Academics

Curriculum

The Flex MBA curriculum is made up of core courses, electives and special topics, and allows flexibility in where and how you attend classes. Take your first-year core coursework online or at the campus you select: Baltimore, Md., Rockville, Md. or Washington, D.C. Once you enter your second year, you may take electives either online or in person at any of our three campuses.

Course Descriptions

The curriculum is offered in a 24-month format. Within that format, course offerings are lockstep. For example, students take a defined bundle of general management electives to complete their entire MBA program at the Baltimore campus. If students wish to expand the selection of course offerings but still complete the program on time, they are encouraged to explore the courses offered online or on-site at the Baltimore, Md., Rockville, Md. and Washington, D.C. campuses, or request to take courses offered in Smith’s Business Master’s programs.

Courses are subject to change.

Introduction to Financial Accounting

Overview of financial accounting, periodic financial statements and the financial reporting process. Importance of financial statements as information source for creditors and investors and as a means by which managers can communicate information about their firms.

Managerial Accounting

Use of accounting data in corporate planning and control. Cost-volume-profit analysis, budgeting, pricing decisions and cost data, transfer pricing, activity-based management, performance measures, and standard costing.

Strategic and Transformational IT (Technology Selective)

Introduces students to the key issues in managing information technology (IT) and provides an overview of how major IT applications in today's firms support strategic, operational, and tactical decisions. Topics include: synchronizing IT and business strategy; the transformational impacts of IT; evaluating and coping with new technologies; governing, managing, and organizing the IT function including
outsourcing/off-shoring considerations; assessing the business value of IT and justifying IT projects; and managing IT applications in functional areas to support strategy and business process.

Managing Digital Business Markets (Technology Selective)

The objective is to understand the strategic and tactical issues involved in managing digital businesses and markets. Also, some of the characteristics of digital businesses and markets that make them unique and understand how companies can best manage them will be examined.

Data Models and Decisions

To develop probabilistic and statistical concepts, methods and models through examples motivated by real-life data from business and to stress the role that statistics plays in the managerial decision making process.

Operations Management

Operations management is concerned with efficient and effective design and operation of business processes for delivering products and/or services. Emphasis is given to process analysis and design, capacity management and bottlenecks, waiting lines and the impact of uncertainty in process performance, quality management, lean, six-sigma, and revenue management. .

Financial Management

Analysis of major corporate financial decisions using a market-oriented framework. Topics include capital budgeting, security portfolio theory, operation and efficiency of financial markets, options pricing, financing decisions, capital structure, payout policy and international finance.

Marketing Management

This course is an overview of decisions marketing managers make to create and maintain enduring customer-based equity. These decisions involve identifying marketing opportunities, selecting customer targets, effectively positioning products and services, and implementing competitive marketing support programs. Students will learn marketing decision-making models and how to apply them.

Leadership and Teamwork

Examine concepts of team-building and leadership which are critical to managerial success. Topics include: leadership, decision making, communication and conflict, work motivation, building effective teams, and organizational change and culture.

Managerial Economics and Public Policy

Basic microeconomic principles used by firms, including supply and demand, elasticities, costs, productivity, pricing, market structure and competitive implications of alternative market structures. Market failures and government intervention. Public policy processes affecting business operations.

The Global Economic Environment

Relationship between national and international economic environments. Determinants of output, interest rates, prices and exchange rates. Analysis of effect of economic policies (fiscal, monetary, trade, tax) on the firm and the economy.

Strategic Management

Integrative strategic management focusing on strategy formulation and implementation in domestic and global settings. Industry and competitor analysis, industry and firm value chain, leadership, goal setting, organizational structure and culture. Case study approach to top management and organizational problems.

Dual Degrees

Dual degrees allow you to combine your MBA studies with graduate coursework in other University of Maryland degree programs to create a unique set of skills and knowledge. It’s just one more way the Flex MBA can help you distinguish yourself in a competitive marketplace.

Requirements for dual degrees vary by program, but students generally take the MBA core courses and then complete the degree requirements for the other graduate program. Separate applications may be required, and some programs may require additional standardized tests prior to admission.

Learn more about our dual degree options

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