Core Courses

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The faculty of the Opus College of Business recommends the following sequence of the 10 core courses and capstone strategy course for part-time MBA students.

Statistical Methods for Decision Making (OPMT 600)

3 credits

This course examines statistical and analytical methods including sampling concepts, regression analysis, hypothesis testing, forecasting, quality control, simulation and database management.

Management of Organizational Behavior (MGMT 600)

3 credits

A manager’s key role is to guide people’s behavior to successfully accomplish organizational goals. In this course, you will gain an understanding of the various theoretical views of behavior in organizations and be able to use these theories to systematically analyze organizational situations and generate appropriate action plans.

Financial Accounting (ACCT 601)

3 credits

This course covers the fundamental terminology and calculations of financial accounting and reporting, as well as the comprehension and interpretation of financial statements.

Legal Environment of Business (BLAW 600)

3 credits

This course is intended to familiarize you with the wide variety of legal forces that shape and affect the conduct of business in the United States. Topics include contracts, warranties and product liability; agency and employment relationships; business organizations; real estate transactions; and debtor/creditor relationships.

Economics of Organization and Management (GBEC 600)

3 credits

Prerequisite: Statistical Methods for Decision Making (OPMT 600)

Economic concepts offer a foundation for understanding managerial decision making within an organizational context and the interactions of organizations in the marketplace. Topics include: the theory of the firm, including principal/agent issues and incentive contracts; market (supply and demand) analysis; competitive dynamics and strategy implications; internal and external labor markets; decision making in risk-related environments; and government policies affecting management decisions.

Marketing Management (MKTG 600)

3 credits

This course will examine the basic principles of marketing and their use in developing an optimum marketing mix. It will cover such topics as market planning; segmentation and target marketing; channels of distribution; consumer behavior; competitive analysis; pricing, demand analysis and forecasting; promotion and sales management; and product decisions.

Financial Management (FINC 600)

3 credits

Prerequisites: Statistical Methods for Decision Making (OPMT 600), Financial Accounting (ACCT 601) and Economics of Organization and Management (GBEC 600).

This course will cover risk, return, evaluation, cost of capital, capital budgeting, long-term financing, capital structure theory, financial analysis and planning, and working capital management.

Business Ethics (BETH 601)

3 credits

Prerequisites: Four core courses completed

The course will provide the knowledge essential to making sound decisions in business and will seek to develop the skills and commitments required to navigate complex ethical issues successfully.

Managerial Accounting (ACCT 605)

3 credits

Prerequisite: Financial Accounting (ACCT 601)

This course is designed to give students an understanding of how cost information is used in planning, decision-making and performance evaluation. Topics include, but are not limited to, cost allocation (including Activity-Based Costing), contribution margin analysis, budgeting and performance evaluation.

Operations Management (OPMT 610)

3 credits

Prerequisite: Statistical Methods for Decision Making (OPMT 600)

The role of the operations function in goods-producing companies as well as in service organizations will be examined. The course discusses the decisions for which the operations manager is accountable. How those decisions are made and the various tools and methods used to make the decisions also will be addressed.

Capstone Course - Strategic Management (MGMT 799)

3 credits

The course will draw upon the analytical tools and managerial knowledge developed in all previous MBA courses, with application to both for-profit and nonprofit organizations. Emphasis is on the ethical dimensions of problem solving at the general management level. 

Course Waivers

You may be eligible to waive up to four courses (12 credits) with appropriate documentation. Core course waivers imply that you have the essential knowledge and understanding of the core course material, and are properly prepared for any future core or elective course for which the waived course was a prerequisite. Learn more about how your experience can translate into program credit

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See our Curriculum page for a complete list of required courses.