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Master of Business Administration Courses

COE-600: Graduate Cooperative Education Session(s): Varies, Contact Department Head | Course Offered Varies, Contact Department Head

A cooperative educational experience with companies and agencies approved by the Academic and Career Planning Office and the student's adviser. Participating students are supervised by a faculty advisor assigned by the  program. This course may be taken on multiple occasions. Credits will be in addition to the requirements of the program. A student must be enrolled for at least one graduate course in the semester in which s/he is enrolled in a cooperative experience. Prerequisite: three semester hours of graduate credit at  Meredith.

MBA-510: Foundations in Quantitative Methods Session(s): Fall; Spring | Course Offered Every Year

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 Session(s): Fall; Spring | Course Offered Every Year

An introduction to the theories, principles, and applications of microeconomics. Topics include pricing decisions, elasticity, profit maximization, resource allocation, antitrust and market structure analysis that managers need to make decisions from an economics perspective.

MBA-530: Foundations in Accounting Session(s): Fall; Spring | Course Offered Every Year

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 Session(s): Fall; Spring | Course Offered Every Year

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: Leadership and Global Communication Session(s): Varies, Contact Program Director | Course Offered

This course explores communication between global corporate leaders and their various constituents.  Topics include leadership principles, international cultural considerations, groups and team dynamics, organizational theory, attitudes and work motivation.  Both written and oral communication concepts will be explored.

MBA-615: Developing Human Capital Session(s): Summer | Course Offered Every Year

An in-depth study of recruitment, selection, and retention of the human capital for an organization. Key topics include job analysis and design, testing, performance appraisals, training and development, succession planning, and employee exit programs. Special attention is also given to international operations, expatrepatriation and the effects of layoffs and downsizing organization morale. Also offered as PSYG 615.

MBA-616: Ethical and Legal Employment Issues Session(s): Summer | Course Offered Every Year

An examination of employee relations, employment law, and labor relations. Topics will include equal employment opportunity, discrimination, affirmative action, workforce diversity, health and safety issues, and  employee communication. Ethical decision making will be highlighted throughout the course.

MBA-617: Managing Reward Systems Session(s): Summer | Course Offered Every Year, Alternate Years

The study of attracting, motivating and retaining employees through the appropriate mix of compensation and benefits. Topics include group and individual incentive plans, determining wage levels, structure, and developing pension plans and legal considerations in the administration of compensation and benefits on both the national and international levels.

MBA-625: Entrepreneurship Bootcamp Session(s): Summer | Course Offered

An entrepreneurial bootcamp for students pursuing the
postgraduate Certificate in Entrepreneurship and Family
Business. The bootcamp provides students a practical guide to
entrepreneurship in advance of the entrepreneurship and family
business three course sequence. During the bootcamp, students
will receive information/resources regarding: basic economic
concepts, how to discover tax credits, loan/financing programs,
quick pitch tactics, Small Business Administration resources,
incubator/affordable space, capital formation resources, and
preparing for investor presentations. Prerequisite: Admission to
certificate program.

MBA-626: Business Planning and Design Session(s): Summer | Course Offered

A course for the planning and design of a business with specific
attention to human ingenuity, innovation, and social responsibility.
The course takes a systems design approach for business,
allowing for students to pursue an individualized project in relation
to a startup, acquisition, takeover, or franchise. Through the lens
of their individualized business interest, students will examine the
interaction between societal and market needs and the use of
business as economic change agents. The course is interactive
and exploratory, which students will develop and design a
customer-centric business idea. Prerequisite: Admission to
certificate program or MBA program.

MBA-627: Entrepreneurial Financing and Strategy Session(s): Summer | Course Offered

An examination of the financial aspects of entrepreneurial and
family businesses and the use of capital budgeting for long-term
strategic planning. Students will use an individualized project to
explore forecasting definitions and coverage, lean start-ups,
capital budgeting and working capital management, risk
management, investment strategies, and time value of money.
Through their individualized venture, students will analyze and
forecast financial statements for long-term strategic decision making
and firm management. Prerequisite: MBA 626.

MBA-628: Managing a Growing Venture Session(s): Summer | Course Offered

A study of appropriate growth strategy for an entrepreneurial
venture or emerging business. The course examines the
complexity of the business growth process focusing specifically
on entrepreneurial action, company leadership, experimental
learning, opportunity costs and risk mitigation. Through an
individualized project, students develop a growth strategy that
maximizes the long-term interests of their business. The course
also examines family business transition strategies and managing
entrepreneurial activity. This course is experimental and experiential; students are expected to engage and apply material
in a meaningful way. Prerequisite: MBA 627.

MBA-630: Managerial Accounting Session(s): Fall; Spring | Course Offered Every Year

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-635: Management Information Systems Session(s): Fall; Spring | Course Offered

An overview of contemporary issues related to managing
information systems within organizations. The course introduces
major information technology concepts that managers face when
using, developing and managing information systems for
competitive advantage. Topics include information system
organization, strategy, knowledge management, IT-based
decision making and information systems security and control.

MBA-640: Organizational Behaviour and Ethics Session(s): Fall; Spring | Course Offered Every Year

This course explores the application of management and organizational behavior theories for enhancement of individual, team and organizational effectiveness.  The course further examines the ethical implications of business decision-making.

MBA-643: Leading in Global Business Settings Session(s): Summer | Course Offered Every Year

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 Session(s): Summer | Course Offered Every Year

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 Negotiation Session(s): Summer | Course Offered Every Year

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 Session(s): Summer | Course Offered Every Year

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 Essentials Session(s): Summer | Course Offered Every Year

This course is designed to equip students with the essential skills and knowledge to effectively define and plan 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 structure, planning and budgeting, and managing of resources to achieve the project objects, and post-project evaluation. 

MBA-649: Advanced Project Management Session(s): Summer | Course Offered Every Year

The objective of this course is to provide students with comprehensive risks management knowledge and skills; and focus on strategic perspective on project management.  The course will discuss and explore the concept of project risk management both from strategic and tactical levels.  Other topics on advanced project management practices include procurement management, quality management, program and portfolio management and agile project management.  Prerequisite: MBA 648.  

MBA-650: Managerial Finance Session(s): Fall; Spring | Course Offered Every Year

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 Session(s): Fall; Spring | Course Offered Every Year

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 Session(s): Fall; Spring | Course Offered Every Year

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-685: Business Internship Session(s): Fall; Spring; Summer | Course Offered Every Year

Supervised experience in a business, government, or non-profit organization where work is related to the student’s area of interest.  Graduate internships involve management-related work experience that is substantial, provides significant contributions to organization goals, and involve considerable responsibility.  The internship may count as a concentration elective provided that the work is primary related to the concentration.  Students may not use a pre-existing position as their internship.  Can be taken only once.  Pass/Fail grading.  

MBA-690: Independent Study Session(s): Fall; Spring; Summer | Course Offered Every Year

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 Session(s): Summer | Course Offered Every Year

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 Session(s): Fall; Spring | Course Offered Every Year

A capstone course 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. 

Curriculum requirements and course descriptions are subject to changes with each catalogue.

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