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2014-2015 Graduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Business Administration MBA


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Program Director: Woodrow Eckard
Telephone: 303-315-8470
E-mail: Woody.Eckard@ucdenver.edu 

The Master of Business Administration (MBA) program provides a general background in management and administration. This background enables the student to have the breadth of exposure and depth of knowledge required for an advanced-level management career. The program is devoted to developing the concepts, analytical tools and communication skills required for competent and responsible administration of an enterprise viewed in its entirety, within its social, political and economic environment.

The professional MBA program allows the scheduling of classes with maximum flexibility so students can progress through the program at their own pace, by taking as little as one class per semester or as many as five classes per semester, at times that are convenient with their work schedule. The program can be completed in as little as 16 months or as long as five years plus one semester.

Online courses add additional flexibility. Students may complete all degree requirements online, or combine online and campus courses to broaden the choice of electives or to fit a business travel schedule or personal learning style. Choice of online electives is limited.

The MBA program is also available in different configurations: 11-Month MBA (full time, see relevant section), Health Administration and the Executive MBA (see relevant section). All MBAs have the same curriculum requirements; they differ only in their focus, the flexibility of course scheduling, and the time required to complete the program. The 11-Month and Executive MBAs are lockstep programs (no open electives, no specialized tracks), where students form a cohort and complete all program requirements together. No course transfers, waivers or substitutions are permitted.

Program Requirements


Core Requirements: (30 hours)


International Elective: (3 hours)


Any course numbered 6000 or higher with INTB prefix or any graduate level business course that is cross-listed with an INTB prefix. May also include the following: ACCT 6430 International Taxation, ENTP 6826 International Entrepreneurship or ENTP 6827 Global Action Projects for International Entrepreneurship.  Travel studies offered by Business School will also apply.

Free Electives: (15 hours)


Any course numbered 6800 or higher with BUSN prefix or any course numbered 6000 or higher with prefix of ACCT, BANA, CMDT, ENTP, FNCE, INTB, ISMG, MGMT, MKTG or RISK. Students may also select a MBA Specialization.

Total: 48 Hours


MBA Specializations


Graduate students will have an opportunity to take specialized tracks within the professional MBA program by completing a pre-specified program of elective courses. The following 15 specializations are available:

Bioinnovation and Entrepreneurship
Business Intelligence
Business Strategy
Change Management
Enterprise Technology Management
Entrepreneurship
Finance
Human Resources Management
Leadership
Information Systems
International Business
Managing for Sustainability
Marketing
Risk Management and Insurance
Sports and Entertainment Management

Bioinnovation and Entrepreneurship


The Jake Jabs Center for Entrpreneurship is pleased to offer a in Bioinnovation and Entrepreneurship specialization, the first of its kind to be offered by an AACSB accredited graduate business school in the country. Taking advantage of the incredible Colorado biocluster, in collaboration with faculty at Anschutz Medical Campus, this specialization is one-of-a-kind, and is geared to helping bioentrepreneurs achieve commercial success. Additionally, you have opportunities to participate in a number of Jake Jabs Center programs; including the annual business plan competition, internships in area businesses, speaker programs with local entrepreneurs, and connection with new ventures.

Business Intelligence


Modern business runs on information. Success may depend on the quality of the collection and analysis. Business Intelligence (BI) systems combine operational data with analytical tools to present complex and competitive information to planners and decision makers. This improves the timeliness and quality of inputs to the decision process.

Change Management


Change is inevitable. Even when it is advantageous it can be difficult for organizations and people. Add the Change Management specialization to your degree and gain the necessary tools to help an organization understand the stages and benefits of change.

Enterprise Technology Management


Gain a better understanding of business driven technology management. Add the Enterprise Technology Management specialization to your degree and focus on Information Technology as a prime driver and enabler of business strategy.To specialize in ETM you do not have to have a background in business programming however you should take Information Systems Management (BUSN6610) from the core MBA prior to taking the courses in this specialization.

Entrepreneurship


The Entrepreneurship specialization provides a range of focused courses geared towards individuals looking to start their own business. All courses are taught at the Jake Jabs Center for Entrepreneurship  located in the heart of downtown Denver. Complete four entrepreneurship courses to receive a specialization in Entrepreneurship. Additionally, you have opportunities to participate in a number of Jake Jabs Center programs; including the annual business plan competition, internships in area businesses, speaker programs with local entrepreneurs, and connection with new ventures.

Finance


Adding the finance specialization to your degree gives you skills in different financial functional areas including corporate, investments, and financial institutions. You get the tools and skill sets you need for finance decision making and investment.

Human Resources Management


 A company is a group of people working toward a common goal. Add the Human Resources Management specialization to your degree, and get advanced knowledge and tools and techniques you can use in recruiting, hiring, developing, motivating and rewarding managerial and non-managerial employees. Also learn about technology solutions such as designing and delivering online training and performance management programs.

Information Systems


You want to be sure you are learning skills relevant to business now. Information systems have become ubiquitous. Managers now understand the need for IS and the benefits that provide an edge on the competition. Information systems impact accounting, financing, marketing, management; in fact every area of business has been changed by technology. 

International Business


 International Business is quickly becoming simply business. Adding a specialization in International Business to your degree will help you to work internationally, and with international companies. From cross cultural management to legal aspects to marketing internationally. Prepare yourself for how business works today.

Managing for Sustainability


More than ever before, major companies and entrepreneurial ventures are seeking competitive advantage and success by embracing sustainability — social and environmental responsibility — as a core business strategy. Farsighted leaders recognize that this new way of doing business requires skills in sustainable management including social entrepreneurialism, eco-efficiency, inter-disciplinary problem solving and a triple bottom line approach of economics, environment and society.  Make your degree a green MBA by adding the Managing for Sustainability specialization and learn what businesses are facing in a world where resources are scarce, social safety nets are declining, and customers and commentators are concerned about a company’s investment in corporate responsibility. 

Marketing


Marketing is about building long-term relationships between your firm and those who buy its offerings. Just how important is marketing to a firm’s success? Well without it there would be no way to communicate with current or potential customers and no revenues. That’s right, all of a firm’s revenues flow through the marketing function and the way a firm communicates with its markets is through its offerings.  Given its critical roles in the success of any firm you might want to develop a deeper understanding of the issues it addresses and a more complete toolkit for analyzing its impact. This is what an MBA degree with a Marketing specialization from the University of Colorado Denver is designed to do. Your MBA-based Marketing specialization will give you the skills and confidence needed to effectively manage a firm and in particular those aspects associated with building profitable, long-term, business relationships.  Since Marketing is such a broad area that affects many aspects of business we provide you considerable flexibility to select courses that are appropriate for your chosen career. In fact, we recommend that before selecting your marketing electives you speak with one of our marketing professors for additional insights on which courses are better suited to your situation.

Sports and Entertainment Management


The Sports industry is the sixth largest industry in the United States and the Sports and Entertainment industries are converging. To become a professional in these industries, you need special skills. Through this specialization, you gain the tools to get ahead in both the sports management and entertainment management industries.

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