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Will Mitchell

J. Rex Fuqua Professor of International Management and Professor of Strategy

"Our students learn to use a combination of analytic frameworks and deep engagement within firms and industries to embrace the strategic skills that they will need throughout their careers." — In Professor Mitchell's course, you'll take a virtual tour of the globe, using case studies set in emerging markets, to learn the principles of strategy and realities of global business.


The world of business changes daily; you have 10 months to catch up. Beginning in July and running through early May, our Master of Management Studies: Foundations of Business (MMS: FOB) program is organized into five, six-week terms. You will take three courses in each term. We give you all the time you need to firmly grasp the information.

James W. Says:
Don't expect downtime on Wednesdays—between team meetings, career events, and outside engagement opportunities you’ll always find something new to experience.


There are 15 courses in the MMS: FOB program. Classes are 135 minutes long and meet two times a week. Longer class periods mean more time for simulations, discussion, and innovative thinking. The course structure is designed to immerse you in business as quickly as possible, but we never sacrifice substance. Our program is streamlined to help you achieve your career ambitions, quickly. The program gives you the tools, framework, and vocabularies needed to enter the world of business. With an extensive curriculum, we develop your ability to merge your previous knowledge with a strong foundation of business in order to analyze and create solutions to complex problems.

Quantitatively rigorous courses expand your analytical skills and enhance your ability to draw meaningful conclusions from data. Other courses force you to rethink the boundaries of business by challenging you to make intellectual and creative connections between course material and real-world business problems.

Below are descriptions of the courses you will take throughout the program. Please note that the actual course sequence is subject to change from one academic year to the next.

Summer Term

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  • Introduction to Financial Accounting

  • Business Communication I

  • Quantitative Business Analysis

Fall Term I

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  • Fundamentals of Business Economics

  • Introduction to Marketing Analysis

  • Foundations of Corporate Finance

Fall Term II

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  • Principles of Strategy

  • Business Communication II

  • Foundations of Capital Markets

Spring Term I

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  • Fundamentals of Market Intelligence

  • Principles of Cost and Managerial Accounting

  • Spreadsheet Modeling and Decision Analysis

Spring Term II

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  • Foundations of Management and Organizations

  • Fundamentals of Financial Analysis

  • Introduction to Operations and Supply Chain Management