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Master of Business Administration

The School of Business Administration has been a leader in offering relevant, personalized management education for nearly 40 years. At USD, there are several graduate business programs to choose from, the largest being the Master of Business Administration (MBA) program. USD’s business programs are professionally accredited by AACSB International – The Association for the Advancement of Collegiate Schools of Business at both the graduate and undergraduate levels.

The MBA program is offered in two formats. The Full-time MBA is a cohort-based program that starts in the Fall of each year. The Evening MBA program is designed for working professionals and starts in both the Fall and Spring semesters. Attending on a part-time basis in this program allows for completion in 2-3 years. Courses in both programs are offered year-round and include varied elective offerings, internships, speakers’ series, socially responsible leadership development programs and study abroad programs creating a variety of innovative learning opportunities.

Faculty employ a mixture of lecture-discussion, case studies, cutting-edge technology, practical field projects, and business simulations in the classroom and course assignments. The small classes and personalized attention foster a supportive environment that stresses strategic thinking and collaborative teamwork. The end result is a rigorous academic experience in which graduates emerge with a mastery of analytical techniques and an understanding of how to apply business theory to solve real-world problems for their companies and society.

With the approval of the director and subject to the program requirements of specific areas of emphasis, students may take as electives a maximum of 6 units of coursework from the USD School of Law or other USD graduate programs.

The program begins two to three weeks prior to the regular semester calendar to allow for completion of core courses during the first semester.

Requirements for the MBA Degree

Prerequisites are indicated in parentheses. Degree requirements include coursework, applied projects, and career/professional development-oriented activities.

I. Leadership Development (3 units)
GSBA 501 Ethical Leadership and Organizational Behavior (3) (must be taken first semester)
AND Career and Professional Development course
Leadership Labs

II. Business Function Core (13 units)
GSBA 504 Marketing for Managers (2) (501)
GSBA 505 Financial Management and Analysis (3) (502, 510)
GSBA 506 Operations and the Global Supply Chain (2) (503)
GSBA 509 The Economic Environment of Business (3) (502, 510)
GSBA 510 Financial Accounting and Statement Analysis (3) (501 or concurrent)

III. Corporate Social Responsibility, Sustainability, and Ethics (7 units and co-curricular requirements)
GSBA 508 Legal and Social Environment of Global Business (2) (515 or concurrent)
GSBA 514 Globalization and the Manager (2) (501 or concurrent)
GSBA 517 Sustainable Business Model Design (1) (515)
Elective in CSR/Sustainability/Ethics area (2)
AND Two business related community service activities (12-15 hours)

IV. Integrative Problem Solving (9 or 12 units)
GSBA 500 Strategic Thinking and Communication (2) (501 or concurrent)
GSBA 502 Statistics for Managers (2) (501 or concurrent)
GSBA 503 Problem Formulation and Decision Analysis (2) (502)
GSBA 590 Strategic Execution (3) (taken in last semester)
GSBA 595 Business Consulting Project (3) (taken in last semester)*

V. Program Electives (21 units)
Courses at USD: There are a wide variety of elective courses. You may also select a concentration by focusing electives in particular areas of expertise. A maximum of 6 units may be chosen from the School of Law or other relevant USD graduate program. For courses outside the School of Business Administration, permission must also be obtained from the director of the graduate program. See the appropriate section of this course catalog or the School of Law Course Catalog for information about course offerings outside the School of Business Administration. Prerequisites for all elective courses must be observed.
Courses Abroad: Electives (as well as the international courses) can be taken in the study abroad programs sponsored by the John Ahlers Center for International Business. These courses can also be taken at one of our partner universities for a semester study abroad experience.
Two additional electives units must be taken in the corporate social responsibility area and are listed under the “Corporate Responsibility, Sustainability, and Ethics” category above.
*This course is waived for students in the Evening MBA Program.
Total Units for the MBA: 56

Concentrations

Students in the MBA program may focus their electives on an area of concentration by meeting the requirements indicated below. Students must observe all prerequisites as listed in the course descriptions.

Finance Concentration

Students pursuing the Finance Concentration choose either a Corporate Finance (A) or Investments (B) track.

(A) Corporate Finance Track in Finance Concentration
Completion of courses towards the Corporate Finance Concentration 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 and Values (2)
GSBA 522 Advanced Seminar in Finance and Investments (2)
GSBA 524 Financial Management for New Ventures (3)
GSBA 528 Business Cycles and Forecasting (3)
GSBA 540 Taxes In Business Decisions (3)
GSBA 594 Financial Statements Analysis (3)
GSBA 594 Special Topics in Finance (1-3)

(B) Investments Track in Finance Concentration
Completion of courses towards the Investments Concentration 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 526 Real Estate Markets, Financing, and Institutions (3)
GSBA 594 Commercial Real Estate Capital Markets (3)
GSBA 594 Special Topics in Finance (1-3)

Managerial Leadership Concentration

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 Negotiation (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 537 Entrepreneurship (3)
GSBA 539 Power and Politics in Organizations (3)
GSBA 582 Advanced International Business Negotiations (2)
GSBA 583 Business Initiatives with the Base of the Pyramid (2)
GSBA 594 Management Consulting (2)
GSBA 594 Special Topics in Management (1-3)

Marketing Concentration

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.

Required (6 units):
GSBA 551 Seminar in Consumer Behavior (3)
GSBA 554 Strategic Marketing (3)

And choose from among these courses (at least 6 units):
GSBA 550 Marketing Research (3)
GSBA 553 Seminar in Global Marketing (2)
GSBA 556 New Product Development (3)
GSBA 558 High Technology Marketing (3)
GSBA 594 Special Topics in Marketing (1-3)

International Business Concentration

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 (1-3)

Supply Chain Management Concentration

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 Cycles and Forecasting (3)
GSBA 561 Supply Management (3)
GSBA 562 Strategic Cost Management (3)
GSBA 563 Sustainable Global Supply Chain Management (2)
GSBA 594 Special Topics (1-3)

New Venture Management Concentration

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 Financial Management for New Ventures (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 Organization Change and Design (3)
GSBA 540 Taxes in Business Decisions (3)
GSBA 556 New Product Development (3)
GSBA 594 Negotiations for Entrepreneurial Ventures (2)
GSBA 594 Special Topics (1-3)

Corporate Social Responsibility and Sustainable Enterprise Concentration

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 and Values (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 570 Program or Project Management (3)
GSBA 583 Business Initiatives with the Base of the Pyramid (2)
GSBA 594 Microfinance (3)
GSBA 594 Models of Participatory Leadership (3)