Students need to successfully complete 10 required courses (30 semester hours). The sequential nature of the course work is designed to help the student gain the foundational business knowledge to become effective decision makers. There are no electives in this program.
This course covers a broad range of topics surrounding the management of organizations. Course topics include behavior in organizations, strategic human resource management, current production and operations techniques, and organizational structure and design. Change management techniques will be discussed. Course activities will develop and strengthen students’ organizational decision-making, analytical and communication skills.
This course provides an in-depth exposure to the principles of financial and managerial accounting and the preparation, interpretation and analysis of general purpose financial statements for parties external to the organization. Topics such as cost behavior, activity-based costing, pricing, break-even and decision analysis, and budgeting and control are also covered. Emphasis is on the analysis and interpretation of accounting information and how financial statements interrelate, rather than on the preparation of different statements.
This course adopts a hands-on and problem-based approach in offering students an overview of a number of data analysis and decision-making tools commonly encountered by managers in a business environment. The course will focus on helping students apply, with the aid of Microsoft Excel and other computer software programs, analytical tools such as statistical analysis, hypothesis testing, regression analysis, optimization techniques and project management.
This course is designed to examine the scope of marketing and the assessment of marketing opportunities in the current global business environment. In particular, the course will focus on the development of marketing mix strategies as they relate to the firm’s overall strategic marketing plan, implementation, control and effectiveness. Topics include: target market definition and analysis, segmentation, competitor analysis, strategic decisions involved in developing the marketing program, consumer buyer behavior, business to business marketing, global business, the role of marketing research and marketing information systems in the marketing decision-making process, and various media strategies.
This course is designed to examine the ways financial managers make their decisions at the corporate level. This course will focus on the decision-making process regarding cost of capital, capital budgeting, cash flow analysis, capital structure and other financial decisions.
This course focuses on how managers of organizations use the strategic management process to create and maintain a competitive advantage. Course topics include the analysis of external and internal environments, the impact of globalization on organizations, strategic decision making and competitive dynamics. Students actively participate in case study analysis, group decision making and computer simulation activities.
Prerequisites: MBA 500, 501, 502, 503, 504.
Project management teaches students the art and science of project management as applied to a variety of business and technology settings. Students will learn and practice project techniques that relate to the five phases of project management: initiating, planning, executing, monitoring and controlling, and closing projects. The program allows students to immediately practice course concepts in various activities in which they will create key project documents, including a business case, project charter, scope statement, WBS and a project plan.
The course will review the basic challenges of operating a business in today’s global world. Emphasis will be on the sociocultural aspects of a global business, the managerial and leadership challenges as well as the financial implications. The course will cross the functional areas of marketing, finance. human resources, supply chain and legal.
This course examines the nature and role of culture and diversity in the workplace, ways to successfully leverage diversity, the implications of diversity for business operations, and understanding cultural differences in light of the global economy. Students will perform a comprehensive diversity analysis of a chosen organization and craft recommendations based on the analysis. In addition, they will create personal profiles and increase sensitivity to personal issues that affect the workplace.
This course is targeted toward external and internal consultants, as well as managers and other change agents within organizations. Leading Change Management fosters improved competency in the skills necessary during all phases of the change process—from diagnosis to interventions through evaluation. Organizational change issues are critically examined, and case studies, exercises and assessments are utilized, to better understand change from organizational, group and individual levels. Change models serve as frameworks that emphasize the importance of interactive consultative processes. A major organizational change project is required of all students. This is a leadership course focusing on strategies and strategic issues of change management within organizations.