Professional MBA WeekendCurriculum

The Chapman Graduate School of Business’ PMBA Weekend assures you the same outstanding faculty and comprehensive foundation in business processes and strategic management as our other acclaimed MBA programs.

You’ll be immersed in realistic, stimulating business discussions, projects, and studies that deepen your understanding of the key functional areas of management. Our educational approach addresses the personnel, information technology, ethical, regulatory, and competitive issues affecting most firms today. You’ll emerge better-equipped to contribute to your organization’s growth as a strategic thinker and to assume increased responsibility.

Program Schedule

PMBA Weekend Program Schedule Example.

Program Residencies

All students are required to complete Professional Development Residencies (PDR) 1, 2 and 3.

PDRs are offered in an on-campus format. The sessions include training in the areas of business communication, career management, technical skills and leadership. PDRs also provide students the space to network with fellow classmates, MBA faculty and staff.

PDR 1 serves as an orientation before the first week of class. It allows students to refresh concepts or gain new exposure to them, prior to their first class.

PDR 1 will take place over the course of three days, which includes one business day (Friday – Sunday). Attendance is mandatory for all students.

Foundation Courses

As part of the mandatory PDR 1, you will attend an Accounting Boot Accelerator. This Accelerator introduces basic accounting concepts or serves as good refresher course to prepare you for the next level of material you will study.

Core courses and seminars

ACG 6026 - Accounting for Managers (AC)

Presentation of the nature, techniques and uses of accounting from the perspective of people who manage businesses and investments in businesses. Covers both financial and management accounting.

QMB 6357C - Business Analysis for Decision Making

Review of the relevant quantitative techniques required for business analysis and decision making, including decision models, mathematical programming, statistics and forecasting. This is a WebCT and Excel based course. Prerequisites: College Algebra, computer literacy and working knowledge of Excel.

FIN 6446 - Competitive Strategy

Provision of tools for managerial decision-making in a variety of competitive environments including demand analysis, short- and long-run costs of production, demand for factors, market structure and competitive strategy.

FIN 6406 - Corporate Finance

In-depth examination of asset, liability and capital structure management, with emphasis on valuation capital budgeting techniques; risk evaluation; working capital management; and methods of short-term, intermediate and long-term financing. Prerequisites: ACG 6026 or equivalent.

ACG 6175 - Financial Reporting and Analysis

Comprehensive treatment of analysis of financial statements as aid for decision making; looks at current state of financial reporting practices and impact of published statements on economic systems. Prerequisites: ACG 6026, FIN 6406 or equivalent.

FIN 6644 - Global Financial Strategy

Aspects of strategic financial environment and management of firms that operate in a global arena; to include recent developments in financial strategy, international trade and economic decision making. Prerequisite: FIN 6406.

MAN 6608 - International Business

This course examines the environmental variables affecting international operations, trade and investment theories, international institutions, and regional economic groups. It also focuses on international finance, international accounting, international marketing, and international management problems and issues.

MAR 6805 - Marketing Management in the Global Environment

Analysis and application of theory and problem solving for marketing management in the global environment. Emphasis will be on the role of marketing in the organization; planning the marketing effort; management of the marketing organization; control of marketing operations; and evaluation of the marketing contribution.

MAN 6245 - Organizational Behavior

Individual, interpersonal, and small group behavior in complex organizations. Focus on behavior, its causes, and management interventions to improve organizational effectiveness. Research methods to study organizational behavior.

ISM 6021 – Management of Information Systems

Introduction to information systems and their role in organizations from a user's viewpoint. Survey and application of the basic concepts necessary for understanding information systems. Study of the main activities in the development cycle used to acquire information systems capability.

Professional Development Seminars will focus on soft skills such as leadership, team building, oral presentation, and career exploration. There will be team-building activities, which include classroom exercises in group decision-making and problem-solving. Challenging outdoor exercises will be included to help participants build the skills they will need to work together in the program, and to succeed in today’s team-based organizations. Students will also work with a presentation skills coach to improve their communication skills that are critical to managerial success. Seminars are mandatory and are non-credit. Learn more here.

MAN 6726 - Strategic Management

The use of cases, guest lectures, and gaming to integrate the analysis and measurement tools, the functional areas and public policy issues. The objective is to develop skill in broad areas of rational decision-making in an administrative context of uncertainty. Should be taken in the last semester of master's program.

Elective Courses

  • Marketing Channel Strategy: Fall
  • Entrepreneurship and Innovation: Fall
  • Strategic Negotiations: Spring
  • Business Analytics: Spring
  • Finance: Fall
  • International Business: Fall

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