Loyola’s online Master of Business Administration consists of 40 credit hours, which includes:
- 24 hours of MBA core courses
- 12 hours of elective courses
- 4 hours of immersion week courses (each immersion week is 1 credit hour)
You can also download the degree program course list (DPCL) to view program requirements in a helpful worksheet format.
MBA Core Courses (24 credits)
ACCT B715: Financial & Managerial Accounting (3 crs.)
This course provides an overview of how financial data can be used by managers, entrepreneurs, and executives to improve the decision-making process, as well as organizational productivity and performance. The financial accounting portion of the course develops student skills in reading and understanding financial statements, analyzing investments, and measuring and assessing financial performance. The managerial accounting portion of the course develops student skills in budgeting, cost accounting, cash flow analysis, and the analysis and interpretation of internal financial reports.
BA B750: Competitive Strategy (Capstone) (3 crs.)
This course focuses on the roles and activities of general managers, executives, leaders, entrepreneurs, and other executives who run businesses. Students develop skills in competitive analysis and the analysis of industry structure, as well as in formulating or executing strategy in small, diverse, or multinational firms. The course focuses on case analysis to analyze ambiguous problems, develop strategic-thinking skills, and apply analytical models to solve complex problems.
As the capstone course, it integrates all the knowledge gleaned from MBA coursework and applies that knowledge through the creation of a comprehensive business plan. This business plan will demonstrate mastery of business philosophy, theory, application, and practice through the design and integration of strategies and plans needed to meet the overall aim of the organization. Successful completion of the business plan will demonstrate the mastery sufficient for advancement into a professional career.
Note: Must be taken in last semester.
DECS B725: Managerial Economics & Statistics (3 crs.)
The course develops qualitative and quantitative approaches for problem-solving and decision-making in the field of management. Students will learn how to use theoretical and analytical tools from the fields of economics and statistics to enhance their ability to understand real-world problems, identify possible solutions, and make the right managerial decisions to achieve organizational performance excellence.
FIN B700: Financial Management (3 crs.)
The course emphasizes the application of financial theory by giving the student a framework for analyzing and recommending alternative solutions to business financial problems. Special emphasis will be on financial decision-making that requires integrating the core finance areas of corporate finance, investments, portfolio management, and multinational finance. The course combines application to real life cases with theoretical concepts. The course provides the tools needed for fundamental as well as technical analysis of selected publicly traded companies.
MGT B700: Organizational Behavior & Leadership (3 crs.)
This course provides students with a fundamental understanding of the basic functional areas of management, organizational behavior, and strategic decision-making from a manager’s point-of-view. The course helps students develop the skills to analyze and address management/leadership challenges and opportunities, and the knowledge to create a sustainable organization with world-class performance.
MGT B705: Strategic Communication (3 crs.)
The course introduces students to professional business communication style, as well as professional dress and conduct. The course also focuses on the strategic aspects of communication and concludes with a communication strategy audit of a real-world firm with the goal of improving team, listening, or communication environments.
MGT B710: Operations & Process Management (3 crs.)
The course introduces fundamental quantitative approaches for decision-making in the field of operations and process management. Students will develop skills in analyzing how logistical and operations decisions impact the performance of the firm, as well as the entire supply chain. In the latter half of the class, students will develop skills that will enable them to analyze processes, ensure quality, create value, and manage the flow of information, products, and services across a network of customers, enterprises, and supply chain partners.
MKT B700: Strategic Marketing (3 crs.)
This course enables students to develop the skills necessary to make intelligent strategic marketing decisions for an organization. The course addresses how marketing activities and customer orientations impact all aspects of an organization’s strategy, especially: (1) identifying customer value; (2) prioritizing customer value segments; and (3) aligning organizational processes in order to maximize customer value as a means of achieving excellence in firm performance. The purpose of this course is to prepare leaders who understand the need for a customer-centered organization and use marketing skills and expertise in creating overall performance excellence in an organization.
MBA Elective Courses (12 credits)
Online MBA students have the opportunity to specialize their degree by taking electives in high-demand areas that align with their interests and career goals. Students who are enrolling in the MBA with a concentration in Finance will take the finance electives.
DECS B835: Business Decision Modeling (3 crs.)
This course covers the development and interpretation of statistical, financial, and mathematical models for business decision-making. Modeling techniques discussed may include applied probability distributions, time series analysis/forecasting, classification and/or clustering models, scenario/what-if analysis, linear optimization and sensitivity analysis, simulation models, decision trees/decision analysis, and expected value/utility analysis. Students gain expertise in the application of rigorous quantitative analysis to complex business decisions in the areas of strategic planning, financial management, and operations research. This course fulfills requirements for the concentration in Finance.
Cross-listing: FIN B835; Prerequisite: DECS B725
ENTR B820: Innovation & Entrepreneurship (3 crs.)
This course exposes students to the new venture development process using methods used in the world’s top startup incubator programs. Students will receive expert coaching as they generate a novel business model, validate that model in their target market through real customer contact, and create a go-to-market plan and fundraising strategy that makes their business a reality. In doing so, students will learn skills that will serve them when they launch their own startup or drive corporate innovation initiatives.
FIN B805: Investment Management (3 crs.)
This course advances the graduate student’s knowledge of financial markets and securities by providing a deeper understanding of the theory, practice, and application of the principles of investments. The course emphasizes the application of financial theory by giving the student a framework for analyzing a variety of markets and investments including stocks, bonds, and options. Topics such as time value of money, risk and return, portfolio management, and securities valuation will be discussed. This course fulfills requirements for the concentration in Finance.
Prerequisite: FIN B700
FIN B820: Financial Statement Analysis (3 crs.)
This course examines techniques for the analysis of financial statements, explores the relationship between the selection of accounting procedures and the quality of the resulting statements, analyzes the profitability and riskiness of the firm through the entrepreneurial alertness of management, forecasts future pro-forma financial statements, and values the firm through discounted future cash flows. This course fulfills requirements for the concentration in Finance.
Prerequisite: FIN B700
FIN B893: Special Topics in Finance (3 crs.)
This course designation is applied to topical electives in Finance offered on an irregular basis. This course fulfills requirements for the concentration in Finance.
MGT B725: Quality & Performance Excellence (3 crs.)
This course is designed to introduce students to the knowledge and skills necessary to create high-performing, sustainable, resilient, and responsible organizations. The course focuses on organizational design and diagnosis using the Baldrige Quality Award Criteria for Performance Excellence. The course also covers essential leadership/managerial skills from the field of quality management and leadership theory to empower students to influence an organization to move ahead through continuous improvement.
MGT B830: Project Management (3 crs.)
In this course, the student will learn the fundamentals of project management through a structured approach based on a life-cycle methodology that follows a project from concept to closure, including the realization of expected value and delivery of successful business outcomes. The course will present the industry-proven technical and behavioral best practices that contribute to the delivery of successful projects. The course covers the majority of the Project Management Institute’s Body of Knowledge that a student should be familiar with in order to successfully become certified as a Project Management Professional [PMP] or Certified Associate in Project Management [CAPM]. (Note: Loyola does not offer these certifications; the student must pursue certification independently.).
Prerequisite: MGT B710
MGT B835: Lean Six Sigma (3 crs.)
This class is designed to help students prepare for the ASQ Six Sigma Green Belt exam by covering the specific body of knowledge that is tested on the ASQ exam. The course will cover material specified in the ASQ Six Sigma Green Belt body of knowledge. Students will learn lean principles and the systematic D-M-A-I-C approach to process management. This class will also give students an opportunity to apply course concepts via the execution of a practical Six Sigma project with the assistance of the instructor. (Note: Loyola does not offer the Six Sigma exam; the student must pursue certification independently.)
Prerequisite: MGT B710
MKT B815: Integrated Brand Promotion (3 crs.)
This course investigates the value and use of traditional and innovative communication technologies as applied to promotional problems and opportunities at the brand level. Projects include secondary research of the field of brand promotion and the production of a real brand’s promotional campaign. The course’s objective is to introduce students to the concepts and vocabulary of advertising and promotion from a brand perspective, and to provide experience in developing a brand promotion plan.
Prerequisite: MKT B700
MKT B820: Digital Marketing & Analytics (3 crs.)
The course is an integration of electronic and technological topics that are popular with today’s connected consumer. In particular, the course examines unpaid search engine marketing, paid search engine marketing, and social media marketing topics. The course has a strategic flavor to it, with implications and relevance to marketing. Students will gain a clear understanding of how today’s businesses can use Google and social media to achieve positive results. Furthermore, the course is designed for students to earn a professional certification from Google, which will make any student a more desirable job candidate. (Note: Loyola does not offer Google certification; the student must pursue certification independently.)
Prerequisite: MKT B700
MKT B825: Consumer Analysis & Research (3 crs.)
This course familiarizes students with terms, concepts, and theories that are used to understand consumer behavior and develops skills necessary to conduct applied research on consumer behavior topics. Students learn how consumers’ thoughts, feelings, and actions are influenced by advertising messages, brand names, pricing formats, and other marketing stimuli. This course also teaches the student how to measure and analyze consumer attitudes and behaviors. Measurement techniques covered include observation, interviews, focus groups, and surveys. Analysis tools used include descriptive statistics, sampling, chi square, ANOVA, and linear and/or logistic regression.
Prerequisites: DECS B725, MKT B700
MBA Immersion Weeks (4 credits)
Immersion weeks are two-week modules that allow students to interact with faculty, executives, and fellow MBA students while getting advanced knowledge in special topics that vary based on student interests, trends, and current events. Past topics have included: business law, venture and ideation, information security management, and real estate investments. Students take four total immersion modules, one of which is required – the Ethics & Social Justice Week.
(Required) BA B704: Ethics + Social Justice Week (1 cr.)
Ethics + Social Justice Week introduces students to issues related to ethical behavior and social justice and applies them to real business cases and dilemmas. In addition, it introduces students to the Jesuit value system and how Jesuit values apply to ethical issues in business. Students will become more self-conscious and constructively self-critical of their ethical preconceptions. Students will be better able to identify ethical challenges and be aware of the strategies and resources available to deal with them effectively.