The LSU Online MBA degree consists of 33 hours of core MBA courses and nine hours of electives. Each course is seven weeks long, and the program can be completed in as little as 18 months. Students can choose from five electives offered to complete the nine hours of required elective course work. Elective courses include: Understanding International Management Challenges; Project Management; Negotiation, Persuasion and Influence; Supply Chain Management; and Business Analytics.
This course covers the topics of how to effectively manage projects, including setting goals and objectives, project planning, evaluation, and review. Project Management also touches on incentives, qualitative analysis and project accounting. Students can expect extensive exploration of cases involving hands-on computer analyses combined with state-of-the-art project management software. Project Management does require the prerequisite course BADM 7120 Operations Management or an equivalent class.
Negotiation, Persuasion and Influence
Negotiation, Persuasion and Influence is an experiential-based course designed to provide managers with the basic concepts and techniques necessary for effective negotiation and conflict resolution in a variety of business contexts. This course is often regarded as a favorite by MBA alumni.
Supply Chain Management
Supply Chain Management tackles the topics of planning, implementing and controlling the efficient, cost-effective flow and storage of raw material, in-process products, finished products, and related information in a supply channel. Additional focus points include resource/material management, supplier strategy, inventory planning and control, just-in-time (JIT) systems, customer service, logistics, and interfacing with other functional areas. Emphasis will be directed to concepts with model development and analysis.
This course focuses on data warehouse implementation and organization for businesses. Topics include SQL (Structured Query Language), business intelligence, data modeling, data analysis and dashboard design.
Understanding International Management Challenges
Theories and management of international operations are the focus of this course, including development of environmental, operational, strategic and decision-making perspectives from that of a foreign nation. The course requires participation in a 10-12 day international trip abroad for class credit. Additionally, this course can be taken multiple times for a maximum of six hours of credit (when topics vary). Regularly seen as a once in a lifetime opportunity, this class allows students to immerse themselves in the local culture while being guided through and exposed to varying international business entities and customs.
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