Forward Focus MBA curriculum

Earn a groundbreaking MBA from America's most innovative university. In addition to the core functions you'd expect to learn in a top-ranked MBA program, the W. P. Carey Full-time MBA emphasizes leadership development and a broad range of tools that will help you steer any organization through uncertainty.

Learn how to apply data analytics to key business decisions, work with non-business ASU master's degree students on action-learning projects to build cross-functional skills, and develop design thinking and improvisation skills to help you manage ambiguity.

Because of the rapid rate of change across industries, the Forward Focus curriculum in the Full-time MBA is constantly re-examined to meet the needs of hiring companies. Ongoing development of a variety of MBA concentrations allows you to focus on specific industries and career paths and tailor your degree to your long-term professional goals.

The Forward Focus MBA curriculum features dynamic benchmark courses that are key differentiators from other programs:

  • Decision-making with Data Analytics
  • Future World of Work
  • Interdisciplinary Applied Learning Labs

Full-time MBA core courses

Explores contemporary financial accounting and reporting systems, with an emphasis on the interpretation and evaluation of a company’s external financial reports.

Investigates concepts and applications of understanding people at work, including developing a positive organizational culture, making sound business decisions, motivating and influencing people, building successful teams, and leading organizational change.

Examines how strategic leaders create and maintain competitive advantage for their organizations through the formulation and implementation of business strategies, emphasizing the integration of decisions across various functional areas.

Analyzes fundamentals of quantitative analysis to aid managerial decision.

Evaluates the key skills necessary to identify a career path, explore career opportunities, and market oneself. Formulate a career action plan that includes resumes, cover letters, and interview preparation.

Teams you with senior executives to enhance leadership competencies through experiments in leadership and lunch and learn sessions, as well as coaching, mentoring, and career preparation outside of class.

Examines theories and practice of financial decision-making, including risk analysis, valuation, capital, budgeting, cost of capital, and working capital management.

Considers the complexities of the marketing function, including segmentation, targeting, and positioning; customer decision making; market and environmental analysis; marketing planning and strategy; and concept control vital to forging competitive success.

Applies microeconomics analysis to managerial decision-making at the firm level in areas of supply and demand, production, cost, and pricing.

Investigates managerial accounting strategic concepts, policies, and practices.

Reviews conceptual foundations for operational and logistic functions for all types of organizations, and applies analytical methods to production problems.

Presents frameworks and approaches to consume and interpret results obtained from data analytics and equips you to recognize patterns in data and models, recommend actions, and implement necessary organizational changes. Readings and case studies address various decision-making dilemmas and challenges facing managers in an analytics-rich business environment.

Develops your ability to communicate to multiple audiences, with training in presentation skills, public speaking, and writing, along with opportunities to practice your skills and receive peer and instructor feedback.

Pairs MBA students with non-business ASU master’s degree students on action-learning projects that deliver cross-functional skills. Business doesn’t happen neatly between the clear-cut lines of traditional business school core courses. Business happens across all industries, disciplines, and economies.

Investigates the ethical components of business decisions and the role of business in society.

Prepares you to become more comfortable and skilled at dealing with ambiguous situations by building skills in design thinking, improvisation, super-flexibility, sense-making, rapid execution, and leading transformative change. Use experiential learning activities to experiment and recalibrate in real time, building immediate applied confidence and finesse.

Explores the formulation of strategy and policy in the organization, emphasizing the integration of decisions in functional areas.

Course schedule

Quarter 1

  • WPC 501: Statistics for Business (2.5)
  • ACC 502: Financial Accounting(2.5)
  • MGT 588: Sources of Competitive Advantage (2.5)
  • WPC 502: Career Coaching (.5)
  • WPC 503: Managerial Communication(1.5)

Quarter 2

  • FIN 502: Managerial Finance (2.5)
  • MKT 502: Marketing Management (2.5)
  • ECN 502: Managerial Economics (2.5)
  • SCM 502: Operations & Supply Chain Management (2.5)

Quarter 3

  • CIS 503: Decision Making with Data Analytics (2.5)
  • MGT 502: Organizational Behavior (2.5)
  • WPC 502: Career Coaching (.5)

Quarter 4

  • ACC 503: Managerial Accounting (2.5)

Summer

  • MGT 525: Leadership and Teamwork (1)

Quarter 5 and 6

  • MGT 52X: Future World of Work (1)
  • BUS 593: Interdisciplinary Applied Learning Lab (3)

Quarter 7

  • LES 582: Ethical Issues for Managers (1.5)

Quarter 8

  • MGT 589: Strategic Management (3)

High Tech Specializations

  • CIS 502 Digital Innovations and Transformation (required)
  • CIS 525 Strategic Value of Information Technology
  • CIS 560 IT Services & Project Management
  • CIS 565 Artificial Intelligence and Business
  • CIS 575 Emerging Technology
  • CIS 591 Information Enabled Business Modeling
  • CIS 505 Introduction to Enterprise Analytics
  • CIS 515 Business Analytics Strategy
  • CSE 535 Mobile Computing
  • CSE 546 Cloud Computing
  • CSE 564 Software Design
  • CSE 578 Data Visualization
  • EEE 551 Information Theory
  • EEE 552 Digital Communications
  • BMI 501/601 Introduction to Biomedical Informatics
  • BMI 506/516 Clinical Decision Support
  • BMI 540 Problem Solving in Biomedical Informatics
  • BMI 555 Statistical Learning for Data Mining
  • PAF 547 Science, Technology and Public Affairs
  • PAF 550 Governing Emerging Technologies