Program Overview / Course Descriptions

MBA-510 Foundations in Quantitative Methods (3.00 cr.)
Session(s): Fall; Spring
An introduction to the theory, principles, and application of statistical and other quantitative analytic techniques which provides an effective means of managerial practices such as business performance appraisal, market trend evaluation, and managerial decision making.

MBA-520 Foundations in Economics (3.00 cr.)
Session(s): Fall; Spring
An introduction to the theories, principles, and application of microeconomics and macroeconomics. Topics include pricing decisions, elasticity, market structure analysis, business cycles, taxation, and monetary policy.

MBA-530 Foundations in Accounting (3.00 cr.)
Session(s): Fall; Spring
An introduction to financial accounting from a user's perspective including how financial statements are prepared, the interpretation of information provided in financial statements, and the analysis of financial data.

MBA-550 Foundations in Finance (3.00 cr.)
Session(s): Fall; Spring
A survey of issues related to the acquisition and management of funds by the firm. Topics in the course include time value of money, analysis of financial statements, asset valuation, forecasting of cash flows, capital budgeting, and cost of capital. Prerequisite: MBA-530 or with approval of the Director.

MBA-610 Global Corporate Communication (3.00 cr.)
Session(s): Fall; Spring
This course focuses on the development of the communication skills and behaviors required for successful global leadership. Emphasis is placed on enhancing personal communication skills, both written and oral, individually and in teams. Students also prepare a corporate communications audit of a multi-national corporation, critique executives' communication skills, and analyze the impact of technology on organization communication.

MBA-615 Developing Human Capital (3.00 cr.)
Session(s): Fall; Spring
This course will develop knowledge and understanding in the areas of recruitment, selection, and retention of the human capital for an organization. Key topics covered include job analysis and design, testing, performance appraisals, training and development, succession planning, and employee exit programs. Special attention will also be given to international operations and expatriate repatriation and the effects of layoffs and downsizing with the effects of the morale on the organization.

MBA-616 Ethical and Legal Employment Issues (3.00 cr.)
Session(s): Fall; Spring
This course will develop knowledge and understanding in the areas of employee relations, employment law, and labor relations. Special areas of interest will include equal employment opportunity, discrimination, affirmative action, workforce diversity, and health and safety issues. Particular focus will be on the legal aspects as well as employee communication. Ethical decision making will be highlighted throughout the course.

MBA-617 Managing Reward Systems (3.00 cr.)
Session(s): Fall; Spring
This course will develop extensive knowledge on attracting, motivating and retaining employees by the appropriate mix of compensation and benefits. The study of group and individual incentive plans, determining wage levels and structure, and developing pension plans will all be included in this course. Legal considerations in the administration of compensation and benefits on both the national and international levels will also be a key component.

MBA-618 Strategic Human Resource Management (3.00 cr.)
Session(s): Fall; Spring
This course will develop knowledge of the formulation and implementation of human resource strategy. Focus will be on the use of human resources in the accomplishment of the organization’s objectives and how to use human capital as a competitive advantage. Metrics will be used to measure impact of all areas of human resource functions.

MBA-620 Domestic and Global Economic Issues (3.00 cr.)
Session(s): Fall; Spring
Application of economics principles to the tasks and problems faced by business managers. Focus is on the impacts of market structure, the legal/political environment, the macroeconomic environment, and international considerations on value-maximization decisions pertaining to resource usage, production levels, and pricing strategies as practiced in imperfectly competitive markets.

MBA-630 Accounting and Information Management (3.00 cr.)
Session(s): Fall; Spring
An approach to analysis of data and information relevant to management decision making. Topics covered include budgeting, differential costs in alternative decisions, allocation of cost, cost relationships, pricing, standard costing, and performance evaluation. This course also emphasizes the planning and use of information technology for business processes and decision making in business.

MBA-640 Management and Ethical Leadership (3.00 cr.)
Session(s): Fall; Spring
An exploration of the theory and application of management and leadership skills for enhancement of individual, team and organizational effectiveness. This course examines the ethical issues business managers routinely face and the implications for various stakeholders.

MBA-643 Leading in Global Business Settings (3.00 cr.)
Session(s): Summer
This course focuses on strategic and managerial issues related to international business management, including transferring company practices to foreign environments, implementing effective strategies for diverse workforces, and developing the leadership skills required for success in multinational contexts. Emphasis will be placed on managing operations in Europe, Latin America, and Asia.

MBA-644 Business Consulting (3.00 cr.)
Session(s): Summer
Teams complete strategic consulting projects for local companies. The consulting teams are expected to identify and analyze problems confronting the company and recommend resolutions to the management team in the form of written reports and oral presentations. Prerequisite: completion of a minimum of 12 hours of 600-level MBA courses.

MBA-645 Strategies for Effective Negotiatiation (3.00 cr.)
Session(s): Summer
This course focuses on the strategies and tactics of effective negotiation for business leaders. Through exercises and role play, students will learn the art and science of negotiation and develop the planning techniques, analytical perspectives, and interpersonal skills necessary for creating effective, ethical, and advantageous agreements.

MBA-646 Law and Ethics for Managers (3.00 cr.)
Session(s): Summer
This course enables students to comprehend the legal principles that arise in business so that they can identify legal issues that pose potential threats. An appreciation of the law will give managers the tools they need to protect their firms from unnecessary liability. Topics include business ethics, contracts, sales, labor and employment, product liability, intellectual property, business forms, secured transactions and bankruptcy.

MBA-648 Project Management (3.00 cr.)
Session(s): Summer
This course is designed to equip students with the essential skills and knowledge to effectively manage projects. Topics include project planning, organizing, directing, and controlling. The focus will be on the application of tools and techniques that can be applied to defining projects, establishing task structures, planning, and budgeting and managing of resources to achieve the project objects, and post-project evaluation.

MBA-650 Managerial Finance (3.00 cr.)
Session(s): Fall; Spring
An examination of the role of financial management of the firm. Emphasis is on the basic techniques utilized in financial decision making, valuing, cash flows, capital structure, managing working capital, and optimal investment policy.

MBA-670 Marketing Strategy (3.00 cr.)
Session(s): Fall; Spring
An examination of the marketing management decision process with particular emphasis on market opportunity analysis, strategy development, product planning, pricing, distribution, and promotional strategy, and the integration of marketing mix variables with segmentation and targeting decisions.

MBA-680 Operations and Supply Chain Management (3.00 cr.)
Session(s): Fall; Spring
This course provides a multi-industry study of operations, with an emphasis on integrated design of the supply chain across cultural and economic boundaries. Topics covered include design, planning, and controlling of operations, the design of quality management systems, technology management, and the role and influence of technology in operations and supply chain management.

MBA-682 Business Information Systems (3.00 cr.)
Session(s): Summer
This course focuses on the development of a practical understanding of information systems devoted to the capturing, transmitting, storing, retrieving, manipulating, and displaying information in contemporary business practice. The purpose of the course is to provide students with an understanding of the system perspective and to provide them with skills in the use of information systems. The course requires development of models of information systems in the area of distribution, production, human resource management, and accounting.

MBA-690 Independent Study (3.00 cr.)
Session(s): Fall; Spring; Summer
A student-developed independent study project designed to be carried out with a faculty advisor. These projects may involve field work in addition to academic research, reading, and conferences with the faculty member.

MBA-695 Special Topics in Business (3.00 cr.)
Session(s): Summer
This course is offered as needed. It is normally an examination of significant issues, theories, and practical problems in the areas of management, finance, marketing, accounting, or economics. The specific topic for a given semester and the course content are selected to meet student interests and needs.

MBA-699 Integrated Strategic Management (3.00 cr.)
Session(s): Fall; Spring
A capstone study that examines executive-level policy and decision-making processes in setting goals, determining objectives, and developing and implementing action plans. The course emphasizes tactical and strategic planning through the use of relevant problems and case studies that include social, ethical, political, financial, and economic factors. Students will apply newly acquired concepts in the creation of a business plan. Prerequisites: Completion of 18 hours of 600-level courses to be taken in student's final fall or spring semester.


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