Online MBA Courses - Saint Mary's Online Skip to Main Content
  1. Home
  2. /
  3. Online MBA Program
  4. /
  5. Online MBA Course Descriptions

Online Master of Business Administration

Online MBA Course Descriptions

A Curriculum That’s Tailored to You

Saint Mary’s  online MBA curriculum focuses on real-world issues and provides learning that can be immediately applied to your career. Designed to help you rapidly advance your progress as a professional, you can complete the program in as little as 12 months and take all of the courses in this program online.

This MBA consists of 10 courses for 30 total credit hours. All students must complete seven core courses (21 credits), one elective course (3 credits), and two general MBA courses (six credits).

To learn more about Saint Mary’s online MBA program and its curriculum, call 877-308-9954 to speak with an enrollment counselor or request more information.

Core Courses (21 credits)

  • This course is designed to give students a practitioner’s ability to utilize quantitative decision-making tools and techniques commonly used in business. The QDM tools and techniques used in operations management, inventory management, marketing, project management, and finance are covered. Topics include hypothesis testing, confidence intervals, subjective probability, decision trees, Bayes Theorem, and regression.

    Upon completion of the course, students are expected to be able to do the following:

    • Utilize hypothesis testing, confidence intervals, and regression to obtain a quantitative basis to make business decisions
    • Apply decision trees to qualitative situations in business
    • Apply subjective probabilities to provide insight into business situations involving uncertainty and risk
    • Utilize decision software designed to support qualitative business decision-making

  • This course focuses on applying economic theory to examine how an organization can efficiently achieve its aims or objectives. The tools and applications organizations use to make decisions and assess their outcomes in a global context are covered. Topics include advanced supply and demand analysis and estimation, production and cost analysis, market structure and price analysis, regulation and risk analysis, and global pricing practices.

    Upon completion of the course, students are expected to be able to do the following:

    • Forecast market trends in prices and industry profitability in a global context
    • Assess the competitiveness of a firm within an industry from a production and cost perspective in a global environment
    • Analyze market demand from a competitive and profitability perspective in a global environment
    • Analyze the impact of global forces on market structure and firm behavior

  • This course covers the tools, techniques, and methodologies used by managers to plan, design, and implement control systems that create/produce services and/or goods in an organization. The decisions for which operations managers are held accountable, methods used to make those decisions, and the factors affecting productivity, effectiveness, and efficiency in an organization are covered. Topics include strategic considerations in operations management, operations decision-making, quality management, forecasting, just-in-time inventory management, and facility location.

    Upon completion of this course, students are expected to be able to do the following:

    • Apply the basic terms, principles, concepts, techniques, tools, and operations management methodologies
    • Review and examine techniques of enterprise control and performance management
    • Assess the impact of strategic managerial actions on the shape and direction of the operational function
    • Develop an operations plan which integrates human, technological, and economic factors
    • Assess the linkage between the factors that affect the operations system

  • This course examines the principles and techniques of managerial cost accounting. It covers various cost accounting techniques and the effective use of accounting information for business decision-making. Topics include cost-volume-profit analysis, activity-based costing, activity-based management, inventory costing, capacity analysis, cost allocation, and budgeting.

    Upon completion of this course, students are expected to be able to do the following:

    • Use cost accounting techniques to support decision-making in an organization
    • Solve previously unseen problems using the concepts and techniques of managerial accounting
    • Apply strategic cost management techniques
    • Contribute to the management capacity of a firm by proper use of costing information

  • This course examines the principles of corporate finance and the tools and practices used in financial decision-making. It examines the treasury function of an organization and the decisions made by the treasurer. Topics include long-term financing, capital budgeting decisions, beta, debt-equity options, dividend policy analysis, and IPOs.

    Upon completion of this course, students are expected to be able to do the following:

    • Use tools and techniques of corporate finance
    • Support treasurer-level decision-making with financial information
    • Demonstrate the ability to make capital budgeting decisions
    • Create a dividend policy
    • Prepare financial information necessary to take a company public

  • This course addresses the principles of marketing and the tools and practices used to design and implement a comprehensive marketing strategy. It examines the frameworks and strategies behind effective marketing decisions that build customer value and drive an organization’s growth. Topics include market research, target marketing, product development and positioning, brand-building, buyer behavior, pricing, distribution, and integrated marketing communications. In addition, the course focuses on achieving a competitive advantage within the context of ethics and sustainability.

    Upon completion of this course, students are expected to be able to do the following:

    • Describe different types of marketing research and construct a marketing research approach for a brand
    • Formulate a marketing strategy based upon effective segmentation, targeting, and positioning
    • Practice application of different pricing models and distribution strategies
    • Develop integrated marketing communication and other strategies to leverage promotion opportunities
    • Create comprehensive marketing plans in the context of strategic brand planning and product lifecycle management
    • Explain the role of marketing in the context of ethics, mission, and sustainability

  • This course is the capstone for the MBA program. Students integrate knowledge from previous courses to analyze and evaluate competitive strategies firms use. The case method is applied to various industries and business issues. In addition, students have the live case experience of working with a sponsoring organization. Students assess the external and internal environments of the organization and develop a strategic plan.

    Upon completion of this course, students are expected to be able to do the following:

    • Utilize appropriate tools to analyze and evaluate strategic decisions of firms
    • Design strategies to obtain and sustain competitive advantage
    • Create a strategic plan to address an organizational need

Elective Courses (3 credits)

Choose from one of these courses for your elective class. Each of these classes would also count towards a certificate if you chose to add a certificate to your MBA. The exception is the Finance Certificate.

    • ACCT600 Financial Communication (3 cr.)
    • BIA630 Data Analysis and Business Modeling (3 cr.)
    • CYBR600 Foundations of Cybersecurity (3 cr.)
    • HRM601 Human Resource Management Strategy (3 cr.)
    • HS662 Financial Practices in the Health and Human Services Sectors (3 cr.)
    • IENT600 Design Thinking and Innovation (3 cr.)
    • MAPA601 Strategic Nonprofit Management (3 cr.)
    • PRM600 Foundations of Project Management (3 cr.)
    • OL614 Leadership and Ethics (3 cr.)

General MBA Curriculum (6 credits)

Students selecting the General MBA option must complete the following courses in addition to the core courses.

  • This course examines human behavior and social relationships in the workplace setting from a domestic and intercultural perspective. The theories, history, and practice of promoting effective individual and group behavior in organizations across cultures are covered. Topics include groups and teams, multicultural teams, power and influence, trust, gender and equality, the impact of culture on work behavior, and creating cultural synergy in a multicultural work environment.

    Upon completion of this course, students are expected to be able to do the following:

    • Deconstruct the dynamics and complexities of individual and group behavior in a workplace setting
    • Build multicultural teams
    • Recognize and manage issues of justice, gender, equality, ethics, and trust as they arise in the workplace
    • Design a plan to promote cultural synergy in a workplace setting

  • This course provides a theoretical framework to analyze and evaluate the ethical dimension of leadership practices. Topics include implementing ethical leadership models and practices, ethical considerations in multinational organizational strategy, and building and maintaining international partnerships. The case method is employed to analyze and evaluate the leaders of firms diverse in their perspectives and scope.

    Upon completion of this course, students are expected to be able to do the following:

    • Apply ethical leadership techniques
    • Evaluate the ethical dimension of organizational strategy with an emphasis on social responsibility
    • Analyze ethical leadership models via the case study method.
    • Evaluate the impact of leadership practices on organizational climate
    • Articulate the unique challenges of ethical leadership in international partnerships

Add a Stackable Graduate Certificate

Choose from a selection of graduate certificate programs designed to accelerate your degree and help you achieve your goals faster. Each of Saint Mary’s graduate certificates requires the completion of 12 to 15 credits and adds only six additional credits (two courses) to your degree program, allowing you to complete extra credentials while saving time and money. If you add a graduate certificate to your MBA, you will choose the elective offering that corresponds with your certificate and substitute one additional certificate course for MBA610 Organizations and Human Behavior. This typically adds one semester to your MBA program.  Choose a certificate in a content area of interest:

Share Your Success

Saint Mary’s supports your success by providing you with the tools necessary to not only achieve your professional goals but to share them with the world—especially the digital world.

As part of our commitment, Saint Mary’s offers an opportunity for you to be awarded digital badges. Digital badges are a graphic verification representing your achievement after completing a specific online course or program.

Get Started Now

Request more information to learn more about Saint Mary’s University of Minnesota’s online programs. An enrollment counselor will contact you shortly to share more information and answer your questions. When you’re ready, you can click Apply Now to start your online application.