The Master of Business Administration (MBA) consists of a core management curriculum, the MBA supplemental core, an elective concentration and a capstone program. Students will choose three courses (9 credits) from one of the concentrations listed below or they may work with their advisor to create a custom track based on their interests. During this program students also have the option of participating in a professional development seminar and mentoring program.
Total minimum credits required for program completion is 40 credits, depending on the student's choice of capstone.
The MBA can be completed by students attending full time (two nights per week) in less than two years. On a part-time basis (one night per week), the program takes less than three years.
This course focuses on economic decision making in business, where the application of economic theory guides an organization in achieving its aims or strategic objectives. Economics tools and applications are used to make decisions, assess outcomes and adjust strategy in a global context. The importance of information, competing with a market structure, pricing strategies for firms with varying market power and the nature of industries are covered. A global competitive analysis of a firm in a global market is conducted. A previous course that covers macro- and microeconomic theories is a prerequisite before taking this class. (Common Core Curriculum)
Provides students an opportunity to develop and practice their writing skills for graduate coursework. Differences between academic and business writing are examined in terms of audience, purpose, format, and demands. Course includes examples of good academic writing and previews the final project and final project proposal for the MA in Management. (Common Core Curriculum)
Prepares students to develop and direct employees using culturally sensitive interpersonal communication. The course incorporates theory with practice and helps students develop the awareness and skills necessary to manage effectively across cultures in both the domestic and global workplace. (Common Core Curriculum)
Explores the behavior of people within organizations in terms of the factors that most influence it. Those include factors related to individuals, groups, and the larger organization system. The course utilizes an experiential learning process that helps students understand their strengths and weaknesses as learners. This course is required for students who join the MA in Management and MBA programs. (Common Core Curriculum)
Studies the basic principles of descriptive and inferential statistics, focusing on their application in conducting business research and understanding the research of others. Topics will include: Probability, frequency distributions and graphs, measures of central tendency, measures of variance, correlations, linear and multiple regression, and hypothesis testing (t-test, analysis of variance, and chi square). Foundation course. (Common Core Curriculum)
Covers a wide variety of financial topics that are required tools for managers and officers of both large and small organizations. Covers the topics of value tracking and capital budgeting as well as financial decision-making within dynamic organizations. A previous course in accounting is a prerequisite before taking this class. (Program Core Curriculum)
Provides an overview of marketing principles and practices with emphasis on applications for new managers. The course will emphasize marketing from a strategic perspective, with subsequent focus on key concepts such as consumer behavior and marketing mix. Although the focus will be on participant's application in their own organizations, consideration will also be given to international applications. (Common Core Curriculum)
Explores the complex connections among strategy, leadership, and change management. Set in a global environment characterized by rapid technological change, it emphasizes the importance of a leader's capacity to anticipate, envision, and work collaboratively toward a viable organizational future. The course serves as a core curriculum capstone for the MAM and MBA programs and requires students to synthesize and integrate lessons learned in their previous courses. (Common Core Curriculum)
Provides an overview of the technological responsibilities of a manager in the area of finding strategic solution, business process solutions, project management solutions and technology solutions to daily business problems. The use of technology in decision making, strategy and attainment of competitive advantage is discussed. Other topics include aligning technology with organizational goals metrics and accountability development, vendor selection, needs assessment, project planning and facilitating and technology enhanced/enabled communications. (Program Core Curriculum)
Seminar will help students achieve clarity about leading themselves to personal and professional success. Through a series of online and classroom assessments and exercises, students will process data received to determine their current strengths, abilities, behavioral tendencies and core values. Armed with this information, they will craft a personal development plan to include mission, purpose, vision, goals and objectives. This will prepare them to maximize the value from their mentor relationships.
Prepares students to function in a modern collective bargaining environment. Course investigates the historic context in which contemporary labor relations issues arose and explores why those issues are relevant today. Course emphasizes both labor relations theory and practice. (Public Administration Concentration)
Provides and introduction to crisis management in organizations. It examines the types of crises encountered, potential impact on the organization and its stakeholders, and strategies for prevention management and recovery. Current events and cases will be presented to explore the ethical, legal, and human implications of these crises. (Change Leadership Concentration)
Introduces students to the many challenges and opportunities differences can create in managing diversity in the workplace. Explores the dynamics of race, ethnicity, culture, nationality, age, class, sexual orientation, physical ability, and other differences that exist in organizations. An examination and analysis of human resources issues such as discrimination, affirmative action, culture differences, and multiculturalism is covered. Students learn human resource development strategies tied to effective implementation of organizational diversity plans. This course challenges students from a personal and professional perspective to think creatively about diversity and diversity planning order to nurture respectful workplaces and improve performance within organizations. (Public Administration Concentration)
This course covers the tools, techniques and methodologies used by managers to plan for, design, implement and control systems that create/produce services and/or goods in an organization. The decisions for which operations managers are held accountable, methods used to make those decisions, and the factors affecting productivity, effectiveness and efficiency in an organization are covered. Topics include strategic considerations in operations management, operations decision-making, quality management, forecasting, JIT inventory management, the impact of culture on the management of operations, and facility location for an international network. (Business Leadership Concentration)
Provides practical frameworks to understand and analyze differences in ethical and leadership issues as they arise in domestic and global business settings. The tools and their application by organizations and individuals to effectively make decisions, solve problems, management change and adjust strategy are covered. Topics include cultural comparisons of ethics, social responsibility and leadership, the crucial and distinctive functions of management versus leadership in ethics in an international setting, and the role of leadership in balancing firm profitability with social and individual responsibility in the context of different cultures. (Business Leadership Concentration)
Focuses on how legal and regulatory systems affect firms, business strategy, and the decision making process of organizational members. Topics include agency, contracts, commercial transactions, employment law, intellectual property, real property and business organization and finance. The differences between domestic and international legal systems and impact on business operations and ethical perceptions are addressed. (Business Leadership Concentration)
Provides students with an understanding of the role of compensation and staffing administration in organizations. The course utilizes the total compensation model as a methodology to support strategic planning objectives, the management and implementation of change, and other organizational development processes. (Public Administration Concentration)
This course focuses on cost accounting. It enables students to analyze and interpret historical and estimated data used by management to conduct daily operations, plan future operations and develop overall company strategies. Students become familiar with standard cost accounting methods and systems. They also analyze the ethical issues that arise from cost accounting. (Finance Concentration)
Examines the principles of corporate finance and the tools and practices used in financial decision making. Investigates the treasury function of an organization and the decisions made by the treasurer. Topics include long-term financing, capital budgeting decisions, beta, debt-equity options, dividend policy and IPO's.
Builds on the basic concepts and finance theory studied in Managerial Finance. It delves further into equity valuation, bond valuation, and portfolio theory. This course will expand the student’s qualitative understanding of the markets and analysis required to properly assess risk and return, and will also further develop the student’s quantitative techniques for analyzing and optimizing investment portfolios.
Provides an orientation to the current healthcare business environment and service delivery systems. The course presents students with a broad based perspective of key environmental factors influencing current and future trends in healthcare. This approach helps students develop a context for synthesis, discussion and analysis of contemporary issues and trends. (Healthcare Leadership Concentration)
Examines the concept of performance management and its application to the health care industry. With health care under extreme pressure from both purchasers and regulatory agencies to improve its performance, many experts predict that only the well-managed health care organizations will survive. (Healthcare Leadership Concentration)
The course will cover finance issues related to healthcare organizations. Topics include: reimbursement analysis, understanding the nature of costs, profitability analysis and preparation of budgets. The class will learn how to analyze financial statements. (Healthcare Leadership Concentration)
Assess outcomes research activities, exert leadership in implementing clinical outcomes measurement projects/programs within healthcare organizations and systems. The course focuses on the role patient-centered outcomes information plays in assuring that healthcare systems are able to establish cost-effective clinical practices that do improve the health, functional status and well-being of healthcare consumers, and accreditation and legislative initiatives impacting healthcare outcomes activities. Prerequisites: Admission to a HIM graduate program or permission of department.
Explores methods and processes used to systematically collect and measure information for the purpose of program evaluation. The course integrates several knowledge and skill areas including: research methods, statistics, proposal writing, budget planning, project management, and program evaluation. Prerequisites: Admission to a HIM graduate program or permission of the department.
Addresses a growing need to adequately train health care leaders in the field of health care compliance and various topics in health care compliance, including corporate compliance (fraud and abuse), privacy, risk management and identity theft. Essential elements of a corporate compliance program will be presented as well as primary federal legislation addressing fraud and abuse. Privacy of patient information will be discussed in terms of the HIPPA and HITECH regulations. Risk management concepts will be presented as well as identity theft as relates to medical identity theft. Prerequisites: Admission to a HIM graduate program or permission of the department.
Discussion of best practices in information technology (IT) with focus on how IT is used strategically in different organizations. The current trends in IT are studied and how IT infrastructure is changing in light of these trends. Case studies of specific organizations will be analyzed. (8 weeks)
An examination on how technology affects societal thinking and the ways information technology challenges traditional ethical, legal, and social concepts. Additionally, a high level overview of security threats and corresponding policies are explored within this ethical context. Students will analyze different leadership, technology, and security issues and develop solutions to proactively address these concerns.
A discussion of the project management process through the framework prescribed by a project management certifying body. Provides an IT perspective of planning, estimating, leading, and monitoring projects. Students will not only use project management software, but will also explore communication and personnel issues related to project management. (8 weeks)
A detailed study on the skills and techniques used to partner with functional departments to analyze, model, and improve the business processes across the organization. Students will examine the methods used to create collaborative relationships with functional units, model business processes, and evaluate system options to support integrated data management and business process management.
An in-depth study of the methods and techniques organizations use to effectively discover, capture, manage, and reuse knowledge assets. During this course, students explore the approaches used to design, implement, and apply knowledge management and business intelligence practices as well as the cultural and technical environments needed to support these practices.
A study of methods used for developing and maintaining project budgets as well as the procurement of products and services to support projects. Topics include project financial estimates, project budgeting, expense reporting, vendor relations, and contract management.
Choose one course from MGT 6490 | Capstone Seminar, MGT 6800 | Final Research Project and MGT 6810 | Management Overview (Thesis).
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