MBA Core Requirements

There are six core classes (18 credit hours) that are required as part of USF St. Petersburg MBA program. The core requirements are designed to give every MBA student a well-rounded proficiency in several disciplines such as finance, business law, strategic management, and ethical leadership.

FIN 6465 Financial Statement Analysis

Financial Statement Analysis uses analytical methods to understand a firm’s financial statements and financial condition. Techniques for analyzing financial statements include such methods as ratio analysis, horizontal analysis, and vertical analysis, as well as understanding the notes to financial statements. This rigorous course challenges MBA students to master these techniques through a combination of pedagogical approaches including lectures, exams and case studies.

ECO 6419 Managerial Analysis

Managerial Analysis is an application of micro-economic theory, decision theory, and statistical analysis to problems of business decision making.  In this course students will analyze the forces of supply and demand, markets, and the economic behavior of firms in society. Statistical methods and other quantitative tools are explored as a part of the overall strategy of an organization.

MAN 6244 Organizational Behavior

This MBA course helps students to understand behavior at both the individual and organization levels. It provides the framework within which we can understand how managers and subordinates interact by focusing on the characteristics of individuals, and groups within organizations. The course is designed to be interactive and thus, attention is given to both conceptual and experiential learning. Classroom time will be spent on a combination of lecture, video, and group activities. Given this, students are encouraged (expected) to share their experiences and participate in the learning processes.

BUL 6652 Regulatory and Reporting Environments

This course provides exposure to the regulatory and reporting environments that affect contemporary businesses, including study and analysis of current board of director topics and other governance matters. The course includes an overview of securities regulation, including the Sarbanes-Oxley Act, with coverage of corporate reporting issues, independence, transparency, and corporate governance analyses. The course coverage includes the uniform commercial code, contracts and torts considerations as affecting commercial enterprises.

The course surveys various legal and regulatory matters facing businesses such as business communications and workplace equity. An overview of U.S. governmental hierarchy is considered from its 1789 Constitutional underpinnings to detailed legislation and court opinions with significant influence over business organizations. The course is a training tool for boards of directors.

The interaction of the business model within various spheres of economic, social, cultural, environmental, political, and legal influences is considered and developed throughout the course, particularly as relevant to current issues presented in the various business media.

GEB 6368 Global Business Environment

This course introduces the student to key dimensions of international business activity, particularly as they influence the profitability of multinational corporations (MNCs). For example, this course looks at political, regulatory, and socio-cultural environments, theories of international trade as well as foreign direct investment, country evaluation and selection, modes of international market entry, and aspects of firms’ international competitiveness.

MAN 6782 Organizational Strategies for the 21st Century

A capstone for the USFSP MBA, students must take 18 MBA credit hours before taking this course. The course provides an opportunity to integrate concepts, principles, and skills useful in strategic management and strategic decision-making with issues of ethics and responsibility in organizations in the 21st century. The course includes a dynamic view of strategy and focuses, in particular, on ethics and social responsibility as well as discussion of international and global issues.

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