The three-year curriculum provides preparation for career advancement and professional development by delivering a strong cross-functional education in general management. The program also provides knowledge and insights that you can apply immediately at your organization.

Class content incorporates a balance of tested business principles and emerging theories in managerial practice, with an emphasis on the application of business concepts to real-world business situations. Students can focus on advanced marketing or advanced finance by taking electives in the second and third years.

The curriculum has been strategically structured for busy professionals, pairing soft-skill classes with hard-skill classes, so that the amount of homework is manageable each semester.

Each cohort in the Evening MBA Program learns in a structured, lockstep delivery format. Students benefit by actively participating in these professional learning communities, which provide an invaluable team-based learning experience, and substantive class discussions.

The course load is manageable for busy professionals who also are balancing work and family obligations.

General Management Curriculum

Year 1: Leadership skills and business fundamentals

Year 2: Expertise in key functional areas and global business understanding

Year 3: Advanced skills in leadership, management, and key functional areas

The curriculum shown is representative of the course of study; specific course offerings are subject to occasional changes.

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Course Descriptions—Year 1

Financial Accounting

Students will enhance or develop their understanding of the concepts underlying the preparation of financial statements, especially companies regulated by the SEC interested in GAAP reporting. Students will also gain a fundamental understanding of the demand for and supply of financial information and the role of financial information in resource allocation decisions.


Business Ethics

This course provides students with a framework in which to understand, apply, and evaluate fundamental concepts in ethical/moral philosophy. Students will be able to apply a structured process to make ethical/moral decisions in business contexts, and will develop and realize their most ethical/moral selves to guide their decisions.


Risk Management

This course takes a pragmatic approach to introducing students to the principles of risk management and insurance. The course will emphasize the material in the context of seeking to maximize financial results of a business. While most students will not practice specifically in the fields of risk management or insurance, it is important for students to gain knowledge on the subject, have a framework to think about the impact of risk on a business, and to understand methods to manage risk, all to more effectively and comprehensively manage a business. In addition, the subject serves as an effective vehicle to discuss general business topics and decision-making in business.


Managerial Communication

This course examines communications as a vehicle to advance corporate strategy and enhance the competitiveness of the firm. The course breaks down strategic business communication into its constituent parts (employee communications, marketing communications, investor communications, government relations, crisis communications, etc.) and looks at how each critically impacts corporate activity. The course considers how communications can create value in the modern firm and how internal and external tools and influences help shape and challenge even the best communications architecture.


Economics for Managers

This course demonstrates how economic logic offers powerful and elegant insights into issues relevant to business and to business decision-making. The ultimate goal is to help you develop a framework for the firm and the economy that will allow you to analyze opportunities in a complex economic environment.


Managing Behavior in Organizations

Examines the effective management of behavior in organizations. Focuses on the application of theories of leadership and work motivation. Includes critical conceptual and analytical assessment of these theories. Emphasizes the management of work performance, managerial skill building, and enabling followers.


Data to Decisions

Advances students' analytical and decision-making skills by developing practical spreadsheet models to evaluate business situations. Fundamental topics in probability, statistics, and constrained optimization will be introduced and used as modeling tools via active learning exercises.


Strategic Cost Management

Development and analysis of cost and other performance measurement information for managerial planning, control, and decision-making. Integration of information needs for various managerial functions.


The curriculum shown is representative of the course of study; specific course offerings are subject to occasional changes. Feel free to contact the program staff with any questions you may have.

Course Descriptions—Year 2

Marketing Management

Provides a framework for evaluating marketing problems and developing a marketing strategy. Customer, company, competitive, and collaborator factors are emphasized as foundations for marketing decision-making. The key aspects of product, pricing, distribution, and promotion strategy are also examined.


Introduction to Financial Management

Introduces financial management of firms and investment decision making; both theory and practice are emphasized. Topics covered include the financial environment and securities markets, financial statements and analysis, working capital management and capital budgeting, cost of capital, dividend policy, asset valuation, investments, decision-making under uncertainty, and selected topics such as mergers, options, and futures.


Operations Management

Discusses management of the operations function in manufacturing and service organizations. Emphasizes the coordination of resources to improve cost, quality, and customer service. Topics include materials, capacity, project management, operations strategy, forecasting, and process design.


Elective: Advanced Finance, Advanced Marketing, or Healthcare Management

Each year, second- and third-year students select one of three electives: Advanced Finance, Advanced Marketing, or Healthcare Management. The electives differ each year so that students can choose to delve deeper into a single subject, or take electives in multiple subjects, in their second and third years in the program. Since courses change from year to year, descriptions are not provided.


International Business/Global Learning Experience

An educational highlight of the Wisconsin Evening MBA Program is a required global learning experience. The primary goal of the global learning experience is to provide a firsthand experience of the opportunities and challenges of initiating, continuing, and expanding business abroad. Each year, the destination is selected with attention to the educational opportunities the region provides and worldwide business trends. The trip itself lasts approximately 10 days. The curriculum of the Wisconsin Evening MBA Program, including one course specifically for the trip, helps support the international experience and maximize its value.


The curriculum shown is representative of the course of study; specific course offerings are subject to occasional changes. Feel free to contact the program staff with any questions you may have.

Course Descriptions—Year 3

Negotiations

The goal of this class is to improve skills and tactics for negotiating by providing both experiential opportunities and conceptual underpinnings associated with various approaches to negotiation. Most of this course is devoted to applying the course concepts in practice through negotiation exercises.


Business Strategy

Introduces an integrative approach to strategic management, including strategy formulation/implementation at business unit and corporate levels. Cases, discussion, lecture, and simulation are used to communicate concepts. Emphasizes development of unique tools for analysis of companies and industries, as well as application of knowledge to business problems.


Business Law

This course studies the policy and practical implications of business law, including the nature and regulation of selected legal areas. An emphasis is placed upon law and economics. Among the topics covered are the legal environment of business, business organizations, employment law, intellectual property law, securities regulation, and the fundamentals of business transactions.


Elective: Advanced Finance, Advanced Marketing, or Healthcare Management

Each year, second- and third-year students select one of three electives: Advanced Finance, Advanced Marketing, or Healthcare Management. The electives differ each year so that students can choose to delve deeper into a single subject, or take electives in multiple subjects, in their second and third years in the program. Since courses change from year to year, descriptions are not provided.


Management Strategy and Planning

The overall objective of this course is to provide a “capstone” experience that applies the business strategy concepts learned throughout the Wisconsin Evening MBA Program. The course builds on the content covered in the Business Strategy course with a focus on more advanced strategic concepts. The course also includes an active-learning client project practicum in which each team works with a company or organization on high-level strategic issues; emphasis will be placed on analytical thinking, teamwork/leadership, and the dynamics of interaction with a client. Finally, each student will develop a personal strategy plan that clarifies their long-term career plans, applying principles discussed in both strategy courses.


The curriculum shown is representative of the course of study; specific course offerings are subject to occasional changes. Feel free to contact the program staff with any questions you may have.