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Professor Garcia

Core Curriculum

A Strong Foundation

Our robust core curriculum delivers a strong foundation that prepares you to make adept decisions in data-driven business environments. Beyond business cases and formulas, the Rady MBA core curriculum encourages collaboration, classroom discussion and interaction.

Required Core Courses:

MGT 403 - Quantitative Analysis

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

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

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, Ethics, and Team Management

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

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

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 - Competitive Strategy

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

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

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.