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MBA in Self-Designed, FlexPath Option

School of Business, Technology, and Health Care Administration

Only learners enrolled in the FlexPath MBA degree program or the FlexPath MS in Information Systems and Technology Management degree program may take FlexPath MBA courses. MBA learners may not take courses associated with any other program within the School of Business, Technology, and Health Care Administration or any other school at Capella University while they are enrolled in the FlexPath MBA degree program.

The MBA Self-Designed specialization provides an introduction to foundational business disciplines including leadership, accounting, finance, marketing, operations, strategy, and business analytics. Learners in this specialization are able to incorporate courses in a variety of disciplines to meet individual interests and needs. Learners who pursue this specialization through the FlexPath option earn an MBA through self-paced demonstrations of competencies.

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MBA Leadership

This course covers contemporary models of leadership and examines behaviors and skills of effective leaders. Learners assess their own leadership strengths and how to lead effectively in their work settings. Learners also analyze ways in which leaders use their skills to support innovation, change, and collaboration within organizations. For FlexPath option MBA degree and certificate program learners and non-degree learners only. Must be taken during the first quarter by learners who have been admitted to the MBA degree program. Cannot be fulfilled by transfer or credit for prior learning.

2 program points
MBA-FPX5006 *
Business Strategy

Learners in this course examine ways in which companies formulate and implement strategy to effectively compete in the marketplace. Learners apply strategic models and analysis to address competitive challenges. For FlexPath option MBA degree and certificate program learners and non-degree learners only. Prerequisite(s): Completion of or concurrent registration in MBA-FPX5002.

2 program points
Applied Business Analytics

This course introduces learners to business analytics and its role in evidence-based decision making. Learners examine data and analytics techniques that create relevant, actionable, and meaningful information.  For FlexPath option MBA degree and certificate program learners and non-degree learners only.

2 program points
Accounting Methods for Leaders

Learners in this course gain an understanding of how methods of financial and managerial accounting are used to analyze business performance and make evidence-based business decisions. Learners examine tax, ethical, and legal implications of accounting methods.  For FlexPath option MBA degree and certificate program learners and non-degree learners only.

2 program points
MBA-FPX5012 *
Marketing Management

This course covers marketing theories, models, and practices used by businesses. Learners examine the expanded roles of analytics, technology, and social media in marketing strategy and implementation. Learners also use business analytics skills to address marketing problems and apply marketing methods to business challenges.  For FlexPath option MBA degree and certificate program learners and non-degree learners only.

2 program points
MBA-FPX5014 *
Applied Managerial Finance

Learners in this course explore financial concepts and techniques required to evaluate, report, and maximize firm performance and value. Learners analyze environmental and market factors, goals, and constraints; and apply regulatory and ethical principles and business analytics skills to drive data-based decision making. For FlexPath option MBA degree and certificate program learners and non-degree learners only. Prerequisite(s): MBA-FPX5008, MBA-FPX5010.

2 program points
MBA-FPX5016 *
Operations Management for Leaders

In this course, learners examine theories and models of business operations and their role in developing and delivering a superior product or service to the marketplace. Learners also apply business analytics skills and use data to evaluate strategic and tactical impact to business functions across the organization. For FlexPath option MBA degree and certificate program learners and non-degree learners only. Prerequisite(s): MBA-FPX5008.

2 program points

Taken during the learner’s final quarter: 

MBA-FPX5910 *
MBA Capstone Experience

In this course, learners integrate the knowledge and skills gained during the MBA program in an application-based business project. Learners demonstrate their overall ability to identify and recommend evidence-based solutions to business challenges and opportunities. For FlexPath option MBA degree and certificate program learners and non-degree learners only.  Prerequisite(s): All required and elective coursework. Cannot be fulfilled by transfer or credit for prior learning.

2.5 program points



Three Elective Courses



At least 6 program points

Choose three from the following recommended electives:

ACC-FPX5610 *
Advanced Accounting, Budget Planning and Control

This course emphasizes the application of advanced accounting techniques to organizational situations. This includes the function of budgetary systems in organizational planning, management, and control, and the application of a systems approach to budgeting.  Prerequisite(s): MBA-FPX5010.

2 program points
ANLY-FPX5510 *
Advanced Business Analytics

In this course, learners apply advanced analytics techniques to provide insight about a business and its customers including regression, classification, and nonparametric techniques. Learners apply data visualization and other tools to effectively present the results of data analysis and recommendations to management. Prerequisite: MBA-FPX5008.

2 program points
New Ventures and Entrepreneurship

This course is an introduction to new ventures and entrepreneurship including entrepreneurial feasibility, research, planning, and funding for new venture opportunities. Learners investigate legal structures of entrepreneurial ventures, examine factors that influence the venture selection process, evaluate the feasibility of a venture concept, identify a customer base and market, and consider funding requirements for the business venture.

2 program points
Economic Foundations for Financial Decision Making

This course examines macro and micro economic principles, theories and tools, and their applications to business. Learners analyze economic activities from a national and global perspective, value creation, tools employed by the Federal Reserve System and government to create and implement fiscal and monetary policies, and the importance of these for business. Learners also apply microeconomic theories and market competition considerations to behavior and decision making of firms and individuals.

2 program points
Decision-Making in the Health Care System

In this course, learners examine the complex and dynamic U.S. health care system, stakeholders, laws, and regulations. Learners develop an understanding of how health care delivery systems are organized and financed and identify the economic, legal, and political factors that influence the management of health care organizations.

2 program points
HCM-FPX5312 *
Analyzing the Health Care Environment

Learners apply environmental and regulatory analyses to examine the organization’s position within the external environment and develop plans to strengthen the organization’s strategy. Learners use evidence-based decision making to support analyses. Prerequisite(s): MBA-FPX5006, HCM-FPX5310.

2 program points
HCM-FPX5314 *
Driving Health Care Results

In this course, learners analyze ways in which health care leaders support the effective access and delivery of quality patient care in a customer-focused and cost efficient manner. Learners address the impact of organizational culture, structure, operations, services, and financing on outcomes to optimize results in a health care organization.  Prerequisite(s): MBAFPX5014, HCM-FPX5312.

2 program points
HRM-FPX5060 *
Sourcing and Managing Talent in the Workplace

Learners in this course examine contemporary perspectives in recruiting, talent mobility, workforce planning, and performance management. Learners select and develop approaches which support employee mobility and performance to advance organizational goals. Prerequisite(s): Completion of or current registration in HRM-FPX5002; or HRM-FPX5310.​

2 program points
HRM-FPX5090 *
Retaining and Engaging Employees for the Modern Workforce

In this course, learners apply models of employee motivation, thriving, and engagement in the workplace to create the employee experience. Learners also analyze the ways in which culture, employee and leader behavior impact strategic retention. Finally, learners assess the influence of technology and evidence-based practices on employee lifecycle, engagement, and positive employee and organizational outcomes. Prerequisite(s): HRM-FPX5002 or HRM-FPX5310.

2 program points
Strategic Human Resource Management

In this course, learners examine how human resource management (HRM) impacts and supports strategic organizational goals. Using key HRM principles, practices, and data, learners develop well-rounded strategies to address HR related needs and opportunities for a dynamic, multicultural, and global workforce.

2 program points
Emerging Technologies

In this course, learners gain an understanding of new and disruptive technologies that are poised to have a significant impact on individuals, industry, technology, and society. Learners explore strategies for identifying and researching emerging technologies to determine their value-added application to the organization and examine models that help predict technology growth and proliferation.

2 program points
Leading Global and Diverse Cultures

In this course, learners analyze aspects of leading and working in global and diverse environments. Learners gain an understanding of the personal and professional role of leadership in diverse cultures, core strategies used to lead more effectively within those cultures, and their own capacities as global leaders

2 program points
Leader as Change Agent

Learners evaluate leaders as architects of change in organizations and environments. Learners investigate the nature of leadership in complex and dynamic settings; theories of change at the individual, group, and organizational level; and leadership practices that guide and sustain complex change.

2 program points
Digital Marketing

Learners in this course analyze how the internet and social media have transformed marketing strategy in today’s interactive marketplace. Learners in this course explore how companies can extend marketing theories and models to leverage digital marketing tactics such as SEO, lead generation, sales funnels, and social media. Learners also explore how mobile optimization, metrics, and marketing analytics drive strategic business goals and objectives.

2 program points
Consumer Insights

This course explores contemporary concepts of consumer behavior, as well as research tools and techniques commonly used to obtain information that informs marketing planning. Learners examine key trends of consumer behavior central to marketing planning and implementation, ever changing consumer perceptions, influences, decision making and the impact of social media and emerging technologies. Learners gain a foundational understanding of primary and secondary research, critical discernment of information quality, analysis, and application of consumer insights and research findings to marketing planning and implementation.

2 program points
OPS-FPX5620 *
Supply Chain Foundations and Management

Learners in this course develop a broad understanding of global supply chain management by studying it from a systems theory perspective as a network that provides strategic advantage. Learners consider the role of culture and the changes in scope and scale that globalization has brought to internal business processes. Prerequisite: MBA-FPX5016.

2 program points
OPS-FPX5630 *
Strategic Supply Chain Sourcing

This course emphasizes integration of the supply chain as a strategic competitive advantage. Learners identify ways to use strategic resourcing and procurement to achieve consistent quality, thus enabling market share growth and preventing market share erosion. Learners also examine the importance of managing relationships with global suppliers and establishing consistent quality benchmarks and an ethical and legal approach to supply chain sourcing. Prerequisite: MBA-FPX5016.

2 program points
Project Management Foundations

In this cross-disciplinary course, learners analyze the fundamentals of project management and gain an overview of project management standards and their applicability to managing projects, with an emphasis on management methodologies and frameworks, including those defined by the Project Management Institute (PMI®). Learners have the opportunity to participate in experiential learning by bringing in a workplace project, or they may use the project provided in the course. Learners cultivate effective project management leadership skills, including project politics and ethics and collaboration.

2 program points
PM-FPX5332 *
Project Management, Planning, Execution, and Control

This course covers the components of project management within the project planning, executing, monitoring, and controlling process groups. Learners identify project requirements and develop a project plan that considers project scope, time, and cost in managing competing project requirements. Learners also demonstrate the application of various project management tools including activity estimation, resource assignment, work breakdown structure (WBS) creation and the development of a project management schedule. Prerequisite(s): PM-FPX5018.

2 program points
PM-FPX5333 *
Project Budgeting, Procurement, and Quality

Learners investigate project cost, quality, and procurement in business or information technology (IT) project context. Learners analyze the fundamental concepts and principles of the following project management knowledge areas: project cost management, project quality management, and project procurement management by demonstrating the application of tools, techniques, and methodologies within these areas of study. Learners apply various tools and techniques, in an integrative manner, to manage interdependencies among project management process groups.  Prerequisite(s): PM-FPX5018.

2 program points
PM-FPX5334 *
Project Risk Assessment and Control

Learners in this course examine and demonstrate their knowledge of the components of project risk management including assessing project risk identification and mitigation strategies; evaluation of risk impact analysis methods; and evaluation of risk analysis techniques to ensure project success. Learners also assess project risk management certifications and professional development activities to identify future project risk management professional opportunities.  Prerequisite(s): PM-FPX5018.

2 program points



Choose at least three graduate-level courses totaling a minimum of 6 program points.






At least 22.5 program points

* Denotes courses that have prerequisite(s). Refer to the descriptions for further details.

Learners who do not complete all program requirements within quarter credit/program point minimums will be required to accrue such additional quarter credits/program points as are associated with any additional or repeat coursework necessary for successful completion of program requirements.

† Learners in this degree program choose electives from the FlexPath (-FPX) course list.

GuidedPath courses and FlexPath courses fulfill the program requirements and prerequisites for each delivery model.