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Curriculum

Colorado State University's online professional MBA program is based on a 42-credit curriculum that addresses all of the major functional areas of business, including accounting, finance, information systems, leadership and human resources, supply chain, strategy, and marketing.

The program can be completed in as few as 21 months or may be flexed over three to five years. Students will take 36 credits of core courses and six credits of elective courses that address all the major functional areas of business. 

Examples of common schedules are included at bottom right. Once enrolled, our advising team can help you develop a schedule to fit your needs.


Core courses (effective Fall 2015)

BUS500 Business Systems and Processes
(2 Credits – Fall)
Introduction to core concepts from Business Process Management (BPM) and Operations Management (OM).

BUS601 Quantitative Business Analysis
(2 Credits – Spring)
Prerequisite: BUS500
Course in basic descriptive and inferential statistics; Use and management of information; decision tools and concepts; quality control.

BUS614 Accounting Concepts
(2 Credits - Fall)
Prerequisite: BUS500
Introduction to financial statements; key concepts underlying their development and interpretation.

BUS615 Managerial Accounting
(2 Credits - Spring)
Prerequisites: BUS500, BUS 614
Use of accounting information for purposes of management decision making, planning, and control.

BUS616 Financial Reporting and Analysis
(2 Credits - Summer)
Prerequisites: BUS500, BUS615
Tools and techniques for analysis of financial reports of public companies.

BUS620 Leadership and Teams
(2 Credits – Fall)
Prerequisite: BUS500
Ethical leadership and team dynamics; basic models of motivation utilized by leaders.

BUS626 Managing Human Capital
(2 Credits - Spring)
Prerequisite: BUS500
This course examines the management of human capital for competitive advantage and superior results.

BUS630 Information Management
(2 Credits - Fall)
Prerequisites: BUS500, BUS615
Role and value of information in business functions; risks and rewards of enterprise information; fundamentals of information storage and retrieval.

BUS635 Business Economics for the World Market
(2 Credits - Summer)
Prerequisites: BUS500, BUS601, BUS615
Application of economic principles to current business problems within context of global marketplace.

BUS640 Financial Principles and Practice
(2 Credits - Fall)
Prerequisites: BUS500, BUS601, BUS615
Financial environment; tools and techniques of corporate financial decision making.

BUS641 Financial Markets and Investments
(2 Credits - Fall)
Prerequisites: BUS500, BUS640
Operating of financial markets, techniques for security valuation, and portfolio management.

BUS650 Supply Chain Management
(2 Credits - Spring)
Prerequisite: BUS500
Value-driven supply chain principles. Design and management of supply chains, and supply chain software and applications.

BUS655 Marketing Management
(2 Credits - Fall)
Corequisite: BUS500
Examines processes of customer value creation
(e.g., product development, communications, and distribution) and value capture
(e.g. pricing).

BUS656 Marketing Strategy and Planning
(2 Credits - Fall)
Prerequisites: BUS500, BUS640, BUS655
Basic marketing strategy analysis, formulation, evaluation, and implementation concepts and tools.

BUS660 Ethical, Legal, and Regulatory Issues
(2 Credits - Spring)
Prerequisite: BUS500
Legal, regulatory, societal, and ethical issues encountered by business professionals; analytical skills for making judgments.

BUS662 International Business
(2 Credits - Spring)
Prerequisites: BUS500, BUS635
Role of government regulations and how international firms affected; cultural aspects of business, global marketing, finance, and management.

BUS665 MBA Capstone
(4 Credits - Spring)
Prerequisites: BUS500, BUS641, BUS650, BUS656
Capstone course which integrates the business disciplines through strategic thinking and experiential learning


Elective courses

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Computer Information Systems (CIS) Electives

CIS570 Business Intelligence
(3 Credits)
Business intelligence refers to the harnessing of these vast data stores to solve problems, enhance decision-making and discover new opportunities. This course will focus on the concepts, techniques and technologies that managers can use to transform, analyze, mine, and view data for the purpose of deriving business value.

CIS575 Applied Data Mining
(3 Credits)
Prerequisite: STAT 204 or equivalent
Information and communication technologies are enabling organizations to accumulate and access vast quantities of both structured and unstructured data. This course will focus on data mining concepts, methodologies, models, and tools, and its applications to business for prediction, classification, and forecasting.

CIS655 Business Database Systems
(3 Credits)
Prerequisite: CIS 605/programming experience
Database analysis, design, administration; data modeling; data sublanguages, query facilities; distributed database systems.

CIS 670 Advanced IT Project Management
(3 Credits)
Prerequisite: CIS 600
Strategic role in and management of information technology and software development projects.

CIS 675 Agile Management and Product Development
(3 Credits)
Prerequisite: CIS 600
Business model process optimization; managing rapid product development; incorporating constituent feedback throughout the product life cycle.

Finance Electives

FIN602 Futures and Options
(1 Credit )
Prerequisite: BUS 641 or similar advanced finance coursework
Overview of the analysis and pricing of derivative securities, such as futures, forwards and options and provide useful information for the educated investor.

FIN603 Corporate Risk Management
(1 Credit)
Prerequisite: BUS 601
Discuss the role and function of insurance and risk management for business and identify, measure, and recommend tools for managing different types of business risks.

FIN604 Employee Benefits
(1 Credit)
Prerequisite: BUS 640
Design and financing of employee benefits including health plans, disability, life insurance, long-term care, and retirement plans.

FIN606 International Finance
(1 Credit)
Prerequisite: BUS 601
Fundamental principles of international finance and how they relate to business operations and strategies.

FIN607 Fundamentals of Bond Markets
(1 Credit)
Prerequisite: BUS 601
Focuses on the analysis and pricing of bonds and the management of bond portfolios and provides useful information for the educated investor, but many issues address are most relevant for professional traders, portfolio managers and corporate firms.

FIN608 Fundamentals of Firm Valuation
(1 Credit )
Prerequisite: BUS 601
Identify key value drivers for a business and how these can be identified utilizing currently available financial information and better understand the option set available to management to fix the problems businesses face.

FIN609 Fundamentals of Personal Finance
(1 Credit)
Prerequisite: BUS 601
Personal financial planning, focusing on TVM, personal financial statements, retirement plans, government sponsored benefits and education planning.

REL601 Fundamentals of Real Estate Finance
(1 Credit)
Prerequisite: BUS 601
Valuation-oriented study of real estate concepts and principles, including legal, regulatory, finance, market and financial analysis.

Marketing Electives

MKT610 Qualitative Marketing Research Methods
(1 Credit)
Prerequisite: BUS 655
Offers a broad overview of qualitative research methods including focus groups, depth interviews, observations, and projective techniques.

MKT611 Quantitative Marketing Research Methods
(1 Credit)
Prerequisite: BUS 601 and BUS 655
Broad overview of the field of business research, with a focus on quantitative research methods.

MKT 621 Digital Marketing
(1 Credit)
Overview of social media, website management, content marketing, web analytics and search engine optimization.

MKT661 Consumer Behavior
(1 Credit)
Prerequisite: BUS 655
Critically evaluate and create marketing communications using consumer psychology as well as identify and analyze the various components of retail/service environment and assess their impact on consumption behavior.

MKT662 Strategic Selling for Business Customers
(1 Credit)
Prerequisite: BUS 655
Primary context for the course is business-to-business
(B2B) selling, although many of the course concepts are relevant for direct-to-consumer situations. The course examines the entire sales process, with particulate emphasis on relationship selling, planning and delivery of sales presentations, and trust building techniques.

MKT667 Services Marketing
(1 Credit)
Prerequisite: BUS 655
Overview of services marketing, concentrates on defining services marketing and discusses fundamental concepts and strategies that differentiate the marketing of services from tangible goods. Second, exam assessing and improving service delivery.

Professional Enrichment Electives

These classes offer students the ability to enhance their curriculum through varied opportunities including international travel, on-campus symposiums, and workshops on a number of traditional and contemporary business topics.

BUS690A Opt-in International Business Study Trip
(1 Credit – Summer only)
Spend 7-10 days in an international location meeting with business leaders, learning international business culture, and becoming acclimated to environments different from your own. Destination will vary each year.

BUS690A Leadership Symposium
(1 Credit)
A multi-day symposium offered to all graduate business students focuses on topics under the general header “Leadership” with a unique emphasis explored during each event.

BUS690A Career Management
(1 Credit)
Show a variety of career exploration and development experiences designed to prioritize and focus career search efforts as well as develop leadership, communication and personal marketability.

BUS690A Sustainable Venturing and the New Energy Economy
(2 Credits)
Focus on sustainable energy, market incentives and specific venture strategies that are being utilized to capture economic opportunities in these sectors.


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