Full-Time MBA Curriculum

Beginning in Fall 2024 for the class of 2026, the full-time MBA program has undergone a curriculum change while maintaining the minimum credit requirement of 60 credits. The new curriculum includes ten core required classes and one integrative requirement. The remaining credits should be concentration courses or MBA electives. Students are strongly encouraged to select at least one concentration from the following functional areas: Finance, Supply Chain Management, Marketing, or Analytics and Information Technology. Taking one of these concentrations enables students to delve into a functional area where our employers typically recruit from.

Beyond the functional concentration, students are encouraged to complete a second concentration from the list of nine concentrations below, which help students distinguish themselves from others in the job market.

Typical career tracks for our MBA students and the suggested concentration combinations are recommended below.

Course Descriptions

Core Requirements:

22:010:502 (FT) | 22:010:577 (PT) - Accounting for Managers - 3 credits

An introduction to financial statement analysis which builds on the fundamentals of accounting, including understanding the accounting equation and its application in building the balance sheet, the income statement, and the statement of cash flows. Basic accounting concepts, accounting principles, and the audit report are presented. Students work in teams to analyze corporate financial statements. The relationship of economic value to accounting measurement is explored together with factors influencing management choices among competing valuation principles. Theory is applied to the valuation of the asset, liability, and owners' equity accounts. Emphasizes the heavy reliance on estimates in constructing financial statements and how management can use such estimates to strategically manage its reporting responsibilities.

22:223:521 (FT) | 22:223:581 (PT) - Managerial Economic Analysis - 3 credits *

Introduces the aspects of economics that are most relevant to the operation of the individual firm or nonprofit organization. Covers theory of individual economic behavior, demand theory and demand estimation, cost and supply, price determination, production decisions, and industry structure.

Prerequisite: Proficiency Requirements

22:390:522 (FT) | 22:390:587 (PT) - Financial Management - 3 credits *

Provides a general survey of the field, including the basic principles of corporate finance, financial markets and institutions, and investment theory. Corporate finance topics covered include the objective of financial management, valuation of assets and associated problems in the valuation of the firm, acquisition of long trimester assets (capital budgeting), management of short-trimester assets, capital structure, and financial statement analysis. Financial markets and institutions studied include money markets, stock and bond markets, derivatives, and the banking system. Investment analysis topics include portfolio theory and asset pricing models.

Prerequisite: Proficiency Requirements; and Accounting for Managers (22:010:577)

Prerequisite/Co-requisite: Managerial Economic Analysis (22:223:581)

22:620:540 (FT) | 22:620:585 (PT) - Organizational Behavior - 3 credits

Explores human dynamics by examining the role of management and learning styles in the effective functioning of organizations.Topics include personality types, motivation, cognition and learning, communication, team development, and leadership. Through class discussions, case analyses, simulations, and group projects, students learn critical managerial skills such as communication, decision making, conflict resolution, and team building.

22:630:550 (FT) | 22:630:586 (PT) - Marketing Management - 3 credits

The purpose of the course is to offer an understanding of the nature and role of marketing in the firm and in the society. Students will gain knowledge regarding the marketing decisions of price, place, promotion, product, develop an understanding of consumer behavior, market research, social and cultural factors affecting marketing. The course will expose students to a series of marketing principals, frameworks, and analyses. These techniques will be applied to a series of case studies to reinforce the concepts. At the end of the course the students should be able to develop effective marketing plans for products and services.

22:799:564 (FT) | 22:799:580 (PT) - Operations Analysis - 3 credits *

Covers fundamentals of performance analysis for various operational issues encountered in real life supply chain processes. The major topics include demand forecasting techniques, sales and operations planning (SOP), mathematical programming applications and spreadsheet solutions, supply chain inventory planning, uncertainty, and safety stock management, project resource allocation and risk analysis, network design and facility location selections, and computer simulation and quality management. Harvard Business Cases on developing cost-effective solutions for continuous improvement of a company's operational efficiency and strategic position in today's highly dynamic and competitive marketplace are used. The objective of the course is to help our students to develop analytical thinking skills and to build the knowledge of business performance optimization toward operational excellence of supply chains.

Prerequisite: Proficiency Requirements

22:373:623 | 22:373:628 (PT) - Business, Ethics, and Society - 1 credit

A major priority of the course is to equip students to make thoughtful and effective arguments as to how to deal with business issues as to which there is no obvious, clear answer, and in which ethical, social, or political concerns are present.  Learning in the classroom will take place primarily through discussing readings, which should be read before class; lecturing will be secondary to discussion.

Note: 5 weeks; attendance required

22:198:504 (FT) | 22:198:609 (PT) - Information Technology for Managers - 2 credits *

The objective of this course is to study management's role in the development and use of information systems that help businesses achieve their goals and objectives. Information Technology (IT) has been the driving force behind the new way of doing business. IT has enabled modern organizations to make tremendous strides in productivity, has opened new markets, and has created new product and service opportunities. Managers should understand how IT could help to organize the complexity of modern organizations, manage relationships with customers, suppliers, and employees, and improve work efficiency.

22:960:575 - Data Analysis & Decision Making - 3 credits *

Introduces statistics as applied to managerial problems. Emphasis is on conceptual understanding as well as conducting statistical analyses. Students learn the limitations and potential of statistics, gain hands-on experience using Excel, as well as comprehensive packages, such as SPSS®. Topics include descriptive statistics, continuous distributions, confidence intervals for means and proportions, and regression. Application areas include finance, operations, and marketing. Introduces the basic concepts of model building and its role in rational decision making. Knowledge of specific modeling techniques, such as linear and nonlinear programming, decision analysis, and simulation, along with some insight into their practical application is acquired. Students are encouraged to take an analytic view of decision making by formalizing trade-offs, specifying constraints, providing for uncertainty, and performing sensitivity analyses. Students form groups to collect and analyze data, and to write and present a final report.

Prerequisite: Proficiency Requirements

22:620:5XX - Strategy in Global Environment - 3 credits

Course description will be added shortly. 

 

Integrative Requirement (choose one):

22:621:543 - Integrated Business Applications - 3 credits

Students consult with a private or public corporation or government agency on a business problem under a contract with the client institution. Requires students working with a faculty member to undertake, analyze, and report on the assignment and present recommendations to executive managers from the client organization. Consulting assignments are completed in teams.

Prerequisite: Completion of all core courses & 30 credits required

22:620:672 - Urban Entrepreneurship & Economic Development - 3 credits

This course is designed for students who exhibit high degrees of self-direction and significant interest in urban issues, entrepreneurship, and/or economic development. Students will be challenged to work individually and in teams on projects, reports, and research at the intersection of business, community development, new venture creation, urban policy, and economic development.

The course will explore the many dimensions of urban entrepreneurship and economic development through an exploration of the business and policy issues, the use of action research methods and the development and completion of consulting projects. The location of the course in Newark provides a unique opportunity to have the city become a laboratory for student education in the areas of urban entrepreneurship and economic development.  Students in this course will be directly involved in the economic development initiatives of Rutgers-Newark and The Center for Urban Entrepreneurship & Economic Development.

22:799:650 - Supply Chain Management Industry Project - 3 credits

This course builds upon academic SCM learnings by working on "real life" supply chain management projects requested by our Rutgers Center for Supply Chain Management Advisory Board companies and corporate partners.  Students in this course must identify and understand the key issues, formulate models, complete analyses, and apply SCM course learnings to solve real-world problems. Faculty members whose expertise lies in a particular area are available to assist students with complexities of the projects.  The projects change each semester depending on the current requirements of the clients, but always focus on specific issues within the supply chain.   Client visits may be included to better understand the project scope and work with the company executives.   The culmination of the project will be a formal presentation to the client's SCM executives and management team along with delivery of a final report. The presentation and report will include the team's approach, data analysis, findings and recommendations.

Prerequisite: Operations Analysis (22:799:580)

Notes:

The Immersive Orientation Experience is required. This consists of sessions in August (both in-person and online), 4 sessions in the fall, and 4 sessions in the spring of your first year.

Students in the full-time program must complete the Calculus and Statistics online sessions at orientation (no credit towards the degree but are required for graduation).

FT MBA Students enrolled in the Class of 2025 are required to remain in their current curriculum and do not have the option to switch. Students must adhere to all the program requirements that were in place at the time of their enrollment.

Select your concentration

MBA Career Paths

When choosing your concentration, take into account the career path you intend to pursue. The following layout aids in comprehending how your MBA concentration will harmonize with the particular career track you aim to follow.

Career Tracks

What are you recruiting for? 

  1. Consumer Marketing
  2. Pharmaceutical Marketing
  3. Corporate Finance
  4. Supply Chain Management
  5. Market Research
  6. Analytics
  7. Information Technology

Concentrations

Our MBAs study: 

  • Marketing
  • Finance
  • Supply Chain Management
  • Technology Commercialization, Innovation, and Entrepreneurship
  • Analytics & Information Management

Coupled with: 

  • Pharmaceutical Management
  • Strategy
  • Global Business
  • Leadership

If you have questions about MBA career paths and selection of concentrations, please contact Dean Vera or Marc Limata.