MBA Electives

Students choose three courses totaling nine credits

Non-profit Financial Management (3cr)
Focuses on financial management in a variety of nonprofit organizations, many relying primarily on donor support through pledges, grants, volunteerism and endowments, and others that rely on revenues generated through the provision of services. Examines issues involved in cash flow management, cost analysis, investment management, the analysis of new programmatic investments, and strategic financial analysis. Covers budgeting, expense control, income measurement, and fundraising practices.

Managing for Creativity, Innovation, and Change (3cr)
The managerial tools and skills used to clear paths in order to facilitate change within organizations, and to generate creativity and innovation throughout organizations, are examined through case studies, readings, and exercises.

Managing Information in Organizations (3cr)
Explores the nature and place of knowledge in contemporary organizations, paying particular attention to the management of information and data and to the crucial enabling role played by information and communication technology.

Doing Business in China (3cr)
Using real-world cases, and working with our academic partners at Shanghai Institute of Foreign Trade, this course focuses on the experiences of transnational corporations in managing business in the business environment as it actually exists in today's China. 

Managing Financial Institutions (3cr)
This course provides students with an understanding of financial institution risks, while helping them develop skills in analyzing both financial statements and performance. It will introduce and apply measures of bank risk-adjusted return, extending previous understanding of hedging with futures, options, and swaps. The student will develop skills in analyzing commercial and consumer loan requests and increase 'banking sense' and depth of understanding of current financial institutions.

Health Sector Management (3cr)
This course is intended to provide knowledge and skills needed to develop and implement systems capable of delivering accessible, high quality, efficient health care services. It will draw upon relevant information from disciplinary areas and application areas of study including strategy, operations, marketing, finance, law, human resources, quality improvement, and information technology.

Financial Strategy (3cr)
Focuses on the valuation, investment and financing of a firm, and includes an emphasis on how financial decisions impact the success or failure of a business. Agency theory, strategies for investment, theories of choice and decision making, risk measurement, derivatives, efficient capital markets and value creation, capital structure, merger and acquisition strategies, leasing and international financial strategies are some of the topics to be covered.

Special Topics in Business (3cr)
Studies a specific topic in a field of organizational management such as accounting, marketing, management, finance, or policy. Emphasis will be on current issues of importance in organizational management or specific areas of student interest or faculty expertise. Content will be identified by subtitle.