Accelerated MBA – Dual Major Finance/Management


The Accelerated MBA is an intensive, 10-month program conveniently offered on the weekends, starting in August. Throughout the program, your cohort of 12-16 bright and highly motivated students takes courses together in a prescribed sequence. The curriculum includes Capstone Simulation (Capsim) and Lean/Six Sigma protocols. You’ll learn about major business disciplines, including finance, marketing, international business, and economics. We focus primarily on strengthening your analytical and problem solving skills, managerial leadership and responsibility, information technology abilities, and effective communication and writing.

Business Professionals,

Look at all your options and consider where your investment in time and money can be spent in the most efficient and productive manner. As Director of the AccMBA program, Chair of Business Administration, alum, former Trustee, and with experience of more than 30 years in business with 15 of those in senior global positions that span every time zone and currency, I know exactly what high-end employers are seeking. As the former Managing Director at Morgan Stanley, I had the opportunity to interview hundreds of extraordinary candidates and hired dozens of individuals. Among my hires and mentees, more than 12 went on to become Partners and/or Managing Directors of major firms. I bring this knowledge and proactive initiatives to our AccMBA program. As a Certified Black Belt in Lean/Sigma, I immerse students in quick training, problem solving, and what-if scenarios. In addition to our highly ranked dual MBA, you will also receive:

  • All books
  • White Belt Lean/Six training
  • MOS Certification
  • BMC (Bloomberg Market Concepts) Certification
  • Leadership Excellence in Action Program Certificate training
  • Global Competitive Capsim Simulation
  • Phone Interview Training
  • One-on-One Employment Coaching Available
  • Consultants
  • Capsiminbox Training

If you do not receive all of these benefits from other programs, then you should reconsider your options and look to Wagner College where “MBA Means Business and our only Business is our students”

Dr. Donald L. Crooks

Program Structure

The Accelerated MBA is an intensive, full-time program with 46 total credits. Classes are held on three weekdays, from morning until late afternoon, with most classes meeting once a week for three hours. The two remaining weekdays are intended for students’ homework assignments and solo or group study.

Summer Semester

Semester Break

  • Team building activity: Before traditional coursework begins, all students in the program, the program director, and some faculty teaching in the program will spend four days off campus working together doing team-building exercises and learning to work together cohesively while being introduced to the complete program.
  • Business Ethics
  • Managerial Communication
  • Excel

Fall Semester

  • Managerial Finance
  • Financial & Managerial Accounting
  • Leadership Development
  • Statistical Analysis
  • Economics for Managers
  • Strategic Marketing

Spring Semester

  • Risk Modeling
  • Finance of Entrepreneurship
  • Working Capital Management
  • Strategic Leadership
  • Action Learning Project: students are placed in an organization and given a specific organizational problem or issue to resolve or address
  • Reflective Tutorial and Career Development


Course Descriptions

BUA 600 Team Building. Three Credits. Before traditional coursework begins, all students in the program and the director of the program will spend four days off campus working together doing team-building exercises and learning to work together cohesively while being introduced to the complete program. Theories of leadership and team building will be presented and tested. All faculty join for lunch or one afternoon to explain Teaching Philosophy.

BUA 614 Statistical Analysis of Global Economic and Financial Data.  Three Credits. This course focuses on the practical application of statistical methods designed to address business and economic issues. Students will learn techniques for forecasting the aggregate economy and general industry trends, such as consumer demand. Topics include: presentation of data, defining variables, descriptive statistics, probability distributions, hypothesis testing, analysis of variance, and correlation-regression analysis. Special attention is directed at the use of multiple regressions to build models helpful in understanding various business and economic issues.  By the end of the course the student should be able to discriminate, synthesize and present data (reports and graphs) as well as apply appropriate statistical and forecasting techniques to solve real-world dilemmas in all areas of business. A statistical software package is used as a tool in analyzing data and making business-related decisions.

BUA 616 Risk Modeling.  Three credits. Too often, finance courses stop short of making a connection between textbook finance and the problems of real-world business. Financial Risk Modeling bridges this gap between theory and practice by constructing a financial model from scratch and providing a nuts-and-bolts guide to solving common financial models using Excel.  All financial models will be discussed in terms of how models can be used and interpreted to address the economy.  This course takes a variety of investment topics in the construction of Portfolio Models (i.e., efficient portfolio management and short sales, Variance-Covariance matrices, estimating betas and security market line, value at risk, option-pricing models, bonds and term structure of interest rates) and an introduction to Visual Basic for Applications (VBA) functions and applications.

BUA 617 Economics for Managers. Three Credits. This course provides the economic analysis and applications necessary for managerial decision making. Topics include: demand, supply and elasticity, estimating demand functions, the fundamentals of macroeconomics and forecasting, the analysis of production, cost and technology, and market structure and strategic planning. Course presentation relies heavily on case analysis and supply chain analysis.

BUA 618 Finance of Entrepreneurship.  Three Credits.  The course focuses on a variety of issues related to entrepreneurs; problems and opportunities in getting new businesses started including sources of capital and how new products and services are developed; how entrepreneurs help the overall economy; personality traits and characteristics associated with entrepreneurs; why entrepreneurs often fail; analysis of great entrepreneurs. Discussion will include the capital formation process to bring fledgling companies to angel investors, venture capitalists, mezzanine financing and launch as an “IPO”, Initial Public Offering.  

BUA 619 Financial and Managerial Accounting. Three Credits. Covers basic accounting theory and practice with special emphasis on the concepts of understanding income determination, cash flow, and the managerial uses of accounting information. Topics include: transaction and cost operations, depreciation, inventories, statement preparation and analysis, stockholders’ equity transactions, fund statement, capital budgeting, and special analysis for management.

BUA 620 Managerial Finance. Three Credits. The study of financial techniques designed to maximize the value of the corporation. Topics include: capital budgeting and discounted cash flow techniques, leasing, cost of capital, equity and bond financing, working capital management, financial statement analysis, and capital structure.

BUA 621 Business Ethics. Three Credits. An understanding of important ethical issues that a manager faces with respect to employment and the continued running of a firm. Emphasis will be placed on applying ethical theories to practice through the analysis of case studies.

BUA 622 Managerial Communication. Three credits.  Designed to prepare business leaders for the communication challenges of the workplace, this course works with students to improve their oral presentation skills, written skills, and graphic skills; regardless of current skill level. The goal is for each student to complete the course highly competent in each of these areas.

BUA 623 Leadership Development Three Credits..  An intense course focusing on the skills necessary to promote and manage individual as well as group dynamics in today’s business environment.  With a combination of theory, personal assessment and new cognitive skills the student will be exposed to conflict resolution, giving and receiving feedback, creating vision and team-building, including coaching and mentoring.  In addition, leadership values and styles with negotiation and decision making activities will better equip the student for real life situations.  This course includes a 2-day LEAP program described below and includes a certificate of completion.

The Leadership Excellence in Action Program (LEAP) is a comprehensive leadership and team building program for business leaders.  It covers personal leadership, team leadership, and organizational leadership. Students learn how to build effective relationships, communicate effectively, solve problems and lead projects.  The culmination exercise is a full day on Leadership Development where they solve leadership problems outdoors in a time constrained environment.  The Leadership Development exercise is the practical application phase of LEAP.

BUA 625 Strategic Marketing. Three Credits.  This is a rigorous advanced course in competitive strategy set at the level of the business as it faces competitors at the product market level. The course consists of lectures and formal case presentations recommending strategic actions by student teams to counterpart teams representing senior managers responsible for approving their recommendation. Topics covered include both the process and content of strategic action and interaction, strategic models, brands as a source of competitive advantage, methods for comparing competitive offers and strategies, scenario analysis, competitive signaling, and competitive intelligence.

BUA 628 Excel for the Hyper-Connected Manager. Three Credits. . The purpose of this course is to provide students with the most up-to-date Microsoft Excel skills used in our contemporary hyper-connected, worldwide workplace. Students will learn how to use the MS Excel program to analyze data, to use those analyses to aid in making real world decisions and to use this program as a presentation tool. The content and skills offered in this course will give students a proficiency far superior to that of most users, thus making them more attractive in the global job market.

BUA 632 Working Capital Management. Three Credits. Exposure to corporate decisions in restructuring and managing working capital while assessing the risks and returns of corporate decisions.  This course will arm the MBA graduate with the tools to ascertain optimum strategies for strategic forecasts and financial decisions.  Topics include management of short/long term assets and liabilities, financial statement analysis, planning, budgeting, strategic plans and bankruptcy.  Financial instruments including stocks, bonds, futures, options and swaps will be discussed.  Financial calculator (TI BA II Professional) and excel functions will be utilized in all facets of working capital decision making, incorporating FV, NPV and IRR.

BUA 660 Strategic Leadership. Three Credits.  Students run a $100 million electronic sensor company over an 8 year period in a complex business simulation. Each Capstone company operates in five markets, Low, Traditional, High, Size and Performance. Each simulated year students will be required to make decisions in Research and Development, Finance, Human Resources, Production, Marketing and all aspects of Management.  Labor Negotiations, TQM and Advanced Marketing modules may be added at the discretion of the professor. The simulation is conducted as a zero sum exercise which acts as a challenging culmination of knowledge gained throughout the M.B.A. program.

BUA 661 Action Learning Project. Three Credits.  Each student group, under the supervision of faculty, would function as “consultants” for specific companies and develop plans to respond to business problems facing these organizations. These groups would make presentations of their findings to the organizations’ management on-site with faculty present. This presentation would serve as the final examination for the course.

BUA 662 Reflective Tutorial and Career Development. One Credit. This course would serve as a means for the student to synthesize, tie together, and critique the program. This course would also include training from the College’s Center for Academic and Career Engagement with respect to resume writing and job search.


Donald Crooks

Professor/Chair, Nicolais School, Business Department Campus Hall 225 Department Chair, Director of Accelerated M.B.A and Executive M.B.A. programs. Certified Black Belt Lean/Six Sigma Ph.D., Finance