MBA Core Curriculum

The core courses are the foundation of your education. We have chosen a more extensive core curriculum than you will find in many programs. A rigorous, comprehensive foundation prepares you for the business decisions and challenges you will face. In the Rady core, you will see an emphasis on innovation-driven organizations evident in topics, examples, cases and in-class projects and discussions.

The core curriculum prepares you to make the business decisions that innovation requires; to gather and analyze the best information possible, to know when you have reduced risk as much as you reasonably can - and then to make decisions, take risks, catalyze teams and make things happen.

Required Core Courses

  • MGT 401: Professional Seminar
  • MGT 403: Quantitative Analysis
  • MGT 404: Accounting
  • MGT 405: Managerial Economics
  • MGT 406: Leadership Skills, Values, and Teamwork in Technology Firms
  • MGT 407: Marketing
  • MGT 408: Finance
  • MGT 409: Organizational Strategy and Human Resource Management
  • MGT 410: Strategy
  • MGT 412: Lab to Market: Opportunity and Business Model Analysis
  • MGT 413: Operations, Information Systems, and Data Analysis
  • MGT 414A: Lab to Market Workshop I
  • MGT 414B: Lab to Market Workshop II

MGT 401. Professional Seminar

The Professional Seminar presents up-to-date research, professional skills development, and experts and business leaders as speakers. Topics may vary by term. S/U grades only. May be taken for credit eight times. Prerequisites: MBA student or department stamp.

MGT 403. Quantitative Analysis

Through lecture and online delivery, students will be introduced to key techniques for using data to make informed management decisions. Covers probability, statistics, decision analysis, and optimization techniques. Emphasizes managerial applications in such areas as operations management, marketing, and finance. Letter grades only. Prerequisites: MBA student or department stamp.

MGT 404. Accounting

Through lecture and online delivery, students will be introduced to the basic concepts and methods used in financial statements. The course highlights the linkages between accounting information and management planning, decision making, and control. Letter grades only. Prerequisites: MBA student or department stamp.

MGT 405. Managerial Economics

Through lecture and online delivery, this course will introduce students to the tools and concepts of microeconomics to analyze decision problems within technology driven firms through the coverage of microeconomic concepts relevant to managerial decision making. Letter grades only. Prerequisites: MBA student or department stamp.

MGT 406. Leadership Skills, Values, and Teamwork in Technology Firms

Through lecture and online delivery, introduces principles of effective teamwork and leadership and of strategic managerial communication. Provides an introduction to case study and to ethical issues confronting managers in technology or science-driven firms. Develops managerial communication skills. Letter grades only. Prerequisites: MBA student or department stamp.

MGT 407. Marketing

By taking an analytical approach to the study of marketing problems, this course provides an understanding of customers and competitors as a basis for developing, pricing, promoting, and distributing goods and services that satisfy customer and organizational objectives. Letter grades only. Prerequisites: MBA student or department stamp.

MGT 408. Finance

Through lecture and online delivery, this course will focus on basic business financial concepts with particular attention to challenges of finance in start-up and small- and medium-sized enterprises. Letter grades only. Prerequisites: MBA student or department stamp.

MGT 409. Organizational Strategy and Human Resource Management

After identifying characteristics common to technology driven firms, the implications of living in, managing, and leading such an organization are explored. Covers skills such as leadership of project teams and negotiations. Letter grades only. Prerequisites: MBA student or department stamp.

MGT 410. Strategy

Through lecture and online delivery, this course explores the strategic management of technology-driven firms focusing on the analytical tools and techniques that support strategy formulation and the related managerial skills and decision processes that foster strategy implementation. Letter grades only. Prerequisites: MBA student or department stamp.

MGT 412. Lab to Market: Opportunity and Business Model Analysis

An integrated examination of competencies needed to transform innovations into profitable market opportunities. Focus on processes to generate ideas, assess which ones are viable business opportunities, and evolve them into products and businesses. Prerequisites: MBA student or department stamp.

MGT 413. Operations, Information Systems, and Data Analysis

Through lecture and online delivery, students will be familiarized with the problems and issues confronting operations managers, and will be introduced to language, conceptual models, and analytical techniques that are broadly applicable in confronting such problems.

MGT 414A. Lab to Market Workshop I

Through lecture, provides broad coverage of leading edge developments in technical and scientific research, with an eye to their potential applicability and value in business. Provides basis for project-based Lab to Market Workshop II. An IP grade will be awarded at the end of the quarter. Final grade will not be given until the completion of MGT 414B. Letter grades only. Prerequisites: MBA student or department stamp.

MGT 414B. Lab to Market Workshop II

Project-based course, requiring identification and completion of major project assessing potential business value of emerging or potential technology or science. Students work individually or in teams. Periodic class meetings include presentation of interim and final reports. Prerequisites: MGT 414A and MBA student or department stamp.