Master of Business Administration Course Descriptions

Foundation MBA Courses

ATG 505 Accounting Principles—Financial 2 hrs.

Introduction to accounting concepts of recognition, measurement, classification, and disclosure, which are the foundations to a financial reporting system. The accounting cycle; preparation of financial statements; introduction to financial statement analysis. (Does not count as elective.) Prerequisite: consent of director of graduate programs.

BMA 542 Legal Environment of Business 2 hrs.

Analysis of the legal environment in which business operates. Ethical and equitable influence on legal development emphasized. Study of specific areas of procedure, constitutional law, contracts, torts, international business law, business organizations, and the regulatory environment related to antitrust, labor, securities, environmental, and consumer law. Cannot be used to satisfy MBA elective or concentration requirements. Prerequisite: consent of director of graduate programs.

BMA 553 Operations Management 2 hrs.

Survey of issues and decision-making techniques related to the operations of an organization. Quality management, project management, inventory management, waiting line analysis, production scheduling, job design, and facility layout. Cannot be used to satisfy MBA elective or concentration requirements. Prerequisite: consent of graduate program director.

ECO 506 Elements of Microeconomics 2 hrs.

Review of demand, supply, product markets, factor markets, perfect competition, monopoly, and other market structures, using algebra. Cannot be used to satisfy MBA elective or concentration requirements. Prerequisite: consent of director of graduate programs.

FIN 522 Introduction to Finance 2 hrs.

Principles of financial management; financial systems and flow of funds; time value of money and its application; raising and allocation of funds; financial analysis, planning, and forecasting. Cannot be used to satisfy MBA elective or concentration requirements. Prerequisites: ATG 505, ECO 506, QM 501.

QM 502 Quantitative Analysis II 2 hrs.

Linear and multiple regression and correlation techniques. Analysis of variance, times-series analysis, and nonparametric procedures. Cannot be used to satisfy MBA elective or concentration requirements. Prerequisite: QM 501; or QM 262 and MTH 115 or MTH 121.

Required Core Courses

ATG 604 Controllership 3 hrs.

Case studies of management accounting control systems and strategic cost analysis. Use of relevant costs for decision-making, planning, and evaluation of performance. Development of analytic tools drawn from cost accounting, managerial accounting, mathematics, and behavioral science. Prerequisites: ATG 157 or 505 or equivalents; not open to students with an undergraduate degree in accounting.

BMA 615 Interpersonal Relations 3 hrs.

Foundations of interpersonal behavior, emphasizing the development and application of the interpersonal skills critical for managerial success. Foster self-understanding and self-awareness through a variety of assessment instruments.

BMA 620 Management Theory 3 hrs.

Planning, organizing, directing, coordinating, and controlling operations through managerial decision making. Emerging issues and trends; integration of principles and concepts with contemporary concerns. Prerequisite: QM 263 or QM 502.

ECO 606 Microeconomics for Managers 2 hrs.

Analysis of domestic and international markets, resource allocation, market structure, impacts on business decision making and on society, role of government regulation in business, pricing strategies. Prerequisites: ECO 221 or 506; MTH 115; QM 262, 263 (or QM 501, 502); or consent of instructor.

ECO 608 U.S. Business Cycles in the International Economy 2 hrs.

The application of economic analysis to explain fluctuations in Gross Domestic Product (GDP), employment, and inflation in our contemporary open economy; evaluation of alternative economic stabilization policies; uses and applications for managerial decision making. Prerequisites: ECO 221; or ECO 506; MTH 115; QM 262, 263 (or QM 501, 502); or consent of instructor.

FIN 622 Financial Management 3 hrs.

The financial framework of business; principles governing the operation of financial markets. Management of the flow of funds through a company; evaluation of alternative methods of financing under changing conditions; capital and cash budgeting; valuation problems. Prerequisite: MBA prerequisite courses completed.

MTG 624 Marketing Decision Making 3 hrs.

Marketing management problems, policies, and solutions. Case studies of marketing problems, research, and applications of marketing techniques to business problems.

BMA 672 Information Systems Management 2 hrs.

Knowledge and application of information-related resources from a management perspective: identifying information needs, strategic uses of information systems, emerging information technologies, managing information resources effectively.

Capstone Course

BMA 628 Business Policy and Strategy Formulation 3 hrs.

Strategies in response to conditions such as competition and future development. Must be taken in last semester of program.

MBA Concentrations

(For a concentration, choose 9 hours in one area from this list.)

Finance

Choose 9 hours:

FIN 623 Multinational Financial Management 3 hrs.

How global financial markets accommodate various cultural, legal, economic, and exchange rate systems. How different conventions apply to country-specific accounting, operating, marketing, and financing. Multinational interaction and exposure management are emphasized. Prerequisite: completion of all MBA prerequisite courses.

FIN 624 Capital Budgeting 3 hrs.

Long-term capital investment decisions, policy, concepts, tools and techniques. Builds on NPV decision rule, cash flow, CAPM and APT, real options, and jump process approaches; risk considerations emphasized. Prerequisites: completion of foundation courses, FIN 622.

FIN 625 Financial Analysis 3 hrs.

Contemporary theoretical and applied approaches to analyzing financial health. Managerial implications. Application and interpretation of ratios; univariate and multivariate tools. Financial modeling. Prerequisite: completion of all MBA prerequisite courses.

FIN 627 Financial Risk Management 3 hrs.

Risks induced by input factor, interest rate, and currency exchange rate changes are analyzed for interpretation, reduction, offset, or alternative adjustment. How the firm can enhance financial performance relative to risk taken. Prerequisite: completion of all MBA prerequisite courses.

FIN 628 Socially Responsible Financial Policy 3 hrs.

Explores through research and discussion the implications of Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) for the traditional value/profit motive of corporate financial policy. Readings and case studies will be used to explore CSR topics such as environmental issues; shareholder activism; fair trade; philanthropy; fair compensation; socially responsible investing and other related topics.

FIN 658 Topics in Finance 3 hrs.

Topics of special interest which may vary each time the course is offered. Topic stated in current Schedule of Classes.

FIN 660 Readings in Finance 1-3 hrs.

Individual readings for qualified students, under the guidance of a member of the faculty. Repeatable to a maximum of 3 credit hours. Prerequisites: consent of instructor and director of graduate programs.

Management

Choose 9 hours:

BMA 602 Organizational Behavior 3 hrs.

Analysis of individual and group behavior in the organizational environment. Motivation, leadership, communication, conflict, change, authority and power of lower-level participants, decision-making, and organizational theory, demonstrated through case analysis and classroom experiences. Prerequisite: enrollment in a graduate program of study in business.

BMA 608 Open Book Management 3 hrs.

Effective management practice under conditions of timely communication of frequently updated operational and financial data for problem solving by organization members.  Emphasis on effective coordination of organization members' tasks with shared goals and shared knowledge of how activities relate to these goals.  Course considers Open Book Management implications for job descriptions, performance measurement, selection and training, supervision, handling conflict, relationships with suppliers, innovation, and learning from failure.

BMA 614 Topics in Advanced Technology 3 hrs.

The course will cover the study of advanced topics in business technology.  Topics may vary each time course is offered. Topics  will be stated in current schedule of classes. May be repeated for a total of 6 credit hours. Prerequisite: consent of instructor.

BMA 657 Executive Development 3 hrs.

Theory and research of development stages of executive careers. The impact of the organization on the executive personality; forces influencing the development of executive skills and abilities; studies of antecedents of executive role performance; and the role of training programs in executive development.

BMA 658 Topics in Business Administration 3 hrs.

Topics of special interest, which may vary each time the course is offered. Repeatable to a maximum of 6 credit hours. Topic stated in current Schedule of Classes.

BMA 659 Topics in Management 3 hrs.

Management-related topics presented in modules or seminars. Topics may vary each time the course is offered. Topic stated in current Schedule of Classes. Repeatable to a maximum of 6 credit hours.

BMA 660 Readings in Business Administration 1-3 hrs.

Individual readings for qualified students, under the guidance of a member of the faculty. Repeatable to a maximum of 3 credit hours. Prerequisites: advancement to candidacy; consent of instructor and director of graduate programs.

BMA 671 Productivity Software for Managers 3 hrs.

The use of packaged software to improve personal productivity in the business environment: spreadsheets, databases, presentation graphics, database retrieval, statistics, word processing, and electronic mail. Problem-solving laboratory exercises using the different software packages. Prerequisite: familiarity with computer systems.

BMA 673 Data Communications for Managers 3 hrs.

Data communications for supporting management decision making and group coordination: communication technologies, idea generation and group collaboration, data and video conferencing, emerging technologies for communication and coordination. Prerequisite: BMA 672 or consent of director of graduate programs.

BMA 675 Managing Systems Development 3 hrs.

Tools and techniques needed to manage the development of information systems. Systems analysis techniques, rapid application development, data modeling, data management and administration, project management tools and techniques. Prerequisite: BMA 672 or consent of director of graduate programs.

BMA 676 Electronic Commerce 3 hrs.

Introduction to electronic commerce (EC). Managerial and organizational issues surrounding EC. History of Internet, emerging technologies for EC, electronic data interchange, digital libraries, data warehouses, interactive advertising and marketing, kiosk systems. Relation of EC to organizational strategy. Prerequisite: BMA 672 or consent of director of graduate programs.

ECO 658 Topics in Economics 3 hrs.

Economics-related topics which may vary each time the course is offered. Topic stated in current Schedule of Classes. Repeatable to a maximum of 6 credit hours.

IB 656 International Business Administration 3 hrs.

Impact of economic, cultural, legal/political, institutional, and competitive issues on the management of international and global business operations. Adjustment of strategic and tactical entry mode, marketing, production, human resources, and financial decisions to macroenvironmental constraints in selected world regions and markets. Case studies and reports. Prerequisites: BMA 620 or MTG 624 or consent of instructor; consent of director of graduate programs.

IB 658 Topics in International Business 1-3 hrs.

Topics of special interest which may vary each time the course is offered. Topic stated in current Schedule of Classes.

IB 660 Readings in International Business 1-3 hrs.

Individual readings for qualified students, under the guidance of a member of the faculty. Repeatable to a maximum of 3 credit hours. Prerequisites: consent of instructor and director of graduate programs.

Marketing

Required:

MTG 640 Obtaining, Analyzing, and Applying Marketing Information 3 hrs.

Gathering, understanding, and using marketing information, data base marketing, qualitative research, electronic research, forecasting, and computer software data analysis packages.

Choose six semester hours from the following:

IB 656 International Business Administration 3 hrs.

Impact of economic, cultural, legal/political, institutional, and competitive issues on the management of international and global business operations. Adjustment of strategic and tactical entry mode, marketing, production, human resources, and financial decisions to macroenvironmental constraints in selected world regions and markets. Case studies and reports. Prerequisites: BMA 620 or MTG 624 or consent of instructor; consent of director of graduate programs.

IB 658 Topics in International Business 1-3 hrs.

Topics of special interest which may vary each time the course is offered. Topic stated in current Schedule of Classes.

IB 660 Readings in International Business 1-3 hrs.

Individual readings for qualified students, under the guidance of a member of the faculty. Repeatable to a maximum of 3 credit hours. Prerequisites: consent of instructor and director of graduate programs.

MTG 644 Professional Selling and Sales Management 3 hrs.

Students will study professional selling from the perspective of both the salesperson and the sales manager through readings, class discussion, presentations, and role plays. As a result, students will become familiar with and practiced in the professional sales process as well as further develop their understanding of several universal management functions.

MTG 654 Managing Services Marketing 3 hrs.

In-depth analysis of the problems facing marketing managers in service and nonprofit organizations. Interdependence of marketing, operations, and human resources.

MTG 658 Topics in Marketing 3 hrs.

Topics of special interest which may vary each time the course is offered. Topic stated in current Schedule of Classes.

MTG 660 Readings in Marketing 1-3 hrs.

Individual readings for qualified students, under the guidance of a member of the faculty. Repeatable to a maximum of 3 credit hours. Prerequisites: consent of instructor and director of graduate programs.

MTG 688 Supply Chain Management 3 hrs.

Supply chain management consists of all stages involved in directly or indirectly fulfilling customer requests. This course will examine all aspects of the supply chain i.e., interactions between manufacturers, suppliers, transportation agents, retailers, and customers. Special emphasis is placed on managing flows of information, products, and funds between organizations and throughout the open system.

Other Electives

ATG 658 Topics in Accounting 3 hrs.

Topics of special interest, which may vary each time the course is offered. Topic stated in current Schedule of Classes.

ATG 660 Readings in Accounting 1-3 hrs.

Individual readings for qualified students, under the guidance of a member of the faculty. Repeatable to a maximum of 3 credit hours. Prerequisites: consent of instructor and director of graduate programs.

BMA 630 Management in Healthcare Organizations  3 hrs.

Interdisciplinary approach to understanding management in healthcare organizations. Emphasis on the complex roles of healthcare workers and the behavioral processes of leadership, communication, motivation, group dynamics, conflict, change, organizational development. The class also considers diversity, social responsibility, and ethics. Prerequisites: Graduate standing; As specified in the Schedule of Classes.

BUS 681 Professional Development 1-3 hrs.

Apply professional knowledge and skills in a team environment on not-for-profit, international, or research project. May be repeated for a maximum of three hours credit. Prerequisites: consent of graduate program director.

ECO 660 Readings in Economics 1-3 hrs.

Individual readings for qualified students, under the guidance of a member of the faculty. Repeatable to a maximum of 3 credit hours. Prerequisites: consent of instructor and director of graduate programs.

IME 555 Computer Integrated Manufacturing 3 hrs.

Computer Integrated Manufacturing (CIM); elements of hardware and software within the manufacturing automation environment. Islands of factory automation and their interactions, information flow and Local Area Networks within the CIM architecture, standardization of electronic data and interfaces.

MTG 630 Building and Maintaining Marketing Relationships 3 hrs.

Core concepts for developing and maintaining internal and external customer relations. Relationship marketing; customer satisfaction, quality, services marketing, consumer and industrial buyer behavior, personal selling, and ethical marketing conduct. Prerequisite: MTG 624.

QM 501 Quantitative Analysis I 2 hrs.

The presentation and organization of data. Probability theory, probability distributions, and sampling distributions. Confidence interval estimation and hypothesis tests of one and two samples. Cannot be used to satisfy MBA elective or concentration requirements. Prerequisite: MTH 115 or equivalent.

QM 660 Readings in Quantitative Methods 1-3 hrs.

Individual readings for qualified students, under the guidance of a member of the faculty. Repeatable to a maximum of 3 credit hours. Prerequisites: consent of instructor and director of graduate programs.