Master of Business Administration Course Descriptions

Required Core Courses

BUS 500 MBA Tools  (1 hour)

Review of quantitative methods, legal foundations, and oral and written communication skills necessary for graduate studies in business. Prerequisites: Foster College of Business Graduate Student or Consent of Associate Dean.

ATG 604 Controllership (3 hours)

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: BUS 500 and Foster College of Business Graduate Student or Consent of Associate Dean.

ECO 606 Microeconomics for Managers (2 hours)

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: BUS 500 and Foster College of Business Graduate Student or Consent of Associate Dean.

ECO 610 Global Markets and Sustainability (3 hours)

Examination of global macroeconomics and its application to the modern business environment, the business cycle and economic policies, major linkages to between economies, domestic and international economic indicators, institutions and cultural aspects of business, sustainable development. Prerequisites: BUS 500 and Foster College of Business Graduate Student or Consent of Associate Dean.

FIN 622 Financial Management (3 hours)

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. Prerequisites: BUS 500 and Foster College of Business Graduate Student or Consent of Associate Dean.

MIS 672 Information Systems Management (2 hours)

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.

M L 615 Interpersonal Relations (3 hours)

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.

M L 620 Management Theory (3 hours)

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.

M L 653 Operations Management (3 hours)

Foundational knowledge and deeper understanding of the operations function. A broad managerial perspective emphasizes the strategic impact of the operations decisions and the interfaces between operations and the other functional areas of the organization. Operation functions in both service and manufacturing contexts will be examined, as well as investigating how operations provides sustainable competitive advantage along the dimensions of cost, quality, delivery, flexibility, and innovation. Prerequisites: BUS 500 and Foster College of Business Graduate Student or Consent of Associate Dean.

MTG 624 Marketing Decision Making (3 hours)

Marketing management problems, policies, and solutions. Case studies of marketing problems, research, and applications of marketing techniques to business problems. Prerequisites: BUS 500 and Foster College of Business Graduate Student or Consent of Associate Dean.

Capstone Course>

M L 628 Business Policy and Strategy Formulation (3 hours)

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

Other Graduate Business Elective Courses

ATG 505 Accounting Principles—Financial (2 hours)

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.

ATG 658 Topics in Accounting (3 hours)

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 hours)

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.

BLW 542 Legal Environment of Business (2 hours)

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

BLW 648 Legal Aspects of Fraud Examination (3 hours)

Introduces students to the various legal issues associated with both civil and criminal fraud examinations and the process of taking the fraud issues to trial.

BLW 689 Topics in Business Law (1-3 hours)

Conceptual treatment of topics related to business law. 1-3 hours, may be repeated up to 6 hours under different titles/topics.

BUS 610 Graduate Business Practicum (0-3 hours)

Solving technically challenging problems under faculty supervision, with a near-term economic benefit. Repeatable to a combined total of six credit hours. Prerequisite: Graduate business student in good standing; approval of Center for Business and Economic Research and Academic Director of Graduate Programs.

BUS 681 Professional Development (1-3 hours)

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.

CIS 572 Computing Management: Systems, Technology, Services (3 hours)

See College of Liberal Arts and Sciences portion of catalog for current description.

ECO 506 - Elements of Microeconomics (2 hours) 

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.

ECO 603 - Economic Markets: Competition and Monopoly (1 hour) 
Introduces the learner to the basic workings of the economic market. Included are concepts addressing consumer and producer motivations in the market; surpluses and shortages; and third-party intervention into markets. Also the importance of competitive markets will be emphasized with a discussion of a lack of competition such as monopoly and the consequences for society. Prerequisite: Nursing Majors only; Graduate standing

ECO 605 - Health Care Economics & Finance (2 hours) 
Examines the economic and financial aspects of the health care system. Organizational and institutional structures through which an economy makes choices regarding the production, consumption, and distribution of health care services. Fundamental processes for the management of liquidity, major capital investments, debt, and funding. Examines both for-profit and not-for-profit health care organizations. Prerequisite: BUS 500 and Foster College of Business Graduate Student or Consent of Associate Dean.

ECO 608 U.S. Business Cycles in the International Economy (2 hours)

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; Q M 262, 263 (or Q M 501, 502); or consent of instructor.

ECO 658 Topics in Economics (3 hours)

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.

ECO 660 Readings in Economics (1-3 hours)

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.

ENT 660 Additional Readings in Entrepreneurship (1-3 hours)

Individual readings for qualified students, under the guidance of a member of the faculty. 1-3 hours, may be repeated up to 6 hours under different titles/topics.

ENT 680 Entrepreneurial Creativity (1 hour)

Developing the tools necessary to think more creatively and generate creative entrepreneurial ideas. Students will gain knowledge of various theories of creativity and innovation and will learn how to rebuild cognitive models for creativity.

ENT 682 Entrepreneurship (3 hours)

This course is for MBA students who wish to explore launching a venture of their own or immersing themselves in another actual venture. Beyond the readings, a variety of exercises, live cases and other learning opportunities will enable participants to partially customize the course content to fit their needs and interests. Several specialists and entrepreneurs will serve as distinguished guest entrepreneurs for certain sessions. This is an applied, experiential course that allows for the application of knowledge from other MBA courses. A primary focus will be on conducting a venture feasibility or other project.

ENT 689 Topics in Entrepreneurship (1-3 hours)

Conceptual treatment of topics important to entrepreneurship. Topics stated in current Schedule of Classes. 1-3 hours, may be repeated up to 6 hours under different titles/topics.

FIN 522 Introduction to Finance (1-3 hours)

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.

FIN 623 Multinational Financial Management  (3 hours)

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 hours)

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 hours)

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 hours)

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 hours)

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 633 - Quantitative Methods in Finance (3 hours) 
Emphasizes the mathematical structure of and methods for model solutions in asset and derivative pricing, capital budgeting and real options, financing and liquidity. Includes solutions of systems of equations, complementarity, and optimization. Applications of numerical analysis, integration and differentiation, functional and differential equation solutions. Prerequisite: consent of department chair.

FIN 636 - Fixed Income (3 hours) 
Develops term structure models and options based on fixed-income securities. Standard lognormal models, short-term interest rate models, and more complex derivative models. Prerequisite: consent of department chair.

FIN 637 - Derivatives II (3 hours) 
Advanced topics in derivative securities. Builds on introduction to derivatives and fixed income course. Develops numerical techniques used to implement pricing methodologies, term structure models, and options based on fixed income securities. Prerequisite: consent of department chair.

FIN 639 - Uncertainty Analysis and Measurement (3 hours) 
The nature and importance of modeling and measuring uncertainty; theoretical and computational approaches to modeling and measuring uncertainty; qualitative and quantitative uncertainty modeling and measurement; computational issues in uncertainty modeling and measurement; simulation, moment generating and characteristic probability functions. Prerequisite: Consent of department chair.

FIN 649 - Quantitative Finance Capstone (3 hours) 
A capstone course that will develop topics of special interest which may vary each time the course is offered. Topic stated in current Schedule of Classes. A maximum of three credit hours of topics courses are allowed. Prerequisite: consent of department chair.

FIN 655 - Practicum in Quantitative Finance (3 hours) 
Providing solutions to complex financial problems under faculty supervision, with a financial benefit. May involve research with faculty. Up to three hours credit. Repeatable to a combined total of six credit hours. Prerequisite: Graduate Master of Science in Quantitative Methods student in good standing; approval of Director of Master of Science in Quantitative Methods program.

FIN 658 Topics in Finance  (3 hours)

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

FIN 659 - Topics in Quantitative Finance (3 hours) 
Topics of special interest which may vary each time the course is offered. Topic stated in current Schedule of Classes. Prerequisite: Consent of department chair.

FIN 660 Readings in Finance  (1-3 hours)

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.

I B 656 International Business Administration (3 hours)

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: M L 620 or MTG 624 or consent of instructor; consent of director of graduate programs.

I B 658 Topics in International Business (1-3 hours)

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

I B 660 Readings in International Business (1-3 hours)

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 hours)

See College of Engineering and Technology portion of catalog for current description.

MIS 613 Advanced Algorithms for Business

Study of advance algorithms focusing on complex data structures and nonlinear systems using chaos and fractal theory for quantitative analysis. Course implements graphical geometry to represent recursion, termination of solution progress, limits, self-similarity and moving target analysis as it applies to business based financial approximations. This course is tailored to the needs of Master of Science in Quantitative Finance (MSQF) and Master of Business Administration (MBA) students. Various programming environments will be used to program solutions. Prerequisites: Consent of Instructor or MIS 275 or CIS 275.

MIS 614 Topics in Advanced Technology (3 hours)

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. Prerequisites: Consent of Instructor. .

MIS 658 Topics in Management Information Systems (1-3 hours)

Topics of special interest, which may vary each time the course is offered. May be repeated under different topics for a maximum of six (6) hours credit. Topic stated in current Schedule of Classes.

MIS 660 Readings in Management Information Systems (1-3 hours)

Individual readings in Management Information Systems for qualified students under the guidance of a member of the faculty. Repeatable to a maximum of 6 credit hours. Prerequisites: advancement to candidacy; consent of instructor and director of graduate programs.

MIS 671 Productivity Software for Managers  (3 hours)

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.

MIS 673 Data Communications for Managers  (3 hours)

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: MIS 672 or consent of the director of graduate programs.

MIS 675 Managing Systems Development  (3 hours)

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: M L 672 or consent of director of graduate programs.

MIS 676 Electronic Commerce  (3 hours)

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: M L 672 or consent of director of graduate programs.

M L 553 Operations Management  (2 hours)

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.

M L 602 Organizational Behavior  (3 hours)

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.

M L 608 Open Book Management  (3 hours)

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.

M L 630 Management in Healthcare Organizations  (3 hours)

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.

M L 657 Executive Development  (3 hours)

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.

M L 658 Topics in Management and Leadership  (3 hours)

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.

M L 659 Topics in Management  (3 hours)

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.

M L 660 Readings in Management and Leadership  (1-3 hours)

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.

MTG 630 Building and Maintaining Marketing Relationships  (3 hours)

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.

MTG 640 Obtaining, Analyzing, and Applying Marketing Information  (3 hours)

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:

MTG 644 Professional Selling and Sales Management  (3 hours)

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 hours)

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 hours)

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 hours)

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 hours)

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.

Q M 502 Quantitative Analysis II  (2 hours)

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: Q M 501; or Q M 262 and MTH 115 or MTH 121.

Q M 658 Topics in Quantitative Methods  (3 hours)

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

Q M Readings in Quantitative Methods  (1-3 hours)

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.