Second Year | Fall Term | MBA Core Courses
BA 610: BUSINESS LAW AND ETHICS
Effective leadership and ethics are two sides of the same coin, whether in business, politics, or your personal affairs. That's why we made this course the culmination of the required core. Regardless of your chosen specialization, you and all your classmates will come together once more in your last term to take this course.
Second Year | Fall Term | Options for Finance Requirement
FIN 673: ADVANCED TOPICS IN CORPORATE FINANCE
A case-based course that fosters a deeper understanding of the financial decisions that firms face in the real world by building on the fundamental principles of corporate finance. Cases are used to demonstrate how finance theory is applied to today’s corporate finance decisions. Some of the topics discussed in the course are the impact of dividend policy on firm value; capital structure; real options; managerial incentives; mergers and acquisitions; and corporate governance. Cases are used to motivate discussion on the topics. FIN 673 covers topics not covered in FIN 610, including mergers and acquisitions, corporate governance and managerial incentives. Some areas covered in FIN 610 are covered in more depth in FIN 673, such as dividend policy and capital structure.
Second Year | Fall Term | Options for Sustainable Business Requirement
MGMT 641: INDUSTRIAL ECOLOGY
Industrial ecology represents a systems approach to the design and manufacture of products (and delivery of services) with minimized ecological impact. It breaks from traditional corporate environmental management approaches by looking beyond the boundaries of individual facilities and firms to consider the industrial metabolism within supply chains, industrial clusters, and geographic regions.
Second Year | Fall Term | Options for Marketing Requirement
MKTG 665: MARKETING STRATEGY
Relationship between marketing and other functional areas of a business. Emphasis on case analysis as a means of acquiring both planning and operational skills.
Second Year | Fall Term | Options for Innovation and Entrepreneurship Requirement
MGMT 625: NEW VENTURE PLANNING
Teams of student entrepreneurs engage in customer discovery, business model development, market opportunity assessment, financial modeling, and launch planning for a new venture. Students will develop presentation materials to communicate the opportunity to customers and/or funding sources under the guidance of instructors and community based mentors.
Second Year | Winter Term | Required for Specialization
MGMT 615: LEADERSHIP
Development of skills managers need to be effective leaders in organizations, including communicating, problem-solving, influencing, motivating, delegating, and resolving conflict.
Second Year | Winter Term | Options for Finance Requirement
ACTG 662: STRATEGIC COST MANAGEMENT
Theory and application of management accounting techniques to decisions made under uncertainty in complex business environments..
Second Year | Winter Term | Options for Sustainable Business Requirement
OBA 566: PROJECT AND OPERATIONS MANAGEMENT MODELS
Frameworks and solutions for managing complex projects and operations; implementing optimal strategies for producing profitable new products and services in the competitive global business environment.
Second Year | Winter Term | Options for Innovation and Entrepreneurship Requirement
MGMT 635: RECOGNING BUSINESS OPPORTUNITIES
This course introduces the fundamentals of entrepreneurship, which empowers individuals to confront what others see as insurmountable problems and to seek opportunity through technological and business solutions. This course is designed to be valuable for all MBA students who seek to understand the entrepreneurial process.
Second Year | Spring Term | Required for Specialization
BA 661: OREGON ADVANCED STRATEGY
Pooling collective knowledge and capitalizing on each other’s insights, students will “bolt their ideas and class-discussed concepts to the ground,” effectively operationalizing Advanced Strategy concepts within an organization. This hands-on process will culminate in students’ final projects, which will demonstrate a firm understanding of the systems approach required to embed the advanced strategy macro values into a firm’s DNA and result in inimitable strategies designed to create long-term shareholder value while emphasizing authenticity, accountability and transparency.
Second Year | Spring Term | Options for Finance Requirement
ACTG 631: FINANCIAL STATEMENT ANALYSIS
Part of business analysis, financial statement analysis encompasses the evaluation of a company's past performance and risk, as well as prediction of future performance and risk. Such analysis may be useful for financial decisions related to equity valuation, debt valuation, credit risk assessment, and so forth. This course is designed to give preparers and users of financial information a framework for business analysis and valuation using financial statement data. Students apply this framework to a variety of business decisions. The course covers many of the techniques commonly used to analyze financial statements, including disclosure analysis, financial ratios, cash-flow analysis, forecasting, and valuation methods. At the end of the course students have an understanding of how business events are reflected in financial statements; literacy in reading 10-K's and 10-Q's; a working knowledge of the residual income valuation model; experience in applying asset pricing and valuation theories to business decisions. The course assumes a basic working knowledge of accounting, finance, economics and business strategy. Through cases, valuation software, and analysis projects, the course integrates key concepts from each of these areas for application to financial decision-making.
Second Year | Spring Term | Options for Sustainable Business Requirement
OBA 577: SUPPLY CHAIN OPERATIONS AND INFORMATION
Strategic and tactical issues pertaining to the distribution and delivery of products and services. Methodologies and systems for designing, tracking, and managing complex global operations.
Second Year | Spring Term | Options for Marketing Requirement
OBA 588: E-BUSINESS
Fundamental principles of electronic business; effect of e-business on business strategies, processes, customers, and suppliers; assessing the impact of e-business technologies on firm performance.
BE 510: BUSINESS LAW FOR MANAGERS
Examines key legal subjects that govern business transactions and relationships that all business owners and managers, as well as private persons, engage in—some on an almost daily basis. Topics include contract law for purchasing, selling, financing, and insuring services, goods and real property, as well as company formation and governance and personal estate planning through wills and trusts. Through this course of study students gain practical knowledge and skills for more successfully managing companies, advising clients, and conducting their personal commercial affairs.
FIN 510: IMPACT INVESTING
This course will explore the emerging tools and strategies in impact investing. It will ask the student to apply the core principles of finance and the tools learned in earlier coursework to create investment strategies that deliver both returns and solve a social/community and/or environmental challenge.
FIN 510: COMMERCIAL BANKING
This course will provide the student with an understanding of the operation of a commercial bank. Focus will be primarily on the management of institutions that take deposits and make loans and investments. Analysis of loans and investments will be contrasted with operating and pricing policies through the active use of a bank simulation. This experiential form of commercial bank management education is coincident with industry education and prepares students to enter the banking field with a well-rounded view of the entire institution’s operations.
FIN 608: WEALTH MANAGEMENT
Private wealth management is a growing and expanding business. The investment marketplace has grown increasingly complex for individual investors. The reality has made it difficult for many individuals to effectively manage their own investments to accomplish their objectives. As a result, many investors are using professional investment managers for assistance in creating and managing portfolios that may be better positioned to perform in a variety of market environments. The focus of this course is on client wealth management rather than the management of personal investments. The goal is to provide the knowledge needed in preparing for a possible career in wealth management. Career opportunities include portfolio managers, financial advisors, private bankers, financial planners, stock brokers, fund managers, investment advisors, and various sales positions in financial services.
MKTG 610: BRANDING
More and more firms of all types have come to the realization that one of the most valuable assets they have is the brand name associated with their products or services. Despite this recognition, very little attention has been paid to the subject in management education, especially in graduate business programs. The following statement suggests the severity of the problem. To address this oversight, brand strategy is an advanced MBA elective that addresses important branding decisions faced by an organization. Its basic objectives are to
- Provide students with a complete understanding of the consumer and of how consumers develop brand attitudes and behaviors
- Increase understanding of the important issues in planning and evaluating brand strategies
- Provide a forum for students to apply branding strategies in a variety of domains.
The course places particular emphasis on understanding psychological principles at the consumer or customer level that will improve managerial decision-making with respect to brands. One aim of the course is to make these concepts relevant for any type of organization, whether it's public or private, or large or small.
OBA 544: BUSINESS DATABASE MANAGEMENT SYSTEMS
Covers techniques for structuring and storing business data, focusing primarily on relational database theory with applied skills for business users, including data warehouses, reporting, and normalization.