This phase of the program requires completion of at least thirty (30) graduate credits, including a core curriculum and electives. The core courses must be started in the fall semester. Students must complete the foundation requirements before enrolling in the MBA core.
Core and Elective Courses
Core Courses: The Core will provide students with the opportunity to develop and apply analysis and problem-solving skills over several courses. This includes coursework in:
Quantitative Methods for Business Decision Making
Decision Framing and Decision Making in Complex EnvironmentsManaging the Changing Technological Environment
Managing in an Environmentally and Socially Conscious WorldManaging in a Global Environment
Elective Courses (Maximum of 9 cr.): The electives may be chosen from several options:
Electives in the various business disciplines: Accounting (ACC), Economics (ECO), Finance (FIN), Information Systems (I-S), Management (MGT), Marketing (MKT), MBA (BUS)
MBA elective coursework from UW System colleges or other institutions with the approval of the MBA program director.Directed studies and research projects
Graduate Electives from other UW-L Colleges if approved by MBA Director. Pre-approval is required.
Degree RequirementsBUS 730 Decision Framing and Decision Making in Complex Environments I-- 3 cr.
BUS 731 Decision Framing and Decision Making in Complex Environments II-- 3 cr.BUS 735 Business Decision-Making Methodology and Research -- 4 cr.
BUS 750 Managing in an Environmentally and Socially Conscious World -- 3 cr.BUS 755 Managing in a changing Technological Environment -- 3 cr.
BUS 760 Managing in a Global Environment 4 cr.BUS 790 Assessment -- l cr.
Electives* -- 9 cr. The choice of electives is limited to certain areas. Please see the elective course description listed above.
Total 30 cr.
*At least six of the elective credits must be pure graduate (700 level) coursework.
BUS 730, Decision Framing and Decision Making in Complex Environments I, 3 credits.
"This course challenges students to integrate all of the discipline-specific skills developed in the MBA foundation courses within a dynamic decision-making context. The focus of the course will be on the process of problem framing/identification, analysis, and decision making in complex and uncertain environments. Students develop critical judgments about the efficient and effective application of core knowledge which requires applying the tools of analysis appropriately and exacting useful insights and drawing managerially relevant recommendations from the analysis. Prerequisite: successful completion of the MBA Foundation requirements. Offered Sem. I."
BUS 731, Decision Framing and Decision Making in Complex Environments II, 3 credits.
"This course further integrates the discipline-specific skills developed in the MBA foundation courses and Decision Framing (BUS730). The course will focus on the process of problem analysis and decision making in complex and uncertain environments utilizing an interdisciplinary approach by integrating critical knowledge and practices from finance, marketing, operations and organizational behavior. The course emphasizes the development of critical judgments, implementation of analytical tools, extracting useful insights and drawing managerially relevant recommendations from the analysis. Prerequisite: successful completion of the MBA Foundation requirements and BUS 730. Offered Sem. II."
BUS 735, Business Decision Making and Research Methodology, 4 credits.
"This course introduces a variety of quantitative and qualitative methods that support business decision-making and research. These methods range from quantitative approaches like multivariate analysis, simulation and linear programming to qualitative approaches that use unstructured forms of data collection, both by interviewing and observation. Students will achieve conceptual understanding of the research methods covered in the course and acquire hands-on experience in applying these methods to practical business situations and business research while using computer-based tools. Prerequisite: successful completion of the Foundation requirements. Offered Sem. I."
BUS 750, Managing in an Environmental and Socially Conscious World, 3 credits.
"This course analyzes business decisions in the context of environmental, human rights, and social
responsibility issues. The course provides an open, balanced, and interdisciplinary approach that examines the complex social,
environmental, and human rights issues central to the conscientious management of business organizations. The
course will examine these issues in business decision situations, explore solutions from alternative paradigms of
corporate governance and incorporate them when formulating organizational tactics and strategy.
730. Offered Sem. II."
BUS 755, Managing in a Changing Technological Environment, 3 credits.
"This course examines changes in the technological environment in the modern business world. Lt surveys contemporary information technologies such as the Internet and their impacts on business practices in all essential business function areas. The course introduces effective models and techniques for managing technological change Prerequisite: BUS 730. Offered Sem. II."
BUS 760, Managing in a Global Environment, 4 credits.
"This course develops the critical skills and integrated knowledge necessary to function effectively in today's global environment. The course describes how global agreements, changing technologies, global institutions and evolving political patterns affect the conduct of global business. It also develops the ability to frame problems from multiple managerial perspectives --including operational, economic, environmental, ethical, financial, cultural, and technological frames of reference-- and to apply sophisticated decision making and coalition building processes to arrive at integrated solutions in a diverse and changing world. This course will typically employ a problem-based approach to the subject area and will seek to integrate, in this approach, such traditional functional disciplines as operations, logistics, marketing, finance, accounting, information systems, and management. Prerequisite: BUS 730. Offered in summer."
BUS 790, MBA Program Assessment, 1 credit.
"This course consists of a capstone activity which gives students an opportunity to reflect on their MBA experience as a whole-and thus, to have one, final, critical learning experience. Participation in the concluding assessment exercise provides useful feedback regarding the effectiveness of the MBA program. This assessment will be multidisciplinary and multi-dimensional in its design and execution. Where possible, it will involve participants from the broader UW-L academic and business communities. Last course before graduation. Pass/Fail grading."
BUS 780, Internship in Business Administration, 1-6 credits.
"This course is a practical learning experience designed to apply the skills and competencies acquired within the MBA program to challenging business problems in both the profit and non-profit sectors. Prerequisites: successful completion of the MBA core curriculum, and written approval of the MBA program director. Repeatable for credit - maximum 6."
BUS 799, Research: Master's Thesis, 1-6 credits.
"This course consists of a directed independent research study to be selected and executed under the direction of a graduate faculty member. Completion of a Master's thesis is optional within the MBA program. Repeatable for credit-maximum 6. Prerequisite: successful completion of the MBA core curriculum."
Date Last Modified 11/20/2012