You must successfully complete the requirements for 18 courses, including a global trip, and two professional development workshops to earn your MBA. There are seven foundation courses, eight core courses and three concentration courses. Based on your academic background, you may be able to waive up to seven foundation course and transfer credit for up to two graduate level core courses, giving you a head start toward earning your MBA.

Foundation Courses:

GMAN 301 - Financial Accounting
This course focuses on the concepts and principles that underlie corporate financial statements prepared for external users, including the balance sheet, income statement and cash flow statement.

GMAN 302 - Managerial Accounting
This course examines the internal use of accounting as a management tool. Emphasis is on cost concepts and analysis of cost variances. Topics include cost-volume-profit analysis, process and activity-based costing, cost allocation, budgeting and performance measures.
Prerequisite: GMAN 301

GMAN 303 - Managerial Economics
You will learn micro- and macro-economics concepts and analytical techniques used in managing businesses. Topics include consumer behavior, production and cost, market structures and market failure, fiscal and monetary policy, and international trade and finance.

GMAN 304 - Quantitative Methods
This course introduces analytical methods for data analysis to support managerial decisions. Topics include basic statistics, sampling and statistical inference, and linear regression models.

GMAN 305 - Operations Management
This course focuses on quantitative and qualitative models for managing operations. Topics include decision models, forecasting techniques and time series analysis, process analysis, waiting line management, linear programming, statistical control, aggregate planning, supply chain management and project management.
Prerequisite: GMAN 304

GMAN 306 - Management Communication
This course is designed to evaluate and sharpen your business writing and speaking skills. You will be introduced to argumentation as an advanced form of communication that is crucial for effective managerial performance. The emphasis is on the manager’s use of language as a tool to identify issues, solve problems and communicate policy.

GMAN 307 - Legal Aspects of Business
You will be introduced to the legal framework for business and to significant legal issues involved in the conduct of business. Topics include the legal system, forms of business, corporation in law, shareholders’ rights and liabilities, intellectual property, competitive torts and unfair competition, antitrust law, contract law and negotiation, and areas of conduct in which law shapes managerial behavior.

Core Courses:

GMAN 311 - Organizational Behavior and Management
You will gain an understanding of how managerial and organizational processes work based on the behavioral sciences. You will use this information to analyze workplace behavior to improve motivation and commitment, leadership, job satisfaction, group and team dynamics, and organizational design.

GMAN 312 - Managerial Finance
You will learn basic corporate finance concepts that influence decision-making strategies in areas of investment, financing and dividend policy. Topics include asset valuation, risk analysis, financial statement analysis, financial planning, capital budgeting, asset management, short- and long-term financing, cost of capital, and capital structure.
Prerequisite: GMAN 301, 302 and 304

GMAN 313 - Marketing Management
This course provides an overview of the issues, concepts, and models used in analyzing marketing choices and managing marketing activities. Topics include market measurement and segmentation, consumer and organizational buying behavior, marketing mix analysis and management, marketing research, product management, marketing strategy, and public policy and ethical considerations in marketing.
Prerequisite: GMAN 304

GMAN 314 - International Business
This course focuses on the international business environment and the strategic choices facing companies with international business operations. Topics include the structure and competitive dynamics of international industries, trade and trade theory, forms of transnational and multinational business, global competition and global strategies, balance of local demands and global integration, culture and government roles in international business, international financial and currency markets, and management issues in multinational firms.
Prerequisite: GMAN 303

GMAN 315 - Ethical and Social Aspects of Business
This course examines the relationship between business and its social setting. Topics include non-market environments of business, issues of ethics and social responsibility in market systems, relation between social trends and politics, comparative market systems, regulation and externalities, and corporate governance issues.

GMAN 317 - Global Business Strategy
This integrative course provides a framework for formulating corporate objectives, assessing market opportunities, developing long-range strategies, and coordinating the activities of the total business enterprise. You will apply this framework—as well as the knowledge and skills gained from previous courses—as you develop, analyze, and implement business unit and corporation strategy.
Prerequisites: GMAN 301-313

GMAN 319 - Doing Business in World Regions

GMAN 319 - Doing Business in World Regions

This experiential international immersion course features a study trip to key countries with economic significance. The objective of the course is to learn about a selected country’s dynamic cultural, economic, and business environment through hands-on learning such as lectures by the world-class hosting university faculty, company visits, and interactions with local managers. Through this course, students will raise awareness about broader social, cultural, political, economic, business and strategic factors when evaluating companies and organizations in visiting countries. This course has two components; the on-campus pre-travel and post-travel classes, and the 8-9 day overseas trip, which is taken during the quarter breaks. Past destinations include China, South Korea, Hong Kong, and Spain.
Prerequisites: GMAN 303 and GMAN 305

GMAN 320 - Managing Creativity and Innovation 
In this course, students develop their creativity thinking, sharpen their idea generation process, and learn to stimulate creativity in more meaningful and manageable ways.  Students will also gain a better understanding of the appropriate context to cultivate and implement creativity in the workplace.  The purpose of the course is to help students acquire skills to form novel, useful and fresh solutions to new and unfamiliar problems.

Concentration Courses:

Finance Concentration
GMAN 321 - Advanced Financial Management
You will continue your study of corporate finance topics that were introduced in Managerial Finance. Special attention will be placed on leasing and mergers and acquisitions, with an emphasis on techniques of valuation.
Prerequisite: GMAN 301-305 and 312

GMAN 322 - Investments and Financial Markets
This course is designed to provide an overview of the financial markets and investment vehicles available to the financial manager. Topics include the banking system, bank and non-bank financial institutions, and the market behavior of financial intermediaries. The emphasis of the course is on portfolio optimization and the analysis of a variety of financial instruments, including equity, debt and options.
Prerequisite: GMAN 301-305 and 312

GMAN 323 - International Finance
This course explores the issues and financial techniques that are important for firms with international operations. Topics include the foreign exchange markets, and the management of transaction, operating, interest rate and translation exposures. The course also focuses on international sources of capital, the cost of capital and capital budgeting in an international context, political risk, and import/export financing.
Prerequisite: GMAN 301-305 and 312

Marketing Concentration
GMAN 341 - Marketing Research
This course explores both quantitative and qualitative approaches to understanding markets and customers. Topics include the use of secondary information and databases, interviews and focus groups, and survey research and test marketing. The course emphasizes using marketing research in new product development.
Prerequisite: GMAN 301-305 and 313

GMAN 342 - Advanced Topics in Marketing
This course will introduce advanced techniques in marketing, both analytical tools and decision-making frameworks, as well as emerging issues both from academic research and corporate practice such as online consumer behavior, marketing in social networks or marketing in non-profit settings.  By its very nature, the content of this course will be flexible to reflect the latest thought and practice.
Prerequisite: GMAN 301-305 and 313

GMAN 343 - International Marketing
This course deals with the distinctive issues and problems involved in the marketing of goods and services in foreign or international markets. Topics include the evaluation of foreign market opportunities; market entry strategies; social, political and cultural considerations in international marketing; international product design issues; and marketing mix strategies.
Prerequisite: GMAN 301-305 and 313

International Management Concentration
GMAN 323 - International Finance
This course explores the issues and financial techniques that are important for firms with international operations. Topics include the foreign exchange markets, and the management of transaction, operating, interest rate and translation exposures. The course also focuses on international sources of capital, the cost of capital and capital budgeting in an international context, political risk, and import/export financing.
Prerequisite: GMAN 301-305 and 314

GMAN 343 - International Marketing
This course deals with the distinctive issues and problems involved in the marketing of goods and services in foreign or international markets. Topics include the evaluation of foreign market opportunities; market entry strategies; social, political and cultural considerations in international marketing; international product design issues; and marketing mix strategies.
Prerequisite: GMAN 301-305, 314

GMAN 352 - Social Entrepreneurship From a Global Perspective
Description: This course will provide concepts, analytical perspectives, skills and experiences to provide innovative and entrepreneurial solutions at the intersection of non-profit organizations, public services and businesses, to tackle social problems and environmental challenges we face both in our local communities and at a global level. The focus will be on existing and emerging business models in social ventures, approaches to growth and partnership options between and among the business, non-profit and social sectors.
Prerequisite: GMAN 301-305 and 314

Entrepreneurship Concentration
GMAN 351 - Strategic Entrepreneurship
This integrative course will introduce a strategic approach to entrepreneurship by providing an understanding of how to formulate and implement startup and growth strategies. The main focus will be on helping you differentiate between an idea and an opportunity, increasing your awareness of the risks and rewards of entrepreneurship, as well as developing your skills in problem solving with inadequate information and in decision making under uncertainty. The course will also include the topics of market assessment, developing the business plan, forming and leading the executive team, managing rapid growth with limited resources, and exit/harvest strategies for new ventures.
Prerequisites: GMAN 301-305

GMAN 352 - Social Entrepreneurship From a Global Perspective
Description: This course will provide concepts, analytical perspectives, skills and experiences to provide innovative and entrepreneurial solutions at the intersection of non-profit organizations, public services and businesses, to tackle social problems and environmental challenges we face both in our local communities and at a global level. The focus will be on existing and emerging business models in social ventures, approaches to growth and partnership options between and among the business, non-profit and social sectors.
Prerequisites: GMAN 301-305

GMAN 354 - Financing New Ventures
This course augments the Managerial Finance course in the Professional MBA program.  The critical issues in financing new ventures and social enterprises are examined.  Additionally, the course addresses the differences between entrepreneurial finance and conventional administrative or corporate finance.  The process of crafting financial and fund-raising strategies and the critical variables involved, including identifying financial life cycles of new ventures, a financial strategy framework, and investor and donor preferences, are explored.
Prerequisite: GMAN 301-305

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