Required Courses

Part-Time MBA

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Part-Time MBA Example Core Courses
Leadership Communication MBA 6000

Explores effective ways to communicate across different constituencies and organizational levels while recognizing the social contexts and implicit assumptions that influence forms of expression. Students identify traits for communication competency and emotional intelligence and rehearse basic rhetorical skills and communication techniques.

Business Analytics MBA 6001

This course will prepare you to be an effective analyst in a business setting. You will learn to integrate data, judgment and managerial knowledge in the form of a high-quality analytical spreadsheet model, and to analyze that model to to quantify the financial and operational implications of managerial choices. You will learn to make sense of large datasets, and to communicate actionable managerial insights. We will operate in a business context where productivity, accuracy, and stewardship of spreadsheet model assets are always kept in mind.

Technology Enabled Operations MBA 6002

This course will prepare you to contribute effectively in today’s technology-enabled workplace by understanding how to leverage processes, systems, and data to create business value. We’ll examine business operations in traditional companies, between firms, and in digital businesses. We will consider the perspectives and needs of both start-ups and established organizations.

Ethical Decision Making MBA 6003

In this course we will learn to practice moral decision making by assessing personal and organizational ethical climates and their philosophical foundations and cultures. We will recognize the major theoretical systems that shape western ethical thought and conclude with an intensive case study and student-led presentations on current moral dilemmas in the workplace.

Financial Accounting MBA 6004

Accounting is the “language of business”. It is a measuring process that communicates, in financial terms, the activities of a business in order to aid decision makers. Financial accounting focuses on the accounting information for decision makers outside the organization (i.e. investors, creditors, regulatory agencies, etc.). The key product of this process is a complete set of financial statements and related footnotes. This course is designed as an overview of financial accounting in order to introduce and expand your understanding of accounting information, its framework (and data limitations), and how this information relates to the business decision-making process.

Financial Management MBA 6005

In this course you will be introduced to the key foundational elements of Finance including: present value, future value, equilibrium rate of return, overall market interest rates and risk analysis for financial investments. You will examine specific applications related to fixed-income securities (bonds), the bond market, equities (stocks) and the stock market. You will also analyze important issues and decision-making techniques for financial management within a typical corporation. Key topics include the cost of capital, capital budgeting, determining the mix of debt and equity in financing the corporation (the capital structure) and corporate valuation.

Building and Leading Effective Teams MBA 6006

Examines and applies frameworks for understanding the contexts of tam operation, management of team development, and the deploying of leadership behaviors that enable high performance in organizations. This course is designed to improve your effectiveness as both a contributor and a leader within organizational team settings. Learning in this course is accomplished through engagement with assigned readings, reflective writing, case analysis, field research, and in-class activities.

Business Modeling and Design Ideation MBA 6007

This experiential learning based course focuses on systems and design thinking in the context of projects that are designed and executed by fast-forming teams, which are typical of the modern tech business enterprise with respect to organizational change, business modeling and strategy implementation. Emphasis is placed on real-world business processes; project management and team dynamics studied through the context of open systems theory and design thinking. Topics covered include: team formation, goal identification, ideation processes, story boarding, sketching ideas, system design and client based systems mapping, and project execution.

Marketing Management MBA 6008

Despite the complexities of today’s fast-paced, global environment, Marketing remains at its core about creating exchanges. The key to facilitating exchanges and enhancing financial performance in the long-term is customer satisfaction. Composed of lectures, case discussions, breakout sessions, exercises and guest speakers, this class provides an in-depth study of the principles and practices that help to facilitate these exchanges; as well as the orientation needed to maintain high levels of customer satisfaction. A focus is placed on techniques for collecting, analyzing and applying information toward marketing-related problems. Further attention is placed on how firms develop and leverage a competitive advantage in the marketplace.

Strategic Management MBA 6009

This course uses integrative and multi-disciplinary approaches to discuss cutting edge strategic management knowledge. In the course, you will apply strategic management concepts and principles to real businesses. You will use different tools and frameworks to conduct industry, corporate and business level strategic analyses. Since strategy is an integrative discipline, it is by design that some of the topics discussed in this class overlap with the materials you have learned in other classes. Such overlapping is to help you integrate different knowledge and to improve your understanding of the subject.

Career and Professional Development Example Classes
Career and Professional Development I

A series of modules and workshops designed to address the critical career development needs of MBAs. Students will acquire the skills and resources needed to define a career objective, craft a career strategy and execute it to enable them to pursue their career goals. Key elements of the Career Development Module include: self-assessment, career action strategies and job search strategies.

Career and Professional Development II

A series of modules and workshops designed to address the career and professional development needs of MBAs. Students will develop and hone key skills in communication needed to succeed in both their academic and professional careers. Key elements of the Professional Development Module will include: training in business analysis, case study method and presentation skills. Prerequisite: Career and Professional Development I

Advanced Career and Professional Development

A series of workshops designed to address the advanced career and professional development needs of MBAs. Students will attend a variety of workshops to assist them in expanding their career network, make meaningful connections with external industry professionals, and develop critical professional skills to expand and deepen their leadership and communication capabilities. Prerequisites: Career and Professional Development I, Career and Professional Development II

Innovation Project and Capstone Part-Time MBA Course Examples
Innovation Project MBA 6100

The Innovation Project enables students to apply knowledge acquired and concepts covered in the MBA to forge new ideas, systems, structures, and outcomes in real world companies, organizations, and/or communities in the Bay Area and beyond. Expected outcomes from participation in these projects include the ability of our students to analyze, structure, and present business problems to their clients. They should be able to develop and defend a fact-based set of recommendations rooted in solid analysis. And, they should be able to communicate these solutions effectively. Students will work either individually or in teams of no more than four. Examples of projects could include: + A group of three FT MBA students work with an early stage start-up on their go-to-market strategy for an innovative new product. + A PT MBA student works on a project that she and her employer have developed and which falls outside her normal scope of work. + A FT MBA from Colombia returns to his home country for two months to work on a community-based project that brings sound business ideas to help solve some of the problems the community is facing

Capstone – MBA Magis MBA 6010

Inspired by the Jesuit concept of “Magis” (discernment, generosity, wise choices, and service to a community), MBA Magis culminates the MBA experience. Students compete in a challenging cross-disciplinary business simulation, engage in structured reflection, interact with guest speakers, and jointly identify and perform a community service project. Students complete and review the Management Exercises to discern how much they have accomplished and intend to accomplish, and articulate what more they can do - in either small or grand ways - to unlock the potential of what already exists.

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