Master of Business Administration: Curriculum

Curriculum Details


In this 30-credit-hour program, you'll complete 15 credits of required courses and 12 credits of elective courses to build the fundamental business and specialized skills that meet the needs of today's companies.

The MBA curriculum is rounded out by a three-credit-hour capstone project encompassing all of your learning. You'll work with a real-world company on a business project and lay the groundwork for professional success with your master of business administration. In as few as two years, you'll possess the skills and expertise to make a difference in organizations in any industry.

*Waive up to two Chartered Property Casualty Underwriter (CPCU) exams by earning a B or better in approved insurance-focused courses.

The curriculum course abstracts on this page are meant to provide a high-level course overview and subject to change based on term, faculty, and/or institutional requirements. View the official course descriptions as written in the Utica College Academic Catalog and in adherence to regional compliance.

Required Courses

Credit Hours

Business Core Total Hours:

BUS 611 Principles and Practices of Leadership ICredit Hours: 1.5

Examine the posture of the modern leader in a contemporary organizational setting. In this part I course, you'll explore topics including creative instruction and case studies.

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BUS 612 Principles and Practices of Leadership IICredit Hours: 1.5

Explore the posture of the modern leader in a contemporary organizational setting. You'll examine the relationship between leaders and organizations through creative instruction and case studies.

Prerequisite: BUS 611

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BUS 621 Financial Fluency ICredit Hours: 1.5

Part I of a course that helps prospective leaders understand how to apply accounting and finance concepts. You'll also explore how to interpret and apply financial data to inform decision-making.

This course is the companion to BUS 622.

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BUS 622 Financial Fluency IICredit Hours: 1.5

Gain an in-depth understanding of how to apply accounting and finance concepts. Learn how the interpretation and application of financial data can affect decision-making. Part II of a course for prospective leaders.

Prerequisite: BUS 621

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BUS 631 Data-Driven Decision-Making ICredit Hours: 1.5

In Part I of this course, learn how to shape executive decision-making by ensuring the data used to inform decisions is correct.

This is the prerequisite course to BUS 632.

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BUS 632 Data-Driven Decision-Making IICredit Hours: 1.5

In part II of this course, learn how to shape executive decision-making by ensuring the data you use to inform your decisions is correct.

Prerequisite: BUS 631

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BUS 641 The Global Consumer, Markets and Logistics ICredit Hours: 1.5

Explore how the supply of goods and services has been significantly impacted by the evolution of the internet and a global economy in this part I course.

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BUS 642 The Global Consumer, Markets and Logistics IICredit Hours: 1.5

In Part II, Explore how the supply of goods and services has been significantly impacted by the evolution of the world-wide web and a global economy.

Prerequisite: BUS 641

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BUS 651 Strategy ICredit Hours: 1.5

Experience Part I of the 'capstone' course that builds on the Master of Business Administration program's four core courses. This is an integrative business course built around progressive business simulation.

Prerequisites: BUS 612, BUS 622, BUS 632, BUS 642

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BUS 652 Strategy IICredit Hours: 1.5

Build on your understanding of business strategy with Part II of the Master of Business Administration capstone. This is an integrative business course built around progressive business simulation.

Prerequisite(s): BUS 651

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Finance/Accounting Total Hours:

ACC 601 Seminar in Advanced Managerial AccountingCredit Hours: 3

Examine managerial accounting, decision and control models, and planning and control during uncertain conditions. You'll also explore contemporary issues in cost management.

ACC 605 Financial Reporting and AnalysisCredit Hours: 3

Learn to analyze and interpret financial statement information. You'll explore how to analyze a firm's financial performance and accounting methods, forecast the firm's future pro forma financial statements, and estimate the intrinsic value of the firm.

ECN 610 Managerial EconomicsCredit Hours: 3

Explore economic forces and how they relate to a firm's profitability and growth, as well as economic thinking. You'll take a close look at principles of microeconomics and how they apply to managerial decision-making.

FIN 601 Advanced Financial ManagementCredit Hours: 3

Explore corporate financial analysis, working capital management, and capital budgeting issues while learning to use financial models and tools that inform leaders about the long-term viability of a business and to discover financial fraud.

Cybersecurity Total Hours:

CYB 606 Cyberspace and CybersecurityCredit Hours: 3

Gain an introduction to the disciplines of cyberspace and cybersecurity, including key concepts, terms, and definitions. Examine threats, vulnerabilities, and countermeasures associated with cybersecurity, and explore the topics of cybersecurity policy, risk, and compliance.

CYB 610 Cyber IntelligenceCredit Hours: 3

Explore foundational concepts and processes in the sub-discipline of cyber intelligence.

CYB 633 Critical National Infrastructures and National SecurityCredit Hours: 3

Examine major critical infrastructure protection issues, technologies, and approaches as they relate to telecommunications, energy, banking and finance, transportation, the internet, and emergency services.

CYB 673 Principles of Cybercrime InvestigationsCredit Hours: 3

Examine the legal and technical aspects of cybercrime investigations, then compare them with techniques of traditional investigations.

Data Analytics (Select 4) Total Hours:

DSC 501 Introduction to Data ScienceCredit Hours: 3

Explore important data science goals and objectives that inform data collection and analysis techniques. You'll gain an understanding of how appropriate quantitative and qualitative methods, data collection techniques, and software help data scientists interpret and apply research findings to help solve real-world problems using private, proprietary, and public data sources. You will develop advanced critical thinking in research ethics and social responsibilities as they relate to management and decision sciences.

DSC 503 Statistical MethodsCredit Hours: 3

Learn advanced statistical models for data analysis. Gain a theoretical understanding and practical application of the principles and techniques of statistical data analysis. 

DSC 607 Data MiningCredit Hours: 3

Develop an understanding of theoretical concepts and methods in the field of data mining. Explore data mining methods used for prediction and knowledge discovery in databases by using programming software to analyze real-world data.

DSC 609 Machine LearningCredit Hours: 3

Understand the key machine learning algorithms and their applications to real-world problems. Learn theoretical foundations and empirical applications of machine learning with hands-on programming assignments and projects.

DSC 611 Data VisualizationCredit Hours: 3

Become an effective data storyteller by creating rich visuals to represent and communicate data analysis.

Entrepreneurship Total Hours:

BUS 517 Small Business InnovationCredit Hours: 3

In this introduction to domestic and global business models that have evolved over the last 30 years, you'll examine one of the most disruptive periods in modern business history and connect the thinking to current and not-yet-established models.

BUS 627 Digital MarketingCredit Hours: 3

Learn how to take a multi-tiered approach to media audience/market analysis, including a deep examination of the rise of niche products and an introduction to data-driven methods, in order to recognize changes in the contemporary business climate. Top-down, deliberate theories that once applied to the development of audiences/markets are now replaced by real-time shifts that must be evaluated and capitalized upon immediately in order to realize success.

Prerequisite: BUS 517

BUS 637 Small Business FundingCredit Hours: 3

Gain an understanding of the importance of multiple revenue streams in order to establish a sound and successful strategy for an existing or emerging product or organization. Since technology will continue to alter the means of income generation as smaller and diverse payment methods continue to evolve, companies must adapt to changing markets and realize opportunities for success on the local and global stages through data-driven assessment and application.

Prerequisite: BUS 517

BUS 647 Venture ImplementationCredit Hours: 3

Apply learning from your industry-specific experience or the other three courses (BUS 517, 627, 637) in the Entrepreneurship specialization. This course serves as an accelerator environment for either a student or a team's product, service, or organization.

Prerequisite: BUS 517 or Permission of Instructor

Health Care Management (Select 4) Total Hours:

HCA 527 Ethical and Legal IssuesCredit Hours: 3

Explore the legal principles of development, application, and assessment in health care organizations. You'll examine best practices for leadership in applying ethics to business and clinical decision-making, and adherence to the codes of ethics of health care professionals.

HCA 531 Leadership in Marketing and Strategic PlanningCredit Hours: 3

Explore broad aspects of service-sector management and strategic planning. You'll gain an understanding of the customer's role in service delivery, service offering design, service recovery, strategic plans, and strategy's impact on the successful delivery of health care.

Same as MGT 531.

HCA 614 Quality Management and Performance Improvement in Evidence Based HealthcareCredit Hours: 3

Explore a comprehensive overview of performance improvement initiatives that impact all levels of health care, including clinical and financial issues.

HCA 616 Organization Development and ChangeCredit Hours: 3

Learn to apply application tools and methods of the behavioral sciences to improve organization performance. Key principles and conduct of internal/external consultants.

HCA 627 Health InformaticsCredit Hours: 3

Health Care Informatics provides a graduate level managerial perspective of the effective use of data and information technology in health care settings. The course provides students with strategies for improving operational efficiencies with healthcare informatics.

Insurance and Risk Management Total Hours:

RMI 610 Insurance and Risk Management for Today's Professional*Credit Hours: 3

Learn how to identify, measure, control and mitigate the different types of non-speculative risks faced by businesses and individuals.

*Utica College students can waive their choice of up to two of the national CPCU exams by completing these courses with a grade of B or better. The equivalent exam for RMI 610 is CPCU 500 Managing Evolving Risks.

Prerequisites: BUS 652

RMI 620 Property and Casualty Risk Management for Business*Credit Hours: 3

Gain an understanding of Property/Casualty (P/C) insurance and risk management issues for both commercial concerns and the individual or family. You'll analyze, compare, and contrast these P/C issues for each type of stakeholder.

*Utica College students can waive their choice of up to two of the national CPCU exams by completing these courses with a grade of B or better. The equivalent exam for RMI 620 is CPCU 557 Survey of Commercial Insurance.

Prerequisite: BUS 652

RMI 630 Insuring and Managing Risk for the Person*Credit Hours: 3

Explore the many risk management and insurance issues individuals must deal with in today's world. You'll examine life and health insurance, disability income insurance, retirement, and investment and financial planning.

*Utica College students can waive their choice of up to two of the national CPCU exams by completing these courses with a grade of B or better. The equivalent exam for RMI 630 is CPCU 555 Personal Risk Management and Property – Casualty Insurance.

Prerequisite: BUS 652

RMI 640 Managing Risk Across the EnterpriseCredit Hours: 3

Enterprise Risk Management (ERM) is the process firms use to identify, measure, manage, and disclose key risks. You'll explore the theory and process of identifying risks and their impact on the value of the firm.

Prerequisite: BUS 652

Capstone Total Hours:

BUS 679 MBA Project ProposalCredit Hours: 1.5

Part I of a 'captone' course for all MBA concentrations (followed by BUS 689 Project Execution). The project proposal and execution are designed to allow the student to integrate and apply what they have learned in their MBA program to a meaningful business project.

Prerequisite: BUS 652 and permission of the department

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BUS 689 MBA Project ExecutionCredit Hours: 1.5

Demonstrate all you have learned in the MBA program by planning and completing a meaningful business project. Using the project proposal drafted in BUS 679, execute the project and demonstrate the specialization skills you've developed during the MBA program.

Prerequisite: BUS 679

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