M.B.A. - Degree Curriculum | Online Graduate Programs | SIU College of Business and Analytics

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Online Graduate Programs

College of Business and Analytics

Degree Curriculum

Our online format delivers 16 courses in less than 2 years. While we often invite our students for on-campus collegiate events, such as homecoming and graduation, there is no obligation to ever visit the campus. Students may choose to specialize in our cutting-edge analytics concentration, Analytics for Managers, or obtain a broader understanding of business functions with the General concentration.  

Please click on the individual courses below to see more information.

Core Business Courses (20 Credit Hours)

Basic cost concepts, measures, methods and systems of internal accounting useful for managerial planning, implementation, control and performance evaluation. Includes cost analysis relevant for non-routine decision-making.

The study of the development of competititve strategy for the operations and supply chain function, frameworks and tools used to implement operations and supply chain strategy, and how the operations and supply chain function contributes to an organization’s competitive capabilities in the global marketplace.

Provide a broad overview of basic concepts, principles, and recent innovations in financial management. Topics covered will include risk and return, valuation, capital budgeting, capital structure and cost of capital, dividend policy, financial planning, international financial management and corporate restructuring.

Case analyses of human problems in the business organization. Application of findings of behavioral science research to organization problems. Development of direction and leadership skills.

A managerial approach to the study of marketing. Emphasis is on the nature and scope of the marketing manager's responsibilities and on marketing decision-making.

This course is designed to introduce students to key issues in Global Business. This course will examine issues involved in the context, theory and practice of conducting business across national boundaries, across the world. Culture, economic arrangements, technical standards, currency movements, language, religion, ideology, politics, distance and conflicting interpretations of national and global interests combine to complicate the situation. Using a combination of lectures, global business cases, written assignments and online discussions, the goal is to gain insight into these issues. Note*: Optional study abroad available.

In this course, students will study the development and evaluation of business strategies and policies as they relate to the overall performance of the firm within its environment. Knowledge of the functional areas of administration, available business data and analytical tools will be utilized in solving comprehensive business cases and simulation games.


Professional Development Courses (10 Credit Hours)

This course will prepare M.B.A. Professionals for the demands of the student’s M.B.A. program. This course is divided into four parts to teach students the fundamental knowledge needed to succeed in the program, as well as prepare them with the communication skills that are necessary in graduate and professional level environments. (1) Introduces students to the program and helps them re-familiarize with academic communication styles. (2) Introduces students to data analytics, and satisfies the Business Analytics I foundation requirement. (3) Covers the fundamental accounting and finance topics necessary to succeed in the program, and satisfies the Accounting/Finance/Economics foundation requirement. (4) Introduces students to topics in their preselected concentration and satisfies the particular workshop required for that concentration. Graded Satisfactory/Unsatisfactory.

This course is designed to provide masters students with a forum to further explore topics on critical issues for business leaders. The two major themes for the course are to enhance the ability to think clearly and decisively; and, to build leadership and team performance. The process shall involve reading provocative articles and engaging in experiential exercises the culmination of which provides for a practical portfolio. Graded Satisfactory/Unsatisfactory.

This course is designed to provide masters students with a forum to further explore topics on career effectiveness. Our emphasis will always be on self-development and the attainment of tools to advance your professional career. The two major themes for the course are to maximize personal job performance/career success and to engage in effective interaction with others. The process shall involve reading provocative articles and engaging in experiential exercises, the culmination of which provides for a practical knowledge of select issues related to personal brand management. Graded Satisfactory/Unsatisfactory.

This is a class on leadership. The focus is not so much on leadership in terms of content, but more so about leadership processes, in developing your self-confidence and the skills necessary to lead. We will build upon the conceptual foundations provided from your previous management courses, structuring opportunities for further understanding of theoretical ideas, but emphasizing more of their practical application. Graded Satisfactory/Unsatisfactory.

This course is designed to provide master’s students with an introduction to entrepreneurship, its theory, and practical applications. During this course you will be exposed to a number of activities related to starting and operating a business. The goal of this course is to provide you with the basic tools for business creation. The culmination of the course will be the completion of a business plan. Graded Satisfactory/Unsatisfactory.

Note: For tuition reimbursement purposes, we can provide a memo detailing the equivalent letter grade earned in the above courses which are graded Satisfactory/Unsatisfactory.

[Option 1] Core Analytics for Managers Concentration Courses (12 Credit Hours)

Provides a broad overview of basic concepts, principles, and recent innovations in Data Science. Data Science is the study of the extraction of knowledge from data. Data Science includes good domain knowledge, data modeling, database, statistics, and AI to produce effective solutions, predictions, and insights. This course will give a practical introduction to business analytics using databases, data warehouses, structured, and unstructured data from a cross-section of industries.

The goal of Artificial Intelligence (AI) is to have a machine that can perform the cognitive functions of the human mind such as learning and thinking. This course is an introduction to artificial intelligence and how it can be combined with data analytics to create a powerful tool for better decision making. Prerequisite: BA 525 or equivalent.

This course will introduce students to the field of data visualization. Data visualization is the science of stripping data down to its most important structures and then using the best techniques to take advantage of human perception for effective communication, decision making, and persuasion. Students will learn how to present data in the most efficient, effective, and aesthetic for decision making. Prerequisite: BA 525 or equivalent.

This is the capstone course in data analytics. Students will apply techniques learned in analytics, data science, artificial intelligence, and visualization in a variety of real world scenarios. Emphasis is on creative, abstract, and integrative thinking in executing a program in data analytics and managing the data analytics function. Prerequisite: BA 525, BA 526, and BA 527 or equivalent.


[Option 2] Core General Concentration Courses (12 Credit Hours)

This course will focus on important issues facing brand managers who are managing existing brands. The focus will be at the level of the brand and the discussions will pertain to issues involved in the development and implementation of brand strategies. The course will provide students with a conceptual framework to examine brand equity and use it as the basis for managing categories of brands, brand extensions, and dealing with the threats of generic brands. There will be an emphasis on bringing together the different elements of a brand strategy.

This course discusses the philosophical implications of contemporary issues in business ethics.

The purpose of this course is to provide students with a moderately in-depth look at several financial topics. These topics include an overview of financial institutions, the security issuance process, corporate debt and dividend policy and mergers.

This course is about the use of information technology in business organizations, and society in general. The past decade has seen a radical change in how organizations conduct business, and much of this is because of the advances that have occurred in the capabilities provided by technologies such as the World Wide Web, wireless networks, smart phones, etc.