MBA Focus Tracks and Electives

In order to graduate, every USFSP MBA student must complete six electives. Students can choose their electives from any of the seven focus track areas for a broad range of study.

Alternatively, some students may choose to develop stronger competencies in one or two areas. To “complete” a focus track students must take three courses in a given track for a total of 9 credit hours. The focus tracks encourage the development of market-driven competencies and provide students with distinctive sets of knowledge and skills.

Focus Tracks

NOTE: Students completing their degree completely online may not be able to complete certain focus tracks (subject to availability of electives offered online). Some electives may be eligible for credit toward multiple focus tracks, however a student must choose a single focus track for which to apply the course.

Corporate Social Responsibility

This track will develop a student’s understanding of ethical management, marketing and decision-making. Students will explore the ethical and behavioral issues faced by corporations as they manage organizational change and serve multiple stakeholders. Ethical social responsibility provides the foundation of this focus track.

Corporate Social Responsibility Electives

  • ENT 6507 Social Entrepreneurship in Emerging Markets (Study Abroad)
  • ENT 6508 Social Entrepreneurship I (Last offering, Fall 2016)
  • ENT 6930 ST: Sustainable Entrepreneurship (First offering, Fall 2017)
  • GEB 6930 Advanced Facilitation
  • GEB 6930 Advanced Negotiation
  • MAN 6068 Social Issues in Management
  • MAN 6289 Organizational Change/Development
  • MAN 6930 ST: Developing Leadership Skills
  • MAN 6930 ST: Innovation
  • MAN 6930 ST: Organizational Behavior
  • TAX 6940 IRS VITA Tax Practicum

For course descriptions see the graduate catalog.

Finance

The Finance Focus Track provides an understanding of the economic issues related to the valuation of assets in domestic and international settings. It will help students develop the skills needed to analyze the investment and capital-structure decisions faced by firms and investors. The course sequence focuses on the investment and capital-structure decisions in a risk-return framework. This focus track places emphasis on developing and fostering the student’s decision-making skills.

Finance Electives

  • FIN 6416 Advanced Financial Management
  • FIN 6515 Investments
  • FIN 6605 International Financial Management

For course descriptions see the graduate catalog.

Forensic Accounting

This track is designed to acquaint students with current theory and practice in economic crimes, fraud investigations, and approaches to deter fraudulent activity. The track includes exposure to fraud prevention and detection approaches, forensic investigations, and information and communications security. It also addresses legal concepts of criminal fraud and corporate criminal liability, and emphasizes the importance of establishing sound policies and implementing effective procedures and controls in creating an effective and ethical corporate environment. Social responsibility and corporate reporting are at the foundation of this area.

Forensic Accounting Electives

  • ACG 5205 Advance Financial Accounting
  • ACG 5375 Business Valuations
  • ACG 5505 Governmental/Not-For-Profit Accounting
  • ACG 6496 Computer Forensics and Accounting
  • ACG 6686 Fraud Examination
  • ACG 6688 Forensic Accounting & the Legal Environment
  • ACG 6936 ST: Accounting Research
  • ACG 6936 ST: Fraud and Financial Reporting
  • ACG 6936 ST: Seminar in Accounting
  • TAX 5015 Federal Taxation of Business Entities
  • TAX 6005 Advanced Partnership Taxation
  • TAX 6065 Contemporary Issues in Taxation
  • TAX 6134 Advanced Corporate Taxation
  • TAX 6940 IRS VITA Tax Practicum

For course descriptions see the graduate catalog.

Health Care Analytics Concentration

The MBA with a concentration in Health Care Analytics revolutionizes the MBA by including business intelligence and data analytics in a robust, case-driven manner. This program teaches students to:

  • assess the informatics needs within healthcare organizations from clinical, operational and financial perspectives
  • support decision-making through relevant and actionable analysis
  • utilize cutting edge data analytics and visualization tools

Health Care Analytics Electives:

At minimum, 5 (15 credits) electives from the options listed below must be completed for the concentration to be awarded.

  • ISM 6930 IT Project Management
  • ISM 6930 Data Visualization
  • ISM 6930 Fundamentals of Data Management and Analysis
  • GEB 6930 Advanced Negotiation
  • MAN 6930 Health Care Management
  • ECP 6536 Economics of Health Care

Information Systems Management

In today’s increasingly competitive environment, successful organizations are those that are able to effectively manage their information systems and knowledge assets. This three-course focus track will examine managers’ legal, social, and ethical responsibilities for overseeing information resources; familiarize them with new and emerging technologies for capturing, codifying, and sharing knowledge; and introduce them to the tools and technologies needed to manage complex IT projects involving globally dispersed and diverse teams.

Information Systems Management Electives

  • ISM 6930 ST: Business Process Management Development
  • ISM 6930 ST: Data Visualization
  • ISM 6930 ST: Development of Business Applications
  • ISM 6930 ST: ERP Systems Analysis
  • ISM 6930 ST: Fundamentals of Data Management & Analysis
  • ISM 6316 Project Management
  • ISM 6930 ST: Predictive Analytics

For course descriptions see the graduate catalog.

International Business

The international business focus provides the background, knowledge and skills important in doing business across national boundaries. The rapid integration of world economies and the globalization of businesses represent major challenges to the leaders in tomorrow’s business world. MBA graduates who understand the issues, problems and opportunities inherent in an international environment will have a major advantage in their ability to function and succeed in the global business arena. The track also provides an understanding of the cultural and business issues associated with that environment.

International Business Electives

  • ECO 6705 International Economic Issues
  • ENT 6507 Social Entrepreneurship in Emerging Markets (Study Abroad)
  • FIN 6605 International Financial Management
  • GEB 6930 ST: Competing in Emerging Markets
  • GEB 6930 ST: Creating & Nurturing Company Growth (Study Abroad)
  • GEB 6930 ST: Globalization and Growth
  • MAN 6068 Social Issues in Management
  • MAN 6601 International Management
  • MAR 6158 International Marketing Management

For course descriptions see the graduate catalog.

Management

The Management Focus Track addresses issues both interpersonally and organizationally and how success in any organization depends to a large extent on how it is organized and on how the people within it behave. At one level, management examines how and why people (including especially ourselves) behave as we do. This is an area of importance for managers in all disciplines. At another level, management also addresses how the structure of the organization affects the behavior of the people within it, giving emphasis to the factors that affect cooperation, competition and change.

Management Electives

  • ENT 6507 Social Entrepreneurship in Emerging Markets (Study Abroad)
  • ENT 6508 Social Entrepreneurship I (Last offering, Fall 2016)
  • ENT 6930 ST: Sustainable Entrepreneurship (First offering, Fall 2017)
  • GEB 6118 Business Enterprise
  • GEB 6930 ST: Advanced Facilitation
  • GEB 6930 ST: Advanced Negotiation
  • GEB 6930 ST: Competing in Emerging Markets
  • GEB 6930 ST: Creating & Nurturing Company Growth (Study Abroad)
  • GEB 6930 ST: Globalization and Growth
  • ISM 6930 ST: IT Project Management
  • MAN 6068 Social Issues in Management
  • MAN 6289 Organizational Change/Development
  • MAN 6601 International Management
  • MAN 6930 ST: Developing Leadership Skills
  • MAN 6930 ST: Health Care Management
  • MAN 6930 ST: Innovation
  • MAN 6930 ST: Management Design Thinking
  • MAN 6930 ST: Organizational Behavior

For course descriptions see the graduate catalog.

Marketing Strategy

This track provides students with the skills and knowledge needed to succeed in a customer-driven marketplace. This Focus Track is designed for students who plan to seek employment in marketing and those from other disciplines who want a customer-driven focus to their studies. Students will complete the focus with a project portfolio of market-driven skills.

Marketing Strategy Electives

  • ENT 6507 Social Entrepreneurship in Emerging Markets (Study Abroad)
  • ENT 6508 Social Entrepreneurship I (Last offering, Fall 2016)
  • ENT 6930 ST: Sustainable Entrepreneurship (First offering, Fall 2017)
  • MAR 6158 International Marketing Management
  • MAR 6336 Promotional Management
  • MAR 6646 Research for Marketing Managers
  • MAR 6816 Marketing Strategy
  • MAR 6936 ST: Retailing Management
  • MMC 6936 ST: Media Management Seminar

For course descriptions see the graduate catalog.