MBA Direct – Early Career Track

Start Term: Fall

Term 1Term 2Term 3Term 4Term 5Term 6Term 7Term 8
FallSpringSummerFallSpringSummerFallSpring
Managing and Leading PeopleFinancial AccountingFundamentals of FinanceFundamentals of MarketingApplied Corporate FinanceManaging Your Career*Global ImmersionElective*
Data Analysis IMicro/Macro EconomicsStrategic Cost Analysis*Data Analytics II*Strategic Management*Elective*Elective*Elective*
Legal Environment of Business*Global Supply Chain*Business Communication*Elective*Elective*Elective*

53 credit hours, including one immersion (2 credit hours)
Each term is 14 weeks long
Most courses meet live 1x per week for 90 minutes each

*All 2-credit hour courses meet 7 times

Curriculum Highlight: Immersion Experiences

A key component to the MBA Direct curriculum at SMU Cox is a domestic or international immersion. You will participate in one in-person immersion, offered in domestic and international locations. This immersion includes four days of engagement with corporate executives, faculty and student peers. You will explore and apply leadership skills and analytical knowledge, and lead real-world consulting projects managed in the local market.

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MBA Direct Curriculum and Courses

Term 1

This course has been designed to cater to the vast majority of you who have spent the early part of your career as individual contributors in your respective organizations. You have probably been praised and rewarded for your technical skills and individual performance. However, sooner or later you will be (or have been) promoted to a position where you are in charge of others and your results depend on their performance. Success in managing others requires you to understand the subtle (and not so subtle) dynamics of human behavior that lead to commitment, motivation, performance, and ultimately, results. This course introduces you to some of the concepts and skills you need to master in order to become an effective manager and leader in your organization. By deriving principles and frameworks based on scientific evidence from the field of organizational behavior, this course will expose you to contemporary management thinking with an emphasis on driving results.

Credits: 4

This course is intended to develop a fundamental understanding of data and its applications to business. The best way to do this is to focus on solving problems. In most cases, solving problems involves (1) recognizing which statistical methodology to use and (2) applying the methodology. There are two objectives for this course: (1) for you to become comfortable with statistical methods for analyzing data; and (2) for you learn how to use statistics to help make better business decisions. These goals will be achieved by discussing/solving problems in class and by having you work similar problems for homework. You will find many of the courses you take during the MBA program use and build on the statistical techniques covered in this class.

Credits: 4

Term 2

This course introduces students to the fundamentals of preparing and understanding financial statements targeted to external users. It provides an in-depth coverage of how individual asset, liability, and equity accounts are measured and recognized in the financial statements.

Credits: 3

The first half of the course examines the basic principles behind the operating and pricing decisions of firms in a market economy. Methods of marginal analysis and optimization are applied as a guide to the business decision-making process. Topics include supply, demand, and market equilibrium, competition, industrial concentration, government regulation, optimal pricing strategies, and economic efficiency. The second half of the course focuses on things such as real output, inflation rates, employment, and interest rates and helps students better understand the macroeconomic environment influencing business. Students learn how to interpret macroeconomic indices and explore models that attempt to formulate a unified framework for understanding the macroeconomy. Special attention is given to international economics and current macroeconomic events.

Credits: 3

Term 3

An examination of topics in finance and investments. Focuses on corporate investment and financing decisions. Examines corporate investment criteria and cash flow estimation, cost of capital and project risk, and capital structure decisions.

Credits: 3

Demonstrates techniques for maximizing shareholder value by correctly assessing the financial outcomes of commonly recurring types of operating decisions. Techniques for identifying alternatives, assessing relevant costs, and choosing a course of action are illustrated with case studies involving decisions on pricing (including special order and private label pricing), production alternatives (including make or buy), and allocation of care resources. Topics include cost behavior, cost-volume-profit relations, cost system design and interpretation (including the use of actual costs and standard costs), and identifying the costs and revenues relevant to decisions. The course will probably have a case orientation.

Credits: 2

Term 4

Introduces common marketing problems encountered by marketing managers and general managers. Emphasizes the analysis and development of the organization’s marketing policy, strategy, and tactics, with a global perspective of business. Students develop a disciplined process for addressing marketing issues and challenges.

Credits: 4

An introduction to some of the decision-modeling techniques available for analyzing business problems. Discusses various modeling techniques, including nonlinear programming (optimization), linear programming, integer programming, and simulation. Involves building models for some of the following: monitoring mutual fund managers, managing portfolios, benchmarking organizations, redesigning distribution networks, scoring credit, purchasing subassemblies, stocking retail inventory, and processing checks.

Credits: 2

The fields of operations management and information technology and the fundamental concepts and techniques necessary for obtaining world-class performance in these areas. Reviews operations management topics and introduces the way information technology is being used to re-engineer and dramatically improve business processes. Also, analyzes the strategic use of information technology, reviewing such related topics as electronic commerce and knowledge.

Credits: 2

Term 5

Examines the practical application of concepts and tools introduced in earlier finance and accounting courses. Develops the financial knowledge and capabilities that leaders require to successfully guide their organizations through investment, financing, and operational decisions. The primary learning framework is based on case studies of real and simulated business situations. Students become very familiar with spreadsheet analysis, cash flow projections, valuation tools and techniques, capital structuring alternatives, and available sources of capital employed in growing a successful business.

Credits: 3

This course examines the fundamental concepts of strategy of the firm as they are applied in domestic and global markets. Topics include business strategy, industry analysis, vertical integration, strategy execution, and diversification.

Credits: 2

Term 6

Electives can be taken on campus or online (no hybrid formats available). For in-person electives, students have access to the same electives our residential MBA students have access to, which can be found in our catalog.

Examples of the online electives you can choose are:

  • ACCT 6211: Financial Statement Analysis
  • BUSE 6208: Special Topics in Energy Economics
  • CISB 6226: Evaluating the Entrepreneurial Opportunity
  • FINA 6233: Private Equity Finance
  • ITOM 6267: Predictive Analytics and Machine Learning
  • MKTG 6237: Digital Marketing Applied
  • MNGT 6101: Managing Your Career
  • STRA 6202: Advanced Strategic Management
  • STRA 6230: Technology Strategy
  • BL 6274: Legal Environment of Business
  • FINA 6275: Global Mergers & Acquisitions and Corporate Governance
  • FINA 6377: Applied Corporate Finance
  • MKTG 6235: Digital Marketing Foundations
  • MNGT 6270: Global Business Strategy
  • MNO 6215: Master Negotiation
  • STRA 6248: War Games

Term 7

Electives can be taken on campus or online (no hybrid formats available). For in-person electives, students have access to the same electives our residential MBA students have access to, which can be found in our catalog.

Examples of the online electives you can choose are:

  • ACCT 6211: Financial Statement Analysis
  • BUSE 6208: Special Topics in Energy Economics
  • CISB 6226: Evaluating the Entrepreneurial Opportunity
  • FINA 6233: Private Equity Finance
  • ITOM 6267: Predictive Analytics and Machine Learning
  • MKTG 6237: Digital Marketing Applied
  • MNGT 6101: Managing Your Career
  • STRA 6202: Advanced Strategic Management
  • STRA 6230: Technology Strategy
  • BL 6274: Legal Environment of Business
  • FINA 6275: Global Mergers & Acquisitions and Corporate Governance
  • FINA 6377: Applied Corporate Finance
  • MKTG 6235: Digital Marketing Foundations
  • MNGT 6270: Global Business Strategy
  • MNO 6215: Master Negotiation
  • STRA 6248: War Games

Term 8

Electives can be taken on campus or online (no hybrid formats available). For in-person electives, students have access to the same electives our residential MBA students have access to, which can be found in our catalog.

Examples of the online electives you can choose are:

  • ACCT 6211: Financial Statement Analysis
  • BUSE 6208: Special Topics in Energy Economics
  • CISB 6226: Evaluating the Entrepreneurial Opportunity
  • FINA 6233: Private Equity Finance
  • ITOM 6267: Predictive Analytics and Machine Learning
  • MKTG 6237: Digital Marketing Applied
  • MNGT 6101: Managing Your Career
  • STRA 6202: Advanced Strategic Management
  • STRA 6230: Technology Strategy
  • BL 6274: Legal Environment of Business
  • FINA 6275: Global Mergers & Acquisitions and Corporate Governance
  • FINA 6377: Applied Corporate Finance
  • MKTG 6235: Digital Marketing Foundations
  • MNGT 6270: Global Business Strategy
  • MNO 6215: Master Negotiation
  • STRA 6248: War Games