Curriculum

Required Business Administration Core (48 credits)

*Course codes are followed by “M” when are offered in the New Dimensions Program.

MB 512 Ethical Issues in Business

This course examines business ethics from both theoretical and applied points of view. Students will utilize fundamental ethical theory to analyze and explain contemporary business conditions and current events. Students will be asked to define their responsibilities as an individual and as part of a group, an organization, and society as a whole. Ethical issues in a variety of business areas will be considered; such as finance, marketing, human resources, and international. The focus will be on developing informed responses to the needs of a variety of stakeholders in making ethically-sound business decisions. Throughout the course, students will be required to demonstrate effective communication skills, both oral and written. 3 credits

MB 515 Economic Theory and Application

This course explores the basic concepts of macroeconomics and microeconomics with an emphasis on applying these theories to management decision making. Students will examine issues involved in operating effectively in a market-oriented economy and the measurement of economic performance. Topics include: national income and aggregates, fiscal and monetary policy formation, and price and output determination under various competitive situations. Through course assignments, students will demonstrate analytical skills as well as effective communication skills. 3 credits

MB 516 Organizational Behavior

This course examines the theoretical assumptions of organizational behavior and the issues and challenges that arise when managing and leading. Students will investigate the interrelationships between the individual, the group, and the organization. The course will emphasize managerial practices needed in a variety of settings and the application of these methods to realistic situations. Students will be required to demonstrate effective communication skills throughout the course 3 credits

MB 518 Marketing Concepts and Strategies

This course introduces students to the techniques and processes of planning, creation, valuation, distribution, and sale of products and services. Students will learn how to segment markets and to identify target markets, survey markets, and interpret data. Students will explore the challenges and ethical issues facing marketing managers. During this course, students will analyze strategic marketing cases that will allow students to exhibit the ability to describe and integrate the key activities of marketing and demonstrate effective analytical, oral presentation, and written communication skills. 3 credits

MB 520 Accounting Concepts

This course is designed to introduce students to the language of business. Students will learn the conceptual foundation of financial accounting and financial reporting of business activities. Assignments will focus on the development of insight about accounting in terms of measuring, recording, reporting, and interpreting economic transactions. Topics will include accrual and cash based measurements of profitability and financing, investing, and operating activities of businesses. This course will emphasize accounting for decision-making and the importance of ethics for business and accounting. 3 credits

MB 521 Managing Human Resources

This course is designed to introduce students to the language of business. Students will learn the conceptual foundation of financial accounting and financial reporting of business activities. Assignments will focus on the development of insight about accounting in terms of measuring, recording, reporting, and interpreting economic transactions. Topics will include accrual and cash based measurements of profitability and financing, investing, and operating activities of businesses. This course will emphasize accounting for decision-making and the importance of ethics for business and accounting. 3 credits

MB 611 Quantitative Research Methods for Quality Improvement

This course focuses on the application of quantitative analysis in the business environment. The concepts covered include probability distributions, decision analysis, regression analysis, forecasting techniques, linear programming, sensitivity analysis, project management, and simulation models. These concepts provide quantitative skills for research used in completing the Capstone project. 3 credits

MB 612 Financial Theory

In this course, students will study the tools and methodologies utilized by financial managers. Students will analyze financial information with emphasis on utilizing this information to make effective and ethical managerial decisions. Topics will include forecasting and planning, investment and financing decisions, cash flows, and financial markets. Students will demonstrate advanced understanding of these topics by analyzing case studies based on real world situations. Prerequisite: MB 520. 3 credits

MB 614 Information Systems Issues for Managers

This course examines the principles and issues of managing an information systems service function in a business. Current technologies available for computing and communicating will be explored from the viewpoint of a manager. Students will develop an understanding of how to select the most appropriate technology to meet a particular information need. Topics to be considered include training, evaluation, security, and ethical issues. Case studies will be used to provide examples. 3 credits

MB 615 Global Management

This course addresses practical skills for global managers. It examines common issues and best practices for managing a global workforce as well as relationships with important partners and customers. Students will examine the changing international business environment and assess the challenges involved in establishing and managing international operations and the problems inherent in these transactions. During this course, case studies will be utilized and students will be required to demonstrate effective critical thinking skills. 3 credits

MB 636 Legal Issues in Business

In this course, students examine the legal and ethical aspects of business decision making. The current business environment will be examined in relation to domestic and international law, federal and state regulations, as well as local statutes and ordinances. The social and moral aspects of decision making will also be discussed. Students will be required to analyze realistic problems from these perspectives 3 credits

MB 638 Financial Statement Analysis

This course will provide students with an understanding of how firms communicate through financial statements. Students will examine the use of financial statement analysis as an integral part of the strategic analysis of firms. In examining financial planning concepts, students will create pro-forma spreadsheets. The regulatory and ethical issues related to financial statement preparation and presentation will be examined. Case studies will be utilized to demonstrate the practical application of financial statement analysis and projections. Prerequisite: MB 612. 3 credits

MB 660 Strategic Management Capstone

This course examines issues and problems that managers face in today’s competitive and global business environment. Through the case study approach, students will integrate the skills and knowledge learned in previous courses and apply these to developing effective and ethical strategies to solve business problems. Students will be expected to demonstrate advanced written and oral communication skills. 3 credits

Advanced Specialization Courses

Accounting

MB 651 Governmental and Nonprofit Accounting

This course is designed to provide a framework for understanding the special accounting and reporting requirements of nonprofit organizations. Students will examine the characteristics of governmental and nonprofit accounting with an emphasis on various fund types and account groups. Topics will include reporting, budgeting, and auditing concepts and practices. The ethical and legal issues faced by nonprofit organizations will be examined. Prerequisite: MB 520.3 credits

MB 653 Accounting Information Systems

This course analyzes the methods used to gather, process, and communicate accounting information in business firms. Students will examine specific business transaction cycles and manual and computerized accounting systems. Topics will include internal control, auditing techniques, and system documentation. Case studies will be utilized to demonstrate the practical application of various systems. Prerequisite: MB 520.3 credits

MB 655 Ethics for Accounting Professionals

In this course, students will examine the ethical issues encountered in the accounting field. They will study the professional responsibilities outlined for accounting professionals and examine the ethical principles and practices of businesses. Students will study the regulations created by the passage of the Sarbanes-Oxley Act and discuss the current and potential impact of these regulations. Students will examine codes of conduct, stakeholder theory and the concepts of independence, objectivity, integrity, and public trust. Case studies will be used to illustrate these principles and students will be expected to demonstrate effective written communication skills.3 credits

MB 658 Taxation of Business Entities

In this course, students will examine the taxation of corporations, partnerships, and sole proprietorships. Students will prepare tax returns for business entities and explore the issues involved in tax planning and preparation. Problems will be worked manually and on the computer using tax preparation software. Topics include an overview of the different forms of business entities and their income tax classifications, gross income, business deductions, and tax liability3 credits

MB 659 Global Financial Reporting

This course provides an overview of international accounting and financial reporting practices used in the United States and foreign countries. Students will compare financial reporting standards used by various jurisdictions. Students will examine International Reporting Financial Reporting Standards (IFRS) on a standard-by- standard basis and compare these standards to U.S. GAAP. Students will develop an understanding of these principles and how they are being applied in today’s global business world.3 credits

General Management

MB 513 Management and Leadership

This course studies the essential managerial functions; such as planning, organizing, leading, and controlling resources effectively to achieve organizational goals. Throughout the course, case studies will be utilized to provide students with the opportunity to apply fundamental management concepts to a variety of real-world situations. Students will explore topics critical to developing effective leadership skills such as performance management, motivation, team development, interpersonal communication skills, and conflict resolution.3 credits

MB 628 Developing Strategic Capabilities

This course explores issues related to competition in today’s business environment and the strategic actions managers can take to maximize organizational performance. Students will analyze organizational systems, the evaluation of organizational activity, and the ways managers can integrate research, theory, and practice to foster and create value in business. Prerequisite: MB 513.3 credits

MB 630 Entrepreneurial Development

In this course, students will examine the fundamental management and business practices essential to successful entrepreneurial development. Students will complete a comprehensive study of managing entrepreneurial small businesses from conceptualization through start-up. Students will identify venture opportunities, select an appropriate organizational form, and develop marketing, financial, operational, and managerial programs for these firms. Prerequisite: MB 513.3 credits

MB 632 Organizational Development

This course will focus on issues of business strategy and planning, with an emphasis on organizational structures and processes. Topics will include change management, team development, and continuous improvement practices and experiences. Case studies will be utilized to demonstrate the transformation of business policies and procedures to effectively achieve strategic goals.3 credits

MB 634 Survey of Operations Management

This course addresses the issues of plan implementation and the management of operations in a variety of organizations. The course will focus on diverse activities; such as determining the size and type of production process, purchasing, planning and scheduling the flow of materials, and the nature and content of inventories. Emphasis will be placed on the strategic and tactical skills needed to manage effectively and to assure product quality. Prerequisite: MB 513.3 credits

Human Resources

MB 652 Human Resource Training & Development

This course provides a clear understanding through lecture, readings, and case studies that effective training and development is essential to business success. Students will examine, evaluate, and demonstrate how human resource managers align the training and development functions with the vision, strategy, and values of the organization. Students will consider the selection of appropriate activities to assure the right people are in the right place at the right time. Prerequisite: MB 521.3 credits

MB 654 Compensation Strategies

Students are provided an opportunity in this course to learn, research, and then design a compensation structure for an organization while taking into consideration key components such as compensation legislation, wage rates, government mandated benefits, and company retention strategies. Communicating the compensation plan to employees and international compensation issues will also be explored. Prerequisite: MB 521.3 credits

MB 656 Employment Law

This course is designed as an opportunity for students to consider state and federal legal issues governing employment relationships and affecting employment policies. Topics such as EEO, OSHA, Workers’ Compensation, discipline procedures, ethical human resource activity, conflict resolution, and employee rights will be examined. Prerequisite: MB 521.3 credits

MB 632 Organizational Development

This course will focus on issues of business strategy and planning, with an emphasis on organizational structures and processes. Topics will include change management, team development, and continuous improvement practices and experiences. Case studies will be utilized to demonstrate the transformation of business policies and procedures to effectively achieve strategic goals.3 credits

MB 634 Survey of Operations Management

This course addresses the issues of plan implementation and the management of operations in a variety of organizations. The course will focus on diverse activities; such as determining the size and type of production process, purchasing, planning and scheduling the flow of materials, and the nature and content of inventories. Emphasis will be placed on the strategic and tactical skills needed to manage effectively and to assure product quality. Prerequisite: MB 513.3 credits

Leadership

Students selecting this option may take courses from the Master of Arts in Leadership Program with the approval of the M.B.A. and Leadership Program Directors. Three courses (9 credits) from the Master of Arts in Leadership are required to complete this concentration.

Marketing

MB 630 Entrepreneurial Development

In this course, students will examine the fundamental management and business practices essential to successful entrepreneurial development. Students will complete a comprehensive study of managing entrepreneurial small businesses from conceptualization through start-up. Students will identify venture opportunities, select an appropriate organizational form, and develop marketing, financial, operational, and managerial programs for these firms. Prerequisite: MB 5133 credits

MB 640 Advertising Management

In this course, students will gain knowledge of the latest techniques for developing strategic advertising campaigns. Through a hands-on approach, students will examine the management of advertising, sales promotion and public relations activities from a corporate perspective. Through the use of case studies and real-world examples, students will determine promotional objectives, select campaign themes, choose media, examine cost control, design sales promotions and evaluate results. Prerequisite: MB 518.3 credits

MB 642 Emerging Marketing Techniques

In this course, students will examine emerging advertising and marketing techniques. They will research social media, digital marketing, and other new low cost, highly effective evolving marketing techniques. Through case studies, interactive sessions and class exercises, participants will learn about the latest research and best practices in the industry. Prerequisite: MB 518.3 credits

Project Management

MB 643 Principles of Project Management

Covers organizational issues, the project lifecycle, project management process groups (initiating, planning, executing, controlling, closing), knowledge areas (integration, cost, quality, scope, time, risk, communications, resource management, procurement), the role of the project manager, and the importance of documentation management.3 credits

MB 644 Management of Projects

Advanced course on technical aspects of project management. Covers cost, quality, time, scope management, project plan development using critical path and critical chain analysis tools, change control, management reporting, and use of project management software to support project execution. Prerequisite: MB 643.3 credits

MB 645 Leadership of Projects

Advanced course on human aspects of project management. Covers team building and teamwork, communications, stakeholder management, influence without authority, resource management, procurement and negotiations. Prerequisite: MB 643.3 credits