Robert J. Trulaske Sr., College of Business, University of Missouri


Choose Your Specialization

The Crosby MBA curriculum is designed to assist you in pursuing your desired career path.  The program includes 21 credits of electives, allowing you to choose a concentration or certificate, while also selecting coursework to enhance your knowledge of a wide variety of business topics.


  • Investments
  • Corporate Finance


  • Consulting
  • Entrepreneurship & Innovation Strategy
  • Global Supply Chain Management 
  • Healthcare Management
  • Managerial Decision Making
  • International Business


  • Marketing/Sales Management
  • Consumer Products Marketing/Brand Management
  • Marketing Research/Consulting



Marketing Analytics

Center for the Digital Globe

Life Science Innovation and Entrepreneurship


All organizations – whether for-profit, non-profit, or governmental agency – require a budget, prudent management of that budget, and strategies for growth and expansion. Finance has been called the creation, allocation and management of wealth. The coursework and concentrations in finance will focus on these two broad themes. Concentrations include:

  • Investments
  • Corporate Finance

Click here for a list of courses in each of the finance electives

Is a Career in Finance for You?

Because all organizations are constrained by financial resources, the skills taught in this coursework will be useful to you regardless of your choice of career options. MBA graduates in finance work in a wide variety of careers:

  • Consultant with a regional or national firm
  • Analyst or transaction specialist with an investment banking firm
  • Financial analyst
  • Treasurer or financial manager for a corporation 
  • Financial manager for a non-profit organization or governmental agency

Opportunities in the Crosby MBA Program

  • Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA): The MBA curriculum provides background knowledge for the Level 1 CFA exam as it tests principles in finance, accounting, economics, and statistics. Professor John Stansfield, Director of the Mizzou CFA Partner Program, teaches relevant coursework and also Level 1 (and occasionally level 2) preparation courses. Partial scholarships may be available.
  • Investing in Startup Ventures: This is a cross-disciplinary class that provides students the opportunity to learn venture capital investment strategies through the first-hand experience of investing in high-growth startup companies.  During the semester, the class will become an integral part of the management process for the $2M MIC Accelerator Fund as part of the Missouri Innovation Center.

Finance Faculty

The finance faculty have a strong commitment to both the development of new knowledge through research and sharing that knowledge through teaching. Our professors emphasize concepts in an applied fashion, integrating the use of real data and software in their coursework. They serve on numerous journal editorial boards, as well as on corporate boards of directors. Some have CFA certification and most have a variety of business experiences.



For any enterprise to accomplish its goals - whether it's one of the world's largest companies or a small entrepreneurial storefront - effective management is crucial. Our courses focus on the perspective of a general manager making strategic decisions critical to an organization's success in a competitive environment. 

Concentrations include:

  • Consulting
  • Entrepreneurship & Innovation Strategy
  • Global Supply Chain Management
  • Healthcare Management 
  • International Business
  • Managerial Decision Making

Click here for a list of courses in each of the management electives

Is a Career in Management for You?  

Careers in management vary across a wide spectrum of diverse, yet related, fields.  Crosby MBA graduates often work in:

  • General management 
  • Consultant with a regional or national firm
  • Human resources
  • Supply chain management and quality control
  • Information systems
  • Organizational development and change

Opportunities in Crosby MBA Program

  • Experience Entrepreneurship – Several MBA courses offer experiential learning by creating a demanding real-world business situation, courses provides a unique and effective learning environment.  Students prepare a business plan for a real business start-up client, then participate in an investor-presentation competition, competing to earn real dollars for their clients and for themselves. Read about one alum who is now the CEO of a company
  • Prepare Real-World Business Plans – Highly-qualified MBA students work as graduate assistants for the Missouri Innovation Center and for the Small Business and Technology Development Center.  In these roles they collaborate with start-up clients to create a business plan that will bring to success to the client.  This experience allows you to hone your own entrepreneurship skills, or may lead to a career in consulting.
  • Collaboration with Journalism Students – MBA students can join students at Mizzou’s top Journalism School for a class titled Entrepreneurship and Media of the Future.  In collaboration with a business client, they craft strategies, revenue models and solutions to real-world problems.   The class culminates in a competition where student teams present to a panel of judges during the Digital Globe Symposium in the Reynolds Journalism Institute, which by itself, makes the class unique. Read our blog to learn about one MBA student’s experience with an AP project.
  • Non-Profit Consulting – In partnership with the Heart of Missouri United Way, Crosby MBA students act as consultants for local nonprofit agencies and serve as board members over the course of a semester.  United Way Board Fellows use their skills, talents, and interests to find solutions for these organizations, ultimately benefitting our community.

  • Study abroad – Crosby MBA students interested in a career in international business might study abroad

Management Faculty

The management faculty have a strong commitment to teaching and have received many teaching and advising awards. They are also active in research, book authorship and other scholarly work that not only makes scientific contributions, but also contributes to the richness and timeliness of Crosby MBA course offerings.



Every business, organization, and consumer inherently engages in marketing activity. Marketing – including sales, advertising and product development - occurs at every stage of the commercial exchange process. It is the primary revenue-generator for the firm; unless there are buyers for the goods and services produced, other business activities will have limited relevance. We also offer a Certificate in Marketing Analytics.

Concentrations include:

  • B2B Marketing/Sales Management / Consumer Products Marketing
  • Marketing Research/Consulting

Click here for a list of courses in each of the marketing electives

Is a Career in Marketing for You? 

Marketing is a broad field offering a myriad of opportunities for you to apply your unique aptitudes. Some marketing careers require more quantitative, technical, analytical, or organizational abilities, while others utilize creativity, perceptiveness, insight and verbal ability.

  • Marketing analytics
  • Product, category and channel management
  • Customer business development
  • Business-to-business relationship management
  • Consultant with a regional or national firm

Opportunities in Crosby MBA Program 

  • Marketing Analytics - A unique and differentiating feature of our Marketing Analytics Certification is the integration of data-analysis skills as well as user-level knowledge of relational databases with MBA program requirements. The Crosby MBA Program faculty understands the importance of this fast-growing field and have developed a curriculum focusing on the crafting, implementation, and delivery of data-driven analytical solutions that assist in marketing strategies, tasks, and decisions. Read about several students' recent internship experiences in Marketing Analytics in the advancement, insurance and wastewater aeration industries.
  • SAS and SPSS Training and Certification – SAS and SPSS are widely used programs for statistical analysis, and Mizzou offers several levels of training classes for students.  These programs are used by market researchers, health researchers, survey companies, government, education researchers, marketing organizations, and others. In addition to statistical analysis, data management (case selection, file reshaping, creating derived data) and data documentation are features of the base software.
  • Exposure to R, Python and Machine Learning/Artificial Intelligence – These are cutting-edge tools and approaches to address the many exciting and complex data-driven marketing problems in today’s competitive landscape. They have become a valuable addition to the skill set needed for superior job placement.

Marketing Faculty

Marketing encompasses many diverse activities, and the marketing faculty has similar breadth and diversity. One characteristic they share, however, is that they are recognized leaders in their academic fields. MU faculty members hold prestigious editorial board positions at top marketing journals and the top international business academic journals. They have also had a wide variety of business experiences that they bring to the classroom, including retail, production, sales, multimedia, market analysis, advertising, marketing strategy, new product development, strategic planning, product and general management, and international exporting.