Curriculum

The MBA@Dayton curriculum is designed to help you become a strategic, ethical business leader. You begin by strengthening your business foundation and continue to build on your knowledge throughout the online MBA program, which culminates in an integrative strategy project. Concentrations are available in marketing and business analytics.

Foundation Courses

These MBA-readiness courses cover basic business principles and skills you need to thrive in the business world and prepare you to succeed in the MBA classroom.

Introduction to Financial Accounting (MBA 600A)

(1.5 credit hours)

This course introduces the concepts and procedures underlying financial accounting and the use of financial statements and other financial accounting information for decision making.

Introduction to Managerial Accounting (MBA 601A)

(1.5 credit hours)

This course introduces the concepts underlying the preparation and use of accounting data by managers as they plan, control and make decisions within the organization.

Prerequisite: MBA 600A

Statistical Techniques for Decision Analysis (MBA 611)

(1.5 credit hours)

This course is an introduction to descriptive and inferential statistics for MBA students. The overall purpose is for students to develop skills in:

  • Describing/summarizing sample data sets
  • Using probability distributions
  • Drawing conclusions about the properties of large groups when only sample information is available
  • Investigating relationships among several properties based on a sample of those properties

Principles of Operations Management (MBA 612)

(1.5 credit hours)

This course introduces both traditional and modern manufacturing and service systems, including operating philosophies that drive these systems and the important tools and techniques used therein.

Prerequisite: MBA 611 can be taken as a pre-req or a concurrent course, however MBA 612 can not be taken before MBA 611

Principles of Finance (MBA 620)

(3.0 credit hours)

This course is an overview of finance to include time value of money, risk and return, valuation concepts, financial statement analysis, capital budgeting, cost of capital and capital structure, and working capital management.

Prerequisite: MBA 600A

Principles of Marketing (MBA 630)

(1.5 credit hours)

This course introduces fundamentals of marketing, including macro and micro concepts that affect marketing management, and provides an overview of marketing terminology, definitions, theories, concepts and practices. There is an emphasis on decision variables used by marketing managers, both at the domestic and global level.

Principles of Economics (MBA 640)

(1.5 credit hours)

This course introduces basic microeconomic principles and their applications. Topics include consumer behavior, production theory and the interaction of buyers and sellers in various kinds of markets.

Information Technology and Systems (MBA 660)

(1.5 credit hours)

This course introduces the basic technology underlying information systems and the concepts and techniques needed to analyze, design and manage those systems.

Principles of Organizational Behavior (MBA 670)

(1.5 credit hours)

This course introduces management topics conceptualized at the organizational and subunit levels of analysis, with a primary focus on how organizations generate capacities for change in response to their environments. There is an emphasis on organizational design as a means of adaptation.

Core Courses

In core courses, you will focus on gaining more advanced skills, such as making managerial decisions, measuring performance, analyzing finances and managing marketing plans.

Managerial Economics (MBA 790)

(1.5 credit hours)

In this course, you will apply economic models to managerial decision making. Topics include basic estimation techniques, demand analysis and forecasting, production and cost estimation, profit maximization in competitive markets and in markets where firms have market power, and game theory basics with attention to strategic decision making in oligopoly market and duopoly models.

Prerequisite: MBA 640

Business Analytics (MBA 791)

(1.5 credit hours)

This course examines the role of analytic thinking and analytic models/techniques in providing support and insight for business decisions. An overall framework for quantitative analysis within business decision making is presented. Both optimization and descriptive modeling are studied. Analysis techniques such as linear programming, integer and nonlinear optimization, and simulation modeling are covered. The course will emphasize the application of analytic techniques to business decisions with cases and executive partners from the business community.

Prerequisite: MBA 611

Performance Measurement and Control Systems Perspective (MBA 792)

(1.5 credit hours)

This core MBA course addresses the important cost management and measurement issues relevant to any organization. The competitive and rapidly changing environment faced by most organizations has rendered most traditional cost management, accounting control systems, and methods of performance measurement and analysis ineffective and in some cases even dysfunctional.

Prerequisites: MBA 600A and MBA 601A

Operational Effectiveness (MBA 793)

(1.5 credit hours)

Operational effectiveness is a multidimensional concept that industry has approached in a variety of ways. This course focuses on the underlying principles that drive operational improvements. These principles are used as a basis to develop skills in identifying improvement opportunities, analytical tools to quantify the problem and solution set, and quantitative and policy approaches to maintaining performance once improved.

Prerequisite: MBA 612

Information Systems and Business Decisions (MBA 794)

(1.5 credit hours)

Information is a key organizational asset. Information systems and technology are pervasive in organizations with the goal of enabling efficiency, effectiveness and adaptability. Through the analysis of case studies, this course covers what general managers need to know in order to:

  • Make decisions about information systems to achieve organizational goals
  • Fulfill their role in managing information assets in organizations

It emphasizes the role of information and technology in organizational decision making.

Prerequisite: MBA 660

Organizational Behavior (MBA 795)

(1.5 credit hours)

This course focuses on what makes a workplace effective, efficient, positive and pleasant. Topics covered include how people make decisions, how employees work together and how employers can manage employees for maximum productivity. You will learn about employee compensation and motivation, team dynamics and what makes a good leader. You will also learn how norms, values, incentives and rewards shape behavior in organizations. The course also includes topics such as organizational behavior in the world of the internet and how the globalization of business impacts communication within an organization.

Organizational behavior is interdisciplinary, involving the fields of psychology, sociology, gender studies, labor economics, business, human resources, management and many others. As such, the course will study theories in many interdisciplinary fields. Ultimately, the course focuses on how managers become effective leaders by addressing the human side of enterprise.

Prerequisite: MBA 670

Corporate Finance (MBA 796)

(1.5 credit hours)

This course in corporate finance builds on the foundation of basic principles constructed in MBA620. Topics include financial analysis, capital budgeting, the cost of capital, valuation (including acquisitions), and international corporate finance. We continue to use the unifying theme of creating shareholder value to guide our analysis and decision making to solve complex financial problems. You will be introduced to the issues through lectures, discussions and readings, and analyzing cases.

Prerequisite: MBA 620

Marketing Management (MBA 797)

(1.5 credit hours)

Effective marketing is a customer-focused process that pervades an organization. This course focuses on strategic decision making and explores marketing opportunities through product development, pricing strategies, customer communications and channel management. You learn how to assess business opportunities, research a market, segment markets and position a firm’s offerings to create long-term customer and shareholder value.

Prerequisite: MBA 630

Elective/
Concentration Courses

To customize your program to your interests and goals, you will complete six credits of elective courses in subject areas of your choice. If you choose to pursue a concentration, you will take three courses that align with your concentration instead of two general electives. Learn more about MBA@Dayton concentrations in marketing and business analytics.

Analytics: Process and Applications (MBA 615)

(3 credit hours)

The course focuses on the main phases of the life-cycle of analytics, including information requirements determination; data acquisition; analysis with descriptive, predictive and prescriptive models; visualization; analysis presentation and delivery. Selected cases illustrate the use of various analytics methods to solve specific business problems.

Prerequisite: MBA 791.

Digital Marketing (MBA 639B)

(3 credit hours)

The course provides an examination of Internet marketing and other forms of electronic marketing in the context of business strategy in the domestic and global marketplace. Internet marketing has emerged as an important part of business enterprises in all sectors as a channel for information and for products in developed economies throughout the world.

Prerequisite(s): MBA 630.

Marketing Analytics (MBA 632)

(3 credit hours)

Strategic and tactical decisions in marketing are increasingly data-driven. As data become easier to collect or produce, managers must understand how these data can be analyzed and the results made actionable. Marketing Analytics introduces you to common statistical analytical procedures for making marketing decisions. The class focuses on interpreting statistical output for effective decision-making and not the actual statistical calculations. The goal is for you to understand what data say about marketing strategy. You will work with SPSS statistical software on common analytical procedures used in marketing, including correlation analysis, regression, analysis of variance and conjoint analysis. The course includes readings and cases to apply principles of analytics to decision making situations. Basic familiarity with business statistics is helpful for this course.

Prerequisite(s): MBA 611 & MBA 797.

Negotiation (MBA 681)

(3 credit hours)

The course integrates conceptual understanding with a practical application of negotiation. Additionally, the course examines cultural and gender differences in negotiation, the influence of personality traits, the negotiation process, and different ways in which to negotiate. Demonstrated knowledge, skills and abilities are part of the course requirements. Particular emphasis will be paid to virtual negotiations.

Project Management (MBA 616)

(3 credit hours)

Project-oriented work makes up the bulk of managerial activity in organizations, so knowledge of project management principles is highly valued. This course offers a broad review of issues and approaches to contemporary professional project management useful for any MBA student and future manager. By focusing on the PMBOK® Guide, i.e., the body of knowledge as specified by the Project Management Institute (PMI), it also builds a foundation for students who wish to take the professional certification exam for either the CAPM (Certified Associate in Project Management) or the PMP (Project Management Professional, which requires 4,500 hours of project management experience).

Course Objectives

Upon completion of the course, you should be able to:

  1. Understand the increasing importance of professionalism in the effective project management of complex business improvement initiatives.
  2. Understand various communities of project management interest including PMI Inc. (Project Management Institute).
  3. Understand the PMBOK® Guide (PMI Project Management Body of Knowledge, 6th Edition) and PMI available professional certifications.
  4. Understand how projects are selected, initiated, planned, executed, monitored and controlled, and closed.
  5. Understand the knowledge and specific competencies that are important to effectively lead a successful project.
  6. Understand important tasks/processes that should be executed to improve the success of a project.
  7. Understand reasons why many projects fail to meet expectations.
  8. Understand the role of Program Management and Portfolio Management Offices.
  9. Understand the details of managing the following project activities/goals: Scope, Time, Cost, Quality, Human Resources, Communications, Risk, Stakeholders and Procurement.

Prerequisite(s): MBA 612.

Integrated Ethics

The ethics component of the curriculum, which draws on the University’s Catholic teachings and Marianist heritage, explores the role that businesses play in contributing to society.

Principled Organization: Integrating Faith, Ethics and Work (MBA 758)

(3.0 credit hours)

You will draw on our Catholic Social Teaching and Marianist Heritage to explore issues related to the role of business as a high calling, a critical profession for the good of society and its citizens. Besides the importance of contributing and acting ethically, we delve into the benefit of integrating these values with current issues in business and its relationship to society. To do so, you participate in extensive conversations with active business people and reflect on the relevance of the ideas discussed to your personal goals and beliefs.

Integrated Strategy

In this two-course capstone experience, you will apply your newly acquired skills and knowledge by exploring how to create and grow a successful business. You will have the opportunity to work on a team in a professional setting and experience the successes and challenges of delivering a high-quality product to company leaders.

Leadership, Strategy, and Stakeholder Management (MBA 798)

(3.0 credit hours)

This is the first of a two-course set of capstone integrative experiences which explores the process of creating, sustaining and growing successful businesses in an era of change. The course deals with strategic decision making and stakeholder management related to competitive, economic, political, social, cultural and technological environments in small, medium and large companies in service and manufacturing settings.

Prerequisites: MBA 790, MBA 791, MBA 792, MBA 793, MBA 794, MBA 795, MBA 796, MBA 797

Integrative Project (MBA 799)

(3.0 credit hours)

This is the second of the two-course set of capstone integrative experiences that explores the process of creating, sustaining and growing successful businesses in an era of change. Students work in teams to analyze the strategic environment of a firm and develop a series of recommended actions. Students gain experience in working in a team environment in a non-academic setting and experience the pressure of delivering a high-quality product to company leaders. The approach taken is tailored to the specific needs of the business as well as the talents of the particular student team.

Prerequisites: MBA 798 and completion of all eight core courses

Immersions

As part of the MBA@Dayton program, you will attend at least two in-person immersions that enable you to apply the knowledge you are learning in the classroom and collaborate with your peers. Each immersion is worth 1.5 credits. Learn more about MBA@Dayton immersions.

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