Curriculum

The MBA program is structured as full-time study, with 51 graduate credit hours (including prerequisite 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: Prerequisites (Completed by all non-business students)

  • 505: Financial & Managerial Accounting
  • MGT 515: Analysis of Quantitative Data
  • ECO 525: Economics for Managers
  • MGT 570: Management Principles
  • LAW 560: Law and Business Ethics
  • MGT 565: Communications for Executives

Block 2:  Core Courses

  • ACC 601 - Strategic Accounting Analysis and Planning
  • MGT 651 – Strategic MIS
  • MGT 611 – Advanced Quantitative Methods
  • MGT 670 – People in Organizations
  • MKG 631 -Strategic Marketing
  • FIN 610 – Financial Management

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

 Block 5: Capstone Course

  • MGT 691 – Business Research Strategy and Planning (Capstone course including comprehensive examination)

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Course Descriptions

Pre-Requisite Course Descriptions

ACC 505 Financial and Management Accounting

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.

MGT 515 Analysis of Quantitative Data

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.

ECO 525 Economics for Managers

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.

MGT 560 Law and Business Ethics

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.

MGT 565 Communications for Executives

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.

MGT 570 Management Principles

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.

 

Course Descriptions (Required Core)

ACC 601

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.

MGT 611

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. 

MGT 651

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.

MGT 670

This course provides today's 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.

MKG 631

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.

FIN 610

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.

MGT 691

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

Course Descriptions (Concentration in Accounting)

ACC 602

This course begins with an overview of business taxation in the U.S., and international tax planning issues. This foundation serves as a basis for the development of business tax strategies for successful competition in the global marketplace. Research and case studies of international tax issues are explored. Topics include tax planning and administration, choice and tax implications of business entities, international tax principles, wealth management, and ethical issues. 

ACC 603

This course explores the underlying concepts of financial accounting theory and its application to current accounting practice. Standards of the U.S. Financial Accounting Standards Board (FASB) and the International Accounting Standards Board (IASB) are emphasized. Topics include the conceptual framework of accounting, financial accounting and reporting standards, and the rationale for generally accepted accounting standards. Research into the development of accounting theory is included. 

ACC 604

An advanced course in audit theory and practice, covering auditing concepts and procedures, audit research, computer auditing, and Securities Exchange Commission (SEC) audits. Computerized audit problems and case studies illustrate audit concepts and practice.

 

Course Descriptions (Concentration in Finance)

FIN 643

Prerequisite: FIN 610 This course focuses on the financial decisions. The course will include cases that illustrate different real-world financial situations faced by corporations. This course should help prepare students for careers in commercial and investment banking, corporate financial management, as well as more general business careers that have a substantial finance component. Topics covered will include capital structure, payout policy, security issues, mergers and acquisitions, and risk management.

FIN 645

Prerequisites: ACC 505, FIN 610 The focus of this course is on the international financial environment in which business firms operate and in which financial service providers compete. Attention is given to foreign direct investment, risk analysis, capital budgeting, international banking, and portfolio management. In addition, advanced topics such as international taxation, currency, and interest rate risk management will be discussed. The material presented will assist in the understanding of global management, international banking operations, and international financial institutions.

FIN 644

Prerequisite: FIN 610 This course deals with the theories, analysis and management of fixed income an  equity securities in a global capital market. The emphasis is on the application of finance, economics, accounting and statistics to the valuation of the aggregate stock market, alternative industries, asset pricing models, and portfolio management.

Course Descriptions (Concentration in Global Business and Supply Chain)

MGT 676

Prerequisite: MGT 570 An overview of the concepts, institutions, and policies that influence international business. The course evaluates the importance of economic, sociocultural, political, and leadership styles, motivation strategies, and communication channels appropriate for the transnational firm. Topics include developing economies, entrepreneurship, regional trading blocs, international human resource management, and the shift from planned to market-based economies.

MGT 654

The widespread practice of purchasing finished goods, parts and supplies from all regions of the world creates inherent complexity and risks. This course addresses how to manage these challenges through supplier and global sourcing strategies, logistics partner selection, quality assurance, and the understanding of INCOTERMS and instruments of international payment to manage risk and accurately determine landed costs. Understanding government regulations, sustainability issues, differing language, social, legal, and ethical issues across cultures are also topics. 

MGT 655

This course focuses on global transportation systems that are essential to international trade including air freight, ocean freighters, container ships and cross-border land transport in North America. Topics will include pricing, security, distribution strategies, and how to utilize third party logistics providers of international services. Important current issues related to regulation, domestic security, the environment, energy usage, and risks to transportation in politically unstable regions are discussed. 

Course Descriptions (Concentration in Strategic Marketing)

MKG 632

Prerequisite: MKG 631 Integrating social media, broadcast communications, event marketing, sales promotion, and personal selling into a network of touchpoints to create and sustain value is a key challenge for today’s business. This course addresses these cutting-edge topics through real-world campaigns, hands-on learning, and analysis of new and traditional media definitions and opportunities. Students complete the course understanding how to build, grow, and measure a network of communication effects that leverage social media and broadcast communication to maximize brand value.

MKG 633

Prerequisite: MKG 631 Successful marketing requires the ability to launch, monitor, assess, and direct strategic resources to achieve multiple goals and outcomes while leveraging a portfolio of marketing investments. This challenge is met by implementing digital analytic platforms through which market performance metrics are disseminated via user-friendly dashboards and notification systems. In this course, students learn how to leverage digital analytics for marketing insight, action, and success.

MKG 634

Prerequisite: MKG 631 This course aims to provide an understanding of the issues, contextual factors, mechanisms and organizational processes central to successfully establishing and maintaining an effective global marketing strategy. It aims to provide students with opportunities to enhance their strategic decision-making skills for global market success. 

Course Descriptions (Concentration in Healthcare Administration)

MPH 663

This course examines the legislative process and patterns of health legislations. Students analyze the issues and political processes involved in the current health legislation and health legislative proposals at the national and state levels. Upon completion, students will develop an in depth understanding of the persistent issues facing the healthcare system, the law and its application to the industry and be able to think critically about current and future issues in healthcare management.

ACC 664

Prerequisite: MPH 663 Healthcare institutions, both profit and not-for-profit, are under significant pressure to contain costs and improve the quality of services and products. Today’s complex environment places greater emphasis on the financial implications of both managerial and clinical decisions. This course is intended to provide students with an understanding of the principles and theory of both managerial accounting and financial management in healthcare organizations. On completion, students will also have a good overview of the current and historical healthcare financial issues.

MPH 668

Prerequisites: MPH 663, ACC 664 This course integrates theory in business administration and healthcare administration using a strategic management framework. Students completing this course will have an ability to evaluate the strategic planning options and process that healthcare organizations must employ to ensure viability and success as they adapt to the change in the environmental, regulatory and competitive healthcare industry, determine the impact of health policy on the strategic planning and management process of healthcare organizations, and analyze the management of providing effective services in a healthcare delivery system with limited resources. Principles and methods of strategic planning in the healthcare environment will be addressed through readings, cases and research.

Course Descriptions (Concentration Strategic Management)

MGT 673: Production & Operations Management

This course provides a management overview of the planning, coordinating and executing of all activities that create goods and services. Topics include productivity, demand and capacity planning, quality measurement systems, network analysis, supply chain interface and production related information technologies. 

MGT 675: Strategic Human Resource Management

The course studies human resource practices and their impact on a firms competitive advantage and corporate structure. This nexus is specifically studied as it relates to costing human resources, environmental scanning, mergers and acquisitions, and the internationalization of HRM. The importance of human resource planning to strategic choice, staffing, compensating, and employee and labor relations are also addressed. The student is taught skills for maximizing firm objectives via appropriate human resource practices. 

MGT 677: Organizational Development

This course considers organizational development as a process of planned change to improve an organization’s problem-solving skills, creativity, innovation, and its overall effectiveness within a changing and complex environment. Students will study intervention strategies to help individuals and organizations achieve their goals.