Course Descriptions

Courses are shown below according to their sequence within the MBA program. View Course Tracks for information on coursework sequences for Fall or Spring course tracks. Information regarding important dates within each semester or interim session is located in the academic calendar.

Core courses will assist you in building a strong foundation of business knowledge and management skills. Elective courses allow you to explore a wide range of business disciplines from finance and management, to economics, international relations, marketing, and more.

MBA Core Courses

Interpersonal Relations

Understand the foundations of interpersonal behavior and increase your self-awareness using a variety of assessment instruments. Learn, develop, and apply interpersonal skills critical for managerial success.

Management Theory

Learn and apply managerial decision-making to plan, organize, direct, coordinate, and control operations. Study emerging issues and trends and discuss the integration of principles and concepts with contemporary concerns.

Microeconomics For Managers

Analyze domestic and international markets, resource allocation, and market structure including their impact on business decision-making and on society. Examine the role of government regulation in business and pricing strategies.

Information Technology Management

Increase your knowledge in and application of information-related resources. Identify information needs and understand strategic uses of information systems as well as emerging technologies in order to effectively manage information resources.

U.S. Business Cycles In The International Economy

Utilize theories of economic analysis to explain fluctuations in Gross Domestic Product (GDP), employment, and inflation. Evaluate a range of economic stabilization policies and understand application of economic analysis for managerial decision-making.


Examine case studies of management accounting control systems and strategic cost analysis using relevant costs for decision-making, planning, and evaluation of performance. Develop analytic tools based on theories within cost accounting, managerial accounting, mathematics, and behavioral science.

Marketing Decision-Making

Discuss marketing management problems, policies, and solutions. Analyze case studies of marketing problems, research possible solutions, and apply marketing techniques to business problems.

Financial Management

Examine the financial framework of business and the principles governing the operation of financial markets. Understand the management of the flow of funds through a company, evaluate alternative methods of financing under changing conditions, learn capital and cash budgeting, and solve valuation problems.

Business Policy And Strategy Formulation

Understand and apply strategic planning from a total business perspective to develop solutions to an actual business or organizational problem and create strategies to address conditions such as competition and future development. This unique Capstone Course applies skills and knowledge learned through previous coursework with the concepts and practice of strategic management.

Concentration Electives

Personalize your Bradley MBA with three elective course choices (totaling 9 course hours). Elective courses allow you to add an area of concentration in finance, management, or marketing. To read course descriptions of elective courses, view the Graduate Catalog.

Finance Electives

  • Multinational Financial Management
  • Capital Budgeting
  • Financial Analysis
  • Financial Risk Management
  • Topics in Finance
  • Readings in Finance

Management Electives

  • Organizational Behavior
  • Executive Development
  • Topics in Business Administration
  • Topics in Management
  • Readings in Business Administration
  • Productivity Software for Managers
  • Data Communications for Managers
  • Managing Systems Development
  • Electronic Commerce
  • International Business Administration
  • Topics in International Business
  • Readings in International Business

Marketing Electives

  • Obtaining, Analyzing, and Applying Marketing Information (required)
  • Managing Services Marketing
  • Topics in Marketing
  • Readings in Marketing

Other Electives

  • Topics in Accounting
  • Readings in Accounting
  • Computer Law
  • Computing Services Management
  • Readings in Economics
  • Readings in International Business
  • Computer Integrated Manufacturing
  • Advanced Data Analysis
  • Topics in Quantitative Methods
  • Readings in Quantitative Methods
  • Professional Development (International Experience)

Foundational Courses

If you have not had previous business coursework, required introductory courses in calculus, quantitative analysis, accounting, economics, finance, and operations will provide the foundation for your MBA coursework. Foundational courses include:

  • Accounting Principles—Financial
  • Legal Environment of Business
  • Operations Management
  • Elements of Microeconomics
  • Introduction to Finance
  • Quantitative Analysis II

For course descriptions of foundational courses, view the Graduate Catalog. These foundational courses should be completed prior to beginning your MBA course track but do not need to be completing before being accepted to the program. The foundational course requirements may be fulfilled with equivalent courses through your community college, often at a lower cost per credit hour.

MBA candidates with previous business coursework must have completed these courses within 10 years prior to their application to the program, receiving a B letter grade or better. A degree audit, completed upon review of your application materials, is required to determine your prerequisite requirement status.

If you are interested in determining your current prerequisite status, you may request an informal degree audit. To do so, please submit your request and unofficial transcript by e-mail to