Electives

As part of your Master in Business Analytics, you will have the opportunity to take one elective of your choice once you have successfully completed all of the core courses.

Sample electives 

The electives listed here should be taken as a sample. We strive to keep our electives as up-to-date as possible so courses are subject to change and different electives are offered at each of our campuses.

Project Management

The rapid pace of technological innovation has led to companies and individuals having to organize themselves to face up to managing a range of projects. But why are there so many project management methodologies, frameworks, theories, and perspectives? Are all these just very similar ways to say the same thing? How can project management knowledge, skills, and insights help in developing academic credibility? Why do 80% of projects fail when there is such a wide body of knowledge about the subject? In this course students will develop a critical appreciation and understanding of project management methodologies such as ‘waterfall’ and ‘agile’, and how to apply them to different types of projects.

Change Management

Underlying this course is a framework of analysis that will help students formulate successful business and social entrepreneurship strategies, where success is measured not only in terms of profitability (in the classic business sense) but also in terms of the ‘triple bottom line’ of economic, social, and environmental sustainability. This course explores the intricate relationships between resource scarcity, uneven but rapidly increasing consumption, environmental degradation, continuing and widening poverty, and the resulting global social problems. Students then learn about various definitions, frameworks, and models of sustainability and explore ways of applying these in terms of change scenarios and possible future pathways of global business and political systems.

Principled Leadership in Multicultural Organizations

Leadership principles are multicultural and international, even while the practice of leadership may be affected by local customs and habits. This elective presents a sustainable model of leadership principles and associated behavior for students who aspire to leadership roles in multicultural organizations. This elective asserts that leaders must be ethical and driven by high-end, other-regarding values if they and their teams or organizations are to be successful. This elective offers an exploration and understanding of authentic leadership and its application to decision-making and trust building in dynamic, multicultural contexts. Core content is: Understanding my leader self and my relationship with values and ethics; The requirement for leaders to build trust and routes to trust building; Balanced decision making referencing both internal and external worlds.

Winning in the Digital Economy

Unlike the agriculture- and manufacturing- dominated economies of previous decades, the increasingly digital economy is characterized by near zero (marginal) costs of production, sharing of assets, and network effects in consumption. The cost structure of business has been radically altered by this emergence of digital goods and the digitization of processes. Exploiting and responding to these trends requires significant changes to business models, strategies and tactics pursued to achieve long-term success. Prominent case examples include: Netflix, Amazon (Prime/AWS), Apple, Uber, and AirBnB. This course explores management decisions that support digital economy profitability, via the levers of customer acquisition, pricing, product & platform design, and industry negotiation. This course follows a hands-on active learning approach using a mix of active (competitive) simulations, individual and team strategy exercises, case studies, and a final team project.

Business Intelligence

This course will introduce the students to deep examination of business analytics methods of visualization, data mining, text mining and web mining using various analytical tools. This course will shed light on how business intelligence systems combine operational data with analytical tools to present complex and competitive information to planners and decision-makers. Students will learn how to improve the timeliness and quality of inputs to the decision process, as well as understand the capabilities available in the firm; the future directions in the markets, the technologies, and the regulatory environment in which the firm competes; they will also learn to focus on competitors and the implications of these actions.
Note: Courses listed above are samples and subject to change; not all courses are available at every campus location.

Internship Elective

This elective provides students the option to find their own internships and earn course credit. Some students find that completing an internship is the perfect way to secure their dream job after Hult. To help make that possible, we allow Master students on all programs to earn course credit for completing an internship during their studies. Students can opt to take the Internship Elective course during modules D and E, and then complete course work related to their internship to earn the credit. And while students are ultimately responsible for finding an internship, Hult’s dedicated Career Development team is always on hand to provide support.

Data Science & Ethics

This course will introduce students to the history and fundamentals of data science with an emphasis on the possibilities and limitations of data-scientific approaches to human problems. Important questions will be asked alongside a broad overview of data science tools and applications. Who owns the data? How is privacy valued and protected? What disclosures are data users owed? Can algorithms be trusted, and, to the extent they are fallible, what is the responsibility to improve their accurate interpretability?


Management Consulting

This course offers an in-depth overview of the management consulting industry. Topics include the structure, conduct, and performance of the management consulting industry; firms in the industry and their competitive strategies; key strategic and organizational issues facing these firms; ideas, tools, and frameworks that these firms have put into practice; problem-solving, communication, and client relation skills that are necessary for success in the industry; management consulting careers; and ethical issues facing management consultants. This is not a traditional lecture-based course. Conceptual material is illustrated and applied to the real world through rigorous class discussion of business cases, examples, group and individual exercises, and students’ own business and consulting experiences. This course emphasizes hands-on practice and real-time feedback—simulating an actual consulting engagement.

Need help customizing your program?

Talk to us to discuss how you can customize your program to suit your professional goals.

Nano Courses in Disruptive Technologies

1-credit electives in the technologies changing our future.

Our new and innovative nano courses give you the option to enroll in a number of elective courses designed to teach you about the disruptive technologies most dramatically influencing tomorrow’s business landscape. These courses are shorter—which is why we call them "nano." You can take three nano courses in place of a standard-length elective course.

Understand the forces of disruption

Our nano courses offer the opportunity to understand the technologies that are driving exponential change in the world—and their potential impact on business and life. Each nano course has been built in conjunction with a world-renowned industry expert and covers the basics of how the technology works, its potential applications, the major players driving the technology, the likely development timeline, and the key issues which need to be overcome for the full potential to be realized.

A self-led approach

Nano courses are self-led online courses which you can take in place of regular electives. Each course covers a different disruptive technology and is designed to help you explore how that technology could impact the future. You’ll demonstrate your learning through coursework, which will be assessed by a professor. You can take three nano courses in place of one regular elective course.

Position yourself for the future

You don’t build a business for where the world is today, you build a business for where the world will be tomorrow. Understanding the latest developments in technology will help you anticipate how the world may change over time and how consumer behavior may change. For example, did you know that autonomous vehicles may radically impact real estate prices?

Sample disruptive technology nano courses

– 3D Printing
– Autonomous Vehicles 
– AI & Machine Learning 
– Robotics
– Genome Editing
– Drones
– Blockchain
– Virtual & Augmented Reality
– Internet of Things
– Solar Power & Energy Storage