MBA Program

Course Descriptions

Core Courses
Graduate Business Preparatory Course
The Graduate Business Preparatory Course is a 6-credit, one-semester course that gives prospective graduate business students the opportunity to prepare for entry into the MBA or MS in International Business Finance programs.
The course integrates the key foundation business content of accounting, economics, finance, management, marketing, and quantitative analysis. It is designed for non-business majors to gain a basic understanding of these essential business concepts and practices. Students who lack the prerequisite undergraduate courses for either these programs, or have taken them yet desire additional preparation, or students who are just considering enrolling in either business program, can benefit from this introductory course.
GBP 600 6 Credits
Accounting for Strategic Management and Decision Making
Examines the use of management accounting systems to solve problems and manage activities in an organization. Blending contemporary theory with practical applications and actual company experiences, the course provides a framework for understanding management accounting and control systems and how their design and operation create value for the organization.
MBA 601 3 Credits
Information Technology for Effective Management
Explores the role of information technology (IT) as a tool for communication and control of all functions of product or service providers. IT is examined from a variety of viewpoints, including its position in the digital economy, concepts and management, and strategic information systems used to gain competitive advantage. Ethical issues, such as abuse by employees and preservation of privacy, are also examined.
MBA 602 3 Credits
Marketing: Branding and Differentiating
Introduces students to the concepts and theories underlying marketing decision making, with an emphasis on the strategic considerations that drive and integrate the marketing mix. Emphasis on the application of marketing principles to a multinational environment by examining the development of marketing carried out by companies overseas or across national borders; and analyze traditional and emergent practices in marketing to the global consumer. Students examine key marketing concepts such as branding, target marketing, and consumer behavior in the context of cultural markets, alternative messaging, and product mutation and migration.
MBA 603 3 Credits
Managing in the New Millenium: An International Perspective of Work
Presents management theory and practice in a global context. Students examine worldclass management models, emerging trends in management, and best-practice applications and solutions in the workplace. Key content areas include management-style assessment, manager behaviors, and management modeling.
MSB 604 3 Credits
Ethics in the Global Marketplace
Examines management’s roles and responsibilities associated with ethical professional and business practices in the global marketplace. Students compare and contrast cultural and organizational orientations, espoused values, and demonstrated behaviors of select countries relative to ethics and business. Trends and issues associated with government legislation, interventions, and mandates addressing the ethics of business are also explored.
MSB 605 3 Credits
Quantitive Analysis
Explores foundational theories, models, and applications of quantitative analysis in business. Examines key topics, including hypothesis formulation and testing, regression models, analysis of variance, correlation analysis, and the estimation of nonlinear models. Students apply multivariate analysis to business problems in marketing, finance, and economics.
MBA 606 3 Credits
Managing for Change
Examines change and transformation in global organizations. Students explore theories, models, and methods of influencing, managing, and measuring change. Key topics include origins of change, change as a strategic asset, and managing change in chaos. Study includes organizational adaptation and adoption models associated with organizational productivity.
MBA 607 3 Credits
Managerial Finance
Core graduate finance course covering the principles of time value and their application to the valuation of debt and equity securities. Time value principles are also applied to the evaluation of business capital projects in order to determine if the potential expenditure of the firm’s resources is in the best interests of the owners of the firm. Students learn the advantages of investment diversification and the issues involved in selecting the optimum mix of debt and equity to finance the firm.
MBA 608 3 Credits
Human Capital Management in Multi-Cultures
Examines enterprise-wide workforce engagement and management from a multi-cultural perspective. Students study how people make decisions, learn, solve problems, innovate, and create human synergies to increase productivity. Areas of focus include employee expectations and work styles, examined from the perspective of varied cultures.
MBA 609 3 Credits
Capstone: MBA
Students synthesize key theoretical and applied business knowledge acquired throughout the program. A strategic-analysis project demonstrating the applicability of business knowledge and critical thought to an innovative business situation is required. Prerequisite: Completion of core courses.
MBA 695 3 Credits
Electives
Leadership
A survey of the roles, influences, and impact of leaders in global organizations. Analyzes significant psychological, sociological, and anthropological theories and models relative to leadership behaviors. In addition, students engage in supervised qualitative fieldwork focused on leadership best practices relative to organizational productivity, growth, and sustainability.
MBA 610 3 Credits
Legal Environment of Business
Examines executive, legislative, and judicial branches of government relative to business law and operations. Key topics include forms of business enterprise, international laws, business torts, contracts, the Uniform Commercial Code, negotiable instruments, bulk sales, and product liability. Students also study employment, intellectual property, securities regulations, and financial reporting and disclosure regulations.
MBA 611 3 Credits
Managerial Economics
Develops the analytic foundations and management guidance for maximizing the profitability of the firm. Students learn the fundamental factors that determine the market demand for a product or service and the important role played by various demand elasticities, particularly price elasticity. The course then introduces the major cost concepts and how combining cost and demand conditions allow business managers to improve profitability under highly competitive and less competitive market structures. The course concludes with an examination of alternative pricing approaches such as quantity discounts and markup pricing.
MBA 612 3 Credits
Negotiation and Conflict Resolution
Focuses on theoretical and practical dynamics of negotiation and conflict in organizations. Analyzes theories, models, and best practices used in enabling agreement and resolving conflict. Explores the psychological and sociological literatures, with a focus on key organization variables, including culture, capability building, power, and communications. In addition, students acquire negotiation and conflict-resolution skills through case-based simulations and an understanding of the dynamics of interpersonal and intergroup conflict and their resolution.
MBA 613 3 Credits
Advanced Entrepreneurship
Examines entrepreneurship—the essential component of business building and growth. Explores key concepts, including risk and reward, business planning, and venture capital pitches. Main topics include entrepreneur self-assessment, market analysis, business identification, financing, market entrance, and growth strategies.
MBA 630 3 Credits
Management of Not-for-Profit Organizations
Presents the management theory and practice of social entrepreneurship. An examination of the specifics of the not-for-profit sector and challenges involved in managing not-forprofit organizations (NPOs) and nongovernmental organizations (NGOs). Key content areas include management instruments, national and branch specific topics and benchmarking in the NPO/NGO.
MBA 636 3 Credits
Strategic Management
Explores the best practices in strategic management and communication messaging. It is designed to help you identify and adopt skills that will make you an effective team player, manager and leader in an organizational setting. Attention is focused on interpersonal and intrapersonal analysis, application and implementation of the most effective strategies used by managers in business and the professions. Furthermore this course will challenge you to develop and implement persuasive messaging in a convincing and ethical manner for diverse and or resistant audiences.
MBA 690 3 Credits
Recommended Sequence of Courses
Entering Fall I
MBA 602: Information Technology for Effective Management
MBA 603: Marketing in 21st Century Knowledge Age: Branding, Differentiating, and Winning
MSB 604: Managing in the New Millenium: An International Perspective of Work
MSB 605: Ethics in the Global Marketplace: Organizations and Accountability
Spring I
MBA 601: Accounting for Strategic Management and Decision Making
MBA 606: Quantitive Analysis
MBA 607: Organizational Transformation: Managing for Change
MBA 608: Managerial Finance
Summer
1 Elective within a specialization
1 Elective within a specialization
1 Elective within a specialization
Fall II
MBA 609: Management of Human Capital in Multicultural Organizations: Diversity, Inclusion, and Teaming
1 Elective within a specialization
MBA 695: Capstone: An Integrative Experience