Foundations of Business

Maryland Smith Online Program

Foundations of Business is a seven course, online program that is designed and taught by the world-class MBA faculty at the Robert H Smith School of Business. You will learn the fundamental business skills needed to advance in your career. Over the course of the program, you will explore the different functional areas of a firm, how each area defines success, and how the functions work together to create success in the marketplace. You will also learn how to build and lead successful teams, influence others, and deliver high-quality outcomes on time and within budget.

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Leadership and Influence
Course 1: Leadership and Influence


This course centers on the core capability of leaders: influence. The ultimate outcome of this course is maximizing your capacity to influence people toward a shared goal.

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Global Business Strategy
Course 2: Global Business Strategy


This course is divided into two parts, one which focuses on business strategy and one which focuses on global strategy.

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Data Analysis and Decision Making
Course 3: Data Analysis & Decision Making


This course will prepare you to understand and participant in decision making activities involving data.

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Financial Accounting
Course 4: Financial Accounting


This course will examine the fundamentals of accounting, including understanding financial statements, cash flows, and reporting.

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Marketing Management
Course 5: Marketing Management


This course will explore different facets of marketing, such as knowing your customers, pricing strategy, and achieving a customer centered approach.

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Corporate Finance
Course 6: Corporate Finance

Available on August 1, 2022

This course will examine the concept of time value of money and its impact on several financial metrics important to the financial health of a firm.

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Digital Transformation in Business
Course 7: Digital Transformation in Business

Available on September 1, 2022

This course will explore the importance of information technology in business success. Specific topics include, IT governance and strategy, emerging technologies, and social media.

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