Course Offerings and Descriptions

The MBA at Rockford University program of study is designed for people holding undergraduate degrees in any field. The degree program consists of 12 courses (nine required and three electives), plus up to five prerequisites designed to prepare students for the program. Students entering the program with a non-business undergraduate degree may be required to take prerequisites (depending on undergraduate course work). Normally, a student with an undergraduate degree in business or a related field will have met most, if not all, of the program prerequisite requirements. Refer to the current Rockford University catalog for more specific program details. Students may enroll in the general track of the MBA or choose a specific concentration. Any three electives in a specific field constitute a concentration.

Program Prerequisites

The five prerequisites listed below must be satisfied through courses taken within the last 10 years (or by proficiency examination) before completing six credit hours of required courses in the MBA program. If you feel you would like to attempt to take the proficiency exams but feel as though you need may need to do some additional studying, there are tutorials available at www.MBAPrimer.com for purchase. Information on proficiency exams is available from the Office of Graduate Studies. Prerequisite course work includes:

BSAD 223 or Statistics (3-4 semester hrs.)
BSAD 501 or Calculus (3 semester hrs.)
BSAD 502 or Macro and Micro Economics (3-6 semester hrs.)
BSAD 518 or Business Finance (3 semester hrs.)
BSAD 524 or 6 Hours of undergraduate accounting

Required Coursework (Nine Courses)

Required courses help the MBA student develop critical management skills and a deeper understanding of the business field. Specific course descriptions follow:

BSAD 503 Managerial Economics or BSAD 504 Business & the National Economy
BSAD 510 Legal Environment of Business
BSAD 530 Managerial Accounting and Control
BSAD 540 Financial Management
BSAD 550 Management and Leadership Theory and Practice
BSAD 560 Marketing
BSAD 580 Introduction to Business Research
BSAD 590 Organizational Communication
BSAD 696 Business Planning and Strategies

Elective Coursework (Three Courses)

Required courses help the MBA student acquire deeper knowledge in specific areas of business, which may relate to your present or future career. They include:

BSAD 641 Investment Management
BSAD 650 Operations Management
BSAD 651 Organizational Behavior
BSAD 652 International Business
BSAD 654 Human Resource Management
BSAD 660 Consumer Behavior
BSAD 661 Promotion Policies & Management
BSAD 665 Public and Not-for-Profit Management
BSAD 670 International Trade/Financial Management
BSAD 680 Information Systems in Organizations
BSAD 685 Contemporary Topics & Issues in Organizations

Concentration Requirements

You may enroll in the general track of the MBA or choose a specific concentration. Any three electives in a specific field constitute a concentration. There are six different concentrations from which a student can choose:

Marketing (choose three from the following)

  • BSAD 652 International Business
  • BSAD 660 Consumer Behavior
  • BSAD 661 Promotion Policies and Management
  • BSAD 685 Contemporary Topics and Issues in Organizations


Finance (choose three from the following)

  • BSAD 641 Investment Management
  • BSAD 670 International Trade/Financial Management
  • BSAD 685 Contemporary Topics and Issues in Organizations


Management (choose three from the following)

  • BSAD 650 Operations Management
  • BSAD 651 Organizational Behavior
  • BSAD 652 International Business
  • BSAD 654 Human Resource Management
  • BSAD 665 Public and Not-for-Profit Management
  • BSAD 680 Information Systems in Organizations
  • BSAD 685 Contemporary Topics and Issues in Organizations


Strategic (must take both BSAD 503 and BSAD 504, and choose two from the following)

  • BSAD 650 Operations Management
  • BSAD 670 International Trade/Financial Management
  • BSAD 680 Information Systems in Organizations
  • BSAD 685 Contemporary Topics and Issues in Organizations


MBA/CPA
Designed to meet the requirements of 150 hours of study to sit for the CPA. More info on CPA exam requirements >>

  • BSAD 223 Financial Accounting
  • BSAD 224 Managerial Accounting
  • BSAD 340 Intermediate Accounting
  • BSAD 341 Intermediate Accounting II
  • BSAD 342 Intermediate Accounting III
  • BSAD 344 Cost Accounting
  • BSAD 345 Tax Accounting
  • BSAD 544 Advanced Cost Accounting
  • BSAD 545 Advanced Tax Accounting
  • BSAD 546 Advanced Accounting
  • BSAD 547 Auditing
  • BSAD 560 Accounting Information Systems


Public and Not-for-Profit Concentration*
Designed for those people who are interested in working within a public or not-for-profit organization.

  • BSAD 509 Public Finance
  • BSAD 529 Public & Not-for-Profit Accounting
  • BSAD 645 Fund Development and Marketing
  • BSAD 665 Public & Not-for Profit Management


*In addition, students seeking the concentration in this area would need to either have two years work experience in a not-for-profit or government position or be required to take three hour internship at a not-for-profit or government agency.