Core program

Hult's MBA core curriculum has been designed to give you a solid grounding in business fundamentals, analytics, and leadership. With a sample project listed for every course, you can see just how we take theory and techniques and apply them to practical, real-world scenarios that you'll encounter in your future career.

Core program

Hult's MBA core curriculum has been designed to give you a solid grounding in business fundamentals, analytics, and leadership. With a sample project listed for every course, you can see just how we take theory and techniques and apply them to practical, real-world scenarios that you'll encounter in your future career.

Leading with Personal Impact

Broaden and strengthen your interpersonal skills to improve your personal leadership effectiveness. You’ll develop greater self-awareness and access powerful tools for increasing your personal impact with colleagues, clients, and contacts. You’ll also be introduced to the Hult DNA, a set of core competencies that is highly valued by the marketplace.

Sample project: Peer coaching & PDP In groups of three, coach each other on one area you have identified that you want to strengthen over the year. Video yourself coaching your peers; the video will then be randomly assigned to another student for their feedback. Using all the feedback received on the course, write a Personal Development Plan (PDP) that prioritizes the specific competencies for your development.

Knowledge and skills are integrated into one very intensive year that transforms you from top to bottom. My way of thinking has changed completely. One day you look at yourself and realize how different you are in every single thing that you now do.”

Karen Khachatryan Armenian Hedge & PE Funds Accounting Supervisor, JP Morgan Chase & Co. Class of 2017

Leading Change

Develop an understanding of how to initiate, manage, and successfully implement change in different business contexts. Examine your own leadership style and practice skills that will help you translate ideas into results and overcome organizational inertia and resistance to change.

Sample project: Effective change As a team, select an organization that one of you recently worked in that underwent significant change. You will present to the board, which has gathered to assess the success of this recent transformational change initiative. Some of the questions your presentation should answer include: What was the business case for change? Was the vision effectively communicated? How was it implemented? What recommendations would you make to the board to implement change more effectively?, among others.

Leading Globally

Examine individual and group behavior in organizations with a special focus on multicultural business contexts. You’ll develop the knowledge, abilities, and skills to build and lead global organizations in the future. You’ll learn to diagnose complex, multidimensional situations and decide upon courses of action.

Sample project: Analyzing success Select an organization that reflects your post-graduation ambitions, e.g. startup, NGO, multinational. Draw on concepts and tools from the course to produce a concise management report. You will be required to interview members of your selected organization and use publicly available materials to research. Your report should present a thorough analysis of the firm’s value proposition and how it is currently structured and run to deliver on that, before making recommendations on how to improve.

I’m now more likely to embrace challenges, persist in the face of setbacks, and see effort as the natural path to mastery.”

Rodrigo Castro Brazilian Digitalization Project Manager SBM & Co-founder, EnergyHub Class of 2018

Accounting

Gain an accelerated introduction to the concepts and practices of financial and managerial accounting. You’ll examine the recognition, measurement, and reporting of a firm’s economic transactions within the framework of both US and international accounting principles. From the managerial perspective, you’ll focus on the use of accounting information to measure, analyze, and report economic events for internal decision-making purposes.

Sample project: Buy, sell, or hold? As a team, select a publicly traded company. Apply your financial reporting knowledge and financial analysis skills to perform an investment analysis of the company, with a view to presenting to a investment committee to “buy, sell, or hold” the stock. Your source information should include the annual financial statements, research from business periodicals, industry reports, and financial data sources from the Hult Digital Library. You will need to cover benchmarking, ratio analysis, trend analysis, and basic valuation techniques.

Financial Management

In this course, you’ll develop the knowledge, skills, critical-thinking abilities, and behaviors required of any manager. Although the main focus is on for-profit firms, much of what you’ll learn can be applied to NGOs and government sectors as well.

Sample project: Data-driven projections Produce a professional Excel report analyzing a company covered in the course. Include an executive summary and the exact calculations used. You’ll need to provide conclusions on the standing and future performance of the company, including: ratio analysis, an evaluation of recent and planned strategic decisions, investments and financing decisions, and a discussion of the ethical and sustainable aspects of the business.

The finance and accounting classes have given me the financial knowledge I was seeking: to understand when a company is fiscally sound and to recognize the health of a company through its financials, as well as the tools to predict good investments.”

Tracy Ebanks American/Honduran Marketing Executive, Fitzrovia Finance Class of 2018

Operations Management

The fundamental focus is on understanding the best way to match supply and demand at any organization. You’ll explore the strategic issues and the analytic tools for decision making including practical, process-based approaches to solving operations problems. You’ll also explore the role of the manager and how to approach processes, cross-functional links, and the use of information systems and technology.

Sample project: Blind consultants Your team will undertake an operations consulting project for an existing SMB company in the local area. As international students, none of you will have specialist knowledge of the local market or the organization. Use the tools and techniques you’ve learned so far in the course to identify issues and challenges within that company’s operations. Based on this analysis, make recommendations for how the operation could be improved.

Project Management

Gain the project management skills and tools necessary for a business executive, manager, consultant, or entrepreneur to successfully initiate, plan, execute, and control projects. Topics include project, program, and portfolio management; project and product lifecycle methodologies; communications and stakeholder management; and project management tools.

Sample project: Persuade with plans Design and present a project plan for a project that is a) your target post-graduation company, b) your own entrepreneurial venture, or c) a project of a friend or colleague. Use project planning and organization, project control, project communications, and project lifecycles to persuade project leaders that yours is the best course of action. Include a project chart, project-scheduling techniques such as WBS, CPM, Pert, Gantt charts, and resource-constrained scheduling, and a risk assessment.

Coming from a consulting background meant I had no experience in operations, quantitative methods, etc. But my professor at Hult made everything so simple! He was able to eliminate any student’s academic fears.”

Gabriela Beatriz de la Cierva Spanish Head of Venture Design, ALL Class of 2017

Marketing

Examine the processes involved in the creation and delivery of customer value and satisfaction through communication, pricing, and distribution as well as the development of products and services. You’ll explore the theory and practice involved in the marketing process, the key to which is understanding business and consumer markets. You’ll address the unique issues and opportunities that marketers face in a global market.

Sample project: Creative marketing You’re a team of entrepreneurs developing and launching a new product into a highly competitive category. You need to ensure you have the right product for the right customers at the right time. Key to your success will be a highly targeted, differentiated, and engaging marketing approach. Your final marketing plan will be presented to a panel of marketing executives who evaluate its effectiveness, not the viability of your product concept.

Data & Decisions

Gain perspective on how research, data collection, and analysis can contribute to the priorities of business decision makers. You’ll learn how to conduct original quantitative research and interpret findings accurately and appropriately. You’ll then practice applying critical quantitative analysis to make better business decisions.

Sample project: From data to insight Generate original data to develop valuable insights for an external company, delivered via a presentation and a report. Your team must demonstrate:

a) definiton and analysis of the problem,

b) how the data can be obtained accurately,

c) design of methodology with reference to handling of ethical considerations of data collection,

d) data-based findings and insights, and

e) recommendations based on insights.

To succeed with data analytics, you need to be able to identify the point where business soft skills meet technical hard skills. Making good use of this combination is critical for effective business as well as problem solving.”

Goke Olagbemi Nigerian Class of 2019

Global Strategy

Strengthen your critical-thinking skills and develop the business acumen to be able to assess key challenges and opportunities in a global environment. How do we compete amid significant uncertainty to maximize value while making profits in an ethical and sustainable way?

Sample project: Strategic rivals You’re part of the analyst team at a world-leading investment management firm. As part of its 10-year strategic horizon plan, your firm is evaluating its portfolio and plans to make a substantial long-term investment in one of the 15 major industries. Your team will need to present a disruptive strategy to the board encompassing industry analysis, leader or challenger strategy, and strategic rivalry.

Business in Global Society

Conventional, narrow value chains will increasingly be replaced with value webs that involve multiple types of systems, institutions, and stakeholders. These need to be understood and integrated to create value for business and society. You’ll explore how well organizations navigate and integrate with overlapping systems in these different domains while achieving business goals.

Sample project: The circular economy In this group simulation, you’ll deliver both a programmatic report and a presentation that answers these questions: What are the opportunities of investment in circular economy business models? What is different and beneficial about the risk-return profile? What policy changes are needed to support with investing?

Managerial Economics

You’ll identify and analyze a variety of market structures, ranging from perfect competition to oligopoly to monopoly. The ultimate goal is to develop skills for making effective managerial decisions and strategic choices based on the analysis of companies, cost structures, and market conditions. Sample project: Strategic pricing decisions In teams, present how a company from a prior class could have used the economics lesson from this course. Ideally, you’ll focus on a mid-market, non-tech firm from one member’s home country. You’ll predict what will happen in the future, and how the company should manage these changes. For example, how could German firms Aldi and Lidl change their pricing strategies using game theory in the face of stagnating revenues? How could South Korean Hyundai Group predict the impact on its market share if the government changed the surcharge on insurance of foreign-made cars?


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