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Master of Business Administration (MBA)

Basic requirements for the MBA degree consist of 33 semester hours: 27 hours (9 courses) of core courses and 6 hours (2 courses) of electives. There is no thesis requirement or option.  Prior to admission and throughout the program the student must demonstrate proficiency in writing and speaking English and must demonstrate computer competency through prior course work or experience.

Our core curriculum includes a total of 9 courses in the following fields of study: Accounting; Management Information Systems; Economics; Finance; International Business; Management; and Marketing.

Degree requirements may increase up to 15 additional hours (5 foundation courses) depending upon the undergraduate courses previously completed by entering students. If you do not have an undergraduate degree in business, it is likely that you will have to take most, if not all, of the foundation courses. Our foundation courses will feature accelerated study in the following areas: Accounting; Economics/Finance; Management & Management Information Systems; Marketing & the Legal Environment of Business; and Statistics & Operations/Services Management.

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Foundation Courses

MBA 500 - Survey of Accounting
MBA 501 - Survey of Economics & Survey of Finance
MBA 502 - Survey of Management & Management Information Systems
MBA 503 - Survey of Marketing & the Legal Environment of Business
MBA 504 - Survey of Statistics & Operations/Services Management

Core Business Courses

ACCT 526 - Analytical Methods for Planning and Control
BSAT 518 - Management of Information Technology
ECON 528 - Managerial Economics
MGMT 525 - Organizational Behavior and Leadership
FNAN 522 - Advanced Financial Management and Policy
MKTG 524 - Marketing Management
BSAT 510 - Data Analysis
IBUS 540 - International Business
MGMT 590 - Policy Formulation, Strategy & Administration

Full course descriptions:

Special Topics

580. Special Topics. Current issues in business organizations. Rest: Approval of MBA Director required.

Accounting 

522. Tax Factors in Management Decisions. A first course in federal taxation. Emphasis is on tax treatment of economic transactions in business operations and individual/family situations. Topics include statutory provisions for determining individual taxable gross income, inclusions and exclusions, business income, allowable deductions, property transactions, and tax computations.

523. Federal Income Taxation of Corporations and Partnerships. Emphasis is on federal tax laws for corporations, shareholders, and partnerships. Topics include legal concepts, statutory provisions, and the computational procedures applicable to the formation, operation, and dissolution of corporations and partnerships.

524. Federal Income Taxation of Estates and Trusts. The income taxation of estates, trusts, and gifts. Topics include the advanced treatment of associated problems and tax planning.

526. Analytical Methods for Planning and Control. Elements necessary in an organization for effective administrative control are covered. Emphasis is on the "use" rather than the supplying" of accounting data.

531. Theory of Accounting. A study of the underlying logic associated with the formulation of accounting theory. Topics include the measurement of income, the presentation of financial statements, and different approaches to the development of accounting theory. Consideration will also be given to controversial and special areas of financial accounting.

532. Contemporary Accounting Thought. A study of recent and proposed developments in financial accounting. Emphasis is on recent professional pronouncements and current literature. Student communication skills are developed through writing and oral presentations.

533. Theory and Practice of International Accounting. A comparative analysis of international accounting standards and practices. Topics include issues related to the harmonization and globalization of accounting, multi-national economic entities, and financial reporting.

540. Internal Auditing and Management Control. The coverage of internal auditing and controls. Topics include standards and concepts, ethics, audit techniques, reporting practices, operational and quality control audits, communication skills, and organizational theory.

544. EDP Auditing and Controls. The theory, applications, and controls of auditing in a computer environment.

546. Auditing Theory and Standards. A study of contemporary auditing theory, standards, and practices. Topics include current theory and standards, audit program development and planning, statistical sampling applications, SEC reporting, and extensions of the attest function.

597. Directed Research in Accounting. Directed study and research in advanced accounting topics.

Business Law

531. Legal & Ethical Issues in Health Care. Contemporary jurisprudence governing the American health care delivery system. Examination of traditional legal and medical relationships in the context of economic and ethical rules of conduct.

535. Cyberbusiness Law.  Legal and ethical developments relevant to doing business over the Internet. Addresses court decisions, federal and state statutes, administrative rulings and the legal literature regarding Internet law.

Business Systems, Analysis and Technology

510. Data Analysis. Business application of multivariate methods, non-parametric methods, factor analysis, logistic regression, cluster analysis, and data mining procedures using a computer statistical package.

518. Management of Information Technology. Administration of the information systems function. Includes impact of the function, control of information systems resources, and evaluation of projects (cost/benefit analysis).

530. Quantitative Analysis. Application of quantitative procedures useful in business decisions including linear programming, inventory models, simulation, PERT/CPM, and queuing models. Computer-assisted analysis.

Economics 

510. Business Conditions Analysis. Techniques and methodology of forecasting changes in business activity. Analysis of factors related to business cycles and their relevance for business decision making.

515. Macroeconomic Theory and Policy. A study of the determination of national income, the level of employment, and the price level. Emphasis on fiscal and monetary policy as it affects the business environment.

519. Government Policy Towards Business. An examination of the rationale behind the actual effects of federal government statutes and policies in the areas of antitrust, public utilities, quasipublic utilities, public enterprises and multinational corporations. Particular attention is given to firm behavior in unregulated markets and the modifications of this behavior which result from government intervention.

528. Managerial Economics.  Application of microeconomic tools to business decision making; topics include theoretical and empirical demand and cost functions, pricing under various market conditions and regulatory constraints, short run and long run planning, and domestic and international conditions influencing the firm's profitability and growth.

530. Health Care Economics & Finance. Public policy/regulations and principles of finance and financial decision making applied to health services. Public and private mechanisms for financing the treatment of illness and needs of special population groups.

597. Directed Individual Study. Detailed independent graduate level study and research, under faculty direction. A prospectus and the product(s) of the study will become part of the student's file. Consent of instructor and director of program is required.

Finance

501. Foundations of Finance. Introduction to financial markets and the financial manager's role in the acquisition and allocation of funds.

503. Money and Capital Markets. Market structures and operations. Determinants of supply and demand for funds; effects of monetary and fiscal policies and theories.

505. Security Analysis and Portfolio Management. Analysis of investment objectives. Performance and desirability of alternative portfolios. Financial management policies utilizing valuation models.

509. Case Problems in Business Finance. Analysis of situations confronting financial administrators. Solutions and their consequences examined by computer assisted techniques.

510. Risk Management and Insurance. Concepts, principles, and techniques used to manage risk. Role of insurance for individuals and businesses.

512. Administration of Financial Intermediaries. Financial management decisions and policies of non-bank financial institutions. Asset management, credit evaluation, and loan structure, impact of legal and market constraints peculiar to each type of institution.

515. International Trade and Finance. International trade and associated financial practices, policies, and restrictions. Multinational corporations, foreign investment, exchange rates, and controls. International capital movements and financial institutions.

522. Advanced Financial Management and Policy. Application of analytical techniques to the firm's investment, financing, and dividend decisions in keeping with the objective of maximizing shareholder wealth.

597. Directed Individual Study. Detailed independent graduate level study and research, under faculty direction. A prospectus and the product(s) of the study will become part of the student's file. Consent of instructor and director of program is required.

Health Care Administration

503. Health Care Information Systems.  Information management, systems, and technology related to strategic positioning and day-to- day administrative, financial, and clinical operations of health care organizations.

520. Organizational Behavior in Health Care. Management theories describing human behavior applied in health care settings. Emphasis on professionalism, medical/staff relations, governance, stress, job attitudes, motivation, leadership, decision-making, communication and teamwork.

550. Quality Management in Health Care. Emphasis on continuous quality improvement from a system perspective. Discussion of organizational transformation to a quality culture, quality care outcomes, innovation, and internal/external consumer relationships.

565. Human Resource Management in Health Care. Personnel forecasting and planning; recruitment, selection, and training; performance evaluation; compensation; unionization; and legal obligations. Includes obligations of infection control and assistance programs for chemically dependent personnel.

580. Special Topics. Current issues in the administration of health care organization.

590. Strategic Management in Health Care. Situational analysis and strategic formulation, implementation, and control in health care organizations. Specific approaches such as mergers, diversification, vertical integration, and joint ventures. All core courses must be completed or taken concurrently.

595. Internship in Health Care. Independent graduate level study under the direction of a health practitioner at a program approved health facility. Special project based for those with health care experience or may be experience based (e.g. working specified hours per week in one or more functional areas) for those without health care experience. Approval of director of program is required. May be repeated for maximum of six hours credit.

597. Directed Individual Study. A prospectus and the product(s) of the study will become part of the student’s file. Requires consent of instructor and director of MBA program.

International Business

540. International Business. This course provides a framework for understanding broad issues and analyzing specific topics which affect international business activities in an increasingly interdependent world. The course promotes a multi-disciplinary approach to integrating various facets of international business operations. Foundation courses in all business disciplines must have been completed.

Management

503. Management of Organizations and Behavioral Processes. Management functions, with emphasis on both organizational and behavioral processes.

525. Organizational Behavior and Leadership. Theory and practices including individual behavior, motivation, group dynamics, organizational structure, quality management, and leadership skills.

533. Organizational Strategies in E-Commerce. Strategic planning and leadership necessary to effectively implement e-commerce throughout the organization.

540. Corporate Entrepreneurship. Strategic competencies to develop technology driven entrepreneurship in organizations.

550. Quality Management. Application of Total Quality Management concepts to all processes in organizations, with emphasis on continuous quality improvement in the delivery of goods and services.

565. Personnel Administration. An in-depth analysis of the function of the personnel department in the organization and administration of the human resources, including employee selection, training, development, and planning for intermediate and long term personnel needs.

585. Management Practicum. Strategic consultation activities and service-learning opportunities with community businesses and agencies using student teams.

590. Policy Formulation, Strategy, and Administration. A capstone course. Emphasis is on integrated application of MBA core courses concepts. Problem analysis and decision making at an integrative level are stressed.

595. Internship in Business Administration. Supervised work experience. Elective in the MBA program not applicable toward degree requirements. May be repeated with 1 to 3 hours credit each semester up to 6 credit hours.

597. Directed Individual Study. Detailed independent graduate level study and research, under faculty direction. A prospectus and the product(s) of the study will become part of the student's file. Consent of instructor and director of program is required.

Marketing

524. Marketing Management. Provides guidelines for developing marketing plans and programs while emphasizing the application of marketing concepts, tools, and decision making processes.

525. Product Management. An investigation of the essential components of product management, with emphasis upon the innovation process, methods of new product analysis, strategy formulation, implementation, organization, and control.

535. Contemporary Marketing Issues. A comprehensive survey of current issues and topics of importance to both firms and society. Individual investigation and reporting emphasized in seminar fashion.

550. Marketing Research. An introduction to marketing research techniques. Provides knowledge of and experience in formulating marketing research methodology, data collection procedures, data sources, and the interpretation and analysis of quantitative and qualitative material.

555. Consumer Behavior. Introduces the concepts developed in economics, psychology, sociology, and anthropology and their relationship to consumer behavior. Emphasis is placed on relating behavioral concepts to the marketing mix development.