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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:


A specialization in accounting can provide even 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 financial professional. 

Core Courses: 

Financial Accounting (ACCT 601)
Business Law for Accountants (BLAW 620; optional, can replace BLAW 625 in core)

Elective Courses:

Managerial Accounting (ACCT 625)
Intermediate Accounting I (ACCT 701)
Intermediate Accounting II (ACCT 702)
Financial Statement Analysis (ACCT 705)
Business Taxation (ACCT 710)
Auditing (ACCT 717)
Cost Accounting (ACCT 720)
Advanced Accounting (ACCT 730)

While Minnesota state law requires a minimum of 15 credits of graduate-level accounting coursework to be eligible to sit for the CPA exam, the St. Thomas accounting faculty strongly recommends taking all the courses listed to offer the best chance of success on the CPA exam, unless already completed in previous accounting coursework. Students should consult with their program adviser and accounting faculty to determine the best degree plan for their individual background. 

You can learn more about all the requirements to become a CPA through the Minnesota Society of Certified Public Accountants.

Business Analytics

Spreadsheet Analysis & Data Visualization (OPMT 621)
Data Analytics & Visualization (SEIS 632)
Applied Advanced Business Statistics (OPMT 605)
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)

Corporate Communications Management (BCOM 725)
Management Priorities and the Communicator (BCOM 726)


The Global Economy* (GBEC 610) 
Economics of Strategy (GBEC 700)
Applied Economic Business Forecasting (GBEC 701)

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)


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)


Legal Strategy for Global Business (BLAW 610)
China: Global Financial Services* (FINC 752)
Global Finance Issues & Policy (FINC 755)
The Global Economy (GBEC 610)
International Business (MGMT 805)
Scandinavia: Global Risk Leadership* (MGMT 753)
Latin America: Emerging Markets* (MKTG 714)
India: Marketing in a Mega Market* (MKTG 714)
International Marketing (MKTG 790)
Social Entrepreneurship in India* (ENTR 714)

*indicates a short-term study abroad class


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

Great Books Seminar (BETH 706)


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 (ELTS 640)

Real Estate

Real Estate Fundamentals & Practices (REAL 625)
Real Estate Information Technology (REAL 630)
Market Analysis & Urban Land Economics (REAL 744)
Commercial Real Estate Valuation (REAL 750)
Investment Property Analysis (REAL 760)
Real Estate Development (REAL 770)

Legal Issues in Real Estate  (BLAW 730)

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)