Course Descriptions

The master of business administration (MBA) is composed of twelve classes with the capstone course being Strategic Management.  Each of the classes is three semester hours resulting in a 36-hour program.  Coursework includes:

Master of Business Administration Course Descriptions

MGMT605 - Managerial Economics. An exploration of the major concepts of macro-and micro-economics as they affect business managers. Macroeconomics topics will include an examination of major economic theories; the workings of the monetary and banking system, including the Federal Reserve system; the nature of economic cycles; and the impact of inflation, interest rate changes, and government economic policy. Microeconomics topics will include production and cost structure, product and resource markets, pricing models, and measures of economic competition. This course assumes prior undergraduate economics course work.  (Return to Course Listing)

MGMT610 - e-Commerce. Conveys the principles of e-Commerce. This involves leveraging the Internet resources into a redefinition of what it means to market products and services in a world awash with communication channels that literally reach the world in an instant and with great efficiency.
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MGMT615 - Financial Analysis and Management. Covers a broad range of financial topics of interest to managers of large and small businesses. Included are debt and equity issuance; the stock market and business valuation methods; mergers & acquisitions; risk management; project finance; and basic financial derivatives. The emphasis will be on practical understanding of financial concepts. Students will be expected to perform hands-on modeling projects in Excel. This course will assume prior familiarity with spreadsheet software such as Excel or Lotus.  (Return to Course Listing)

MGMT620 - Marketing Management. Explores various marketing concepts of importance to managers, including product development and brand management, price determination, distribution strategy, and advertising/promotion management. The emphasis will be on strategic implications of these topics, rather than the theories themselves. Students will be required to exhibit mastery of the topics through the development of a complete, case-based integrated marketing strategy. (Return to Course Listing)

MGMT625 - Financial Accounting. Concentrates on interpreting financial statement information, using accounting information for decision making and evaluation, and examining current trends in accounting of importance to the manager.  Students will exhibit mastery over the subject matter through group interaction, written examinations and appropriate outside-of-class projects.       (Return to Course Listing)

MGMT627 - Managerial Accounting.   Examines the use of accounting information to assist management in planning, analyzing, and implementing business decisions and activities.  Focuses on strategic and operational performance analysis and evaluation.  Students will exhibit mastery of the topics through group interaction, written examinations, and the completion of papers and case assignments. Prerequisite: MGMT 625. (Return to Course Listing)

MGMT630 - Human Resource Management. Explores human resource issues faced by managers of large and small businesses. Covered will be employee selection and recruitment, training and employee development, performance appraisal, compensation, termination, and labor-management relations. Also discussed will be implications of the global business environment, EEOC and diversity issues, and other current topics. Special emphasis will be placed on employment law as it affects managers. (Return to Course Listing)

MGMT635 - Organizational Behavior. An examination of the complex organizational dynamics of large and small firms. Discussed will be organizational culture, motivational theories, personality styles, leadership techniques, change management, and other topics of importance to managers.
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MGMT637 - Business Law and Ethics.   This course is a study of legal concepts applicable to business, including forms of business organization, legal aspects of organizing and operating a business, the Uniform Commercial Code, contracts, commercial paper, secured transactions, bankruptcy, securities regulations, antitrust law, consumer protection, torts, criminal business law, social and political influences, management rights, powers, and responsibilities, ethical considerations, and a brief overview of the structure of the judicial system.  (Return to Course Listing)

MGMT640 - Operations Management. Presents best practices for systems that produce goods and services. Simulations will be used to demonstrate the payoffs of using world class operating policies, methods, and procedures. Subject areas covered will include capacity and facility planning, scheduling, distribution, production control, quality systems management, and demand forecasting.   (Return to Course Listing)

MGMT647 - Conflict Resolution and Negotiation. This course explores communication, conflict, negotiation, public relations, and leadership issues in large and small organizations.  Included will be individual personality, preference, and style assessment, interpersonal interaction, and group dynamics.  Special emphasis will be placed on conflict assessment, resolution, and conflict management techniques, negotiation theory, tactics, and practice as well as contingency theories of management and leadership. 
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MGMT710 - Strategic Management. A case-based capstone course in the MBA curriculum. Students will be expected to synthesize material learned in previous MBA courses. The course will concentrate on written cases, in-class discussion and debate, and team-based problem identification/proposed solutions. The course will include a significant written analysis component, as well as in-class presentations. Prerequisites: successful completion of all other core courses.  (Return to Course Listing)