​​​​​​​​​​​​​Master in Business Administration Courses​

The Master of Business Administration program is designed to equip the student with skills that can be directly applied in the workplace. 


The integrative nature of the curriculum seeks to link theory with practice, as well as address current and emerging issues such as total quality management and global competitiveness.


You must complete a total of 11 courses (33 semester hours) to earn an MBA.  A student may choose to complete the standard program of study or one of the listed specialized concentrations to receive an MBA degree.


​No more than one course with a grade of “C+,” “C” or “C-” can be used to meet graduation requirements.​

MBA Standard Program of Study

  • MBA Standard Courses

    Leadership and Organizational Behavior | MBA 610
    This course examines the organization from a leadership perspective. It also develops essential strategies for managing organizations and skills important to successful leadership and addresses fit of strategy to organizational level and type, as well as culture of organization and workers. The course includes discussion of organizational mission and goals, work coordination, technical and people problems and managing change.

    Finance Management | MBA 618
    This course provides an extensive coverage of corporate finance theory and the applicability of this theory for the corporate financial manager. It covers greater depth of the issues related to corporate financial decision making in the areas of investment, financing, and working capital management. The issues are examined on the theoretical, analytical and applied levels. Topics include overview of finance management, financial system, risk and return analysis, capital asset pricing models and portfolio theory, cost of capital, capital budgeting, capital structure decisions, the theory and practice of dividend policy, financing strategies, working capital management and corporate restructuring & bankruptcy.

    Management of Human Resources | MBA 620
    This course familiarizes students with the strategic and operative role of the human resource management (HRM) function of an organization. It examines the classic dimensions of HRM, including training and organization development and uses an integrative approach, emphasizing the importance of HRM-related factors on managerial decision making and organizational performance.

    Marketing Management and Planning | MBA 630
    This course will study the role of marketing within the firm and in the marketplace. It develops managerial perspective and analytical ability in dealing with marketing problems and opportunities. This course focuses on the influence of the marketplace and the marketing environment on marketing decision making, the determination of the organization's marketing mix and the system for planning and controlling the marketing effort.

    Decision-Making in Financial Management | MBA 638
    This course overviews the use of financial statements as well as interpretation and quality issues of financial data. It is intended to develop an analytical framework for using various methods of analysis to evaluate a firm’s current and future business operations and financial conditions. It addresses in detail how to analyze financial statements prospectively to develop budgets, forecasts, financing projects and corporation valuations. The course will address funding issues as they relate to strategy planning, change management and decision-making. Many decisions will be derived by applying finance-based theories, models and skills.

    Research for Decision Making | MBA 640
    This course is an advanced study of research methodologies and analytical tools for developing and processing data for decision making. Students will learn the research process: problem development, research design, proposal preparation, data gathering, quantitative and qualitative data analysis, interpretation of results, report preparation and presentation of research findings.

    Ethics and Legal Environment | MBA 649
    This course examines current domestic and international business issues, laws regulating these issues and combines analysis and critical reasoning in the context of interdependent ethical decision-making. Course topics cover both domestic and international business issues, including anti-corruption, competition, contracts, environmental law, child labor, employment law and discrimination, crisis management, whistleblowing, retaliation, fraud, privacy, sustainability and social enterprise.

    Operations Management and Systems Analysis | MBA 650
    This course is an advanced study of the management of operations and analysis of systems focusing on the relevant processes, systems, decisions and structures. Topics include measures of performance, process and system design, forecasting, capacity planning and scheduling, project planning and control, quality assurance, Total Quality Management, job design and re-engineering.

    Management of Information and Technology | MBA 665
    This course addresses the key issues associated with managing information, technology and related resources used to support organizational processes. Topics covered include data governance, e-commerce, enterprise applications, management and strategic planning of information systems, human and technology resources, the systems development lifecycle, information security and information technology project management.

    Accounting for Managers | MBA 670
    This course prepares managers to utilize financial and managerial accounting information for decision making. It addresses the role of accounting within the operations of the firm and variations among accounting systems by industry. Students will develop an understanding of product and service costing, budgeting, differential analysis, standard costs and variances, capital budgeting and cost-volume-profit relationships.

    Business Strategy and Implementation | MBA 700
    This capstone course examines organizational strategy formulation, planning and implementation. Emphasis is placed upon the development of integrative plans of action that reflect the organization's environmental, market, financial, people and time constraints. This course addresses the oral and written communication skills necessary to implement strategy in business. Students will prepare a final paper and make a presentation of the paper's findings.


Specialized Concentrations

You can choose one of the following specialized concentrations (minimum of 33 semester hours). Students must take all of the courses within the chosen concentration. Courses at the 700-level are to be taken in the student’s last semester.


  • Certified Management Accountant (CMA)

    Leadership and Organizational Behavior | MBA 610
    This course examines the organization from a leadership perspective. It also develops essential strategies for managing organizations and skills important to successful leadership and addresses fit of strategy to organizational level and type, as well as culture of organization and workers. The course includes discussion of organizational mission and goals, work coordination, technical and people problems and managing change.

    Management of Human Resources | MBA 620
    This course familiarizes students with the strategic and operative role of the human resource management (HRM) function of an organization. It examines the classic dimensions of HRM, including training and organization development and uses an integrative approach, emphasizing the importance of HRM-related factors on managerial decision making and organizational performance.

    Marketing Management and Planning | MBA 630
    This course will study the role of marketing within the firm and in the marketplace. It develops managerial perspective and analytical ability in dealing with marketing problems and opportunities. This course focuses on the influence of the marketplace and the marketing environment on marketing decision making, the determination of the organization's marketing mix and the system for planning and controlling the marketing effort.

    Decision-Making in Financial Management | MBA 638
    This course overviews the use of financial statements as well as interpretation and quality issues of financial data. It is intended to develop an analytical framework for using various methods of analysis to evaluate a firm’s current and future business operations and financial conditions. It addresses in detail how to analyze financial statements prospectively to develop budgets, forecasts, financing projects and corporation valuations. The course will address funding issues as they relate to strategy planning, change management and decision-making. Many decisions will be derived by applying finance-based theories, models and skills.

    Research for Decision Making | MBA 640
    This course is an advanced study of research methodologies and analytical tools for developing and processing data for decision making. Students will learn the research process: problem development, research design, proposal preparation, data gathering, quantitative and qualitative data analysis, interpretation of results, report preparation and presentation of research findings.

    Operations Management and Systems Analysis | MBA 650
    This course is an advanced study of the management of operations and analysis of systems focusing on the relevant processes, systems, decisions and structures. Topics include measures of performance, process and system design, forecasting, capacity planning and scheduling, project planning and control, quality assurance, Total Quality Management, job design and re-engineering.

    Management of Information and Technology | MBA 665
    This course addresses the key issues associated with managing information, technology and related resources used to support organizational processes. Topics covered include data governance, e-commerce, enterprise applications, management and strategic planning of information systems, human and technology resources, the systems development lifecycle, information security and information technology project management.

    Accounting for Managers | MBA 670
    This course prepares managers to utilize financial and managerial accounting information for decision making. It addresses the role of accounting within the operations of the firm and variations among accounting systems by industry. Students will develop an understanding of product and service costing, budgeting, differential analysis, standard costs and variances, capital budgeting and cost-volume-profit relationships.

    Financial Decision Making | MBA 675
    This course prepares students to understand complicated issues facing managers and accountants. The research subject will vary depending on the accounting issues facing managers. Additionally, this course is designed to build competency for students considering part two of the CMA exam. Exam like conditions including multiple choice questions, essays and business simulations are included. Course work exposes students to relevant professional skills and topics in financial statement analysis, business performance metrics, profitability analysis, investment risk, portfolio management and financial instruments. Additional topics include cost of capital issues, international finance, corporate restricting, decision analysis and investment decisions.

    Financial Planning, Performance and Controls | MBA 676
    This course prepares students to understand complicated issues facing managers and accountants. The research subject will vary depending on the accounting issues facing managers. Additionally, this course is designed to build competency for students considering part one of the CMA exam. Exam like conditions including multiple choice questions, essays and business simulations are included. Course work exposes students to relevant professional skills and topics in budget planning and preparation, cost management, cost accumulation systems and allocation techniques. Additional topics include standard costing, variance analysis, responsibility accounting, internal controls and business ethics.

    Business Strategy and Implementation | MBA 700
    This capstone course examines organizational strategy formulation, planning and implementation. Emphasis is placed upon the development of integrative plans of action that reflect the organization's environmental, market, financial, people and time constraints. This course addresses the oral and written communication skills necessary to implement strategy in business. Students will prepare a final paper and make a presentation of the paper's findings.

    A student with an accounting undergraduate degree may substitute MBA 670 with MBA 682.

  • Certified Public Accountant (CPA)

    Leadership and Organizational Behavior | MBA 610
    This course examines the organization from a leadership perspective. It also develops essential strategies for managing organizations and skills important to successful leadership and addresses fit of strategy to organizational level and type, as well as culture of organization and workers. The course includes discussion of organizational mission and goals, work coordination, technical and people problems and managing change.

    Management of Human Resources | MBA 620
    This course familiarizes students with the strategic and operative role of the human resource management (HRM) function of an organization. It examines the classic dimensions of HRM, including training and organization development and uses an integrative approach, emphasizing the importance of HRM-related factors on managerial decision making and organizational performance.

    Marketing Management and Planning | MBA 630
    This course will study the role of marketing within the firm and in the marketplace. It develops managerial perspective and analytical ability in dealing with marketing problems and opportunities. This course focuses on the influence of the marketplace and the marketing environment on marketing decision making, the determination of the organization's marketing mix and the system for planning and controlling the marketing effort.

    Decision-Making in Financial Management | MBA 638
    This course overviews the use of financial statements as well as interpretation and quality issues of financial data. It is intended to develop an analytical framework for using various methods of analysis to evaluate a firm’s current and future business operations and financial conditions. It addresses in detail how to analyze financial statements prospectively to develop budgets, forecasts, financing projects and corporation valuations. The course will address funding issues as they relate to strategy planning, change management and decision-making. Many decisions will be derived by applying finance-based theories, models and skills.

    Research for Decision Making | MBA 640
    This course is an advanced study of research methodologies and analytical tools for developing and processing data for decision making. Students will learn the research process: problem development, research design, proposal preparation, data gathering, quantitative and qualitative data analysis, interpretation of results, report preparation and presentation of research findings.

    Ethics and Legal Environment | MBA 649
    This course examines current domestic and international business issues, laws regulating these issues and combines analysis and critical reasoning in the context of interdependent ethical decision-making. Course topics cover both domestic and international business issues, including anti-corruption, competition, contracts, environmental law, child labor, employment law and discrimination, crisis management, whistleblowing, retaliation, fraud, privacy, sustainability and social enterprise.

    Operations Management and Systems Analysis | MBA 650
    This course is an advanced study of the management of operations and analysis of systems focusing on the relevant processes, systems, decisions and structures. Topics include measures of performance, process and system design, forecasting, capacity planning and scheduling, project planning and control, quality assurance, Total Quality Management, job design and re-engineering.

    Management of Information and Technology | MBA 665
    This course addresses the key issues associated with managing information, technology and related resources used to support organizational processes. Topics covered include data governance, e-commerce, enterprise applications, management and strategic planning of information systems, human and technology resources, the systems development lifecycle, information security and information technology project management.

    Business Strategy and Implementation | MBA 700
    This capstone course examines organizational strategy formulation, planning and implementation. Emphasis is placed upon the development of integrative plans of action that reflect the organization's environmental, market, financial, people and time constraints. This course addresses the oral and written communication skills necessary to implement strategy in business. Students will prepare a final paper and make a presentation of the paper's findings.

    A student seeking a CPA concentration must take two of the following:

    Financial Accounting and Reporting | MBA 653
    This accounting department course prepares students to pass the financial accounting and reporting section of the CPA exam. Course work covers accounting principles generally accepted in the U.S. that affect business enterprises, not-for-profit organizations and governmental entities, and the skills needed to apply that knowledge. Students become familiar with international financial reporting concepts and standards.

    Auditing and Attestation | MBA 655
    This accounting department course prepares students to pass the auditing and attestation section of the CPA exam. Course work covers auditing procedures, auditing standards generally accepted in the U.S. and other standards related to attestation engagements. Students become familiar with the necessary skills needed to plan, perform and document auditing and attestation engagements, as well as professional responsibilities including ethics and independence.

    Regulation | MBA 656
    This accounting department course prepares students to pass the regulation section of the CPA exam. Course work covers federal regulation, ethics, professional and legal responsibilities and business law, as well as skills needed to apply that knowledge. Students become familiar with a CPA's professional and legal responsibilities, and legal implications of business transactions, particularly as they relate to accounting and auditing. Course work focuses on federal and widely adopted uniform state laws, as well as principles of and procedures for federal income, estate and gift taxation.

    Business Environment and Concepts | MBA 657
    This accounting department course prepares students to pass the business environment and concepts section of the CPA exam. Course work covers business structures, economic concepts essential to understanding an entity's operation, business and industry, financial management, information technology and planning and measurement. Students become familiar with underlying business reasons for and accounting implications of transactions, and gain skills needed to apply that knowledge in performing financial statement audit and attestation engagements, as well as performing other functions affecting the public interest.

  • Healthcare Management

    Leadership and Organizational Behavior | MBA 610
    This course examines the organization from a leadership perspective. It also develops essential strategies for managing organizations and skills important to successful leadership and addresses fit of strategy to organizational level and type, as well as culture of organization and workers. The course includes discussion of organizational mission and goals, work coordination, technical and people problems and managing change.

    Finance Management | MBA 618
    This course provides an extensive coverage of corporate finance theory and the applicability of this theory for the corporate financial manager. It covers greater depth of the issues related to corporate financial decision making in the areas of investment, financing, and working capital management. The issues are examined on the theoretical, analytical and applied levels. Topics include overview of finance management, financial system, risk and return analysis, capital asset pricing models and portfolio theory, cost of capital, capital budgeting, capital structure decisions, the theory and practice of dividend policy, financing strategies, working capital management and corporate restructuring & bankruptcy.

    Management of Human Resources | MBA 620
    This course familiarizes students with the strategic and operative role of the human resource management (HRM) function of an organization. It examines the classic dimensions of HRM, including training and organization development and uses an integrative approach, emphasizing the importance of HRM-related factors on managerial decision making and organizational performance.

    Marketing Management and Planning | MBA 630
    This course will study the role of marketing within the firm and in the marketplace. It develops managerial perspective and analytical ability in dealing with marketing problems and opportunities. This course focuses on the influence of the marketplace and the marketing environment on marketing decision making, the determination of the organization's marketing mix and the system for planning and controlling the marketing effort.

    Research for Decision Making | MBA 640
    This course is an advanced study of research methodologies and analytical tools for developing and processing data for decision making. Students will learn the research process: problem development, research design, proposal preparation, data gathering, quantitative and qualitative data analysis, interpretation of results, report preparation and presentation of research findings.

    Ethics and Legal Environment | MBA 649
    This course examines current domestic and international business issues, laws regulating these issues and combines analysis and critical reasoning in the context of interdependent ethical decision-making. Course topics cover both domestic and international business issues, including anti-corruption, competition, contracts, environmental law, child labor, employment law and discrimination, crisis management, whistleblowing, retaliation, fraud, privacy, sustainability and social enterprise.

    Management of Information and Technology | MBA 665
    This course addresses the key issues associated with managing information, technology and related resources used to support organizational processes. Topics covered include data governance, e-commerce, enterprise applications, management and strategic planning of information systems, human and technology resources, the systems development lifecycle, information security and information technology project management.

    Managed Care | HCMG 600
    This course familiarizes students with the strategic and operative role of managed care. It uses an integrative approach, emphasizing the evolution and importance of managed care on managerial decision making and organizational performance. This course focuses on the influence of the marketplace and the healthcare environment on managed care decision making, the determination of the organization's managed care strategy and the system for planning and controlling managed-care activities.

    Healthcare Regulations and Public Policy | HCMG 610
    This course examines the legal and regulatory issues affecting healthcare organizations. Attention is focused on the role of governmental and regulatory policy/practices and how they impact both strategy and management actions. The course discusses the many facets of public policy issues, both current and emerging, and develops managerial perspective and analytical ability to deal with the various publics that impact healthcare organizations.

    Healthcare Financial Analysis and Control | HCMG 620
    This course is designed to help the student to develop an understanding of healthcare financial accounting and reporting systems, healthcare regulations and financial control systems, development and analysis of costing systems in the healthcare industry and the recent financial development under managed-care development.

    Healthcare Management Strategy and Implementation | HCMG 700
    This capstone course examines organizational strategy formulation, planning and implementation for healthcare organizations. Emphasis is placed upon the development of integrative plans of action that reflect the organization's environmental, ethical, market, financial, people and time constraints. This course addresses the oral and written communication skills necessary to implement strategy in business. Students will prepare a final paper and make a presentation of the paper's findings.

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​​​MBA Optional Elective Courses

You may take additional optional elective courses listed below. The elective courses are not required for earning a MBA. 
  • MBA Elective Courses

    Athletic Administration Financial Analysis and Reporting | EDSP 657
    This course prepares students for the National Interscholastic Athletic Administrators Association Certified Athletic Administration test. Course work focuses on budgeting, revenue recognition and generation, sponsorships, naming rights, ticket operations, as well as gaining additional knowledge to apply financial planning and control techniques to athletic organizations.

    Special Topics in Marketing | MBA 633
    In this course students will research and discuss current domestic and international topics in the marketing field including the integration of marketing, advertising and promotion in profit and non-profit organizations.

    Intergovernmental Relationships and Community Affairs | MBA 668
    This course offers an exploration of issues related to the functioning of the U.S. federal structure of government, as well as the structures and operations of various state, county and local governments. Major focus will be placed on how intergovernmental issues affect both short- and long-term planning and operations. The role and importance of public relations, community activities and other marketing and communication activities will be examined.

    Special Topics in Accounting | MBA 673
    This course prepares students to understand complicated issues facing managers and accountants. The subjects will vary depending on the accounting issues facing managers. The course includes an in-depth study of the managerial situation with specific attention given to business context and strategic positioning. Students will use their ability to calculate the numbers necessary and to interpret what course of action should be taken. Students will demonstrate accounting ethics as they relate to the cases.

    Public Policy, Business and Society | MBA 678
    This course examines and analyzes the different theoretical and political perspectives on the value and consequences of governmental business relationships. Among the topics to be addressed are: regulatory policies, health care, consumerism, subsidies and social responsibility.

    Special Topics in Finance | MBA 683
    This course is designed to focus on special topics of current interest in the world of corporate finance and management. Topics may include a wide variety of contemporary finance and management issues as they relate to financial restructuring, leveraged buyouts, mergers, acquisitions and related types of reorganizations.

    Public Budgeting and Financial Analysis | MBA 688
    This course is an examination of budgeting and accounting methods utilized in the public sector. This course will present a study of both theoretical and operational issues in the formation and administration of public sector budgets.

    Hospitality Management and Strategic Planning | MBA 716
    This course is designed to bring the hospitality/business manager to a new level of awareness. The demand to constantly innovate and influence change is not something to which hospitality managers have been accustomed. This course is focused on pointing out how the challenges of rapid change and competition can be accomplished. It suggests that tomorrow's manager will be a future-oriented leader, staying ahead of change and bringing organizations into the future. Topics examined in this course, as they relate to the hospitality industry include yield management, co-alignment principle, environmental assessment and scanning, competitive methods, strategy implementation, integrating strategy change, managing service quality and the demand, supply and technology relationships in the service industry, among others. An extensive project is produced in this class concerning a key topic relating to strategic planning.

    Public Administration Strategy and Implementation | MBA 718
    This capstone course examines organizational strategy formation, planning and implementation in the public sector environment. Emphasis is placed upon a consideration of leadership, communication and managerial strategies appropriate for public-sector organizations. Students will prepare a final paper and make a presentation of the paper's findings.




​Optional Second Concentrations

Second concentrations are offered for students seeking additional expertise in a specific area. Taking a second concentration is OPTIONAL and not a requirement for earning a MBA. Listed below are the classes that must be taken for each second concentration.



  • Finance

    Investment Analysis and Porfolio Management | MBA 648
    This course examines the analysis of investments and contemporary practices in portfolio management. Security valuation skills are refined, analytical skills are enhanced and a broader understanding of the global equities markets is developed. The course includes identifying investment perspectives, allocating assets among various asset classes, portfolio management strategies and portfolio management risk.

    Risk Management | MBA 654
    This course examines selected topics in financial management and recent developments that have a significant impact on strategic issues in financial and risk management. It develops analytical ability to predict and estimate losses, choose methods for risk management and establish organizational policy for risk strategy. The course also utilizes readings and cases that apply financial and risk theory to real-world problems.

  • Human Resource Management

    Contracts and Labor Relations | MBA 622
    This course deals with issues relating to contracts, benefits and other issues important to employment agreements. Labor relations, in both union and non-union settings, will be examined. Students will learn negotiation skills and techniques as they relate to the management of human resources.

    Organizational and Human Resource Development | MBA 624
    This course focuses on developing effective human relations skills for the workplace, including understanding and managing yourself, dealing effectively with other people and staying emotionally healthy. It further explores and examines change that is strategic, purposeful and behavioral.

  • International Business

    International Business | MBA 660
    This course examines the functions of management and marketing as they relate to doing business in the international market. It includes marketing products and services to countries in various stages of development, addresses problems and opportunities that are associated with cultural, political and economic factors and develops an appreciation and understanding of the various cross-cultural factors that affect international business.

    International Trade and Marketing | MBA 664
    This course is an advanced study of selected topics in international business. This course will examine current topics and developments that have a significant impact on this field, such as foreign market assessment, entry strategies, and strategic alliances.

  • Marketing

    Seminar in Marketing and Promotion | MBA 634
    This course examines the process of developing new products and services as well as the improvement of existing offerings. It develops analytical and managerial ability in dealing with product-related problems and opportunities, provides a framework for integrating product strategy with the implementation of overall marketing efforts, develops an understanding of the various aspects of promotion in marketing and teaches how to design, manage and effectively utilize promotional strategy and planning.

    International Marketing | MBA 662
    This course offers students a managerial view of the analysis, planning and implementation necessary for successfully marketing products and services in the global economy. Topics include market and competitive analysis, governmental and regulatory influences, trading blocs, marketing management structures and activities and cultural factors.

  • Operations Management

    Lean Six Sigma Green Belt | MBA 627
    The Lean Six Sigma Green Belt course sessions follow the Define-Measure-Analyze-Improve-Control (DMAIC) methodology and are designed to achieve an industrial Green Belt certification. By completing this course of study, students will gain a solid general knowledge of the theory, composition and implementation of a Lean Six Sigma initiative. In addition, students will also become proficient in all of the basic analytical tools necessary to define, measure, analyze, improve and control Six Sigma improvement projects. Students will learn team leadership and project management skills as well as how to master the necessary skills to lead a complex process improvement project that produces bottom-line results.

    ISO 9000 and Lean Manufacturing | MBA 628
    This in-depth dual course is designed to provide a basic orientation on the ISO 9000 series of quality standards for the management of quality and a comprehensive understanding of how Lean Manufacturing works in a manufacturing company. Students will develop the knowledge and skills to advance companies toward ISO 9000 compliance and registration. The course provides the student with lean implementation suggestions including approaches for addressing people issues, collecting and analyzing data to plan and track lean efforts, process workflow and layout options with rationale and a sequential roadmap.



To view the full curriculum in the University of Findlay's online catalog, please click here. 



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