Course Descriptions

MBA 511 Management Foundations

This is the foundational M.B.A. course. Critical thinking and reasoning with quantitative date, managerial problem solving, legal/ethical decision making, communication, and leadership skills are introduced in this course. These skills are practiced in an active student-learning environment as students are challenged to begin to apply essential business principles to a variety of management challenges while developing a global perspective on change, service to society and leadership. (3)

MBA 512 Accounting for Managers

Examines the process of preparing, analyzing, and interpreting financial statements with emphasis on how the resulting information is then used by managers within the firm as well as investors and creditors outside the firm. Students will interpret financial statements to extract information about the organization's goods, services, and functions and use that information to organize resources, develop and implement plans, and evaluate the effectiveness/efficiency of plans and operations. Students will also analyze financial statements from the perspective of investors or creditors basing investment and/or lending decision on the information contained therein. (3)

MBA 514 Business Analytics

Provides students with an understanding of the concepts and applications of quantitative methods and models to support managerial decision-making processes throughout the organization. Spreadsheet software and other quantitative techniques will be used to analyze business problems. Students will determine appropriate quantitative techniques or tools and apply them to solve specific problems.(3)

MBA 515 Management in Organizations

Addresses the best contemporary management and organizational theories and their roots. This critical analysis will examine the influence of individual, group, and organizational processes on behavior in organizations. The purpose of the course is to familiarize students with principles that can be applied to manage human resources, enhance individual and group performance, and increase organizational effectiveness.(3)

MBA 517 Leading in Business

Provides graduate students with an integrated understanding of leadership theory and practice across multiple levels of analysis and fields of practice including ethical and sustainable implications for leading. Readings and assignments focus students on leading and leadership development for service and for-profit organizations as well as their own self-development within the context of application and engagement with any group or organization. Prerequisites: MBA 511, MBA 512, MBA 514, and MBA 515. (3)

MBA 519 Operations Management

Examines the management of business operations, the tools and techniques used by operations managers in manufacturing and service industries, the interaction of production functions, and the synthesis of concepts and techniques relating to and enhancing the management of production systems and the provision of services. The course focuses on applying the operational methodologies covered in class to real-world cases to solve business situations and address business issues that are challenging to managers in this global environment. Prerequisites: MBA 511 and MBA 514. (3)

MBA 520 Economics for Managers

This course presents the framework for acquiring and using the knowledge of micro, macro and international economic concepts to guide a variety of business decisions. Prerequisite: MBA 511. (3)

MBA 521 Marketing Concepts and Practice

A comprehensive study of the concepts and practices of marketing with an in-depth investigation of the interacting marketing systems and activities that deliver goods and services and that create value for existing and new customers. This inquiry involves the application of several disciplines of business management to a decision-oriented marketing process involving considerations of product, price, place, and promotion in a global environment. Prerequisite: MBA 511(3)

MBA 522 Corporate Finance

Presents a wide range of important issues in managerial finance, including such topics as the role of finance in organizations, principles of financial analysis and control, capital budgeting techniques, investment decisions under uncertainty, financial structure and cost of capital, sources of long- and short-term financing, working capital management, and the multinational aspect of financial management. Prerequisites: MBA 512 and MBA 520. (3)

MBA 523 Business Problem Solving

In this integrated core course, students will solve current business problems by applying appropriate problem solving and decisions analysis models and using the foundational skills and knowledge acquired in prerequisite courses. Completion of a semester-long project will require students to begin by assessing a designated business problem within the context of the firm's internal cross-functional structure as well as the ethical, economic, competitive, legal, and social environment within which the organization operates. Working through established problem solving steps, students will conduct a comprehensive analysis and propose an actionable solution that supports the strategic goals of the organization in question. As a final step, students will present their analysis and solutions to affected decision-makers in an effort to persuade these business leaders to take action. Prerequisites or corequisites: MBA 515, MBA 519, MBA 521, and MBA 522. (3)

MBA 585 Global Business Experience

A study of the context and content of international business ventures with a real-world country specific application of the global strategies that create business success beyond domestic markets. Includes a required one-week structured study abroad with the Center for Global Education during the spring semester. (As a Center for Global Education co-sponsored course, the course cost during the spring semester includes tuition as well as fees specific to the study abroad component.) Prerequisites: MBA 511 and 12 additional credits in graduate business courses. (3)

MBA 600 Practicum

Independent Research under the direction of a faculty sponsor on a topic of business management theory or application. (3)

MBA 626 Strategic Management Seminar

This is the capstone course in the M.B.A. program. Using the perspective of top management of an enterprise, this integrative experience allows students to examine, analyze, and create strategic policy initiatives for complex organizations. The course uses the analysis of case studies and the creation of a comprehensive strategic plan to provide the student with the opportunity to make decisions under conditions of uncertainty. MBA 626 must be completed in residence. Prerequisites: MBA 523. (3)

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Business Administration (M.B.A.)

Business Administration (M.B.A.)