Curriculum | MBA

The MBA is a 15-month cohort program comprised of 12 total courses. Students take one course at a time, and each course is approximately 4 weeks in length. The following is a sample of Pacific's MBA offerings. Specific course schedule may vary year-to-year.

MBA Course Descriptions

BUS 502 | Financial and Managerial Accounting

Accounting concepts and procedures used in preparation of corporate financial statements: balance sheet, income statement, statement of cash flows. Measurement of reporting choices within Generally Accepted Accounting Principles. Foundations of corporate financial statement analysis. Study use of accounting data in managing businesses by applying techniques for product costing, planning, control, and performance evaluation. Topics include: CVP analysis; variable, absorption, job, activity-based and standard costing; budgeting; responsibility accounting; capital budgeting.

BUS 503 | Economics for Managers

A survey of both microeconomics (the study of individual and organizational decision-making), and macroeconomics, which investigates national and international concerns. Economic theory will be complemented by practical applications and discussions of current policy issues affecting business.

BUS 505 | Organizational Behavior, Diversity & Leadership

Intensive examination of behavioral science research and theory as a basis for understanding, managing and changing organizations. The course emphasizes effective management with diverse individuals.

BUS 508 | Global Enterprise and International Management

Strategies for entering new international markets and managing international operations. Discussion of cultural differences, regional economic integration and emerging markets.

BUS 509 | Operations & Supply Chain Management

A managerial level examination of operations strategy with emphasis on application of quantitative models as guides to managerial decision-making. Includes project management, product and service design, Just-In-Time (lean systems), mass customization, and systems thinking.

BUS 510 | Marketing Management

Analysis of the marketing effort and decision-making process in private, not-for-profit and public institutions. Normative models for decision-making in different marketing situations. Analytical tools available for appraising, diagnosing, organizing, planning and implementing

BUS 511 | Corporate Financial Management

The finance function and its relation to other functions of a firm. Topics include: analysis and budgeting of funds, management of current assets, financing short-term and intermediate-term needs, planning long-term debt policy and capital structure, capital costs and budgeting, dividend policy, valuation, mergers and acquisition.

market plans. Analysis of economic, social and political forces leading to change in the market place. Development of concepts useful in evaluating marketing situations, including those in the international setting.

BUS 520 | Marketing Research and Communications

This course introduces the study of research, data analysis and application to business and marketing challenges while combining effective communication processes for dissemination and reporting. While addressing research techniques, topics will include primary and secondary marketing research methodologies, communication strategies, case analysis, and the statistical evaluation of data sets. Students will have the opportunity to evaluate qualitative and quantitative work from existing case studies.

BUS 521 | Data Analytics and Decision Analysis

This course teaches effective strategies and methods for interpreting analytics and communicating data insights. Students will gain an understanding of the power behind big data and its ability to create operational efficiencies, improve marketing, create opportunities for innovation, increase productivity as well as influence new business opportunities.

BUS 527 | Applied Investment Management

Active management of funds allocated by numerous institutional investors. Encompasses investment policy statement (portfolio objectives, constraints, benchmarks, reports), performance evaluation/attribution, analysis (economic, industry, company), valuation, recommendations, portfolio rebalancing, trade execution, ethics of money management.

BUS 551 | Talent and Organizational Change Management

This course explores the interpersonal dimensions of effective managerial behavior at the individual and team level. Topics include: the new world of work, cross-cultural management, diversity, talent management, performance management, motivation, and team dynamics. Students learn to increase organizational effectiveness by better managing themselves, other individuals, teams and stakeholders of the organization. Students also learn to diagnose and analyze individual and group behavior from different theoretical perspectives, including strategic, political and cultural, and to prescribe appropriate courses of managerial action.

BUS 598 | Strategic Management

The application of strategic management concepts, principles and techniques through case analyses. Draws upon professional experience and concepts learned in other functional areas to develop a general management perspective and the ability to impact organizational direction and performance.