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The Chico State Online MBA Curriculum

The Online MBA curriculum at Chico State offers the best of all worlds: well-rounded business knowledge and leadership attributes, multiple opportunities to target your degree toward a specific career path, and immediately actionable professional skills delivered quickly and efficiently. Whether you plan to pursue one of our two specializations or take a more general route toward broad business expertise, the Online MBA can get you where you need to go.

Explore the innovative, high-impact courses that comprise our Online MBA curriculum, and see how you can craft an MBA experience to help you excel in any career path.

Prerequisite Courses

To ensure preparedness for the course content of the Online MBA program, all students must either pass the following prerequisite courses or demonstrate sufficient professional experience to waive them:

  • ACCT 201 Introduction to Financial Accounting (or equivalent)
    • Required for ACCT 615 and FINA 655
  • ACCT 202 Introduction to Managerial Accounting (or equivalent)
    • Prerequisite: ACCT 201; required for ACCT 615
  • MATH 108 Statistics of Business and Economics (or equivalent)
  • ECON 103 Principles of Microeconomics Analysis (or equivalent)
  • MKTG 305 Survey of Marketing (or equivalent)
  • FINA 307 Survey of Finance (or equivalent)

Online students are strongly encouraged to take these courses prior to the beginning of their first term at Chico State, although students may begin taking Online MBA courses without having all prerequisite courses completed. Most students with an undergraduate business degree will likely have met all of these requirements.

ACCT 201 and ACCT 202 must be taken as credit-bearing courses, either at Chico State or at another institution. To make this process more efficient and effective for you—as well as to save you time and money—the MATH 108, ECON 103, MKTG 305, and FINA 307 requirements can be fulfilled by enrolling in online, non-credit bearing, self-paced leveling courses offered by Peregrine Academic Services. Leveling courses (also called modules) are meant to give non-business majors the basic information they need to succeed in our graduate courses.

EIS Prerequisites

The following courses are required for all students who intend to select the Enterprise Information Systems (EIS) option for the Online MBA. These courses are each 3 weeks in length and available online.

  • MINS 235 Database Design or MINS 311 Foundations of Database Design
  • BSIS 301 Enterprise Technology Integration or BSIS 310 Foundation of Enterprise Technology Integration
  • MINS 346 Data Communications and Networking or MINS 312 Foundations of Networking

As with our general prerequisites, appropriate professional experience may be sufficient to waive any or all of these requirements. Contact an Admissions Advisor for more information about your eligibility to waive them.

Core Courses

Advanced course in external reporting problems in controversial areas. Application of accounting theory and the conceptual framework to the solution of emerging problems. Prerequisite: Undergraduate financial and managerial accouting courses (ACCT 201 and ACCT 202). Prerequisites waived with appropriate academic or professional experience.

Effective business communication is central to success in business. Students will learn how to be an effective and persuasive communicator. Course will focus on how to clearly communicate in a professional environment that may include interpersonal interactions, written communications, presentations, and the appropriate use of technology and digital tools to facilitate communication. This course will allow students to develop a deeper understanding of their professional goals and career aspirations and how to turn this into a strategic career communications plan.

An examination of applications and information system platforms designed to support and improve business decision-making. Exposure to relevant quantitative methods and their potential business value, combined with hands-on use of current technology. Case studies requiring the development of clearly communicated recommendations supported by sound analysis.

Survey of academic literature in managerial finance, with particular emphasis on recent developments in theory and application. Prerequisite: Undergraduate financial accounting course (ACCT 201). Prerequisite waived with appropriate academic or professional experience.

Study of current theory and research in organizational behavior and organizational design, emphasizing managerial applications. Includes ethical, environmental, technological, and international considerations.

A large variety of readings, cases, and written assignments are used to examine the role of leadership, global ethics, and corporate social responsibility in organizations. The course emphasizes the theoretical and practical application of leadership and decision-making models and their interaction with ethical and socially responsible outcomes. Effective leaders must communicate well. The course gives students the opportunity to improve their written and oral communication skills. This is a writing-intensive course. Passing the course with a B- or higher fulfills the Graduate School's writing proficiency requirement.

A study of marketing concepts and strategies, such as demand analysis, product/market positioning, distribution, promotion, and pricing strategies. Emphasis on integrating such concepts and strategies into strategic marketing programs.

This course provides an overview of the operations management process. The operations management field includes the primary functions of business. These central functions of an organization are responsible for the creation and delivery of goods and services. This course will assist the student in developing both quantitative and qualitative skills to utilize current methodologies, systems, and technology to plan, execute, implement, and analyze performance of the organization and its resources. The topic area of quality management will be a significant segment of this course.

A case-oriented, interdisciplinary capstone seminar. Emphasis is on the analysis of complex business problems via the integration of the subject matter of all previous program courses. Linking the firm's internal and external environments from the total-enterprise perspective of the general manager, this course undertakes a systematic inquiry into the strategic management and administrative business policy issues pertaining to the organization's performance and effectiveness. Capstone students will participate in project teams and undertake a comprehensive consulting experience with a client organization as an integral component of the course.

FAST Elective Courses

All courses are three weeks in length and worth 1.5 units. Students chose one from the three options. FAST elective courses are only available to students enrolled in the general MBA path.

Advanced spreadsheet skills are valued by employers across all functions and industries. The knowledge and skills learned from this course will help students improve management decision-making and effectiveness. In this course students will learn to master extremely useful advanced analysis and reporting skills including creating dynamic reports and charts with PivotTables, understanding the power of conditional logic and IF statements, the power of VLOOKUP, the efficiency and effectiveness of Macros, how to present an analysis in a meaningful and persuasive manner, and more. The course is meant for all levels, but it is preferred that students enter the course with basic Excel skills.

Organizations today rely on deep customer and market data to better identify valuable customers and to understand how to most effectively manage customer relationships and the sales channel. Students will comprehend the current underpinnings of customer relationship management (CRM) approaches. Students will learn how CRM improves communication and collaboration across an organization and facilitates more productive, data-driven business decision-making. This course will give students hands-on experience with a leading CRM platform, Salesforce.

This course introduces students to the concept, implementation, and use of enterprise resource planning (ERP) to support organizational processes. The course emphasizes how businesses are using ERP platforms to understand their business processes and be more efficient and effective. The course focus is on the variety of IT and enterprise systems used to support business. Students will learn about current trends and challenges in ERP and gain hands-on experience using SAP, a leading ERP system. ERP exercises will support the learning of accounting, sales, and purchasing business cycles.

Specialization Courses

General Path Courses

This course provides deep engagement with all aspects of running a virtual business. Students will make data-driven decisions based on analysis of their business’s market, sales strategy, manufacturing, financials, and competitive environment. Student teams will compete against each other as they try to maximize customer satisfaction, profitability, market share, return on assets, earning per share, and more. The competitive business simulation is a thoroughly engaging experience in which students can bridge theory and practice and test out their business acumen in a dynamic, complex simulated environment. This course is sponsored by a corporate partner that provides cash awards to winning teams.

Enterprise Information Systems Courses

The analysis of the information requirements of an organization, including the strategic use of information systems, current information technology, future technology directions, the role of database management systems and data communication systems in modern organizations, and the analysis and design of information systems. Uses SAP. Prerequisites: MINS 235 and BSIS 301, or MINS 311 and BSIS 310, or appropriate professional experience.

Advanced instruction of business intelligence and data warehousing. The course covers business intelligence functionality with an emphasis on data warehouse design and development. Students demonstrate a working knowledge of business intelligence, data warehouse design development, and performance management via hands-on assignments and a culminating project. Prerequisite: MINS 235, or MINS 311, or appropriate professional experience.

This course covers a broad range of information security topics. The course theme is the protection of information resources from disruption, destruction, or disaster as well as unauthorized access. The course covers controls designed to protect information assets, detect the loss of information, and correct information-loss situations. Students study the use of authentication and authorization systems, firewalls, encryption systems, redundant disk arrays, and other tools designed to prevent loss of information. Students also study intrusion-detection systems, file-fingerprinting tools, and other methods and controls designed to detect information loss. Finally, students study backup strategies and controls designed to ensure the recovery of lost information. Single-site redundancy as well as the use of backup data centers and redundant communications systems are studied to address the protection of user access to information resources. Risk assessments, security policies, and formal controls processes are used to apply the information learned in the course to real-world scenarios. Prerequisites: MINS 346, or MINS 312, or appropriate professional experience.

Project Management Courses

A comprehensive, in-depth, and hands-on approach to learning about managing teams and projects. Students learn how to efficiently and effectively initiate, plan, execute, and monitor projects. This course includes the coverage of the nine project management body-of-knowledge areas required for professional certification by the Project Management Institute. Students are required to use information technology, spreadsheets, and project management software.

This course highlights the theoretical and practical application of teamwork, negotiation, and conflict resolution models and their interface with ethical and socially responsible outcomes. Effective leaders must develop strong teams, negotiate well, and have the capability to resolve conflict in the organization. To this end, a variety of readings, case studies, and personal assessments are used to survey the tools essential for successful negotiation and conflict resolution.

This course provides students with tools, techniques, and knowledge to efficiently and effectively implement projects in order to reach organization goals. Even with improved planning, projects will rarely go exactly as planned. When problems occur, how should management best respond? To what extent can additional budget be obtained (“change management”)? How can risks be mitigated (“risk management”)? What mix of adding resources (e.g., by hiring, overtime, work intensity), changing the schedule (both final and interim milestones), reducing scope, cutting activities such as QA, and so on will provide the most satisfactory outcome? A system dynamics (SD) causal model tool is used to improve such decisions by taking into consideration feedback in projects, especially the adverse ripple effects of management actions. Resource optimization techniques used in project management are explored through hands-on applications, exercises, and projects.

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