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Professional MBA WeekendCurriculum

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

You will 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 will 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, 3 and 4. Professional Development Residencies focus on propelling students’ careers in a competitive job market.

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.

Attendance is mandatory for all students.

Residency Schedule Example

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).

Topics covered include:

  • Presentation Skills
  • Business Communication
  • Improvisation for Managers
  • Negotiations

Topics covered include:

  • Etiquette Lunch
  • MBTI
  • Personal Branding

Topics covered include:

  • Lean Six Sigma
  • Data Visualization
  • Financial Well Being
  • Spreadsheet Modeling

Topics covered include:

  • Team Building
  • Leadership Seminar

Foundation Courses

In order to further help students succeed in the program, all are required to virtually complete pre-coursework via LinkedIn Learning. The two online mandatory courses introduce basic accounting and excel concepts that will serve as preparation for the first quantitative courses, which will be completed in the first half of the curriculum.

Core Courses

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.

Review of quantitative methods and techniques required for business analysis and decision making. Includes decision models, mathematical programming, statistics and forecasting.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Review of foundations and methodologies for analysis of existing and proposed systems, to include, feasibility assessment, design, development, and implementation.

Examines current legal, regulatory, ethical, and political issues within the context of public law. Topics include employment, antitrust, administrative, cyberlaw, and contracts and tort.

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.

Elective Courses

Specializations

Each of the specializations consists of two (2) courses (out of the 14 total in the program). We currently offer the specializations below:

Finance (courses offered every Spring): Focus on commercial banking and financial markets and gain an understanding of asset and liability management and money market and capital market assets, as well as the functions of financial institutions in the marketplace.

FIN 6326: Commercial Banking
Duration: 8 weeks | Credit Hours: 3
The objectives, constraints, and policies applicable to the management of commercial banks. Emphasis will be given to asset and liability management, marketing of services and other banking functions. Prerequisite: FIN 6406.

FIN 6246 Financial Markets and Institutions
Duration: 8 weeks | Credit Hours: 3
Analysis of the characteristics and efficiency of the money markets and capital markets. Types of money market and capital market instruments, and the role of financial institutions in these markets. Prerequisite: FIN 6406.

Strategic Negotiations (course offered every Spring): Learn how to plan and control sales operations via detailed case studies and become acquainted with the art of business negotiating.

MAR 6406: Sales Management
Duration: 8 weeks | Credit Hours: 3
Analysis of personal selling's roles in marketing strategy using detailed case studies on field sales management, working with channel organization, and planning and controlling sales operations. Prerequisite: MAR 6805.

MAR 6446: Negotiations
Duration: 8 weeks | Credit Hours: 3
Negotiation is the art and science of creating agreements between two or more parties.  In this course, we will present and evaluate evidence-based theories and methods for effective negotiations.  In addition, students will develop and sharpen their skills by negotiating with other students in realistic simulation cases.

Business Data Analytics (course offered every Spring): Learn how to conduct both pattern discovery and predictive modeling, as well as studying the recent developments in the MIS field.

ISM 6136: Business Analytics Application
Duration: 8 weeks | Credit Hours: 3
This course covers business analytics skills required to conduct both pattern discovery (e.g., segmentation and association) and predictive modeling (e.g., decision trees and neural network mining). Prerequisite: introductory statistics.

ISM6404: Information Systems Management
Duration: 8 weeks | Credit Hours: 3
This course will cover Business Data Visualization. To study the recent developments in the MIS field not otherwise offered in the curriculum, such as office automation, computer graphics, etc.
Professional Development

Three Professional Development seminars (PDS) are required in the first quarter of the program. Students cannot graduate from the program without meeting the PDS requirements.

Real Estate (courses offered every Spring): Gain a mastery of real estate fundamentals and real-world knowledge in the areas of valuation & investment analysis.

REE 6045 - Real Estate Markets, Institutions, and Practices
Duration: 8 weeks | Credit Hours: 3
A general survey of the legal, economic, institutional, quantitative and strategic elements of real estate markets, institutions and practices. This course studies the ownership, transfer, and use of real estate. Issues addressed include, but are not limited to, valuation, brokerage, risk management, property management, diversification, investment and sources of capital. The course is both descriptive and analytical in nature with the goal of developing a body of theoretical and applied knowledge. Selected examples are employed to demonstrate traditional U.S. practices and procedure for comparative purposes.

REE 6305 - Advanced Real Estate Investment Valuation
Duration: 8 weeks | Credit Hours: 3
This class prepares students for the evaluation of real estate as an investment. The students will be required to evidence knowledge of real estate markets and the tools used in real estate investment decision-making. The course will require students to become proficient in the generation of property cash flows and their evaluation. Emphasis is on the determination of factors impacting real estate investment returns. Students will be required to synthesize property and capital market data to assess direct and portfolio investments in real estate.

Students' program schedules (course sequencing and graduation timelines) may depend on the specialization and track they select. As part of the application process, our MBA Recruitment team is available to assist those interested in selecting a specialization that fits their background, graduation timelines, and/or interests. Students may choose to do an additional specialization; however, it will be an additional cost and may affect their timelines for graduation.

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