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MBA Program Curriculum

Through the Miami MBA, you’ll gain the cross-functional decision-making skills required for leadership. Examine, discuss, and propose solutions to business cases to establish a strong frame of reference for the countless situations you’ll face throughout your career. Build the business acumen that addresses changing needs in the marketplace so you’re beyond ready for what comes next.

Program Overview

The Miami MBA is designed to be completed in two years by taking one 6-week course at a time. You can expect to spend 10-15 hours per week for each three-credit course. If you need more time, you have the flexibility to take up to five years to complete the program.

Core courses provide a rich background in key business areas while continually reinforcing critical fundamental skills like leadership, collaboration and inclusiveness, data-driven and digital mindset, critical thinking and problem-solving, and communications.

Through the program's nine-plus credit hours of electives, you'll apply your new knowledge and skills across real-world business contexts. 

 

Course Credit Hours
ACC 611 Accounting for Managers 3
BUS 637 Strategic Management 3
ECO 616 Microeconomic Analysis for Managerial Decisions 3
FIN 625 Managerial Finance 3
ISA 621 Enabling Technology Topics 3
MKT 618 Marketing Management 3
MGT 627 Supply Chain and Operations Management 3
MGT 644 Leadership, Change Management, and Cross-Cultural Management 3
MGT 654 Strategic Human Resource Management 3
Electives 9

Core Courses

ACC 611 Accounting for Managers

This course explores how accounting information is used by managers to make internal business decisions, to create financial plans, and to evaluate actual performance relative to those plans. It also explores how managers analyze financial statements for internal management purposes.

BUS 637 Strategic Management

The examination of competitive forces in the marketplace and how they can be managed to deliver winning business outcomes. This course will leverage previous MBA course work to take a wholistic view of the various strategic drivers, both internal and external to a firm.

ECO 616 Microeconomic Analysis for Managerial Decisions

Focuses on microeconomic analysis of consumers, firms, and market organization. Topics may include analysis of antitrust and regulatory issues.

FIN 625 Managerial Finance

The field of finance is very broad, covering investment concepts, corporate financial policy, security markets, banking (and other intermediaries), the role of government and the international sector, real estate and personal finance.  Together these components make up the “financial system” and in this course, we examine a few parts of the financial system.  This will be taught as a “skills” course most of which is likely to be used by a non-finance corporate manager or a reasonably sophisticated individual investor.  Specifically, we will look at financial statements, time value of money, financial risk, cost of capital, project financial evaluation, and capital budgeting.

ISA 621 Enabling Technology Topics

Examines existing and emerging information technology (IT) within the organization. The foci of the course are the role IT plays in business processes, the underlying theoretical basis for innovation through IT, methodologies for successful IT innovation, and infrastructure technologies commonly employed and why.

MKT 618 Marketing Management

Focuses on business's front lines; the value creation from which all economic activity derives. Address how sellers identify, manage, and meet customer needs and wants through concepts, heuristics, models, and frameworks that help stimulate and manage customer-centric organizations. Leverage a mix of current readings and case analyses to bring cutting edge thinking and applications to life.

MGT 627 Supply Chain and Operations Management

Broad study of production system that is part of all manufacturing and service organizations. Examines, in a variety of organizational settings, the process design, facilities deployment, materials management, quality control problems, and supply chain management.

MGT 644 Leadership, Change Management and Cross Cultural Management

Leadership, change, and cross-cultural management are pervasive factors for success in a complex global environment. This course addresses the interface among these three bodies of knowledge and practice because they play critical and related roles in managing a firm's strategic advantages.

Prerequisite: MBA standing.

MGT 654 Strategic Human Resource Management

Organizational leaders have responsibility for setting and implementing human resource strategy, which needs to be aligned with organizational strategy. Proper alignment is key to establishing a sustainable competitive advantage.
Prerequisite: MBA standing.

Electives

Work with your program advisors to identify electives that develop the in-demand skills that will make you competitive and differentiate you in today's marketplace. Electives are evaluated, evolved, and replaced on an ongoing basis to ensure you meet marketplace demands. Current electives include business analytics, applied business valuation, and risk management, with future electives in areas such as ESG in business being developed. In addition, electives will provide skills such as commercialization, communications skills, and applied financial analysis and acumen as part of the suite of offerings.

Elective Courses

BUS 635 Branding

The objective of this course is to help students understand what a brand is, the elements of brand building in both a consumer and business-to-business environment, what brand equity is, and how brand equity is ‘engineered’ through integrated marketing and communications programs. Typical topics to be covered in the course include branding fundamentals, models of brand equity, branding metrics and research methods, brand positioning, brand equity leveraging, brand portfolio management, and integrated brand communications.

BUS 645 Business Analytics

The examination of competitive forces in the marketplace and how they can be managed to deliver winning business outcomes.  A holistic view of the various strategic drivers, both internal and external to a firm, will be taken in an examination of strategy development, deployment, and execution.

BUS 647 Risk Management

Marketing decisions have always been rooted in data. However, over the past decade more and more data has become available to marketers. This course details the analysis measures and methods used by leading marketers to make more precise marketing decisions in the 21st century.

BUS 665 Mergers and Acquisitions

Mergers and acquisitions are typically large and risky investment decisions that confront many financial managers. This course provides an in-depth examination of the complexities encountered in corporate restructuring, with a primary focus on corporate change of control. Topics covered include the M&A process, participants, due diligence, deal structuring, financing, and integration. Additional restructuring events covered include spinoffs, carveouts, business alliances, and bankruptcy.

BUS 680 Leadership Coaching

Coaching is an integral part of leadership development, and this course will focus on developing human capital within organizations to drive individual and organizational performance. Miami MBA students will be introduced to the theories and practices of facilitating change, learning, motivation, and growth in critical coaching relationships.

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