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Master of Business Administration Curriculum

The Carroll MBA consists of 11 graduate classes (33 total Graduate Credit Hours). Classes are offered in a convenient, eight-week format. You may elect to complete two courses during the 16-week semester while being able to focus on each independently.

Courses are offered during the evening one night per week in a hybrid format. You'll meet in a traditional classroom setting, in addition to completing an online component.

Core Courses

Course Descriptions

The general focus will provide students with a broader and deeper knowledge base of the business world. The MBA degree is recognized worldwide and is considered as a major step toward a successful business management career.

Business 600: Managerial Economics

The purpose of this course is to provide the theory and tools necessary for the analysis and solution of problems that have significant economic consequences for the business firm. Economic theory is applied in a way that would enable the decision-maker to understand the effect of the economic environment on resource allocation within the organization. This is an applied, problem-solving course.

This is a core class for the MBA at Carroll University. It is intended to provide a foundation of economic knowledge for the MBA. The course material is directly linked to other topics that MBA students will encounter such as risk analysis and capital budgeting.

Business 605: Marketing Management

The purpose of this course is to provide students with the opportunity to learn about marketing and management concepts. Marketing is a ubiquitous part of our lives and its influence on our lives is increasing. Marketing techniques have been used in the profit sector for decades. Not-for-profit organizations have adopted marketing techniques out of necessity in the last two decades.

This is a core class for the MBA at Carroll University. It is intended to provide a foundation of marketing knowledge. The course material is directly linked to other topics that business majors will encounter such as total quality management, value chain analysis, business ethics and the role of government in society/the economy. At the end of the course students will be able to: Identify basic marketing concepts, terminology and practices: approach marketing from a system's point of view, analyze marketing problems using the case analysis method and present findings and recommendations in oral and written forms.

Business 610: Quantitative Decision Making

This course develops knowledge and abilities useful for making effective business decisions. It presents tools and procedures that can be used to effectively analyze, interpret and communicate information. The course encourages students to think analytically and to reason logically using available information and appropriate technology in order to solve problems and make decisions. Course topics include decision making under uncertainty, time series forecasting, linear programming and the transportation method.

Business 615: Current Topics in Business Law

This course expands on foundational concepts and legal principles that are applicable to the American legal system, its development, and inherent ethical considerations. Course topics include the basis and structure of business contracts; the creation and characteristics of agencies, partnerships, limited liability companies, and corporations; and the rights and liabilities of agents, partners, directors, and shareholders; personal property, sales and the UCC, international transactions, product liability, secured transactions, insurance, negotiable instruments, banking, and bankruptcy.

Business 620: Advanced Managerial Accounting

This course will integrate fundamental managerial accounting topics with strategic analysis to demonstrate how accounting information is used within an organization to make business decisions, design control systems, and evaluate the impact on various stakeholder groups. In this class we will be looking at issues of measurement and causality. Accounting is measurement process. And for measures to be meaningful you need to know what to measure, how to measure, and what the consequences of the measure will be. During the class, there is a balance between the computations of accounting data as well as how the resulting information is used in a decision context. We will explore how different accounting systems affect how decisions are made within an organization. Our focus is on information used for internal decision making purposes and is designed for the MBA who will be using, rather than producing financial information.

Business 625: Leading and Managing in a Changing Environment

This course examines multiple theories, approaches, and research-based understandings of the theoretical constructs of leadership and management. Emphasis will be placed on the evolution of leadership and management theories. Enduring elements, ongoing issues, emerging trends, and contemporary research will be examined.

Computer Science 580: Information Technology Management in a Net-Centric World

This course studies management of information technology and its transitions in a technology based world. The foundational message of the course is that the primary focus of the IT manager must be the business goals of the organization and the application of current and future technology towards a competitive advantage for the organization. Operational, tactical and strategic directions are discussed with the understanding that these are changing and will continue to change with the application of technology both within the organization, within their industry, and with respect to supply chain management. The positioning of the head of information technology within the organization is researched and discussed.  Proven leadership goals and strategies within information technology departments are reviewed and discussed with the focus of reviewing how technology is changing the methods and focus of IT management.

Business 635: Operations and Supply Chain Management

BUS635 integrates the principles, theories and techniques learned from prior operations management courses and provides a broad perspective for efficiently and effectively managing operations.

Business 640: Advanced Financial Decision Making

An exploration of advanced financial management topics and applied in a case-based format. The course will involve the extensive use of teams and Excel modeling as students study, analyze and recommend decisions in areas related to capital budgeting, financing, cost of capital, working capital management, mergers and dividend policy. Prerequisites: Business 304 or equivalent.

Business 642: International Business

This course exposes students to ideas that impact business in the global marketplace. These ideas will be analyzed through case studies, class discussion, and a country analysis. The course will draw as much as possible from current global events.

Business 645: Business Policy and Strategy

Business policy deals with the development of strategy formulation and implementation. In order to appropriately formulate a business policy, most businesses must also consider international opportunities and competition. Therefore, this course examines the complexities of corporate operations in different cultures. This course reviews competitive strategy by analyzing business cases. It incorporates a synthesis of various issues dealing with ethics, management, marketing, labor, developing countries, governmental relations, competition and intellectual property. Critical thinking is an important key skill to be mastered in this course.

 

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