MBA IT Management Areas of Study
The WGU Master of Business AdministrationIT Management program content is based on the knowledge and skills that provide expertise in the areas of business and information technology management. WGU's challenging MBA program is for individuals who already possess real-world experience and seek in-depth knowledge in business and information technology management.
Managing Organizations and Leading People
This course covers principles of effective management and leadership that maximize organizational performance. The following topics are included: the role and functions of a manager, analysis of personal leadership styles, approaches to self-awareness and self-assessment, and application of foundational leadership and decision-making skills.
IT Project Management
IT Project Management provides an overview of the Project Management Institute’s project management methodology. Topics cover various process groups and knowledge areas and application of knowledge in case studies for planning a project that has not started yet and monitoring/controlling a project that is already underway.
Managing Human Capital
This course focuses on strategies and tools that managers use to maximize employee contribution and create organizational excellence. You will learn talent management strategies to motivate and develop employees as well as best practices to manage performance for added value.
This course will focus on the marketing function and its impact on the overall success of an organization. Topics include consumer behavior, marketing theories and strategies, product positioning, the competitive environment, and effectiveness of the marketing function. A key element of the course will include the relationship of the “marketing mix” to strategic planning.
Global Economics for Managers
This course examines how economic tools, techniques, and indicators can be used for solving organizational problems related to competitiveness, productivity, and growth. You will explore the management implications of a variety of economic concepts and effective strategies to make decisions within a global context.
Accounting for Decision Makers
This course provides you with accounting knowledge and skills to assess and manage a business. Topics include the accounting cycle, financial statements, taxes, and budgeting. You will improve your ability to understand reports and use accounting information to plan and make sound business decisions.
This course examines the ethical issues and dilemmas managers face. This course provides a framework for analysis of management-related ethical issues and decision-making action required for satisfactory resolution of these issues.
This course covers practical approaches to analysis and decision-making in the administration of corporate funds, including capital budgeting, working capital management, and cost of capital. Topics include financial planning, management of working capital, analysis of investment opportunities, sources of long-term financing, government regulation, and global influences. You will improve your ability to interpret financial statements and manage corporate finances.
Data-Driven Decision Making
This course presents critical problem-solving methodologies, including field research and data collection methods that enhance organizational performance. Topics include quantitative analysis, statistical and quality tools. You will improve your ability to use data to make informed decisions.
IT Strategic Solutions
In IT Strategic Solutions the learner will have the opportunity to identify strategic opportunities and emerging technologies as they research and decide on a system to support a growing company. Topics will include technology strategy; gap analysis; researching new technology; strengths, opportunities, weaknesses, and threats; ethics; risk mitigation; data security, communication plans; and globalization.
This course is the culminating assessment of the MBA, IT Management curriculum and focuses on strategic management while allowing for the synthesis of previous assessment topics. You will work in teams of three or four students to simulate running a business. One unique aspect of the simulation is that there are scheduled dates each week for simulation decisions. Since all teams are required to meet the deadlines and work at the same pace this aspect of the assessment cannot be accelerated.