Flex MBA Curriculum


The Flex MBA program requires a total of 54 credit hours of coursework for completion. Core (required) courses comprise 37.5 hours of the curriculum and the remaining 16.5 hours are electives. Students are typically required to take the full 18 hours of foundation core courses before beginning electives.

The typical Flex MBA student completes an MBA in three years. This timeframe involves the student taking six credit hours per semester, year-round, for three years (spring, summer and fall semesters.) Because we understand the demands on working professionals, we allow students up to five years to complete the program. A military deployment stops the five-year clock. Students can take more or fewer credit hours per semester, depending on their schedules, and can take semesters off if needed. Students can also accelerate their pace. Our staff are happy to help you plan a course of study that works with your schedule.

Phase I: Foundational Core | 18 Hours
BUAD 5103 - Financial Accounting

3 credits


Concepts and principles of financial and administrative accounting essential to the interpretation and analysis of accounting information, including financial reports, bankruptcy analysis, budgeting, control, production and costing, stock options, and board governance.

BUAD 5503 - Organizational Behavior

3 credits


Designed to provide you with the analytic frameworks and tools to diagnose events in and to take effective action in today's changing organizations. The course draws on knowledge from the domains of Organizational Behavior (OB), Organizational Theory (OT), and Human Resource Management (HRM) to provide you with the understanding and skills that you need to be an effective manager of people in these changing organizations. OT, OB, HRM are concerned with developing understanding about how human beings act in organized settings and how organized systems affect human behavior through policies, structures and strategies. In addition to conceptual understanding, ongoing assessments and experiential exercises provide you opportunities to reflect on your own behavior in order to develop new and more effective ways of interacting with others to accomplish work.

BUAD 5013 - Communication for Managers

3 credits


The need to communicate well is a critical part of a manager's professional development. This course helps prospective and practicing managers assess and develop their communication abilities to be a successful managerial communicator. Through course activities, students will understand the importance of effective communication in managerial and leadership roles, appreciate the value of strategic organizational communication, and enhance their speaking, writing, and other communication abilities. Special topics in the course include: presentation graphics, ethics, intercultural communication, and media relations.

BUAD 5703 - Quantitative Methods

3 credits


Role and application of statistics in the analysis of business problems including estimation, statistical measures, hypothesis testing, analysis of variance, simple and multiple linear regression and time series analysis.

BUAD 5403 - Marketing

3 credits


Examination of marketing from a managerial viewpoint; emphasis on evaluating marketing alternatives and in choosing from these alternatives.

BUAD 5723 - Managerial Economics

3 credits


This course studies economic analysis applied to managerial decision making. Besides basic topics of demand, cost and production, and market structures, this course also covers demand forecasting, pricing strategies, game theory, and information economics.

Note: Phase I MUST be completed before taking electives (other than international trips).
Phase II: Professional Core | 16.5 hours
BUAD 5113 - Managerial Accounting

3 credits


This course deals with the use of accounting information for decision-making, planning, and control. The goal is to acquaint the student of management with the fundamentals of internal accounting, better known as management accounting. The emphasis is on using accounting information in managing an organization, rather that product costing and income determination.

BUAD 5303 - Finance

3 credits


The course covers basic principles and theories of financial valuation, risk pricing and risk management. These principles are applied to corporate finance topics such as: how a firm decides to invest its resources in long term assets and growth opportunities; how a firm will manage its sources of capital and raise funds to finance chosen investments; and how the firm will plan and control funds flow.

BUAD 5603 - Operations Management

3 credits


Study of the design, operation, and control of production and operating systems from a managerial standpoint, with emphasis on quantitative methods of analysis.

BUAD 5223 - Management Information Systems

3 credits


The focus of Management of Information Systems is on the technology that enables its use in the business and organizational setting. Issues such as hardware, software, databases, telecommunications, and the Internet will be discussed. Students will experience hands-on applications in some areas. An understanding of how Information Technology enables fundamental transformations in firms, markets, products, and business processes will be gained. This course addresses the management issues surrounding the impact of information technology in organizations. It is designed with the line and general managers in mind, rather than the managers of the IS function.

BUAD 5713 - Modeling & Simulation

1.5 credits


This course is designed to introduce students to basic modeling, analysis, and simulation techniques. Emphasis will be placed on problem identification and formulation, sensitivity analysis, and model construction. Tools such as MS Excel, Solver, Crystal Ball, and @Risk will be used to solve business problems across all business functional areas: Finance, Accounting, Operations, Marketing, Information Systems, Policy, and Human Resource Management.

BUAD 5943 - National & Global Economies

3 credits


This course is intended to provide information that can be used to interpret economic events and assess their impact on the economy and an organization. Part of this information concerns not just economics but an understanding of how some political choices are made in various countries. This knowledge is critical for risk assessment and a realistic planning of business operations over the next year. You leave this course with some fundamental "rules of thumb" that allow you to assess potential large scale economic risks to your organization.

Phase III: Global Strategy & Electives | 19.5 Hours
BUAD 5903 - Global Competitive Strategy

3 credits


Pre-req: Complete Phase II courses and two electives. Covers analysis for decision making at industry, firm and business levels, focusing especially on multi-business firms and global industries. Firm resources and competencies, business and environmental demands, and the sources of competitive advantage are the major focus points of this course, which stresses practical applications of theory.

Electives (16.5 hours)

Optional for-credit international immersion experiences are available each year to Flex MBA students. International destinations offered in the Flex MBA Program have included Brazil, China, Greece, India, Indonesia, Italy and Singapore.

* Prerequisite courses required