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Curriculum

Innovative. Individualized. Immersive.

Whatever or wherever your business aspirations lie, our curriculum provides you with the knowledge critical to business leaders of the future and the flexibility to tailor your degree to meet your individual goals. 

Our small size - about 150 students in each year’s full-time MBA cohort - means you’ll receive personal attention, enabling you to truly engage with and learn from your professors. Our faculty’s thought leadership, facilitated by our Centers of Excellence, provides students with access to new knowledge and critical thinking.

As a student at Fisher, you will be immersed in learning in a unique and powerful way, with opportunities to work on live business problems throughout.  Our portfolio of live opportunities encompasses a range of exciting experiences in the U.S. and abroad, including field studies and project-based learning, foreign language programs and semester-long exchanges with more than 20 top business schools around the globe.

Course Load and Requirements

Our MBA curriculum is designed to help obtain the education that best matches your professional goals and aspirations. Each semester is divided into two seven-week terms, followed by an optional May term that is four weeks long.

Pre-Term
Year One Break Year Two

Intensive 2-week introduction to Fisher, MBA core, and leadership foundations. Participation is required.

Students participate in core business courses to build fundamental skills and knowledge before exploring electives.

Most students accept internships to gain experience in their area of specialization.

Students select from more than 100 electives to complete their major and career tracks.

Leadership and Professional Development

Building strong leadership skills and a competitive edge begins on day one and continues throughout the MBA program. Invest yourself in the various executive speaking events, development programs, and networking opportunities.

 

Credit Hour Summary
  10 Core Classes
(24 Credit Hours)
+ Flex Core*
(3 Credit Hours)
+ Complete a Major
(12 Elective Credit Hours)
+ Elective Courses
(18 Credit Hours)
= 57 Total
Credit Hours

*Flex Core: Students must take one elective course each in the areas of Business Communications and Value Based Decision making.

Required CoursesElective Courses

The start of the first semester kicks off the core curriculum. Our core is designed to provide the foundational knowledge critical to business leaders of the future. The core wraps up toward the end of the first year. At that time, you can begin taking elective courses according to your areas of interest.

Year One

   Pre-Term
 Program
  Academic Preparation & Fundamentals   Ethics, Leadership & Professional Development   Career Management Introduction        
 
    Autumn Semester
 
    Term 1
 (7 Weeks)
  Managerial Economics
MBA 6241
2.5 Credits
  Marketing I
MBA 6251
1.5 Credits
  Accounting
MBA 6211
3 Credits
  Leadership
MBA 6202
1.5 Credits
  Finance
MBA 6223
3 Credits
     
   Term 2
 (7 Weeks)
  Operations I
MBA 6231
1.5 Credits
  Data Analysis
MBA 6271
2.5 Credits
     
 
   Spring Semester
 
   Term 1
 (7 Weeks)
  International Business
MBA 6261
1.5 Credits
  Operations II
MBA 6232
1.5 Credits
  Professional Development
MBA 6281
1.5 Credits
  Marketing II
MBA 6252
1.5 Credits
  Flex Core, Major and Elective Courses
Up to 1.5 Hours
 
   Term 2
 (7 Weeks)
  Organizational Behavior
MBA 6201
1.5 Credits
  Strategy
MBA 6291
2.5 Credits
  Flex Core, Major and Elective Courses
Up to 4.5 Hours 
 
   May Term
 (4 Weeks)
  Optional: GAP Global Immersion
 
   Summer   Internship

Year Two

You can design your elective curriculum by selecting from a variety of majors or create your own to suit your unique career goals and aspirations.  You can further individualize your degree though one of our many career tracks or by taking graduate courses in other colleges at The Ohio State University.  We also have a rich portfolio of dual degree offerings that allow you to earn your MBA and another Masters level or PhD degree while studying at Ohio State.

    Autumn Semester
   
    Term 1
 (7 Weeks)
  Flex Core, Major and Elective Courses
Up to 8 Hours
   
   Term 2
 (7 Weeks)
  Flex Core, Major and Elective Courses
Up to 8 Hours
 
   Spring Semester
   
   Term 1
 (7 Weeks)
   Flex Core, Major and Elective Courses
Up to 8 Hours
   
   Term 2
 (7 Weeks)
  Flex Core, Major and Elective Courses
Up to 8 Hours

Our electives span a wide range of functional areas giving our MBAs the opportunity to position themselves as future business leaders. More than100 elective courses are available through Fisher College of Business; in addition, courses from anywhere in The Ohio State University can be taken, if the course relates to the major or track.

In collaboration with Fisher faculty, you can create a custom portfolio of courses that meets your unique needs and helps you create an edge to build the career of your dreams and aspirations.

 

Bullet Entrepreneurship

MHR 7520 Entrepreneurship and Introduction to Business Plans
MHR 7525 Globalization Innovation and Entrepreneurial Leadership
MHR 7526 Starting a Retail or Product Business
MHR 7530 Technology Entrepreneurship and Commercialization
MHR 7531 Technology Ventures
FIN 7215 Entrepreneurial Finance

Bullet Finance

Base Courses
FIN 7210 Corp. Financial Mgt. I (Valuation, Cap. Structure, Sec. Issuance)
FIN 7220 Investment Mgt. I (Sec. Valuation, Asset Pricing Models)
FIN 7230 Derivatives I (Options and Futures)
Corporate Finance Track
FIN 7212 Corp. Financial Mgt. II (Governance, Corp. Control, M&A)
FIN 7213 Corp. Financial Mgt. III (Restruct, Distress, Bankruptcy)
FIN 7214 Corporate Financial Management IV (Capstone)
FIN 7260 Financial Institutions
Investment Track
FIN 7222 Investment Mgt. II (Fixed Income, Credit Risk)
FIN 7223 Invest. Mgt. III (Inv. Strat., Asset Allocation for Portfolio Mgt.)
FIN 7232 Derivatives II (Adv. Deriv. Valuation, Fin. Engineering)
FIN 7224 Trading and Markets
FIN 7225 Student Investment Management (3 credit hours)
Risk Management Track
FIN 7222 Investment Mgt. II (Fixed Income, Credit Risk)
FIN 7260 Financial Institutions
FIN 7290 Enterprise Risk Mgt. I (Corp. Risk Mgt., Hedging)
FIN 7291 Enterprise Risk Mgt. II (Applied Risk Mgt., Capstone)
Electives
FIN 7215 Entrepreneurial Finance
FIN 7216 Private Equity
FIN 7221 Financial Modeling
FIN 7226 Behavioral Finance
FIN 7240 Real Estate I (Plan, Development, Prop. Mgt.)
FIN 7241 Real Estate II (Valuation, Financing)
FIN 7250 International Finance
FIN 7270 History of Financial Thought
FIN 7280 Legal Business Issues
AMIS 7200 Corporate Financial Reporting I
AMIS 7201 Corporate Financial Reporting II
AMIS 7220 Financial Statement Analysis I
AMIS 7221 Financial Statement Analysis II

 

Bullet Financial Analysis and Reporting

Base Courses
AMIS 7200 Corporate Financial Reporting I
AMIS 7220 Financial Statement Analysis I
Electives
AMIS 7010 Ethical Challenges in Accounting and Business
AMIS 7020 Uncertainty, Diversification and Private Information
AMIS 7201 Corporate Financial Reporting II
AMIS 7221 Financial Statement Analysis II
AMIS 7230 Accounting for M&A and Other Complex Transactions
AMIS 7240 International Financial Reporting Standards
AMIS 7250 Governmental and Non-Profit Accounting
AMIS 7310 Managerial Accounting for Decision Making
AMIS 7400 Tax Planning for Managerial Decision Making I
AMIS 7410 Tax Accounting II
AMIS 7420 Tax Accounting III
AMIS 7430 Tax and Business Strategy
AMIS 7500 Auditing Principles and Procedures
AMIS 7510 Assurance Services and Information Quality
AMIS 7520 Fraud Examination: Misappropriation of Assets
AMIS 7530 Fraud Examination: Fraudulent Financial Reporting
AMIS 7640 Data Mining for Business Intelligence
AMIS 7784 Research in Tax Accounting
   
NOTE: Please pay careful attention to the prerequisites as some courses may require prior accounting study.

 

Bullet International Business

MHR 7010 Advanced Topics in Multinational Business
MHR 7012 International Strategy
MHR 7013 China and Its Global Implications
MHR 7016 Social Enterprise
MHR 7020 Global Labs I (GAP)
MHR 7021 Global Labs II (GAP)
MHR 7242 International Negotiations and Deal Making
MHR 7244 Negotiations
MHR 7525 Globalization Innovation and Enterpreneurial Leadership
MHR 7689 Washington Campus (counts toward major for non-US students only)
AMIS 7240 International Financial Reporting Standards
FIN 7250 International Finance
M&L 7215 Global Marketing and Sustainability
MGT 7233 Global Sourcing I
MGT 7234 Global Sourcing II

 

Bullet Leadership

MHR 7220 Personal Leadership Effectiveness
MHR 7221 Leadership Values and Decision Making
MHR 7222 Advanced Topics in Leadership: Building Your Leadership Legacy
MHR 7223 Advanced Topics in Leadership Effectiveness: Strategy Implementation
MHR 7224 Organizational Turnarounds
MHR 7225 Crisis Leadership
MHR 7226 Foundations of Transformational Leadership
MHR 7230 Developing High Performance Teams
MHR 7231 Building Professional Services
MHR 7232 Leading and Managing Change
MHR 7240 Managerial Negotiations
MHR 7241 Advanced Managerial Negotiations
MHR 7242 International Negotiations and Deal Making
MHR 7244 Negotiations
MHR 7304 Talent Management
MHR 7306 Understanding Teams and Leadership
MHR 7307 Performance Management
MHR 7309 Strategic Management of Human Assets
MHR 7335 Managing Diversity
MHR 7350 International Human Resource Management
MHR 7500 Resolving Social Conflict
MHR 7525 Global Innovation and Entrepreneurial Leadership
MHR 7605 The Business of College Sports
MHR 7610 Business Ethics
MHR 7611 International Compliance, Ethics and Corporate Governance
MHR 7689 Washington Campus

 

Bullet Marketing

Base Courses
M&L 7201 Marketing Research and Analytics
M&L 7202 Consumer Behavior
Brand Management Track
M&L 7203 Advertising Strategy and Management
M&L 7203.02 Advertising, Promotion and Digital Marketing I
M&L 7206 Brand Management
M&L 7208 Digital Marketing
M&L 7208.02 Advertising, Promotion and Digital Marketing II
M&L 7210 Promotions Management
M&L 7218 New Product Development
Marketing Communications Track
M&L 7203 Advertising Strategy and Management
M&L 7203.02 Advertising, Promotion and Digital Marketing I
M&L 7208 Digital Marketing
M&L 7208.02 Advertising, Promotion and Digital Marketing II
M&L 7210 Promotions Management
M&L 7211 Consumer Psychology
M&L 7212 Business Development: Customer Acq. and Retention
M&L 7214 Cross-Channel Marketing
Electives
M&L 7200 Marketing Strategy (Capstone)
M&L 7204.02 Customer Management, Pricing and Analytics II
M&L 7205.02 Services Marketing
M&L 7207 Pricing Strategy
M&L 7209 Strategic Sales Force Management
M&L 7215 Global Marketing and Sustainability
M&L 7217 Marketing Projects (Capstone, 3.0 credit hours)
M&L 7219 Customer Satisfaction and Loyalty Analysis
M&L 7219.02 Customer Management, Pricing and Analytics I
M&L 7225 Marketing Metrics

 

Bullet Operations and Logistics

Base Courses
M&L 7380 Strategic Logistics Management
M&L 7383 Supply Chain Management
Logistics Track
M&L 7381 Logistics Decision Making
M&L 7386 Logistics Technology and Application
ISE 5430 Warehouse and Facility Design
Operations Track
MGT 7231 Manufacturing Planning and Control for Supply Chain Mgt.
MGT 7232 Supply Chain Analytics: Matching Supply with Demand
MGT 7233 Global Sourcing I: Organizing for Effective Global Sourcing
MGT 7241 Lean Enterprise Leadership
MGT 7242 Six Sigma Principles I
MGT 7244 Six Sigma Projects (3.0 credit hours)
MGT 7253 Sustainable Operations
MGT 7254 Introduction to the Global Energy Industry
Supply Chain Track
MGT 7232 Supply Chain Analytics: Matching Supply with Demand
MGT 7233 Global Sourcing I: Organizing for Effective Global Sourcing
M&L 7381 Logistics Decision Making
M&L 7384 Supply Chain Tools
Electives
MGT 7201 Operational Excellence in a Service Environment
MGT 7202 The Business of Healthcare
MGT 7203 Service and Healthcare Operations
MGT 7221 Introduction to Decision Making
MGT 7222 Simulation, Risk Analysis, and Decision Making
MGT 7223 Project Management I: Senior Manager Issues
MGT 7251.02 Operations and Technology Strategy

Bullet Strategy

MHR 7412 Competitive Analysis (Applied Strategic Mgt. and Value Creation)
MHR 7413 Advanced Competitive Analysis (Dynamics, Uncertainty and Value Capture)
MHR 7414 Vertical Integration and Diversification
MHR 7415 Corporate Diversification
MHR 7420 Mergers, Acquisitions and Corporate Development
MHR 7421 Intopia: Applied Competitive Strategy (3.0 credit hours)
MHR 7461 Technology and Innovation Strategy
MHR 7660 Innovation Practice
MHR 7665 Innovation Field Studies (3.0 credit hours)

 

Bullet Sustainability

MHR 7016 Social Enterprise in Base-of-the Pyramid Markets
MHR 7640 Strategies for Business Sustainability: Principles and Concepts
MHR 7665 Innovation Field Studies
M&L 7215 Global Marketing and Sustainability
MGT 7253 Sustainable Operations
MGT 7254 Introduction to the Global Energy Industry