Core and foundation courses

The Iowa Full-time MBA plan of study includes 60 semester hours and 13 required courses. The foundation is fall of year one, and advanced core follows in semesters 2–4, along with courses specific to your track, with electives you can customize.

Foundation courses—fall semester, year 1

Core courses—spring semester, year 1

Core courses—fall/spring semesters, year 2

Course descriptions

Management in Organizations (MBA:8120)
Introduction to organizational behavior principles and human resource practices relevant to any new manager. Provides students with practice in using these concepts to solve problems encountered when managing people on the job. The course also encourages the development of analytical and critical-thinking skills, ability to work in teams, and oral and written communication. (2 credits)

Marketing Management (MBA:8110)
Concepts, principles, and models of marketing. The relationship between marketing and other functional areas of business. Emphasis on how the marketing manager can achieve desired outcomes with the target market. Includes analyzing marketing opportunities; researching and selecting target markets; developing marketing strategies; planning marketing programs; and organizing, implementing, and controlling the marketing effort. (2 credits)

Business Analytics (MBA:8150)
Introduction to techniques of quantitative modeling and statistical analysis for management decision making. A unifying element of the course is the use of Excel to perform various kinds of analysis in a spreadsheet environment. Major topics include decision analysis, statistical inference, regression, and linear programming. The course also develops required background material in probability. (2 credits)

Operations and Supply Chain Management (MBA:8240)
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. (2 credits)

Corporate Financial Reporting (MBA:8140)
Interpretation and analysis of financial information. Framework for understanding contemporary financial reporting practices, the forces that shape those practices, and how those practices influence the usefulness of financial information in applied decision settings. Topics are organized around three modules: (1) measurement rules and bookkeeping procedures for production of corporate financial statements and use of the information for credit decisions, (2) strengths and weaknesses of alternative accounting methods and financial disclosures, and (3) analysis for valuation purposes. (2 credits)

Managerial Finance (MBA:8180)
Provides an overview of the basic concepts and principles of financial management and insight into the decision-making process of financial managers. Topics include the time value of money, the trade-off between risk and return valuation techniques, capital budgeting, capital structure, and the role of financial markets. Emphasizes the mathematical tools of financial decision making and the reasoning and concepts in appropriately applying these tools. (2 credits)

Managerial Economics (MBA:8160)
This course is designed to introduce the MBA student to important economic concepts that are relevant to profitable managerial decision making. The focus of the course is on microeconomic analysis; that is, the analysis of individual firms and markets, as opposed to the analysis of the behavior of entire economies, which is known as macroeconomics. Topics to be covered include demand analysis including elasticity, cost analysis, output and pricing strategies, analysis of market structure, market entry and exit, game theory, buyer-seller relations between firms, and their importance for key business strategies. (2 credits)

Business Acumen and Career Development (MBA:8100)
Career services provides tools to effectively market yourself to employers and succeed in your 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. The academy experience builds depth within chosen career field/academic track through coursework and outside-of-class academy activities, applies academic concepts to the business world, and exposures you to relevant information important to your major that does not clearly fit into academic coursework. (2 credits in semester 1, 1 credit in semesters 2–4)

Strategic Business Consulting (MBA:8200)
Plan, schedule, and deliver strategic consulting services to commercial enterprises; project definition, preparation, and presentation of deliverables, client relationship management. Delivered under the guidance of Iowa MBA Consulting. (3 credits)

Foundations in Strategy (MBA:8300)
Learn how to compete and thrive in domestic and global markets through a solid foundation in strategy. Topics include fundamentals of industry analysis, competitive advantage, horizontal diversification, vertical integration and elements of foreign and international strategy.  (2 credits)

Ethics and the Law (MBA:8220)
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. (2 s.h.)

Seminar in International Business (Global Learning Opportunity) (MBA:8500)
Issues and challenges facing organizations doing business in international markets; social, economic, political factors, business policies and customs in the global environment; requires travel (7–9 days abroad). Repeatable. Prerequisite: MBA enrollment. (3 credits)

Business Integration (MBA:8310)
Student teams run an operational business simulation, conduct organizational/industry analysis, assess market opportunities, define strategic direction, compete for company profitability and market share.  (3 credits)