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Experiential Learning in an Online MBA

Online MBA Curriculum

The Online MBA program from Seattle University is designed to offer a hands-on learning experience—even while studying remotely—and to connect you with contemporary business leaders who understand the value of purposeful and sustainable innovation. Throughout the program, you’ll explore the impact of ethical, people-centric business practices, and you will be challenged to apply this approach as you master all critical areas of operation, including marketing, finance, risk management, international business, negotiations, and more.

MBA 5205 Teams and Decision-Making (4 credits)

Focus on tools for effective decision-making, and concepts of, and practice in, group dynamics. A retreat component and service project, individual growth, team building, and group decision-making. Draws on research from economics to inform decision-making skill development. Lays a foundation for ethical decision-making throughout the MBA program.

MBA 5220 Enterprise Financial Performance Analysis (3 credits)

Concepts and principles underlying financial accounting, with emphasis on interpreting the content of published financial reports. Introduction and examination of the balance sheet, income statement, statement of cash flows, ratio analysis, and constructing financial statements.

MBA 5210 Building Internal and Community Stakeholder Relationships (3 credits)

Focus on tools for developing effective relationships with a wide range of stakeholders including employees, customers, regulatory entities, etc. Covers organizational behavior topics (motivation, organizational justice, feedback, goal setting).

MBA 5225 Analytical Tools for Managerial Decision-Making (3 credits)

Emphasis on applying core economic and financial principles and models in various decision environments. Principles of scarcity, flexibility and commitment, risk and return, and uncertainty will find life in models of supply, demand, and markets. The objective is to provide the first elements of the information and decision-making tools used in rigorous analysis of business opportunities.

MBA 5215 Creating Value Through Marketing and Operations (3 credits)

This course focuses on how firms create value by paying attention to the critical interaction between marketing and operations decisions. Emphasis on business strategy, targeting, position, value proposition, and strategic operations decisions (cost, quality, sustainability, etc.).

MBA 5230 Managing Risk (3 credits)

The focus of this course is on managing known and unknown risks to a firm's value creation. The course examines intellectual property, litigation, IT investments, contracts (and risk sharing), information architecture as a risk management strategy, privacy risks, etc.

FINC 5050 Corporate Financial Management (3 credits)

This course presents basic principles of corporate finance and develops tools for financial decisions and valuation in the presence of uncertainty, imperfect information, and conflicting incentives among stakeholders. A series of spreadsheet-based valuation exercises are used to develop firm values using basic financial data for local companies.

ECON 5110 The Domestic and Global Economies (3 credits)

The domestic and global economic environment of business and its impact on management planning and decision-making. The determinants of business cycles, inflation, unemployment, interest rates, and exchange rates. The effect of economic events and policies on industries and firms.

ACCT 5010 Managerial Accounting for Organizational Leadership (3 credits)

Introduces principles and concepts of management accounting for strategic decision-making and focuses on the use of internal data and information and their impact on business efficiency and effectiveness. The course will describe how organizations articulate their “value proposition strategy” through their structure and operating leverage. Also, we will examine how cost structure informs and affects: outsourcing, production, capital budgeting, make or buy, and expansion decisions. We will use advanced data analytics and statistics to evaluate cost functions for planning, budgeting, and performance evaluation.

MBA 5160 Management of People (3 credits)

The course provides broad perspectives on management and people. Covers tools and leadership skills to manage activities and processes, organization design, managing diversity, technology management, and managing work/personal life.

INBU 5310 International Management (3 credits)

Investigates the role of management in developing and executing international and global business strategy. Emphasis is on theories of organizational roles in society, how culture shapes both organizational and individual behaviors, and how firm-specific and country-specific elements relate to competitive advantages.

IS 5305 Data Management in Business (3 credits)

This course introduces the management and analysis of corporate data. Topics include conceptual data modeling, relational database systems, data warehousing, and data administration, as well as SQL. Students are expected to understand the managerial challenges and solutions of corporate data management.

MKTG 5170 Marketing Strategy (3 credits)

Develops essential knowledge and skills for effectively planning, implementing, and controlling marketing activities of an organization. Focus is on the application of basic marketing concepts and principles as well as strategic decision-making for achieving and sustaining competitive advantages in the marketplace. Students who have taken MBA 5170 cannot take this class.

OPER 5305 Supply Chain Management (3 credits)

The strategic importance of supply chain management to manufacturing and services. Activities will include case discussions, guest speakers, and simulated negotiations. An overview of the supply chain, supplier selection and development, supplier partnerships, ethics, negotiation, just-in-time methods, legal concerns, international issues, inventory management, new product development, hazardous material procurement and disposal, and transportation/logistics.

MGMT 5380 Negotiation Skills (3 credits)

This course introduces a range of approaches to bargaining and conflict resolution. Through interactive exercises, students develop negotiation skills for use in a professional context or any interpersonal activity.

MBA 5235 Professional and Interpersonal Communications (1 credit)

Focus on developing outstanding writing and speaking skills through consultations and real world practice. Emphasis on assessment of and feedback on interaction and influence skills in group contexts.

MBA 5240 Career Planning and Development (1 credit)

Focus on providing assessments and experiences that allow for reflection on career choices. Provides tools to enable more effective job search or self­-leadership in crafting current job to reflect values, skills, and interests.

MBA 5500 Competitive Strategy (3 credits)

This course addresses general management and the tasks of strategy formulation and implementation. It builds on and integrates material from all functional areas. Course to be taken during last two quarters of enrollment.

MBA 5000 Quantitative Skills and Methods (3 credits)

This course introduces the quantitative disciplines required for success in the Professional MBA program. These disciplines include: accounting, algebra and statistics. Students will learn the basics of each of these disciplines and how to apply principles from these disciplines in real world business situations.

Admissions Deadlines

Jul
16

Priority Application Deadline

July 16
Fall 2019 term

Sep
10

Application Deadline

September 10
Fall 2019 term

Sep
23

Next Start

September 23
Fall 2019 term