Business Foundation Courses

The MBA program is structured as full-time study, with 51 graduate credit hours (including foundational coursework) required for graduation from the program and conferral of the degree.  The program can be completed over four full-time semesters of study, in as little as 16 months with classes offered in the evenings and on Saturdays.

Block 1: Foundational Coursework (Completed by all non-business students)

This course covers fundamental concepts and procedures of financial and management accounting for business decisions. Financial accounting provides information primarily for external decision makers such as investors, creditors, suppliers, and government agencies. Management accounting serves the needs of managers to fulfill organizational objectives. Case studies will illustrate accounting and ethical issues. Topics include generally accepted accounting principles, international accounting standards, financial accounting procedures, financial reporting, inventory and depreciation methods, and cost analysis. Three (3) Credit Hours

The course focuses on: (1) graphical and arithmetical description of data; (2) the use of computer software in solving statistical problems; (3) the theory of probability; (4) probability distributions and sampling distributions; and (5) estimation and hypothesis testing. Three (3) Credit Hours

This course covers the basic tools of economic analysis. The microeconomic component of the course examines decision making by the individual economic unit, addressing such topics as demand and supply, price and output determination, cost behavior, profit maximization, and competition. The macroeconomic component examines models to explain: national output, inflation, and unemployment; and how fiscal and monetary policies stabilize the economy. Three (3) Credit Hours

This course combines the regulatory and political foundations upon which businesses operate in the United States and Canada, as well as the ethical implications of business decisions. Ethical theories and their application to practical business decision making will be explored. The course delves into the legal environment in which businesses operate as well as a basic understanding of solving problems using legal rules. This includes the sources and origins of law, the court system, the constitution, torts, administrative agencies, and consumer law. Three (3) Credit Hours

An examination of the process of communication within the business enterprise and an analysis of its basic components. The presentation will include report writing, meeting leadership skills, and effective speaking and listening skills. All this is done within the appropriate technological framework, including PowerPoint and associated software. Three (3) Credit Hours

An introduction to the theory and practice of management. Instruction in the managerial functions of planning, organizing, leading and controlling draws from many disciplines in the social and behavioral sciences. This course examines management from various theoretical perspectives stressing application to the real world and using case studies. Topics studied include theories of management, decision making, leadership, communication, motivation, group dynamics, organizational design and strategic planning. Three (3) Credit Hours

Core Courses

Block 2:  Core Courses

This is an advanced core course in strategic accounting, which focuses on the interpretation and analysis of accounting information for business decisions. This course will provide an introduction to the field of business that assists to interpret both financial and non-financial information to effectively manage an organization. Case studies and special projects will be used to illustrate strategic decision processes. Topics include financial statement analysis, financial modeling, cash flow, budgeting, total quality management, activity-based management, target costing, job order costing, process costing, variable costing and transfer pricing. Three (3) Credit Hours

This course stresses practical applications of statistics in business. Topics covered include analysis of variance, nonparametric statistics, chi-square, simple and multiple regression, time series analysis, statistical forecasting, model building, and statistical process control. Each student is required to complete a project using statistical methods in solving a realistic business problem. Three (3) Credit Hours

This course provides knowledge of how information technology impacts effective management activities, especially in the area of strategic decision making. Topics include organizational information system design, management control of information technology, strategic and competitive aspects of information technology, social issues, and the globalization of information technology.

This course provides todays managers with the background and skills necessary to lead and motivate an increasingly diverse, team-based work force. Topics include the structuring of effective teams, leading and participating in teams, communicating with and motivating others, and recognizing and valuing individual differences. Using current theories from the social and behavioral sciences, students are provided with negotiation and conflict resolution techniques that will enable effective conflict management with employees and other organizational stakeholders. Three (3) Credit Hours

This advanced marketing course aims to avail the students with marketing tools and concepts to engage in strategic marketing planning. Students learn about the marketing concept, value creation and the development, implementation and control of the strategic plan. Three (3) Credit Hours

Using a balanced approach of theory and application, this class focuses on the analytical techniques involved in financial planning and decision making in the firm. Primary emphasis is placed on the importance of strategic investment and financing choices and the logic behind these critical decisions made by the financial manager. Case method will be used to apply principles developed in managerial finance to situations involving financial planning, valuation, capital budgeting risk analysis, and cost of capital. Three (3) Credit Hours

Concentration Block

Block 3: Advised Elective

  • One course pertinent to concentration

Block 4: Concentration Courses

  • Three courses as advised by the College of Business Administration Graduate Studies Office

Capstone Course

33 semester hours completed are required before registering for this course. This capstone course synthesizes the knowledge gained in the functional areas of the firm to enable the student to formulate business decisions and policies. The course uses techniques of research developed throughout the program to analyze comprehensive business problems. A major component of the course is a special project requiring a practical exercise in strategic planning. Three (3) Credit Hours

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