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Core Course Requirements - Weekend MBA

The Weekend MBA Program is a structured, cohort-based, 60-credit-hour degree program that meets every other weekend and completes in 24 months. The first year of coursework (May through April of the following year) establishes a basic understanding of the functional responsibilities of an organization. These core courses lead into the Ross MAP (Multidisciplinary Action Project) experience to finish the first calendar year of this program.

The second calendar year focuses your coursework in three modules of topics relevant to today's business needs. Students will register for one theme each term of the second year. The courses for that term will be structured around a specific theme, allowing students the opportunity to focus their second year of study in a particular area. Students complete the program in April of their second year. The chart below describes the course load of each Weekend MBA term beginning with the Spring/Summer Term.

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Schedule for class of 2015
Schedule for class of 2016
Course Descriptions

For the Class of 2015

Year One

 

Spring-Summer Term (9 hrs)
May - Aug.
Fall Term (9 hrs)
Sept. - Dec.
Winter Term* (9.75 hrs) Jan. - Apr.
WMBA 501: Principles of Financial Accounting (2.25 crs) WMBA 505: Corporate Strategy (2.25 crs) WMBA 509: Human Behavior and Organization (2.25 crs)
WMBA 502: Applied Microeconomics (2.25 crs) WMBA 506: Financial Management (2.25 crs) WMBA 510: MAP (6.00 crs)
WMBA 503: Applied Business Statistics (2.25 crs) WMBA 507: Managerial Accounting (2.25 crs) WMBA 511: Corp Governance (1.50 crs)
WMBA 504: Marketing Management (2.25 crs) WMBA 508: Operations Management (2.25 crs)  
*WMBA 514: Business Communication – Taught throughout the year – all 3.0 credits will be billed in Year 2 Winter term

Year Two-- Register for one theme each term (i.e. select either the Strategies for Growth theme or Entrepreneurship theme for the Spring/Summer term)

Spring-Summer Term (9 hrs)
May - Aug.
Fall Term (9 hrs)
Sept. - Dec.
Winter Term* (12 hrs) Jan. - Apr.
Theme: Strategic Management Theme: Operations Management Theme: Global Business
WMBA 601: Strategic Market Planning (2.25 crs) WMBA 611: Supply Chain Management (2.25 crs) WMBA 512: World Economy (2.25 crs)
WMBA 602: Strategies for Growth (2.25 crs) WMBA 612: Bargaining and Influence Skills (2.25 crs) WMBA 614: Competitive Tactics and Policy (2.25 crs)
WMBA 603: Valuation (2.25 crs) WMBA 621: Technology and Business Innovations (2.25 crs) WMBA 513: C-Level Thinking (3.0 crs)
WMBA 604: Leadership Development (2.25 crs) Business Relationships (2.25 crs) WMBA 622: International Marketing Mgt (1.5 crs)
   

WMBA 605: Transformational Mentoring (0.75 crs)

    Global Strategy (1.5 crs)
OR OR OR

Theme: Entrepreneurship

Theme: Financial Management

Theme: Business Analytics

WMBA 606: Entrepreneurship (2.25 crs)

WMBA 607: Strategic Marketing for Entrepreneurs (2.25 crs)

WMBA 609: High Performing Teams (2.25 crs)

Venture Capital (2.25 crs)

WMBA 612: Bargaining and Influencing Skills (2.25 crs)

WMBA 613: Strategic Cost Management (2.25 crs)

Capital Markets and Investment Strategy (2.25 crs)

Options and Futures (2.25 crs)

WMBA 513: C-Level Thinking (3.0 crs)

WMBA 512: World Economy (2.25 crs)

WMBA 605: Transformational Mentoring (.75 cr)

WMBA 515: Corporate Governance (1.5 crs)

Decision Making (2.25 crs)

Data Analysis (1.5 crs)

*WMBA 514: Business Communication – Taught throughout the year – all 3.0 credits will be billed in Year 2 Winter term
 

*Note: Effective with the WMBA class which graduated in May 2013, WMBA 514 will be billed in Year Two Winter term as a single 3.00 credit class.

For those matriculating at the start of Spring/Summer 2014

Year One

 

Spring-Summer Term (9 hrs)
May - Aug.
Fall Term (9 hrs)
Sept. - Dec.
Winter Term* (12 hrs) Jan. - Apr.
WMBA 501: Principles of Financial Accounting (2.25 crs) WMBA 505: Corporate Strategy (2.25 crs) WMBA 509: Human Behavior and Organization (2.25 crs)
WMBA 502: Applied Microeconomics (2.25 crs) WMBA 506: Financial Management (2.25 crs) WMBA 510: MAP (6.00 crs)
WMBA 503: Applied Business Statistics (2.25 crs) WMBA 507: Managerial Accounting (2.25 crs) WMBA 512: World Economy (1.50 crs)
WMBA 504: Marketing Management (2.25 crs) WMBA 508: Operations Management (2.25 crs)  
*WMBA 516: Adaptive and Persuasive Communication – Taught throughout the year – 1.5 credits will be billed in Winter term

Year Two-- Register for one theme each term (i.e. select either the Strategies for Growth theme or Entrepreneurship theme for the Spring/Summer term)

Spring-Summer Term (9 hrs)
May - Aug.
Fall Term (9 hrs)
Sept. - Dec.
Winter Term* (12 hrs) Jan. - Apr.
Theme: Strategic Management Theme: Operations Management Theme: Global Business
WMBA 601: Strategic Market Planning (2.25 crs) WMBA 611: Supply Chain Management (2.25 crs) WMBA 612: Bargaining and Influencing Skills (2.25 crs)
WMBA 602: Strategies for Growth (2.25 crs) WMBA 619: Business Law and Ethics (2.25 crs) WMBA 614: Competitive Tactics and Policy (2.25 crs)
WMBA 627: Alliances (2.25 crs) WMBA 616: Business Relationships (2.25 crs) WMBA 615: Global Strategy (1.5 crs)
WMBA 604: Leadership Development (2.25 crs) WMBA 621: Technology and Business Innovations (2.25 crs) WMBA 513: C-Level Thinking (3.0 crs)
    WMBA 622: International Marketing Management (1.5 crs)
   

WMBA 605: Transformational Mentoring (0.75 crs)

    Global Strategy (1.5 crs)
OR OR OR

Theme: Entrepreneurship

Theme: Financial Management

Theme: Business Analytics

WMBA 606: Entrepreneurship (2.25 crs)

WMBA 607: Strategic Marketing for Entrepreneurs (2.25 crs)

WMBA 609: High Performing Teams (2.25 crs)

WMBA 608: Venture Capital (2.25 crs)

WMBA 619: Business Law and Ethics (2.25 crs)

WMBA 613: Strategic Cost Management (2.25 crs)

WMBA 618: Capital Markets and Investment Strategy (2.25 crs)

WMBA 603: Valuation (2.25 crs)

WMBA 513: C-Level Thinking (3.0 crs)

WMBA 612: Bargaining and Influencing Skills (2.25 crs)

Decision Making (2.25 crs)

WMBA 515: Corporate Governance (1.5 crs)

Data Analysis (1.5 crs)

*WMBA 517: Strategy and Leadership Communication – Taught throughout the year –  1.5 credits will be billed in Winter term
 

*Note: Effective with the WMBA class which graduated in May 2013, WMBA 514 will be billed in Year Two Winter term as a single 3.00 credit class.

Course Descriptions

WMBA 501 Principles of Financial Accounting

Term Offered: SS(Y1)

Principles of Financial Accounting — This course introduces the basic concepts and methods used in corporate financial statements for the information of investors and other interested external parties. Readings, problems, and cases are used. Major topics included are: the basic accrual model; analysis of transactions; and balance sheet, income statement, and cash flow statement construction and analysis. The course also emphasizes analysis of cases and actual financial reports and concerns the applications of the basic concepts and methods of financial accounting to issues such as long-term assets, inventory, sales, receivables, debt securities, corporate ownership, international operations, and analysis of financial statements.

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WMBA 502 Applied Microeconomics

Term Offered: SS(Y1)

Applied Microeconomics — This course provides students with the foundations of microeconomic analysis. The primary objective is to develop the abilities of students to apply fundamental microeconomic concepts to a wide range of managerial decisions, as well as public policy issues. Foundation topics include: costs and supply behavior of the firm; consumer behavior and market demand; market forces, price formation, and resource allocation; international trade and trade restrictions; and market power and price-setting behavior. Students will also be introduced to more advanced aspects of microeconomic analysis. Advanced topics include: decision-making with risk and imperfect information; and complex pricing strategies.

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WMBA 503 Applied Business Statistics

Term Offered: SS(Y1)

Applied Business Statistics — This course covers probability, sampling distributions, confidence intervals, hypothesis testing, correlation, and simple and multiple regression analysis. Business applications are used to illustrate these concepts. The course requires familiarity with the statistical analysis package of MS Excel.

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WMBA 504 Marketing Management

Term Offered: SS(Y1)

Marketing Management — This course is concerned with understanding 1) an entity's own goals and abilities and 2) its potential and existing customers and competitors as bases for setting objectives and making decisions about products, services, pricing, promotion, and distribution. The ability to analyze current situations and objectives, recognize impediments, and generate solutions is the foundation for creating, achieving, and maintaining competitive advantage. This is a management-oriented course designed to give students an integrative framework for analyzing marketing programs and making marketing decisions. Leveraging the Ross School's action-based learning approach, student teams take an active part in course development by creating cases based on their own areas of interest. The course consists of a mixture of lectures, student case presentations, in-class exercises, and a case-based final examination.

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WMBA 505 Corporate Strategy

Term Offered: F(Y1)

Corporate Strategy — This course focuses on the job, perspective, and skills of the general manager in diagnosing what is critical in complex business situations and finding realistic solutions to strategic and organizational problems. The course provides a total business perspective, and thus serves as a foundation on which to build expertise in various functional areas.

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WMBA 506 Financial Management

Term Offered: F(Y1)

Financial Management — The course is primarily devoted to the principles of financial valuation. We will first discuss the concept of present value in extensive detail, and then apply the principles of valuation to value (a) real projects (or what is commonly referred to as capital budgeting) and (b) financial securities (stocks and bonds) under certainty. Since financial decision-making virtually always involves risk and uncertainty, we will then introduce the concept of risk, and the relation between risk and return. We will integrate our knowledge of cash flows with our understanding of risk to modify capital budgeting techniques in the presence of risk and uncertainty. The course concludes with an introductory treatment of the effects of financing on capital budgeting decisions. Although the concepts of competitive capital markets and market efficiency will not be covered in a separate session, they will be woven in the fabric of the course.

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WMBA 507 Managerial Accounting

Term Offered: F(Y1)

Management Accounting — This course introduces the basic concepts of managerial accounting for internal decision-making. Major topics included are product costing, emphasizing costing approaches used in today's business environments, relevant costs for decision analysis, variance analysis, divisional performance evaluation, and transfer pricing.

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WMBA 508 Operations Management

Term Offered: F(Y1)

Operations Management — All value in society is generated by transforming one set of things into other, different things. Without such transformations, there would be no wealth creation and no rationale for business. Operations management is the design and management of those transformation processes. In this course, we will provide a framework for systematically examining and understanding operations management issues. We also will expose you to a few of the most important tools and practices that are useful in managing manufacturing and service production systems.

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WMBA 509 Human Behavior and Organization

Term Offered: W(Y1)

Human Behavior and Organization — This is a course in the diagnosis and management of human behavior in organizations. One of the most important keys to your success as a manager is the ability to generate energy and commitment among people within an organization and to channel that energy and commitment toward critical organizational goals. Doing this requires a thorough understanding of the root causes of human attitudes and behavior and how they are influenced by your actions as a manager – and by the surrounding organizational context. Thus, the course seeks an understanding of human behavior in hopes that such an understanding will enhance management practice. It is designed to include both individual level and organizational level concepts to enable students to develop an understanding of both psychological and contextual factors that affect behavior in the workplace.

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WMBA 510 MAP

Term Offered: W(Y1)

Multidisciplinary Action Projects (MAP) — MAP is a field study program in which teams of students apply structured problem-solving techniques to analyze multidisciplinary business problems or opportunities and make recommendations for improvements. It is a unique feature of the Ross MBA program – the action learning experience it provides is central to the school's curriculum. Students learn how businesses apply and integrate multiple functions and gain an appreciation of the value of teamwork through an intense hands-on project at a sponsoring company.

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WMBA 511 Corporate Governance

Term Offered: W(Y1)

Corporate Governance — This course examines how corporations are governed and to whom they should be responsible. Topics include the role of the board of directors: re-aggregation of shareholder power due to concentrated institutional holdings; effects of legislation on corporate governance, including laws that permit or require the board of directors to consider the interests of stakeholders like employees, customers, suppliers, and communities. Consideration is also given to international comparisons of corporate governance structures and legal issues arising in contests for corporate control. This course fulfills the MBA law/ethics requirement.

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WMBA 512 World Economy

Term Offered: W(Y2)

World Economy — The march of globalization continues, and international markets are pivotal to the operations of virtually all corporations. As companies intensify their international presence, the need to understand the economic and political challenges associated with the global environment increases. Such challenges are the focus of this course. We will explore the theories and concepts that are crucial to understanding the global location and structure of industries, the politics of trade and investment, and the impact of globalization on firm strategy. Various learning methods are used in the course, including in-class lectures, discussion of current events in the world economy, and case analysis.

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WMBA 513      Capstone

Term Offered: W(Y2)

Capstone — The course will involve substantive research on a specific issue of concern to a company in the region. Students will work in teams to establish a position from which to argue their recommended approach to addressing the identified issue. The course will culminate in a formal presentation to peers, faculty and a representative from the sponsoring company.  Each team will be responsible for 1) their own presentation in which they will be required to respond in real time to issues raised by the panel and 2) critical evaluation of another team including questioning any potential flaws in the analysis or accuracy of facts.

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WMBA 514      Business Communication

Terms Offered: SS (Year 1) through W (Year 2)

Business Communication — These courses focus on the development of oral and written professional communication skills and strategies. Specifically, the courses provide conceptual frameworks and tools for developing communication as well as a tailored program of individualized feedback. Topics are introduced throughout the entire program and include themes such as methods for audience adaptation, alternatives for structuring and delivering content, and models for strategic communication choices. Deliverables revolve around projects in the program including the Ross Leadership Initiative in the first weekend, the MAP project, and the final capstone project.

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WMBA 601 Strategic Market Planning

Term Offered: SS(Y2)

Strategic Market Planning — This course is designed to provide an in-depth, "hands-on" learning experience in marketing strategy, planning and analysis. This course outlines key planning concepts and processes using lectures, case studies and a sophisticated competitive marketing simulation game where feedback is provided to management teams regarding the impact of their strategic and tactical decisions. The course integrates marketing decision making within the context of manufacturing and financial dimensions of a business organization. Course participants should expect to use large doses of common business sense and managerial acumen and to rely heavily on sound business and marketing principles in the learning process.

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WMBA 602 Strategies for Growth

Term Offered: SS(Y2)

Strategies for Growth—Strategies for Growth— A major challenge facing most companies (and business units) is how to grow the organization. This course will develop a framework for determining the direction of growth: market penetration, globalization, vertical integration, related diversification and unrelated diversification, and the mode of growth: organic growth, alliances, and mergers and acquisitions. The organizational challenges in implementing the growth strategy will also be discussed.

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WMBA 603 Valuation

Term Offered: SS(Y2)

Valuation — This course focuses on corporate asset management, in particular, on valuation. Topics include financial statement analysis, capital budgeting methods, estimating incremental cash flows, estimating cost of capital, valuation of projects, valuation of companies in takeovers, cross-border valuation, and valuation of strategic options. The course also covers working capital management.

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WMBA 604 Leadership Development

Term Offered: SS(Y2)

Leadership Development: Self Awareness, Skills and Strategies — This course offers an extensive journey into the nature of leadership in organizations, with an emphasis on self-understanding and learning. It offers both a theoretical and practical understanding of leadership. At the end of this course, students should have a better conceptual sense of leadership, important insights into themselves as leaders, an enhanced ability to understand and map the context in which leadership is to be exerted, and practical ideas about how to work that context in order to lead change. The course will use cases, experimental exercises, role-plays, videos, and self-assessment exercises to stimulate student learning.

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WMBA 605 Transformational Mentoring

Term Offered: WN(Y2)

Transformational Mentoring: The transformational mentoring class has two key objectives: (1) to understand the key levers of transformational mentoring, (2) to practice the art of transformational mentor and the self-change necessary to be effective. Students will be exposed to key ideas regarding transformational mentoring and then will choose someone in their personal or professional networks to mentor in a transformational manner. This action learning-project will culminate in a written team report on best practices in transformational mentoring. Students will also keep a journal on their personal journey as a transformational mentor.

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WMBA 611 Supply Chain Management

Term Offered: F(Y2)

Supply Chain Management — This course aims to develop an understanding of key devices of supply chain performance and their interrelationship with firm strategy. Special emphasis is given to tools and skills necessary to develop solutions for a variety of supply chain design problems and inter-firm and intra-firm coordination issues.

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WMBA 612 Bargaining and Influence Skills

Term Offered: F(Y2)

Bargaining and Influence Skills — This course is premised on the fact that while a manager needs analytical skills to discover optimal solutions to business problems, a broad array of negotiation skills is needed to implement these solutions. This experiential course is designed to improve students' skills in claiming and creating value in deals and disputes. Learning objectives focus on the development and practice of key negotiation competencies. Extensive personal feedback, peer review, coaching, and personal journals are used to help each student develop strategic flexibility across a variety of contexts, whether cultural, professional, or personal. Given the experiential nature of the course and pedagogy, enrollment in each section will be limited, and in addition, attendance will be mandatory. Consistent with that policy, registered students must be present from the beginning of the first class session to retain their registration in the class.

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WMBA 613 Advanced Management Accounting/Cost Management Skills

Term Offered: F(Y2)

Advanced Management Accounting/Cost Management Skills — This course provides a detailed look at the development and use of management accounting information in operational decision settings. The emphasis is on the identification and measurement of cost drivers and the uses and limitations of management accounting information. The concepts and methods are applied to both manufacturing and service organizations.
Cost Management Systems — This course takes an integrative approach to the design of cost management systems. The focus is on building a general framework for choosing among various cost systems alternatives for operational control and product cost and profitability measurement. The framework is applied to traditional and high technology manufacturing and service organizations.

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WMBA 614 Competitive Tactics and Policy

Term Offered: F(Y2)

Competitive Tactics and Policy — This course focuses on how firms interact with others in their industry and with government agencies enforcing policies designed to promote competition. Companies with market power must be aware of potential domestic and international legal constraints on their actions. We will compare U.S. and European approaches to competition policy and the implications for business. We will apply the analytical tools of economics and basic game theory in our examination of firm decisions and industry competition. The dimensions of competitive strategy that we cover will include competition and cooperation in an oligopoly, horizontal mergers, and strategies to deter entry by a dominant firm. The concepts in the course will be developed using a mix of lecture, business cases, and antitrust cases.

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WMBA 621 New Age of Innovation

Term Offered: W(Y2)

New Age of Innovation — This course introduces students to the emerging nature of competition and the critical capabilities that firms need to build to thrive in this environment. Based on the contents in a book co-authored by professors C.K. Prahalad and M.S. Krishnan, the course presents a different perspective on business innovation focusing on co-creating customer experience and global resource leverage with the social and technical architecture in the firm as the two key enablers. The specific implications for various business functions in this new approach to compete will be discussed. Students interested in functional roles or consulting will find this course useful.

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WMBA 622 International Marketing Management

Term Offered: W(Y2)

International Marketing Management — Marketing problems arising from various degrees of foreign involvement (exports, licensing, foreign subsidiaries) are considered. Subjects include: marketing research, product planning and development, pricing, promotion, distribution, and organization for international marketing, with emphasis on the management response to parameters which differ from those in domestic marketing, i.e. international economic factors, foreign cultures, nationalism and government influences, etc.

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