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MBA Curriculum

AN INNOVATIVE CURRICULUM TO ELEVATE YOUR CAREER SEARCH

Simon Business School has long been regarded as a world leader in quantitative, economics-based education. Our MBA curriculum integrates analytics-based academics with hands-on opportunities to prepare for your career. Courses are designed to provide you with the tools to understand, explain, and predict business behaviors, while staying at the forefront of the global business marketplace.

Newly launched for fall 2019, Simon’s curriculum allows you to:

  • Take more electives in the first year, and take them earlier in your program of study.
  • Travel through your curricular experience with a cohort of students with similar career interests.
  • Enter the workforce as a polished professional by taking two required breadth electives designed to prepare you with the skills employers desire.

IT ALL STARTS WITH THE CORE

At the heart of our academics is the Simon core: nine required courses, a Communicating Business Decisions sequence, and a client project aligned with your future career interests, which together act as the foundation for the rest of your education. The core curriculum defines the Simon MBA and makes our graduates distinct from the rest.

GBA 411
Business Modeling

FIN 402
Capital Budgeting and Corporate Objectives

MKT 441, CIS 461, OR FIN 434
A project-based course lasting two terms

MGC 401, MGC 402
Communicating Business Decisions Sequence

STR 421
Competitive Strategy

ACC 401
Corporate Financial Accounting

GBA 401A
Structured Problem Solving

GBA 412
Data Analytics

CIS 401A, CIS 401B
Information Systems for Management

STR 401
Managerial Economics

MKT 402
Marketing Management

OMG 402
Operations Management

DISTINGUISH YOURSELF WITH PROFESSIONAL SKILLS COMPANIES DEMAND

You’ll also enrich your studies by choosing breadth electives designed to bolster professional skills employers desire. We require students to choose at least two breadth electives to ensure every Simon MBA enters the workforce positioned to make an immediate impact.

Breadth electives—choose two of the following:

GBA 441
Business Ethics and Corporate Social Responsibility

GBA 442C
Elements of Leadership

GBA 435
Negotiation Theory and Practice: Bargaining for Value

STR 427
Organizational Behavior

STR 427
Organization and Strategy

To further strengthen your problem-solving, communication, teamwork, and leadership skills, you’ll also have the opportunity to participate in the Simon EDGE program. The Simon EDGE is a comprehensive professional skill-building and competency-development curricular and co-curricular program that augments the technical skills you acquire in the classroom with personal development experiences throughout your MBA program.

FOCUS YOUR STUDIES. DEEPEN YOUR UNDERSTANDING

Sharpen your career goals and take a deep dive in an area of study by choosing a specialization. Arranged into three tracks—Marketing, Consulting, and Finance—our 10 specializations will allow you to customize your MBA experience by building a skill set tailored to the field you plan to pursue. (Alternatively, our general management track allows you to choose from a broad selection of courses.) You can also round out your studies by choosing one or more minors, designed to provide a deeper understanding in six key areas.

OPTION FOR STEM DESIGNATION

Each of our Full-Time MBA specializations offers an option for STEM designation. Graduating with a STEM-designated MBA can give you a leg up in the job search, as corporate recruiters often see STEM designation as validation of a program’s rigor. For international students, there’s an additional benefit: the opportunity to extend Optional Practical Training (OPT) by 24 months, for a total of three years without H1B visa sponsorship, if hired into a STEM-eligible role.

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