MBA Class Visits

Full-Time MBA Class Visits
Gallagher Hall

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We encourage prospective MBA candidates to visit to the School to discover first-hand the special qualities of the UC Davis MBA program and our community. After the class, you will be paired with a first- or second-year MBA Ambassador for an informal conversation about our program as well as an introduction to our MBA Admissions Team.

Space is limited and pre-registration is required.

Fall Quarter 2015 Schedule Coming Soon


249 – Marketing Research

Join Professor David Bunch and current students for the Marketing Research course.

Course addresses the managerial issues and problems of systematically gathering and analyzing information for making private and public marketing decisions. Covers the cost and value of information, research design, information collection, measuring instruments, data analysis, and marketing research applications.

252 – Managing for Operational Excellence

Join Professor David Woodruff and current students for the Managing for Operational Excellence course.

Explores operations in manufacturing and service sectors from both inside and outside a company. Quantitative methods and their organizational implications are also examined.

260 – Corporate Finance

Join Professor Anna Scherbina and current students for the Corporate Finance course.

Bridges the gap between concepts in corporate finance learned in Management 205 and corporate finance as it is currently applied by top management of U.S. firms. Questions to be addressed: Do managers practice what MBA programs teach? If not, why not? Which theories that MBAs have learned are recognized by managers? Which theories seem to fit the facts best? The course is highly recommended for students interested in corporate or nonprofit finance.

267 – Teams and Technology

Join lecturer Jim Olson and current students for the Teams and Technology course.

This course teaches the theory and processes of group and team behavior so that you can successfully manage groups and work effectively in a variety of group settings. The first goal of the course is to provide conceptual guidelines for analyzing and diagnosing group dynamics and determining one’s strategic options as a manager. The second goal is to understand how technological change affects team processes in organizations. Finally, this course will impart practical interpersonal skills for implementing effective strategies for group situations. The course is intended for students who seek greater understanding of teams and who wish to increase their competence in managing and working effectively in these contexts. Enrollment Priority given to second year students.

269 – Business Intelligence

Join Professor Catherine Yang and current students for the Business Intelligence course.

Data is a key source of intelligence and competitive advantage for businesses. With the explosion of electronic data and the demand for better and faster decisions, the role of data driven intelligence is becoming central in organizations. Data mining is the process of converting the raw data into useful knowledge required to support decision-making. It automates the process of knowledge discovery, making us orders of magnitude more productive in our search for useful information than we would be otherwise. It also increases the confidence with which we can make business decisions.

Virtually every business organization these days is in the process of exploring and implementing business intelligence solutions to core business problems. This course is essential for anyone interested in understanding how to get the maximum value from data, especially when abundant data are available. The course covers various techniques, applications and software used for data mining.

285 – Time Series Analysis and Forecasting

Join Professor Chih-Ling Tsai and current students for the Time Series Analysis and Forecasting course.

Helps managers face problems of forecasting the future value of external and internal factors such as product demand, input prices, inventory levels, interest rates, advertising budgets, etc. Covers techniques to aid in this task, including time series analysis, which is the statistical analysis of past data series to produce forecasts for future values of the series.

Covers methods such as exponential smoothing, Box-Jenkins modeling, seasonal adjustment, decomposition, curve fitting and multiple regression. Both the statistical principles and the practical details of these methods will be addressed. In addition, business studies homework and a project are assigned to enhance the abilities of empirical data analysis.

200B – Managerial Accounting

Join Professor Ram N.V. Ramanan and current students for the Managerial Accounting course.

Focuses on the use of accounting information for better managerial decision-making and creating value for organizations. Topics include product costing, cost allocation, incremental analysis, budgeting, variance analysis, and performance evaluation. Methods for learning include: lectures, problem-solving, case presentations and discussion.

293 – Product Management

Join Professor David Bunch and current students for the Product Management course.

The course is designed to provide an in-depth understanding of the requirements, issues, and tools involved in marketing existing products/services. The major topic areas covered include: The product management system, market planning, and control. Unifying and integrating marketing concepts from the core and the marketing electives (through the use of a marketing simulation).

201A – The Individual and Group Dynamics

Join Professor Kimberly Elsbach and current students for the Individual and Group Dynamics course.

Examines basic psychological and social psychological processes shaping human behavior and applies knowledge of these processes to the problem of working with and managing others in organizations. Topics include: motivation, job design, commitment, socialization, culture, individual and group decision making and team building.

292 -  Mergers and Acquisitions

Join Professor Robert Marquez and current students for the Mergers and Acquisitions course.

Mergers and acquisitions are an important part of economic activity and a key element of corporate finance and strategy.  This course will focus on issues related to the market for corporate acquisitions and on restructuring activity.

Topics may include strategic considerations in acquisitions, such as sources of value creation; friendly and hostile takeovers, encompassing discussions of anti-takeover provisions and their implications; bidding strategies, including the use of two-tier offers, and of cash versus equity offers; the use of leverage in buyouts; regulatory risk and hurdles firms face in closing deals, such as the role of antitrust regulation and its effect on the structure of acquisition offers.  Various valuation approaches useful for highly leveraged transactions and buyouts of private firms will be discussed.

292 – Banking and the Financial System

Join Professor Robert Marquez and current students for the Banking and the Financial System course.

This course will analyze the role of financial markets and financial institutions in allocating debt capital. The major focus will be on bank lending, debt securities and on innovations in the financial markets. The functions of commercial banks, investment banks, and other financial intermediaries will be covered, and aspects of the regulation of these institutions will be examined. Real world case studies and guest speakers representing various elements of the financial system will be integral components of this course and help evaluate the gaps between theory and reality.

Your performance assessment will be based on your achievement and engagement in the course. Your preparedness and involvement in each class, including timely and in-depth completion of all reading and problem assignments, are critical to your success. It is expected that all students will maintain the highest standards of honest and ethical behavior. Financial markets, institutions and money touch our lives daily. At the conclusion of this course you’ll have an understanding of how these three elements were meant to function and interact in our system, as well as insights into their evolving roles today and tomorrow.


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UC Davis Part-Time MBA Ranked in Nation’s Top 9%
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(Davis, CA) — The UC Davis Part-Time MBA program offered in Sacramento and the San Francisco Bay Area is ranked among the top 9% in the U.S., according to U.S. News & World Report’s latest graduate business school rankings.

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(Davis, CA) — The UC Davis Graduate School of Management’s Full-Time MBA program is ranked among the premier business schools in the nation for the 20th consecutive year, according to U.S. News & World Report’s latest graduate business school rankings released today.

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