Core Curriculum

Rigorous and challenging, the Shidler College of Business Executive MBA curriculum is designed to sharpen tools, refine skills, and put global challenges in perspective. You will experience professional growth and possibly embrace your own entrepreneurial spirit.

The Shidler Executive MBA has a thoroughly modern curriculum which carefully integrates qualitative and quantitative aspects of modern management in a results-oriented structure. We understand that leadership is not only about numbers, but also about managing human relationships in the workplace. The core curriculum covers accounting, finance, organizational behavior, as well as explores new technology, entrepreneurship, e-business and global business strategy with an Asia-Pacific focus.

By presenting new theories and by challenging participants to incorporate new concepts into their everyday business experiences, the Executive MBA curriculum prepares managers and executives to meet new real-world business challenges and opportunities, and to succeed.

BUS 619 Data Analytics and Statistics for Business (3)

Data analytical and statistical tools for the MBA with emphasis on descriptive and predictive quantitative analytical methods, including time series and regression. Repeatable unlimited times. MBA majors only. Graduate students only. A-F only. (Fall only)

BUS 620 Micro- and Macro-economic Foundations for Managers (3)

Applications of micro- and macro-economic principles to managerial decisions. Microeconomic focuses on economic foundations of business strategies. Macroeconomics focuses on the external economic environment including regulatory and international trends and issues. Admission to MBA program. A-F only. Pre: MBA math and economics tutorials, or equivalents. (Fall only)

BUS 623 Marketing Management (3)

Concepts and issues in marketing within the global environment of business. Ethical dimensions and social responsibilities; market research; consumer segmentation and positioning. Strategic marketing planning. A-F only.

BUS 624 Accounting for Decision-Making (3)

Accounting tools for business professionals focusing on the role of accounting information in capital markets, managerial decision-making and corporate governance. A-F only. Pre: 201 or successful completion of "Financial Accounting, Online Course Introductory Section" and "Cost-Volume-Profit models, Online Tutorial" both from "", or completing a 12 contact-hour tutorial.

BUS 626 Leadership and Organizational Behavior (3)

Personal leadership and communications development and the contributions of the behavioral sciences to understanding human behavior in organizations with a focus on leading organizations in times of change. A-F only.

BUS 629 Managerial Finance (3)

Financial management theories and tools for business professionals; asset management; capital budgeting; capital structure and dividend policies. A-F only. Pre: 621, 622, and 624; or consent.

BUS 632 Business Policy and Strategy (3)

Integration of learning through analysis of comprehensive business problems, resolution of policy issues, and the study of competitive strategies in the international setting. Pre: must be taken in the final semester of the MBA core, and consent.

BUS 696 MBA Consulting Practicum (3)

Final MBA requirement for those candidates not writing a thesis. Candidates will form consulting teams to perform a meaningful, strategic study for a client organization. Pre: 632.