Wake Forest Online MBA Courses

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Become a Performance-Ready Leader

Online MBA courses are continually updated and innovated according to market demands. You’ll complete the 7-semester program with a consistent cohort of students, enabling you to experience collaborative, interactive learning, while building a lifelong professional network.

Total Program Credits: 45

Core MBA Course Credits: 36

MBA Concentration or Elective Credits: 9

First-Term Courses (3 Credits)

  • MGT 7005 – Diverse Teams

    The purpose of this course is to help you be an effective team member, but more importantly, to help each team quickly become a high-performing team; achieving results while supporting each other. In this course, we will focus on skills that we believe will help you work effectively on teams as you grow in your education and career.

    Total Credits: 1.5

  • MGT 7010 – Purpose and Ethics in Business

    Students will explore the purpose of business in order to reclaim the ways in which business is a noble pursuit that creates value and combats major problems in society through cases and targeted readings in ethics. This foundational understanding of purpose will also help to derive a view of business ethics that is at once practical, intuitive, and theoretically integrated, thus easily applied to real-world scenarios.

    Total Credits: 1.5

Core Online MBA Courses (33 Credits)

  • FIN 7040 – Financial Management

    Financial Management examines the conceptual and practical issues involved in contemporary financial management. Primary emphasis is placed on the development of analytical tools needed by financial managers seeking to maximize shareholder value. Topics covered include financial statement analysis, working capital management, risk measurement, valuation, capital structure, cost of capital, capital budgeting, dividend policy, and financing alternatives.

    Additional topics frequently covered in this course include the use of derivative securities; international financial management; mergers, acquisitions, and corporate restructuring; and the instruments and operation of the money and capital markets.

    Total Credits: 3

  • ITM 7045 – Information Technology Management

    Information is a critical organizational resource. This course provides frameworks for evaluating a firm’s portfolio of information technology investments and alternatives, for identifying future opportunities for business transformation, and for managing information technology resources within the organization. Topics include the use of information systems (IS) for competitive advantage, the role and organization of the IS function in the firm, options for sourcing IS, the management of IS projects, and recent technological advances.

    Total Credits: 3

  • MGT 7000 – Behavior and Leadership in Organizations

    Organizational behavior focuses on the understanding of employee behaviors and attitudes that ultimately contribute to organizational success or failure. The study of organizational behavior attempts to identify critical organizational factors that influence workers, the processes by which these factors exert their influence, and ways of applying this knowledge within organizations. The course is based on principles of scientific inquiry and knowledge from the behavioral sciences.

    All managers have traditionally been held accountable for influencing their employees' levels of job satisfaction, absenteeism, turnover, and performance. The focus here is on understanding current managerial approaches, models, and methods for influencing these critical outcomes. The course covers individual, group, and organizational influences on organizational effectiveness.

    Total Credits: 3

  • MGT 7015 – Financial Accounting

    The ability to use and manage information, both financial and nonfinancial, is becoming the key to success in today's business environment. As accounting is the language of business, it is imperative that managers understand accounting systems and accounting information. This course focuses on how financial information is prepared for external users (financial accounting), how to interpret the information provided in externally oriented financial reports, and how managers can use this information in their decision-making processes. The accounting cycle, financial reports, and the impact of accounting alternatives on reported financial information are the main focus of this course.

    Total Credits: 3

  • MGT 7025 – Business Analytics I

    This course is an introduction to data analysis, probability, and statistical methods for improving managerial decision-making. Analytics topics covered include data management, descriptive analytics, hypothesis testing, confidence intervals, regression analysis, modeling uncertainty, and decision analysis. The course emphasizes applications of analytics to the functional areas of business and how to conduct analyses, interpret results, and effectively communicate the results.

    Total Credits: 3

  • MGT 7030 – Business Analytics II

    This course is a continuation of MGT 7025 to more advanced modeling. Topics include descriptive and predictive data mining, Monte Carlo, and discrete event simulation and optimization. The course emphasizes applications of these to the functional areas of business and how to conduct analyses, interpret results, and effectively communicate the results.

    Total Credits: 1.5

  • MGT 7035 – Managerial Accounting

    The second half of the core accounting course sequence focuses on the generation, maintenance, and interpretation of the internally generated financial information (management accounting) that is necessary for effective managerial decision-making. Course topics include cost behavior, relevant costing, cost information systems, capital budgeting, and resource allocation.

    Total Credits: 1.5

  • MGT 7050 – Introduction to Strategy

    The course examines the fundamental components of the strategic management discipline. Strategy process, content, and context will be explored utilizing texts, historical and contemporary case studies, and the seminal academic and current practitioner literatures. The topics comprise the integrative core of strategic management and establish an interdisciplinary framework that connects to other courses in the curriculum. Subjects and concepts include strategy formulation, industry and competitive analysis, and competitive advantage.

    Total Credits: 1.5

  • MGT 7055 – Business Law

    A survey of legal subjects that managers frequently encounter in their careers and with which every manager should be conversant, including: property, contract, tort, corporate governance, employment discrimination, sexual harassment, and government regulation. In addition, the student will learn the sources of American law, how the legal system works, particularly in a litigation context, and will garner an appreciation for the limits and logic of the law.

    Total Credits: 1.5

  • MGT 7060 – Managerial Economics

    This course uses the tools and concepts of microeconomics to analyze decision problems within a business firm. Topics include the goal of the firm, capital budgeting, consumer demand, the empirical estimation of demand, production and costs, pricing, and profit maximization under various industry structures.  These fundamentals provide a better understanding of the microeconomic environments faced by managers in making strategic business decisions.

    Total Credits: 3

  • MGT 7070 – Global Strategic Management

    As the economic world becomes increasingly interdependent, strategic management can no longer be considered primarily in a domestic setting. As firms increase their global involvement, managing across countries and cultures places an increasing burden on managerial capabilities.

    The Global Strategic Management course has been designed to acquaint students with managing strategies and organizations in a global context. The course exposes students to concepts and frameworks for strategy formulation, industry and competitor analysis, impact of public policy on strategic management, organizational configurations and contexts, cross-cultural/comparative management, transitional management, and strategic control.

    Total Credits: 3

  • MKT 7065 – Marketing Management

    Marketing Management is structured around the central business goal of maximizing enterprise value.  As a discipline, marketing contributes to enterprise value by delivering customer value profitably. All topics addressed in the course demonstrate how firms deliver customer value in both consumer and business-to-business marketplaces.

    Emphasis is placed on the managerial activities of strategic planning, market and competitive analyses, customer behavior evaluation, value assessment, market segmentation, targeting, positioning, and marketing mix design.  Instruction features case discussions, lectures, team exercises, a student project and presentation, and a computer simulation game.

    Total Credits: 3

  • OPS 7020 – Operations Management

    The competitive environment is fiercer than ever, resources are tighter, customers are more discriminating, and the pressure to do more with less is intensifying. Additionally, recent marketplace trends such as rapidly evolving product and process technology, unbridled globalization of markets, shortening product life cycles, increasingly pervasive impact of information technology, and the urgency to deliver ever-increasing customer value are often creating a seemingly insurmountable challenge for businesses to survive.

    Now, more than ever, firms must continually reassess their competitive operations strategies to maintain their competitiveness in the global marketplace. This course is about using operations to compete and win a sustainable competitive advantage in the marketplace. The course will focus on the management of various transformation processes that organizations use to change inputs, such as labor, capital, and raw materials, into both products and services. Issues to be discussed range from the strategic to the tactical.

    Total Credits: 3

Concentrations or Electives (9 Credits)

Choose one of the following optional concentrations. Or you can customize your degree plan by selecting any of the online Master of Business Administration courses from across the concentration areas.

Business Analytics Concentration

  • MGT 7075 – Data Management

    As online and connected processes generate increasingly large volumes of data, i.e., “Big Data”, it is important for businesses to understand how to handle these data. Managing data requires a fundamental understanding of database systems, so this course is designed to give an understanding of contemporary technologies used for storing and manipulating Big Data. The course covers concepts related to database design and usage, discusses new approaches to transforming large volumes of data, such as MapReduce, and highlights best practices for manipulating large sets of data.

    Total Credits: 3

  • MGT 7090 – Analytics Software Technology

    This course is an introduction to the software packages and coding languages for data management and analytics. Topics include importing data, data manipulation, data cleansing, data transformation, creating new variables, and basic data analysis.

    Total Credits: 3

  • MGT 7095 – Visual Analytics and Influencing

    To be a successful analytics practitioner who can drive impact within an organization, you must be able to effectively communicate with all levels of management. Business professionals who understand descriptive modeling and data visualization can communicate complex analyses in simple, powerful graphs. In this online course, you will learn the principles of effective data visualization as well as approaches to developing a compelling narrative. 

    Total Credits: 3

Finance Concentration

  • FIN 7080 – Financial Modeling and Forecasting

    This course is intended to strengthen your knowledge in finance and provide you with practical skills for implementing financial models in a spreadsheet. The topics covered will include general financial analysis, financial statement projections, valuation, capital budgeting, and sensitivity analysis. While the specific tool used in this class is Microsoft Excel, the techniques can be generalized and applied to various implementation tools.

    Total Credits: 3

  • FIN 7100 – Advanced Financial Management

    This case-based class focuses on value creation by utilizing financial architecture to enhance the corporate strategy of firms. Advanced valuation techniques (option pricing, adjusted present values, discounting equity, capital cash flows) are used to evaluate leveraged buyouts, leveraged recapitalizations, initial public offerings, restructurings, and real options embedded in investment decisions. Financing growth, the use of private equity, securitization, syndication, and risk management also are covered.

    Total Credits: 3

  • FIN 7105 – Tactical Asset Allocation and Portfolio Management

    Students gain exposure and experience with asset management and portfolio construction primarily using equity securities. Topics include asset valuation and selection, constraint setting and asset allocation, optimal portfolio choice/construction, asset pricing models, risk management, and performance evaluation. Fundamental and technical analysis are covered with an emphasis on fundamental analysis. Students obtain asset management experience by serving as portfolio managers charged with actively managing a portfolio and outperforming the respective benchmark.

    Total Credits: 3

Strategy and Leadership Concentration

  • MGT 7085 – The Influential Leader

    In this course, you will learn how world-class influencers think: the questions they ask and the purpose behind those questions; the information they gather and the assumptions they make; and the influencing and negotiating principles and concepts they use.

    Total Credits: 3

  • MGT 7110 – Contemporary Issues in Leadership

    Leadership has a history spanning that of human existence. As long as there have been two or more people, it is highly likely that at least one of them had influence over the other. Throughout this history, thought leaders have wrestled with the question of who should lead and how these individuals should do so. As the issues facing leaders change, so do the principal leadership questions of the day.

    Total Credits: 3

  • MGT 7115 – Mastering Strategy Execution

    This course has as its focus the nature of hypercompetition in industries and the strategies that firms deploy in response. Organizations have proven to be reasonably skilled at analyzing competitive challenges and developing strategies to address these challenges. Unfortunately, the implementation and execution of their strategies have proven to be the downfall for many organizations and the managers that lead them.

    This course is designed to go beyond helping you to understand the nature of competition and competitive strategy to also develop specific knowledge and skills necessary for implementing and executing strategy in modern organizations.

    Total Credits: 3

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