MBA Academics & Curriculum

Curriculum

MBA Academics & Curriculum

The Masters of Business Administration (MBA) at UCCS consists of 36 credit hours of graduate (6000-level) business coursework (core and electives). However, students may be required to take up to three foundation courses (up to 9 credits) to help develop competencies to be successful in the MBA program. Foundation courses may be waived based on prior academic work or through passing a waiver exam. Students take the foundation courses once they are admitted to the MBA program.

On average, working professionals enroll for 6 credits per semester (or one course every 8-weeks) and typically take 2-1/2 years to complete the program.  Students may increase or reduce their course load to meet personal and work obligations.   Scheduling of courses allows students the flexibility to take classes on campus, fully online or a combination of both to accelerate the completion of the MBA in as little as 18 months.

Full course descriptions are available in the academic catalog. Core and foundation courses are offered both online and on campus. Most electives are offered in both delivery modes. Students in the MBA may customize their education by selecting an emphasis area for their electives.

To meet with an advisor, contact the Graduate School of Business Administration at GSBA@uccs.edu.

Your MBA, Your Schedule:

  • Online MBA (8-week model) is 100% online; General Emphasis only.  Students may choose an emphasis offered in a 16 week format.
  • Online MBA (16 week semester) is 100% online.  Choose from 11 emphasis areas available fully online. 
  • Campus MBA (16 week semester) is available 100% on campus;  8 campus emphasis areas are available to students.

                                      Combine in any way! Flexible to your needs and schedule.

Foundation Courses (up to 9 credits)

Students complete up to 3 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.   

Course Number

Course Title

ACCT 5500

Introduction to Accounting

BUAD 5500

Fundamentals of Economics

QUAN 5500

Fundamentals of Business Statistics

 

MBA Requirements (36 credits)

Area

Credit Hours 

Core

24

Electives or Emphasis area

12

TOTAL

36

 

Core Courses (24 credits)

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 critical problem solving and decision-making skills that will define and shape your Master of Business Administration degree. All students complete the 8 core courses as part of their MBA degree.

Course Number

Course Title

STRT 6000

Strategic Foundations for Responsible Management

ACCT 6100*

Accounting for Decision Making**

FNCE 6000*

Corporate Financial Management

INFS 6000*

Information Systems

MGMT 6000*

Leading & Managing in Changing Times

MKTG 6000*

Marketing Strategy

OPTM 6000*

Operations: Competing Through Capabilities

STRT 6500

Strategic Management

* Recent graduates whose undergraduate major was in an MBA core course discipline should consult with the Graduate Programs Office to determine if they should substitute an MBA elective for the core course in that discipline. (For example, a finance major may be able to substitute an elective in place of FNCE 6000.)

**Accounting majors who have completed Cost Accounting (ACCT 3110 at UCCS or equivalent) with a grade of B or better should consult with the Graduate Programs office to select an appropriate substitute course for ACCT 6100.

All students begin with STRT 6000 (launch course) in their first semester in the MBA program.

MBA Electives (12 credits)

Students take 12 credit hours of MBA elective courses. These courses may be used toward a general business MBA or to specialize in an area of emphasis. For more information about available elective offerings visit the Areas of Emphasis below.

  • Accounting Emphasis

    The accounting area of emphasis prepares students for accounting positions available in various industries and institutions. Students may either seek employment in the corporate or governmental arena or opt to sit for the Certified Public Accountant (CPA) exam if they have an interest in public accounting. Students who intend to earn the CPA certificate should refer to the State of Colorado Board of Accountancy website for detailed information and exam requirements.

    The Accounting emphasis in the MBA program requires students to complete four specialized courses (12 credits) in accounting. Students who do not have an undergraduate accounting degree take an additional five undergraduate courses in accounting.

    For students with an undergraduate degree in accounting:

    Course Number

    Course Title

    Take 1 of the following:

    ACCT 6750

    Advanced Financial Accounting

    ACCT 6010

    Seminar:  Financial Accounting Theory

    Plus 3 of the following ACCT electives:

    ACCT 6200

    Internal Auditing

    ACCT 6510

    Accounting Ethics & Institutions

    ACCT 6600

    Auditing

    ACCT 6620

    Advanced Auditing

    ACCT 6710

    Individual Income Tax

    ACCT 6720

    Corporate & Partnership Taxation

    ACCT 6730

    Accounting Information Systems

    ACCT 6740

    Accounting for Governments & Not-For-Profit Organizations

    ACCT 6950

    Topics in Accounting - Graduate 

     

    Students without an undergraduate degree in Accounting also take:

    Course Number

    Course Title

    ACCT 2010

    Introduction to Financial Accounting

    ACCT 2020

    Introduction to Managerial Accounting

    ACCT 3010

    Intermediate Accounting I

    ACCT 3020

    Intermediate Accounting II

    ACCT 3110

    Cost Accounting

  • Cybersecurity Management

    The Cybersecurity Management emphasis provides professionals with foundations in the fundamental business disciplines along with a comprehensive understanding of cybersecurity concepts and technologies. Data breaches and cyber threats create significant risks for organizations dependent on sensitive information. This area of emphasis will enhance students’ understanding of complexities involved with the adoption of security technologies, achieving regulatory compliance, and implementing cybersecurity programs to mitigate risks and secure information assets. Overall, the program will enable professionals to effectively govern cybersecurity in an organization.

    The Cybersecurity Management emphasis in the MBA program requires students to complete four courses from the list below:

    Course Number

    Course Title

    CYSM 6100 (Online Only)

    Fundamentals of Cybersecurity Technologies

    CYSM 6200 (Online Only)

    Enterprise Information Security 

    CYSM 6300 (Online Only)

    Cybersecurity Governance

    CYSM 6400 (Online Only)

    Cybersecurity Law and Cybercrime Investigation 

  • Finance Emphasis

    All organizations, large and small, must effectively invest and manage their capital. The finance function is critical in both for-profit and not-for-profit organizations. Job opportunities exist for finance graduates in almost all industries including the financial services industry and positions within the finance area of corporations. Finance graduates manage capital for large organizations and their independent business units as well as small organizations.

    The Finance emphasis in the MBA program requires students to complete three courses from the list below plus one additional MBA elective:

    Course Number

    Course Title

    FNCE 6100 (campus only)

    Problems and Policies in Financial Management

    FNCE 6200 (campus & online)

    Investment Management & Analysis

    FNCE 6400 (campus & online)

    International Financial Management

    FNCE 6500 (campus & online)

    Monetary Policy & Domestic/Global Business Cycles

  • General Business Emphasis

    The General Business emphasis provides you with a comprehensive education that allows you to tailor your degree toward your interests in various areas of business.  Students may choose four MBA electives from any area including topics in Digital Marketing, Entrepreneurship and New Ventures, Human Resources and more.  Online or in the classroom, the MBA with the General emphasis provides personalization that can meet your career goals.   

    The MBA General Business emphasis requires students to complete four elective courses offered by the Graduate School of Business Administration from any of the emphasis areas.

  • Health Care Administration Emphasis

    The many changes in government laws and regulations, technology, societal needs, and insurance plans have created a large need for administrative and business education for health care professionals.

    MBA students pursuing the Health Care Administration Emphasis will take the four courses from the list below:

    Course Number

    Course Title

    HCAD 6190 (online only)

    Health Care Administration

    HCAD 6290 (online only)

    Health Care Policy

    HCAD 6390 (online only)

    Health Care Ethics & Law

    HCAD 6490 (online only)

    Health Care Budget & Finance

  • Innovation Management Emphasis

    Innovation has become a critical driver of business success in today’s economy.  Innovation can be defined as successfully implementing a new idea in an organization. Innovation can be based on new technology, but it can also simply be a new way of doing something. Innovation can take place anywhere - in new startup firms, established corporations, or nonprofit organizations. Students completing the Innovation Management emphasis will learn how to manage the process of innovation to create value in their organizations through new products, new processes, or new business models.

    The MBA Innovation Management Emphasis requires students to complete three courses from the list below plus one additional elective:

    Course Number

    Course Title

    BUAD 6610 (campus & online)

    Managing Innovation for Strategic Advantage

    BUAD 6710 (campus & online)

    Transforming Technology Organizations & Employees

    BUAD 6800 (campus & online)

    Entrepreneurship & New Ventures

    OPTM 6300 (online only)

    Managing Projects for Competitive Advantage

  • International Business Emphasis

    An MBA with an emphasis in International Business will prepare students to excel in the emerging field of International Business. This field of study is becoming more relevant and important as the global economy expands. Various opportunities for study abroad exist for MBA students. These are coordinated through the business advising office. Students are encouraged to take a foreign language in order to strengthen this area of emphasis.

    The MBA International Business emphasis requires students to complete three courses from the list below plus one additional MBA elective:

    Course Number

    Course Title

    INTB 6100 (campus & online)

    Managing in Global Markets

    FNCE 6400 (campus & online)

    International Financial Management

    MKTG 6900 (campus & online)

    International Marketing & Export Management

    OPTM 6200 (online only) Global Supply Chain Management

    INTB 6990 (study abroad)

    Regional Business Environment Europe (short term study abroad)

    INTB 6991 (study abroad)

    Regional Business Environment Asia (short term study abroad)

    (Note: only one study abroad trip may be applied to the area of emphasis)

  • Management Emphasis

    In today’s highly competitive global environment, a premium is placed on skilled managers who know how to motivate and lead people. This area of emphasis addresses these issues and other contemporary issues in management. Additionally, the changing roles of managers and leaders at management levels within the organization are explored. The Management emphasis also focuses on the development and maintenance of effective relationships between employers and employees.

    The MBA Management Emphasis requires students to complete three courses from the list below plus one additional MBA elective:

    Course Number

    Course Title

    MGMT 6200 (campus & online)

    Managing Organization Development, Change & Transformation

    MGMT 6300 (campus & online)

    Managing Human Resources for Competitive Advantage

    MGMT 6400 (campus only)

    Legal Issues in Human Resources

    MGMT 6550 (campus only)

    Applied Principles of Negotiation and Conflict Management

    BUAD 6700 (campus & online)

    Service Management

  • Marketing Emphasis

    An effective marketing program is necessary for the success of any business organization. Through the marketing efforts of a firm, products and services are designed and delivered that maximize customer satisfaction. Students choosing the marketing area of emphasis may find exciting careers in such diverse fields as product management, professional selling, customer support, advertising, and marketing research. The marketing curriculum is designed to give the student hands-on marketing experience through applied classes and projects.

    The MBA Marketing emphasis requires students to complete three courses from the list below plus one additional MBA elective:

    Course Number (Campus/Online)

    Course Title

    MKTG 6300 (campus and online)

    Marketing Analytics 

    MKTG 6400 (winterim class - campus only)

    Service Marketing

    MKTG 6500 (campus & online)

    Integrated Marketing Communications

    MKTG 6700 (campus & online)

    Internet Marketing & Social Media

    MKTG 6900 (campus & online)

    International Marketing & Export Management

  • Operations Management Emphasis

    The Operations Management emphasis area prepares students for managerial positions that design, manage and improve the business processes for manufacturing, services and public organizations.   Graduates of the OM emphasis are equipped with skillsets for such positions as Business Process Analyst, Strategic Procurement, Supply Chain Manager, Process Manager, Logistics Specialist, Quality Manager.

    The MBA Operations Management emphasis requires students to complete three courses from the list below plus one additional MBA elective:

    Course Number (Online)

    Course Title

    OPTM 6100 (online only)

    Customer-Focused Process: Quality Management & Metrics

    OPTM 6200 (online only)

    Global Supply Chain Management

    OPTM 6300 (online only)

    Managing Projects for Competitive Advantage

    OPTM 6450 (online only)

    Service Operations: Design, Delivery and Analytics

  • Project Management Emphasis

    The Project Management emphasis area prepares students to manage organizations that rely on projects for the achievement of goals.  The courses focus on approaches that improve project performance from the perspective of project team members, project managers, or functional managers who rely on projects for implementing new practices and addressing organizational change.    Graduates of the Project Management emphasis can pursue opportunities as project managers, project support managers, or traditional management careers as projects touch many aspects of organizational initiatives.

    The MBA Project Management emphasis requires students to complete three courses from the list below plus one additional MBA elective: 

    Course Number (online)

    Course Title

    OPTM 6300 (online only)

    Managing Projects for Competitive Advantage

    OPTM 6590 (online only)

    Project Estimation & Risk Management

    OPTM 6690 (online only)

    Bridging Strategy & Tactics in Project Management

  • Service Management Emphasis

    The Service Management emphasis area prepares students for leadership and management careers in hospitality, financial, medical as well as other services areas.  This emphasis area takes a multi-disciplinary approach integrating service operations, human resource management, marketing, and strategy. 

    The MBA Service Management Emphasis requires students to complete the following courses:

    Course Number

    Course Title

    Required (9 credits)

    BUAD 6700 (campus & online)

    Service Management

    MKTG 6400 (winterim class - campus only)

    Service Marketing

    MGMT 6300 (campus & online)

    Managing Human Resources for Competitive Advantage

    Choose 1 class (3 credits)

    OPTM 6100 (online only)

    Customer-Focused Process: Quality Management & Metrics

    OPTM 6450 (online only)

    Service Operations: Design, Delivery and Analytics

  • Sport Management Emphasis

    The Sport Management emphasis provides professionals with a strong business core focusing on leadership, strategic management, finance and accounting together with a critical emphasis core addressing sport governance, sport development, sport marketing, revenue generation in sport, innovative organization behavior, sport law, and the ethical challenges in sport. The emphasis classes have been designed intentionally so that they are directly relevant to professionals who currently work in or have aspirations to work in Olympic and International Sport, professional sport, interscholastic and collegiate athletics, and youth sport and recreation. Ultimately, the aim of the program is to equip professionals with the key managerial tools that will enhance their ability to seek entry into or promotion within the sport industry.

     

    MBA students pursuing the Sport Management Emphasis will take the four courses from the list below:

    Course Number

    Course Title

    SPTM 6000 (online only)

    The Global Governance and Development of Sport

    SPTM 6100 (online only)

    Sport Marketing and Revenue Generation

    SPTM 6200 (online only)

    Innovation Management in Sport Organizations

    SPTM 6300 (online only)

    Legal and Ethical Challenges in Sport