Courses & course SCHEDULING
All courses in the traditional MBA program are offered one night a week and held within a 5:00-7:30 p.m. or 7:35-10:05 p.m. time period. Students can pursue the program as intensively as they choose. There are also Saturday courses, as well as on-line courses, in addition to the regular course offerings. MBA courses are open only to those students matriculated into the MBA program or by permission of the MBA Director.
I. FOUNDATION COURSES:
MBA 500 - Management Process
This course investigates essential managerial functions such as planning, organizing, leading, controlling, and issues in organization theory. It also looks at current challenges in management, both in the profit and nonprofit sector, global economy, competitive advantage, diversity in the workplace, and team building. 3 credits.
MBA 501 - Micro-Macro Economics
This course will discuss how a market-oriented economy operates and how we measure the performance of the economy. In addition, it will review how the various agents in the economy make decisions. 3 credits.
MBA 502 - Statistical Decision Making
This course will cover the descriptive and inferential statistical methods frequently used for business and economics decision making. Upon the completion of this course, a student should be able to select an appropriate statistical method for solving a given problem, to model the problem and produce desirable solutions using the computer, and to interpret and communicate the results in a non-technical language. 3 credits.
MBA 503 - Managerial Finance
This course addresses the financial management issues of an economic agent within the context of a free-market capitalistic economy, using a manufacturing corporation operating in both a "domestic" as well as an international market as a basic model. At the end of the course, the student will have an understanding of the issues involved and their general solution, with the objective of maximizing the wealth of the firm owners through maximizing common stock prices. 3 credits.
MBA 504 - Organizational Behavior
This course investigates the interrelationships between the individual, the group, and the organization. This course bridges the gap between behavioral theory and application. Topics include individual differences, motivation, team and group development, power and influence, conflict resolution, leadership, organizational change, and communication. 3 credits.
MBA 505 - Marketing Management
This course will enable students to understand the processes involved in the planning, creation, valuation, distribution (both traditional and e-commerce), and sale of products and services. During this course, students will explore the tasks and decisions facing marketing managers. Particular areas of focus will include market and competitive analysis, customer behavior, and the design and implementation of marketing strategies (product, price, promotion, and distribution) in domestic and international markets. 3 credits.
MBA 506 - Financial and Managerial Accounting
Emphasis is on financial accounting theory and practice oriented toward the use of financial statements for decision-making. Cost concepts and principles as a managerial tool in planning, controlling, and decision-making are also covered. 3 credits.
MBA 507 - Legal Issues in Business and Management
This business law course emphasizes the legal aspects of business decision making. It exposes students to the basic principles of law with regard to starting, expanding, and operating a small or large business. It also includes the study of the judicial process, torts, contracts, agency, partnerships, corporations, intellectual property, and certain aspects of UCC. 3 credits.
II. ADvanced Courses
MBA 542 - Seminar in Global Business
This seminar aims at an understanding of the new economy and global issues confronting international business. It also examines various patterns of international economic relations and analyzes some of the causes of these patterns. An emphasis on global perspectives will enable students to develop essential managerial skills for handling environmental factors (such as political, cultural, technological, and legal). Prerequisites: MBA 500, 501, 502, 503, 504, 505, 506, 507, or permission of the MBA director. 3 credits.
MBA 548 - Operations Management
An introduction to the managerial processes underlying operations management in both manufacturing and service organizations. Topics such as operations strategy, product and process design, operations planning and control, just-in-time production systems, quality and productivity, and project management will be covered. The topics will be integrated using a systems approach to the operations of an organization. Prerequisites: MBA 500, MBA 502. 3 credits.
MBA 552 - Seminar in Strategic Management
This seminar focuses on strategic issues and problems that managers (e.g., CEOs, presidents, and SUB managers) face in a globally competitive environment. It also looks at the nature of competitive interactions among firms in the market through design of efficient organizations. Furthermore, techniques for strategy formulation and implementation are discussed. Prerequisites: MBA 500, 501, 502, 503, 504, 505, 506, 507, or permission of the MBA director. 3 credits.
MBA 562 - Seminar in Business Planning
This seminar examines entrepreneurship and management of innovation by emphasizing a systems approach toward business planning. It also looks at various approaches to management of innovation given the interaction between the enterprise and its larger containing environments. Prerequisites: MBA 500, 501, 502, 503, 504, 505, 506, 507, or permission of the MBA director. 3 credits.
MBA 565 - Business & Society
While business needs to satisfy the profit claim of shareholders, it must also reconcile the legal, moral, and discretionary claims of other stakeholders. Managers must be able to recognize and accommodate these competing claims as they arise across the organization and within various business disciplines. Prerequisites: MBA 500, 501, 502, 503, 504, 505, 506, 507, or permission of the MBA director. 3 credits.
MBA 595 - Research Project Seminar
Students apply their knowledge and skills under faculty guidance within an approved framework. Students are allowed to individualize their culminating experiences by selecting one of the following areas: working within one's organization to achieve significant project goals, developing and researching a global project through university-sponsored international opportunities, developing an entrepreneurial project and beginning implementation. Prerequisites: completion of all MBA course work. 3 credits.
III. Optional Courses
MBA 510 - Project Management
This course focuses on the importance of the project management life-cycle and processes. Moreover, this course enable students to understand, select and apply the necessary tools to plan, execute and manage resources, costs and time constraints in a typical change project. Students also learn how to acquire the necessary skills for understanding the issues inherent in the creation and management of a project team along with identiﬁcation of risks and their mitigation to ensure a successful achievement of the project's objectives. 3 credits.
MBA 512 - Strategic Factors in Marketing
Strategic factors in marketing focuses on all of the marketing mix components, and integrates the students' past marketing as well as the business school courses of finance, accounting, and operations management into an analytical decision-making case based on the course of study. This course emphasizes the development and application of creative problem-solving techniques to a vast variety of marketing problems affecting the global corporation. Prerequisite: MBA 505. 3 credits.
MBA 519 - Leadership and Organizational Learning
The central theme is the conviction that character-based leadership is essential for developing systems that support the growth and development of employee potential in order to build a viable enterprise. This course examines the process of developing a personal style of leadership using a systems approach of business. Prerequisite: MBA 504. 3 credits.
MBA 521 - Business Analysis and Start-Up
Comprehensive study of managing entrepreneurial small businesses and family owned firms from conceptualization through start-up. Students will identify venture opportunities, link them with sustainable competitive advantage, select an appropriate organizational form, develop marketing, financial, operational, and management programs for the new products/services, and formulate exit strategies. 3 credits.
MBA 522 - Organizational Change and Development
Comprehensive study of managing the change process (needs analysis, planning, implementation, measurement, evaluation and feedback) on the personal, team, inter-group, techno-structural and organizational levels of modern corporations. Prerequisites: MBA 504 or permission of the MBA director. 3 credits.
MBA 525 - Business Ethics
This course includes discussion and evaluation of social and moral dimensions of managerial decision making. Focus of the course is an in-depth study of values, conflicts, resolutions, and ramifications in a business context. (Formerly BUE 525). Prerequisites: MBA 504 and MBA 507. 3 credits.
MBA 528 - Real Estate Finance
The role of real estate in business. The course surveys the market for real estate, the financing of real estate, real estate investment decisions, and the legal aspects of real estate. 3 credits.
MBA 530 - Advanced Employment Law
This course is an advanced exploration into laws that apply to the employer/employee relationship. The course examines a broad range of issues that arise in employment law such as the employment relationship, hiring and termination, arbitration, aspects of employment discrimination law including Title VII and other Civil Rights laws, afﬁ rmative action, Family and Medical Leave and the regulation of employment, including collective bargaining and laws related to regulation such as OSHA and ERISA. Prerequisite: MBA 507. 3 credits
MBA 532 - Human Resources Management
This course provides the knowledge to manage human resources effectively and legally. It reviews HRM practices/policies to enable the manager to coordinate better with the official HRM staff and provide the level of support and understanding required by most employees. Prerequisite: MBA 504. 3 credits.
MBA 536 - International Marketing
International Marketing develops the role and functions of marketing management in the global transnational organization. This course stresses the integration of product, consumer, research, distribution, budget and marketing campaign development into a managerial structure amenable for today's ﬁrm. 3 credits
MBA 537 - Product Management
This course provides a comprehensive study of the techniques of product planning and development. It includes a team approach to product idea generation, concept testing, and commercialization, including the development of a marketing plan. Prerequisite: MBA 505. 3 credits.
MBA 538 - Marketing Analysis & Measurement
Students will understand the framework for conducting and using marketing research; they will synthesize their learning by means of a model of the research process. Scholarship is blended with a highly applied and managerial orientation toward scientific investigation in marketing. Hands-on experience with data analysis involving sophisticated statistical modeling adds greater comprehension of concepts, analysis of customer phenomena, and evaluation of data quality and inferences. 3 credits.
MBA 540 - Consumer Behavior
Students in this course will explore facets of the consumer's environment that inﬂuence thoughts, feelings, and actions, and analyze the consumer's reasons for competitive buying choices in order to develop successful marketing strategies. 3 credits.
MBA 549 - Economics of Health Care
This course is designed to teach MBA students to apply the tools of economics to the challenges of acting as managers and policy makers in the public and private sectors. The material will be accessible to any student who has completed an undergraduate principles of economics sequence and has a basic background in statistics. 3 credits
MBA 550 - Public Finance
This course focuses on the role of the public sector as it affects use of resources, distribution of income, and economic stability. This includes the nature and solution of problems of state and local governments as they provide education, fire and police protection, welfare assistance, highway construction, and related activities. Formerly BUE 550. Prerequisite: MBA 503. 3 credits.
MBA 551 - Business Ecological Sustainability
This course will provide students with an understanding of the reason behind the growing awareness of the importance of environmental issues and the resulting trend of incorporating these issues into business strategies. The course will offer a thorough introduction to the concept and practice of business sustainability. It will examine important topics such as pollution prevention, product stewardship, sustainable development, the triple bottom line, brand and reputation, corporate social responsibility and stakeholder theory. The course will place a heavy emphasis on practical examples from the business world, and as such, will make extensive use of case studies. 3 credits
MBA 553 - Entrepreneurship and Small Business Development
Comprehensive study of entrepreneurship and the role of entrepreneurs in economy by focusing on two central issues of developing a business plan and engaging in competitive behavior. This course is an introduction to family-owned firms, franchised businesses, new start-ups, or the purchasing of new businesses. Students will also identify venture opportunities, link them with sustainable competitive advantage, and select an appropriate organizational form by studying cases regarding established entrepreneurs. Prerequisites: MBA 501, 502, 503, 504, 505, 506, 507, 508, and 552. 3 credits.
MBA 572 - Financial Markets and Institutions
This course is designed to develop an understanding of ﬁnancial markets and institutions. Financial market topics to be discussed include operations, structure and regulation of ﬁnancial markets, money markets, capital markets, and derivatives markets; theory of interest rate determination and asset prices. The ﬁnancial institutions topics include the structure of the U.S. ﬁ nancial system, the federal reserve system, commercial banks, other depository institutions, insurance companies, investment banks, and interrelationships among intermediaries in the money and capital markets. Prerequisite: MBA 503. 3 credits.
MBA 573 - Investment Analysis
The course involves an in-depth study of investment portfolio theory and asset-pricing models which will help students acquire the analytical skills necessary to conduct valuations of equities, ﬁxed-income securities, and alternative investments. Topics to be covered will include: an overview of the investment decision-making process; valuation of equities and ﬁxed income securities; efficient market theory; risk, diversiﬁcation, and optimal portfolio analysis; risk and expected return: CAPM, APT, and factor models and derivative asset analysis. Prerequisite: MBA 503. 3 credits.
MBA 574 - Multinational Financial Management
Explores in depth the conceptual framework within which financial analysis and decisions must be made by multinational corporations. The focus is on the financial decision-making process in a multinational context. Formerly BUE 574. Prerequisite: MBA 503. 3 credits.
MBA 575 - Financial Statement Analysis
Applications of various financial analysis tools and techniques to financial statements in order to execute rational business decisions. 3 credits.
MBA 576 - Advanced Income Tax
Federal tax rules and regulations governing corporations, S corporations, and limited liability companies. Topics include incorporation, distributions, liquidation, and reorganization. 3 credits.
MBA 577 - Tax Planning and Research
Tax research and writing techniques analyzed in the context of tax planning issues. The implications of professional standards, codes of conduct, ethical responsibilities, and tax return preparation standards will also be examined. 3 credits.
MBA 578 - Not-for-Proﬁt and Governmental Accounting
In depth coverage of accounting principles, ﬁnancial reporting and budgeting procedures related to governmental and other not-for-proﬁ t organizations. Areas of concentration will be state, municipal and health care organizations. Public sector auditing and contemporary issues in governmental accounting will be addresses as well. Prerequisite: ACC 311 or equivalent. 3 credits.
MBA 579 - Advanced Auditing
In-depth coverage of key aspects of financial auditing as performed by the external auditor, including statistical and non-statistical sampling, evaluation, and testing of Electronic Data Processing. Also included is operational auditing as performed by the internal auditor. 3 credits.
MBA 580 - International Accounting Standards: Use & Interpretation
An intensive course investigating the International Accounting Standards of the International Accounting Standards Board, London. The Standards themselves are analyzed and interpreted, deviations from U.S. GAAP are highlighted, and the likely effects of those differences are examined. Prerequisites: ACC 200 and AC 210 (or ACC 220), or equivalents. 3 credits
MBA 581 - Contemporary Accounting Issues
In-depth, cutting-edge issues in financial and management accounting, with greater
emphasis on the former. Students not only demonstrate content knowledge in topics
covered, but also do original work on one of the financial accounting topics, including
a paper and a presentation. 3 credits.
For selection of additional optional courses, contact the MBA program director.