To focus your education and develop your expertise in specific areas for your career, the Bloch School offers the following eight emphasis areas. No more than 12 credit hours can be taken from any emphasis area and count toward your program, even as elective credit.
In this emphasis, MBA students spend considerable time looking at company start-up and growth. Working in teams, students will develop business plans for a new venture, present their plans to a panel of investors, obtain funding, run the business, and exit the firm, either by closing, selling or turning the firm over to be run by future students. Future students will look at a mature company, where innovations also may be slowing down and need to be revitalized. Coursework investigating the field of commercial real estate is available within the entrepreneurship emphasis.
More information can be found at the Regnier Institute for Entrepreneurship and Innovation.
Faculty contact: Dr. Michael Song, 816-235-5841
ENT 5515: Entrepreneurship & Innovation Boot Camp
ENT 5525: Managing Creativity & Innovation
ENT 5535: Small Business Management & Entrepreneurship
ENT 5541: Personal Entrepreneurial Strategy
ENT 5542: Technology & New Ventures I
ENT 5543: Technology & New Ventures II
ENT 5545: Entrepreneurship & New Venture Creation
ENT 5552: Entrepreneurial Marketing
ENT 5571: Advanced Real Estate Finance*
ENT 5573: Real Estate Market Analysis & Feasibility Study*
ENT 5576: Real Estate Property Management*
ENT 5578: Legal Context of Real Estate Decisions*
ENT 5585: Venture Capital Finance & Investment
ENT 5587: Special Topics
ENT 5591: Small Business Management Practicum
ENT 5597: Independent Study
*Only two of these courses can count in the Entrepreneurship emphasis area.
Entrepreneurship with a Real Estate Concentration*
More information can be found at the Lewis White Real Estate Center.
Faculty Contact: Dr. James DeLisle, (816) 216-6288
Select two of the following:
ENT 5571: Advanced Real Estate Finance
ENT 5573: Real Estate Market Analysis & Feasibility Study
ENT 5576: Real Estate Property Management
ENT 5578: Legal Context of Real Estate Decisions
Finance is the study of money: how it is made, how it is lost and why. The world of finance is always changing. Graduates in this emphasis find positions in financial analysis, portfolio management, risk management and lending.
Faculty contact: Dr. Fred Hays, 816-235-2314
FIN 5550: Advanced Financial Management Theory/Policies (required)
FIN 5551: International Financial Management
FIN 5552: Financial Markets & Institutions
FIN 5553: Investment Analysis
FIN 5556: Management of Financial Intermediaries
FIN 5557: Derivative Securities
FIN 5559: Strategic Financial Management
FIN 5560: Financial Modeling
FIN 5561: Financial Statement Analysis
FIN 5562: Fixed Income Analysis
FIN 5563: Valuation/Mergers and Acquisitions
FIN 5564: Portfolio Management
FIN 5565: Alternative Investments
FIN 5582: Seminar in Finance
RL-EST 5571: Advanced Real Estate Finance*
RL-EST 5573: Real Estate Market Analysis & Feasibility Study*
*Students may use only one real estate course for credit in the finance emphasis.
This emphasis area offers a broad view of four different management fields. Students who choose this emphasis usually have a good grasp of their technical area of expertise and want to gain knowledge from a variety of management perspectives.
Faculty contact: Any of the contacts listed for other emphasis areas.
At least one course from four of the nine areas:
- Entrepreneurship: ENT 5515, 5525, 5535, 5541, 5545, 5552, 5585, 5571, 5573, 5576, 5578, 5587, 5591, 5597
- Finance: FIN 5550, 5551, 5552, 5553, 5556, 5557, 5559, 5560, 5561, 5562, 5563, 5564, 5565
- Global Business: DSOM 5544, MGT 5545, 5546, 5552, MKT 5555
- Law & Society: MGT 5506, 5508
- Leading and Managing People: MGT 5516, 5517, 5518, 5519, 5520, 5521, 5533, 5560, 5566, 5567, PA 5548, 5570
- Management Information Systems: MIS 5529, 5552, 5554, 5558, 5580
- Marketing: MKT 5575, 5539, 5560, 5561, 5562
- Supply Chain and Operations Management: DSOM 5540, 5542, 5543, 5544
- Strategy & Planning: MGT 5513
Kansas City students in this emphasis will be confident putting business issues in a global context, one that reaches far beyond the United States. As technology and trade connect the global village more closely all the time, emerging leaders need specialized knowledge about the impact of different cultures, workforces and environments.
Faculty contact: Dr. Jae Jung, 816-235-5161
DSOM 5544: Supply Chain and Logistics Management
FIN 5551: International Financial Management
FIN 5552: Global Financial Markets and Institutions
MGT 5545: International Management (required)
MGT 5546: Seminar in International Management
MGT 5552: International Study in Business (3 hours only)
MKT 5555: International Marketing
Students who choose this emphasis are often interested in developing general leadership skills and knowledge. They seek employment in organizational training or human resources departments in organizations.
Faculty contact: Dr. Lee Bolman, 816-235-5407
MGT 5516: Leading Teams
MGT 5517: Leading Through Influence and Persuasion
MGT 5518: Leadership and Motivation
MGT 5519: Conflict Management and Negotiation Strategies
MGT 5520: Strategic Benefits Management (1.5 hours)
MGT 5521: Building Human Capital (1.5 hours)
MGT 5533: Leadership and Change in Organizations
MGT 5560: Strategic Human Resources
MGT 5566: Strategic Staffing (1.5 hours)
MGT 5567: Total Rewards Management (1.5 hours)
PA 5548: Leadership for Public Service
PA 5570: Diversity in the Workplace
This emphasis serves people who plan careers related to information technology. It stresses managing information technology for business advantage. More information can be found on the MBA Emphasis in Management of Information Systems site.
Faculty contact: Dr. Roger Pick, 816-235-2336
ACTG 5565: Advanced Accounting Systems
ACTG 5567: Info Systems Control & Audit
MIS 5529: Decision Support & Expert Systems
MIS 5552: Database Management
MIS 5554: System Analysis, Design & Engineering
MIS 5558: Management of Information Technology
MIS 5580: Seminar in Information Systems
The marketing emphasis offers students great flexibility in area of study and career choice. Our students work in such diverse areas as corporate marketing, advertising agencies, industrial sales, marketing research and government and nonprofit organizations.
Faculty contact: Dr. Raj Arora, 816-235-2317
MKT 5575: Advanced Marketing Strategies (required)
MKT 5539: Management in Direct Marketing
MKT 5560: Buyer Behavior
MKT 5561: Promotional Strategies
MKT 5562: Marketing Research
MKT 5555: International Marketing
The Lewis White Real Estate Center's curriculum is structured to ensure students have practical knowledge and skills appropriate for providing management and policy leadership in the realm of real estate and its related industries. Students will receive instruction, undertake research project assignments (individual and team) and be introduced to the standards of professional research through course work and assignments. Students will complete a total of 12 credit hours.
Faculty contact: Dr. James DeLisle, (816) 216-6288
Required Courses (9 credit hours):
RL-EST 5571 Advanced Real Estate Finance
RL-EST 5578 Legal Contexts of Real Estate Decision Making
RL-EST 5556 Entrepreneurial Real Estate
Elective Courses (choose one):
RL-EST 5574 Construction Means and Methods
RL-EST 5559 Corporate Real Estate Decisions
RL-EST 5572 International Real Estate
RL-EST 5576 Property Management
RL-EST 5557 Urban Planning Contexts for Real Estate Decisions
RL-EST 5577 Valuation
RL-EST 5573 Market Analysis and Feasibility Study
RL-EST 5558 Capital Markets in Real Estate
This emphasis looks at planning and controlling the transformation of resources into products and services. At the highest level, it is concerned with managing the operations strategy, which specifies how the firm will employ its production capabilities to support its corporate strategy.
Faculty contact: Dr. Shad Dowlatshahi, 816-235-2233