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Curriculum and Schedule


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GEMBA is a cohort-based, lock-step program that features curriculum optimized for global participants. One of the primary objectives of this program is to equip the students with relevant tools to make more effective decisions in their organizations. The curriculum is designed to not only provide the frameworks necessary to compete in a complex global environment, but also to explore the critical issues that leaders face on a regular basis.


Summer Quarter

  • Global Strategy is focused on creating strategies that build competitive success. The principal goals of the course are to enhance your understanding of the key elements in strategy design and implementation and to help you think strategically. We examine how managerial action can reinvent the basis of competition within existing industries and how the creation and implementation of strategy drives the success of business in the future
  • Financial Accounting: Understand the role of financial accounting as a measurement tool and a communication system for the transmission of relevant financial information to decision makers for efficient resource allocation and utilization.
  • Statistics for Business Decisions: Unlock the power of statistics and probability; embrace the relevance of the collection, analysis and interpretation of data; utilize statistical data to manage the uncertainty in the decision-making process.
  • Professional Communication: Enhance and strengthen business communication skills to boost professional development. Identify your own communication style, how your style fits into a team or organizational setting and how to resolve conflicts with people from different cultures.
  • Math Workshop is designed to better prepare the incoming students with additional training in basic mathematics and economics. Its goal is to bring the new students up to the level of proficiency in mathematics that the program expects and to help them better prepare and succeed in the program.


Fall Quarter 

  • Global Business Forum (Theme A) is an engaging joint MBA class and discussion forum where professionals from around the world share their insights into the complexities of doing business globally – differences encountered, obstacles overcome, advantages discovered, and solutions developed.  The Forum is intentionally designed to connect students directly with global business leaders. Students are offered opportunities to lead Q&A discussions, summarize presentations for speaker follow-up, and engage in 1:1 meaningful conversations with speakers.
  • Strategic Marketing Management. Marketing is the core of an operating business. It is an organizational philosophy and a set of guiding principles for interfacing with customers, competitors, collaborators, and the environment. The first half of the course focuses on marketing strategy. In order to make effective strategic decisions, managers must identify and measure consumers’ needs and wants, assess the competitive environment, select the most appropriate customer targets and then develop marketing programs that satisfy consumers’ needs better than the competition. The second part of the course focuses on the decisions that managers make and the tools that they use to implement an effective marketing strategy. The attraction and retention of profitable customers must involve consideration of the product or service being offered, the way in which the product is sold and distributed, how pricing is set and structured, and how the value of the offering is communicated.
  • Decision Modeling introduces you to the concepts and methods of management science, which applies mathematical modeling and analysis to management problems. Our principal interest is to help you develop the skills necessary to build and evaluate models and to understand the reasoning behind model-based analysis. Spreadsheet packages now have features that allow managers to perform sophisticated quantitative analysis in the comfortable and intuitive environment of the spreadsheet.This gives managers the power of quantitative analysis tools without forcing them to use unfamiliar mathematical notation.
  • Operations Management. The goal of this course is to give you a solid foundation for understanding the decisions and tradeoffs managers must make as they direct the operations of a firm. Objective by the end of the course is to provide you with the basic skills and concepts necessary to critically analyze a firm’s operating performance and practices.
  • Microeconomic & Macroeconomic Analysis: On a macro perspective, review how economic policies and conditions affect every aspect of business specifically the impact of monetary, fiscal and regulatory policies on companies’ decision-making and performance. From a micro perspective, this course has a dual purpose. First, it teaches the student the fundamental principles of microeconomics, a theory of how agents interact in individual markets. Second, it shows the student how these principles can be applied to managerial decisions and firm optimization.


Winter Quarter

  • Global Business Forum (Theme B) is an engaging joint MBA class and discussion forum where professionals from around the world share their insights into the complexities of doing business globally – differences encountered, obstacles overcome, advantages discovered, and solutions developed.  The Forum is intentionally designed to connect students directly with global business leaders. Students are offered opportunities to lead Q&A discussions, summarize presentations for speaker follow-up, and engage in 1:1 meaningful conversations with speakers.
  • Leading Teams and Organizations: Learn how to create and lead effective organizations. Topics include perception and decision-making, employee motivation and change management.
  • Financial Management: Enhance your understanding of finance principles and practices, including cash flow analysis, capital budgeting, and relationships between risk and return.
  • Ethical Leadership: Investigate frameworks for analyzing and addressing ethical issues in organizations. Increase ability to provide ethical leadership within and for the organization.
  • Introduction to Business Consulting Project. In preparation for the Spring Capstone course focused on Business Consulting, this course prepares the students with the foundational skills and tools to work as an effective team of consultants to solve real-world organizational challenges.


Spring Quarter

  • Managerial Accounting: Learn to work with and use accounting information for managerial decision-making purposes. Managerial accounting is concerned with using information to effectively plan and control operations and make good business decisions. And the overall objective of this course is to provide you with the concepts and tools needed in planning, control, and decision making.
  • International Finance: Understand exchange rates, international parity conditions, measuring and managing exchange exposure, international financial markets, and trade financing.
  • Leadership and Effective Decision Making: Gain a better understanding of the critical role of leadership in creating and sustaining effective organizations. Learn how to articulate a vision and motivate your team to implement it successfully.
  • Applied Strategy and Business Consulting: This course exists to facilitate successful completion of a mutually‐agreed upon project for a client organization, while offering a practical “learning by doing” experience in which students apply concepts, tools and theories from the MBA curriculum to complex, unstructured, real‐world challenges and opportunities faced by managers. 


* Course schedule is subject to change.