The one-year MBA is designed to help students develop in-depth, industry-relevant business knowledge to pursue additional responsibility in their field. AIU's online MBA is a highly-focused degree program designed to provide students with a comprehensive core of the specialized knowledge and skills for business management.
For an Online Business Administration Master's Degree, your classes may include:
Legal Aspects of Business Decisions
This course covers the current legal obligations of corporate directors and managers under state corporate law and federal securities laws. The course also covers significant stakeholders in the governance of global public corporations, including shareholders, creditors, investment bankers, corporate lawyers, accountants, and employees. Lastly, it focuses on team performance with a wide range of influence tools to help, including: power and status, informal networks, coalitions, and persuasion.
Business Research and Decision Making
This course introduces the student to advanced business research skills necessary to acquire, process, and analyze information supporting quality business decision-making from a managerial viewpoint. The role of decision-making includes: dealing with employees, formulating strategy, and negotiating. This course requires students to learn business research, information systems and knowledge management, business analytics, the research process, research design, quantitative and qualitative data collection methods; data analysis, and presentation communication of research results.
Leadership and Ethics for Managers
In this course, students explore the interaction between leaders, followers, and situations. The course involves the consideration of opportunities and ethical challenges of leadership. Students will also study the different aspects of ethical leadership, how to communicate expectations for ethical behavior in the workplace, and how personal and professional values can guide ethical decision making. Finally, student will work to develop the ability to recognize competing values within an organization, take disparate value propositions of various stakeholders and integrate them into a coherent strategy.
A Managerial Approach to Marketing
This course focuses on the relationships between the company and its closest external bodies. A managerial approach to marketing explains how to build and retain business-to-business (B2B) and business-to-consumer (B2C) marketing relationships in the value chain and the importance of applying marketing concepts in a global organization through international channel distribution. Lastly, the course focuses on promotion, price, product strategies, use of social media, and e-commerce related themes in connection with new technologies.
Financial Statement Analysis
In this course, students will conduct a comprehensive financial statement analysis to assess a firm’s profitability, risk, valuation, and growth used to enable informed investment decisions. The student will complete a full financial and comparative analysis of financial statements of various companies to make sound investment decisions and forecast the future profitability of companies.
Accounting for Managers
This course covers the primary functions of accounting which measure the activities of a company and communicate those measurements to help managers make good decisions. These decisions are related to how a company finances operations, manages operating costs, minimizes risks, utilizes resources, maintains a supply chain, and generates profits for owners.
Economics for the Global Manager
This course examines the economic environments that managers face; how economic conditions affect their firm’s competitive advantage; and as a result, their business strategies, through an understanding of the market structure, competitive environment, institutions that govern global trade, and the effects of culture, custom, the political and legal environments that managers may encounter.
Operations Management for Competitive Advantage
This course covers the concept of operations management related to building competitive advantage. Concepts include operations decision-making, production quality management, lean system strategy implementation, facility location strategy implementation, implementing a job design strategy including work measurement, and implementing a sustainable supply chain.
This course analyzes various employment laws, the legal rights and responsibilities of employees and employers, laws concerning equal employment opportunity concerning discrimination and harassment because of sex, race, national origin, religion, sexual orientation, age, disability. Furthermore, the course inspects free speech -- rights at work; work-related privacy, electronic communication, and social media and classified workers in the gig economy. The class will examine diversity and Affirmative Action, the legal and regulatory environment, wage and hour, leaves of absence, hiring, termination, labor/management relations, and collective bargaining.
This capstone course examines the Strategic Management of a global company by analyzing a business’s intellectual assets; team collaboration, performance, and functionality; competitive advantage, the company’s value in global markets, competitive team, and multi-cultural dynamics, and assess ethical organizational design for leadership’s goal of creating a learning organization. The course wraps up with a Strategic Plan document addressing complex business problems, leadership, multi-cultural opportunities, team practices, qualitative and quantitative analysis, legal and ethical issues, shifts in global markets, strategic direction, and strategic data to show essential improvements in a company’s operational performance.
Course content subject to change.