MBA Curriculum

MBA program completion - the beginning

When you complete your MBA at the University of Dubuque, you will become part of a network of professionals who have earned advanced degrees and share your goals. The University network is valuable for building your career. You will possess a degree that enables you to become a productive professional from the day you graduate. You will go to your job armed with professional knowledge, experience, and skills.

MBA program course descriptions

The 36 credit hours are apportioned among the courses as described below:

  1. BUS 602 Managerial Finance (3 credit hours)
  2. BUS 650 Financial and Managerial Accounting (3 credit hours)
  3. BUS 651 Financial Management (3 credit hours)
  4. BUS 616 Organizational Behavior and Leadership (3 credit hours)
  5. BUS 617 Strategic Human Capital Management (3 credit hours)
  6. BUS 622 Global Communication (3 credit hours)
  7. BUS 624 Marketing Management (3 credit hours)
  8. BUS 652 Problem Solving and Crisis Management (3 credit hours)
  9. BUS 681 Technology and Operations Management (3 credit hours)
  10. BUS 690 Business Strategy and Innovation (3 credit hours)
  11. BUS 655 Business Simulation (3 credit hours)
  12. BUS 693 Capstone Business Project (3 credit hours)


BUS 602 Managerial Finance 
This course focuses on economic and financial principles required to operate a business. Principles are quantitatively applied to analyzing the health of a business through the use of financial statements. Also, managerial decision making applications will be presented from the point of view of a firm (microeconomics). Business simulation utilizing the Capstone Simulation Model and the Comp-XM exam are central to the course.

Course Learning Outcomes:
Upon completion of this course the student will be able to:

  1. Describe the fundamental accounting and financial terminology and principles used in operating a firm.
  2. Describe and apply the tools used to analyze the financial performance of an organization.
  3. Participate in the analysis and recommendation of capital budgets and capital asset acquisitions.
  4. Utilize forecasting techniques and participate in the development of financial budgets.
  5. Execute and analyze the results of a business simulation model.


BUS 650 Financial and Managerial Accounting 
This course examines the financial systems and tools used in controlling and measuring ongoing performance and implementing new strategies in the firm. 

Course Learning Outcomes:
Upon completion of this course the student will be able to:

  1. Exhibit a basic knowledge of the terminology of accounting.
  2. Express the importance of internal control systems to safeguard information and assets.
  3. Interpret a financial statement to determine the overall health of the entity by performing basic financial ratio analysis.
  4. Describe the key concepts that are essential to the effective design of performance measurement systems.
  5. Apply financial analysis, pricing, and budgeting techniques that create learning and high performance organizations.
  6. Utilize tools such as discounted cash flow, internal rate of return, and balanced scorecard and explain how each can be used in decision making.
  7. Explain financial market behavior, asset allocation, capital formation, time-value of money, and the term structure of interest rates.


BUS 651 Financial Management
This course focuses on the treasury related processes necessary to manage the liquidity of the organization. Primary areas examined include cash collection, cash forecasting, working capital monitoring, credit policy formulation and enforcement, fundraising and banking relations.

Course Learning Outcomes:
Upon completion of this course the student will be able to:

  1. Analyze the financial performance of an organization by reviewing the financial statements and using ratios analysis and other analytical tools.
  2. Apply time value of money concepts in financial analysis and business decision making process.
  3. Participate in the analysis and recommendation of capital budgets and capital asset acquisitions.
  4. Utilize forecasting techniques and participate in the development of financial budgets.
  5. Execute and analyze the results of a business simulation model.


BUS 616 Organizational Behavior and Leadership
This course analyzes the factors and conditions in an organization that influence employee, unit, division, and corporate behavior and the integration of structure, strategy, policy, resources, and culture with the achievement of corporate goals and objectives. Topics include human behavior in organizations and problems; conflict analysis and resolution, understanding and managing formal and informal behavior; communication psychology and ethics; stress management; culture identification, culture analysis, culture change; and managing organizational change.

Course Learning Outcomes:
Upon completion of this course the student will be able to:

  1. Interpret and apply principles and concepts of industrial/organization psychology in the workplace.
  2. Analyze and develop effective approaches to organization design and structure that are fully integrated with corporate strategies, objectives, and goals.
  3. Apply organizational analysis techniques in the planning and managing of organizational change.
  4. Apply the principles of organizational behavior to culture analysis and change, gap analysis, power and influence management, conflict analysis and resolution.
  5. Manage and understand political behavior in corporate decision-making processes.
  6. Plan and implement strategic communication.


BUS 617 Strategic Human Capital Management 
This course focuses on the development and execution (theoretically) of an integrated, systematic, and strategic approach to human capital management that will enable various parts of the organization to work together as a whole. Ideally, this construct will allow one's organization to perform their work more efficiently and ensure that organizational resources are well managed and wisely used in the new global environment. The course is divided into four sub-units: Recruiting/Hiring/Selection; Training and Development; Performance Appraisal; and Compensation. The role of cross cultural and cross generational issues that affect management of human capital are also considered.

Course Learning Outcomes:
Upon completion of this course the student will be able to:

  1. Discuss the current state of human capital management in reference to both strategic and tactical elements.
  2. Describe the forces and their interaction that influences an organization's human capital.
  3. Develop a strategic plan for an organization's human capital.
  4. Perform tactical tasks in the four sub-units.


BUS 622 Global Communication 
This course concentrates on the relevance of global intercultural communication, its relationship to corporate culture communication, and their significance for global business in the new tensions between globalized and tribalized peoples. These topics are examined from a business and communication perspective. 

Course Learning Outcomes:
Upon completion of this course the student will be able to:

  1. Characterize the difference among a wide range of cultures according to established cultural value and communication variables.
  2. Integrate understanding of intercultural communication concerns and corporate culture communication concerns.
  3. Analyze global organization structures.
  4. Develop intercultural corporate culture and corporate culture communication skills, communication competencies, and points of view needed by professionals working in a globalized business context.
  5. Articulate an ethical basis for making communication choices in a complex, culturally diverse, globalized business world.


BUS 624 Marketing Management 
This course is designed to provide an applications oriented study of the marketing function in both the domestic and international marketplace. This course provides prospective marketing managers with marketing skills to develop strategic marketing plans to support organizations' mission and values. Emphasis is placed on the principles, strategies, and planning for effective marketing management and performance. Social media and other strategies are employed in the development of these plans and approaches. Upon completion, students will demonstrate analysis and problem-solving techniques via application of marketing tools, principles, and theories in a case study approach. 

Course Learning Outcomes:
Upon completion of this course the student will be able to:

  1. Demonstrate comprehension of marketing and related business terminology.
  2. Develop a managerial perspective of the marketing function across business, government and consumer markets in both domestic and global contexts.
  3. Explain the practical concepts and tools for analyzing market opportunities and company capabilities as the basis for strategic market selection, developing customer value propositions, and competitive differentiation. 
  4. Appraise and evaluate the action-oriented approaches for translating the market analysis into marketing tactics which integrate the four Ps - product, price, place and promotion.
  5. Design a framework that stresses the use of marketing research to make informed marketing decisions and a managerial orientation to implementing and controlling marketing programs.
  6. Employ an ethical application of marketing and market research to strategic business decisions.


BUS 652 Problem Solving and Crisis Management
This course covers the strategies and tactics for solving problems and managing conflicts and crises in business. Through case study engagement and the development of alternative thinking, students develop crisis management competencies relevant to problem solving for increasingly globalized business contexts and communication skills for the new media environment. Students will develop crisis management templates and make use of the web resources. Material covered includes trauma and post-incident management, effective crisis communication, disaster response, media training, social media engagement as a crisis communication tool, business recovery and innovation as a problem-solving tool. 

Course Learning Outcomes:
Upon completion of this course the student will be able to:

  1. Determine vulnerable areas in an organization and identify potential crisis situations.
  2. Effectively manage communications with employees, stakeholders, media (both new and traditional), and the public before, during and after a crisis.
  3. Develop techniques for analysis and problem solving of real world crises derived from Harvard Case Studies.
  4. Create a Crisis Management Plan for an organization that identifies potential crises and provides written procedures for mitigating or resolving crises.


BUS 681 Technology and Operations Management 
This course examines the issues related to the management of operations processes that are used in design, manufacture, distribute, and deliver a product or a service throughout the entire value chain, in any industry group,  spanning a spectrum from manufacturing to service. Examples and activities are drawn from multiple disciplines describing how technology has transformed and is continuing to transform business enterprises, large and small, domestic and global. Attention is given to the managerial processes which must be successfully performed to effectively and efficiently design, build, test, implement and deploy computer and communication based operations systems that support the enterprise's goals and strategies.

Course Learning Outcomes:
Upon completion of this course the student will be able to:

  1. Converse fluently, both written and orally, on operations managment and technology concepts.
  2. Analyze the issues facing organizations in the acquisition and deployment of technology based solutions.
  3. Demonstrate knowledge of various information technologies, including but not limited to cloud services. SaaS - software as a service and the application of data analytics.
  4. Apply ethical principles in the development and deployment of technology based business solutions.


BUS 690 Business Strategy and Innovation
This course focuses on the various elements of the strategic management process in analyzing the external competitive environment, the organization's internal strengths and weaknesses, and the use of these elements in creating, implementing and continually adapting the plan as required by the environment. Emphasis is also given to strategies necessary to support both process and product innovation.

Course Learning Outcomes:
Upon completion of this course the student will be able to:

  1. Describe the nature and use of the steps in the business strategy formulation process.
  2. Analyze the strategic position of an organization relative to both the overall world environment and its own specific external competitive environment.
  3. Assess an organization's internal capabilities.
  4. Describe the skills needed to be a member and leader of the strategy creation and execution team.
  5. Describe and explain the ethical issues involved in strategy formation and integrate these into the development of a strategic plan.
  6. Create the outline of a strategy plan highlighting the elements that are necessary for presentation to the organization's senior management.


BUS 655 Business Simulation 
This course integrates various business disciplines into a formal business and implementation strategy. This course draws on information from the fields of accounting, economics, marketing, organizational theory, operations management, finance and international business. This information is integrated into a student developed business plan which is implemented through a simulation exercise conducted over the length of the course. Students are provided timely feedback concerning the effectiveness of their actions and are expected to make the necessary adjustment to insure the successful implementation of their business plan. 

Course Learning Outcomes:
Upon completion of this course the student will be able to:

  1. Compare the company's performance to that of others and identify areas of strength and weakness.
  2. Align the success measures an organization aims to pursue with goals and strategies.
  3. Apply business principles relative to functional and business level strategies to improve the effectiveness of a company's operation.
  4. Position a firm to sustain competitive advantage over time in changing industry and global environments.
  5. Identify the means to insure strategies and their implementation are in the long term interest of key stakeholders.
  6. Recognize how to use organizational structure, control systems and culture to effectively implement an organization's business plan while insuring moral and ethical values are respected. 


BUS 693 Capstone Business Project
This course reinforces the core concepts of the MBA program curriculum. Students work with faculty and other students to formalize competencies, and then demonstrate competencies through an experiential project. Participants are allowed to individualize their culminating experiences by developing and researching a project or developing an entrepreneurial project. All projects/experiences must have an application component.

Typical Project topics include:

  1. New business strategy determination.
  2. Existing business strategy analysis.
  3. Best practices creation for business or segment of a business.
  4. Marketing analysis and associated marketing proposal.
  5. Complete qualitative and quantitative business plan for a new enterprise.

Course Learning Outcomes:
Upon completion of this course the student will be able to:

  1. Develop a hands-on understanding of key conceptual and analytic tools applicable to good business management
  2. Reinforce communication skills necessary to present analyses to others
  3. Gain practical experience in applying business management concepts to a business context familiar to the student.