Concentrations

Students can tailor their curriculum by selecting a concentration in a particular area of expertise. MBA students may also choose to take up to 6 credits at USD’s School of Law or other relevant USD graduate program.


Corporate Social Responsibility and Sustainable Enterprises

The Corporate Social Responsibility and Sustainable Enterprises Concentration prepares students to strive to achieve success in the triple bottom line: economic, environmental and social. Courses analyze what business must do to be socially responsible in a global landscape.

Students develop leadership skills to face complex managerial decisions to align economic wealth creation and social value. A focal point is on management and governance systems, as well as personal values, leading to responsible conduct by firms and their employees.

Students pursuing this concentration are required to complete at least 12 units of any combination of the following electives:

GSBA 513 Corporate Governance (2)
GSBA 531 Business Leadership and Spirituality (2)
GSBA 534 Values, Ethics, and Corporate Culture (3)
GSBA 563 Sustainable Global Supply Chain Management (2)
GSBA 583 Business Initiatives with the Base of the Pyramid (2)
GSBA 584 Microfinance and Wealth Creation (3)
GSBA 594 Models of Participatory Leadership (3)

Finance: Corporate Track

Student may earn a concentration in Finance through one of two tracks, Corporate or Investments.

Completion of courses towards the Finance Concentration in the Corporate Track will provide students with the requisite knowledge and skill set to pursue career opportunities in corporate finance, multinational financial management and in venture capital finance. Additional career opportunities include business consulting and investment banking. Students pursuing this concentration are required to complete at least 12 units of electives as indicated below.

Required (6 units):
GSBA 520 Advanced Corporate Finance (3)
GSBA 523 International Financial Management (3)

And choose from among these courses (at least 6 units):
GSBA 511 Managerial Accounting (2)
GSBA 513 Corporate Governance (2)
GSBA 522 Advanced Seminar in Finance and Investments (2)
GSBA 524 Entrepreneurial Finance (3)
GSBA 528 Business Cycles and Forecasting (3)
GSBA 540 Taxes In Business Decisions (3)
GSBA 541 Negotiations for Entrepreneurial Ventures (3)
GSBA 594 Financial Statements Analysis (3)
GSBA 594 Special Topics in Finance (1-3)

Finance: Investments Track

Student may earn a concentration in Finance through one of two tracks, Corporate or Investments.

Completion of courses towards the Finance Concentration in the Investments Track will provide students with the requisite knowledge and skill set to pursue career opportunities in financial services industry and investment analysis. Additional career opportunities include wealth management and risk management. Students pursuing this concentration are required to complete at least 12 units of electives as indicated below.

Required (6 units):
GSBA 521 Investments (3)
GSBA 594 Financial Statement Analysis (3)

And choose from among these courses (at least 6 units):
GSBA 522 Advanced Seminar in Finance and Investments (2)
GSBA 523 International Financial Management (3)
GSBA 524 Financial Management for New Ventures (3)
GSBA 525 Commercial Real Estate Finance and Investment (3)
GSBA 594 Commercial Real Estate Capital Markets (3)
GSBA 594 Special Topics in Finance (1-3)

International Business

The International Business Concentration offers the MBA student the opportunity to gain international expertise by selecting electives that emphasize international topics. The need for managers with a global perspective continues to grow as international trade and overseas markets become increasingly important.

Students pursuing this concentration are required to complete at least 12 units of electives as indicated below.

Required (8 units):
GSBA 523 International Financial Management (3)
GSBA 532 International Comparative Management (2)
GSBA 593 International Practicum (3)

Choose from among these electives (at least 4 units):
GSBA 553 Seminar in Global Marketing (2)
GSBA 582 Advanced International Business Negotiations (2)
GSBA 583 Business Initiatives with the Base of the Pyramid (2)
GSBA 585 Business Environment of Asia and the Pacific Rim (2)
GSBA 586 Europe in the Global Economy (2)
GSBA 587 Latin American Business Environment (2)
GSBA 594 Special Topics (1 to 3)

Managerial Leadership

Completion of courses towards the Managerial Leadership Concentration will provide students with the knowledge and skills necessary to pursue career opportunities in human resources, project, program and organizational change management. The Management Emphasis allows students to concentrate their electives in the management area to gain additional expertise in the field beyond the core business courses.

Students pursuing this concentration are required to complete at least 12 units of any combination of the following electives:

GSBA 512 Negotiations (3)
GSBA 530 Human Resource Management (2)
GSBA 531 Business, Leadership and Spirituality (2)
GSBA 532 International Comparative Management (2)
GSBA 533 Organization Change and Design (3)
GSBA 534 Values, Ethics and Corporate Culture (3)
GSBA 535 Interpersonal and Group Dynamics (3)
GSBA 536 Management Consulting (2)
GSBA 537 Entrepreneurship (3)
GSBA 539 Power and Politics (3)
GSBA 582 Advanced International Business Negotiations (2)
GSBA 583 Business at the Base of the Pyramid (2)
GSBA 594 Models of Participatory Leadership (3)
GSBA 594 Special Topics in Management (1 to 3)

Marketing

Completion of courses towards the Marketing Concentration will provide students with the requisite knowledge and skill set to pursue career opportunities in product and brand management, advertising, public relations, multinational marketing management and other areas in the marketing field.

Students pursuing this concentration are required to complete at least 12 units of electives as indicated below. Prerequisites are indicated in parentheses:

Required (3 units):
GSBA 550 Marketing Research – 3 units (504 or 516)

And choose from among these courses (at least 9 units):
GSBA 551 Seminar in Consumer Behavior – 3 units (504 or 516)
GSBA 553 Seminar in Global Marketing – 2 units (504 or 516)
GSBA 554 Strategic Marketing – 3 units (504 or 516)
GSBA 556 New Product Development – 3 units (504 or 516)
GSBA 558 High Technology Marketing – 3 units (504 or 516)
GSBA 594 Brand Management – 3 units (504 or 516)
GSBA 594 Digital Marketing – 3 units (504 or 516)
GSBA 594 Marketing Analytics – 3 units (504 or 516)
GSBA 594 Special Topics in Marketing – 1 to 3 units (504 or 516)

New Venture Management

The New Venture Management Concentration is intended for students interested in understanding the skills required to successfully launch and manage new ventures in entrepreneurial or corporate organizational settings. Each course in this emphasis addresses strategies and managerial actions required for the successful exploitation of opportunities that deliver above-average returns to the organization and its investors.

Students pursuing this concentration are required to complete at least 12 units of electives as indicated below.

Required (6 units):
GSBA 524 Entrepreneurial Finance (3)
GSBA 537 Entrepreneurship (3)

Choose from among these electives (at least 6 units):
GSBA 511 Managerial Accounting (2)
GSBA 528 Business Cycles and Forecasting (3)
GSBA 530 Human Resources Management (2)
GSBA 533 Organizational Change and Design (3)
GSBA 540 Taxes in Business Decisions (3)
GSBA 541 Negotiations for Entrepreneurial Ventures (3)
GSBA 556 New Product Development (3)
GSBA 570 Project Management
GSBA 594 Negotiations for Entrepreneurial Ventures (2)
GSBA 594 Special Topics (1 to 3)

Supply Chain Management

Supply chain management is a core competence at world-class firms. The principal benefit of supply chain management is the generation of a sustainable competitive advantage. A firm’s supply chain extends from the end customer back through the firm’s distributors, the firm itself, its suppliers and their suppliers.

Supply chain management focuses on the design, development, and management of relationships, both inside the firm and with the firm’s supply world. These relationships are essential to ensure a smooth flow of quality goods, services and technology, which optimizes end customer satisfaction.

The program integrates three key legs: procurement, logistics and information systems. Students also will be able to participate in the activities of the Supply Chain Management Institute.

Students pursuing this concentration are required to complete at least 12 units of electives as indicated below.

Required (5 units):
GSBA 511 Managerial Accounting (2)
GSBA 560 Supply Chain Systems (3)

And choose from among these electives (at least 7 units):
GSBA 512 Negotiations (3)
GSBA 528 Business Forecasting (3)
GSBA 561 Supply Management (3)
GSBA 562 Strategic Cost Management (3)
GSBA 563 Sustainable Global Supply Chain Management (2)
GSBA 570 Project Management
GSBA 594 Special Topics (1 to 3)