First-Year Curriculum

As an Eller MBA, you will experience an MBA curriculum that operates at the intersection of intellectual rigor and market relevance. In addition to a thorough and comprehensive first year core experience — aimed at strengthening your analytical and communication skills and preparing you for your internship search — you will have ample opportunity to take your skills to the market as part of your educational experience. You will substantively engage with public or private enterprises as an analyst or consultant and you will analyze a publicly traded entity and present the findings to faculty and businesspeople acting as Wall Street analysts all during your first year of study.

Overview

Set in a two-year format with intensive 8-week and 15-week courses during the first year, the Eller MBA curriculum includes a portfolio of interesting and market-centered learning modules, highly tailored elective courses, international and project-based experiences with leadership development activities embedded throughout the curriculum.


 

Core Courses

During your first year, you will be immersed in a core set of rigorous and analytically-oriented business topics including finance, accounting, marketing, economics, operations, management, leadership, and business communications. You will master these fundamentals for success in both individual and team-based settings.

These core courses, augmented by experiential learning, managerial and business communications capabilities and professional development activities, are designed to ensure a comprehensive foundation that will prepare you to take full advantage of the academic and professional opportunities and choices you’ll face during the second year of the program.

Between your first and second years at Eller, we place significant emphasis on the concept of you obtaining an internship related to your chosen field of study at Eller. We believe this experience to be an integral part of your education.

Fall Semester

Pre-Session: Offered one week prior to start of Fall Semester 
  
MGMT 556 Leadership and Teams (2 units) 

This course takes a decidedly experiential and applied approach to examining and evaluating techniques for managing teams.
MGMT 562 Applied Business Statistics (2 units)
Conceptual understanding of advanced, applied, inferential statistics with emphasis on their use as a managerial decision-making tool.
BCOM 510A Communication for Managers and Professional Development (3 units)
This course will provide students with communication strategies and skills to manage and lead in the complex and rapidly changing global business environment. Initial introduction to functional and industry opportunities; mentoring and networking; consideration of experiential learning opportunities. This course also provides additional opportunities to strengthen and measure core professional communication competencies.
ECON 550 Economics for Managers (2 units)
Examination of industrial structure theory of prices under varying market conditions with application to business problems with emphasis on building and sustaining competitive advantage.
FIN 510A Finance (2 units)
Integration of basic principles and underlying theory of corporate finance, with emphasis on the analytical financial management of firms to enable students to pursue further stuy in any area of finance.
ACCT 540 Introduction to Financial Accounting (2 units)
Principles and procedures underlying the financial accounting process and their application in the preparation and analysis of financial statements of real companies.
MKTG 510 Market-Based Management (2 units)
Exploration of the environment, scope and nature of marketing management theory and practice to maximize customer value and satisfaction with focus on market analysis for product, price, promotion, distribution and service.
ECON 551 Business Strategy (2 units)
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.

 

Winter Break

BNAD 596C Global Business Experience (2 Units) 
A ten-day international experience. As part of this course, students would spend an 8-hour day of class contact prior to the trip to set the stage for the specific region and to analyze international business issues. Students would then depart for a ten-day trip to an emerging market, engaged in extensive interactions with business, government, and other organizations. The purpose of the experience is for students to learn about business practices in developing markets and hear first-hand from leaders based in a particular region.

 

Spring Semester

ACCT 545 Introduction to Managerial Accounting (2 units)
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.
MIS 560 Operations Management (2 units)
Organizations use their operatoins 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.
FIN 510B Finance (2 units)
Continuation of the integration of basic principles and underlying theory of finance, with emphasis on the analytical financial management of firms through Microsoft Excel.
BNAD 597A Business Consulting Projects (3 units)
Small teams of students work in consultation with a faculty member to finalize scope, plan, and execute a project for an organization to deliver value to them.
MIS 585 Strategic Management of Information Systems (2 units)
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).

 

The above listing represents the required courses for a first-year Eller MBA student. Electives are also part of the degree and are often taken in groups in the form of a concentration.

Please note that the current concentrations and offerings are changed from time to time to be relevant to industry demand and changing conditions.


 

For additional information, please contact us.