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St. Thomas MBA Elective Courses

Our elective options give you maximum flexibility to follow your own career goals. Select topics from a variety of disciplines or focus your choices in one area.

The following electives are available:

Accounting

The Accounting Department offers several electives for MBA students wishing to deepen their accounting knowledge and quantitative skills to support their finance, operations, marketing and management careers. In addition, the Accounting Department offers a set of courses that can prepare MBA students to be eligible for the CPA Exam and careers in public accounting and corporate accounting and finance roles. The general accounting electives and CPA tracks are described separately below.

Accounting electives to support MBA students in any career, especially those pursuing operations and marketing careers:

  • Managerial Accounting (ACCT 625), 1.5 credits
  • Cost Accounting (ACCT 720), 3 credits

Accounting electives to support MBA students pursuing finance careers in investments and valuation:

  • Financial Statement Analysis (ACCT 705), 3 credits
  • Intermediate Accounting I (ACCT 701), 3 credits
  • Intermediate Accounting II (ACCT 702), 3 credits

Accounting electives to support MBA students pursuing corporate finance careers:

  • Managerial Accounting (ACCT 625), 1.5 credits
  • Cost Accounting (ACCT 720), 3 credits
  • International Accounting (ACCT 572), 1.5 credits
  • Intermediate Accounting I (ACCT 701), 3 credits
  • Intermediate Accounting II (ACCT 702), 3 credits
  • Business Taxation (ACCT 710), 3 credits

Accounting courses to prepare for the CPA exam and a career as an accountant:  

Minnesota state law requires at least of 15 credits of graduate-level accounting coursework and a graduate degree to be eligible to sit for the CPA exam. A specialization in accounting can provide non-accounting undergraduate majors with the appropriate subject area coverage and credit hours required to sit for the CPA exam, as well as the confidence, knowledge, leadership and quantitative ability to be a successful public accountant or corporate financial professional. You can learn more about the requirements to become a CPA through the Minnesota Board of Accountancy website.

The Accounting Department recommends, at a minimum, that MBA students pursuing CPA license should take the following courses in addition to the MBA core courses:

  • Intermediate Accounting I (ACCT 701), 3 credits
  • Intermediate Accounting II (ACCT 702), 3 credits
  • Business Taxation (ACCT 710), 3 credits
  • Auditing (ACCT 717), 3 credits

The following additional accounting courses are strongly recommended to further prepare students for the CPA Exam: 

  • Managerial Accounting (ACCT 625), 1.5 credits
  • Cost Accounting (ACCT 720), 3 credits
  • Advanced Accounting (ACCT 730), 3 credits

Business Analytics

Applied Advanced Business Statistics (OPMT 605)
Spreadsheet Analysis & Data Visualization (OPMT 621)
Foundations of Software Development - Python (SEIS 603)
Database Management Systems & Design (SEIS 630)
Data Analytics & Visualization (SEIS 632)
Healthcare Analytics (SEIS 735)

 

Business Communications

Managerial Writing & Presentations (BCOM 536)
Interpersonal Communication (BCOM 553)

Creative Process (BCOM 620)
Persuasion (BCOM 635) 
Organizational Communications (BCOM 641)
Reputation Management and Stakeholder Engagement (BCOM 661)
Emerging Social Media Technology (BCOM 714)

Economics

The Global Economy (GBEC 610) 
Economics of Strategy (GBEC 700)

Entrepreneurship/New Venture Management

New Venture Finance (ENTR 702)
Launching New Ventures (ENTR 704)
Family Business Management (ENTR 705)
Innovation & Corporate Entrepreneurship (ENTR 707)
Social Entrepreneurship (ENTR 708)

Finance

Corporate Finance (FINC 701)
Investments (FINC 713)
Commodities Markets (FINC 714)
Investment Fund Mgmt: Aristotle (FINC 717)
Mergers & Acquisitions (FINC 718)
Investment Banking (FINC 720)
Global Finance Issues & Policy (FINC 755)

Global

Legal Strategy for Global Business (BLAW 610)
Global Finance Issues & Policy (FINC 755)
The Global Economy (GBEC 610)
Inclusive Leadership for Diverse Organizations (MGMT 804)
International Business (MGMT 805)
International Marketing (MKTG 790)

Short-term Study Abroad courses/programs*:

China: Global Financial Services (FINC 752)
Scandinavia: Global Risk Leadership (MGMT 753)
Latin America: Emerging Markets (MGGT/MKTG 714)
India: Marketing in a Mega Market (MKTG 714)
Social Entrepreneurship in India (ENTR 714)

*Typically 2-3 programs run each academic year, and offerings vary as new programs are developed and introduced.

Management

Human Resource Management (MGMT 610)
Project Management (MGMT 623)
Overview of Health Care Systems (MGMT 630)
Collaborative Strategies (MGMT 635)
Introduction to Growth Strategies (MGMT 645)

Leading Organizational Change (MGMT 702)
Strategic Sustainability (MGMT 714)
Managerial Interpersonal Skills (MGMT 714)

Risk Management (MGMT 751)
Inclusive Leadership for Diverse Organizations (MGMT 804)

International Business (MGMT 805)
Executive Perspectives (MGMT 806)
Negotiation Skills (MGMT 808)
Compliance Programming (BETH 650)

Great Books Seminar (BETH 706)

Marketing

Advertising Strategy & Management (MKTG 671)
Consumer Behavior (MKTG 710)

Latin America: Emerging Markets (MKTG 714)
Brand Management (MKTG 725)
Digital Marketing Fundementals (MKTG 774)
Digital Marketing Experience (MKTG 776)

Integrated Marketing Communication (MKTG 780)
International Marketing (MKTG 790)

Operations Management

Applied Advanced Business Statistics (OPMT 605)
Spreadsheet Analysis & Data Visualization (OPMT 621)
Supply Chain Management (OPMT 710)
Data Analytics & Visualization (SEIS 632)
Strategic Quality Management (ETLS 551)
Supply Chain Synchronization (ETLS 552)
Lean Six Sigma (ETLS 640)

Real Estate

Real Estate Decision Making (REAL 600)
Real Estate Fundamentals & Practices (REAL 625)

St. Thomas Graduate Program Electives

  • Information technology (Graduate Programs in Software)
  • Manufacturing and technology management (School of Engineering)
  • Human Resources and Organizational Development (College of Education, Leadership & Counseling)