After you complete the core curriculum in modules 1-5, you will then take 6 electives to complete your degree. Electives are offered during modules 6, 7, and 8 at our Atlanta (Buckhead) Campus. Electives can take place on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, or Thursday evenings from 6 – 9 p.m., or on Saturdays from 9 a.m. – 4 p.m. The electives offered in the Professional MBA program vary from year to year and elective course options are subject to change.

  • If you complete 6 electives by the end of module 6, you will complete the program within 17 months.
  • If you complete 6 electives by the end of module 7, you will complete the program within 20 months.
  • If you complete 6 electives by the end of module 8, you will complete the program within 23 months.

If you want to specialize in a specific area, you can consider pursuing a concentration. Concentrations are not required, and therefore, students who do not pursue a concentration will pick and choose the electives that align with their areas of interest.

Electives in Finance & Real Estate

Mergers and Acquisitions

FINA 6205: Application of corporate finance concepts to mergers and acquisitions and corporate governance. The topics will include Mergers and Acquisitions, Corporate Governance, and Restructuring. The tools, techniques, and theories of finance are applied to actual business decisions.

Principles of Real Estate

REAL 7100: The basic principles and analytical techniques related to the study of real estate – its practices, institutions, and participants. Topics focus on issues related to property rights, urban economics, market analysis, and brokerage, with an emphasis on decisions related to investment, asset management, and debt financing.

Electives in Entrepreneurship

Design Thinking

ENTR 7090: Creativity/innovation are needed for leading industries and companies. Critical thinking is a way of deciding whether a claim is true or false. Design thinking uses a set of methods to develop ideas/solutions to challenges in any discipline or profession. This course will focus on developing students’ critical/design thinking processes.

Entrepreneurship & New Venture Creation

ENTR 7515: Examination of the new venture process, from idea generation to startup to harvest. Emphasis is placed on the generation of a complete business plan for a new product or service. Topics include entrepreneurial leadership and infrastructure, assessment of viability, business plan development and presentation, and entrepreneurial finance.

Entrepreneurial Finance

ENTR 7505: An exploration of the various options for financing an entrepreneurial venture. This course will cover various aspects of venture finance, including angel investing, venture capital, private equity, debt, and IPOs.

Innovation Management

ENTR 7310: Multi-disciplinary approach to the exploration of the management of innovative projects in incumbent companies. The course will provide participants with frameworks and tools they can apply to enhance their abilities to manage the development and implementation of new ideas for business results. This topic will be approached from a global and process perspective.

Electives in Management

Bargaining & Negotiations

EMBA 7400: Approaches for negotiating practical conflicts that arise in business settings. Emphasis is placed on achieving outcomes that are based on legitimate data, satisfy all parties’ interests, and include realistic and operational commitments. The role of effective communications in building the desired relationships is also stressed.

Change Management

MGMT 7810: The formal and informal structures within an organization. Topics include designing organizational structures, jobs, teams, and work-flow processes; aligning the design of structures with organizational strategy; and assessing supporting relationships, such as decision-making and authority networks.

Corporate Reputation & Crisis Management

MGMT 7430: This course helps managers understand the challenges of managing corporate reputation during an organizational crisis. Emphasis is placed on the trade-offs associated with managing multiple reputations, different crisis response strategies, and their varying effects on public perceptions.

Designing, Managing and Improving Supply Chains

MGMT 7130: Supply Chain Management permeates a company’s strategy and operations. Students will develop an overarching understanding of how to design, manage, and improve the cross-functional links in supply chains.

Human Resource Management

EMBA 7510: Explore human resource management through experiential exercises, discussions, case analyses and collaborative learning. Explore who is hired, how they are trained, evaluated, compensated, and what steps are taken to retain an organization’s workforce.

The International Business Environment

EMBA 7900: An introduction to the economic theory and benefits of international trade. This course examines issues in international trade, protectionism, global foreign exchange markets and trends in globalization.  Emphasis is on using basic economic theory to understand the relevance of these issues to firms that trade and/or produce across national borders, with applications to recent events.

Leading Evolving Organizations

MGMT 7011: Leadership needs of organizations vary at different stages of the organization’s existence. Identify and build leadership skills by matching organizational life stages to leadership styles and develop your own leadership style to facilitate career progression.

Lean Six Sigma

MGMT 7160: Lean Six Sigma is a methodology that seeks to improve performance by removing waste and minimizing variability. This course will teach students the principles and methodologies of Lean Six Sigma and culminates in Green Belt designation.

Principles of Franchising

EMBA 7610: Topics include the history of franchising, franchising fundamentals, advantages/disadvantages of franchising, and considerations to make when starting and managing a franchise business. Students will learn to evaluate franchising opportunities and strategies associated with planning, implementing, and launching a new franchise business. This course will appeal to students who intend to work for a franchisor company, who may consider buying a franchise, or developing and launching a franchised business as an entrepreneurial new venture.

Project Management

MGMT 7220: Planning, scheduling, organizing, implementing, and controlling of single and multiple projects. This course explores traditional and new techniques for the dynamic environment of project management.

Electives in Marketing

Sales Strategy & Management

MARK 6220: Moving, persuading, or selling others to follow recommendations using emotional intelligence and leadership skills. Sync sales strategy with leadership, technology, motivation, legal/ethical theory, and practice.

Global Digital Marketing Privacy & Ethics

EMBA 7900: The course will examine the impact of data collection and privacy issues, social advertising norms, corporate and governmental policies, and the overall effects to marketing practices around the world. A comparison of Asian, European, and US consumer attitudes, law, and ethics. 

Other Electives

Artificial Intelligence for Business Managers

MIST 7990: Non-technical business managers will learn to lead artificial intelligence transformations in their current or future organization. Learn AI terminology, strategy, problem framing, applications workflow, and ethics.

Business Intelligence & Data Visualization

EMBA 7900: This course is designed to equip business leaders and managers with the skills to drive better decisions by leveraging data and analytics. The course will cover topics ranging from the architectural foundations of Business Intelligence (BI) to hands-on use of tools like PowerBI. The course will take an applied approach centered on how data and analytics can empower managers across functions to identify opportunities, solve problems, and guide strategy by basing proposals and narratives on factual evidence.

International or Domestic Residency – Study Abroad

INTB 7100 (international) or MGMT 7990 (domestic): Gain perspective on how regional or international economic, cultural, and regulatory environments influence business processes. Hear lectures from business experts and attend site visits to a variety of regional or country-specific businesses. Both international and domestic residencies feature business consulting challenges that allow students to work on real-world projects with companies in the destination city or country.

*Schedule, courses, and certificate options are subject to change.