Core

The MBA@FayState program offers a variety of core courses that are focused on appreciating the context of business and building competencies in key business functions. Students are normally required to take all of the core courses in the MBA program. On rare occasions, more advanced courses may be substituted for a core course when a student can demonstrate a pre-existing mastery of core material.

Core Courses

BADM 605 Business and Society

This course explores the interface between business and society in a global context. Topics include business ethics, corporate responsibility, globalization, sustainability, and managing relations with consumers, employees, investors, and governments.

Prerequisite: Admission to the MBA program or instructor consent
Credits: 3

ACCT 610 Managerial Accounting

The primary objective of the course is to enable the student to make effective use of management accounting data within his/her own organization or business practice. A secondary objective is to develop the analytical skills necessary to diagnose complex business issues in an accounting context. In addition, the course touches on global issues facing corporations such as transfer pricing and outsourcing. The course also introduces the student to management accounting practices across borders and compares these practices to US practice (such as budgeting, value chain management, pricing).

Prerequisite: ACCT 550 Or equivalent
Credits: 3

ECON 610 Managerial Economics

The application of economic theory and quantitative methods to an analysis of managerial decision-making in national and international settings. Topics include empirical estimation of demand functions, cost and production functions, product pricing, application of cost-benefit analysis to non-profit sector, risk analysis, technology change management, and plant selection strategies in a global economy.

Prerequisite: ECON 540 Or equivalent
Credits: 3

MGMT 610 Business Analytics

This course introduces several commonly used modeling tools to develop and improve students' analytical skills in a variety of realistic situations. The skills learned in this course will help students to recognize a decision situation, understand the business problem, and deal with uncertainty and complex interactions to solve the problem.

Prerequisite: BADM 530 Or equivalent
Credits: 3

MGMT 615 Leading Organizations

This course explores the importance of human behavior in reaching organizational goals. Course emphasis: managing individual and interpersonal relations; group and inter-group dynamics; leadership, communication and motivation skills in managing organizational performance and change.

Prerequisite: Admission to the MBA program or instructor consent
Credits: 3

FINC 620 Financial Management

This course focuses on the firm's financing and investment decisions. Among the topics covered are capital budgeting, cost of capital, capital structure, and risk management. Emphasis is placed on the importance of valuation in financial decision making and on the effects of international capital markets on the firm's value creation opportunities.

Prerequisite: FINC 560 Or equivalent
Credits: 3

MIS 630 Data Analytics

This course will expose students to business intelligence techniques on the SAS platform, including decision support, querying and reporting, online analytical processing (OLAP), statistical analysis, forecasting, and data mining.

Prerequisite: Admission to the MBA program Or consent of instructor
Credits: 3

MKTG 640 Modern Marketing

This is an advanced course emphasizing the application of digital marketing strategies to a global marketplace. This course focuses on refining problem-solving skills through the planning, developing, implementing, and evaluating of digital marketing strategies for real-life organizations. The components of digital marketing strategies that will be explored include: search engine, social, video, display, websites, blogs, mobile (devices), and data analytics.

Prerequisite: MKTG 570 Or equivalent
Credits: 3

MGMT 650 Business Policy and Strategy

This is a capstone course designed to develop a framework of analysis for long-term policy formulation in a global economy. Case materials and computer simulation are used to integrate strategic concepts and techniques learned in earlier core courses. Emphasis will be placed on social and ethical responsibilities of management.

Prerequisite: ACCT 610 And MGMT 615 And MKTG 640 And FINC 620 Or consent of instructor
Credits: 3

Capstone Project

What is a Capstone?

In architectural terms, it is the coping stone or copestone, the stone that finishes off a wall. In more general terms, it is a high point or crowning achievement. In academic terms, a Capstone is a culminating experience, a project that demonstrates a student has developed an integrated understanding of their major field of study and can apply the tools and modes of inquiry of that field, thereby generating new knowledge.

Capstone Project Class

Capstone Project (BADM 680 ) is a part of core classes for many concentrations. To make sure if you need to take Capstone Project you should check out the Concentration you will be/are pursuing. Generally, you will be taking the Capstone Project as one of the last classes in the MBA program. 

What may you be required to do?

The faculty members collaborate with the Small Business and Technology Development Center (SBTDC) at FSU on the Capstone Project. SBTDC provides with a pool of clients for the Capstone. All projects are based on the requirements of the participating organization. A capstone project requires MBA students to use the knowledge and research skills they've gained over their entire MBA experience thus far to solve a real-world business problem or draft a business plan for an entrepreneurial effort. Capstone projects require students to draft a detailed set of recommendations for how to solve a specific business problem for an organization selected by the student with the approval of a faculty member. In creating these recommendations, students demonstrate their competency in common MBA areas of study, including finance, accounting, marketing, strategic management, and operations. However, depending on the scope of the project, students may use one skill set more than another. Additionally, students' soft skills are also tested, as they need to manage their client and work together as a team.