Core MBA Courses

As the foundation of your MBA program, you’ll study core courses through fall and winter on your home campus before elevating your learning with electives at any or all of Hult’s global campuses.


Immersion: Leadership I

To begin your leadership development, you’ll begin the program with a total immersion into your own psyche. Through a research-based approach combining practical applications, dynamic simulations, relationship building, coaching, and 360° feedback, you’ll gain deep insight into your strengths and development areas. You’ll map these against what we call the “Hult DNA”—the data-driven skillset that the marketplace most values in trained business professionals. This sets a firm foundation for your future growth and also forms the basis of your Personal Development Plan—your path to truly effective leadership.

Key topics

  • Growth Mindset & Hult DNA
  • Emotional Intelligence
  • Interpersonal & Cross-Cultural Communication
  • Coaching Skills
  • Setting Goals & Personal Development Plan
Finance Masters Business Students | Hult

“Knowledge and skills are integrated into one very intensive year that transforms you from top to bottom. My way of thinking has changed completely. One day you look at yourself and realize how different you are in every single thing that you now do.”

Karen Khachatryan, Armenian, Hedge & PE Funds Accounting Supervisor, JP Morgan Chase & Co, Class of 2017

Leadership II

Leadership II builds on the skills and topics introduced in Leadership I and specifically focuses on: communication, presentation, and influencing skills, conflict management and negotiation skills, and self-awareness and personal understanding. You’ll grow a deeper understanding and appreciation for the importance of a growth mindset, emotional intelligence, team building, and the impact that related practices will have on your business effectiveness and career.

Key topics

  • Presentation Skills
  • Persuasion, Negotiation & Conflict Resolution
  • Creative & Critical Thinking
  • Team Productivity & Performance
  • Cross-Cultural Communication
  • Motivation & Engagement

Organizational Behavior

High-performing organizations are characterized by strategic alignment, adaptability, employee commitment, and employee accountability. In this course, you’ll explore each of these characteristics as well as the tensions between them. Increase your understanding of relationships around you, and gain the tools to diagnose complex, multidimensional situations to decide upon courses of action from a managerial perspective.

Key topics

  • Individual Perceptions & Differences
  • Inclusiveness, Diversity & Unconscious Bias
  • Cross-Cultural Communication
  • Motivating & Engaging Employees
  • Power, Politics, Leadership & Followership
  • Organizational Culture & Psychological Safety
  • Introduction to Change Management
  • Performance Management
  • Talent Management & Employee Development
  • Workplace Safety, Stress & Employee Well-Being
  • Impact of Technology on People & Performance
  • Expatriate Experience & Working Abroad


Gain an accelerated introduction to the concepts and practices of financial and managerial accounting. From the financial perspective, you’ll examine the recognition, measurement, and reporting of a firm’s economic transactions within the framework of both US and international accounting principles. From a managerial perspective, you’ll focus on the use of accounting information to measure, analyze, and report economic events to inform internal decisions on cost behavior, reporting, budgeting, and activity-based costing.

Key topics

  • Introduction to the Accounting
  • Equation & Financial Statements
  • Reporting & Analyzing
  • Revenues & Receivables
  • Assets & Liabilities
  • Pensions, Taxes, Equity & Financial Investment
  • Statement of Cash Flows
  • Cost Behavior, Activity Analysis & Cost Estimation
  • Cost-Volume-Profit Analysis & Planning
  • Activity-Based Costing
  • Integrated Reporting
Accounting | Hult

"Thanks to the accounting and finance classes at Hult, I was able to bring bookkeeping in-house and work with our vendors to trim a quarter of a million dollars off annual expenses—and reinvest in growing the firm and eliminating all our debt."

Eric Chast, American COO, Liberty Square Group Class of 2016

Financial Management

In a market economy, financial management is often viewed as the integrating discipline of management. A primary objective of financial management in the United States is to create and preserve shareholder value or wealth. That is not the primary objective in many parts of the world. In this course you’ll develop the knowledge, skills, critical-thinking abilities, and behaviors required of any manager. Although the main focus is on profit-seeking firms, much of what is learned has applicability for organizations in the not-for-profit and governmental sectors as well

Key topics

  • Financial Statement Analysis
  • Time Value of Money & Interest Rates
  • Bonds & Their Valuation
  • Risk & Rates of Return
  • Stocks & Their Valuation
  • The Cost of Capital
  • Capital Budgeting Introduction to Firm Valuation Investors & Sustainability


In this course, you’ll address the supply of goods and services in a global economy. The fundamental focus is on understanding the best way to match supply and demand at any organization. You’ll explore the strategic issues and the analytic tools for decision making including practical, process-based approaches to solving operations problems. The role of the manager and how to approach processes, cross- functional links, and the use of information systems and technology are emphasized.

Key topics

  • Operations Strategy
  • Process Analysis Capacity
  • Planning Inventory Management
  • Quality Management
  • Technology Management
  • Supply Chain Management
  • Lean Operations
  • Service Management
  • Cradle-to-Cradle Design
  • The Circular Economy
  • Human Rights in Global Supply Chains


Marketing is the interface between the company and the marketplace. Managers in all functional areas of business need an understanding of marketing fundamentals. Here, you’ll look at the processes involved in the creation and delivery of customer value and satisfaction through communication, pricing, and distribution as well as the development of products and services. You’ll explore both the theory and practice involved in the marketing process, the key to which is an understanding of business and consumer markets. All the topics in the course are discussed in an international context, including the unique issues that marketers face in global markets.

Key topics

  • Market Research
  • Market Segmentation & Customer Analysis
  • Branding
  • PR & Traditional Media
  • Digital Marketing & Social Media
  • Pricing
  • Strategic Marketing
  • Channel Planning & Sales Enablement
  • Service Marketing, Customer Satisfaction & Loyalty
  • Marketing & Sustainable Development

Data & Decisions

Gain perspective on what research, data collection, and analysis can contribute to the decisions and priorities of business decision makers. You’ll learn how to conduct original quantitative research and interpret findings accurately and appropriately. You’ll then practice applying critical quantitative analysis to make better business decisions.

Key topics

  • Quantitative Research in Business Research
  • Ethics
  • Introduction to Quantitative Data
  • Defining & Measuring a Valid Sample
  • Testing Hypotheses
  • Evaluating Patterns in Data & Relationships Between Variables
  • Predicting Outcomes Using Regression
Date and Decisions | Hult

“To succeed with data analytics, you need to be able to identify the point where business soft skills meet technical hard skills. Making good use of this combination is critical for effective business as well as problem solving.”

Goke Olagbemi, Nigerian, Class of 2019


Strategic skills are a key asset for business leadership across business functions and seniority levels. Increasingly, companies expect their product managers, senior business analysts, and mid-level executives in diverse functions to possess the ability to think and act strategically without losing their agility. Here, you’ll focus on the craft, the opportunities, and the challenges of developing strategies in these roles. You’ll seek to answer the most basic strategic question: How do we best position and compete among significant uncertainty and ambiguity to maximize value created and profits made in a sustainable way?

Key topics

  • The Changing Nature of Strategy Markets & Buyers
  • The Evolution of Markets
  • Industry Analysis & Competitive Advantage
  • Strategic Moves
  • Strategic Resources & Capabilities
  • Strategic Agility
  • Analyzing the Value Chain
  • Strategic Innovation
  • Cross-Border Expansion Strategy
  • The Stakeholder Approach to Strategic Management & Creating Shared Value

Business & Global Society

In today’s complex business environment, the need for enlightened, integrative, and ethical leadership is critical to the realization of strategic and organizational goals. Conventional, narrow value chains will increasingly be replaced with value webs that involve multiple types of systems, institutions, and stakeholders, which need to be understood and integrated to create value for both business and society. Here, you’ll explore how well organizations navigate and integrate with overlapping systems in these different domains without diminishing the achievement of business goals.

Key topics

  • The Purpose & Role of Business in Society
  • Socio-Economic Systems: Stakeholders, Institutions & Interests
  • Business & Economic Development Global Trade & Foreign Investment Global Finance & Its Crises
  • New Strategies & Business Models for Sustainable System Engagement
  • Global Environmental Institutions & Issues
  • Global vs. Local Internet Governance, Control & Ethics
  • Labor Relations & Social Justice
Business & Global Society | Hult

“Big corporates are becoming more perceptive and recognize that they need to relate their operations and decisions to society more and more. Business & Global Society is so important—it’s the future of business.”

Jaïri Terpstra, Dutch, HR Talent Manager & Employer Branding Lead Benelux, Unilever, Class of 2016

Managerial Economics

You’ll focus on the analytical foundations that are essential to be able to address key issues in management strategy, marketing strategy, and related fields in a rigorous way and to make better decisions accordingly. You’ll identify and analyze a variety of market structures, ranging from perfect competition, to oligopoly, to monopoly. The ultimate goal is to develop skills for making effective managerial decisions and strategic choices based on the analysis of companies, cost structures, and market conditions.

Key topics

  • Marginal Analysis & Simple Optimization
  • Demand & Supply Analysis
  • Firm-Specific Demand & Elasticity Analysis
  • Cost Analysis
  • Decision Making in Monopoly Markets
  • Basics of Game Theory
  • Decision Making in Oligopoly Markets
  • Public Goods & the Role of Government
  • Introduction to Macroeconomics Unemployment, Poverty, Inequality
Managerial Economics | Hult

“The curriculum is flexible enough that it adapts to changing industry and market needs even within the year. The excellent combination of courses, workshops, simulations, and coaching have brought out the leader in me that I didn’t even believe existed.”

Ahmed Khalid Pakistani, Commercial Director, NADRA Class of 2017

Capstone Experience

Innovation, driven by emerging tech, is now fundamental to business growth. Seeing opportunity in uncertainty and being able to act and adapt in rapidly changing contexts requires a certain mindset and skillset. Having the confidence to try new things and fail fast is essential. The capstone to your core program asks you to imagine a future that doesn’t exist yet and use business to make it a reality.

Key topics

  • Design Thinking: Understanding the Opportunity
  • Platforms: Design & Research
  • Data & Agility: Insight, Hypothesis, Pivot
  • Value Proposition: Explore Answers
  • Innovation & Disruption: Design & Prototype
  • Strategic Future
  • Disruptive Technology Team Challenge

Innovators' Summit

Join a worldwide gathering of Hult MBAs for a four-day innovation summit in Dubai. Expand your mind as well as your business contacts and get a feel for one of the world’s fastest-grown economies.

Centered on the theme of innovation, this summit brings our MBA students together from across the globe for an immersion into the topic of innovation and disruptive thinking. Hear from leaders disrupting business today and network with like-minded colleagues from around the world.

Complete an elective from a range of topics. Example electives may include:

  • Design Thinking
  • Disruptive Business Models Leading for Innovation
  • AI and the Future of Humanity Fintech
  • Data Literacy in the Age of Machine Learning



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