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What is a Master of Business Administration Degree?
The Master of Business Administration (MBA) program from the Forbes School of Business and Technology® at the University of Arizona Global Campus delivers a challenging, rich, and relevant academic experience with the flexibility offered by a college online. This online MBA is IACBE-accredited, giving you quality assurance when choosing your graduate degree in business administration. This MBA online program aligns with the Forbes brand, one of the most respected names in the business world. Additionally, the Global Campus MBA degree does not require you to take the GMAT or GRE (Graduate Management Admission Test/Graduate Record Examination), making it easier than ever to start earning your MBA.
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The coursework for the Master of Business Administration degree was designed to build the core competencies for career readiness as outlined by the National Association of Colleges and Employers (NACE). During the program, you’ll achieve competency in critical thinking and problem-solving, oral and written communication, teamwork and collaboration, digital technology, leadership, professionalism and work ethics, career management, and global and intercultural fluency. Your courses focus on vital business administration topics like human resources, finance, budgeting, analysis, operations management, business management, business law, global marketing, and global economics.
This course provides a high-level learning experience that involves the analysis of leadership skills, models and practices, organizational settings, team development, global markets, and cultural factors impacting leadership. Students will focus on ethical considerations impacting leaders within modern organizations nationally and internationally. Students will utilize communication technologies to demonstrate communication skills useful to leaders.
The Global Marketing course develops a comprehensive understanding of global competition. It focuses on the managerial application of marketing tools and methodology utilized in gaining global competitive advantage and creating socially responsible marketing strategies. It covers the analysis of various environmental forces in the global arena such as economic environment, political, legal, and regulatory climates, as well as trade, cultural and social environments. Emphasis is placed on tools and tactics used in the development of a successful global marketing plan including information systems, market research, segmentation, targeting and positioning, various global marketing strategies, and the four major components of a marketing plan: products and brand, price, channels of distribution, and promotion.
The Human Capital Management Using Applied Psychology course will challenge students to think strategically about a company’s human assets and the potential global competitiveness that can be gained. The course will offer a view of applied psychology and an understanding of how and why people think and act. The course will also include practical application of human capital management topics such as recruitment, performance management, managing careers, diverse work force, training and development and retention. Importance will be placed on how to deploy human capital in an organization. Finally, emphasis will be placed on contemporary issues such as a flexible work force and predictive analytics.
The Law and Ethics in the Business Environment course covers major areas of legal regulation, including anti-trust, consumer protection, employment and labor law, intellectual property law, environmental regulations, securities and contract laws. While studying the laws, students will be acquainted with ethical decision-making tools to enhance ethical thinking and problem solving in both domestic and international contemporary business settings. Emphasis is placed on active, experiential application of legal and ethical reasoning and analysis as applied in diverse cultural environments.
The Financial Business Overview course will provide a thorough overview of the financial statements from a user perspective rather than a preparer perspective. A global perspective will be presented using both Generally Accepted Accounting Principles (GAAP) and International Financial Reporting Standards (IFRS). Students will analyze statements using various techniques and interpret the financial statements to understand the performance of a business. The analysis will extend to include future decision making and strategic planning.
The Data and Decision Analytics course will provide students with the knowledge on how to analyze and dissect data into useful information. Students will use a variety of skills, including data collection, data assembly, and data dissemination to provide a synopsis of organizational operations. Students will create a comprehensive data proposal and use data to come to operational and strategic decisions. Prerequisite: BUS 592
The Global Economics and Political Influence (featuring Steve Forbes) course introduces skills and perspective necessary to understand domestic and international macroeconomic events. The course will provide an overview of macroeconomic topics including, unemployment, inflation, money supply, and the tools employed by the Federal Reserve System and the federal government to create and implement monetary and fiscal policies. This course will also include international trade and the foreign exchange markets. Finally, real life important policy debates such as government spending and taxes, social security, the role of government with contrasting views from Keynes and Hayek, the importance of a sound money system, and the causes of the Great Recession of 2008-2009 will be critically explored. Prerequisite: BUS 592.
The Financial Statement Analysis course provides a detailed and comprehensive evaluation of the financial statements to aid in short-term and strategic long-term decision making. Accounting concepts will be studied from a manager’s perspective rather than a detailed accountant’s perspective to allow students to analyze and interpret financial results. Students will study both Generally Accepted Accounting Principles (GAAP) and International Financial Reporting Standards (IFRS) to gain an understanding of the basic accounting concepts and language. Financial ratios, horizontal, and vertical analysis will be calculated to interpret and understand financial statements. Students will have the opportunity to explore accounting concepts at the corporate level and apply several concepts at the personal finance level as well. Prerequisite: BUS 592.
The Financial Budgeting, Forecasting and Analysis course provides the concepts and tools to make sound comprehensive short-term and strategic long-term financial decisions. Topics include capital budgeting, long-term financing, capital allocation, and international financial management. Students will explore advanced corporate finance topics including valuation of securities and market efficiency. Emphasis will also be placed on contemporary global issues such as Bitcoin, microlending, crowdfunding, and green financing. Finally, the course will relate many of the corporate financial concepts to personal finances as there is an increased responsibility for individuals to manage their own wealth. Overall, the course will aid in developing a financial intuition to help students make better financial decisions in both career and life. Prerequisite: BUS 592.
The Project and Operations Management course includes critical project planning basics as well as methods to achieve efficiency in manufacturing and service industries in today’s marketplace. Students will explore the connections between various business activities and processes which impact production. Some of these areas include the organization’s ability to utilize project management methods, meet product specifications, adhere to contractual requirements, schedule deliverables, and effectively utilize available resources to attain profitability. Students will study the influences on operations outcomes, with an emphasis on the scorecard concept of matrix management, capacity management, process analysis, quantitative work measurement, and production control. Additionally, this course will enhance students’ understanding of project and operations management by investigating business tools for effective global operations management.
This course provides a personalized, directed, and experiential learning process that involves practical application of knowledge and skills developed and acquired during the MBA degree program. In this course, students will examine practical application of finance, marketing, human resources management, and information technology. Students are required to conduct research, analysis, and implementation of strategic plans related to business establishment, growth, and longevity. The course provides experience with ethical conduct associated within a socially-responsible business. Prerequisites: Successful completion of MBA program core courses.
The Entrepreneur/Intrapreneur course examines key aspects of the roles of entrepreneurs and intrapreneurs within organizations. Both roles are important to the continued success and competitiveness of an organization. This course explores new and innovative ways for organizations to overcome challenges in their internal and external operating environments. Additionally, this course examines financial elements that are associated with new venture start-ups in addition to studying the ethical implication with global growth strategy. Students will focus on the internal activities of intrapreneurs and the external activities of entrepreneurs that can positively impact organizations as a whole and individual careers. Prerequisite: As this course is an elective option for the student in the MBA program, elective courses must be completed after all other major courses and prior to the capstone course.
The International Business (Virtual Experience) course is designed to offer students opportunities for analyzing information and strategies for conducting business in the international marketplace. The course will allow students to examine international business practice and their impact on the global market via business process analysis such as PESTLE, SOAR, and SWOT. In addition, the course will expand on students’ knowledge of international business strategies and procedures, global corporate social responsibility and current international norms. The course will also demonstrate the impact of financial risks and currency fluctuation on foreign investment. Lastly, this course will give students the opportunity to examine various cultures through interactive activities. Prerequisite: As this course is an elective option for the student, elective courses must be completed after all other major courses and prior to the capstone course.
The Technology and Innovation course takes an in-depth look at innovatively driven organizations and the use of technology to advance in competitive markets. Students explore various products and processes within organizations in addition to examining stages of innovation and opportunity as synthesized with a corporate strategy. Topics include; structure and support of control processes in personnel, financial strategy and organizational culture. This course also explores avenues for acquiring technology through alliances and mergers in addition to studying sustainable competitive advantages with social, ethical, political and legal responsibilities with relation to integrating new technology into existing structures. Prerequisite: As this course is an elective option for the student in the MBA program, elective courses must be completed after all other major courses and prior to the capstone course.
To be awarded the Master of Business Administration degree, all students must complete 39 credit hours with a 3.0 minimum cumulative grade point average in all coursework attempted at the University of Arizona Global Campus.
Students who submit official transcripts indicating that they have earned a bachelor’s degree in business, business administration, accounting, finance, economics or have successfully completed undergraduate coursework in accounting or finance with a grade of “C” or higher, or graduate coursework in accounting or finance with a grade of “B” or higher will be exempt from the requirement to take BUS 592 Financial Business Overview.
Special Terms and Conditions Body: Successful completion of this program by itself does not lead to licensure or certification in any state, regardless of concentration or specialization. Students seeking licensure or certification in a particular profession are strongly encouraged to carefully research the requirements prior to enrollment. Requirements may vary by state. UAGC does not guarantee that any professional organization will accept a graduate’s application to sit for any exam for the purpose of professional certification. Certain degree programs may not be available in all states.
Careers in Business Administration
A Master of Business Administration degree (MBA) provides a broad background and general knowledge in the field of business. As there are many possible fields of employment, specific employment will depend on your undergraduate degree and work experience. Generally, an MBA graduate may work in private or public companies, nonprofit organizations, government agencies, or become an entrepreneur. Specific career opportunities may include:
- Business Development Managers
- Leadership Development Managers
- Executive Directors
- Marketing Managers
- Management Analyst
- Treasurers and Controllers
- Chief Executives
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