MBA Core Courses
The core curriculum is designed to help students develop a strong foundation across various functions of business and to build their leadership, communication and analytical skills.
For students with an undergraduate major or a graduate degree in accounting, economics, finance, management, management information systems, or marketing, the core course(s) corresponding to the student’s undergraduate major(s) or graduate degree(s) will be waived. The student who has a core course waiver will be required to take a directed elective in the waived field.
This course will prepare students with the skills to effectively enact the critical leadership skills of listening, employee feedback and coaching, goal-setting, empowerment/delegation, influencing, interviewing, conflict, negotiation, intercultural awareness, team/group discussions, and business etiquette. Students complete this course in their first semester. (Credits: 2)
This core MBA course will explore the relationship between law and ethics, will examine the generally-accepted theoretical principles associated with doing business ethically, and will examine practical ethical issues associated with various facets of business. (Credits: 2)
This course exposes MBA students to fundamental economic concepts necessary for successful business planning and financial success. Topics include: Comparative advantage and international trade, market dynamics, the role that the competitive landscape plays in company decision-making, macroeconomic growth and development, and monetary and fiscal policy and their impact on business activity. (Credits: 2)
The premise of this course is that today's managers must learn to use information technology to create competitive firms, manage global corporations and provide useful products and services to customers. Accordingly, the content of this course is focused on use of information technology for competitive advantage. Students will develop case studies of firms who have achieved this objective. Furthermore, the course will address emerging technologies and their current and potential application. (Credits: 2)
In this course, we will study practical uses of accounting information to address the problems and decisions managers face in business. Emphasis is placed on the user of accounting information rather than the preparer. Upon completion of this course, a student should be able to use accounting information to make management decisions, understand how accounting rules inform those decisions, and consequently, how those decisions affect a company's financial reports. (Credits: 2)
This course will prepare students with the knowledge necessary to manage and lead organizations effectively. Students will learn management theories, understand important research findings in organizational behavior, and apply both theory and research results to real organizational situations, thus giving them the capacity to use OB theories to enhance organizational effectiveness. (Credits: 2)
This course provides an introduction to the fundamental concepts of marketing, including a customer orientation, matched with attention to competition and core strengths. The course will illustrate strategies and principles that will help you understand how marketing managers, product managers or service managers must think through their situations, determine their goals and lay a course to achieve those goals. (Credits: 2)
This course is an introduction to corporate financial management. Lectures and case studies will be used to acquaint the student with financial decision-making involving such topics as capital budgeting, working capital management, financial statement analysis, capital structure policy and others. (prereqs: completion of BSAD 8150 & 8210)
The purpose of this course is to provide business managers with an understanding of the important role data analytics has assumed in today's organizations. Data analytics has become a key component in accomplishing strategic and operational goals. This course is designed to familiarize students with the concepts and principles of analytics. It is targeted for graduate or MBA students who have little or no background in analytics. Therefore, it focuses on breadth of coverage rather than depth in any specific area. (Credits: 2)
This course is intended to be advanced financial management. It will stress the theory and application of topics including, but not limited to capital budgeting, cash flow estimation, real options, capital structure, dividends and share repurchases, working capital management, budgeting, planning and forecasting, and lease management. The material covered in Strategic Financial Management will increase the student's knowledge of how to strategically manage financial resources to increase the intrinsic value of the organization. (prereq: completion of BSAD 8630) (Credits: 2)
This course centers on the theme that a company achieves sustained success if and only if its managers (1) develop, and revise as needed, an action-oriented strategic plan and (2) implement and execute the plan with some proficiency. The primary objective of this course is to sharpen the ability of students to think strategically, to diagnose situations from a strategic perspective and to develop creative solutions to enable firms to achieve a sustainable competitive advantage. (prereqs: completion of BSAD 8150 & 8210)
Using the knowledge and skills gained in the program, students will have the opportunity to consult for a local nonprofit or other organization on an applied, integrative project. Past partners include Girl Scouts Spirit of Nebraska, Omaha Home for Boys, Child Saving Institute, and Project Harmony - just to name a few. Minimum B (3.0 on a 4.0 scale) grade required to complete the course successfully and qualify for graduation. Students complete this course in the last 9 hours or the final semester of the program. (Credits: 2-3)