MBA Course Descriptions
Below find MBA course descriptions including the required graduate leadership seminar, essentials courses, core courses, capstone courses, and elective courses.
Required Graduate Leadership Seminar
LDRS 500 – Principled Leadership Seminar – 0 Credit Hours
Free course with required completion in first semester enrollment.
MBA Essentials Courses
GBUS 702 – MBA Essentials I – 3 Credit Hours
MBA Essentials I will cover baseline knowledge in the functional areas of business. This course will address communications, legal, leadership, and marketing. Prerequisite: None.
GBUS 703 – MBA Essentials II – 3 Credit Hours
MBA Essentials II will cover baseline knowledge in the functional areas of business. This course will lay a foundation in economics, accounting, finance, and operations that the other courses will build upon. Prerequisite: None.
ACCT 710 – Accounting for Executives – 3 Credit Hours
This course provides students with a knowledge of the basic tools and concepts used in managerial accounting and to provide an opportunity for students to employ their knowledge of financial and managerial accounting projects. It emphasizes identifying and interpreting relevant accounting information for decision-making by internal and external users. The focus is on the use of accounting information for decision-making, including behavioral and ethical aspects. Prerequisite: BADM 703
FINC 710 – Corporate Financial Management – 3 Credit Hours
This course provides students with a venue for applying the concepts and techniques from the Foundations of Finance course to complex business problems. The course content primarily uses the case method of analysis. Emphasis will be on teamwork and group analysis of directed and non-directed business finance cases. Students will be responsible for identifying relevant financial issues, offering alternative solutions, and making, justifying and critiquing recommended courses of action. A portion of the course will be devoted to analyzing cases with a significant international component. The course may also utilize simulation as a part of the course content. Prerequisite: BADM 703
ENTR 710 – Managing Innovation – 3 Credit Hours
This course focuses on innovation’s role in 21st Century organizations. It addresses the need for a systemic approach to building innovation capabilities and the challenges of integrating the many facets of innovation management. Leading innovators and building innovative organizations are covered from both a theoretical and applied approach. Topics addressed include fundamental theories of innovation, developing an innovation strategy, innovation as a business process, the role of the innovation context including leadership and organization, culture and values, people and skills, processes and tools, and assessing and improving innovation performance. Both classroom and alternative instructional methods will be used throughout the semester. Prerequisite/Co-requisite: BADM 702, BADM 703.
MGMT 710 – Ethical Leadership and Organizational Behavior – 3 Credit Hours
This course is a seminar that focuses on the understanding and application of organizational theory and leadership principles. In addition, the course will include components on developing individual leadership skills and different theories of organizations. The applications component of the course will include a variety of approaches such as cases, films, guest speakers, individual self-assessments, role play, team building exercises, and a leadership portfolio. Prerequisite: None. Cross listed: LDRS 722
MGMT 712 – Information Technology Management – 3 Credit Hours
This course introduces the student to the vocabulary of Management Information Systems (MIS) and explores how organizations are using information technology for a competitive advantage and redefining the way in which they interact with their stakeholders. Prerequisite: GBUS 702 and GBUS 703
MKTG 710 – Strategic Marketing – 3 Credit Hours
This course examines how organizations gain and maintain a competitive advantage in a dynamic era. The course emphasizes the analysis of marketing decisions involving product, price, promotion, and distribution variables. Students investigate global opportunities. Prerequisite: BADM 702
SCMT 710 – Quantitative Methods for Operations Management – 3 Credit Hours
Students explore the role of operations management in building the competitive strength of the firm and in pursuing the firm’s goals of customer satisfaction, profit, service delivery, quality and shareholder wealth. The course integrates classical and modern operations management methodologies with both hypothetical and real-world business cases. Students learn concepts and quantitative algorithms involved in designing and managing operations. Prerequisite: BADM 703
Capstone Courses (choose one)
MGMT 760 – Global Business Strategy – 3 Credit Hours
This comprehensive and integrative MBA capstone course pulls together the concepts, tools, and approaches taught in all the required courses. This course uses a combination of cases which place students in diverse managerial positions and a business simulation which requires the student to act as a senior executive responsible for the strategic decisions of an organization, the course emphasizes the application, execution, and resolution of multi-dimensional problems. The course emphasizes the strategic management of the business unit and the development of a paradigm for strategic analysis, as well as matching internal processes with the implementation of diverse objectives. The focus is on business-level strategy and the role of leadership in improving performance. Prerequisites: BADM 728, BADM 731, BADM 734 and BADM 737. This course should be taken within the last six hours of a student’s MBA program of study.
MGMT 762 – Strategic Consulting Experience – 3 Credit Hours (semester long, when offered)
This course provides opportunities for students to apply knowledge and skills acquired throughout their MBA coursework in a real-world business environment as project consultants. Consulting projects address issues of significance to client organizations, and project teams make recommendations to client management through oral presentations and written reports based on a thorough analysis of the client organization and environment. MBA Capstone course. Prerequisites: BADM 728, BADM 731, BADM 734, and BADM 737, or with permission of instructor. Registration requires permission of MBA advisor.
MGMT 764 – Business Plan – 3 Credit Hours
This course focuses on researching, developing, writing and presenting business plans with associated financials for a new product and/or service that is not available in the current market place. MBA Capstone course. Prerequisites: BADM 728, BADM 731, BADM 734 and BADM 737. Students must take this course within the last six hours of their MBA program of study.
ACCT 730 – Financial Statement Analysis – 3 Credit Hours
This course examines the basic techniques of using financial statement analysis to evaluate an organization’s financial performance. Topics include cash versus accrual measures of profitability, working capital management, cash flow forecasting, credit analysis, and valuation. The course assumes some exposure to financial accounting. But, the course is aimed at non-accountant managers, lenders, and investors who use financial statement data to evaluate businesses. The case method is the primary learning approach. Students will have an opportunity to work with financial statements from publicly traded corporations, small businesses, start-up businesses, and not-for-profit organizations. Prerequisite: ACCT 710.
ACCT-750—Lecture in Accounting – 3 Credit Hours
This course may be elected by students to perform advanced study and/or research in a particular area. Special topics covered within the seminar, as well as required prerequisites, are at the discretion of the instructor. Prerequisites: MBA Essentials II (GBUS703) and Accounting for Executives (ACCT 710).
ACCT-770—Advanced Topics in Accounting – 3 Credit Hours
This course explores the current issues in the field of accounting. Particular issues covered are selected by the course professor and announced at the time of registration. Prerequisite: Accounting for Executives (ACC).
ECON 730 – Business and Economic Forecasting – 3 Credit Hours
This course addresses the important function of strategic planning. Planning requires accurate forecasts of future sales, capacity, market size, prices, and a myriad of other variables that determine the long-run profitability of the firm. This course will help the student understand and create forecasts for the firm, industry, and the economy. Techniques include smoothing, time series analysis, and regression analysis. Prerequisite: BADM 703
ECON 750 – Lecture in Economics – 3 Credit Hours
This course may be elected by students to perform advanced study and/or research in a particular area. Special topics covered within the seminar, as well as required prerequisites, are at the discretion of the instructor. Prerequisite: MBA Essentials II (GBUS703).
ENTR 730 – Entrepreneurship – 3 Credit Hours
This course is for students interested in creating a business venture, acquiring an existing business, working in industries that serve the entrepreneur, or who wish to become familiar with the concepts, issues, and techniques of new venture creation and entrepreneurship. Tools developed include recognition of a venture opportunity, acquisition of information on resources needed for venture creation and survival, development of competitive marketing strategies, and international opportunities. Prerequisites: BADM 702 and BADM 703
FINC 730 – Personal Finance – 3 Credit Hours
This course will focus on the application of basic financial tools and principles to the student’s personal life including the financial planning process, liquidity management, debt management, asset management, and risk management. This course will also include retirement, education and estate planning. Prerequisite: None
FINC 740 – Financial Markets and Institutions – 3 Credit Hours
This course provides an overview of the key financial institutions (banks, insurance companies, mutual funds, government entities etc.) and markets (stocks, bonds and foreign exchange among others). We are also going to discuss the wide array of financial instruments that are available to businesses and individuals. Particular attention will be paid on risk management and how the various markets and institutions interact with each other. The study of financial markets and institutions will help your understanding of many exciting issues such as the recent financial crises in the United States and around the world. Activities that take place in financial markets have a direct effect on personal wealth, the behavior of consumers and businesses and the well-being on the overall economy. Prerequisite: BADM703
MGMT 731 – Human Resource Development – 3 Credit Hours
This course examines Human Resource Development (HRD) as a field through the learning, development and behavior of humans in social systems. These systems include but are not limited to, workforce, education, and family. Research from Management Science, Education, Psychology, and Sociology strengthen HRD theory and practice. The purpose of this course is to explore the integration of the individual into work organizations by examining work issues in learning, training, leadership, and psychosocial development. This course focuses on applied performance management informed by human sciences research as a tool that can be applied to productivity. Prerequisite: MBA Essentials I (GBUS702).
MGMT 732 – Human Resource Management – 3 Credit Hours
This course provides managers with an understanding of the processes of adding strategic human capital to the organization. The course examines the design of work, personnel recruitment and selection, employee compensation and benefits, employee relations and personnel policies, and labor issues. The course is applied management science designed for managers. Prerequisite: GBUS 702
MGMT 742 – International Business – 3 Credit Hours
This course studies the trend toward internationalization, explores the terminology used in international business, and, via case studies and examples, demonstrates the problems and advantages of the internationalization process. Prerequisite: GBUS 702
MGMT 744 – International Management – 3 Credit Hours
This course provides students with an understanding of the issues facing international managers and the environment of the Global Market Place. Some of the challenges include: accommodating different currencies, dealing with a multiplicity of governments, operating effectively in diverse legal environments, being sensitive to and avoiding problems that may arise from cultural differences among people, and the formulation of effective strategies in the complex global environment. Prerequisite: GBUS 702
MGMT 750 – Lecture in Business Administration – 3 Credit Hours
This course may be elected by students to perform advanced study and/or research in a particular area. Special topics covered within the seminar, as well as required prerequisites, are at the discretion of the instructor. Prerequisite: GBUS 702
MKTG 730 – Communication for Leadership – 3 Credit Hours
This course provides insight on the role of organizations as communication systems in which effective writing and speaking are crucial. Emphasis is on developing awareness of verbal and written styles, interpersonal skills, and creating a repertoire of writing and speaking strategies. Prerequisites: None
MKTG 731 – Negotiation Strategies – 3 Credit Hours
This course emphasizes negotiation, the art and science of creating agreements between two or more parties, and introduces students to the effective use of power, persuasion, influence, and control in modern organizations. In this course students first apply theories developed as guides to improving negotiating strategies (the science) and, second, develop and sharpen negotiating skills through realistic cases (the application) with an emphasis on preparation, bidding, and distributive and integrative bargaining techniques. Prerequisites: None
MKTG 732 – International Marketing – 3 Credit Hours
This course examines detailed analysis of theories, issues, and decisions facing the global marketing manager. Emphasis is on small and large firms, innovative applications, workshops, and original research projects. Prerequisite: GBUS 702
MKTG 733 – Consumer Behavior – 3 Credit Hours
This course consists of the study of domestic and international models of consumer behavior, including key variables from the behavioral sciences. Course content includes research methodologies, case studies, applications to decision-making, and an original student research project. Prerequisite: MBA Essentials I (GBUS702).
MKTG 750 – Lecture in Marketing – 3 Credit Hours
This course may be elected by students to perform advanced study and/or research in a particular area. Special topics covered within the seminar, as well as required prerequisites, are at the discretion of the instructor. Prerequisite: MBA Essentials I (GBUS702).
SCMT 731 – Production/Operations Strategies for Manufacturing and Service Industries – 3 Credit Hours
This course builds upon previous course work to provide a basis for development of a coherent operations strategy to support the firm’s competitive strategy. Using case studies, course content is based upon the programs that have proven successful in global firms and covers process choice, product development, order coordination inside and outside the firm, and methodologies for developing technology and operations strategies. Prerequisites: Accounting for Executives (ACCT 710), and Quantitative Methods for Operations Management (SCMT 710).
ACCT/BANA/ECON/ENTR/FINC/MGMT/MKTG/SCMT 795 – Independent Study – 3 Credit Hours
This is an advanced course for graduate students desiring to engage in a research/scholarly project of mutual interest to the student and the faculty member who directs the study. The course is rigorous. The course structure, evaluation process, and expected outcomes is delineated by the instructor in advance. Prerequisite: GBUS 702 and GBUS 703