There are three prerequisite online business course modules that must be completed prior to taking the corresponding graduate course. These free, self-paced, independent-study, online modules are not required to gain acceptance into the MBA program, but they are required before taking certain courses within the program. For example, the Finance module must be completed prior to taking MBA 513 Managerial Finance.
Students may meet some course prerequisite requirements by demonstrating college-level achievement through submitting a passing score on College Level Examination Program (CLEP) exams for certain MBA courses. CLEP score reports and/or transcripts must be sent directly to Brescia by the College Board organization. For more information see www.collegeboard.com.
Undergraduate level prerequisites include:
- Online Statistics Module
- Online Economics Module
- Online Finance Module
MBA students are able to complete the program entirely online or take in-person classes on campus. Starting Fall 2020, students have the option to emphasize in Finance or Management to best fit their career and academic goals. They can also decide to complete a thesis or a practicum giving them the option to earn credit while working in the field or research and develop their passion project.
The MBA degree program does not make the acquisition of theory and knowledge an end in itself. Instead, learning processes are highly diverse and focus on participant-centered learning designs to enhance the development of long-term career managerial skills and abilities; these designs include lecture/summaries, peer and team learning, simulations, management development experiences and exercises, software applications, individual and group presentations, and multiple-level writing assignments. Computer integration is applied throughout the curriculum. Clarity of both written and oral communication is a critical component. The course material and faculty members’ individual styles determine the choice of teaching/learning methodology. The comprehensive case method is an important component of the entire degree program, where the learning process is intensive and where individual study is reinforced with class and small group work using participative and interactive methods.
MBA 510: Organizational Behavior & Human Resource Management
Focuses on the development of skills necessary to analyze and deal effectively with individual and group problems in diverse organizations. Theories and case analyses provide guidance in decision making. Topics include motivation, job satisfaction, group dynamics, interpersonal communication, organizational culture, diversity, recruitment, compensation, organizational learning, evaluation, and change management.
MBA 511: Managerial Accounting
Examines corporate financial accounting in general and how accounting information informs management decisions. The course reviews basic concepts and accounting practices used in all aspects of management, including planning, implementation, control, and evaluation. Cost analysis for routine decision making is also discussed.
MBA 512: The Legal Environment of Business
An overview of the legal and social factors that affect the firm’s strategy, survival, and competitiveness. The course focuses on guidelines and constraints that affect the firm directly or indirectly and provide its basis for dealing with its employees, other firms in the environment, and its stakeholders in general. Special attention is paid to trade regulation, anti-trust laws, employer-employee relations, labor laws, corporate responsibilities, and compliance with regulations governing the operation of business organizations.
MBA 513: Managerial Finance
Focuses on basic financial principles and practices associated with modern corporations, especially as these practices relate to planning and control. Current theories and practices related to investment decisions are discussed. Topics include risk management analysis, corporate financial accounting and budgeting, project evaluation, decision trees, acquisitions and disinvestments, and financing new ventures.
MBA 514: Marketing Management
Explores the structure and processes of marketing from a managerial perspective, with special emphasis on the manager’s role in marketing decisions. Theories and practices are examined, with illustrations from case studies in product marketing through various media. Topics include strategic marketing, creating demand, product introduction, targeting, differentiation, segmentation, and supply chain management. Special attention is paid to marketing in a global marketplace.
MBA 515: International Business
Explores the nature of international business and provides insights into challenges facing multinational enterprises, especially as these relate to government regulations, cultural differences, history, and economic factors. Topics examined include trade theory, international organizations, foreign direct investment, global marketing, global strategies, technology transfer, and trade and development issues.
MBA 516: Leadership and Business Ethics
Focuses on leadership and ethical issues in a diverse workforce. This course examines theories and practices that are relevant to effective management in a dynamic business environment. Topics include leadership theories, corporate social responsibility, and interaction of business with government and society. Contemporary ethical issues and problems are considered via multiple case studies.
MBA 517: Managerial Economics
Provides a detailed analysis of how micro- and macroeconomic concepts can be applied to corporate decision making to maximize the firm’s profit and enhance its ability to compete both domestically and in the global marketplace. Topics covered include basic microeconomic concepts, risk analysis, competitive pricing strategies, exchange rates, international trade, government policies, technology transfer, labor and capital movement, immigration, and regional and global trade agreements.
MBA 518: Supply Chain Management
Focus on inter-firm relationships, discussing quick response, just-in-time, and efficient consumer response techniques in the context of strategic alliances and the use of third-party providers. Topics covered include supply chain systems, process flow design, supply chain network design, total quality management, demand planning/management, inventory management, sales and operations planning, operational scheduling, just-in-time, distribution management (i.e. logistics), and supply chain integration.
MBA 600: Strategic Management
A Capstone course taken during the student’s final semester in the program. This course is designed to apply knowledge gained from other core courses to issues of planning, formulating, and implementing business strategy. Special attention is paid to core competencies, entrepreneurship, gaining and sustaining competitive advantage, and managing change in a dynamic environment. Multiple case studies and simulation games are typically utilized as instructional tools. Prerequisite: Approval of Graduate Director.
MBA 5XX: Financial Analysis and Valuation
Corporate Finance is a core area of finance that examines financial decisions made within firms of any type, start-up or large-cap, private or public, domestic or multinational. Each firm is faced with three key financial decisions: the capital budgeting (investment) decision, the capital structure (financing) decision, and the payout (dividend) decision. The first decision deals with identifying the set of investment projects that a firm will pursue. The second decision deals with the problem of selecting an optimal financing mix to finance the projects that a firm will pursue. The third decision is about how much of the firm’s free cash flow will be returned to its shareholders, as well as the form of this payout. This course primarily covers the following: a) an in-depth-coverage of a set of fundamental techniques, tools, and methodologies for financial analysis; b) a detailed exploration of the investment decision; c) financial statement analysis; and d) valuation analysis (the final third of the course). Opportunities for practice through case discussions and financial modeling exercises are included. Other course topics include risk and return, estimation of a firm’s cost of capital, project analysis (investment decision), financial statement analysis, Discounted Cash Flow, Relative Valuation, Capital Cash Flow, Start-up and Private Company Valuation.
MBA 5XX: Management and Organizational Policy and Practice
This course is designed to provide an introduction to concepts and theories about the factors that influence the functioning of complex organizations and to develop foundations and frameworks that can be
used to analyze and solve organizational problems. This course traces the historical development of
organizations, reviewing changes in organization, management, and the nature of competition. Change
is a pervasive feature of organizations. As the management of organizations becomes increasingly complex, the ability to analyze and respond to change is a fundamental part of effective management. This
course focuses on fostering an understanding of organizational change process in order to facilitate students' abilities to influence effectively organizational change situations.
MBA 6XX: Applied Research
The purpose of this course is for the student to plan, conduct, and analyze data from an original research project. Skill development includes performing literature searches, questionnaire development, data cleaning and management, data manipulation and analysis, and interpretation and report writing will be incorporated in the area of specialization that the student chooses. The student project will involve proposing a research question, finding and analyzing data to evaluate this question, and writing a report.
MBA 6XX: Thesis/Practicum
This course is designed to enhance practical/professional experience for students completing the MBA. Over the course of the program, students will develop a research question and research design (when applicable), and conduct an analysis in the Applied Research course, based on either on the job experiences or areas of endeavor that they wish to explore. The Thesis/Practicum will help the student to identify and become conversant in the relevant literature, and identify and work with a faculty advisor of their choosing. The course will be run as a workshop and will require significant student participation. The core of this course is to take student research from application to formal presentation and clarification of the research subject matter.