MBA Curriculum

Learn more about our MBA Curriculum and the prerequisites that may be required.

First, choose your program:

100% Online MBA

  • Restricted to taking online courses only. Given registration priority in online classes.

Flexible MBA

  • The option of all face-to-face courses or a mix of face-to-face and online course options.

Choose a concentration:

100% Online MBA

  • General
  • Business Analytics
  • Healthcare Administration

 

 

 Flexible MBA

  • General
  • Business Analytics
  • Finance
  • Healthcare Administration
  • Human Resources

Background Prerequisites

  • Concepts in Economics - equivalent to undergraduate Macroeconomics & Microeconomics
  • Business Statistics - equivalent to undergraduate Introductory Statistics or Business Statistics I
  • Legal Environment of Business - equivalent to undergraduate Business Law or Legal Environment of Business
  • Accounting - equivalent to undergraduate Principles of Accounting I: Financial Accounting

Students admitted to the program who lack academic experience in certain business foundation areas will be required to complete online background modules for each area listed above in order to gain needed competencies and prior to taking certain MBA courses.

All background modules must be completed before more than six hours of MBA courses are completed and must be completed before taking any course for which they are a prerequisite.

The online background modules are not for academic credit.  Each module costs approximately $100 payable by the student to the online module delivery company.  Each module is designed to take 20 to 30 hours to complete. Assessments are required for successful completion of each module with the minimum score determined by faculty (typically 80%).

Some or all of the background modules in which academic training has previously been completed may be waived based on a review of academic transcripts. Additional information including course syllabi may be required.

 

Program Coursework

 

Required Core Courses
(24 hours total: 8 total courses, each 3 credit hours):

ECON/PMBA 5015

Economics for Managers uses real-world issues and examples to illustrate how economic principles impact business decisions. Emphases on agency and contract theory, managerial behavioral economics, game theory, and pricing are especially valuable to decision making by managers. In this course, cases use actual data to illustrate the use of basic economic models to solve managerial and economic problems. Prerequisite: Grade of C or better in both undergraduate Micro and Macro Economics or 80% score in final exam of Economics Module.

MGT/PMBA 5250

An examination of the theoretical and research foundations that explain behavior within the context of organizations. The focus will be on how organizational behavior theory is translated into practice such that students will acquire the knowledge and skills necessary to become an effective manager.

MGT/PMBA 5810

This is an introductory course designed to familiarize students with role of information technology (IT) in business organizations. The course provides a balance between managerial and technical aspects of information technology. Managerial aspects include topics such as using IT as a strategic source for competitive advantage, enterprise resource planning, electronic commerce, supply chain management, and role of data analytics in modern businesses. Technical topics include hardware, software, databases, Internet of things (IoT), developing and acquiring IT, and IT security

FIN/PMBA 5820

The goal of this course is to acquaint all business students with the primary concepts and techniques of financial analysis. The course will build upon the skills obtained in accounting and economics and use those skills for making decisions regarding a firm’s use of capital toward the goal of maximizing the value of the firm. It is assumed that all students are familiar with financial statements and basic statistical and economic principles. The first part of the course will develop the tools used in modern financial analysis, including financial statement analysis and valuation techniques. Latter portions will apply these tools to decision-making for long-term (capital budgeting and cost of capital) financial management for both large and small firms. Prerequisite: Grade of C or better in both undergraduate Micro and Macro Economics or 80% score in final exam of Economics Module; grade of C or better in undergraduate Statistics I course or 80% score in final exam of Statistics Module; and, grade of C or better in undergraduate Principles of Accounting I (Financial Accounting) or 80% score in final exam of Accounting Module.

MGT/PMBA 5835

This course covers quantitative and statistical decision models for business decision making. Topics covered in depth include Decision Analysis, Regression Modeling, Linear Programming, Transportation and network modeling, Forecasting, Inventory Management, Statistical Quality Control, Project Management, and Simulation modeling techniques and concepts, and their applications for managerial decision-making. All topics will be presented using computer spreadsheet modeling approach. Prerequisite: grade of C or better in undergraduate Statistics I course or 80% score in final exam of Statistics Module.

ACC/PMBA 5855

The purpose of this course is to provide students with a thorough exposure to the basic elements of financial and managerial accounting from a manager’s perspective. Emphasis is placed on the application of accounting information both from an external user’s perspective and for internal decision making.  Contemporary topics that might affect the use of accounting information are surveyed, including in depth discussion of current events in business and financial news. The course draws upon the collective business experiences of the participants during classroom discussions that demonstrate the application of key concepts. Prerequisite: grade of C or better in undergraduate Principles of Accounting I (Financial Accounting) or 80% score in final exam of Accounting Module.

MKT/PMBA 5860

The goal of this course is to provide a decision-oriented overview of marketing management. This course focuses on the management challenge of designing and implementing marketing strategies that maximize customer satisfaction and firm profitability. Prerequisite: Grade of C or better in both undergraduate Micro and Macro Economics or 80% score in final exam of Economics Module.

ENTR/PMBA 5885

Innovation is critical for survival and growth in today’s climate of increasing globalization, technological change, market transition, and business model modification. Yet, most corporations struggle with innovation within the traditional management model. Corporate entrepreneurship provides the context and infrastructure for sustained innovation within established organizations. The focus of this course is on the entrepreneurial processes and principles needed in established organizations for successful strategic innovation. Prerequisites: PMBA/FIN 5820, PMBA/ACC 5855, PMBA/MKT 5860 and PMBA/MGT 5250.


Required Capstone Course
(1 total course; 3 credit hours)
:

MGT/PMBA 5870

This course will provide a realistic hands-on experience that will synthesize the information from previous courses in crafting business strategy, making business decisions, and being responsible for the financial performance of a simulated business entity. In addition, this course is designed to investigate strategy and its integrative role in management. Concepts, models, and skills for developing strategies will be covered with a focus on how to create and sustain competitive advantage in a dynamic and global environment. The business environment created by the computer simulation will allow the student to apply skills in running a company in head-to-head competition with other student run companies. Prerequisites: All required core classes except PMBA 5885 or ENTR 5885 and PMBA 5810 or MGT 5870.


Elective Courses
(3 total courses; 9 credit hours total required)

Three total courses should be chosen, either by selecting a single concentration or choosing three elective courses. Each course is 3 credit hours and electives must be approved by the student's advisor.

Elective Course Options:

General MBA

  • 9 hours of advisor-approved elective credit hours from any graduate discipline within the UTC College of Business. Select from courses offered in the areas of Finance, Human Resources, Leadership, Digital Marketing, Ethics, Innovation, etc., subject to course availability. (This course list is not exhaustive and course offerings are subject to change.)

 

Business Analytics Concentration

  • The following 9 hours of electives are required (each course is worth 3-credit hours):

MGT/PMBA 5140

This course covers database, data warehousing, and SQL concepts and offers practical recommendations for using these tools for data extraction, transformation, and loading (ETL).

MGT/PMBA 5190

This course provides an introduction to the field of business intelligence and analytics. The focus of this class is hands-on learning of how to use statistical techniques to solve business problems. It covers extensive use of data, quantitative analysis, exploratory and predictive models, and fact-based management to generate knowledge and drive decisions and actions. The use of key performance indicators, dashboards and scorecards for performance management and opportunity assessment are also addressed. This course expands on probability and statistical concepts, statistical modeling, and experimental design. This class uses a real-life data project and SAS Enterprise Guide.  Prerequisite: grade of C or better in undergraduate Statistics I course or 80% score in final exam of Statistics Module.

MGT/PMBA 5200

This course covers advanced topics related to data analytics applications in the context of organizational information systems such as Enterprise Resource Planning, Customer Relationship Management, and Supply Chain Management. Topics include data manipulation, data exploration, neural networks, decision trees, cluster analysis, correlation, and predictive modeling. The focus of this course is hands-on learning of how to use statistical and algorithm-based techniques to solve business problems. The course uses real-life data project and SAS Enterprise Miner. Prerequisite: PMBA 5190 or MGT 5190.

 

Healthcare Administration Concentration

  • The following 9 hours of electives are required (each course is worth 3-credit hours):

 

BUS/PMBA 7300

This course explores corporate/administrative responsibility in healthcare administration to include communication and relationship management, leadership, knowledge, and application of business skills and knowledge in the healthcare environment.

BUS/PMBA 7050

Examine evidence-based concepts and theories to be an effective leader in complex health care systems.

BUS/PMBA 7060

This course critically examines contextual factors that influence health policy development and leadership strategies essential in engaging in the political and policy-making process.

 

Finance Concentration

  • Only available through the Flexible MBA program option
  • 9 hours of the following electives are required (each course is worth 3-credit hours):

 

FIN 5180

This course is designed to introduce the wide variety of instruments available for financing projects and controlling risk in today’s global economy. Students will become familiar with the operational, regulatory, and transitory characteristics of financial markets and institutions. Topics include the international monetary system; stock, bond, mortgage, futures, and options markets; pension funds; investment firms; commercial banks; insurance companies; and international transactions. Prerequisite: FIN/PMBA 5820.

FIN 5400

This is a case course that expands on the concepts covered in FIN 5820 – Financial Management. Topics will include capital budgeting; cash flow estimation and risk analysis; real option analysis; and corporate valuation techniques.  Prerequisite: FIN/PMBA 5820.

FIN 5460

This course covers the theory of investments; the efficient market hypothesis; stock analysis; bond valuation; efficient portfolio formation; evaluation of relevant risk; and risk-return analysis. Prerequisite: FIN/PMBA 5820.

FIN 5760

This course provides the student with a framework for understanding the fundamental financial and economic influences on international businesses. Emphasis is on understanding exchange rate determination, political risk, hedging of foreign exchange risk, financing of international trade, and short and long term financial decision-making. Prerequisite: FIN/PMBA 5820.

 

Human Resources Concentration

  • Only available through the Flexible MBA program option
  • The following 9 hours of electives are required (each course is worth 3-credit hours):

MGT 5280

This course covers the broad area of employee relations, including employee rights and responsibilities, employee satisfaction, discipline & termination processes, and managing diversity. Also covered are the basics of labor relations, including major labor laws and the processes of organizing, contract negotiation, grievances, and arbitration.

MGT 5290

This course covers human resource risk management practices that help organizations to avoid or mitigate potential liabilities and provide a safe and secure working environment for employees. Includes coverage of workplace health, safety, security, and privacy. Also covered are laws and regulations pertaining to equal employment opportunity and their impact on human resource management practices.

MGT 5310

This course takes an evidence-based perspective to expose students to the intersection of human resource (HR) management and business strategy, or the strategic management of human capital. The goal is to introduce students to core HR competency areas that are needed to support organizational goals, especially in a knowledge-based economy. Topics covered include: strategic HR planning, staffing and talent management, total reward strategies, performance management and engagement, employee development and knowledge management, culture change, retention, and HR metrics.