reaching closure on ethical problems. Students will study the role of ethics in the relation to the individual, manager, organization, and global business environment. Students in this course will have the opportunity to engage in stimulating class discussions, justify ethical positions in case study analyses, investigate ethical issues in their own future professional lives, and develop and present their solutions for typical ethical problems faced by managers in organizations after fully exploring the ethical dimensions of both sides of a given issue. Prerequisite: MGMT 701. Enrollment restricted. LEC.
Fall 2014
Type Time/Place and Instructor Credit Hours Class #
LEC May,Douglas R
W 06:00-09:40 PM BEST 125 - EDWARDS
2 23839
Advanced Core Courses

Choose one of four: finance, management, marketing or business analytics.

Finance Advanced Core

FIN 710 Investments I
This course covers financial instruments and markets used by investment professionals and the key concepts used in the construction and management of equity portfolios. Emphasis is placed on understanding and managing investment risk, on the concept of market efficiency, and the role of financial markets and institutions in shaping the investment environment. Topics include financial instruments; financial markets and institutions; risk and return; portfolio optimization; asset pricing models; and behavioral finance. Prerequisite: FIN 701. Enrollment restricted. LEC.
Fall 2014
Type Time/Place and Instructor Credit Hours Class #
LEC Glenski,Roger Leon
W 06:00-09:40 PM REGN 165 - EDWARDS
2 23777
FIN 711 Investments II
This course covers bonds, bond markets, options, futures, and derivative securities. Emphasis is placed on the features, risks and valuation of fixed income and derivative securities. Topics include types of bonds and bond terminology; valuation of bonds; derivatives including options, futures and swaps; and risk, return and diversification. Prerequisite: FIN 710. Enrollment restricted. LEC.
Fall 2014
Type Time/Place and Instructor Credit Hours Class #
LEC Glenski,Roger Leon
W 06:00-09:40 PM REGN 155 - EDWARDS
2 23778
FIN 712 Business Investment
This course examines the tools for assessing the value of projects and capital investments, and the use of these tools in financial decision-making in public and private corporations. Topics to be covered include estimating the cost of capital, computing and discounting projected cash flows, capital budgeting, real options, and the intersection between business investment and strategy. Prerequisite: FIN 701. Enrollment restricted. LEC.

The class is not offered for the Fall 2014 semester.

FIN 713 Business Financing
This course examines how firms finance their projects and investments, and how those corporate financing decisions impact firm value. Topics covered include capital structure, payout policy, security issuance, mergers and acquisitions, and corporate governance. Prerequisite: FIN 712. Enrollment restricted. LEC.

The class is not offered for the Fall 2014 semester.

Management Advanced Core

MGMT 710 Leadership Philosophy and Practice
This course emphasizes an exploration of ideas about leadership that are practice-oriented. The material covered is based primarily on ethnographic and clinical inquiry rather than social scientific research. A central theme of this material, some of which is philosophical in nature, is the focus on learning and the role of reflection in both the leadership process itself and in the process of developing leaders. Varieties of topics are covered, including foresight, intuition, practical reason, critical thinking, reflective practice, and ethical judgment. A key goal is to move the student into a position where he or she can begin to take control of their own leadership development process. The course is structured so as to give students the opportunity to reflect on their experiences, analyze those experiences using the conceptual material, and then enter into systematic dialogue on these issues with other students and the instructor. The ultimate product of this learning process is the creation of a detailed personal leadership development plan. Prerequisite: MGMT 701. Enrollment restricted. LEC.
Fall 2014
Type Time/Place and Instructor Credit Hours Class #
LEC Spencer,Daniel G.
T 06:00-09:40 PM BEST 335 - EDWARDS
2 23842
MGMT 711 Human Resources Management
The purpose of this course is to acquaint students with the rationale and tools for creating a sustainable competitive advantage through human resources. The management of human resources - people and their human capital - is approached from the perspective of the practicing manager as opposed to that of the human resources specialist. The major topics covered include staffing, training and development, performance management, compensation and benefits, job design, facets of employment law, and employee (labor-management) relations. Prerequisite: BE 701, DSCI 701 and MGMT 701. Enrollment restricted. LEC.
Fall 2014
Type Time/Place and Instructor Credit Hours Class #
LEC Perry Jr.,Emmett E
M 06:00-09:40 PM REGN 151 - EDWARDS
2 23845
MGMT 712 Economic, Environment, and Social Sustainability in Business
This course introduces students to conducting business and pursuing organizational goals sustainably. It includes principles (scientific, economic, and cultural) to guide decision-making for sustainability, metrics to assess sustainability [e.g. the integrated or triple bottom line], and the application of sustainability concepts to business functions. Aspects of global environmental sustainability [energy, water, agriculture, resource use and waste] are considered. The use of cases, discussion of best practices, and attention to relevant skills help students gain familiarity with sustainable business practices and develop their capabilities to contribute to firm efforts to operate more sustainably. Enrollment restricted. LEC.

The class is not offered for the Fall 2014 semester.

MGMT 713 Managing People: Applications and Skills
The goal of this course is to increase the capacity of the student to manage others effectively. It begins by focusing on self-awareness and self-management. Students also learn systems for classification of people on the basis of behavior and attitudes. Topics covered may include time management, problem solving, reading people, coaching and counseling, delegation and empowerment, conflict resolution, motivation and discipline. The focus is on skill acquisition and the learning approaches including readings, inventories, role playing and case analysis. Prerequisite: MGMT 701. Enrollment restricted. LEC.

The class is not offered for the Fall 2014 semester.

Marketing Advanced Core

MKTG 714 Discovering &Evaluating New Product Opportunities
Rapid shifts in technology and consumer preferences make new products critical to a firm's portfolio. This course highlights the value of a disciplined approach in bringing new products and services to market. Specific topics covered include models for opportunity identification, understanding customer preferences and perceptions, and gauging market demand. Multidimensional scaling, factor analysis, clustering, preference regression and conjoint analysis are some techniques used in this course. Prerequisite: MKTG 701 or MKTG 810. Enrollment restricted. LEC.
Fall 2014
Type Time/Place and Instructor Credit Hours Class #
LEC Mishra,Sanjay
M 06:00-09:40 PM REGN 155 - EDWARDS
2 23863
MKTG 715 Consumer Behavior
This course is designed to review behavioral science concepts applicable to understanding behavior of consumers in the marketplace. It investigates the specific processes of consumer decision-making and purchasing, and the implications these have for marketing strategy. Topics covered include: effect of internal and external factors on consumer decision making, information processing, learning and memory, attitude formation and change, postpurchase behavior, ethical/social issues, effects on marketing strategy. Prerequisite: MKTG 701. Enrollment restricted. LEC.
Fall 2014
Type Time/Place and Instructor Credit Hours Class #
LEC Nelson,Noelle
R 06:00-09:40 PM REGN 155 - EDWARDS
2 23864
MKTG 716 Global Marketing
This course is designed to provide a set of conceptual and managerial tools to students for undertaking marketing of products and services on a global scale. The topics covered in the course include economic and financial dimensions in global marketing, social and cultural aspects of the global market environment, regional market characteristics, political and legal issues in global marketing. A significant portion of the course is devoted to the study of competitive analysis and competitive strategy for the global markets, marketing information systems, various strategies for entering global markets, organization, planning and control of global marketing, and marketing mix decisions (product, price, promotion, and distribution) in a global setting. Prerequisite: IBUS 701 and MKTG 701. Enrollment restricted. LEC.

The class is not offered for the Fall 2014 semester.

MKTG 717 Integrated Marketing Communications
The goal of this course is to enable the student to evaluate and devise a product/service marketing communications program. Emphasis will be placed on the efficient use of resources to accomplish communication goals through effective promotional strategy involving advertising, personal selling, sales promotion and publicity. Topics covered include the communication process, determination of promotional objectives, promotional budgeting, media planning, measuring effectiveness and ethical issues. Prerequisite: MKTG 701. Enrollment restricted. LEC.

The class is not offered for the Fall 2014 semester.

Business Analytics Advanced Core

  • DSCI 712 Advanced Statistics I
  • DSCI 713 Advanced Statistics II
  • DSCI 714 Data Visualization
  • IST 713 Data Management
Elective and Certificate Courses

Complete a certificate program or choose your own electives.

 

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