Professional degree: M.B.A.
Professional certificates: business fundamentals; finance; leadership; marketing

The Master of Business Administration (M.B.A.) program provides students with a foundation for future growth and flexibility in professional management. The program, which is fully accredited by AACSB International—the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business, enables students to build broad-based professional portfolios of analytical skills, knowledge, leadership, and applied experiences. The curriculum is rigorous, yet learning takes place in a collaborative environment that builds teamwork skills and encourages independent problem solving.

Students in Iowa's M.B.A. programs represent a variety of backgrounds, undergraduate majors, and professional experience. The curriculum is designed for college graduates in any field; previous business coursework is not required. However, full-time work experience is required for admission. Contact the M.B.A. Program Office for a brochure listing complete program requirements.

The Departments of Accounting, Business Analytics, Economics, Finance, Management and Entrepreneurship, and Marketing all contribute to the Master of Business Administration program through faculty participation and coursework.

See course lists in the individual Tippie College of Business departmental sections of the Catalog for descriptions of M.B.A. electives.

Graduate Management Programs (M.B.A. Program) Courses

MBA:8000 Directed Readings-M.B.A.1-3 s.h.

MBA:8010 M.B.A. IMPACT0 s.h.

Introduction to the Tippie M.B.A. program and its culture; activities accentuate themes of involvement, motivation, professionalism, achievement, and challenge; week-long immersion in collaborative team-building experiences.

MBA:8100 Business Acumen and Career Development0-2 s.h.

Career service tools to effectively market self to employers and succeed in chosen career path, communicate personal brand and vision, succeed in job search process, demonstrate professionalism in various business venues, and grow a personal sphere of influence; academy experience to build depth within chosen career field/academic track through coursework and outside-of-class academy activities, academic concepts applied to business world, and exposure to relevant information important to student's major that does not clearly fit into academic coursework.

MBA:8110 Marketing Management2-3 s.h.

Concepts, principles, models of marketing management; focus on strategic planning, management decision making, and implementation of marketing programs.

MBA:8120 Management in Organizations2-3 s.h.

How to explain, predict, and influence behavior in organizations; decision making, leadership, communication, group skills in management positions; motivation, leadership, teams, organizational culture, organizational design, individual differences, organizational change.

MBA:8130 Business Communication1-3 s.h.

Effective communication to become a successful business professional and leader; strengthen ability to speak and write confidently, competently, and effectively, regardless of venue; varied team and individual presentation coaching, applied exercises.

MBA:8140 Corporate Financial Reporting2-3 s.h.

Contemporary financial reporting practices in the United States; how alternative accounting treatments affect the usefulness of financial information in applied decision settings.

MBA:8150 Business Analytics2-3 s.h.

Introduction to analytical techniques for making business decisions; utilizing Excel to apply descriptive and predictive analytical tools to solve practical business problems using real world data; dealing with uncertainty in decision making; formal probability concepts and statistical methods for describing variability (decision trees, random variables, hypothesis testing); application of techniques (linear regression, Monte Carlo simulation, linear optimization) to model, explain, and predict for operational, tactical, and strategic decisions.

MBA:8160 Managerial Economics1-3 s.h.

Models of consumer and firm behavior with applications; market equilibrium and structure; pricing decisions.

MBA:8170 International Economic Environment of the Firm2-3 s.h.

Basic determinants of aggregate output, employment, wages, unemployment, consumption, investment, international trade flows, interest rates, exchange rates, prices and inflation in open economies; sources and nature of economic growth; effects of domestic and foreign monetary, fiscal policies; effects of trade, exchange rate policies.

MBA:8180 Managerial Finance2-3 s.h.

Time value of money, applications of present value techniques; stock and bond valuation, capital budgeting, cost of capital calculation, portfolio formation and efficient market analysis, financial statement analysis, pro forma analysis, hedging financial risks. Requirements: MBA:8140 or an undergraduate-level course in financial accounting or finance.

MBA:8200 Strategic Business Consulting1-6 s.h.

Plan, schedule, and deliver strategic consulting services to commercial enterprises; project definition, preparation and presentation of deliverables, client relationship management.

MBA:8210 Global Business Strategy3 s.h.

Strategic frameworks and skills critical for success in the global marketplace; content of an economic environment; cultural, ethical, and legal issues in the conduct of international business; how companies enter foreign markets and grow international subsidiaries, succeed in mergers and acquisitions, cooperate in joint ventures and strategic alliances.

MBA:8220 Ethics and the Law1-2 s.h.

Legal and ethical issues surrounding startup and day-to-day management of a business; contract law, standard business formations, tort law, employment law, business ethics, alternative dispute resolution.

MBA:8230 Introduction to Leadership1-2 s.h.

Major theories; practical development of leadership and managerial skills to enhance individual and organizational effectiveness.

MBA:8240 Operations and Supply Chain2-3 s.h.

Planning and decision-making activities for managing an organization's operations in both manufacturing and services, with an emphasis on production and service delivery strategy, process design, capacity planning, process analytics, queueing, and an introduction to supply chain management including supply chain design and coordination. Prerequisites: MBA:8150.

MBA:8300 Foundations in Strategy2-3 s.h.

Key elements of domestic competitive and corporate strategy; industry analysis (understanding the importance of industry for firm performance); strategies for achieving competitive advantage (cost focus, differentiation focus); corporate strategy (corporate scope, horizontal diversification, vertical integration); topics of global strategy, which may include challenges of attaining competitive advantage in foreign markets, such as cross-national distance and liabilities of foreignness, as well as international strategies (replication strategy, adaptation strategy, arbitrage strategy).

MBA:8309 Consulting Project Leadership1-2 s.h.

Student Team Leads for the Business Solution Center engage in activities to support the launch of spring consulting projects; initial client interactions, project scope, project planning documents, project arrangement letters, and detailed work plans in consultation with their client and Business Solutions Center leadership; basics of leading a team of student consultants. Prerequisites: MBA:8110 and MBA:8120 and MBA:8140 and MBA:8150 and MBA:8180 and MBA:8190 and MBA:8300. Requirements: full-time M.B.A. standing.

MBA:8310 Business Integration1-3 s.h.

Student teams run an operational business simulation, conduct organizational/industry analysis, assess market opportunities, define strategic direction, compete for company profitability and market share. Prerequisites: MBA:8110 and MBA:8140 and MBA:8150 and MBA:8180 and (MBA:8190 or MBA:8240) and MBA:8300.

MBA:8330 Seminar in Strategic Management I1-3 s.h.

Introduction to strategic management; the role of marketing, operations, and finance in strategic planning; case studies.

MBA:8400 M.B.A. Internship0 s.h.

MBA:8410 Application in Organizational Leadership0-1 s.h.

Opportunity to develop leadership skills necessary for managing student organizations; class discussion, workshops, guest speakers; for M.B.A. organization treasurers and presidents.

MBA:8420 M.B.A. Case Competition1-3 s.h.

Students represent the Tippie College of Business Graduate Management Programs in a case competition; internal case work, presentation and case analysis training. Requirements: M.B.A. standing.

MBA:8500 Seminar in International Business0-6 s.h.

Issues and challenges facing organizations doing business in international markets; social, economic, political factors, business policies and customs in the global environment; may include travel, study abroad. Requirements: M.B.A. enrollment.

MBA:8501 M.B.A. Coaches Program1 s.h.

Development of coaching skills while leading a rigorous peer-to-peer mentoring program with first-year M.B.A. students; improve ability to communicate, motivate, influence, train, and develop others as well as develop high level competency in coaching in critical career development skills, such as business communications, crafting a personal brand pitch, interviewing preparation, and creating and leveraging a network; successful leaders are skilled coaches, so the benefits of this course to both coach and mentee, extend far beyond the classroom experience and time as a Tippie student.

MBA:9120 Introduction to Leadership1 s.h.

Major theories; practical development of leadership and managerial skills to enhance individual and organizational effectiveness.