PROGRAM OVERVIEW, CURRICULUM AND COURSES

 

Because tomorrow’s innovative leaders deserve an innovative format.

Designed with working professionals in mind, the Eller Professional MBA Program allows you to complete our rigorous, nationally ranked curriculum mostly from home on a flexible schedule. Teamwork and hands-on learning are baked right into the program, too—in bi-weekly skill workshops with your classmates, held in the Price Corridor hotspot of tech sector growth. There, you’ll benefit from the experience and expertise of faculty and experts who understand the intersection of business, leadership and technology. The 21-month experience culminates in an educational trip to Silicon Valley, fitting of this program’s tech-centric focus. It’s the final step in a program that’s the first step to everywhere you want to go from here.

24/7

availability of online learning materials

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per month in-person workshops

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career-specific concentrations


Curriculum

The Professional MBA courses are offered in a carousel format seen here and to complete your degree, you’ll take 45 credits.

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.

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.

Purpose of course is to introduce entrepreneurial principles used in identification and assessment of economically viable business opportunities. Graduate-level requirements include engagement in an advanced level of critical classroom dialogue, a feasibility study requiring gathering and assessing background data on a social and/or economic problem with a potential entrepreneurial solution to the identified problem.

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 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.

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 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).

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 essentially a marketing strategy course. The primary focus of this course will be on understanding: consumers' social interactions, the impact technology has on marketplace relationships, the various social media channels available to marketers, how to build social media marketing strategies, and how to track their effectiveness. Our levels of analysis will shift from individuals to collectives. You will be responsible for conducting primary and secondary research, recognizing course theories in action, creating effective social media marketing campaigns, and managing social media marketing efforts.

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."


Concentrations and Electives

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

  • Information Systems Management 
  • Entrepreneurship
  • Management and Organizations
  • Marketing

To complete your units of electives, you’ll choose from options ranging from Health Economics to Integrative Leadership to Social Media Marketing. You will work with an advisor in order to complete your electives.

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