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Courses

Curriculum

The curriculum of the Innovation MBA Program includes the sixteen courses listed below. The program includes 48 total credit hours.

Core Curriculum: 5 courses (15 credits)

MBA 618: Information Systems Strategy and Leadership                              

MBA 617: Corporate Financial Decision Making

MBA 615: International Supply Chain and Logistics

MBA 613: Foundations of Marketing Leadership

MBA 691: Organizational Leadership in Dynamic Environments

Leadership Values courses: 3 courses (9 credits)

MBA 600: Leadership and Organizational Behavior

MBA 667: Business Ethics and Social Responsibility

MBA 695: Cultural Awareness Experience

Innovation Theme courses: 3 courses (9 credits)

MBA 601: Management of Innovation and Technology                       

MBA 620: Accounting for Decision Making and Control

MBA 611: Project Management

Electives: 5 courses (15 credits) selected from the following:

MBA 602: Management of New Product Development              

MBA 603: Integrated Marketing Communications           

MBA 604: The Emergence of Modern Economic Growth

MBA 605: Entrepreneurship and Venture Creation                     

MBA 606: Managing in an Innovation-driven Global Environment

MBA 607: Leadership Communication Skills for Business

MBA 612: Managing Complex Projects

MBA 650: Managing Human Resources for Innovation

MBA 653: Business Law

MBA 654: Investment Analysis

MBA 655: Marketing Research for Decision Making

MBA 656: Business Process Management         

MBA 657: Strategic Information Management

MBA 658: Financial Risk Analysis and Management

MBA 664: Negotiations and Conflict Management

MBA 665: Internet Marketing                                 

MBA 668: Environmental Management and Sustainability

One course from another master's program at JMU may be substituted for an elective if the course is related to the theme of the program, and with prior approval from the Director of MBA Program.

Students are also required to participate in the following.

a. Workshops: Students are required to attend three Saturday workshops. The first will be an Orientation Workshop that will teach students how to use the technology needed to participate in the online activities, and introduce the students to the Leadership Development program. There will also be two Special Topics Workshops in the spring of each year that will have guest speakers debate contemporary business issues and will have students participate in a variety of group activities.

b. Leadership Development program, which will include periodic discussions with an assigned mentor

 

Course Sequence

Courses are taken in the following sequence:

Year 1:

            First Block: MBA 620 and MBA 618

            Second Block: MBA 611 and MBA 617

            Third Block: MBA 615 and MBA 613

            Fourth Block: Two electives

Year 2:

            First Block: MBA 600 and MBA 601

            Second Block: MBA 667 and MBA 691

            Third Block: Two electives

            Fourth Block: One elective, followed by MBA 695

Required courses taken during the same block will be integrated to the degree and by the method determined appropriate by the instructors. This will improve students' understanding of how different functional areas fit together.

MBA 695: Cultural Awareness Experience is taken outside of the quarter format during July-August of the student's final year. This course includes a 10-14 day international trip, plus the preparation for the trip and a post-trip analysis. The location of these trips will vary yearly and will include destinations such as China, India or Europe. The international trip will include numerous visits to both business and cultural sites.

MBA 691: Strategic Management is considered the capstone course in the MBA program and replaces the comprehensive examination requirement. A grade of "B" or better must be attained to pass MBA 690.

Innovation MBA course schedule for 2015-2016

COHORT 7

Orientation: August 22, 2015

First Block: Aug 24, 2015 - Oct 17, 2015                 

MBA 620: Accounting for Decision Making and Control - Sandy Cereola

MBA 618: Information Systems Strategy and Leadership - Diane Lending

Second Block: Oct 17, 2015 - Dec 19, 2015     

MBA 611: Project Management - Harry Reif

MBA 617: Corporate Financial Decision Making – Brooks Marshall

Third Block:  Jan 11, 2016 - March 5, 2016                

MBA 615: International Supply Chain and Logistics - Raktim Pal

MBA 613: Foundations of Marketing Leadership – Eric Boyd



Fourth Block:  March 14, 2016  - May 7, 2016

Choose Two of the Following:

MBA 6XX:  Elective (Monday)

MBA 6XX:  Elective (Wednesday)

MBA 6XX:  Elective (Thursday)

COHORT 6

First Block: Aug 24, 2015 - Oct 17, 2015                 

MBA 600: Leadership and Organizational Behavior - Eric Stark

MBA 601: Management of Innovation and Technology - Fariss Mousa

Second Block: Oct 17, 2015 - Dec 19, 2015    

MBA 667: Business Ethics and Social Responsibility - Bob Kolodinsky

MBA 691: Strategic Organizational Leadership in Dynamic Environments - Matt Rutherford

Third Block:  Jan 11, 2016 - March 5, 2016                

Choose Two of the Following:

MBA 6XX:  Elective (Monday)

MBA 6XX:  Elective (Wednesday)

MBA 6XX:  Elective (Thursday)

Fourth Block:  March 14, 2016 - May 7, 2016

Choose One of the Following:

MBA 6XX:  Elective (Monday)

MBA 6XX:  Elective (Wednesday)

MBA 6XX:  Elective (Thursday)

AND

MBA 695:  Cultural Awareness Experience – Eric Boyc & Wilson Liu (Tuesday) 

Innovation MBA course schedule for 2014-2015

 COHORT 6

Orientation: August 16, 2014

First Block: Aug 18, 2014 - Oct 11, 2014                 

MBA 620: Accounting for Decision Making and Control - Sandy Cereola

MBA 640: Managerial Information Systems - Diane Lending

Second Block: Oct 13, 2014 - Dec 13, 2014     

MBA 611: Project Management - Harry Reif

MBA 630: Financial Management - Brooks Marshall

Third Block:  Jan 12, 2015 - March 7, 2015                

MBA 642: Operations and Supply Chain Management - Raktim Pal

MBA 644: Foundations of Marketing Management – Eric Boyd

Fourth Block:  March 16, 2015  - May 9, 2015

Choose Two of the Following:

MBA 6XX:  Elective (Monday)

MBA 6XX:  Elective (Wednesday)

MBA 6XX:  Elective (Thursday)

COHORT 5

First Block: Aug 18, 2014 - Oct 11, 2014                 

MBA 600: Leadership and Organizational Behavior - Eric Stark

MBA 601: Management of Innovation and Technology - Fariss Mousa

Second Block: Oct 13, 2014 - Dec 13, 2014    

MBA 667: Business Ethics and Social Responsibility - Bob Kolodinsky

MBA 690: Strategic Management - Matt Rutherford

Third Block:  Jan 12, 2015 - March 7, 2015                

Choose Two of the Following:

MBA 6XX:  Elective (Monday)

MBA 6XX:  Elective (Wednesday)

MBA 6XX:  Elective (Thursday)

Fourth Block:  March 16, 2015 - May 9, 2015

Choose One of the Following:

MBA 6XX:  Elective (Monday)

MBA 6XX:  Elective (Wednesday)

MBA 6XX:  Elective (Thursday)

AND

MBA 695:  Cultural Awareness Experience – Daniel Zisk (Tuesday)