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Yeshiva University puts you at the center of business.

Yeshiva Sy Syms Online MBA Program Curriculum

The rigorous online MBA curriculum at Yeshiva University’s Sy Syms School of Business is built on three core pillars to ensure that you can adapt to an ever-changing business landscape: Entrepreneurship, Essential Business Skills and Relationships. From data to marketing to accounting, you’ll experience all aspects of business and have the freedom to dive deeper into your interests—all through the lens of an entrepreneurial mindset.

With a full, well-rounded skill set and business perspective, you’ll graduate with a timeless vision to lead in any organization.

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Online MBA Curriculum

Build cross-functional mastery of business skills with nine core courses covering topics from business law to corporate finance, marketing strategy, and managerial accounting. Then, customize your degree with elective courses on entrepreneurship, negotiations, crisis management, or data and analytics topics. All courses are seven weeks in length except the capstone, which is 14 weeks in length.

Core Courses (27 Credits)

Quantitative Methods (3 credits)

The objectives of this course are to provide (i) a brief survey of descriptive statistics, (ii) a brief introduction to probability, (iii) a brief survey of inferential statistics and (iv) an introduction to linear regression. Each of these topics are required for courses the students will be taking later in the online MBA curriculum.

Financial Reporting and Analysis (3 credits)

This course will help students answer critical questions from financial statements about a business—whether it is a large multinational company like Apple or a single-owned business such as a software consulting company, a restaurant or retail store. At the end of this course, the student should be able to evaluate a company’s current and future profitability, growth potential and solvency.

Leadership and Emotional Intelligence (3 credits)

This course will introduce the student to the efficacy of melding leadership skills, emotional intelligence and critical interpersonal communications skills. Specific skills are introduced to engage, establish and maintain a constructive alliance with colleagues, supervisors, direct reports and clients.

Entrepreneurship and the Management of Change (3 credits)

This course provides the student with critical entrepreneurial strategies, skills, knowledge, techniques, methods and hands-on experience needed to create businesses which utilize processes, practices, talent, operations, services and resources in a sustainable and responsible manner.

Ethics and the Legal Environment (3 credits)

This course provides an intensive study of the legal and ethical issues faced by business enterprises and their managers. The course provides a practical overview of laws and regulations including business crimes, contracts, torts, consumer protection, employment relationships, dispute resolution, intellectual property, and business formation and management, with a primary focus on U.S. federal and state laws. The course will also examine the sources of moral, legal and ethical norms in the business world and how they inform business decisions. By the end of the course, students will think proactively with regard to the law as a tool to protect rights and property interests.

Financial Management (3 credits)

The purpose of the course is to provide an introduction to the basic concepts and tools of modern financial analysis in the online MBA curriculum. In the course, the student learns how to assess and value investments, on both the corporate and personal level. This includes loans, leases, mortgages and small business financing. It also shows how to approach investment in the stock and fixed income markets.

Marketing Management (3 credits)

Marketing activity is the core of an operating business. It provides the managerial focus for the interfacing with customers and the source of intelligence about customers, competitors and the general environment. Managers must identify and measure consumers’ needs and wants, assess the competitive environment, select the most appropriate customer targets, and then develop marketing programs that satisfy consumers’ needs better than the competition. Further, marketing focuses on the long-run relationship of a company to its customers as well as short-run sales and profits.

Decision Models and Management Controls (3 credits)

This course introduces the use of a managerial accounting information system for planning, controlling and decision-making. It is intended for management consultants, senior managers and/or individuals who run their own business. The lectures will emphasize working through problems of the kind found in practice.

Corporate Finance (3 credits)

The purpose of this course is to provide an understanding of the main issues of modern corporate finance. The focus is on understanding how corporations operate, on improving decisions at all levels, and on current issues in corporate financing debates. It builds on the foundations taught in the introductory online MBA classes. In particular, it will review: Why do IPOs seem to leave money on the table? How should firms finance their operations? What should one look for in the debt prospectus? What happens in bankruptcy and why should one care about it? Why did dividends disappear and then come back? Are mergers good, and for whom? And finally, what is wrong with corporate governance?

Capstone (6 credits)

Capstone (6 credits)

In this capstone for the online MBA curriculum, students will coalesce the multidisciplinary foundation developed during the program and apply it to real-world problems. More details to follow upon enrollment.

Elective Courses (9 Credits)

Data Visualization (1.5 credits)

In our increasingly data-reliant and data-saturated society, the ability to understand how to leverage data to generate insights has become extremely important. Data visualization and storytelling are crucial skills within the fields of business and data analytics, as well as within more traditional fields such as accounting, finance and marketing. With the advent of visualization tools that do not require coding, data visualization and storytelling are attainable skill sets for those with varying levels of analytical and technical skills. This hands-on course will teach students how to develop meaningful data visualizations that reveal visual insights accessible for relevant audiences.

Finance and Real Estate (1.5 credits)

In this course, students will synthesize entrepreneurial, economic, financial, legal and analytical structures and processes involved in real estate investment and development. By the end of this course, students will have a basic understanding of the real estate industry including finance, accounting, legal and regulatory considerations.

Founder’s Dilemmas (1.5 credits)

Within high-potential ventures, the biggest source of failure is “people problems”: the tensions among the founders, or between the founders and the non-founders who join them. In this course, we will examine critical dilemmas that span the lifecycle of a venture, regarding the choice of cofounders and hires, splitting the roles and equity within the team, whether and how to involve investors, why and how founders are replaced, and exit dilemmas.

New Marketing Technologies (1.5 credits)

Brand success does not just result from focusing on the product, but rather from recognizing the product’s experience, the benefits and the emotional value it delivers. In the face of rapidly evolving technology, relying only on the product’s features (functional values) instead of the brand’s emotional value can result in it becoming obsolete. Using real-life examples of brands that successfully adapted, such as Netflix and Coca-Cola, and examples of those that were not so successful like Blockbuster and Kodak, this course will explore the key characteristics necessary for brands to successfully adapt and adjust to technological changes.

Entrepreneurial Finance (1.5 credits)

By their nature, startup ventures need to raise financing ahead of their revenues. Students will learn the details, structure and trade-offs of various forms of financing, including seed and angel financing, venture capital, venture debt, crowdsourcing, mezzanine financing, and IPOs. In addition, students will learn about valuation criteria and how to position the company for success in its fundraising.

Negotiations (1.5 credits)

In business, almost all situations involve negotiations. In this course, students will examine tactical, structural and legal elements of deal-making and acquire practical skills and techniques for navigating difficult tactics and pursuing interest-based negotiations. From structuring high-stakes deals and mediating complex disputes to resolving intractable problems and strengthening difficult relationships, students will learn methods for being successful in business negotiations.

Crisis Management (1.5 credits)

Crises can strike any organization anytime and anywhere. No organization is crisis-immune. But while some organizations suffer irreparable damage during a crisis, others manage to keep their reputation intact and their customers loyal in the face of any adverse situation. In this course, students will develop real-world crisis management and learn to implement an enterprise-wide crisis management program.

Data Mining for Business Analytics (1.5 credits)

The goal of this course is to provide a solid understanding of the opportunities, techniques and critical challenges in using data mining and predictive analytics in a business setting. The focus is on the ability to understand and translate business challenges into data science problems. There will be discussion of the data science methodology as is necessary to understand the fundamental concepts. This course will provide the student with a hands-on experience using a variety of real-world datasets. After mastering this course, students should be (i) literate in data science and able to perform basic data science techniques, (ii) ready to interact with data scientists, and (iii) ready to evaluate data science proposals from a business standpoint.

5-Day NYC Residency or 5-Day Israel Residency (3 credits)

Combining classroom work, visits with innovative companies and team projects, these courses give students an intensive education in how companies can innovate in a fast-changing world. International orientation is emphasized, along with how a new technology is turned into a product and how to scale on a global basis.
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Entrepreneurship

We maintain strong ties to the entrepreneurial communities in New York City and Israel and foster connections between students, alumni, businesses and government officials who support entrepreneurship. You will also enjoy the option to participate in a five-day residency with an Israeli or New York-based tech company. Through this elective course, you will encounter issues surrounding innovation, product development, and scaling for a global marketplace.
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Essential Business Skills

The YU Syms online MBA ensures your success in the job market by equipping you with the leading-edge hard business operations skills that today’s successful professionals should possess. In particular, our analytics-focused courses prepare students to thrive in the fields of finance, accounting and marketing.

As a Syms online MBA student, you will master business fundamentals, gain insight into current global business practices, and develop analytical tools and frameworks for strategic management and ethical decision-making. Our online MBA courses are tailored to help you excel in any business environment.
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Relationships

Our online MBA courses are designed to facilitate true connections and meaningful personal and professional relationships. Online discussions help you create business connections even with classmates who are thousands of miles away.

Core courses on leadership and emotional intelligence, and entrepreneurship and change management help you leverage your personal values as you build business relationships. Upon graduation from the online MBA program, you'll find both the Sy Syms network of business decision-makers and the broader Yeshiva University community to be crucial allies in your career journey.
Admission Dates and Deadlines
Feb
23
Priority Application Deadline
February 23, 2024
Summer 2024
May
3
Application Deadline
May 3, 2024
Summer 2024
May
13
Next Start
May 13, 2024
Summer 2024
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