Gain a New Perspective on Business
The D’Amore-McKim School of Business Online MBA is designed to fit seamlessly into your busy working professional schedule. The program’s 50-credit hour curriculum is divided into two segments: 13 core courses and five electives. While the core courses intend to strengthen your foundational business knowledge, the elective courses enable you to focus on a particular area of interest. To graduate with a general Online MBA, you must complete any five electives in addition to the required core courses. To earn an Online MBA with a concentration, three of your five elective courses must be from a single concentration area.
You can choose from eight in-demand concentrations:
- Healthcare Management
- High Technology Management
- Innovation Entrepreneurship
- International Management
- Supply Chain Management
As an Online MBA student at the D’Amore-McKim School of Business, you can also consider the following options:
Dual Finance/MBA Degree
To earn the Dual Online Master of Science in Finance/MBA, you must first complete the Online MBA’s required core and elective courses. Additionally, you will take four more courses in the Online Master of Science in Finance. You can also choose your career track by focusing your Finance electives on either Investments or Corporate Finance.
The D’Amore-McKim School of Business offers on-campus MBA programs including our Full-Time MBA, Part-Time MBA, MS in Finance/MBA, and Executive MBA. Learn more about our on-campus programs.
This option is offered to online MBA students who have (or will have) completed at least three courses (nine credits). The campus-based residency is an intensive one-week course equivalent to a three-credit elective.
International Field Study Residency
This option is offered to online MBA students in good standing who have (or will have) completed the first year core courses (26 credits) with a GPA of 3.0 prior to the start of the field study trip. Locations vary per year and are subject to change. To learn more about this option, click here.
(Descriptions below include core and elective course offerings).
Online MBA Course List – Core
Online MBA Course List – Electives (Choose 5 Courses)
High Technology Management
Supply Chain Management
Note: All courses are subject to change.
Online MBA Course Descriptions
ACCT 6272 Financial Statement Preparation and Analysis (2.250 credit hours)
Offers students an opportunity to understand how to prepare corporate financial reports and utilize critical information in these reports to improve business decision-making. Introduces contemporary methods of financial statement analysis used by internal decision makers and external capital providers. Prerequisite: Online MBA students only.
ACCT 6273 Identifying Strategic Implications in Accounting Data (2.250 credit hours)
Focuses on developing and analyzing accounting information to identify strategic implications and, using that information, to make effective decisions in various business functions that must work together for overall strategic success. Introduces key management accounting concepts and techniques, including the impact of different cost behaviors, activity-based costing, evaluating profitability of products and customers, flexible budgeting, and variance analysis. Offers students an opportunity to learn to use the data they develop to think objectively about the business, to ascertain why a situation occurs, to identify the implications of data for management decisions, and to use the data to discover strategically important opportunities and challenges. Prerequisite: Online MBA students only.
ENTR 6200 Enterprise Growth and Innovation (3 credit hours)
Explores the challenges and processes for harnessing technological innovation for new business development. Integrates technology strategy, innovation in marketing, product development, and organization design for the purpose of enterprise growth. Through readings, cases and exercises, studies how firms from different industries gain competitive advantage through distinctive products and services, and leverage their technologies and skills into new emerging markets. Also focuses on processes for conceiving, financing and organizing new ventures. Prerequisite: Business students only.
FINA 6200 Value Creation Through Financial Decision Making (3 credit hours)
Highlights the role of financial management as a source of value creation in a competitive global environment characterized by rapid technological, personal and market changes. Offers students an opportunity to develop tools and techniques of financial analysis and valuation to support financial decision-making. Presents future managers with actual business problems to learn to apply the tools of financial analysis to strategic decisions faced by the firm, such as capital budgeting and capital structure. Prerequisite: ACCT 6272.
Examines today’s evolving environment, in which effective utilization of human resources is a source of competitive advantage. To maximize the contribution of organizational members, managers must be able to understand, diagnose and influence workplace behavior in the context of change. Topics include management of cross-functional teams and boundless organizations. Emphasis is on the role of corporate culture and distributed leadership.
Focuses on the international business environment, and examines the influence on global decision-making of such areas as the international economy and trade issues; legal and political context differences; governmental actions; cultural and ethical system differences; exchange rates and international currency markets; international institutions, such as the World Trade Organization and the International Monetary Fund; and regional agreements, such as the European Union, NAFTA, and Mercosur. Also analyzes why firms internationalize their operations and how they can internationalize. ad Key areas, such as international manufacturing, marketing, human resource management, and strategy are examined.
Trains managers to understand the competitive implications of global economic policies, the business effects of technological change, and the commercial imperatives of alternative political systems at a macro level. At a micro level, it creates a framework for industry analysis in a global setting that combines economic analysis, competitive analysis and business decision-making skills.
Seeks to stimulate creative individual and group thinking and learning for working professionals while offering practical guidance for improved decision-making in both common and novel ethical business situations. Recent and historical executive and managerial criminal conduct and ethical lapses have destroyed careers and shareholder value in addition to severely eroding employee and public trust. Uses a series of case studies, readings and field study experiences to actively engage students in a timely, relevant and challenging fashion.
Provides students with basic information analysis skills and tools needed to manage effectively in today’s information-intensive business climate. Exposes students to analytical problems from different areas of business and the quantitative concepts and techniques that can analyze them. Course objectives are to improve the information analysis skills of the students, to provide students with a working knowledge of important statistical tools, to help students become more critical evaluators of studies and reports involving statistical and quantitative methods, and to improve skills in communicating the results of analyses. Offers students the opportunity to learn how to evaluate, analyze, and interpret data, and present their findings and conclusions that will be most useful for managerial decision-making through the use of business applications and analytical software.
Focuses on decision-making by an operations manager. The operations manager’s major job function is to provide quality products and services desired by customers, on time and at a competitive cost. Helps the operations manager to perform this function in both the manufacturing and service sectors of the economy. Explores operations management concepts, techniques and models. These include the optimum allocation and efficient utilization of manpower, materials, equipment and technology at strategic and tactical levels in the organization. Topics include process analysis, capacity planning, materials management, resource allocation, quality management and scheduling. Prereq. Business students only.
Focuses on issues of the strategic uses of information technology for competitive advantage, support of business processes, information and control, digital business, integration of business with technology, organizational communication and data management. Information has become a key resource in doing business. Managers must understand that high-quality information adds value to existing products and services; enhances the creation of new products; changes the efficiency and effectiveness of business processes; and affects relationships with customers, supplier, and competitors.
Focuses on marketing analysis and planning. Emphasizes analysis of customer needs and company and competitor capabilities. This analysis forms the basis of a sound marketing strategy that provides value to customers in a way superior to competitors. Discusses how to deliver this strategy through the development of an intergrated marketing program covering product offerings, pricing, promotion and distribution. Prerequisite: Professional accounting and business administration students only.
Focuses on strategy development and implementation for a line of business and for the corporation as a whole by adopting a top management perspective. Begins with developing a mission statement and goals for the firm. Focuses on environmental scanning and incorporating economic, technological, sociopolitical, and legal trends in conducting industry analysis, thus assessing opportunities and threats and the firm’s capabilities before formulating strategy that represents a fit between the environment and the firm. Discusses how to develop competitive advantage and assess competitive positioning, and studies how organizational structure and systems contribute to implementing strategy. Stresses the role of leadership and motivation before moving on to feedback mechanisms to assess success in strategy implementation, leading to revision of strategic plans as needed. Prerequisites: (a) FINA 6208 or FINA 6200 and (b) HRMG 6208 or HRMG 6200 and (c) MECN 6208 or MECN 6200 and (d) MKTG 6208 or MKTG 6200
Online MBA Course Descriptions – Electives (5 Courses)
Stresses the operating problems of managing small businesses. Case studies develop analytical approaches for appraising the risks and rewards of potential growth opportunities as well as operating problems. Problems range from locating, evaluating, marketing, and financing a small company to the survival and growth of more established businesses. Guest speakers and entrepreneurs provide pertinent business perspectives to in-class activities.
Covers the issues surrounding the creation of a new business in the service and retail sectors. Emphasizes issues relating to the start-up, growth and operation of business ventures in these areas. Topics include development of a business plan for a start-up, market positioning, services design, operations management, sales forecasting, cash flow management, and venture financing with a heavy emphasis on debt financing. Students are asked to develop business plans for services and retail ventures of their own choosing as the class project. Prerequisite: 9 SH of MBA core courses.
Gives students the opportunity to build a complete business plan for new high-potential ventures. Covers all aspects of the planning process, from the point of view of both the prospective entrepreneur and the potential investor. Explores the demands of the entrepreneurial career through reading, self-assessment exercises and group projects. Guest speakers from start-up companies, law firms and venture capital firms provide a window on current experiences in the small-business world. Recommended for prospective entrepreneurs as well as others who may become involved with new ventures.
Explores using innovation to build and create value in the larger global context. Examines some of the latest innovation practices: (1) to build and create value within emerging economies, (2) to facilitate social entrepreneurship, (3) to promote sustainable development, and (4) to build and create value at the bottom of the pyramid. Exposes students to what successful entrepreneurs must learn to balance business demands with the larger need for innovative thinking. Stresses the application of successful practices to generate results. Topics include creating and sharing knowledge and intellectual property, exploiting systems and networks, redefining disruptive innovation, and the steps necessary to make innovation and entrepreneurship happen in a variety of global contexts. Uses real-life examples and case studies to illustrate successful practices.
Familiarizes students with domestic and international financial markets and the securities traded therein. Discusses a variety of techniques for valuation of financial assets and relies heavily on quantitative methods. Critically analyzes such qualitative concepts as market efficiency, intrinsic value and risk. The contents of this course, descriptive, theoretical and applied, should provide students with the ability to build unique valuation models to suit the particular investment alternative they wish to scrutinize. Also provides students with an understanding of how investment theory and investment practice relate. Prerequisite: FINA 6200, FINA 6201, or FINA 6208.
Develops specific concepts, policies and techniques for the financial management of the multinational firm. Topics include operation of the foreign exchange markets, foreign exchange risk management, sources and instruments of international financing, foreign direct investment and the management of political risk, multinational capital budgeting, and financing control systems for the multinational firm. Prerequisite: FINA 6200, FINA 6201, or FINA 6208; business students only.
Develops financial, analytical and communication skills necessary to develop and implement a financial strategy consistent with firm value creation in a dynamic environment. Stresses the impact of ethical and legal considerations, global markets and technological innovation on efficient economic outcomes. Emphasizes written and oral communication skills. Upon completion of this course, students should be able to identify and analyze a firm’s strategic opportunities and propose a suitable financial strategy that is consistent with firm value creation. Prerequisite: FINA 6200, FINA 6201, or FINA 6208; business students only.
Discusses the policy, strategy and administration of financial services firms. Topics include issuance of securities, the service function within financial services, pricing a negotiated issue of common stock or competitive bid issue, and meeting capital requirements of a securities firm. Prerequisite: FINA 6200, FINA 6201, or FINA 6208.
Explores the environments that have recently given rise to a large number of corporate mergers and the business factors underlying these corporate combinations. Examines the financial, managerial, accounting and legal factors affecting mergers. Studies how to appraise a potential merger and structure a merger on advantageous terms. Prerequisite: FINA 6200, FINA 6201, or FINA 6208.
Concentrates on the diagnosis, prescription and implementation of actions pertinent to business turnarounds, troubled companies, workouts, bankruptcies and liquidations. Case studies and readings guide the student through the maze of financial, ethical, legal, general business and strategic aspects of turnarounds, culminating in the student evaluating and developing a turnaround plan. Prerequisite: FINA 6200, FINA 6201, or FINA 6208.
Explores recent developments in financial management and financial analysis through the use of modern finance theory to make capital allocation decisions that lead to long-run value maximization for the corporation. Focuses on applications and financial model building, risk analysis for valuation applications, and business strategies to measure and manage corporate value and value creation. Topics are relevant to value consultants, corporate managers and securities analysts. Prerequisite: FINA 6200, FINA 6201, or FINA 6208.
Implements financial management and economic principles to analyze real-world healthcare issues. Emphasizes and encourages problem solving and creative thinking through the use of texts, cases and models of the healthcare industry. Students are exposed to financial, managerial and risk management strategies unique to the healthcare industry. Prerequisites: (a) FINA 6200, FINA 6201, or FINA 6208 and (b) permission of instructor.
Provides an overview of entrepreneurial finance with a focus on high technology companies. Specific topics covered include analyzing the financial needs of high technology ventures, including working capital management, risk analysis, capital budgeting, sources of financing, valuation; and exit strategies, including licensing, joint ventures, mergers and acquisitions, and initial public offerings (IPOs). Uses a combination of text material, books and cases.
Offers an opportunity to learn how to build and lead different types of teams, including co-located, virtual, global and top management teams. Asks students to identify the roles and responsibilities of team members and leaders and to develop effective communication, collaboration, and commitment among team members and other constituencies. Also examines how to effectively facilitate coordination across functionally distinct teams. Prereq. HRMG 6200 or HRMG 6208.
Focuses on issues that arise when a firm operates in multiple countries with cultures that are different from its home country. Principally addresses the perspectives of U.S. firms operating overseas, but also explores other national firms operating in the United States and in third-country environments. A central issue is how corporate cultures evolve in the context of national cultures. Prerequisite: Business students only.
Examines the actions that managers and their companies can take to effectively foster growth through innovation and new product development. Discusses issues that play an important role in enabling a company to compete successfully in international markets, defend its home market against overseas competitors, and understand the needs of the global customer.
Examines the idea that building a sustainable business enterprise often involves correcting market failures. Examines the responsibilities of the business enterprise to society at large. Also explores the causes of and remedies for market failures, such as immigration, education, healthcare, climate change and finance, and what these mean for governments, businesses and individuals. Prerequisite: Online MBA students only.
Examines how healthcare organizations manage their resources and competitive environment to meet the goals of their many stakeholders. Applies three essential elements of strategic decision-making, environmental analysis, strategic formulation and strategy implementation—to the healthcare industry.
Introduces the history and current status of information systems in healthcare: information architectures, administrative and clinical applications, evidence-based medicine, information retrieval, decision support systems, security and confidentiality, bioinformatics, information system cycles, the electronic health record, key health information systems and standards, and medical devices.
Examines the evolution of the U.S. healthcare delivery system from early forms of organized institutional care through the current dynamic and increasingly integrated and managed care systems. Introduces students to the interactions of regulatory, economic, political and social aspects of the healthcare system. Compares current policies and proposals for health reform. Students are asked to analyze the impact and consequences of actions in one era on the structure and function of healthcare practice in later years and to project these trends into the future.
Examines how organizational leaders influence decisions to advance an environmental agenda. Studies the scientific knowledge that organizational leaders must have to make effective sustainability decisions. Analyzes how a variety of organizations, including businesses, governments, government-sponsored enterprises and non-government organizations, interact on environmental issues. Prerequisite: Online MBA students only.
Examines how the environment affects corporate strategy, public policy and individual decision-making. Exposes students to the skills and knowledge needed to help organizations understand and act upon the principles of sustainability. Examines a variety of environmental problems, including global warming, use and disposal of toxic substances, and depletion of natural resources. Also studies how companies solve these problems by reducing their impact on the environment through solutions such as zero emissions, green design and corporate environmental reporting. Prerequisite: Online MBA students only.
Covers the fundamentals for business law and contracts, structures and processes for corporate governance, and approaches to risk mitigation. Explores the development, protection and management of intellectual property across a variety of industry sectors and how such protections work or do not work in emerging markets. Exposes students to the intersection of law, business and innovation. Prerequisite: Business Administration students only.
Provides an overview of the major qualitative and quantitative marketing research methodologies available to marketing managers. Explores customer relationship management (CRM) and multivariate statistical techniques, including conjoint analysis, customer satisfaction, and service quality measurement. Prerequisites: (a) MKTG 6200 or MKTG 6208 and (b) MGSC 6200 or MGSC 6207.
Develops understanding of the opportunities and challenges facing the international marketing executive, the decision-making process in marketing goods abroad, and the environmental forces—economic, cultural and political—affecting the marketing process in the international marketplace. Prerequisite: MKTG 6200 or MKTG 6208.
Focuses on the challenges and decisions new-product managers face as they take ideas through the new-product-development process. Companies need to create, develop, and market new products and services continually to compete effectively in a rapidly changing environment. Provides an overview of the new-product-development process, with an emphasis on customer involvement in this process. Provides detailed insights on such topics as new-product strategy, idea generation, idea selection and evaluation, concept development and testing, product development and testing, and market testing. Prerequisite: MKTG 6200 or MKTG 6208.
Offers an advanced course in defining and managing an organization’s product-market strategy. Intended for marketing specialists and non-specialists interested in incorporating a market focus from a general management or consulting perspective. Emphasizes using market information to choose and manage the company’s relationships with customers and competitors in a complex, changing environment, as well as the practical concerns of implementing and evaluating marketing strategy. Prerequisite: MKTG 6200 or MKTG 6208.
Provides students with knowledge of management needs and techniques associated with the service sector of the economy. Includes understanding the differences between goods and service marketing, and how these differences influence marketing strategy and the tactical design of marketing mix variables. Assists in understanding the difference between tangible goods and services, differences in the consumer evaluation process between goods and services, special marketing problems created by the differences between goods and services, and strategies that address the unique problems in service marketing. Prerequisite: MKTG 6200 or MKTG 6208.
Explores the latest trends in technology and new media, their effect on marketing goods and services, and how to deliver value to the customer using the latest technological innovations. Examines the latest trends in digital marketing, such as mobile marketing, and how the mobile platform can be used for branding purposes and to enhance customer relationships. Explores topics such as branding and advertising via mobile phones, online social networks and communities, technology adoption in global emerging markets, and how the Internet empowers customers and enables firms to engage in customer advocacy. Also examines how marketing research is conducted for technological innovations and ethical concerns that arise with technology usage, such as privacy and security issues, identity theft and the role of trust in digital marketing. Prerequisite: MKTG 6200 or MKTG 6208.
Offers students an opportunity to obtain an in-depth understanding of the brand-building process amid radical changes in today’s marketing communications platforms. Exposes students to concepts, frameworks and theories critical to developing branding and advertising strategy in the twenty-first century, including brand positioning, target audiences definition, creative advertising, integrated marketing communications, the influence of social media, and assessing marketing and media effectiveness. Prerequisite: MKTG 6200 or MKTG 6208.
Analyzes the role and activities of those involved in supply chain management decision-making. Emphasizes the importance of transportation planning, inventory control, warehouse management, development of customer service standards, and procurement in the design and operation of supply and distribution systems. Emphasis is on the importance of information systems and the Internet in supporting such activities. Special attention is also given to the close working relationships with managers in other functional areas, including manufacturing, information systems, marketing, and international operations. This integrative approach to management is critical in supporting supply chain cost and service improvements. Prerequisite: Business students only.
Examines the structure, operations, problems and potential of the several major modes of domestic transportation, and focuses on the interaction between transportation companies and shippers in the marketplace. Explores the major dynamics of the transportation marketplace and their impact on supply chain management. Provides students with a managerial perspective on controlling what is typically the most expensive component of supply chain management, transportation expenditures.
Analyzes the managerial activities of those involved in supply chain management operations and planning in companies involved in international commerce. Focuses on contemporary issues that affect the design of international supply chain systems, and examines the current status and future prospects of the modes of international transportation. Examines international trade and development issues, not only from the corporate perspective, but also in terms of government policy. Prerequisite: Business students.
This course covers the purchasing function from strategic viewpoint within a supply chain framework. First, this course describes the critical role that the purchasing function plays in selecting and sourcing raw materials that maximizes customer value-added and leads to competitive advantage in the market place. Second, it outlines how the purchasing function interfaces with other business functions such as marketing, finance, operations and logistics. Finally, students are exposed to important current topics such as global sourcing, pricing and negotiations. This is a practically-oriented course which focuses on decision-making and problem-solving.
Focuses on how to create sustainable supply chains that profitably yield high-quality, safe products without supply interruption while creating a net benefit for the employees, community and the environment. Studies how companies measure environmental performance and use the data to motivate associates, suppliers, customers, policy makers and the public. Also addresses the impact of global sustainability frameworks and measures.