The intent of the MBA program is to prepare students for a lifetime of opportunities, not just their next jobs. The right preparation involves more than functional business knowledge. Effective leaders must also understand how to improve, redesign, and integrate complex systems for the creation of customer value.
With this in mind, the MBA program is taught through a participative and experientially based curriculum. In addition to traditional business fundamentals, it also stresses:
Effective Corporate Reporting
Leadership and Teamwork
Cultural Diversity and Ethics
Technology and Innovation
MBA Program Goals & Objectives 2010-2011
The MBA Curriculum is continually evaluated for its strength and relevance to changing global issues, business ethics, cultural diversity, and the innovation of technology. USFSP faculty and staff members are dedicated to creating an educational environment that equips graduates with these attributes:
A. Our graduates will be able to analyze and interpret statistical data and economic models relating to an organization’s activities.
1. Students will analyze and interpret a regression equation or other statistical models pertaining to a company’s demand or cost structure.
2. Students will analyze and interpret an economic model regarding the pricing or costing decision of a company.
B. Our graduates will be able to evaluate community responsibilities in organizations and society, and to propose innovative solutions to complex ethical issues faced by organizations.
1. Students will be able to identify and assess a company’s efforts toward social responsibility.
2. Students will analyze a complex ethical issue faced by a particular company and present alternative and practical solutions to this issue.
C. Our graduates will be able to design and propose policies for the creation of value through the integrated production and distribution of goods and services.
- Students will successfully develop a strategy for the production and distribution of a new product or service in either a local market or an international market.
D. Our graduates will be able to analyze and evaluate complex issues on the political, economic, legal and regulatory context of business.
1. Students will evaluate the impact of the legal environment on a particular company or sector of the economy.
2. Students will analyze how the political and social environment in the relevant market affects decisions made by a particular company.
E. Our graduates will develop the capacity to apply knowledge in new and unfamiliar circumstances through a conceptual understanding of the relevant academic disciplines.
- Students will take the ETS Major Field Test. At least 80% of the students examined will score in the 50th percentile overall when compared with all other individual students examined at institutions administering the exam.
F. Our graduates will be able to analyze and interpret financial data and determine the value of an organization using various techniques.
1. Students will interpret financial ratios and other data of a company to determine its financial condition.
2. Students will determine the value of a company under a cash flow, earnings-based, or market-based approach.
Upon graduation, students will receive a certificate of achievement for the successful completion of each focus track.