The value in an MBA degree begins with substantive, demanding classroom experiences.

The UNI MBA requires 30 units of course work covering the core business disciplines. This is a curriculum designed for technical or business specialists ready to gain a broadly strategic understanding of issues facing managers in today's turbulent economic environment.

Required Core Classes (27 Credits)

  • Cross-Functional Operations: Analysis and design of business operational decisions in complex production and service environments.
  • Financial Management & Markets: In-depth examination of tools, concepts, theories, and analysis of managerial finance integrated with case applications. Students expected to apply concepts from managerial finance in analyzing, presenting, and discussing cases at an advanced level.
  • Management Information Systems Concepts: Provides students with knowledge of the role of information systems within an organization; systems, information and decision theory; information systems applications including decision support; and systems evaluation and selection.
  • Managerial Accounting: Use of accounting data in managerial decision-making process and in the analysis and control of business operations
  • Managerial Economics: Application of economic theory and methods to business and administrative decision making. 
  • Marketing Management: Integrated and applied approach utilizing modern marketing theory and practice by developing a framework for decision making and implementing a marketing program.
  • Research & Analysis for Management Decisions: Study of the tools and techniques for business research and data analysis. Emphasis on applying the tools and techniques to determine, define, and solve complex business problems and improve managerial decision making.
  • Strategic Management of Human Resources: Principles of organizational behavior applied to managerial practices; strategic management of human resources to accomplish work and maximize organizational effectiveness.
  • Strategic Planning and Organizational Analysis: Analysis of business organization, its environment, and the strategic planning function. Should be taken in first semester of study.


Business Electives (3 Credits)

Three elective units provide an opportunity for advanced work in a business specialty or industry issue. One 3-credit course to fulfill this requirement will be offered on site. Students who elect to take courses at the Cedar Falls campus can take advantage of other offerings, which include 1-credit short courses that focus on cutting edge trends or challenging business issues. Students may also select a study abroad opportunity or transfer units from another accredited MBA program.

Business Capstone Experience (1 credit)

Upon the completion of all coursework, MBA candidates complete a research project that demonstrates their ability to apply business principles and analytical methods learned throughout the program. Most International MBA students fulfill this requirement by engaging in an online international business simulation, preparing interim analysis and final reports to document their decisions and outcomes.

Preparation for Success

Success in an MBA program requires academic preparation for the advanced business curriculum as well as a collection of critical thinking, communication and relationship skills that we describe as a managerial mind set.

Academic prerequisites can be met with undergraduate business courses, online review courses or professional work experience. We work with each student individually to ensure your readiness.
Taking a leadership role involves thinking strategically, maintaining a global perspective, building talent and making sustainable changes in key processes. New students participate in two Saturday workshops to learn the frameworks, then take advantage of online resources, reflection prompts and self-assessment exercises to solidify their critical thinking, problem solving, team management and communication skills.

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