Some coursework that is commonly found on an MBA core curriculum includes accounting, business strategy, finance and marketing management. Additional coursework includes economics, human resources, manufacturing and production, operations management, statistics, and technology and information systems. Coursework at most business schools offers these topics in some combination or variation as the core groundwork of study.
Core coursework is meant to lay a foundation for business school education. Coursework varies from school to school, but these courses are usually required regardless of specialization. Some schools make these courses the entirety of the first year of business school, while others allow a choice of electives. It is common for schools to allow a wide array of elective choices in the second year of study to allow for specialization.
Students may choose to focus on leadership, with coursework focusing on the major conceptualizations of leadership and motivation in organizations, or organizational behavior, which looks at conceptual tools for understanding and analyzing individual and group behavior in organizations.
Some other coursework that may be included in the MBA curriculum is business, government and the international economy, leadership and corporate accountability and the entrepreneurial manager. Additional classes include project management, which focuses on designing, planning, monitoring, and controlling projects, or investment analysis, which focuses on analyzing equity securities and debt instruments.