Full-Time MBA Curriculum

The CIMBA Full-time MBA curriculum focuses on the practice of business management and includes a foundation of core courses in key functional areas of business. The MBA program not only prepares you with technical business skills but also includes leadership development seminars, team building activities, and one-on-one coaching. You will also have extensive interaction with CIMBA’s unique leadership technology system.

You will also complete a consulting project which allows you to apply what you are learning in your courses and the leadership development program to a real issue. You can choose to either be placed in a team to work on real world issues with an Italian company or create a self-development project.

Half of your courses will be taken with the part-time MBA students on the weekends. During the week, you will complete the other courses and engage in the leadership development program through seminars and coaching. Most of the courses meet for four full days and require both pre- and post-work. In your final month in Italy, you will take courses with summer graduate study abroad students.

The final course of the program is an integrative strategy course and is completed during a four week session at the University of Iowa. This course uses an online business simulation in which you compete in teams to become the highest-performing company. In total, you will complete 20 required courses (58 credit hours). The course work includes the following classes and is part of the knowledge pillar of the educational philosophy.

Knowledge: Full-time MBA Courses

Statistical Analysis
  • Business Analytics
  • Advanced Analytics
Managerial Accounting
  • Corporate Financial Reporting
  • Strategic Cost Analysis
  • International Economics Environment of the Firm
  • Managerial Economics
Operations Management
  • Operations and Supply Chain
  • Managing the Supply Chain
Financial Management
  • Managerial Finance
  • Corporate Investments and Finance Decisions
  • Marketing Management
  • Brand Management
Leadership and Management
  • Management in Organizations
  • Leadership and Personal Development
New Venture Development
  • Entrepreneurship and Innovation
  • Ethics and the Law
Information Systems
  • Introduction to Information Systems
Summer session in Italy
  • Elective course
Final session in Iowa: Business Integration

Process and Behavior: Seminars and Workshop

In addition to the academic courses, you will also participate in other seminars and workshops that enforce the CIMBA education pillars of process and behavior.

LIFE Leadership Training

LIFE (Leadership Initiative for Excellence) is a three day training in leadership development that is based on the latest research in neuroscience. LIFE is a highly interactive, intense, and experiential workshop that is available to managers from around the world.

Coaching Sessions

After completion of the LIFE workshop, you will take psycho-metric and bio-metric assessments to identify strengths, areas for improvements, and your style in working with others. This will be followed by individual coaching sessions that last throughout the remainder of your program. These will help you further implement the new mental and behavioral changes you want to introduce in your personal and professional life. You will also learn and practice managerial coaching techniques.

Mindfulness Training

After a seminar describing the “what, why and how” of mindfulness, there will be an opportunity for you to practice various mindfulness practices on a daily basis with the entire CIMBA community. Mindfulness is a modern, science-based system shown to increase focus and stress regulation.

Leadership Development Seminars

In these seminars, you will learn about the latest social psychology and neuroscience research and concepts that are relevant to leadership development. Past seminars have included:
  • System 1 and System 2 Thinking
  • Social Awareness
  • Self-Awareness
  • Self-Regulation
  • Threat and Reward Circuitry

Kepner-Tregoe Problem Solving and Decision Making

The Kepner-Tregoe (KT) Problem Solving and Decision Making (PSDM) is a two-day workshop that teaches a step-by-step process that helps people rapidly and accurately resolve a wide range of business issues. Used in organizations worldwide, PSDM helps people at all levels in an organization efficiently organize and analyze information and take appropriate action.
PSDM helps you tap into the know-how of individuals, develop consensus, and gain commitment while resolving issues by using a common approach and language. PSDM processes provide a framework for individual and group problem solving and decision making that can easily be integrated into standard operating procedures.
Upon completing the Problem Solving and Decision Making training, you will receive a valuable certificate from Kepner-Tregoe signifying your knowledge and accomplishment.

Kepner-Tregoe Project Management

The Kepner-Tregoe (KT) Project Management (PM) process provides practical, step-by-step methodologies that result in the successful management of projects, regardless of size or complexity. The KT Project Management Process teaches you to logically define, plan, and implement projects. It provides a common language that allows you to better communicate project needs, uncover and resolve project issues, and manage the project.

Effective Presentation Skills

During this seminar, you will learn tips for effective presentations and have the opportunity to practice what you have learned. Understanding your audience and your goals of communication with this audience are the prime focuses of this workshop. You will also utilize CIMBA’s innovative online peer-feedback tool About My Speech.

Personal Career Strategy

This one day workshop allows you to identify your values, strengths, and ideal working environment. You will engage in a series of reflective written exercises that require you to apply Kepner-Tregoe’s Decision Analysis tool.

Negotiation Strategies

In a world of flat, lean organizations and new forms of global partnerships, effective negotiation strategies and skills are essential for success. From an organizational perspective, the negotiation process is a key element in value creation. In this two-day seminar, you will actively examine negotiations with external parties and negotiations within organizations. Our primary emphasis is on negotiation strategies that enable you to create value that enhances long-term relationships. The program will also address cultural differences affecting negotiating styles.