Courses

You will work with an academic advisor to plan your schedule based on your personal and professional interests.

Below is a list of business courses that have been developed specifically for students at the School of Professional Studies (these are identified with the “BUSI PS” prefix).

You may also choose from courses that are part of another certification or master’s program at Columbia University. In addition, you have the opportunity to cross register for select courses at Columbia Business School and the School of International and Public Affairs.

Please contact us with questions about course options and/or courses that are not listed here.

All courses are 3 points unless otherwise indicated.

Business Courses

Multidisciplinary Courses


BUSI PS4998. Math Methods for Business. 3 pts.

Students will reach a level of increased competence in mathematics and expand their understanding of the applications of mathematical concepts in business activities. Emphasis is placed upon learning mathematical concepts through practical application to common business problems. By the end of this course, students will have developed the skills necessary to enroll in advanced level business and finance courses.

Format: Online

Terms Offered: Fall, Summer

BUSI PS4998. Math Methods for Business. 1 pt.

This section does not count towards the Business Certification. Especially for returning students, students will reach a level of increased competence in mathematics and expand their understanding of the applications of mathematical concepts in business activities. Emphasis is placed upon learning mathematical concepts through practical application to common business problems. By the end of this course, students will have developed the skills necessary to enroll in advanced level business and finance courses.

Format: Online

Terms Offered: Fall

BUSI PS5001. Introduction to Finance. 3 pts.

Students will be introduced to the fundamental financial issues of the modern corporation. By the end of this course, students will understand the basic concepts of financial planning, managing growth; debt and equity sources of financing and valuation; capital budgeting methods; and risk analysis, cost of capital, and the process of securities issuance.

Format: Online or On-Campus

Terms Offered: Fall, Spring, Summer

BUSI PS5003. Corporate Finance. 3 pts.

Students will learn the critical corporate finance concepts including: financial statement analysis; performance metrics; valuation of stocks and bonds; project and firm valuation; cost of capital; capital investment strategies and sources of capital, and firm growth strategies. At the end of this course students will understand how to apply these concepts to current business problems.

Prerequisite BUSI PS5001 Introduction to Finance/or Professor Approval is required

Format: Online or On-Campus

Terms Offered: Fall, Spring, Summer

BUSI PS5006. Evaluating the Comm Toolbox. 3 pts.

Using effective communications strategies to successfully promote and position a brand in the marketplace is essential. We will delve into the value of communications tools in use today and the massive disruption brought on by new technologies that are empowering the emergence of new ways to connect with consumers and influence their behavior. We will also examine how major communications tools engage audiences, articulate meaningful brand narratives and deliver key messaging.

Format: On-Campus

Terms Offered: Fall, Spring

BUSI PS5008. Options and Futures. 3 pts.

Students will learn about financial derivative securities: their role in financial management is becoming increasingly important, especially in portfolio management. By the end of this course students will be able to identify valuation of various options and futures as well as their use in risk management. By the end of this course, students will be able to understand option and futures pricing models, option strategies and index arbitraging. Not available in summer.

Prerequisite: BUSI PS5001 Intro to Finance and BUSI PS5003 Corporate Finance/ or Professor Approval required

Format: On-Campus

Terms Offered: Fall, Spring

BUSI PS5009. Financial Accounting. 3 pts.

Students will examine the generally accepted account principles (GAAP) underlying financial statements and their implementation in practice. The perspective and main focus of the course is from the users of the information contained in the statements, including investors, financial analysts, creditors and, management. By the end of this class students will be able to construct a cash flow statement, balance sheet and decipher a 10K report.

Format: Online or On-Campus

Terms Offered: Fall, Spring, Summer

BUSI PS5010. Managing Human Behavior in the Organization. 3 pts.

Students will gain an overview of major concepts of management and organization theory, concentrating on understanding human behavior in organizational contexts, with heavy emphasis on the application of concepts to solve managerial problems. By the end of this course students will have developed the skills to motivate employees, establish professional interpersonal relationships, take a leadership role, and conduct performance appraisal.

Format: Online or On-Campus

Terms Offered: Fall, Spring, Summer

BUSI PS5012. Organizational Strategy and Learning. 3 pts.

An executive-style seminar that explores the intersection of strategy, operational planning, and human capital development. This course focuses on the critical ability to evaluate, champion, and implement an integrated approach to organization-wide development programs that links strategic planning with learning initiatives in today’s fast-evolving business landscape.

This face-to-face, intensive block week course will explore the connections between organizational strategy and learning as a core catalyst for competitive advantage and fiscal survival. In addition to a variety of case studies, conceptual texts, and real world examples used to illustrate the strategic approaches of successful learning organizations, students will interact in meaningful ways with invited guest executives. They will also collaboratively discuss, develop, design, and present learning strategies and implementation plans that address the fundamental challenges of the modern global business world. Students will gain a fuller understanding of how to continuously integrate strategy and learning as a powerful and effective tool to building agile and resilient learning organizations that are able to achieve accurate self-assessments, support change and innovation, attract and retain top talent, and maximize manager effectiveness.

Format: On-Campus

Terms Offered: Fall, Spring

BUSI PS5015. Leading Alignment and Agility. 3 pts.

This course explains how leaders build competitive advantage within their organizations by creating a clear purpose; then balance it with agile practices that leverage, challenge and evolve that purpose. It explores how leaders use neuroscience-based techniques to unlock performance and adaptability as the speed of change continues to accelerate.

Format: Online or On-Campus

Terms Offered: Fall, Spring, Summer

BUSI PS5020. Introduction to Marketing. 3 pts.

Students will learn fundamental marketing concepts and their application. By the end of this class you will know: the elements of a market, company strategy, how to identify customers and competition, the fundamental elements of the marketing mix (product, price, placement and promotion) how to research consumer behavior, and pricing strategies. Students will have extensive use of case study projects.

Format: Online or On-Campus

Terms Offered: Fall, Spring, Summer

BUSI PS5025. Marketing Strategy. 3 pts.

Students will develop analytical skills used to formulate and implement marketing driven strategies for an organization. Students will develop a deeper understanding of marketing strategies and how to implement tactics to achieve desired goals. Students will work on case study projects in both individual and a team based projects. By the end of this course you will be able to develop a marketing strategy based market assessments and company needs.

Prerequisite BUSI PS5020 Introduction to Marketing/or Professor Approval is required

Format: Online or On-Campus

Terms Offered: Fall, Spring, Summer

BUSI PS5030. Developing and Implementing New Ideas. 3 pts.

Interested in starting your own company? Do you have an idea for a new product or service? Have you come up with a way to improve something that already exists?

This course tackles the central business concept of how one creates, builds and leads companies.  It looks at aspects of entrepreneurship and leadership for both individuals and teams in the face of complex situations.  Using the case study method as taught in business school, also known as "participant-centered learning," this course puts students in the role of an entrepreneur facing critical business decisions.  A selection of guest speakers will offer firsthand experience on innovation and entrepreneurship.

Format: On-Campus

Terms Offered: Fall, Summer

BUSI PS5040. Security Analysis. 3 pts.

Students will learn about the valuation of publicly traded equity securities. By the end of the semester students will be able to perform fundamental analysis ("bottoms-up," firm-level, business and financial analysis), prepare pro forma financial statements, estimate free cash flows and apply valuation models.

Prerequisite: BUSI PS5001 Intro to Finance and BUSI PS5003 Corporate Finance or Professor Approval required

Format: On-Campus

Terms Offered: Fall, Spring, Summer

BUSI PS5100. Global Emerging Markets. 3 pts.

Students will be able to benchmark countries’ performance and analyze business opportunities in the world economy. Additionally, students will learn to examine the relationships between trade policy, financial flows and development to understand factors contributing to financial crisis and the policies to remedy them. By the end of this semester students will be able to construct frameworks needed to formulate a global investment strategy. Not available in summer.

Prerequisites: BUSI PS5001 Introduction to Finance (mandatory) and BUSI PS5009 Financial Accounting (recommended) or Professor Approval

Format: On-Campus

Terms Offered: Fall

BUSI PS5301. Managing Information & Knowledge. 3 pts.

In this course students learn the principles of management as they relate to enterprise-wide information and knowledge services. Attention is given to the philosophy and history of information and knowledge services, specifically as this background affects students’ future performance as business managers and leaders in the workplace. The course focus is on management and leadership skills, knowledge sharing, and the role of knowledge strategy in strengthening the corporate knowledge culture.

Format: On-Campus

Terms Offered: Fall, Summer

ERMC PS5100. Value-Based Enterprise Risk Management. 3 pts.

Foundational ERM course. Addresses all major ERM activities: risk framework; risk governance; risk identification; risk quantification; risk decision making; and risk messaging. Introduces an advanced yet practical ERM approach based on the integration of ERM and value-based management that supports integration of ERM into decision making. Provides a context to understand the differences between (a) value-based ERM; (b) traditional ERM; and (c) traditional "silo" risk management.

Format: On-Campus

Terms Offered: Fall

ERMC PS5250. External Stakeholder Requirements. 3 pts.

Provides a global review of ERM requirements of regulators, rating agencies, and shareholders. Addresses four industry sectors: (1) insurance; (2) banking; (3) corporate; and (4) healthcare.

Format: On-Campus

Terms Offered: Spring

ERMC PS5340. Operational Risk Management. 3 pts.

Review of the types of operational risks, such as technology risk (e.g., cyber-security), human resources risk, disasters, etc. Includes case studies, risk analysis frameworks and metrics, and common mitigation techniques, such as insurance, IT mitigation, business continuing planning, etc.

Format: On-Campus

Terms Offered: Fall

ERMC PS5380. Insurance Risk Management. 3 pts.

Review of types of insurance risk, such as pricing risk, underwriting risk, reserving risk, etc. Includes case studies, risk quantification methods (e.g., market-consistent economic capital models, dynamic financial analysis (DFA) models, catastrophe models, etc.), and common mitigation techniques, such as asset-liability management (ALM), reinsurance, etc. Also addresses traditional risk management at insurance companies and ERM actuarial standards of practice (ASOPs).

Format: On-Campus

Terms Offered: Fall

ERMC PS5510. Company Failures. 3 pts.

Examination of areas critical to an organization’s success from strategic, operational, financial, and insurance perspectives, and examines why many companies fail in spite of the vast knowledge of factors driving success. Several case studies examined in depth.

Format: On-Campus

Terms Offered: Summer

NECR PS5107. Introduction to Mediation. 3 pts.

Description

Mediation is a strategy frequently used by parties in conflict to constructively address incompatibilities. The role of the third party differs depending on the type of mediation being employed. New models of mediation have been developed recently and the field continues to develop and grow. Traditional methods of third party intervention, as well as, more recent alternative dispute resolution approaches will be explored. Students practice applying constructive conflict resolution skills toward becoming an effective impartial third party mediator.

Format: On-Campus

Terms Offered: Fall, Spring, Summer

NECR PS5105. Introduction to Negotiation. 3 pts. 3 pts.

Description

Negotiation is one of the most important strategies in conflict resolution and is used routinely by all humans to resolve conflict and potential conflict successfully. This course examines both theoretical and practical implications of diverse assumptions and strategies. Students develop a deeper self-awareness of their role in the creation, perpetuation, escalation and resolution of conflicts, as well as in relationship with the other party.

Format: On-Campus

Terms Offered: Fall, Spring, Summer

 

The University reserves the right to withdraw or modify the courses of instruction or to change the instructors as may become necessary.

The University reserves the right to withdraw or modify the courses of instruction or to change the instructors as may become necessary.