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Idaho State University

MBA Curriculum

Our MBA program is designed to be both flexible and accommodating for students with or without an existing business degree.

Core I - 18 credits

The Core I courses of the program are designed to build a foundational understanding of business concepts in economics, accounting, management, marketing and finance. These courses are offered exclusively online and may be waived for students who have already completed the equivalent courses in their undergraduate studies.

Intro to Business Analytics

Applied Economics

Financial Reporting and Managerial Accounting

Human Behavior in Organizations


Operations Management


Information Systems for Business

Core II - 24 credits

Quantitative Information for Business Decisions

Use financial and non-financial information to support business analysis and decision-making.

Managerial Decision Making and Negotiation

Develop the skills required to taking a systematic approach at decision-making and negotiation. These topics include full-cycle decision-making and implementation, collective deal making, and dispute resolution in dyads and with multiple parties.

Financial Management

Learn how to analyze a firm’s business decisions based on the financial aspects of these decisions. Topics emphasized include advanced capital budgeting, working capital management, modern portfolio theory, the cost of capital, and international corporate finance.

Marketing Management

Course focus is on the critical skills marketers need to successfully manage the marketing function in a customer-driven firm.

Business Policy and Strategy

Gain understanding in the strategic management of a firm, with emphasis on strategic direction, governance, external and internal analysis, strategy formulation, and implementation. Includes coverage of strategy and ethics and strategy in a global environment.

Applied Business Solutions

Student teams participate in applied business projects or manage a simulated company's operations. Focus is on enhancing broad-based skills developed in other MBA courses. This course must be taken in the last semester in which a student is enrolled.

Emphasis Options

In addition to building a deeper understanding of business, students also have the opportunity to specialize in a particular area of business. Each emphasis requires nine additional credits from the 5500 or 6600 level elective courses. This option allows students to choose three courses within their emphasis that are more closely related to their interests in that particular field. Emphasis areas include:




Healthcare Administration



Operations Management

Traditional(requires 6 hours of 5500/6600 level electives)

Concurrent and Joint Degree Programs

Graduate students in the College of Business also have the opportunity to complete many of our graduate degrees concurrently giving students the chance to broaden their business skills and career outlook.

MBA + Master of Accountancy

MBA + Master of Healthcare Administration

MBA + PharmD Joint Degree

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Idaho State University College of Business

Business Administration

921 South 8th Ave

Pocatello, ID 83209 Stop 8020 BA 510