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Master's in Business Curriculum

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Fall Term: New Opportunities

The focus of the fall term is “New Opportunities.” As new explorers of the business world, MS in Business students will be introduced to key business principles and in-demand professional skills to pursue competitive entry-level positions in a range of industries. Students will take courses to professionalize their collaborative work skills and leadership skills; learn entrepreneurship, technology management, economics, data analytics; and develop business communication skills, including audio, video and digital business presentations. We specifically integrate into this first term an introduction to generating new venture ideas and the use of technologies that increase the value of businesses, and this sets our curriculum apart from other “management” programs.

ENTR 661 Entrepreneurship and the Generation of New Venture Ideas 2
ISTM 619 Technology and Operations Management 3
ECNM 592 Economic Concepts 2
PGBS 620 Audio, Video and Digital Business Presentation Tools 2
Total Units   14
Course Title Units
BSCI 650 Personal and Leadership Development Workshop 1
BSCI 607 Personal Development for Leadership 2
DESC 693 Applied Data Analysis 2

Spring Term: Real and Ideal

In the second term, the theme is “Real and Ideal.” Students will focus on building traditional business skills in Finance, Accounting, Marketing, Organization Theory, and Business Law. In addition, students will also be able to take unique elective courses in blockchain/crypto, luxury marketing, or entertainment and digital media. Innovative courses that explore the intersection between business creativity, ethics and the dynamic business environment will prepare our students to integrate themselves into a changing marketplace.

LEGL 627 Introduction to the Fundamentals of American Law and Ethics 2
OTMT 608 Theories and Models of Organization 2
Electives Electives 4
Total Units   16
Course Title Units
ACCT 591 Financial Accounting 2
FINC 629 Managerial Finance 3
MKTG 626 Marketing Management 3

Summer Term: Strategy and Beyond

Third trimester theme is “Strategy and Beyond.” Courses in the third trimester are intended to broaden strategic planning and thinking, along with real estate and digital platforms. In addition, students will have the freedom to complete additional elective courses to further expand their creative skills and enhance the value they can bring to their selected career paths. Students will also work actively with the career development office to optimize their job finding skills. Those wishing to go further in a specialty can apply for a bridge program (course transfer credits) into the MS in Applied Finance, MS in Global Business, MS in Real Estate, and MS in Business Analytics programs.

Total Units   6 or more
Course Title Units
STGY 622 Strategic Thinking and Tactical Planning 2
FINC 635 Real Estate Investing and Finance 2
ISTM 661 Designing, Sourcing and Building Digital Platforms 2