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Class Schedule

Fall (August) Start Schedule
Spring (January) Start Schedule

Format:
Classes are held from 6-10 p.m. 1.5 credit classes last five weeks, and 3.0 credit classes last ten weeks.

Schedule:
Core classes for students starting in the fall will be held on Tuesdays and Thursdays.
Core classes for students starting in the spring will be held on Mondays and Wednesdays.

The University of Utah seeks to provide equal access to its programs, services, and activities for people with disabilities. If you will need accommodations in the class, reasonable prior notice needs to be given to the Center for Disability & Access, 162 Olpin Union Building, 801-581-5020. CDA will work with you and the instructor to make arrangements for accommodations.

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Courses

The University of Utah Professional MBA program believes in the power of knowledge to transform your career. Our core curriculum lays a strong foundation for every business discipline. Elective courses expand on this foundation and allow you to design your path of study.

Core Courses

The program consists of 30 hours of core coursework. Core classes satisfy the prerequisites for all Professional MBA electives.

1.5 credit hours
  • Explore the underlying concepts and various techniques necessary for effective communication in today’s every-changing workplace
  • Learn both communication theory and the practical application of communication excellence
  • Understand managerial communication on three levels: interpersonal/supportive communication, advanced public speaking, and managerial writing

3.0 credit hours

  • Evaluate the industry environment and learn strategies to leverage a firm’s competitive advantage by utilizing it’s core skills and capabilities
  • Gain an understanding of industry dynamics and identify valuable skills, resources, capabilities, technology strategy, and trade-offs among various business-level strategies
  • Gain an understanding of corporate strategy, vertical integration, diversification, and globalization strategies

1.5 credit hours

  • Enhance productivity and proficiency in Excel for business application
  • Understand how Excel features and tools (e.g., pivot tables) can be used in business data analysis
  • Use Analysis ToolPak in Excel and interpret the outputs for business application

3.0 credit hours

  • Learn the language of business public enterprises use to communicate their economic transactions to external decision-makers, such as stock investors or creditors
  • Read, analyze, and understand U.S. financial statements, including Generally Accepted Accounting Principles (GAAP) or statements prepared under International Financial Reporting Standards (IFRS)
  • Understand financial reporting regulations and which regulatory and enforcement institutions are involved in the process of preparing and reporting corporate financial information

3.0 credit hours

  • Gain an understanding of financial analysis, planning, working capital management, financial math, valuation, and capital budgeting

1.5 credit hours

  • Gain fundamental knowledge in information technology, established and emerging, and its exciting business applications
  • Learn about key issues surrounding the investment, evaluation, use, and management of information technology
  • Analyze best practices of information technology utilization, implementation, or management in different sectors

1.5 credit hours

  • Enhance conceptual understanding of optimal management strategies in leading high-performing teams
  • Develop skills requires to implement management strategies
  • Form teams within your class and create team Working Agreements that will guide team processes throughout the program

3.0 credit hours

  • Develop an understanding of the data accumulation and allocation processes and illustrate the proper application of accounting data in solving managerial problems
  • Gain exposure to strategic implications and limitations of accounting systems and data
  • Gain skills in cost estimation, pricing and product mix decision, activity-based costing, and measuring opportunity costs for decision-making
  • Understand firm internal accounting systems and how they integrate with managers’ challenges in finance, accounting, marketing, operations management, and human resources

3.0 credit hours

  • Learn fundamental principles of economics from a managerial perspective
  • Gain an understanding of market supply and demand, production and cost analysis, consumer theory, marketing structure analysis, banking systems, and macroeconomics

3.0 credit hours

  • Learn marketing management and strategy concepts as well as their implementation and control
  • Apply these concepts to marketing decisions through case analyses and simulations
  • Understand market assessment, segmentation, target marketing, positioning, differentiation, branding, budgeting, customer lifetime value analysis, product pricing, distribution, and promotional strategies

3.0 credit hours

  • Learn human behavior concepts and principles needed to create high-performance workplaces
  • Enhance personal leadership effectiveness through self-assessment, feedback, and studying practices from exemplary leaders
  • Discuss topics like motivation, power and influence, group behavior and teams, decision-making, conflict and collaboration, organization design, culture, and leading change

3.0 credit hours

  • Understand the process by which any firm (such as a hospital) transforms raw materials (e.g., sick patients) into finished goods (e.g., cured patients)
  • Develop a framework for analyzing business process flows within and across firms
  • Gain an in-depth understanding of the management of supply chains, capacity, inventory, quality, and product design

Elective Courses

The remaining 18 credit hours of your Professional MBA are composed of elective classes within the School of Business. These courses allow you to personalize your education to meet your specific career goals. Elective courses are subject to change and most are only offered once per year. Many also require prerequisite courses to enroll. Please reach out to the PMBA office at 801-581-6836 or PMBA@Utah.edu for more information.

  • Advanced Excel and Access Techniques

  • Business Tax Strategies

  • Business Valuation and Analysis

  • IT Risks and Controls

  • Reading and Interpreting Financial Statements

  • Visual Basic Applications for Accounting

  • Lassonde Venture Programs

  • Venture Finance

  • Venture Foundations

  • Venture Fund

  • Venture Trends

  • Advanced Corporate Finance

  • Advanced Venture Capital

  • CFA Level I and II

  • Commercial Leasing

  • Construction for Real Estate Development

  • Excel for the Finance Professional

  • Financial Applications of Statistical Models

  • Finance Consulting

  • Financial Engineering

  • Financial Management and Decision

  • Financial Markets Laboratory

  • Financial Modeling

  • Financial Programming

  • Introduction to Financial Programming

  • Introduction to Risk for Multi-Asset Class Investments and Portfolio Management Investors

  • Making in a Corporation

  • Mergers and Acquisitions

  • Visual Basic Applications for Accounting and Finance

  • Personal Finance Planning

  • Perspect Private Equity

  • Real Estate Analysis Techniques

  • Real Estate Analytics

  • Real Estate Appraisals and Investments

  • Real Estate Capital Markets

  • Real Estate Contracts and Transactions

  • Real Estate Finance

  • Real Estate Financial Modeling

  • Venture Capital

  • Business Law

  • Business Ethics

  • Change Management

  • Competitive Advantage Through People

  • Diversity and Inclusion: A Business Strategy

  • Intellectual Property

  • International Management

  • Managerial Negotiation

  • Non-Profit Consulting

  • Profiles of Leadership

  • Advanced Marketing Strategies

  • Algorithms for Business Decisions

  • Brand Management

  • Consumer Behavior

  • Content Marketing, Social Media, and Digital Marketing and Analytics

  • Digital Campaign Management Entrepreneurial Marketing

  • Machine Learning for Business Applications Search Engine Optimization

  • Marketing Research

  • Text Analytics

  • Advanced Data Management

  • Advanced Data Mining

  • Analytical Decision Models I and II

  • Cloud Computing

  • Cybersecurity Risk and Compliance

  • Data Mining

  • Data Science and Big Data

  • Data Structure and Java

  • Database Theory and Design

  • Data Warehousing Design and Information Systems Analysis and Design

  • Data Visualization

  • Digital Forensics

  • Emerging Web Technologies and Strategies

  • E-Business

  • Implementation

  • Introduction to Business Analytics

  • IT Leadership and Strategy

  • IT Security

  • Net Defense and Countermeasures

  • Networking and Servers

  • Product Management

  • Python

  • Six Sigma Green Belt for Manufacturing Certification

  • Six Sigma Green Belt for Non-Manufacturing Certification

  • Six Sigma for Managers

  • Special Topics in Information Systems

  • Statistics and Predictive Analytics

  • Supply Chain Risk Management

  • Web Based Applications

  • Visual Basic Applications for Business

  • Visual Basic Applications II

To lead in today’s business climate, you must understand the nuances of foreign business dynamics and culture. For those interested in gaining a global perspective, the PMBA program offers an optional international trip elective that gives students a knowledge and understanding of the international business environment. This venture into global corporate affairs provides students the opportunity to experience firsthand how business is conducted abroad.

The first section of the course will include in-class lectures and activities meant to expose you to current issues in international business and the country you are visiting.

Previous international trip destinations:

  • Johannesburg, South Africa (2019)
  • Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam (2018)
  • Shanghai, China (2017)
  • Seoul, South Korea (2015 and 2016)
  • Beijing & Tianjin, China (2013 and 2014)
  • Buenos Aires, Argentina (2012)

Specialization Opportunities

Currently, there are four available graduate certificate options, a dual degree, and five concurrent degrees available to individuals planning on specializing. These certifications can be earned in addition to your MBA by focusing electives on certain areas. Other requirements vary by program.

Graduate Certificates

The Graduate Certificate in Business Analytics (GCBA) allows students to gain specialized knowledge in both data analytics and management. Obtaining a graduate-level analytics certificate will significantly benefit those seeking to advance their careers in the rapidly growing market for data and analytics professionals.

For more information, please see the Graduate Certificate in Business Analytics website or contact their office at 801-581-7785, MSBAinfo@Eccles.Utah.edu.

The Graduate Certificate in Information Systems (GCIS) allows you to gain a broad background in information systems and more specialized technical knowledge. Some of the available courses include data mining, business intelligence and analytics, software and systems architecture, product and process management, and IT security. Obtaining a graduate-level certificate in IS will provide you with a significant advantage to advance your career in the field of information systems or strengthen your technical proficiency. This 18-credit hour certificate program is designed for maximum flexibility and offers you a wide choice of courses and areas of concentration.

For more information, please go to the Graduate Certificate in Information Systems website or contact their office at 801-581-7785, MSISinfo@Eccles.Utah.edu.

The Graduate Certificate in Real Estate (GCRE) is a 15 credit hour program that equips students with advanced skills in real estate development. Due to the robust real estate climate in the Mountain West (Arizona, Colorado, Idaho, Montana, Nevada, New Mexico, Utah, and Wyoming), one of the nation’s fastest-growing regions, there is a significant need for developers.

For more information, please visit the Graduate Certificate in Real Estate website or contact their office at 801-581-5588, MRED-Masters@Eccles.Utah.edu.

The Graduate Certificate in Operations and Supply Chain Management is a 15 credit hour program that teaches students how firms create and capture value. Students will learn how to maximize quality relative to cost and optimize activities across that supply chain. Students will study the importance of lowering production costs and managing process flows. The course will explore strategic choices for different industries and operational objectives. Students will learn how to manage inventory effectively use information systems with their supply chains.  Students will gain practice in presenting operational results to management and/or other operations personnel.

For more information, please visit the catalog listing.

Dual and Concurrent Degree Programs

For most of our dual and concurrent degree options, you can graduate with two master’s degrees by only adding two semesters to your education. Earning a second master’s degree with your MBA is the most efficient and cost-effective way to impact your career potential exponentially.

Designed to accommodate the schedules of working professionals, this part-time option prepares students for administrative positions in hospitals, large clinics, extended-care facilities, clinical and reference laboratories, as well as for positions in health care consulting and with vendors such as those providing information technology to health care organizations. The purpose of the dual-degree program is to prepare students for success in the health care and medical industries by providing essential business knowledge, skills, and industry-specific knowledge.

For more information, please see the Master of Healthcare Administration website or contact their office at 801-585-5790, MHAinfo@Eccles.Utah.edu.

An MAcc degree can be completed concurrently while completing your PMBA. When these degrees are completed simultaneously, 15 credit hours of electives from the PMBA course requirements can be waived, allowing the program to be finished two semesters earlier while decreasing the cost for your degrees by almost $20,000.

Combine your MBA with a program focused on one of the top growth areas and one with the most potential career opportunities. This program may require prerequisite undergraduate coursework. Further details can be found on the MAcc website.

Designed for aspiring entrepreneurs to gain the knowledge and skills needed to create and scale their business, the Master of Business Creation (MBC) offers an innovative, application-focused curriculum with access to mentoring, funding, and scholarships. The MBC is 33.0 credit hours, and the PMBA is 31.5 credit hours. While earning these degrees concurrently, it will take a total of 7 semesters to complete both.

For more information, please see the Master of Business Creation website or contact their office at 801-587-3836, MBC@Eccles.Utah.edu.

An MSBA degree can be completed concurrently while completing your PMBA. When these degrees are completed simultaneously, 15 credit hours of electives from the PMBA course requirements can be waived, allowing the program to be finished 2 semesters earlier while decreasing the cost for your degrees by almost $20,000.

Designed to provide students with the skills necessary to compete in the rapidly growing market for analytics and data science professionals, the MSBA program offers a unique blend of curriculum in both the technical and managerial space.

An MSF degree can be completed concurrently while completing your PMBA. When these degrees are completed simultaneously, 15 credit hours of electives from the PMBA course requirements can be waived, allowing the program to be finished 2 semesters earlier while decreasing the cost for your degrees by almost $20,000.

Designed to develop innovative thinkers who will lead the next generation of financial professionals, the David Eccles School of Business Master of Science in Finance (MSF) degree adds clout to your resume and expands your career options.

An MSIS degree can be completed concurrently while completing your PMBA. When these degrees are completed simultaneously, 15 credit hours of electives from the PMBA course requirements can be waived, allowing the program to be finished two semesters earlier while decreasing the cost for your degrees by almost $20,000.

Companies in the private and public sectors need professionals that can align information technology with business strategies. Our information systems curriculum offers courses that integrate technology into business processes.

An MRED can be completed concurrently while completing your PMBA. When these degrees are completed simultaneously, 15 credit hours of electives from the PMBA course requirements can be waived, allowing the program to be finished two semesters earlier while decreasing the cost for your degrees by almost $20,000.

A joint venture between the David Eccles School of Business and the College of Architecture + Planning, the Master of Science in Real Estate Development program is designed for students and professionals with varied backgrounds and experience. For more information, email MRED-Masters@Eccles.Utah.edu.

Request Application Fee Waiver

The University of Utah Professional MBA team cares about you and understands that the application fee can be a barrier to entry for some students. To show our support, we are offering a $55 application fee waiver that may be used to apply for 2022. Fill out the form to receive your waiver.