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Fast-Trak MBA Curriculum

The Fast-Trak MBA is a conceptual yet practical program leading to the Master of Business Administration and Master of International Management Degrees.

Module 1

  • Accounting Applications [ACCY 505, Financial Accounting Concepts (2)]. The course assumes no previous background in accounting, but moves quickly through the fundamentals. The focus is on what accounting statements mean to the executive.
  • Business Law [MGMT 511, Legal Aspects of Business (2)]. No previous legal training is assumed, but the course quickly immerses students in the types of legal issues managers must face.
  • Micro & Macro Economics [FINA 500, Survey of Business Economics (2)]. The course introduces the basic economic principles used by corporate executives.
  • Managerial Concepts for Executives [MGMT 505, Principles of Management (2)]. The course builds upon the student's managerial experience using a series of independent readings and papers. Students are required to evaluate alternative theories and discover the managerial approach appropriate for their current and future leadership positions.

Module 2

  • Marketing Management [MKTG 505, Graduate Survey of Marketing (2)]. No previous academic background in marketing is assumed, but the course quickly represents the principles. The focus is on the management of the marketing function.
  • Financial Management [FINA 505, Fundamentals of Financial Management (2)]. No previous academic background in finance is assumed. The focus is on financial principles building upon the previous financial accounting course.
  • Operations Management [OMIS 505, Principles of Operations Management (2)]. Issues and problems facing operations mangers in the manufacturing and service environments are examined. Topics include product and capacity planning, quality and inventory management, and operations planning and control systems.
  • Bordeaux Exchange (Fall) or Murcia Exchange (Spring) [First 3 weeks (3)] - Mandatory for double degree students. Students travel to Bordeaux France (Fall) or Murcia Spain (Spring) for 3 weeks of courses. Topics:
    • European Business Environment
    • International Business Law
    • Supply Chain Management
    • International Finance
    • International Trade Practices
    Students not seeking the double degree will be enrolled in a course at NIU.

Module 3

  • Human Resource Management [MGMT 635, Organizational Behavior (3)]. The course examines motivation, teamwork, conflict, leadership, and other behavioral concepts that influence individual, group, and organizational effectiveness.
  • Information Systems Technology [OMIS 640, Management of Information Systems Technology (3)]. Emphasis on systems technology and marketing; applications of information systems in strategic decision making and as an organizational resource.
  • Managerial Accounting Controls [ACCY 630, Managerial Accounting Concepts (3)]. The course focuses on the firm's internal accounting reports and controls with an emphasis on budgeting and controlling operations.
  • Bordeaux Exchange (Fall) or Murcia Exchange (Spring) [Second 3 weeks (3)] - Mandatory for double degree students. Students travel to Bordeaux France (Fall) or Murcia Spain (Spring) for 3 weeks of courses. Topics:
    • EU History & EU Commercial Relations
    • European Business Culture
    • Wine Economics
    • International Negotiation & Intercultural Management
    • Global Human Resource Management
    Students not seeking the double degree will be enrolled in a course at NIU.

Module 4

  • Operations Analysis [OMIS 627, Operations Analysis (3)]. Analysis of the conceptual and analytical approaches to the solution of significant operations problems is discussed. Case analyses and quantitative solutions within a global competitive environment are emphasized.
  • Strategic Marketing [MKTG 654, Marketing Management (3)]. In-depth analysis of the marketing plan of an organization is presented. Requires several case analyses.
  • Business Consulting Project

Module 5

  • Financial Planning and Controls [FINA 607, Financial Analysis (3)]. A case-oriented course that builds upon the principles of finance presented in the previous finance course. Requires several class presentations and written case analyses.
  • Overall Policy Analysis [MGMT 672, Strategic Management and Policy (3)]. Capstone course with a focus on issues of overall organizational goals, policies, and ethics.
  • Business Consulting Project