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Electives

During the elective portion of the Professional MBA program (modules 6, 7, and 8), you may choose to take the following electives at our Atlanta (Buckhead) Campus. Electives can take place on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, or Thursday evenings from 6 – 9 p.m., or on Saturdays from 9 a.m. – 4 p.m. The electives offered in the Professional MBA program vary from year to year and elective course options are subject to change.  

Accounting, Finance & Real Estate

Financial Statement Analysis

ACCT 7600: Basic techniques, research methods, strengths, and limitations of financial statement analysis. Computer analysis of financial data to predict earnings and other financial ratios are covered. Techniques used to value equity securities and to predict takeover targets, future debt ratings, and bankruptcies.

Financial Modeling

FINA 7920: An introduction to current practices in financial modeling. Students will learn how to apply financial models with financial data to perform analysis. This hands-on course provides the skills to apply the theories, concepts, and spreadsheet tools to develop effective financial analysis and decision-making.

Mergers and Acquisitions

FINA 6205: Application of corporate finance concepts to mergers and acquisitions and corporate governance. The topics will include Mergers and Acquisitions, Corporate Governance, and Restructuring. The tools, techniques, and theories of finance are applied to actual business decisions.

Principles of Real Estate

REAL 7100: The basic principles and analytical techniques related to the study of real estate - its practices, institutions, and participants. Topics focus on issues related to property rights, urban economics, market analysis, and brokerage, with an emphasis on decisions related to investment, asset management, and debt financing.

Entrepreneurship

Design Thinking

ENTR 7090: Creativity/innovation are needed for leading industries and companies. Critical thinking is a way of deciding whether a claim is true or false. Design thinking uses a set of methods to develop ideas/solutions to challenges in any discipline or profession. This course will focus on developing students’ critical/design thinking processes.

Entrepreneurship & New Venture Creation

ENTR 7515: Examination of the new venture process, from idea generation to startup to harvest. Emphasis is placed on the generation of a complete business plan for a new product or service. Topics include entrepreneurial leadership and infrastructure, assessment of viability, business plan development and presentation, and entrepreneurial finance.

Entrepreneurial Finance

ENTR 7505: An exploration of the various options for financing an entrepreneurial venture. This course will cover various aspects of venture finance, including angel investing, venture capital, private equity, debt, and IPOs.

Innovation Management

ENTR 7310: Multi-disciplinary approach to the exploration of the management of innovative projects in incumbent companies. The course will provide participants with frameworks and tools they can apply to enhance their abilities to manage the development and implementation of new ideas for business results. This topic will be approached from a global and process perspective.

Management

Bargaining & Negotiations

EMBA 7400: Approaches for negotiating practical conflicts that arise in business settings. Emphasis is placed on achieving outcomes that are based on legitimate data, satisfy all parties' interests, and include realistic and operational commitments. The role of effective communications in building the desired relationships is also stressed.

Change Management

MGMT 7810: The formal and informal structures within an organization. Topics include designing organizational structures, jobs, teams, and work-flow processes; aligning the design of structures with organizational strategy; and assessing supporting relationships, such as decision-making and authority networks.

Corporate Reputation & Crisis Management

MGMT 7430: This course helps managers understand the challenges of managing corporate reputation during an organizational crisis. Emphasis is placed on the trade-offs associated with managing multiple reputations, different crisis response strategies, and their varying effects on public perceptions.

Designing, Managing and Improving Supply Chains

MGMT 7130: Supply Chain Management permeates a company's strategy and operations. Students will develop an overarching understanding of how to design, manage, and improve the cross-functional links in supply chains. 

Human Resource Management

MGMT 7990: Explore human resource management through experiential exercises, discussions, case analyses and collaborative learning. Explore who is hired, how they are trained, evaluated, compensated, and what steps are taken to retain an organization’s workforce.

Leading Evolving Organizations

MGMT 7011: Leadership needs of organizations vary at different stages of the organization’s existence. Identify and build leadership skills by matching organizational life stages to leadership styles and develop your own leadership style to facilitate career progression.

Lean Six Sigma

MGMT 7160: Lean Six Sigma is a methodology that seeks to improve performance by removing waste and minimizing variability. This course will teach students the principles and methodologies of Lean Six Sigma and culminates in Green Belt designation.

Principles of Franchising

MGMT 7990: Topics include the history of franchising, franchising fundamentals, advantages/disadvantages of franchising, and considerations to make when starting and managing a franchise business. Students will learn to evaluate franchising opportunities and strategies associated with planning, implementing, and launching a new franchise business. This course will appeal to students who intend to work for a franchisor company, who may consider buying a franchise, or developing and launching a franchised business as an entrepreneurial new venture.

Project Management

MGMT 7220: Planning, scheduling, organizing, implementing, and controlling of single and multiple projects. This course explores traditional and new techniques for the dynamic environment of project management.

Service Operations Management

MGMT 7260: Case study method to understand the tools that transform existing organizations or to design new offerings that deliver impressive results for both customers and shareholders.

Marketing

Marketing Strategy

EMBA 7650: The integration of marketing concepts and their application to strategic decision making. Topics of study include marketing in the knowledge economy, developing a market-focused organization, understanding customers and competitors, relationship management, and the impact of organizational variables on customer satisfaction.

Social Media Marketing Strategy

MARK 7550: This course focuses on how businesses use social platforms to engage with their audiences. Through lecture, discussion, guest speakers and case studies, students will come to appreciate why social media is such a tectonic shift from traditional marketing and why so many companies are struggling with it. Students gain insight into the sociological principles behind major shifts in consumer behavior and social interaction online.

Sales Strategy & Management

MARK 6220: Moving, persuading, or selling others to follow recommendations using emotional intelligence and leadership skills. Sync sales strategy with leadership, technology, motivation, legal/ethical theory, and practice.

Other Electives

Artificial Intelligence for Business Managers

MIST 7990: Non-technical business managers will learn to lead artificial intelligence transformations in their current or future organization. Learn AI terminology, strategy, problem framing, applications workflow, and ethics. 

International or Domestic Residency - Study Abroad

INTB 7100 (international) or MGMT 7990 (domestic): Gain perspective on how regional or international economic, cultural, and regulatory environments influence business processes. Hear lectures from business experts and attend site visits to a variety of regional or country-specific businesses. Both international and domestic residencies feature business consulting challenges that allow students to work on real-world projects with companies in the destination city or country.

*Schedule, courses, and certificate options are subject to change.

 

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