Course Descriptions — MBA

MBA Foundations (optional)

MBA5120 Foundations of Accounting
3 semester hours
This course introduces basic financial and managerial accounting concepts from the viewpoint of the user. Emphasis is on developing critical decision-making skills through the study of problems and cases. It will also cover financial statement analysis.

MBA5140 Foundations of Economics
3 semester hours
Students will be introduced to the domestic and global economies, business cycles, unemployment, and inflation. They will also be exposed to the economic decision process of firms and individuals as they attempt to maximize their relative well-being.

MBA Core Courses

MBA6020 Marketing Management
3 semester hours
The primary purpose of this course is to determine how to develop marketing strategy. Students will develop a client focus and learn how to target market. They will also study product, distribution, promotion, and pricing strategies. Upon completion of this course, the student will be able to conduct market-planning analysis, solve common marketing problems, develop marketing strategies, and implement introductory marketing campaigns.

MBA6030 Leadership and Organizational Behavior
3 semester hours
This course introduces students to an advanced treatment of the behavioral role of the leader interacting with others within the organization. It offers a critical review of leadership and human behavior, and addresses those behavioral concepts that influence such factors as group dynamics, interpersonal relations, and ultimately, organizational effectiveness.

MBA6050 Financial Management
3 semester hours
This course examines financial theory and activities connected with the organization and operations of a business. It explores: the relationship between management decisions and financial results, interpretation of financial reports, the development of financial projections, the evaluation of investment decisions, the relationship between risk and return, capital budgeting under risk and uncertainty, the cost of capital, and estimation of the value of a business or a security.

MBA6075 Operations Management
3 semester hours
Operations Management analyzes the role of evidence based decision-making in manufacturing and service organizations. Topics include production planning, master scheduling, inventory control, material requirements planning, personnel planning, quality control, and just-in-time systems. The course will focus on the concepts and methods necessary to direct and control the "transformation process" of resources into goods and services - within an integrated framework/model of the firm.

MBA6090 Applied Business Research
3 semester hours
Designed to understand the process by which business leaders respond to business problems. Integrates action research skills and professional business practices and provides an opportunity to apply current research to a business problem.

MBA6100 Strategic Management
3 semester hours
In this course, all functional disciplines are integrated together in an attempt to look at and comprehend some of the important issues in strategic management. It concentrates on modern analytical approaches and on enduring successful strategic practices. It is consciously designed with a technological and global outlook since this orientation in many ways highlights the significant emerging trends in strategic management. The course is intended to provide students with a pragmatic approach that will guide the environmental analysis, formulation, implementation evaluation and control, and the feedback systems needed to have a successful strategy. This course will cover strategic and tactical planning, budgeting, analysis of decision under uncertainty and change. Issues related to making ethical judgment and leadership are also covered. Teams of students complete strategic analyses, plans and recommendations for individual companies.
Prerequisites: MBA6020, MBA6030, MBA6050, MBA6075, MBA6090 and MBA6140.

MBA6140 Managerial Accounting
3 semester hours
This course will explore and have students utilize the various accounting tools, techniques, and knowledge base used by managers to make more effective decisions. This course will look at a number of aspects within the accounting decision-making framework. These aspects will include: overview of accounting and financial reporting, how accountants measure and report, managing financial reporting, cost concepts and analysis, product costing and an introduction to cost management, analysis for capital investment decisions, and measurements for management. Business decision-making will be the focus of this course and the business cases approach will be used extensively.

MBA in Leadership Concentration Courses

MBA6610 Leading Organizational Development
3 semester hours
This leadership concentration course discusses this field in terms of how it has evolved during challenging times. Students will explore the literature on leadership as it applies to the complexities of the current business environment. In addition, the course will focus on what companies can do to develop tomorrow’s leaders and how to overcome the inevitable conflict and resistance to change. The three subsections are (1) developing tomorrow’s leaders (2) evolution of leadership and (3) leading in a complex environment.

MBA6620 Leading Strategically
3 semester hours
This leadership concentration course addresses how leaders can effectively utilize creative strategies. Students will explore innovative strategies for overcoming barriers to the ethical resolution of conflict and crisis. Students will also discuss moral ethical and legal issues that affect the ability to lead an organization. The subsections are (1) conflict resolution (2) crisis strategies and (3) moral, ethical and legal leadership (4) leading strategic changes.

MBA6630 Leading Teams
3 semester hours
In today’s global marketplace the organizations that thrive are the ones that anticipate change and create new adaptations to their business model. Creativity is the key to finding new opportunities and establishing a competitive advantage through collaborative teams and the use of organizational alliances and strategic partnerships. The three subsections are (1) creating competitive advantage through teamwork (2) global alliances & partners and (3) emerging topics.

MBA Elective Courses

MBA6200 Human Resource Management
3 semester hours
This course explores the basic concepts of individual and social behavior as they apply to the modern organizational environment and day-to-day issues of human resource management. Specific topics include: communication, motivation, training and development, compensation, and labor relations issues. Labor relation issues include: minority rights, sexual harassment and environmental concerns. Emphasis is on organizational development and team building.

MBA6500 Global Business Immersion
3 semester hours
This course focuses on the differences between domestic and international businesses as well as the impact of the global economy on all functions of business.

MBA6880 Travel Study: Global Business Experience
3 semester hours
Offered either on campus or on location at a non-U.S. site, this course focuses on the differences between domestic and international business and the impact of the global economy on all the functions of business.

MBA6560 Leadership of Not-for-Profit Organizations
3 semester hours
This course is designed to apply the key aspects of leadership to leading not-for-profit organizations in both the public and private domains. In typical leadership courses, students study leadership skills, variables, team-building, negotiation and crisis management. In this course students will learn how to apply those skills in not-for-profit organizations. Emphasis will be in the context of leading in an environment of typical not-for-profit problems such as a lack of direct reporting relationships, fundraising and funding challenges, and impact of external influences such as political priorities. Management outcomes will include developing relationships, building coalitions, developing more effective systems, forming more productive management teams, and incenting and measuring performance.

MBA6540 Entrepreneurial Management
3 semester hours
This course will explore and examine the economic and management roles of the entrepreneur. In exploring the entrepreneur, students will be exposed to the theory as well as the experiences associated with entrepreneurs, entrepreneurial acts, and entrepreneurship in all organizational settings -- large, small, public and private. Emphasis will be placed on the integration of theories and concepts with personal and historical experiences.

MBA6550 Healthcare Management
3 semester hours
This course provides an introduction and overview to leadership, management, and organizational behavior in health care, reflecting the uniqueness of this sector. The course integrates theory with practice through readings, lectures, written assignments, and guest presentations from different organizational perspectives.

MBA6520 Project Management Planning
3 semester hours
Application of Project Management Body of Knowledge (PMBOK©), Project Management Planning process group to develop scope, manage time and costs, ensure quality, and develop Human Resources, Communication, and Risk management strategies for a project.

MBA6530 Project Management Execution
3 semester hours
Application of Project Management Body of Knowledge (PMBOK©), Project Management Executing process group to deliver the committed scope, manage time and costs, ensure quality, and recruit and employ human, communication, and risk management resources for a project. Emphasizes timely achievement of plan objectives, techniques for measuring and documenting success, and effective communication of project status. Includes orientation to change management.