Students need to successfully complete 10 required courses (30 semester hours). The sequential nature of the course work is designed to help the student gain the foundational business knowledge to become effective decision-makers. There are no electives in this program.

This course covers a broad range of topics surrounding the management of organizations. Course topics include behavior in organizations, strategic human resource management, current production and operations techniques, and organizational structure and design. Change management techniques will be discussed. Course activities will develop and strengthen students’ organizational decision-making, analytical and communication skills.

This course provides an in-depth exposure to the principles of financial and managerial accounting and the preparation, interpretation and analysis of general purpose financial statements for parties external to the organization. Topics such as cost behavior, activity-based costing, pricing, break-even and decision analysis, and budgeting and control are also covered. Emphasis is on the analysis and interpretation of accounting information and how financial statements interrelate, rather than on the preparation of different statements.

This course adopts a hands-on and problem-based approach in offering students an overview of a number of data analysis and decision-making tools commonly encountered by managers in a business environment. The course will focus on helping students apply, with the aid of Microsoft Excel and other computer software programs, analytical tools such as statistical analysis, hypothesis testing, regression analysis, optimization techniques and project management.

This course is designed to examine the scope of marketing and the assessment of marketing opportunities in the current global business environment. In particular, the course will focus on the development of marketing mix strategies as they relate to the firm’s overall strategic marketing plan, implementation, control and effectiveness. Topics include: target market definition and analysis, segmentation, competitor analysis, strategic decisions involved in developing the marketing program, consumer buyer behavior, business to business marketing, global business, the role of marketing research and marketing information systems in the marketing decisionmaking process, and various media strategies.

This course is designed to examine the ways financial managers make their decisions at the corporate level. This course will focus on the decision-making process regarding cost of capital, capital budgeting, cash flow analysis, capital structure and other financial decisions.

This course focuses on how managers of organizations use the strategic management process to create and maintain a competitive advantage. Course topics include the analysis of external and internal environments, the impact of globalization on organizations, strategic decision making and competitive dynamics. Students actively participate in case study analysis, group decision making and computer simulation activities.

Prerequisites: MBA 500, 501, 502, 503, 504.

MBA Electives

This course will be offered occasionally as an MBA elective course in order to study topics of current relevance and interest that are not contained in the general curriculum.

Prerequisites: Completion of the MBA core and permission of instructor.

Project management teaches students the art and science of project management as applied to a variety of business and technology settings. Students will learn and practice project techniques that relate to the five phases of project management: initiating, planning, executing, monitoring and controlling, and closing projects. The program allows students to immediately practice course concepts in various activities in which they will create key project documents which will be assembled into a project plan.

This course is built on the notion of the important role of “selling” in business. The demands to meet customer needs in a professional and ethical manner will be the focus of the class. Various selling techniques will be explored, along with a concentration on the selling process and effective sales presentations. The class will also dig deep into the psychology of selling from both the seller and buyer point of view. The importance of time management will also be explored, along with the role compensation and incentives play in effective selling.

Global management will review the basic challenges of operating a business in today’s global world. Emphasis is on the sociocultural aspects of a global business, the management and leadership challenges, and the financial implications.

This course is designed to analyze the environment and circumstances under which a firm makes large-scale and impactful financial decisions. The concepts of time-value of money and risk identification, and the attendant risk-return tradeoffs are a focal point of the class.

This course is designed to study a number of theories that formed the foundation of sound investment decisions for individual investors. The course will focus on risk and return measurements, construction of a personal investment statement and various portfolio theories.

This course is designed to introduce students to the analysis of financial statements using ratios and modern financial theory. Emphasis will be on determining the health of an organization and the impact of certain events on the business and its financial statements.

This course examines the nature and role of culture and diversity in the workplace, ways to successfully leverage diversity, the implications of diversity for business operations, and understanding cultural differences in light of the global economy. Students will perform a comprehensive diversity analysis of a chosen organization and craft recommendations based on the analysis. In addition, they will create personal profiles and increase sensitivity to personal issues that affect the workplace.

An examination of various leadership, managerial and administrative concepts and philosophies. The course places emphasis on the development of attitudes and values appropriate to professional management. The course uses an action learning approach to integrate the various theories and concepts presented.

Course explores human behavior in organizations, using a “micro”-level focus to investigate issues affecting individual behavior, interpersonal relations, groups and organizations. Students work in a variety of small groups and participate in experiential learning designs.

This course examines the structure, process and nature of negotiations through experiential methods to (1) develop an understanding of negotiation models, strategies, conflict resolution, communications styles, situational analysis and elements of power and influence; and (2) develop negotiation skills.

This course is targeted toward external and internal consultants, as well as managers and other change agents within organizations. Leading Change Management fosters improved competency in the skills necessary during all phases of the change process—from diagnosis to interventions through evaluation. Organizational change issues are critically examined, and case studies, exercises and assessments are utilized, to better understand change from organizational, group and individual levels. Change models serve as frameworks that emphasize the importance of interactive consultative processes. A major organizational change project is required of all students. This is a leadership course focusing on strategies and strategic issues of change management within organizations. Offered online.

The ability to manage technological innovation has become an increasingly essential requirement for business people regardless of functional specialty. The objective of this course is to explore ways to create environments that are conducive to technological innovation. Throughout the course, students examine practices, models and approaches that new and established organizations employ to promote innovative practice, technological change and new technologies. The following topics will be covered: the innovation process, managing technical professionals, the impact of organizational design on innovation, knowledge management, cross functional teams and exploiting new technologies within a focus of organizational strategy. Students will research new technologies and discuss potential business applications and issues associated with technologies. Offered online.

Elmhurst University reserves the right to modify courses, schedules and program format without advance notice to students.

Lawrence Brown, MBA

Assistant Professor; Program Director, MBA
Department of Business and Economics

Kevin Sliva

Part-Time Wrestling Coach
Intercollegiate Athletics

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