Online MBA Program Overview, Curriculum and Courses

 

The MBA program that meets you exactly where you are.

The Eller Online MBA program offers the perfect blend of academic excellence and schedule adaptability. The program offers six starting date options per year, then allows you to finish at any pace that works for you—completing your degree in as little as 14 months or as much as two and a half years. You’ll finish with the skills and knowledge that uphold the Eller reputation in the business world, all without sacrificing too much work or family time along the way.

6

areas of concentration

6

program starts per year

14-30

month completion time


What You’ll Learn

Today’s global marketplace is rapidly evolving. Here, you’ll learn to not only stay a step ahead—you’ll learn to truly lead, wherever you set your sights in the business world. We’ll cover areas including:

  • A core set of rigorous and analytically oriented business topics such as finance, accounting, marketing, economics, operations, management, information systems, leadership and business communications.
  • The fundamentals for success in individual and team-based settings
  • Experiential learning, managerial and business communications capabilities and professional development activities
  • An optional Global Business Experience trip

Curriculum

Online MBA courses are offered in a carousel format that repeats every 12 months. There are two sessions per semester, and a typical session offers two core courses and a minimum of two electives. To complete your degree, you’ll take 45 credits, including 28 core units and 17 elective units.

You’ll emerge ready to supercharge your career and change your life for good.

Principles and procedures underlying the financial accounting process and their application in the preparation and analysis of financial statements. 

This course presents an overview of managerial accounting concepts, focusing on providing and evaluating accounting information for decision making, planning and control of operations and organizations and strategic management.

This course introduces a strategic approach to professional communication, examines principles of effective writing and speaking and provides practice for developing a more polished, focused and professional persona. Key components include: audience analysis, communicator credibility, message construction, design, delivery and style flexibility.

Firm decision making to sustain competitive advantage in the context of different market structures and regulatory environments.

This course is concerned with the long-term strategy of a business organization, identifying and analyzing past and current strategies and discusses formulating and implementing new ones.

Survey of Finance as Analyst provides students with a rapidly paced but substantive view of the basic skills, concepts and analytical techniques employed in the finance discipline, specifically as applied to modern corporations. This course has the perspective of the company "outsider"—that of an analyst, broker, competitor or regulator. The course is a complement to Finance 510M, which takes the perspective of the company "insider." Discussions and techniques will be of benefit to the Financial Manager and non-Financial Manager alike. Specific topics include Financial Analysis, Time Value of Money, Risk, Stock and Bond Issuance, firm valuations and introductions to Derivatives. The knowledge and skills developed in the core economics, statistics and accounting classes serve as the building blocks for this course.

Survey of Finance as Corporate Manager is the compliment to Finance 510A. In this course, we examine the Finance field from the perspective of the "insider"—a corporate finance manager, focusing on the techniques and tools they utilize in their jobs, and how those tools and techniques are significant for the managers in other disciplines (operations, marketing, management). We examine the basic tools of finance—Time Value of Money and Risk analysis, then show how these tools are applied in corporate decision making—encompassing Capital Budgeting, Real Options, Working Capital Management and Capital Structure analysis. Computational processes and analytic techniques will be the feature of most of the course; additionally, spreadsheet analysis tools will be featured.

During the course, we will be examining and evaluating several theories and techniques for leading individuals, as well as exploring the concept of corporate social responsibility. At the end of this course, participants should be able to translate theories into more specific competencies that will improve their ability to lead and manage in today's corporate and nonprofit environment.

Given the plethora of recent high-profile corporate scandals and financial misconduct on Wall Street, leading ethically is an important skill for MBA students interested in long-term success. We have seen a massive decline in the public’s trust of organizations and their leaders. Trust is an essential component of conducting business, and the ability to trust peers and business partners, and to operate in an environment where laws are taken seriously, are goals which every MBA student should strive to achieve. In this course, students will gain the ability to identify traps that business professionals fall into that result in ethical lapses and develop skills in utilizing ethical frameworks to more effectively navigate situations that are ethically grey confidently and with better results.

Conceptual understanding of advanced, applied, inferential statistics with emphasis on their use as a managerial decision-making tool. 

Organizations use their operations to achieve their strategic objectives. While operations can be diverse, they have characteristics in common. This course focuses on those common attributes. The class will focus on managing processes, inventory, supply chain management and the integration of operations with strategic issues.

The objective of this course is to define how a business manager can work with an IS professional to articulate the value of an IT solution (project).

Market and customer analysis for product service, price, promotion and distribution decisions; study of marketing management theories and practices to maximize customer value and satisfaction.

This course provides a market-based view of innovation and entrepreneurial activities. The focus is on how to apply an effective process to identify new product and entrepreneurial opportunities and to develop an appropriate plan to bring the product to market. We will cover topics such as the emergence of innovative ideas, new product development within and beyond organizational boundaries, innovation in an entrepreneurial environment and marketing strategies for innovations.


Concentrations and Electives

Earn a resume-boosting concentration by taking grouped electives. Concentrations are available in:

  • Entrepreneurship
  • Finance
  • Health Care Management
  • Management and Organizations
  • Privacy and Security
  • Marketing

To complete your units of electives, you’ll choose from options ranging from Health Economics to Integrative Leadership to Social Media Marketing. View all our online MBA electives:

    The purpose of this course is to build skills related to understanding accounting disclosures and using the information contained in financial statements. Course topics include profitability measurement, credit analysis, footnote analysis, forecasting and valuation. Cases and examples are used extensively to enhance understanding of key issues and concepts. 

    This course covers financial and managerial accounting topics relevant to the healthcare industry. Concepts covered include the financial and operational implications of changes in healthcare reimbursement; understanding and analyzing external financial statements for taxable and tax-exempt healthcare entities; usefulness of capital and operating budgets; practical applications of managerial accounting; and decision making tools for managers within healthcare enterprises.

     

    This course will focus exclusively on key economic and competitive factors impacting national and industrial sector performance in an increasingly global and volatile marketplace. We will consider concepts and discuss examples that will assist students in grasping the complexities and dynamism of the global business environment. These concepts will include, but will not be limited to, the impact of foreign exchange markets on global transactions, the critical role played by international trade, effective management in the volatile environments of emerging markets and managing across geographical, cultural and ethical distance.

    This course seeks to globalize the lens through which students view business. We will consider a variety of perspectives and we will focus on various geographic regions, including the BRIC countries and Europe.

    This is a one unit elective designed to provide MBA students with the knowledge, resources and tools needed to navigate and manage their MBA-level career search. 

    Law permeates virtually all aspects of business, and a basic understanding of business law is critical for managers. In that regard, this course introduces students to the fundamentals of contract law, corporate law, securities regulation, employment law, mergers and acquisitions law and property law. We will cover the principal legal rules and issues in these areas and discuss how they impact business operations and transactions.

    An understanding of the larger economy is essential to making good business decisions. This course examines how macroeconomic performance is measured, how monetary and fiscal policies influence macroeconomic performance and how these relate to individuals and businesses. The course also provides students with an understanding of how macroeconomists produce forecasts and how those forecasts should be used. Students will learn macroeconomic concepts and immediately apply them to real world scenarios using macroeconomic data. The focus will be on analytical skills that will allow the student to apply macroeconomics to the real world in real time.

    Healthcare expenditures now account for more than 1/6 of Gross Domestic Product in the United States. This class will explore the sources of funding for those expenditures and the rapidly changing trends therein.

    This course is an experiential, laboratory-like experience where students learn to develop customer driven products or services. Students will learn entrepreneurship by practicing a data-driven approach to entrepreneurial decision making and applying fundamental techniques like requirements gathering, hypothesis development, experimentation, testing and validation.

    This graduate level course will focus in on what is increasingly understood to be a primary reason for the gap between aspirations and outcomes for innovation and entrepreneurship: the leadership and organization of the innovative process.

    This is a hands-on course whose principal objectives are to help you understand how culture and the global context impact social innovation and doing business internationally and to help each student prepare personally and professionally so their ideas may succeed globally. This course teaches students about the process of Global Innovation. It builds upon the entrepreneurship concepts of finding a meaningful problem, developing a solution to that problem and aligning that solution to a customer base.

    This course designed to introduce students to fundamental theories and methods underlying the practice of financial valuation. The course will require students to apply concepts, principles, and analytical methods from FIN 510E in a comprehensive manner. Significant time outside of the classroom will be required for the project. This work is to provide students with experiences similar to those faced in the workplace where information is often imperfect and data is often vague or ambiguous.

    The goal of the course is to provide students with a framework that will enhance their ability to analyze complex financial issues faced by real-world managers and to become proficient in solving such challenges via spreadsheet modeling.

    The purpose of this course is to develop an understanding of current practices in investment management. The focus of the course will be on the selection of appropriate assets to meet specific investment goals and objectives. Course topics will will include an overview of securities and their markets, analysis of investor needs and the assessment of portfolio performance. Hands-on exercises and cases will be used to reinforce the understanding of course topics. FIN 510 A and FIN 510 B must be completed with a grade of B or higher to enroll in this course.

    This course is designed to provide students with the knowledge and skill needed to maximize performance in today’s team-based work environments. The course will progress according to the classic forming, storming, norming, performing and disbanding model of team development. Students will, for example, learn how to identify the best team members, motivate the team to achieve organizational objectives, resolve conflict within the team and improve outcomes such as team decision-making and group creativity.

    The emphasis on value-based care has lead healthcare payers, providers, and organizations to place increased focus on patient safety and quality.  This increased focus has not lead to zero patient harm.  Estimates of people dying as a result of healthcare errors range between 400,000 and 600,000 annually.  The Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality has recently reported some progress in this area, but more work remains to be done.  We still see adverse events and our hospitals are often not as reliable or safe as we would like them to be.  This gap has been blamed on the complexity that exists in healthcare.  As the complexity of healthcare continues to increase, how can we overcome this gap?  Many healthcare organizations are utilizing the principles of High Reliability Organizations to answer this question.

     

    This course will explore the principles of High Reliability Organizations (HRO's) and apply them to healthcare organizations.  We will begin with investigating the need for a paradigm shift in healthcare culture that addresses healthcare reform, value-based purchasing, healthcare regulation and the increased complexity in healthcare that makes it nearly impossible to eradicate all healthcare errors.  The course will then explore High Reliability Organization Theory and the driving principles behind it.

    Healthcare organizations need to adapt to the rapid changes occurring in payment models, delivery mechanisms, technological advances, disruptive innovations, and industry reorganization. This course covers theory and technique for leading organizations through transformation at the broad strategic level and in terms of improving operations, all within the unique context and challenges of the health care industry.

    Healthcare organizations are increasingly complex and dynamic, making the task of leadership more difficult than ever.  Healthcare leaders face near constant electronic communication, public attention to organizational practices, oversight by regulatory bodies, and pressures to generate immediate results.  Additionally, many healthcare leaders face the difficult task of balancing needs of staff, physicians and other providers (who many not be employees of the hospital or healthcare organization), patients, and increasingly, parent companies.  Consequently, the rate of burnout, turnover, and health problems among leaders is on the rise.  The average tenure of hospital CEOs is 3.5 years and more than half of CEO turnovers are involuntary. 

    There are literally hundreds of different theories and models of leadership. Rather than studying these different theories and models, we will examine leadership from a practical perspective.  Across these theories, there is a common set of effective leadership practices.  These practices do not encompass everything a leader needs to do to be effective.  Nor do these practices address all the nuances of leading different types of people in different healthcare settings.  Nonetheless, they represent a foundation for exemplary leadership and if you can master these practices you will be more effective at leading healthcare teams, departments, and organizations.

    This course focuses on the management and organization of health care delivery, particularly in the United States. The course examines the salient features of the health care context, the unique challenges these features produce for managers in that industry, and solutions that organizations have used to address those challenges. Micro to macro challenges and solutions are explored, with a particular emphasis on the ways that leadership, human resources, culture, operations, organization design, and strategy influence the quality, safety, and costs of care and the patient experience. Graduate-level requirements include a written single, 8-12 page paper (text only, not counting references, tables, charts, etc.)

     

    In this course you will focus your business and entrepreneurial skills on contemporary healthcare challenges and opportunities.  Through a series of readings, case studies, discussions, guest speakers, and assignments, you will explore a number of contemporary healthcare problems and identify entrepreneurial solutions to these problems. Graduate-level requirements include completion of one additional assignment. Each graduate student will help facilitate one of the classes by gathering additional readings, preparing a brief presentation, preparing a set of discussion questions, or developing an in-class activity.

    This course provides a process of unpacking and discovery, of completion and transformation, of grappling with some uncomfortable truths and to open up to a new way of thinking. This process of exploration, of innovative thinking, of agile learning, are the foundations of successful leadership. As leaders become more integrated, their employees and organizations will also become more integrated, whole and healthy. Integrative leaders give others permission to adapt and change. Ultimately, you'll affect the organization you lead by creating the stepping stones to create change through open communication, creating a culture of candor and resilience and co-creating the world you wish to participate in through imagination, innovation and shared accountability.

    Successful leaders and managers understand that negotiation skills greatly aid them to achieve their own and their organization’s goals. This course introduces student’s to the basic elements of negotiations, including preparing for negotiations and selecting the best negotiation strategy.

    Broad survey of the individual, organizational, cultural, social and ethical issues provoked by current and projected uses of networked computers on the internet. 

    This course covers using controls to protect information assets. Topics include internal and external IT auditing, the role of auditing role in information security, the IT audit process, system independent IT audit processes, system dependent IT audit processes, auditing outsourced IT  systems and resources. Controls covered will include desktop computer controls, systems development controls, computer center operation controls, assurance of information related to online, client-server, web-based, internet, cloud, evaluation and addressing technology risk throughout the organization from the perspective of internal and external audit in addition to the view of end users.

    This course exposes students to a broad range of cyber and information security topics focused on awareness of confidentiality, integrity and availability. Course is approved by NSA/Committee on National Security Systems and accepted as a model curriculum course for the Information Systems Audit and Control Association (ISACA).

    The objective of this course is to provide students with a thorough and operational knowledge of information security so that this critical area is recognized as a management issue and not an IT issue. 

    Corporations today are said to be data rich but information poor. For example, retailers can easily process and capture millions of transactions every day. In addition, the widespread proliferation of economic activity on the Internet leaves behind a rich trail of micro-level data on consumers, their purchases, retailers and their offerings, auction bidding, music sharing, so on and so forth. Data mining techniques can help companies discover knowledge and acquire business intelligence from these massive datasets. This course will cover data mining for business intelligence. Data mining refers to extracting or "mining" knowledge from large amounts of data. It consists of several techniques that aim at discovering rich and interesting patterns that can bring value or "business intelligence" to organizations. Examples of such patterns include fraud detection, consumer behavior and credit approval. The course will cover the most important data mining techniques—classification, clustering, association rule mining, visualization, prediction—through a hands-on approach using XL Miner and other specialized software, such as the open-source WEKA software. It is helpful to have statistics/linear regression knowledge as well as knowledge of R language.

    This course will take students through a typical process of managing projects, including organizing, planning, and performing projects; and will present to students a scientific, systematic approach to project management.

    This course focuses on integrated marketing communications, which includes packaging, advertising, websites, promotions, press releases, corporate facility design and layout, in-facility signage, employee attire, employee pamphlets, corporate policies, corporate communications and annual reports; all firm-authored communication to its various constituents. We will be evaluating the execution of planned and emergent corporate and marketing communications and designing integrated, effective, new brand communications. You will be responsible for conducting primary and secondary research, recognizing branding and communications theories in action and creating effective corporate communications and marketing campaigns. We will be focusing on healthcare. Specifically, we will be honing in on consumer data streams, improved diagnostics and consumer compliance to healthcare regimes.

    This course is designed to introduce students to the complexities of social media marketing through revealing foundational theories and associated concepts of collective behavior, social influence and social media marketing.

    This is a course in marketing strategy. The key objective will be the development of a long-term marketing strategy for a company or business organization by focusing on its customers, competitors and market opportunities. The course provides an opportunity to broaden your understanding of strategic marketing and to develop skills and gain experience in formulating, implementing and monitoring marketing strategy.

    Great products/services supported by attractive advertising and distribution create value for the customer while effective pricing captures value for the company.  Although pricing cannot fully compensate for poor product development, promotion and distribution, ineffective pricing can surely prevent those efforts from resulting in financial success.  Many companies create great value for their customers yet fail to capture that value in their earnings due to lack of integration between their value creation activities and their pricing decisions.  Experts say that for marketing strategists, pricing is the moment of truth.  The purpose of this course is to make sure that when you reach that moment of truth you know 'what' to do and 'how' to do it. To equip you with the required expertise, this course covers theories, conceptual frameworks and analytical tools used to make effective pricing decisions.

     

    This course is designed to provide an overview of applied research methods as used in marketing research and as tools to help make effective marketing decisions. The course is for managers who will be using marketing data rather than those doing "marketing research."


    Optional Global Experience

    Today’s globalized business world drives everything we do, so we give MBA students the chance to experience our curriculum hands-on in business environments from Brazil to Chile to Singapore. Online MBA students have the option of participating in the MBA global business experience with our Full-time or Evening MBA students.

      

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