Important Information

Until further notice, admission to the Iowa Hong Kong MBA Program has been suspended. Effective immediately, we are no longer accepting applications for admission. Please contact us with questions.

What you'll learn

Dig down into the nuts and bolts of our curriculum, including the nine core courses and a sample of our elective courses.

Core courses

Corporate Financial Reporting
Interpretation and analysis of financial information. Framework for understanding contemporary financial reporting practices, the focus 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.

Business Analytics
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.

International Economic Environment of the Firm
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 and fiscal policies; effects of trade and exchange rate policies.

Managerial Economics
Modules of consumer and firm behavior with applications; market equilibrium and structure; pricing decisions and strategy.

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

Operations and Supply Chain
Planning and decision making associated with the management of an organization's operations. Operations management, planning and decision-making activities; insights into the basic trade-offs associated with operations management decisions; tools and techniques for helping operations managers implement their decisions and reach their goals. Topics include: production and service delivery strategy, capacity planning, product and process design, total quality management, demand management, production and service planning, scheduling, materials control, emerging production and service technologies.

Marketing Management
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.

Managerial Finance
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 tradeoff 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 reasoning and concepts in appropriately applying these tools.

Foundations in Strategy
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.


The electives offered change annually; the list below represents a sample of courses that may be available to you. We can't guarantee all of them will be offered each year.

Real Estate Finance and Investments
Develop an in-depth understanding of concepts and techniques of real estate financial analysis, equity investment decision making; real estate investing from analysis of developments through the securitization of mortgages; mortgage markets and pricing, real estate finance and investments, mortgage-backed securities, development process, real estate valuation, tax effects, securitized real estate, real estate cycles, application of derivative instruments, strategic asset allocation.

International Finance
Introduction to structure and functioning of global financial markets; currency market, international equity markets; use of derivatives in currency risk management for corporate and investment needs; corporate investment decisions in an international context.

Maximizing Team Performance
Current approaches to implementing effective teams within organizations; team selection and formation, group dynamics, facilitation skills, performance and obstacle management.

Dynamics of Negotiations
Exploration of the predictable aspects and dynamics of bargaining experiences. Much of the learning is done through simulations and experiential exercises to foster the skills needed for effective negotiation in almost any situation.

Leadership & Personal Development
Major theories; determinants of leader effectiveness, personal and career success; practical development of leadership, managerial skills to enhance individual, organizational effectiveness.

Law and Ethics
Laws affecting employers and employees, such as regulatory health and safety policies, unemployment and retirement benefits, and employment discrimination including hiring, termination, testing issues.

Brand Management
Strategies for building, leveraging, and defending brands; principles of consumer behavior, how they relate to building brand identity and equity; branding of consumer goods and services.

International Marketing
Domestic versus international perspective; identification and evaluation of opportunities and risks in non-U.S. markets; research problems in global markets; effects of international organizations, foreign exchange, macroeconomic policies, local law, and cultural differences on consumer behavior and marketing decisions; multinational versus global marketing strategies (entry, product adaptation, channel logistics, pricing, promotion); emphasis on practical applications.

Entrepreneurship and Innovation
Exploration of the entrepreneurial process from conception to birth of a new venture. Students discover the attributes of successful entrepreneurs, explore issues of innovation and creativity, recognition of opportunity, venture screening, identification of resources, feasibility analysis.