Outline of the Curriculum

Core Courses (39 credits)

  • MB 512 Ethical Issues in Business
  • MB 513 Management & Leadership
  • MB 515 Economic Theory & Application
  • MB 516 Organizational Behavior
  • MB 518 Marketing Concepts & Strategies
  • MB 520 Accounting Concepts
  • MB 521 Managing Human Resources in Organizations
  • MB 612 Financial Theory
  • MB 614 Information Systems for Managers
  • MB 615 Global Management
  • MB 636 Law and Ethics in Business
  • MB 638 Financial Statement Analysis
  • MB 660 Strategic Management Capstone

In addition, students take 3 courses in one of the following specializations:

  • Leadership
  • Accounting
  • General Management
  • Human Resources 
  • Marketing

Course Descriptions

Core Courses

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

MB 521: Managing Human Resources in Organizations

This course examines the design of formal systems and the functions performed in organizations to ensure the most effective use of human resources. Emphasis will be on strategies used by managers for the recruitment, retention, and development of human resources to produce a positive workplace environment. Consideration will be given to the legal and ethical issues encountered by managers.

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

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.

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.

MB 636: Law and Ethics 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.

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

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.


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

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

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.

MB 657: Fraud Investigation

In this course, students will look at the proactive and reactive areas of fraud auditing and investigation. Students will examine decision making for the prevention, detection, investigation, and reporting of fraud. Different types of management fraud will be covered as well as discussions on consumer fraud, tax fraud, and identity fraud. Prerequisite: MB 520


General Management

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

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.

Prerequisites: MB 513 and MB 518

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.

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


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

MB 654: Compensation Strategies

Students are provided an opportunity in this course to learn and 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

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 636


Leadership

Please see the Master of Arts in Leadership Webpage for more information.

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