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Curriculum


Learn from top MBA faculty.

 

From your first day in Bridge, you'll be actively engaged in classes taught by some of Tuck's best faculty. You'll be challenged to make decisions, not merely memorize facts. Material across different courses is integrated so that everything you learn and do in class directly supports your Bridge Capstone Project and your personal career development.

Core Courses

The objective of the Business Communication course is to prepare you to create and deliver the professional presentation of your corporate valuation. Many of you are already strong communicators; this class will help you to translate what you already know to a business audience.


This course studies the financial aspects of managerial decisions and the capital markets in which firms raise money from investors. The course starts with the basics and builds up to a detailed analysis of how to determine the value and riskiness of real and financial assets.


The objective of the Financial Accounting course is to provide you with an understanding of the structure and key measurement issues that underlie a set of financial statements and to show you how to use them for decision-making in a variety of contexts. Those contexts include but are not limited to valuation, which is the focus of the Bridge project. Students should not expect to become technical experts, but rather to be able to confidently converse with accountants and non-accountants in a future career in business.


The objective of the Managerial Economics course is to give you the ability to apply economic principles and tools in business settings. We will focus on the application of economics to actual business problems and decisions. The goal is for you to leave the course convinced that economics has a lot to offer in business decision-making and that you’ll be confident in your ability to use economic concepts and tools. We will cover three main areas of analysis: principles of cost; price/revenue/profit relationships; and industry analysis.


This course is designed to provide you with an introduction to the fundamental building blocks of marketing. In this class we use the marketing process model framework in order to provide exposure to important key concepts such as consumer behavior, company capabilities, and competitive environments. Additionally, students will learn about the key components of marketing strategy: segmentation, targeting and positioning and the primary marketing, tactics also known as the four Ps –Product, Price, Place and Promotion, which are critical in the execution of an entity’s marketing strategy. Students are also introduced to important marketing topics such as diffusion of innovation, customer orientation, international marketing and social/digital marketing. /p>


This course will teach you how to build and use a spreadsheet model as a laboratory for learning about a business problem or decision. This requires learning the basics of spreadsheet engineering: how to design, build, test a spreadsheet model and how to use it for business analysis.

Additional Topics

What is the basis for making ethical decisions? The kind of evidence required for an ethical decision is different than a nonethical one; but what is the nature of the difference? These questions give rise to a search or a method of ethical justification and decision making, a method that will specify the conditions that any good ethical decision should meet.


Negotiation is the art and science of securing agreements between two or more interdependent parties. The purpose of this session is to understand the theory and processes of negotiation and practice practical skills. This interactive session will teach participants to analyze their own behavior in negotiations and better understand how those behaviors impact their outcomes. /p>


Organizational success depends on people interacting to achieve common goals. The purpose of this course is to provide you with concepts for increasing team performance in support of organizational goals. You will discuss practical steps your study group can take to be more successful. You will be challenged to consider your role in managing interpersonal and team behavior in complex organizations. We will address these learning objectives by engaging in a team simulation to virtually summit Mount Everest.


Strategy is fundamentally about gaining an advantage over competitors, even for not-for profit organizations (e.g., universities). Simply making or delivering the same products or services in the same way as other organizations does not require a lot of strategy. To gain a competitive advantage, an organization must explicitly consider its interdependencies with other organizations and individuals. We will discuss the Value Net as a useful framework for understanding how an organization can strategically manage these interdependencies.

 

 

 


 

Team Capstone Project

 

You will leverage all of your knowledge, skills and abilities to analyze and assess real-world issues and opportunities. You will leave Bridge with a tangible example of your potential business skills to share with employers, plus hands-on experience delivering a business presentation to clients and colleagues.

Project Stream: Company Valuation

Select a company product for analysis

Perform Research

Analyze Data

Draw Conclusion: Stock Price or Market Size

Present Findings to Panel of Industry Executives and Faculty