University of Colorado Colorado Springs: College of Business

Master of Business Administration (MBA)

MBA Foundation & Core

The UCCS MBA program consists of 36 to 48 credit hours of graduate coursework, depending on the student's previous academic background. Required coursework is a mix of foundation, core, and elective courses. Courses may be taken on campus, online or a combination of the two. All MBA courses are 3 semester hours each.

Foundation Courses:
Students complete up to four (4) foundation courses as part of their MBA degree. Foundation courses may be waived based on prior academic work subject to certain age and grade requirements. In some cases foundation requirements may be satisfied by passing a waiver exam.

  • ACCT 5500/5590 Introduction to Accounting
  • BUAD 5500/5590 Fundamentals of Economics
  • BUAD 5600/5690 Business, Government & Society
  • QUAN 5500/5590 Fundamentals of Business Statistics

Core Courses:
Core courses make up the heart of the MBA Program and cover areas that are directly applicable in today's business world. The concepts in the following courses are the critical problem solving and decision making skills that will define and shape your Master of Business Administration degree. All students complete the seven (7) core courses as part of their MBA degree.

  • ACCT 6100/6190 Accounting for Decision Making
  • FNCE 6000/6090 Corporate Financial Management
  • INFS 6000/6090 Information Systems
  • MGMT 6000/6090 Leading & Managing in Changing Times
  • MKTG 6000/6090 Marketing Strategy
  • OPTM 6000/6090 Operations: Competing Through Capabilities
  • BUAD 6500/6590 Strategic Management

Foundation Course Descriptions:

ACCT 5500/5590 - Introduction to Accounting
MBA foundation course. Introduction to concepts, principles and practices used in the preparation of financial statements for business enterprises, with emphasis on asset and liability recognition and measurement, income determination, and cash flow activities. Includes the use of spreadsheets.

BUAD 5500/5590 - Fundamentals of Economics
Students learn to apply fundamental economic principles to solve business problems and make sound decisions. Course coverage includes the basis of capitalism, exchange and comparative advantage, demand, supply, elasticity, externalities, long-run economic growth, unemployment, inflation, the monetary system, and fiscal policy.

BUAD 5600/5690 - Business, Government, and Society
This course examines the interdependence of business with societal, governmental, and economic environments. The role and balance of responsibilities between businesses and government, the nature of the free market system, current public policy issues, and external trends affecting business are explored. The course focuses on business skills to prepare responsible leaders in business and equips individuals with tested responses to the most common ethical challenges they will face in their careers.

QUAN 5500/5590 - Fundamentals of Business Statistics
An introductory course in business statistics. Includes descriptive statistics and such topics as frequency distributions, graphs, and tables. Also, the essential elements of experimental design and common inferential statistics such as correlation, regression analysis, t-tests, and analysis of variance.

Core Course Descriptions:

ACCT 6100/6190 - Accounting for Decision Making
This case based course focuses on the use of accounting information for executive decision-making. Emphasis in on identifying, evaluating and using accounting information to make long-term strategic decisions and short-term operating decisions. The role of regulatory requirements, International Accounting Standards and ethical considerations in the decision-making process are examined. Prerequisites: ACCT 5500/5590 or equivalent.

FNCE 6000/6090 - Corporate Financial Management
Concerned with the optimal allocation of a company's financial resources and a working knowledge of financial terminology and concepts. Capital market history, time value of money, valuation of securities, risk and return, capital budgeting principles and techniques, financial statement analysis, financial planning, raising capital, and cost of capital. Emphasizes techniques necessary to create and maximize the value of the firm. Prerequisites: ACCT 5500/5590, BUAD 5500/5590, and QUAN 5500/5590.

INFS 6000/69090 - Information Systems
Introductory course. Students will learn what information systems are, how they work, and what purposes they serve. Students will also learn about data and information, decision making and the value of information. This course touches on such topics as trends in hardware and software, telecommunications, and databases. Also covered will be the integration of information with the organization, and what is required to manage the creation of systems. Students will need to have access to, and be able to use Microsoft Excel and Microsoft Access for this course.

MGMT 6000/6090 - Leading and Managing in Changing Times
This course is designed to help students succeed personally and professionally in a rapidly changing, global world. The course begins with a focus on our changing environment and the need for personal and organizational excellence. The remainder of the course focuses on developing leadership and management skills and applying them to bringing out the best in individuals, groups, and organizations.

MKTG 6000/6090 - Marketing Strategy
This course introduces the function and role of marketing in the firm, emphasizing the application of a broad range of marketing concepts. Marketing decisions are linked to business strategy using an integrated approach.

OPTM 6000/6090 - Operations: Competing Through Capabilities
Operations management focuses on the strategies and processes involved in providing goods and services to customers. This course will provide students with the ability to evaluate key factors in the design of an effective operations system and to align an operations system with an organization's business strategy. The course provides the tools to effectively design, analyze, and manage operations systems in manufacturing, service, and public entities. Prerequisites: ACCT 5500/5590 and QUAN 5500/5590.

BUAD 6500/6590 - Strategic Management
Taking a global perspective, this course focuses on the role of the general manager in articulating a vision for the business, assessing threats and opportunities in the competitive environment, formulating a strategy for achieving competitive advantage, and designing an organizational architecture for effectively implementing the strategy. Utilizes a combination of lectures, group discussions, and case analysis to raise and examine the key issues. Prerequisites: All Preparatory and Core courses or their equivalents. Recommended for final semester in the program.

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